A New Way of Doing Things

Cloud storage in itself is a somewhat new way of doing things. Sure, online backup services have been around since the dawn of the Internet but with the the new and up coming cloud storage systems, the way things are stored has been turned over – possibly forever. This of course can be said for a lot of web services, but it is more so in online storage. So how do you know who is the best without actually testing it out, well, that’s where reviews help. Given the popularity of cloud storage, there are lots of people using it in the real world so who better to learn from than people who have tried it out before. People, usually, are are quite eager to talk about the service they’re using, love it or not, people by nature do love to comment so seeing third party comments on a given service can really help give you valuable knowledge.

Online storage systems these days tend to be linked in some way or another with lots of people utilising the same data centres for their backup solutions. Take Amazons S3 storage for example. On as it goes, this seems like a run of the mill storage company but it isn’t. Far from it. In fact, well over half of the top online storage providers out there make use of the service by amazon and literally utilisise disk space on their own platforms whilst utilising the super fast back-bone which Amazon S3 uses. This is something to bare in mind when choosing which company to go with for your own needs. Of course, there are alternatives out there but if you want lightning fast, secure and reliable. The S3 service is for sure the back bone to be utilising. There are other providers around for sure, but when it comes to being secure, you need to know where you stand.

To find a good provider, then reading guides is the best thing to do. No matter which provider you’re intending to sign up to. It’s always worth finding out to see what other real world users think of the service you’re intending to take out. Like with most things, what the service provider advertises can often be a bit different to what you’re being provided with. This is fine in some circumstances but in reality if you’re shelling out for a storage solution then you want to get what you’re paying for at least. Cloud storage as a market is littered with companies. There are lots of providers like SOS, JustCloud and Carbonite to name a few. All appear to provide great service and various packages but without knowing who people like then you really don’t know who to sign up with.

Best Boat Storage Tips for All Seasons

Hello sailors. Are you ready for summer?

You should be, knowing all the things you can do with your very own boat. Many people often sit around wondering how to while away their hot or humid summer days with little to no idea how to do so. But sailing and boating of all kinds certainly helps to beat both boredom and the heat!

However, if you wish to keep or maintain your own boat, there are certainly some things you should know beforehand. Nothing too immensely difficult, mind you. But if you keep in mind that all rewards come with good care and responsibility you can find yourself having a good, refreshing and overall satisfying boating experience this summer!

  • Obviously your primary need is ensuring that your boat is obviously in workable condition. It certainly would not do to get out in the middle of the water only to find you paddling back to shore! First, you must ensure that it has an up to date fuel system, and is equipped with all the relevant belts cables and hoses.
  • Then you should ensure that all its electrical systems (should it be the type of boat that requires any) are functioning properly. (I suppose if your radio is broken that is alright. In context this of course refers to those which are necessary for the boat’s functioning.) Beyond that, and ensuring all hardware (such as propellers) is functioning properly and well oiled, your only remaining thing is to ensure it is properly full of gas, or any other fluid it requires to function.
  • It is also important to make sure you know what you are doing with your boat year-round. This could hypothetically if you are enthusiastic and want to protect it mean periodic maintenance at any time, but what it mainly refers to is ensuring you have a place to keep it where it will be free from damage.
  • Obviously a place many opt to keep it is in their own driveway. To do so of course would require a device with which to transport it back and forth between areas. These can be hitched to cars, and are relatively easy to use, but you must always ensure that the one you purchase is large enough that it fits your entire boat upon it.
  • However, that is not your only concern with storing it on your driveway. Many counties have ordinances against doing so, or about how it can be done, so before gearing up you had best be sure you are even allowed to do so!
  • You can also store your boat at marina storage. Though this option might be a bit expensive for some, so it would be best to ensure you are willing to pay what is required to keep it there. Note of course there is the option to store your boat both on the water, and in a storage facility nearby. If you choose the second you will still be needed to have a transport, but it will be a bit cheaper; saving you money in the long run. It is also important to check the security differences of various storage methods. Since though boats are not often stolen, as being something of limited use one may not wish to risk getting caught so easily; it is still not best to be the one it may happen to!
  • One last thing to keep in mind is that during winter there is a relatively different environment outdoors than during the rest of the year. Whether you plan to store it, or keep it stored at a garage, then it is best either way to look into your options for keeping sure it does not freeze and thus take on frost damage. For places, it would be best to get one that is climate-controlled, to ensure it will be properly protected. But if you intend to keep it on your own property, keeping it shrink-wrapped is the ideal, and this will be a better option.

