What is Cloud Computing?

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Cloud Computing sounds complicated if you totally have no idea what it is about. You might initially think it is something related to the weather. But for starters, it is not. It has absolutely nothing to do with actual clouds or meteorology in general. So exactly what is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is storing and accessing data and programs over the internet. To put it simply, Cloud Computing is a model of delivering computing services over the internet. The internet is a metaphorical cloud here, hence the name “Cloud Computing.” These computing services include servers, storage, databases, analytics, software, and networking among others.

We are all very used to having a hard drive. This is where we save files to or look for our photos. However, Cloud Computing is not about your hard drive. In fact, you don’t really need much of a hard drive at all. You do not run programs or store data on your hard drive with Cloud Computing. The internet is where you will do those things instead.

It is a platform for SaaS

Another answer to the question “What is Cloud Computing?” is it also serves as a platform for Software-as-a-Service or SaaS. Cloud providers manage the infrastructure that run these applications. Instead of installing and operating software on your hard drive, cloud providers will perform those tasks on the cloud and cloud users can then access those software from cloud clients. All the work for these programs is done on a server someplace far away.

Because cloud users do not manage the infrastructure and platform where these applications are being run, maintenance and support from the users’ end get more simplified and less complicated. It also means less costs for you because Saas is an on-demand software. Cloud computing is either priced on a pay-per-use basis or through a subscription fee.

It is a storage and backup for your data

Aside from being a platform for SaaS, Cloud Computing can also host Infrastructure-as-a-service or IaaS. With IaaS, computing infrastructure becomes virtual. Physical computing resources such as location, data partitioning, scaling, security, and backup are eliminated.

Through Cloud Computing, you can store and back up your data without using your hard drive. This means you no longer have to be physically near your data in order to access it. You just simply need the internet if you want to access or recover any file or piece of data. This also means you no longer have to keep on purchasing hard drives if your volume of data keeps on mounting up.

It is a PaaS

If you still find yourself asking “What is Cloud Computing?”, the answer is it is also a host for Platform-as-a-service or PaaS. Cloud Computing provides a platform for its users to develop, run, and manage applications. You can launch your own applications sans the complexities and difficulties of building and maintaining the infrastructures that are usually required in application development.

Through Cloud Computing, PaaS can provide you the servers, storage, network, and databases needed to develop an app. It makes it easier and simpler for users to create and manage their own apps.

Now that you know what Cloud Computing is, you might even realize that you have been using or doing it already. You were just probably unaware what it was called as such. Cloud computing is not really as puzzling as it sounds. In fact, it even makes using and maintaining computers and other gadgets less complicated.

Apple and Tech Sectors See an Increase

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Apple reported earnings this week and the stock market loved what they had to say. Their earning beat expectations handily and the stock reacted by a pop of 6%. It’s giving back a little bit today, but remains very positive after yesterday’s report.

Just a few short months ago, the stock was almost left for dead. The commentary was that they had fallen behind. People said the days of significant growth were behind us. The talk about the company was that it was a one trick pony, the iPhone. And there was a lot of skepticism after the loss of Steve Jobs.

Turnaround

The stock has been up since it’s low last year. Obviously, not everyone agreed with the negativity because the stock has been bid up. From a low in the 90s to about 130, this has been a big winner.

Will we see it back at it’s previous highs? Very possible if you look at the trajectory recently.

Driving the stock now is the possible return to growth. Analysts are calling for another super cycle due to the upcoming iPhone 8. This iPhone is touted to have a lot of new features that will drive mass purchasing. This will be the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone, which is why Apple appears to be putting extra emphasis on it.

What is Z-wave technology anyway?

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Z-Wave has been designed specifically for home automation products. It lets you remotely turn everything off or on in your home from wherever you happen to be.

The technology uses a low-power RF radio, which can be put into everything, including sensors, lights, plugs or appliances.

