Tell me what happens if your laptop is lost, stolen or accidentally falls in your pool?
Do you drink coffee while working on your laptop? How easily could you retrieve all the precious megabytes of data housed in its memory banks?
These are the questions that drove Seattle software developer Kory Gill to leave an almost 20-year career at Microsoft and start his own online data-storage company. For years, Gill has sought a Web-based storage solution that would safeguard his priceless family photos, home movies and other important digital data, but never found a single solution that addressed all his specific needs.
“If these are irreplaceable files, you need to have the same type of insurance for your data as you would of any other asset, like your home or car,” said Gill, who often shared his frustrations with friend and fellow Microsoft programmer Marius Nita.
Last June they founded Newline Software, with the goal of giving their customers a more flexible, cost-efficient and “green” alternative to what is currently offered by the major players like Microsoft, Google and Amazon.
There were some early stumbling blocks. Gill conceded his original pricing model, which was based on purchasing bandwidth from Amazon, was off to the point that it nearly torpedoed the whole project. But they went back to their whiteboard and crunched the numbers again and came out with a more workable model that also improved the user experience.
“It turns out that we will have a product that will actually be cheaper than some of the competition and we weren’t designing it to compete on price,” said Gill. Power is the biggest cost driver for data storage companies, so Gill and Nita designed software that tracks how often people access each individual file, or bit of data, and stores their seldom-used documents in a way that requires less power to maintain, which translates to reduced pricing for the customer.
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Tell me what happens if your laptop is lost, stolen or accidentally falls in your pool?
On June 17, 2009 ZippyCart.com received a face lift and new focus, making it the ideal resource for merchants researching a new online shopping cart solution. Once a standalone PHP cart, ZippyCart served merchants worldwide with a low cost option for starting an online store. Now, years since its original launch, there are many more eCommerce software providers on the scene that supply top of the line tools and service to those wanting to promote an online store. ZippyCart owners decided that the best way to serve their customers was to help them choose the best option available, rather than add another option to the mix.
ZippyCart’s new focus is on providing a reputable 3rd party resource for merchants that offers impartial customer reviews, expert shopping cart reviews, shopping cart comparison tools, and eCommerce news and information to help consumers choose the best software option for their online storefront. To achieve this, the ZippyCart team hired a panel of eCommerce experts to review each cart personally, as well as to interview customers and add valuable consumer opinions to their results. The end product includes a list of 10 top shopping cart options covering a broad range of tools allowing the most novice, as well as the most experienced e-tailers to find a cart that suits their needs…
LINK - PRWeb.com
Japan.internet.com reported on a survey conducted by Cross Marketing into Internet scariness. According to What Japan Thinks, 77% of Japanese find Internet either “scary to some degree” (69%) or “very scary” (8%).
The main reasons for finding Internet scary include Viruses, hacking, and other attacks (81%) and Leaking of personal data (81%) followed by Libel (51%) and Internet addiction (19%). The Internet scariness situation seem to be worsening, since 66% find it as scary as ever and 20% even scarier than last year.
While terror related to leaking of personal data and especially libel seem a bit anal, worry about viruses is pretty commonplace. But as they say: “With decent virus software and just a little common sense, viruses can be almost completely avoided, although running things like Explorer and Outlook does make life a little more interesting online…”
In fact, just using Firefox, Gmail, and OpenOffice, along with one of the many free virus programs, would make Internet a lot less scary place to be?
Source: Ken Y-N. “Cyberspace Scares Three in Four Japanese,” What Japan Thinks 12/10/07.
Related Post: “HD Format War in Japan,” EBT Blog 12/02/07.
Not to be outdone by SolidAlliance’s sushi USB memory sticks, Greenhouse has introduced a line of Junk Food USB memories in the shape of a cheeseburger, hotdog, a slice of pizza and a sandwich. This USB key has a capacity of 1GB and will be available shortly in Japan. No price has been specified yet. We think that SolidAlliance’s sushi offering is more nutritious and in general a healthier option, but perhaps they all work about the same.
Source: Daimaou. “From Sushi to Junk Food, Yep USB Is the Stuff!” Akihabara News 09/17/07.
Related Post: “Nice to Have But Maybe Not Essential,” EBT Blog 09/09/06.
Skype says it is now making it even easier for businesses to get started on Skype with its new Small Business Pack. The Small Business Pack gives businesses everything they need to get started to make calls over the Internet.