As mentioned earlier, there is certainly a lot of work you must keep in mind in order to keep your boat working at top efficiency. But once you get in the rhythm you will find it far more rewarding than it is troubling. And you will be gad you chose to become one who rather than being stuck on land also has the freedom to sail the high seas!

4 Ways Cloud Can Improve The Hiring Process

Hiring has always been a cumbersome process for companies. From conducting recruitment drives to performing walk-in interviews, different companies adopt different methods to increase the workforce. Irrespective of the method, hiring as a process is very important for the company since during this process only a company identifies its future flag bearers. The process of hiring can be improved by using cloud. From the outside hiring cloud seems to be poles apart but are very much interconnected.

Access to Remote Places

Sometimes the recruiters have to go to remote places to conduct recruitment

drives or the company is at a remote place where the job seeker has to go for the interview. In such cases it is a real pain for both the parties to carry out the process at full potential, as half of the effort is wasted in reaching the premises. This problem is greatly solved by cloud. Moreover, the members of a team working in some far off place can effectively connect with each other with cloud services. They can keep track of each other’s process or can guide them through a tough task. No one is away from the thick of action if cloud is used.

Inculcates Technicality

Technical soundness is the most in demand quality for a potential employee. Hiring through cloud makes sure that the person being interviewed is tech-savvy as cloud shows that he is adept enough to use the cloud services in interview process. The recruiter can see if the candidate is comfortable with the latest technology or he is just an imposter. Moreover, it encourages people to be tech-friendly as this would give them an edge over the non-technical candidates.

Speeds up the Process

The slow process of evaluating and discussing the qualities of a candidate speeds up to a great degree by using cloud, as the recruiters can share their views and can discuss from their home, thus speeding up the recruitment process. All the hiring people can get quick feedback from one another and share their opinions. Cloud hasn’t just remained a process management but has evolved into a more impacting technology and hiring is just a piece in cloud’s jigsaw.


Cloud makes the process of hiring very flexible as the recruiters as well as the candidates can fix a date of interview that is suitable to both of them rather than a pre-fixed date for which prior commitments are needed to be sacrificed. Working on the cloud also appeals to the future employees as it gives them the freedom to work from home or on their travel. This makes the job more appealing to the candidate. Yahoo’s CEO famously incorporated the philosophy of work from home which is very much wanted by an employee and is enabled only because of cloud. 


So, we saw that even most of the draining process like that of hiring can be made easy by the cloud computing and every recruiter should try to incorporate cloud in their hiring process in one way or the other, as it not just only saves a lot of labor effort but also appeals to the candidates more. The talent pool is growing by each day and companies want to hire the best talent which is out there, so they need to have an edge over their opponents which cloud duly provides.

Renuka Rana, Editor at QuickBooks Hosting DotCom spends considerable part of her time in writing about technology including cloud hosting, Hosted PBX and cloud hosting. When not writing, she loves to dig deeper into knowing the best and the latest technology in industry.

What Is Machine To Machine Communication?


What is M2M?

Machine-to-machine communication is the ability of different devices to talk to each other and exchange information.

For example, you may have a sensor device such as a thermostat that needs to trigger an action when a certain level is reached. The information from the sensor is sent to another device, where it can be used to throw a switch or take an action to alert an operator to a problem.

Basically, it connects things to the web, allowing them to become part of an intelligent network. It allows key details to be sent without the need for human intervention, thus streamlining the way processes work, improving efficiency and cutting costs. That’s a simplified view but in the age of widespread computers and networks things are a bit more complicated.

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication can now involve sending data over the internet to devices that are thousands of miles apart. This also means it’s expanded beyond one-to-one connections and information can be sent to many different devices in one go, or indeed a single hub can collect sensor data from many different sources.

The History of M2M

Interconnection of devices has been around for a long time and in fact pre-dates many of today’s computing technologies. Land-line communication is still common, whether by dial-up, broadband internet or ISDN links. Cellular communication is also popular and Siemens pioneered this is in the mid 1990s, developing a dedicated GSM data module known as M1.

M1 was used in early point-of-sale (POS) applications and in devices to allow the tracking and monitoring of vehicles. Early adopters were large multi-national companies such as General Motors, who were quick to see the potential offered by the technology. The latest mobile M2M units offer technologies such as built-in GPS that allow them to accurately report their position.

M2M can also be embedded into smart cards such as mobile phone SIMs, allowing it to be included in much smaller devices that can be used for applications such as tracking cargoes. We are now seeing a big expansion in the number of machines that are becoming M2M enabled.

In 2008 it was estimated that worldwide the number of mobile phone links used for M2M was some 47.7 million. By 2014 this is forecast to grow to 187 million, so the technology has taken off in a big way. The German market is particularly fast growing, with the 2.3 million M2M smart cards in circulation in 2010 set to more than double by the end of 2013.

