• Posted on 2017/09/17 09:30

    Whether you're managing disaster preparation activities for a small business or a large corporation, you need to plan for natural disasters because, as we all know, information technology and water don't mix well. Let's go over some basic steps you'll need to take to ensure that your network and IT investments survive in the event of a disaster such as a flood or hurricane. 1. Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan The key to successfully recovering from a natural disaster is to have a good disaster recovery plan in place before something bad happens. This plan should be periodically tested to ensure that all parties involved know what they are supposed to do during a disaster event. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has excellent resources on how to develop disaster recovery plans. Check out NIST Special Publication 800-34 on Contingency Planning to find out how to get started developing a rock-solid

  • Posted on 2017/09/09 09:29

    So, at this point it is hard to say that current quantum computers (well more like chips) have integrated within them RAM (random access memory), ROM (read only memory), hard drives (another memory component), and buses or data lines — but there are developments in quantum computer architectures, with most of them being quantum-classical hybrid architectures, where you certainly do have components that manipulate qubits or qudits (so hot right now) to carry out calculations on quantum circuits (like a processor), schemes to store this information onto other qubits (memory), and then also systems to carry out measurements after our manipulations to get the result of our quantum informatical computation (with quantum information relayed through optical buses). What are quantum computers/chips (or just qubits) usually made out of currently? Well it’s like the Cambrian Explosion (ok, maybe not that diverse) but with different quantum computing architectues or substrates if you

  • Posted on 2017/09/02 10:13

    All Windows computers include features that protect the operating system from hackers, viruses, and various types of malware. There are also protections in place to prevent mishaps that are brought on by the users themselves, such as the unintentional installation of unwanted software or changes to crucial system settings. Most of these features have existed in some form for years. One of them, Windows Firewall, has always been a part of Windows and was included with XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and more recently, Windows 10. It’s enabled by default. Its job is to protect the computer, your data, and even your identity, and runs in the background all the time. But what exactly is a firewall and why is it necessary? To understand this, consider a real-world example. In the physical realm, a firewall is a wall designed specifically to stop or prevent the spread of existing or approaching flames.

  • Posted on 2017/09/02 09:36

    Whether you're a home PC user or a network administrator, you always need a plan for when the unexpected happens to your computers and/or network. A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is essential in helping to ensure that you don't get fired after a server gets fried in a fire, or in the case of the home user, that you don't get kicked out of the house when mamma discovers you've just lost years worth of irreplaceable digital baby photos. A DRP doesn't have to be overly complicated. You just need to cover the basic things that it will take to get back up and running again if something bad happens. Here are some items that should be in every good disaster recovery plan: 1. Backups, Backups, Backups! Most of us think about backups right after we've lost everything in a fire, flood, or burglary. We think to ourselves, "I sure

  • Posted on 2017/08/31 11:04

    The Return The Windows 10 Start menu. Without a doubt, the Windows 10 Start menu is the most talked-about, most-requested, and most delightful part of Microsoft's newest operating system.  Its return was undoubtedly the cornerstone of Microsoft's plans for the Windows 10. I've also showed you where it is within the larger Windows 10 User Interface (UI). This time I'll dig deeper into the Start menu, to give you an idea of how it's similar to the Windows 7 Start menu, and how it's different. Getting to it is easy; it's the little white Windows flag in the lower-left corner of the screen. Click or press it to bring up the Start menu. Right-Click Menu The text menu. First, however, it's worth noticing that you can also right-click the Start button to bring up a text-based menu of options. They duplicate most of the functions of the graphical Start menu,