Saturday, December 28, 2013

Web site hosting and search engines are two inseparable institutions that every Internet marketer depends on for active exposure of publications on the Internet. Neither is mutually exclusive as they complement each other in the scheme of things. This is a write-up that renders information from a practical and technical point of view with, hopefully, sufficient comprehensibility and facts.

Web Hosting

There are many web hosting companies with different price packages to choose from. Any customer can select a web hosting package to suit the needs of his/her intended publications. Internet marketing cannot be sufficiently effective without this application which establishes online exposure to web sites, blogs, videos, images, and so on.

What exactly is a web hosting company? Wikipedia describes it as follows: 'A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as provide Internet connectivity, typically in a data center.'

This teaches us that clients or customers have a reserved space or partition on the server who accommodates their publications, and borders them off from neighboring partitions. A web server is traditionally shared by many users. Sharing divides the price and makes web site hosting far more affordable.

Professional and well-managed hosting is a tool an Internet marketer cannot live without if he wants to generate a successful online business launch.

Web hosting can be done for free or at a cost. Web site content determines the space it needs to successfully display your site online. That's why there is a line drawn between cost-free and paid web hosting. If you are new to this and do not want to start spending money on web hosting, a template design that comes with a sub-domain is probably your best choice. and Google Blogger are two such examples among many. Without spending money, these make good tools for practicing and testing the Internet.

After mastering the basics of web design and studying marketing methods you may start to look at paid web hosting, which offers domains, email addresses, auto responders, detailed SEO (Search Engine Optimization). These are essential background tools to run a professional website, affiliate website or blog online. There is a long list of web hosting companies, and I would always recommend comparing price packages and features before committing to their services. There are websites that have listed them one by one and cover the pros and cons of what they offer. A very highly recognized web hosting company is Go Daddy whom you may like to examine and use for comparison.

Understanding Search Engines and Optimization

These programs will help key word users to ring up websites that are responding to specified search requests. Search engines operate on key word instructions and use crawlers to find the resources that match key word content. Examples of highly capacitated search engines are Google, Yahoo, Bing, MSN.

Search engines use automated software also known as bots, robots or spiders. These follow page-to-page/site-to-site links to gather information and create a web index that is made searchable for keyword users via search engines.

Bots, robots or spiders regularly revisit web pages for indexing and page changes. The software applies updates to the index and then relays fresh information to search engines. This course of action may not happen instantly as the updating process depends on the return frequency of the software and the speed at which this information is gathered and inserted. Until then, fresh information will not be available until a web page has been modified and freshly indexed.

Now that you have a deeper understanding of how search engines work, you probably would like to know some pros and cons.

The pros are that search engines have an immense capacity of providing access to web pages that are publicly visible on the worldwide web, the number of which are growing daily. Search engines are the only means to information search, and they are effective, efficient and fast at responding to customer queries. Since they serve you, they comply with your instructions and search out a library source to go to with the data you typed in.

The cons are that they could return extensive websites with just one single keyword. This could minimize the amount of information a keyword user is looking for. It also means that you would have to change your strategy and apply a variety of specifics. I personally use short to longer phrases to single out my information and do not always achieve my goals. I circumvent my key word content and try to get to the bottom from a different angle.

That is why Search Engine Optimization requires keywords or short keyword phrases that harmonize with website content if you become a publisher. Attaining a high search engine ranking is pre-conditioned by the upload speed that a web hosting company provides. The faster the upload, the better the ranking so a highly powered web hosting service makes a much better choice for SEO efficacy.

Emily A White is a writer who aims to convey the technical data in this article in a comprehensible manner to the reader with regard to a more in-depth understanding of the systems features.

I started publishing articles late in life. Nevertheless, there is always a beginning to every thing and so I did and would recommend it to anyone. What I write is based on my point of view and inspiration of bringing information to the readers in an easy to comprehend manner.

Of an international background, I have lived in countries other than the US. I gained European language knowledge and became employed with well known international organizations. I have traveled much and find that it forms character.

Monday, December 23, 2013

I'm going to take some time today to explain all the different options in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program at the University of Toronto. Many first years don't know what they're getting themselves into and I wanted to explain briefly the different options they can look at when they reach their third and fourth years. So let's get right into it.

Electrical Engineering:

1. Photonics & Semiconductor Physics:

This option deals with the material physics of all semiconductor electronic devices. You will learn the physics behind all the material that makes up today's transistor. Everything from doping to manufacturing to the physics of the protons, electrons and all the other materials that makeup the transistor.