Uses of M2M Today

Interconnected devices can be used to help performance and efficiency in a number of different ways. These include the production phase to ensure that components are delivered on time but also in finished products. For example, M2M can alert a manufacturer when a machine needs a service and can even highlight the faults that need to be rectified.

Another use of M2M is in the new generation of smart meters used by energy companies. These allow meters to send in their own readings at regular intervals and can alert the supplier to tampering or unusual activity.

The technology can be used in other ways to allow, for example, a central computer to update digital signage to display changing messages at different times of day or to update prices displayed at filling stations. Motor manufacturers have been quick to adopt M2M technology and it is particularly useful for electric cars where there is a high level of embedded technology already in the vehicle.

Ford, for example, has formed a partnership with AT&T to fit electric Focus models with a dedicated app and wireless connection.

This allows owners to monitor and control the car’s charge state and to plan journeys around the need to access charging stations. It can also be used to remotely trigger heating or cooling of the car prior to setting off on a journey.

M2M is also useful for fleet management, tracking drivers’ habits and journeys to optimise route planning and reduce journey times. It can be used to monitor driver behaviour and this is very useful not just for fleets but also for the insurance industry.

Motor insurance policies that use a ‘black box’ to check on driver behaviour are becoming increasingly common, especially for younger motorists. The technology can help the driver too, providing real-time traffic and weather reports tailored to the location of the vehicle.

The healthcare sector is another area where M2M technology is starting to make a difference. In patient care it can save lives, improve quality of life and cut costs. For example, remote monitoring can provide information on a patient’s condition whilst reducing the amount of time spent on hospital stays and visits.

It can help with assisted living for the elderly as well, allowing them to stay in their home for longer and enjoy a much better quality of life.

This guest post was contributed by Hudsone & Yorke; a company specialising in telecommunications, networking and IT consultancy.

The Biggest Electrical Risks You May Not Be Aware Of

Everyone knows that electricity is flowing through the walls of most buildings. Most people don’t even think of the dangers that can come from having live electrical currents so close to people. Here are some little known electrical risks that can really hurt you.

Old Wiring

The National Fire Protection Association lists old wiring as a major cause of house fires and electrical injury. Approximately 50 percent of American homes were built before 1973, and many of these homes have never had an inspection by an electrician. The simple fact that a house is old doesn’t automatically mean that it has a faulty electrical system, but older homes do have a greater likelihood of having deteriorating or unsafe wiring.

Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum wiring was used in many houses built or remodeled in the 1960s and 1970s. The connection points are the hazard, not the aluminum wiring itself. The connection points can break down over time in a way that leads to overheating and potential fires.


A flood can be dangerous by itself, but the presence of live electrical current can make a bad situation worse. Even a small amount of water in the basement or ground floor of a building can cause an electrical hazard. Entering a flooded room that is still receiving electrical current is very dangerous. If flooding is expected, the electrical system of the building should be completely disconnected. If the flooding is unexpected, and covers any electrical cords or the electrical outlets themselves, the building should be evacuated until the power can be turned off.

No Grounding Protection

That third prong on an electrical outlet has an important function; to provide electrical grounding. Cutting that prong off to make a three prong plug fit into a two-hole outlet is a very bad idea. Electricity seeks the path of least resistance. Proper grounding allows any electric current that might come from a broken connection or loose wire to travel into the ground instead of into a nearby person.

Static Electricity

A static spark is not a huge electrical event, but static electricity is, as its name suggests, electricity. Although it is rare, a static spark can ignite gasoline vapors, according to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Static sparks can also be hazardous in industries that use or store flammable chemicals.

Improper extension cord use

Extension cords are a great invention, bringing electricity wherever it is needed. However, improper extension cord use can lead to electrocution. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, extension cords are not meant to be linked together for a quarter of a mile, nor are they intended to power an entire house. Improper use of extension cords can cause the insulation to break down, increasing the risk of electrical shock and fire.

Not Using Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Outlets

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) protect against electrocution by shutting off an outlet if a change in current is detected. GFCIs should be used if there is any potential contact with water, such kitchen, bathroom and outdoor outlets.

Do It Yourself Repairs

It may seem simple to change a light fixture or replace a faulty outlet. However, electrical repairs are not like other do-it-yourself projects. You can be injured or even killed if you touch the wrong wire, and incorrectly performed repairs can lead to additional problems, including fires. It is always a good idea to contact an experienced electrician for electrical repairs.

Wendy Culvert is a freelance blogger. She takes steps to prepare for electrical disasters by keeping her emergency lighting system powered by a Lithonia battery from BatteryPlex