A network of Z-Wave products can reach through your home, or office and can be triggered in many ways. You can also program your own triggers to customize your environment.

Z-Wave doesn’t interfere with existing wireless networks or with low power radios. You can expect lifespans of over 2 years using batteries, whilst other units may be directly wired to the mains.

The Z-Wave network

Z Wave networks run independently of your standard home network, although there will be a connection to an external router that can access the Internet for you to be able to log in remotely.

A Z-Wave network follows mesh network topology, where all nodes on the network transfer data to each other, and where nodes can be added or removed easily.

The minimum amount of nodes is two – one primary controller and one device. Any number of extra devices (and extra secondary controllers) can be added to a total of 232 overall nodes. Large Z-Wave networks can be ‘bridged’ to exceed 232 nodes.

New nodes to the network must be paired before they can be controlled. This is usually done through a sequence of button presses on the controller and then the relevant device. This only has to be done once. After that the controller will always recognize the device (even if taken out of range and reintroduced), unless it is formally unpaired.

During the pairing process, the controller also learns the signal strength between each device. This means it is usually expected for all of the devices (controller included) to be in their final positions before starting to create the network. Typically, the controller has a battery backup, so it can be unplugged temporarily if needed.

Where is Z-Wave used?

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Primarily in consumer home automation products, although there are commercial uses based on the same ideals, like controlling and monitoring appliances and products.

The Z-Wave Alliance has been set up to bring about some harmony between manufacturers and developers. As an open standard, anyone can create products using Z-Wave technology. The Z-Wave Alliance helps to regulate the market and certify companies and the equipment they sell.

By submitting equipment for certification, properly registered equipment is then verified as interoperable – this is a very important part of Z-Wave equipment. Products from any number of manufacturers should be able to pair into the mesh network seamlessly.

This doesn’t mean you will get all the advertised features of a product though. Manufacturers can develop their own features ‘on-top’ of the basic requirements.

Interoperability means a product will pair into the network, act as a routing node and should be able to be controlled at a basic level (on/off etc.). You might not get access to all of the data that product records though. If it has been designed to only share certain information with other products from the same manufacturer, you will likely need a controller (or controller software) from that developer.

Where can I buy Z-Wave equipment?

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There are many manufacturers and retailers in countries around the world selling Z-Wave products. Some retailers may specialize in home automation products. You can find them at Amazon and Lowes with ease. Just keep an eye out.

 

Go low-tech for Christmas! 10 ways to slow down

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The holidays are here once again, and there are just not enough hours in the day for everything on the “to do” list.

If you need to take a deep breath and decrease the stress in your holiday seasion, here are 10 tips for how to enjoy the holidays old-school-style this year:

1) Put Down Your Cell Phone and Close Your Laptop

All of our technology is a wonderful thing and it really does enable a world beyond anything we could have imagined decades ago. It informs and brings us closer. That said, it also keeps us apart, since so many of us are not exactly present when we are in the digital zone. The most obvious way thing to do during the holidays is to turn off the cell phone and spend time enjoying the people you love. It’s not easy, but it makes a big difference!

Make sure to enjoy the present time and all the joys that the holiday season brings.

2) Get a Live Christmas Tree

There’s something about a live tree that just feels good. It’s about the smell, the feel, the look, and the ancient custom of bringing the outdoors inside at this magical time of the year. Fake trees are really easy and reusable, but going to the store or field and picking your tree is an experience not-to-be missed. If you can, go find a tree farm and pick a really fresh one!

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3) Use Family Ornaments and Flea Market Finds to Decorate

 

Make your decorations count. When buying ornaments, pick ones that can have meaning to you or your family for years to come. Many people choose ornaments from special places each year and grow they’re collection over years. Then each December, the box of decorations can bring back fantastic memories of days gone by.

4) Break out the classics

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There’s a reason singing and music are so popular. Singing improves our mood. Sing Christmas songs along with the radio, solo or in a group of friends. Break out the classic favorites!

