In the past, home automation might have seemed like a futuristic theory. It is part of the concept of a lot of old futuristic television shows and movies. With how things are now, iOT or the internet of things is changing the way that people look at homes. Home automation can impact your every day life, and here is how.[Read more…]
Home security has come a long way in the last few decades. Homeowners used to rely on deadbolts, alarm systems and, if they were lucky, a neighborhood patrol. Now, however, home automation takes security even further. No matter what neighborhood you live in, it just makes sense to increase the security of your home.[Read more…]
Smart homes are no longer a dream of the future. Millennials and even older generations have incorporated various types of smart technology into their homes. Most people think of video cameras at the front door or telling Alexa to pay the mortgage. However, there is more to home automation than just this. Here are three beneficial functions you may enjoy in a smart home.[Read more…]
Automated homes have been a popular item in cartoons and movies with everything from things going horribly wrong to a home that cleans itself to the delight of the owners. Home automation is well within the realms of possibility with the technological advancements of today. Comfort and security are the two primary functions of these automated gadgets and devices.[Read more…]
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The term “smart home” has become commonplace but do you really understand the benefits that come with this amazing technology? Would you ever leave your smartphone and go back to a flip phone? If not, then why are you settling for a house without Control4 technology? Control4 allows a homeowner complete automated control over the electronic devices in their home. From lamps to window shade to surround sound to the thermostat, smart home technology is the epitome of a carefree lifestyle. Let’s look at some of the most commonly controlled devices in the home.[Read more…]
Even with all of the firewalls and virus protectors, the inevitable happens. One crazy Monday morning, your computer greets you with a problem. It’s probably the worst day possible when you don’t have time to sit quietly and figure out what’s wrong. The desire to take a hammer to the screen has been around for as long as, well, computer screens. Deep breath, that’s what Tech Support people were created for. Some tips to get you through this trying episode are to seek help, stay calm, and do what you’re told.
Don’t spend hours trying to fix the problem yourself. Remember what the definition of insanity is and stop attempting the same remedy over and over again only to get the same result. Contact someone who knows how to get your computer back on track in minutes instead of hours, your Tech Support professional.
It can be frustrating to sit there trying to calmly explain to someone over the phone exactly what’s going on with your computer. This is especially true when you aren’t an IT person. But slowly going through the events that led up to this computer emergency will give the professional on the other end a good idea of where to start. Be polite as you answer seemingly ridiculous questions, and calmly repeat your answers over and over again if necessary. Trust them to know what they are doing.
Do What You Are Told
At some point, the inevitable could happen and the Tech Support person may ask you to let him remotely access your computer. Of course, you didn’t just call anyone; you called a trusted, reputable company to help you out of this problem. Let them do what they need to do to get in and out of your system to fix this perceived disaster.
When your computer puts a kink in your day, keep your cool and let the experts handle it. Don’t use a hammer, use a Tech Support professional.
Smart homes no longer just exist in overactive imaginations and science fiction movies. Home automation is all around us. From cameras with two-way microphones at the door to automated lights, homes are gaining IQ points all across the country. So, here are just a few reasons you should consider adding smart tech to your own.
No one likes coming home to a freezing house in the winter or an oven in the summer. As a result, many homeowners leave their air conditioning running even when they are away from home. The cost of this convenience is high. With smart tech, you can set a timer or use an app to turn it on before you head home. This coupled with automated lights throughout the home can save you hundreds of dollars each year.
We waste a lot of time on mundane tasks every day. Home automation helps to reduce this by “outsourcing” some of these, allowing us to reclaim a few minutes or hours each day for self-care or hobbies. Tasks many smart homes automate include the following:
- Checking who’s at the door without getting out of bed
- Using timers to lock or unlock doors
- Making a grocery list
- Vacuuming the home
Smoke detectors, CO2 monitors, motion sensors and door alarms help to keep a home safe, but they are most effective when monitored by an external company. In a large fire or in the case of a burglary, the people inside may not be able to escape or call for help. With automated systems, if your alarm or monitoring company cannot confirm you are okay, they will dispatch the fire department, paramedics or law enforcement to your home.
Are you planning on upgrading your home to include smart features soon? There are plenty of DIY hacks on the market, but to preserve network security and ensure total integration, consider hiring professional help for home automation.
Predicting the evolution of IT hardware has proven elusive beyond about 5 years. Fortunately, relatively inexpensive IT hardware is typically exchanged within 3 to 4 years, but the center infrastructure is orders of magnitude more expensive and should be a focus of data center design. Here’s 4 critical factors to consider when planning your new center.
Power Consumption Is the Driving Force
Data centers use roughly 2% of global energy output. For large operations, data center design is about obtaining affordable power. The largest centers are built around generating electricity, which has allowed companies like Apple, Google and Amazon to invest heavily in energy independence so they can hyperscale as needed.
Your Next Consideration is Cooling
With legacy hardware, the biggest energy sink was cooling. This is gradually changing, as solid-state storage and other technologies have reached critical mass. Not only far more energy efficient, they are much faster and require less cooling. And many data centers are being built around the free cooling concept or using geothermal cooling when available.
Data Theft Can Only Be Mitigated, Not Blocked
Heartbleed and Spectre/Meltdown have convinced the hardest skeptics that data theft will happen. Careful strategies should be built into data center design to both increase security and mitigate damage when a breach has happened. DDoS, SQL injection and CSRF attacks happen daily, and all must be carefully planned for during design.
Hardware Convergence Is Rapidly Evolving
As PFMs and system-on-a-chip become the norm, edge computing will play a greater role. Both will reduce the computational, power and cooling demands on the center while reducing required space. Docker containers and CaaS help reallocate hardware on an as-needed basis for maximum server utilization.
Most IT professionals have long experience with what works in data centers and what doesn’t. However, an IT implementation specialist must be consulted when designing a new center. They’ll have the greatest knowledge about trends in infrastructure, where a very minor change can have massive long-term consequences. Look for a consultant with long experience designing both large and small data centers who is also very active, so you know they are current.