Uptime: Cloud Computing vs. Desktop

I just read The New York Times article, As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll.  While it is true that there is more significant and monetary damage that occurs when a web page or cloud computing servers go down than there used to be, it is not unlike its desktop computing counterparts.  When is … Continue reading “Uptime: Cloud Computing vs. Desktop”

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I just read The New York Times article, As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll.  While it is true that there is more significant and monetary damage that occurs when a web page or cloud computing servers go down than there used to be, it is not unlike its desktop computing counterparts.  When is the last time your desktop got hit by a hardware failure or software malfunction – virus, spyware, etc. – that detoured you and kept you from doing what you normally do?  What about a software or hardware upgrade?

Now, some of you out there are tech savvy.  By that, I mean, you keep your anti-spyware, anti-virus, firewalls, encryption, sniffers, defragmentation, web browsers, operating systems all up-to-date and maintained.  But, maintenance takes time, right?  So I would say, by moving that maintenance cost to the cloud can, and often does, save you significant resources.

However, I think the author of the article was right in saying that as Web traffic grows, we must consider trying to reach better uptime.  Businesses, organizations, and individuals are dependent on the Web more than ever.  So reliability will be just as important as performance increases as the Web continues to mature.  In fact, reliability may be more important than performance, as long as performance is decent.

Which Microsoft Monopoly Will Fall First?

Microsoft has several products that are monopolies and hold dominant market share positions: Windows Office Internet Explorer As the Microsoft Empire continues to march on we are beginning to see the chinks in the armor. In the past we have written about The Downfall Of The Microsoft Empire. As we begin seeing increased competition, let … Continue reading “Which Microsoft Monopoly Will Fall First?”

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Microsoft has several products that are monopolies and hold dominant market share positions:

  1. Windows
  2. Office
  3. Internet Explorer

As the Microsoft Empire continues to march on we are beginning to see the chinks in the armor. In the past we have written about The Downfall Of The Microsoft Empire. As we begin seeing increased competition, let us examine which of these products are beginning to show the most wear and which one is mostly likely to fall first. Continue reading “Which Microsoft Monopoly Will Fall First?”

The Platform Is What Matters

Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

iPhone SDK

Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Continue reading “The Platform Is What Matters”

Brittle Machines

by Lauren Nicole Computers are brittle machines. If a single CPU or hard drive dies the entire system dies and productivity grinds to a halt. This can be caused by anything from an electrical surge, a mechanical failure, a virus attack, or any number of issues. This is especially true for many home computers. While … Continue reading “Brittle Machines”

Cracked Egg
by Lauren Nicole

Computers are brittle machines. If a single CPU or hard drive dies the entire system dies and productivity grinds to a halt. This can be caused by anything from an electrical surge, a mechanical failure, a virus attack, or any number of issues. This is especially true for many home computers.

While a lot of people think that this can be a minor setback or inconvenience, they often don’t realize the full impact until an event like this occurs to them. Then, they realize they can’t get to their files! They can’t access their programs, documents, music, movies, and pictures. If the data cannot be salvaged, they lose everything! That is an expensive price to pay for a broken machine.
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