What is Net Neutrality and Why is it such a hot-button issue?
This political issue of Net Neutrality has been around for a very long time now. The basic idea is that an internet service provider (ISP) and those companies that deal with managing internet traffic are required to treat all internet traffic in the same way...without prejudice.
However, with a recent ruling by the FCC, most ISP's no longer need to abide by those rules due to how ISPs are classified, therefore allowing them to prioritize traffic based on what 'tolls' a company may have paid. So for instance, Netflix^ could be delivered to your home on an Internet pipe that cannot support full HD streaming unless Netflix pays a 'toll' to deliver that product over a higher bandwidth pipe. Without paying for those 'tolls,' the delivery of Netflix movies would be sent over a poor performing pipe causing buffering issues and just a bad experience overall.
So you are growing steadily and you think you have a need for a Small Business Network, but you are unsure where to begin. The purpose of this article is to give you a general idea of what kind of questions to ask yourself and what you will need to get started. This information is centric around Microsoft Enterprise solutions but could also be targeted to Linux backend environments. And in the interest of keeping things as simple as possible, much of the technical detail will be absent. You can safely assume that every topic addressed in this article has varying technical detail and difficulty behind it. If you have more questions or an interest in starting your own Small Business Network, feel free to contact us directly and we will be happy to assist you!
Over the years of using a computer and playing video games, I have had the very unpleasant experience of getting severe headaches due to eye strain. At first I wasn't sure what they were and they tended to last more than a day. I thought maybe sinus headaches...it is in a similar area and I am known to get a sinus headache or two, or maybe even stress headaches. To my surprise, it turned out to be because I was staring at that blasted screen for too long. I remembered my computer class in HS that taught us some tips to help avoid eye strain along with some information I've picked up along the way from sites like WebMD or even PC Mag and related sites. The strain all stems from a couple key points, blink rate and depth perception/field of view. Your eyes are designed to be able to shift rapidly with changing depths of focus all the while blinking at a very constant rate. When you are staring at a screen for a long time, neither of those actions happen. Here's what seems to work for me:
In IT, there are several terms that are sometimes misused when describing the resiliance of an IT system. These terms are Disaster Recovery, High Availability, and Fault Tolerance. The goal of this article is to try and simply explain the difference of the three along with the importance of each relative to each other. This article will also describe a high level view of what the infrastructure may look like.
Resolutions can be a tricky idea to get a handle on. In today's High Definition (HD) world, we usually see 720p or 1080i plastered everywhere. We also can see on various popular video sharing websites that this idea is a foundation of viewing videos. Well, what does that all mean? To start, the number you see represents horizontal lines of resolution...in other words, how many horizontal (left to right) lines of the picture are drawn on the screen from top to bottom, or in the case of online videos, how many are drawn in the viewing window. Of course, the higher the number, the more lines are drawn on the screen.
With all the media coverage, the marketing, and the open help sites, there are many buzz words and more than enough information that flood the infoscape. Much of this information is fantastic if you can sift through the noise. This Blog, hopefully, will help demystify the Information Technology world. This is not intended to be very technical in nature and will be designed generally. Since much of this information will be based on my current knowledge, I may unintentionally use the same words others may have. If I have a reference, I will be sure to post that as well so you can continue with your learning. If I do not reference when I should have, feel free to contact me directly and I will either put in that reference or remove the post, unless another agreement can be made.
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Jimmy Andrews has been working with computers for nearly 30 years, semi-professionally for over 20 years and professionally for over 15. His experience ranges up and down the IT scale, from the grunt work of fixing and installing PCs, to managing and administering hundreds of servers and Enterprise technologies, up to the Business side of IT where decisions are made at a 50,000 foot level.