2. Electromagnetic & Energy Systems:

This has two options, the first is energy systems. this options allows you to explore how to exploit the energy in the form of power in electrical and electronic devices. The electromagnetic option is more involved towards the physics of waves. You will eventually learn how to look at things like microwaves circuits and antennas, this is an extremely interesting option. There are also many jobs in power in the Hydro industry.

3. Analog & Digital Electronics:

This explores the design and physics of the transistor and passive devices that are involved in modern electronics. The analog electronics looks at how to use transistors as amplifiers for example. While in digital electronics we take a look at how transistors are used as gates for zeros and ones.

4. Control, Communications & Signal Processing

This deals with two fields. Controls and communication. Control systems look at how you can use feedback loops to control dynamic, electrical and computer systems. This involves the heavy use of mathematics mostly. The communication side looks at signal processing of different kinds. You will study the fundamentals of signals, transmission, attenuation, frequency and all the things that you would find in your modern cellphones.

Computer Engineering:

5. Computer Hardware & Computer Networks

This deals with computer network programming and how today's internet works for example. You will learn about sockets, packets, transfer protocols and all the other things that will make you an internet wiz. Computer hardware deals with digital logic, it can get very involved and you will be making a lot of designs and improvements on circuits. This is extremely interesting. Also there is computer architecture, which is a more in depth view of how computers work.

6. Software:

This is self explanatory. The mains fields here involve learning programming on different platforms. You can learn different programming languages, algorithms, operating systems, databases and software engineering. This is really cool stuff to get into. This will get you the job on your coop year for sure. Lots of companies want software people.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It all started in my kindergarten class when my teacher and my mom recognized my need for tutoring in my math class. I was a slow learner as a child but I always applied myself and tried my best. It was the dedication of both my teacher and my mom that set me straight and helped me in developing my mathematical skills and reinforced my desire to learn. As a result I gained an appreciation and a love of the math and sciences.

I was always interested in learning how things worked and l also enjoyed working through and completely understanding my math assignments with the help and encouragement of my mom. As I learned and progressed with mathematics I started to gain confidence and actually enjoyed learning and looked forward to the challenges of the assignments. My dad was a very dedicated ironworker and he shared many stories of his experiences working in construction and he showed me many pictures through the years working on the high iron. As a result I had a desire to learn about bridge building and the construction of highways, roadways, tunnels, ball parks, buildings, homes, automobiles, rockets and electronic devices.

For a child growing up in the 1960's I was influenced a great deal by the space program and I found it very exciting watching coverage of the Gemini and Apollo space missions. I was just a baby when President John F. Kennedy made his famous speech about landing a man on the moon's surface before the end of the decade. Great strides had been made from that day onward evidenced by the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. I was too young for both the Mercury and Gemini programs but I have pretty vivid memories of the Apollo space program. I remember the tragedy of the Apollo I launch pad fire occurring during a simulation that claimed the lives of 3 astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee in January 1967. This was a very sad start to the program but NASA was determined to move on and accomplish what president John F. Kennedy had envisioned and expressed so eloquently in his speech.

The Apollo 11 mission was the one that stands out most in my mind because that was when we saw on July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon's lunar surface and say the famous words, "That's one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind."

As a kid I was impressed with NASA and the astronauts training program and the educational backgrounds of all the astronauts. Most of them had studied engineering, mathematics, physics and chemistry in college and all of them were extremely well disciplined as a result of their military experience in the service of their country. They also were very dedicated to their training regiment upon acceptance into NASA's astronaut program.

I thought mission control was an amazing grouping of engineers, scientists and some of the best minds in the country and world. When Apollo 13 had encountered difficulties that put the lives of the crew members in danger in their return mission home it was the dedicated and joint effort of mission control to help simulate the potential problems and come up with solutions so they could properly advise the astronauts in their safe return home. That after-all is what an engineer is trained to do.

Engineering is all about precision, technological innovation, problem solving and finding solutions. It is a very challenging curriculum in school and demands a great deal of focus, concentration and dedication. Some students are naturally inclined in learning the principals and theories and others have to really apply themselves and study all the time. I fell into this category as a student where I had to apply myself and I worked hard at it and was determined to do my best. My favorite subject throughout my studies in school was mathematics which is a powerful and very interesting course of study. The whole basis for engineering is the study of math and science principals.