These oldies but goodies often remind us of our childhoods and all the the happy times we’ve had. And of course we know all the words by heart!

5) Send a card!

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In this busy time, old-fashioned activities help us slow down and enjoy the season. Texts, emails, and facebook are wonderful, but when it comes to Christmas, actual cards in the mail go a long way! Yes, they take some time and you may need to find a nice photo to include, but people love to see what you are up to and it makes your friends and family feel special.

 

7) Christmas Parties!

 

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Everyone is so busy at this time of the year, but it’s important to take time to see friends and family and celebrate the year we’ve had.

It’s important because when we set aside this time, we really are in the mix of what it’s all about: sharing peace on earth and goodwill towards each other.

8) Bake something fun!

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There can be a lot of technology involved in cooking, but the simple act of putting ingredients together and creating fun foods are at the heart of the matter. All you really need is an oven! And the aromas wafting from an oven that fill a house with cinnamon and spice are awfully nice.

So whether you go all out or buy a box of brownies from the store, make sure to share your delicious creations. Everyone will appreciate the gesture, including the mail carrier. People so appreciate it, and it is just another way of feeling connected to the season and to each other.

9) Nothins says old school like classic holiday movies

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When was the last time you watched It’s A Wonderful Life? Or Miracle on 34th Street? Scrooged? These movies are always on cable during the holidays. Many theaters even show this classic on the big screen. It’s easy to skip the classics every year, but sometimes we just need to sit down with some egg nog or cider and enjoy these timeless favorites.

10) Hang Up Some Mistletoe

Whether it is just a sprig, or a big, fancy kissing ball, mistletoe is a very nice vintage touch. It’s another sweet tradition that is filled with the hope of the season.

 

The season should be filled with love! Take time to enjoy yourself and your time with loved ones. Happy holidays!!

 

Custom Drones used by Environmentalists and Wildlife Conservationists

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A growing cluster of scientists are using drones for conservation and analysis. For over a year, Michael Moore has been attempting to capture the breath of whales.

It’s an audacious plan, however Moore has assistance. A marine scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic institution in Massachusetts, he rigged a fleet of little unmanned aerial vehicles—UAVs, or drones—with samplers to catch whales’ exhalations from above. The aim is accumulate a good enough sample to investigate exhaled microbes and gain a higher understanding of the cetaceans’ health.

Of course, stores don’t generally sell “whale breath-catching drones” off the shelf. Moore’s team built a variety of changes to adapt his UAVs for the task at hand. He needed to set them to calibrate on flat land therefore their gyros aren’t affected by the rocking boat, and moving the sample-catching dish from the entire of the drone to.

Moore, who hopes to get his 1st microbic analysis later this year, is one among several scientists currently harnessing UAVs for wildlife conservation and analysis. using drones, one team recently discovered that there have been twice as many orangutans in Sumatra as was thought. UAVs have conjointly been utilized to map map Arctic shrubs, monitor life in a Dubai park, and even hunt down poachers in india. All it takes may be a very little engineering and ingenuity.

DIY droning

Drones have  become readily available for routine uses like police work or recreations. However, they don’t usually have the features for conservation.

For example, multi-spectral cameras help drones see across a wider vary of the spectrum. They can help us see animal life in crowded jungles and forests.

In fact, a group at port John Moores University, and a part of the Sumatran pongid Conservation Program, co-founded an organization called Conservation Drones. The organization works solely on modifications and ways in which to switch UAVs for wildlife uses.

Drone no hurt

One problem is the noise and disturbance that a large drone can cause. They can actually interfere with the wildlife they are trying to analyze. In fact, animals can experience drone stress.

To address these issues, some groups recently authored a draft “code of conduct” for drones employed in conservation and analysis.

As personal drones become common, national parks and conservation areas have conjointly set rules around their use. Many, like Alces Island parkland in Canada—home to beavers, bison, pelicans and, of course, elk—are enacting bans on drones.

