IT Facts to keep in mind for your home or small business

Energy Saving Vs Cost

According to Energy Star; “If all computers sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the savings would grow to: more than $1 billion in annual energy costs per year

Approximately 15 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the emissions from more than 1.4 million vehicles.”

The figures stated above, show a significant potential increase for energy saving and greenhouse gas emissions. These numbers have the potential of drastically improving the environment and of better utilizing natural world resources.

I have listed an example with two of my own computers below.

  1. ASUS X5536 – Energy Star – HDMI – 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Du0 – 6Gb Memory – Windows Operating System. This laptop was purchased in November of 2015. The second computer is B: APPLE MacBook – OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 Running on 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6 GB of memory. This laptop was purchased in 2009.

Findings:

Computer A & B appear to run at an equal speed with no problems.

Computer A cost: $250.00 Computer B cost: $978.00

Computer A & B both go into battery saving mode based upon the different options available in accordance with the preference of each user.

Computer A & B both have an internal fan which prevent the computer from going into overheating mode.

Computer A & B can both be shut down remotely.

Computer A’s battery lasts twice as long as Computer B’s battery however rather than this being a result of energy star vs regular, I believe it is a general issue with Apple Computers.

Computer B is capable of running more programs at the same time without freezing or slowing down the computer. This is not the case with Computer A.

Ideally, the settings in each computer are adjusted for the purpose of saving energy. Ways to do that may include but are not limited to the following:

 

Program the computer monitors to fall asleep after 5 minutes, or so of inactivity.

Lower the brightness of the screen

Program the computer to log out after a certain period of inactivity. This will prevent programs in the background to continue running.

Close out of all programs that are running in the background yet not being used.

Run frequent malware checks to ensure that there aren’t malicious programs running in the background.

You be the judge! Do you think that energy saving electronics, are worth the investment?

Who owns the internet?

You may be surprised that there is no single person “in charge” of the global interconnected network of computer networks known as the Internet. Instead, Internet infrastructure standards are overseen by groups such as the Internet Engineering Task Force and the Internet Architecture Board. The IETF is the principal body engaged in the development of new Internet protocol standard specifications. It is an open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. The actual technical work of the IETF is completed in its working groups.

Pro’s and con’s:

The internet allows for a diverse place. Due to the fact that it is a globally distributed network, the internet is composed of ideas, thoughts and creations resulting from the collaboration of many different individuals with many different beliefs and backgrounds.

Because the internet is created and composed by multi-races and multi-ethnic societies, the world has access to much more information and history from almost anywhere in the world.

The internet allows for world-wide relations and communications as it is composed of international working groups.

Having such a wide range of international working groups, may at times cause a conflict of interest or a conflict in communications.

The creation of internet protocols may be ambiguous as they are not created by a

unanimous decision but rather as an independent one.

Who Has Rights to a Domain Name?

Did you know that cyber squatters buy and register unused or lapsed domain names so that they can profit from selling them? Cyber squatters sometimes will sell you the domain name, but some take advantage of people trying to reach a more popular website and redirect to a website for their own business.

Website owners periodically must renew domain name registrations. Cyber squatters look for out-of-date registrations and buy them so that the original website owner must buy them back. Cyber squatters may purchase domain names with common words, alternate spellings of trademarked terms, or celebrity names.

More than 10 years ago, lawmakers enacted the Ant Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act The ACPA’s goal is to protect trademark owners from being forced to pay a cyber squatter for a domain name that includes their trademark. To win a case against a cyber squatter, you must prove that the cyber squatter acted in bad faith, meaning they tried knowingly to profit from purchasing a domain name with a trademarked term.

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How photography and videography impacted the world in negative ways.

While there are many advantages to video and photography, and thanks to these, technology has evolved in many positive ways, there are also many dangers associated with the aforementioned. As many people know, social media today, revolves around imagery and videography. People have the opportunity to share every day meaningful (or non-meaningful) life events. Having the opportunity to capture and share significant moments with friends and loved ones, is an invaluable opportunity in today’s world.

On the same token, much damage can be done with the improper use of photos and videos. Many of the events revolved around cyberbullying, part from the idea of misuse of this information. Furthermore, the impersonation of other people, is quite a popular process in social media sites, such as: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Needless to say, it can also very damaging and destructive to the image and character of a person.

Photography and videography, are not only used for online social media purposes. Today, the government, private organizations, and local institutions, use these for marketing, advertisement, and logistical purposes. Many countries, are beginning to use technology as a tool to aide in war zones. Small robotic tanks armed with missiles, have already been tested by armies of various countries. While this minimizes the amount of soldiers that are put on the front line, several trials have shown that this equipment is not reliable nor safety proof. Many of these machines, have auto-deployed, thus killing our own soldiers as a result of error.

Technological advances such as robots and drones in the military, have many advantages and disadvantages to the current and future welfare of our country. While theses devices have the potential of saving the lives of many of the soldiers who are fighting for our country, and allow for an intelligent operation approach, the downfall of their nature, appear to be much more severe than the advantages of such.

When looking at this matter from a social, ethical, and moral perspective, military drones and robots are basically killing machines. As P.W. Singer suggests, an electronic device cannot be programmed to know the difference between an enemy and al elder person, nor to have feelings to help determine that a death was unjustifiable. For this reason, the drone or robot will not feel remorse, thus having the capability of killing many innocent people to include children and women. Furthermore, because a drone cannot be prosecuted, once a mistake is being repeated over and over, it simply becomes a matter of a recall and of introducing a replacement.

In addition, while robots and drones have the capability of saving money, manpower, time, and resources, they are also a very dangerous tool to have. As some studies have revealed, people who operate the drones, are most likely to develop insensitivity to killing, or in severe circumstances, mental disturbances such as PTSD. The speaker poses an interesting comparison to video games, where players are much more likely to carry out severe and gruesome brutality acts through a game than in real life. Drones & robots however, while not a game, they will allow the same experience through an indirect and behind the scenes action.

Our world and newer generations are becoming much more insensitive to pain, problems, grief, feelings, etc. and while technology may allow us to advance in many ways, drones and robots can very easily cause a much more insensitive planet, where killing and war are the drive and center of our lives.

For the above reasons, technological advances continue to pose a threat to our society and world in many ways. While there are many advantages to some of these advances as stated above, mankind can at times, take these to extremes that endanger our own species. When men take life and creation to the point of acting as Gods, only death and devastation can occur as a result.

It is imperative, that social media, technology, photography, and videography, are used with utmost responsibility. Our obligation as part of this society, is to respect life and dignity in every possible way. The insensitivity of youth these days, and the ambition for economic power and social status, can be blinding to many people these days, and cause them to misuse information in devastating ways.

The proper use of social media, can bring about many positive results and has the potential of bringing our community together in useful ways. Many organizations and people, already have established great causes for the benefit of those who are less fortunate. The reuniting of missing people, fund collection for illness, or poverty causes, advertisement of blood drives, amber alerts, etc. are all good examples of constructive ways in which technology, social media, photography, and videography can be used, to make this world a better, stronger, dignified, and value oriented place.