I am inclined to think that engineers have a different mindset in that they are real problem solvers and like to understand and evaluate the inner workings of something and make the appropriate decisions that require a great deal of analysis based on scientific and mathematical theories. I have always found that engineers who study fatigue, stress failure or the aftermath of a plane crash and piece the evidence together to find a viable explanation whether it be aircraft parts scattered at crash sites or a part of a bridge that collapsed due to fatigue and stress failure truly incredible. They use what they learn in a classroom and apply it to the outside world and the situations that require their expertise and knowledge.

After every airline crash it is a mandatory practice to gather the pieces of the aircraft, the black box and any other relevant evidence and painstakingly reconstruct the airliner in a hanger as best they can with what they recover to determine the reason or potential reason for the crash. Somethings you just don't learn in a textbook as their is no substitute then the real thing.

In the automotive industry their are all sorts of testing for driver and passenger safety and simulated collisions with varying speeds are always being performed to make safer cars to ensure the continued safety of drivers and their passengers. Engineers are always looking to design sleek cars that are fuel efficient and safe. These are the criteria they establish in the design stage of an automobile.

When I drive near an airport with my son and we see large aircraft passing over us it is really quite amazing to see. I always point this out to my son enthusiastically and remind him how truly incredible it is to see such large planes flying and remind him that they were all designed by engineers.

There are many fields of study I would suggest to young students and one in particular would be engineering. Within engineering there are so many specialties to consider. The main fields or endeavors that are engineering related are:

Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer and Software Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Ocean and Environmental Engineering, Mining and Materials Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

All students are required to take a core of engineering, mathematical and science related courses in their first two years of study with a core of English, arts and humanities as well that typically include:

Calculus I, II and III (Differential, Integral, Multi-variable), Linear Algebra; Physics (Heat and Sound, Electricity and Magnetism, Principals of Modern Physics; Chemistry I (Inorganic), Chemistry II (Inorganic); Statics and Strength of Materials; Engineering Dynamics; Engineering Circuit Analysis I & II; Engineering Thermodynamics; Computer Science I & II; English Literature, English Composition; Micro Economics, Macro Economics; Principals of Accounting I & II and Engineering Electives.

An Engineering curriculum is a well balanced program that includes Math, Science,Technical and the Arts and Sciences. It is a challenging course of study and a very interesting and exciting endeavor and the student has the flexibility of studying at a 2 year college and transferring to a 4 year institution.

There are many fine institutions for Engineering studies and the most prestigious would likely be the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My preference is Virginia Tech having studied there and enjoying my time as an undergraduate engineering transfer student.

Raising a son with asperger's I find my son has amazing aptitude and has a love of math and science which I think is wonderful. I will always encourage him to learn and challenge himself and to continue his interest in the math and sciences. I also believe that many asperger kids gravitate to the math and sciences and eventually continue their love of it by pursuing engineering as a field of interest. It is well documented that many engineers display common patterns and traits associated with asperger's and many diagnosed individuals on the autistic spectrum are engineers, mathematicians, scientists, writers and teachers by professional choice.

As I think back to my days as a student of engineering and the challenges and accomplishments I look back with great fondness and joy and wonder how that time has seemingly passed me by so quickly. We all should enjoy our years as college students as those days define us in the success we seek and the job we perform. I will always have a love for engineering and hope that we find happiness and joy in all we do. I learned from the best, my parents and my teachers.

When we are students learning we try to focus on subjects that interest us and provide a challenge while we are evolving and learning in pursuit of developing our skills and our mindset. We all have the capability of doing great things and when we find what we love and we truly desire it and apply ourselves with the dedication and effort we find from within. This will help shape us and make us better and show others that we too are special and have the passion and drive to learn, accomplish and make our contribution. As an engineering student and a college student we learn and are exposed to many experiences and we share our vision with others and take pride in who we are while learning from others who have achieved great success and can teach it to us as young students who have dreams, goals and hope for making it and doing something they enjoy. Sometimes that spark is developed as a curious child innocently wanting to understand how something works. That is truly a story worth sharing with others because we then feel we can also inspire and teach something of significant importance in our own way and I choose to do it with my writing and shared enthusiasm as a student, professional and now a writer with vision and the love of sharing and relating my own personal experiences. If I can touch one person with my experiences and wisdom then I will have done something right. My mission as a father, who is transgender (Male to Female) is to guide my autistic son and teach him to find his passion, explore, believe in himself and accept others no matter their differences. We all have a purpose and a need to share. I know this.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Software development companies are very popular today and their business is very beneficial to the world. They have notable contributions in virtually every industry. Their programs make processes easier, quicker and manageable. These companies follow Software Development Life Cycle or SDLC to perform their activities. SDLC is a tactic used to guide the development of any software product. It is the foundation of the activities performed when creating any application. Good examples of SDLCs include Agile, Waterfall, Rapid Application Development, Spiral Mode and Joint Application Development among others.