The Pack includes Skype for Business, 10 five month subscriptions to Skype Pro (Skype’s new internet communications package) worth €100, €50 of Skype credit for making calls to landlines and mobiles across the world, a Tips and Tricks Guide for getting the most out of Skype for Business, and more. The package is valued at €150 but selling for only €99.
Skype’s popularity with businesses comes from more and more businesses turning to Skype to keep in touch with their customers for less money. A recent survey of 250 businesses showed that 95% of those questioned confirmed they save money with Skype and 80% said that using Skype has increased employee productivity.
Enrico Noseda, director, telecom business development at Skype said, “Skype has over 196 million registered users today and in some countries more than 30% of those are business users.”
“We want to give our business users a simple and more productive way to communicate but pay less for the privilege. With Skype Pro included, people can make unlimited calls to domestic landlines along with a series of premium Skype features and discounts on Skype-certified hardware.”
Source: “Skype Small Business Pack: One Little Box That Goes a Long Way for Businesses,” Press Release 08/23/07.
Related Post: “Skype Leads for International VoIP,” EBT Blog 04/02/07.
“Get Well Soon.” “Happy Birthday.” “Thinking of You.” Since as early as the fifteenth century, people have used greeting cards to express warm sentiments to friends and family. With the creation of the Web — and the electronic greeting card, or e-card — it’s easier than ever to tell someone you care.
Unfortunately, the popularity of e-cards also makes it easier than ever to scam Internet users.
“Hackers are sending out fraudulent e-card notifications by the millions,” says Dr Audri G. Lanford, Co-Director of ScamBusters.org, a public service website that has been helping people protect themselves from Internet scams since 1994.
“People are so used to sending and receiving e-cards that they open these emails without even thinking,” says Dr Lanford. “But simply opening a fraudulent email may trigger the download of a virus, Trojan, or some other piece of malicious software.”
One of the most dangerous of the rogue software downloads is a Trojan called “Storm.” This vicious piece of code hijacks your PC and transforms it into a virtual robot hackers can use to launch remote attacks on other unprotected PCs.
In some cases, fake e-cards install software that attacks your email address book, automatically spamming all your contacts with still more scam e-cards and unwanted marketing messages.
How to spot a fake e-card. ScamBusters.org notes that fake e-card notifications often include telltale signs such as:
- The sender isn’t someone you know.
- The “From” line is generic (”Friend,” “Neighbor,” “Admirer,” etc.)
- The email contains spelling mistakes
- The “From” line includes bogus names such as “Joe Cool”
Internet users can learn more about how to protect themselves from e-card scams on the Scambusters site. “When in doubt, delete any suspicious-looking email without opening it,” says Dr. Lanford. “And never download attachments from someone you don’t know.”
Source: “Get Well Soon: Victims Sickened by Electronic Greeting Card Scams,” ScamBusters 08/07/07.
Related Post: “The Classic Work at Home Scams,” EBT Blog 02/21/07.
Symptoms of Adware Infection. Your PC is probably infected with adware if:
- You have downloaded music online
- Your PC is running extremely slow
- Your PC is invaded by those horrible popup ads
- Your homepage keeps changing
If any of the above are true then it is likely that your computer is infected with adware. “But what is adware and how do I get rid of it?” I hear you say.
What is Adware?
Adware is advertising that is integrated into software. It is a small program that is installed with a software application, usually freeware or shareware. Adware displays web-based advertisements through pop-up windows or through an advertising banner that appears within a program’s interface. As you already know, these are highly annoying and need to be removed.
Adware is only installed with the user’s permission – you’re thinking “I never gave permission for it to be installed on my PC!”, but you did. If you’re like me, you rarely bother reading the End User License Agreement and this is where you are told that the adware will be installed on your PC. So by accepting the End User License Agreement you are effectively giving the advertisers permission to infect your PC with adware. If you think your PC may have been infected in this way you need to get rid of it.
How do I get rid of it?
You can remove adware by purchasing an adware removal program. Most of the companies that provide adware removal programs want to make sure that you are happy with their software before you make a purchase. Therefore, many offer a free trial version or a free scan of your PC so you can check for adware infection.