But for conservationists, drones could really revolutionize research within the wildest of locations. Imagine the potential of a system that would mechanically establish things it takes hours for individuals to digest.

 

RoboGolfPro: The robot golf instruction tool

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We all want to hit the long ball like Dustin or have perfect swing tempo like Rory. Unfortunately, most of us just can’t do it. We can try going to our coaches at the local driving range or videotaping our swing. However, that’s just not going to cut it. All we need is to be able to actually experience that kind of the swing in our own bodies. That’s why they invented RoboGolfPro.

RoboGolfProis supposed to help you leave your ugly swing behind. They want to replace it with a more efficient and pretty swing. RoboGolfProit different from other swing plane training needs because it physically guide your body in the correct motion. “The idea is to build a perfect swing for your height, body weight and flexibility,” says Nate Weidner, Director of Instruction and General Manager at FairWeather Golf. “If someone has a major swing fault, we can over-exaggerate a swing motion to get them on plane a lot quicker. Even after a 10 or 15-minute demo, there have been times where we have added 40 yards to some high handicappers with a 7-iron.”

Currently, the only certified RoboGolfProcenters are in Europe and the UK. However, that doesn’t stop many PGA professionals from visiting these facilities. Apparently, Kevin Na, David toms, and Mike Weir have all tried it out.

Cons

RoboGolfPro isn’t perfect. However. It can be difficult to operate, but reports are that the learning curve. Also, the robot keeps you from falling back into old habits.

The main drawback is the cost. The cost is about $150,000. It definitely not cheap. But of course the manufacturer would love to have everyone give it a spin. This is not a training aid you will find on Amazon.com or golftrainingaidreview.com.

How the iPhone’s Health App Could Help You to Lose Weight

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Every new iPhone comes with fantastic little app called health. This is active with iOS 10 and can help you in many ways. Losing weight is one of things that can help you with.

One thing you can do is organize a new weight loss program. It’s really easy to start with your diet. First, you have a record of everything you need every day. This can be monitored in your iPhone and you can count your calories.

This could be beneficial for many reasons. That can help you follow how many calories you are consuming and make you aware of the limits you should go by. In addition, that can help you follow which nutrients are consuming. The better the nutrients, the better the way lost.

Many advise higher intake of protein and fiber, which also keep you full throughout the day. Your Health app can also help you with your goals for this. You can also automatically sync with other help apps such as my fitness pal. You can even select which bits of information you want to sink.

Step-by-step guide

The health app will also help you keep track of your daily steps. Walking is a proven way of decreasing your weight. The American health Association recommends 10,000 steps a day is a good goal. This Monistat could burn an extra 2000 to 3500 cal a week.

Apple iOS 10.1 update erases health app data from iPhones, iPads; is there a way to restore it?

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Not long ago, Apple discharged the principal significant redesign of the iOS 10 arrangement. They brought immense enhancements, including the eagerly awaited Portrait mode to the iPhone 7 Plus. They’ve additionally incorporated an imperative security fix. Be that as it may, the happiness around the new overhaul dissipated quickly. Numerous Apple gadget proprietors who moved up to the new iOS 10.1 saw the delicate data in their Health application get deleted.

Looking at the Apple forum comments, this issue does not look like a secluded one. It’s boundless.

Is there an approach to improve this issue?

A portion of the technically knowledgeable clients attempted to reestablish by resetting the health data in their favorites. Likewise, if they attempt to export the info, the Health application crashes. So far, there is no way to fix the problem.

Should you proceed with the upgrade to iOS 10.1? As such, Apple has not made any official remark with respect to the Health application information. On the other hand, you may want to go ahead with the update because it contains an essential security overhaul which prevents phishing.