Software development companies must follow one of the best cycles described above to start and complete projects. The Planning phase always comes first and it is about forming project goals, scope of work and deadlines. The next phase is requirement gathering where data collection and studies about the users occur. The other stages involve design, coding, testing and maintenance. The testing role is a very crucial stage because it allows the test engineers to put their products on various trial situations for analysis purposes.

This enables the testers to identity bugs in the product being tested. Then they forward a report to the developing team. Quality assurance techniques are applied to ensure that the quality of programs is good before they are released to the public. The software development companies take part in various areas of development such as web development. As many people would concur, the World Wide Web has taken the world by storm. The internet seems as if it is everything that businesses and individuals want. To make the internet more exciting and useful to all users, the software developers have come up with various web development applications that make creation, maintenance and management of websites effortless.

Good examples of these applications include Silverlight, JavaScript, ASP.NET MVC, HTML5/CSS3 and PHP among others. Mobile development is another area that software developers participate in mostly by creating cost-effective apps for all types of popular phones. Their main areas include hybrid mobile applications, Window Phones apps, and Mobile Web apps such as CSS3, HTML5 and JavaScript. Desktop applications are another area where software development companies focus on. Desktop applications offer convenience, security and boosts performance.

They are based on technologies such as Silverlight, Microsoft.NET Framework, WPF and so on. Developers aim at the MS SQL server, Windows Operation Systems and MS Windows Server aspects when developing a platform for the desktop software. As mentioned earlier there are many areas of software development other than the three mentioned above. One may wonder how the engineers carry out their jobs. The traditional approach used by a variety of software development companies is forming a team of in-house engineers.

Nowadays this method is gradually losing taste as more and more companies embrace outsourcing. The industry is doing great, too, explaining why many developers are receiving more work than they can complete. Outsourcing is the means through which extra projects are assigned to other top programming companies. Nearshoring and offshoring are the two main strategies used by software development companies. The former involves assigning work to a company that is within the same geographical region while the former entails offering projects to a company that is very far away.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Michigan radio commercial announces that the "Greatest Show on Earth" happens every fall. I ask children to identify this show. You don't need a ticket. It happens outside. You can probably see part of the show from your bedroom window. There's no age limit. This show is enjoyed by people of all ages.
Reinforcing the concept of seasons is often found in the autumn months of early childhood classrooms.
Using a drawing program such as KidPix, children can show their understanding of seasons while improving their concentration, dexterity with the mouse and knowledge of drawing tools.
We begin with the line tool to cut the screen into quadrants. Then with the alphabet stamper we put one season name into each quarter. With the "wacky paintbrush" bare branch trees can be added to each section. Finally, using the spray can in the "wacky paintbrush" tools we can add the proper leaves to each section. Lots of colors for the autumn trees. No leaves for winter. Bright green leaves for the new emerging leaves of spring along with some pink for all the flowering trees, and then full green for the summer.
I encourage writing the names of the seasons in a location where children can see them from their computer work stations.
With first graders, each season can be elaborated upon with the background, by adding some seasonal stamps and some common weather.
While this project can be difficult for kindergarten students at the very beginning of the year I often begin the week prior by just making a collection of fall trees all over the screen and spray painting them with the proper fall leaf colors. This helps the students be able to easily create the trees when having to segment them for each season.
After printing in color, I staple each paper to construction paper to emphasize how important our work on the computer has been. Regularly I hear from parents who hang the matted work on the refrigerator and around the house. As this becomes the practice, I see children putting in extra effort in order to have a work of art to proudly take home with them.
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Kathy Cothran is an elementary media specialist committed to helping teachers turn toys into learning tools. Her vast teaching experience ranges from preschool through Master's level education classes.
For years Kathy has been a "Gadget Girl." She loves technology! Tie that to her extensive teaching background and she has been able to interest, invigorate, and inspire children and teachers to use technology in a rich, exciting manner.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Social engineering is commonly understood to mean the art of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. While it is similar to a confidence trick or simple fraud, the term typically applies to trickery or deception for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or computer system access; in most cases the attacker never comes face-to-face with the victims.

