CLOUD RELIABILITY

28. December 2012, 16:03 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

The "Cloud" is supposed to be a flexible, resilient and redundant resource for computing power and data storage. But just how reliable is it?

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EXPAND YOUR HOSTING STORAGE

28. August 2012, 15:39 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Places to host a web site are plentiful, and good quality hosting can be had at reasonable prices from a plethora of firms. But often the space available, if you wish to host a large number of files is limited. There is a way, however, to obtain a large amount of storage space that shrinks and grows as you need it, and only pay for what you use.

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VOIP SECURITY AWARENESS

15. January 2012, 15:17 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

There are generally two camps when it comes to VoIP security - the “perfectly safe” folks and the the “dangerously vulnerable” folks. The former group tend to be made up of IP telephony people (vendors, suppliers, and the like) and the financial officers who see big savings over conventional telephony systems. The latter group tend to be made up of network and security technicians, and the inevitable doomsayers.

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SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

17. September 2011, 16:28 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Social media tools and sites have expanded the collaborative landscape and the ease with which information can be shared with large numbers of other people. Organizations, whether they use these tools or not, need to spend serious effort communicating with their employees regarding their use, and keeping confidential information private.

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E-MAIL NEWSLETTER TIPS

19. August 2011, 17:02 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

In a day and age where unsolicited e-mail is a rampant problem, there are those who create and distribute some very interesting and useful opt-in e-mail newsletters and mailing lists. If you, or your organization is planning on starting such a newsletter, or even if you have one you would like to rejuvenate, the following tips should help you get started.

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FIRST WEB IMPRESSIONS

12. July 2011, 14:40 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

The Web, in general, has the effect of helping level the playing field for businesses. A well designed website allows a small business to create an image, provide information and reach the on-line market as easily and effectively as a large corporation.

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UNPLEASANT REMINDER

20. June 2011, 13:45 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

In these days of advanced web technologies, multifunctional browsers, high resolution screens and all the paraphernalia of modern computing, it is surprising and sadly amusing when we come across reminders of the “bad old days” of the web.

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SHORTENED URLS: A RISKY CLICK

20. January 2011, 17:24 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Recently security software vendor McAfee Inc. has been warning of the security risk of shortened URLs for use on social media sites such as Twitter.

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A CHARITABLE CHRISTMAS TRADITION

2. December 2010, 16:56 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

During the Christmas season many people put up lights and decorations. Some in celebration, joyful festivity or just for fun. Others work towards this charity or that, usually one that has meaning for them. One man manages to combine the two.

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WEB HOST TELECOMMUTE

25. March 2010, 01:37 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

A friend recently asked me my opinion of doing tech support for a web host through remote access (also known as telecommuting). It can be a good job so long as it is done in a proper manner and with a few things in mind.

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E-MAIL MARKETING

30. November 2009, 18:36 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

As Christmas draws closer and the shopping frenzy gets started, the e-mail in-boxes of the world get inundated with a fresh deluge of SPAM. Fortunately. most of it gets filtered out but there is always the rare one that slips through. For those doing e-mail marketing following a few simple guidelines would likely prove more profitable in the long run — and legal too.

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TOP HOME WI-FI ERRORS

19. July 2009, 15:38 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Research has shown that eighty percent of people with wireless home networks don’t turn on the security features. The biggest reason given is that it slows down the network. Compounding this, most wi-fi routers ship from the manufacturer with security turned off by default. The following are five common security errors made with wi-fi networks.

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WHEN E-MAIL STANDARDS ARE NOT

26. January 2009, 05:42 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

I was recently recruited to help a friend set up e-mail on their Linux system. I discovered that not all providers follow the various e-mail standards that have developed over the years.

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AUP GONE WILD

28. August 2008, 16:27 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

The following is an excerpt from one of the most “anal” AUP statements I have ever read. The provisions virtually make the content unusable, and place any user instantly in violation.

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6.6 DEGREES OF SEPARATION

5. August 2008, 16:37 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

A story that has been carried by numerous sources this week would seem to validate the “six degrees of separation” concept popularized in movie and trivia games.

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DOMAIN SLAMMING

10. June 2008, 13:17 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Just when one thinks a vile practice has disappeared it resurfaces its ugly head. I'm talking about “Domain Slamming”. This is the practice of trying to trick domain name holders to switch domain registrars by feeding off FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) and the impression of official communications. Well, it’s back.

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FORWARD TO THE PAST

4. June 2008, 17:24 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

In a move sure to raise the ire of many subscribers, Time-Warner are test marketing metered internet. Many of us remember the bad old days of limited megabytes or minutes per month and how frustrating it was. That was why we were so glad to see broadband arrive for the consumer. Well if Time-Warner has its way the in stead of “back to the future” it will be “forward to the past”.