Other people who keep up Health records on iPhones ought to sit tight for a couple of more days to check whether Apple comes out with any product fix or not. The individuals who have as of now introduced the iOS 10.1 upgrade and lost the Health application information, must choose the option to sit tight for the new redesign, most likely iOS 10.1.1. Watch this space for more upgrades.

Google’s Chromebook Pixel

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The Google Chrome book Pixel  is an interesting move by Google. It’s interesting because they’re basically giving it away for free. if you look at how much it costs, it’s really supercheap.

The pixel comes with 1 TB of storage in the cloud on Google drive. This is equal to about $1800 over the course of three years. So if you’re already using Google drive, it’s basically like getting the pixel for free.

More of the same

Of course, that’s just what Google does.  It gets you to buy into their overall system so they can have your data. In fact, they even thrown in some features that are similar to Apple products.

On the other hand, the pixel still doesn’t have  very much processing power. It’s designed to be a slave unit that you basically connect to Wi-Fi to use the Google environment. Therefore, the hardware is not that important.

So if you’re asking about the $1300 that will get you the Pixel, just take a look at all the features you get.  If you’re willing to live in the cloud, then, could be a great deal. If you want more powerful laptop, this may not be the product for you.

 

AGCP introduces Masters of Golf Club Technology

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The Association of Golf Club Fitting Professionals recently announced the very first AGCP Masters of Golf Club Technology. This distinction goes to AGCP Members who meet specific criteria for education, experience, and their dedication to the craft of club-making.

The AGCP is an educational organization that strives to train the best clubfitters and club builders in the world. They continue to expand our methods of educating club makers around the world by adding additional classes. They strive to improve our Roundtable presentations and create Internet Classes on-line for long distance training. The AGCP is currently developing a studio in our headquarters to film and create DVDs for training and instruction for both clubfitter-clubmakers and for the public.

The AGCP member that is Level 10 Qualified and Certified meets the highest standards ass a clubfitter and clubmaker. They have achieved a very high degree of training and are considered at the top of their profession. To reach Level 10, one must have years of experience and be able to provide the full array of experience for any golfer, including the most highly skilled. The Level 10 member is the Gold Standard.

But, there are some members who truly go the extra mile. They are considered to be among the best in the world at fitting and building custom golf equipment. For those members, they have spent considerable time teaching others to do the very special things for their golfers. The ultimate achievement in the AGCP (or any club fitter or club maker) is the next level…The AGCP Master of Golf Club Technology or, the AGCP Master

Master of both

Some organizations teach how to build golf clubs. Some organizations teach how to swing golf clubs. The AGCP is the only organization that emphasizes both the equipment and the swing. The AGCP requires training in both areas to insure our members understand how the golf club works and how the golf swing works. They seek to understand how they work together.

This is the ultimate in fitting and equipment that are perfectly adapted to you and your golf swing. Every aspect of golf club is fitted to you. They fit only you based on your ability and you personal swing characteristics after extensive testing with state of the art equipment. Swing Analyzers, Launch Monitors, Video and slow motion cameras are all used to analyze your golf swing before deciding on the make up of your equipment.

AGCP Masters of Golf Club Technology are they are also those who give back to the profession the most. Masters are the AGCP members who often at their own personal expense travel. They sometimes go thousands of miles to offer one or more 2 hour presentations to AGCP members. The AGCP Masters are the members that are resources for other members when they have problems. The Masters are the teachers of future generations of custom club fitters and club builders. They strive to help build the AGCP and make it the best organization of it’s kind in the World.

Credentials

To become a Master of Golf Club Technology the AGCP member must have achieved the following:

  • Professional* Club Technician, Club Fitter, Club Builder.- Full-Time (5 Years experience)- Part-Time (10 Years experience)
  • AGCP Level 10 at least 12 months prior to nomination.
  • Attended at least 2 Roundtable Education Conventions, with at least one Presentation
  • Nominated by 3 or more Current AGCP Masters.
  • Completed a series of special Certification Classes