The only problem is that there are so many adware removal programs, how do you know which one to choose? An excellent site that I used to help me with this problem is Adware Remover Reviews. They have tested dozens of adware removal programs and have reviewed the best on their website: http://hercules.bezoogle.com/pp/adware/
I hope this website helps you find a good adware removal program to get rid of your adware infection like it did for me.
Remember, prevention is better than cure. Once you have removed the adware infection from your PC, there are several steps you can take to assist your computer in remaining secure:
- Make sure you don’t unwillingly install adware by reading the End User License Agreement fully and avoid installing those programs that come bundled with adware.
- Keep up-to-date with security patches and updates from Windows Update.
- Set your browser to prompt you when attempting to install ActiveX controls.
- If you don’t already use a more secure browser such as Mozilla Firefox.
- Install ad-blocking software (check your browser developer’s website for appropriate extensions).
- Use a more secure operating system such as Linux as opposed to Microsoft Windows.
By adopting these simple practices, you should be able to help your computer stay adware free but to ensure your computer’s security with certainty I would recommend the periodic use of an adware remover. Go to http://hercules.bezoogle.com/pp/adware/ to view reviews of the best.
Source: Tim Firth. “How to Spot Adware Infection,” http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Tim_Firth. Timothy Firth has a B.Sc. Hons. in Internet Media Technologies and writes on computer and Internet related issues. Need an adware remover? Check out Adware Remover Reviews at http://hercules.bezoogle.com/pp/adware.
Related Post: “Pop-Ups Fault of Marketers, Not Intermediaries,” EBT Blog 08/11/06.
From “take a left and slippery a module” all will be made clear (as mud) by these step-by-step directions. No wonder we had so much trouble installing our last hard dish. Read it in full inscrutible detail here. A comment on these instructions noted: “The writer of that manual must have studied Engrish with the Teletubbies.”
Related Post: “Obituary: Floppy Disk Dead at 36,” EBT Blog 02/02/07.
The volume of spam is growing in Americans’ personal and workplace email accounts, but email users are less bothered by it, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s Spam 2007 report.
37% of email users said spam had increased in their personal email accounts, up from 28% of email users who said that two years ago. And 29% of work email users said spam had increased in their work email accounts, up from 21% two years ago. Yet fewer people say spam is “a big problem” for them.
Users have become more sophisticated about dealing with spam; fully 71% of email users use filters offered by their email provider or employer to block spam. Users also report less exposure to pornographic spam, which to many people is the most offensive type of unsolicited email.
Spam Continues to Degrade Integrity of Email
Spam has not become a significant deterrent to the use of email, as some observers speculated it might when unsolicited email first began flooding users’ inboxes several years ago. But it continues to degrade the integrity of email. Some 55% of email users say they have lost trust in email because of spam.
- 88% of email users have a personal account
- 49% of email users have a work account.
- 37% are getting more spam in their personal email account
- 10% are getting less spam in personal email account
- But 51% have not noticed any change in their personal email account
- 37% are getting more spam in their work email account
- 8% are getting less spam in their work email account
- But 55% have not noticed any change
But Spam Now Less of a Bother
Despite increased volumes of spam for some people, American Internet users seem somewhat less bothered by spam than before. The Pew Internet & American Life Project first began tracking users’ behavior and attitudes toward spam in June 2003.
At that time, when they first asked Internet users how spam affected their life on the Internet, 25% of users said spam was a big problem for them. Three and a half years later, the percentage of users who say spam is a big problem has dropped to 18% while the percentage of users who say spam is not at all a problem has risen from 16% to 28%.
There appear to be several reasons fewer people say that spam is a big problem for them. First, the volume of most offensive kind of spam has decreased. And second, people are becoming more knowledgeable about spam, and they know better how to handle it.
The Special Case of Porn Spam
Since first reporting about spam, Pew noticed that spam with pornographic or adult content constitutes a case by itself. Compared with every other type of spam – for drugs, beauty products, financial opportunities – porn spam elicited intense and visceral reactions from Internet users, particularly women.
Now, 52% of email users report having received pornographic spam, down from 63% two years ago and 71% three years ago. Magnifying the impact of this trend, significantly fewer women (who are most upset by porn spam), than men say they received spam with adult content (46% vs. 58%).
Spam or Not?
Most email users have always been confident about being able to identify spam. When we first asked in 2003 how email users identify spam, almost two-thirds, 63%, said “I know it right away when I see it.” Most of the rest, 34%, admitted spam was sometimes hard to distinguish from other email.