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WEB HOST OPERATING SYSTEMS

25. May 2008, 16:36 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

I read a comment not too long ago in a piece about Microsoft and the Web that claimed Windows had a majority of the server market. Well, that is true - sorta, kinda, if you read the statistics in a certain way.

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QUÉBEC POLITICIAN WANTS CCTLD

28. April 2008, 15:14 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments [2]

Apparently, for some, in the province of Québec having a provincial domain name of .qc.ca or using .ca isn’t good enough. Daniel Turp, a Parti Québécois member of Québec’s National Assembly has started a petition for a Québec specific .qc domain. Under current regulations, however, it would require that Québec be deemed a country in its own right first.

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BYPASSING INTERNET CENSORSHIP

16. February 2008, 23:34 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Censorship continues to be a problem on the Internet. While “more enlightened” western democracies legislate censorship by declaring various forms of expression illegal, various countries around the world block basic reference websites such as encyclopedias and news providers.

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WHEN IS A COUNTRY A U.S.A. STATE ?

7. February 2008, 22:31 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

When is a country actually a state in the United States of America? Apparently when its country code top level domain name corresponds to the postal abbreviation of a U.S. state.

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CROSSING THE LINE BETWEEN THE VIRTUAL AND THE REAL

25. November 2007, 20:46 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Welcome to virtual reality, where people can buy, pay real money for, non-existent items such as furniture, to furnish a non-existent apartment, and where a thief can be charged for theft in the real world for stealing said non-existent property in the virtual world.

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UNINSTALLING INTERNET EXPLORER 7

24. November 2006, 16:50 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

If you have found yourself less than enamoured of the newest browser offering from Microsoft here is how to remove it.

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PINK FOR OCTOBER

1. October 2006, 19:13 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

October is Breast Cancer Awarenes Month. In support of this, the site Pink for October has started a campaign for web sites to show their support by incoporating pink somehow into their design for the month.

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SYMPATICO IS WATCHING

3. August 2006, 16:22 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

In a recent change in it’s service agreement, Bell/Sympatico, arguably Canada’s largest ISP, stated that it would be monitoring customers’ on-line activities for possible reporting to government agencies. Understandably this has raised concerns over privacy and dubious data use.

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SPAM ADDRESS HARVESTING

11. June 2006, 15:28 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

A discussion of SPAM and how addresses get harvested led to the discovery of a forum where a Chinese stock tip spammer has over 200 pages of e-mail addresses listed on the web, and about 20,000 addresses per page. Stop and think about that for a minute. These addresses are there for any harvest bot that comes by. Despite numerous requests they somehow rationalize it as ‘free capitalism’.

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EFFECTIVE E-MAIL TIPS

28. May 2006, 17:42 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

E-mail is so widespread as to be ubiquitous. It is the single, most used internet application. It helps businesses communicate, keeps families and friends in touch, and provides a reliable means for the transfer of information. When misused, however, it can be a nightmare, for users, administrators and companies (and this isn’t even considering spam). The following are some tips or e-mail “etiquette” to help keep e-mail useful and a big step towards making a safe mode of communication for individuals and companies.

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AUCTION TIPS FOR eBAY

23. May 2006, 03:35 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Here are a couple of suggestion to help improve you chances of winning an eBay auction. While there are never any guarantees, a bit of forethought can improve your odds.

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FIREFOX MEMORY TIPS

20. February 2006, 22:42 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Many people have been experiencing Firefox 1.5's penchant for using large amounts of memory. While some of this may be attributable to heavy and/or conflicting extension use, it has often affected those using no extensions at all. It may also be partially atributable to the prefetch and forward/back caching features used to speed up site display and navigation.

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WHAT IS RSS?

17. September 2004, 19:33 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

RSS is a Web content syndication format. Its name is an acronym for 'Rich Site Summary' (also referred to as 'Really Simple Syndication').

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MANAGING YOUR E-MAIL

12. July 2004, 20:51 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Increasingly people who regularly use the Internet are seening the amount of e-mail in their inbox swell to considerabl amounts. The following are a few pointers to help control your e-mail before it becomes unmanageable.

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BLOCK WEB ADS FOR FREE

29. January 2004, 22:09 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

The details collectible via on-line advertising and the various privacy concerns surrounding them have bene discussed extensively in mnay venues. These issues asside, most of these ads are just plain annoying. Whether they be banners, pop-ups or pup-unders, they all use bandwidth and get in the way. There are dozens of programs, free, shareware and commercial that can be used to block them, but there is another way that is siple, and involves only the use of a simple text editor.

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MATCHING SCREEN RESOLUTION

20. August 2001, 19:12 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

As one explores the World Wide Web one can't help but notice the corporate adn organizational sites that change layout based on the screen resolution used to view them. The best approach is to use Cascading Style Sheets and relative positioning to place elemetns in position regardless of the display size. However, this can sometimes be difficult when using fixed size elemetns such as graphics.

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