I am going to talk about a skim used by spammers to harvest for legitimate email address from your contact list. There are plenty of ways used to harvest emails, but the one I am focusing on is "Email forwarding"

Normally when you create an email account, you will start building contact list, containing email addresses of your friends, relatives, co-workers, etc. Over time, you will have a substantial number of contacts in your contact book.

Email forwarding

"Forward" is a very handy function available in almost all email clients, this allows one to pass over the email to some other recipient. But something to note is; the forwarded mail includes the email address of the original sender and any other forwarded addresses of the same instance.

Email harvesting scenario

Say you are a GoodGuy with your email and 50 contacts on your mail account. The BadGuy sends you a mail with a very emotional religious message, or a very nice joke, or an irresistible offer to something that you are likely to fall for, and guilt's you into forwarding to at least 10 friends including the BadGuy. And you end up doing that, with good faith. Now 10 friends from your contact will receive your humbled mail message, with the instructions to do the same, "forward to at least 10 friends". At the same time the BadGuy receives a copy of any forward from the recursive senders.

Simply put, if you forward the mail to 10 contacts, and they do the same in good faith and the third circle does the same. "Roughly something like this happens"

1 + 10^1 + 10^2 + 10^3 approximately 1000 email contacts will have been harvested in just three circles, now this will keep growing depending on the number of forwards to the amount of contacts forwarded to. And then you and your friends start receiving some commercial mails from services that you never even visited or heard of. And you wonder how on earth they did they get my email. Well, you gave it to them; you actually helped them get even some of your friend's emails.

This is the effect of social engineering, the mail will play with your psychological consciousness, and you will think you are doing a good thing to respond; in return you are falling for somebodies social engineering scam.


There is no software to fight social engineering attacks, because it is you that you will end up giving up information, or executing some processes, or allowing some application to do something on your private sensitive information. The important thing is to build awareness, change the culture of the way we operate and disclose sensitive information.

To avoid becoming a victim of a social engineering attack:

  • Be suspicious of unsolicited contacted from individuals seeking internal organizational data or personal information.

  • Do not provide personal information or passwords over email or on the phone.

  • Do not provide information about your organization.

  • Pay attention to website URLs that use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g.,.com

  • Verify a request's authenticity by contacting the company directly.

  • Install and maintain anti-virus software, firewalls, and email filters.

If you think you are a victim of a social engineering attack:

  • Report the incident immediately.

  • Contact your financial institution and monitor your account activity.

  • Immediately change all of your passwords.

  • Report the attack to the police, and file a report with the authority.

I am Phesto Enock Mwakyusa, Owner and founder of Qusaz intelligent solutions Ltd. I am a software engineer by profession, currently working in Helsinki. I love what I do. I also do professional training on different ICT related subjects on demand, I like adventures road trips, exploring the beauty of Gods creation. I love music, listening and playing. It has great emotional power in me, and lifts my spirit high.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Web development and software development are two widely used idioms that individuals, who are not involved in the computer field, tend to mix up. Software engineering or design is basically the process of creating any software product whereas web application development pertains to the coding necessitated to produce any form of web site or program for the world wide web or private networks.

Software development is a comprehensive term with various fields and expertise, incorporating the various forms of web application development. A Software Development Company will typically provide more than one software related solution. It engages specialists in both web-based applications and desktop apps.

Previously, web developing incorporated less coding skill and pretty basic practice and courses could authorize individuals for the work. However, at present the online applications require advanced functions and frameworks, larger systems and demand an extensive knowledge in several computer languages and operating systems. As a result, the historical differences between software and web development are blurring. The main difference left is the interface being used.

When contacting a reliable software development company, as opposed to individual freelance developers, you can be confident that your needs will be solved by the most appropriate technologies. A software development company has the competency to match you up with a team that concentrates on the solutions your project requires. All you have to do is be coherent and clear with your list of specifications and give a complete description of your objective, desired performance, the system functions and other necessities. The software development life-cycle is more or less identical for non-web and web application developing but the stages order may be modified according to different styles. The main steps involve analysis, market research, software requirements specification, software and interface design, implementation, examination, arrangement and maintenance.

The internet simplifies things. Even if you still do not quite understand the nuances characterizing software and web application development you can not go wrong with choosing the right company or person to carry out your plan. Search the web for software developing company and check out the solutions and previous work endorsements to make certain it can provide you with the best solution.

It is always advisable to compare proposals, services and prices of a few providers, especially if you are not familiar with the kind of work required for the project. Some developing companies might try to use software, previously developed for other needs, instead of creating a new one that perfectly fits your specific demands. Make sure nobody cuts corners on your account in order to avoid excess work.

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