In this survey, when probing the issue in a slightly different way, we found that more users have become savvier about spam. Just over two thirds of emailers, 68%, say they almost never unintentionally open an email message without realizing it was spam. About a quarter, 27%, say they do that once in a while, and only 5% say they do it often.
Users increasingly apply filters to keep spam out of their inboxes. Currently, 71% of email users say they use filters provided by their email providers or employers, up from 65% two years ago. Some 41% say they apply their own filters, up from 33% two years ago. Further, 44% of email users say they have taken steps to make it more difficult for others to find their email address.
Just over half of email users let it go at that. Some 51% say they check their spam folders at least once in a while. But 46% say they check it almost never or not at all. In addition, users increasingly behave smartly with respect to spam.
Fewer than one quarter, 23%, say they have clicked on a link within a spam message in order to get more information, down from 33% in 2003. And only 4% of email users admitted to action that keeps the spam industry viable, which is ordering a product or service from an unsolicited email. This number has always been low; it was 7% in 2003, 5% in 2004, and 6% in 2005.
What Spam Means to the Institution of Email
When we first wrote about spam four years ago, we highlighted survey results that suggested spam was threatening at least some email users’ overall willingness to keep using electronic communication. The Federal Trade Commission also expressed concern about the long-term fate of email as notable numbers of Americans objected to spam.
Revisiting the issue now, we find that that the vast majority of internet users still rely on email. In February of 2003 and 2007 both, 91% of internet users said they were using email. Further, fewer email users now say that spam has eclipsed their email habits. In this survey, 19% of users said spam has reduced their overall user of email, down from
22% in 2005, 29% in 2004, and 25% in 2003.
Not surprisingly, the people who are most likely to report reduced email use are those who say spam is a big problem for them. Among the 18% of email users who say spam is a big problem, about one-third (37%) say that spam caused them to use email less. Only 15% of other email users, who are less affected by spam, say that spam has decreased
their use of email.
The other side of the spam story, however, is that spam continues to take a toll on the integrity of email. In 2003, over half of email users, 52%, said that spam has made them less trusting of email in general. That sensibility is largely unchanged. In 2004, 62% of email users said spam made them less trusting of email, 53% agreed in 2005, and 55%
Again, loss of trust is significantly greater among the fifth of email users who say they consider spam a big problem. Some 82% of this minority says spam has made them less trusting of email in general, compared with 58% of those who are just annoyed by spam, and the 35% who don’t consider spam a problem at all.
While email users report the volume of pornographic spam has decreased, they report no change in the volume of another troubling form of spam, phishing, which is an email designed to trick someone into revealing personal financial information.
In January 2005, we first asked email users if they had received unsolicited email requesting personal financial information such as a bank account number or Social Security number. At that time, 35% of respondents answered yes, a figure that remains almost unchanged, at 36%, today.
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project. “Spam 2007,” Data Memo 05/07.
Related Post: “New Rules of PR and How to Reach the Media,” EBT Blog 05/28/07.
Many Wi-Fi hotspot users worldwide are wasting their money, according to Trustive’s WLAN Roaming Research 2007 report, conducted in the first quarter of 2007. An eMarketer summary of the report said:
Nearly nine in 10 respondents paid for their own hotspot use, rather than having it paid for by their employers. Six in 10 respondents used wireless hotspots to access their work’s intranet or corporate network. Nearly half of hotspot operator revenues worldwide currently come from voucher and credit card payments. Nearly a third come from subscriptions.
Bram Jan Streefland of Trustive said, “Around 60% of hotspot users worldwide are opting for ad hoc methods of purchasing wireless services such as scratch cards or vouchers, which are often sold in hour-long blocks.
With just over half of end users averaging session times of 30 minutes or less, it means that about half of the time purchased is wasted and users are unnecessarily losing unused minutes. No wonder that 70% of respondents believe pricing to be expensive and not offering value for money.
He continued, “We anticipate that subscription levels will continue to grow over the next 12-18 months. It is also interesting that 65% of users would ideally like a free service, but they also want to connect easily via a fast well-secured connection.”
Source: “Unused Time Makes Wi-Fi Hotspots Pricey,” eMarketer 05/31/07.
Related Post: “Best WiFi Hotels,” EBT Tutors 05/06/07.