Information storage is becoming more and more convenient as cloud computing is becoming standard procedure for many individuals and businesses. Cloud computing allows people to access multiple files from different devices, regardless of where they’re at (just as long as they have an Internet connection). Organizations are beginning to implement clouds into the daily routine of employees, making the system more easily accessible.
69 percent of organizations surveyed have at least one application in the cloud, while 18 percent plan to have at least one in the next 12 months, leaving only 13 percent that plan to have an application in the cloud within the next 1 – 3 years.This technological innovation has helped increase IT efficiency all over the map, while keeping IT staffs employed.
Three models of the cloud are currently being used, which include public, private, and a hybrid cloud. The majority of users interact with the public cloud, while 57 percent use the private, and only 19 percent use the hybrid. Although these clouds make it easier for users to acquire information, they are not without their faults.
A problem for the public cloud is that there is an uncertain ability to enforce security policies. There is also a concern for access across an untrusted network, as well as uncertainty in the ability to audit providers. However, enterprise strategies for security are being created and implemented, providing a much safer cloud for users to interact with. [via]
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Cincinnati’s newest, Pavement-esque rock band, Plastic Ants, have provided music fans with a unique outlook into the mysterious, commonly under-appreciated aspect of recording and pressing a vinyl release. With the release of their debut LP, “Falling to Rise” on Sept. 23, 2014, the pop-rockers deliver on an exquisite debut record characterized by sentiments of adoration, nostalgia, and fragmented communication. It straddles borders, providing “an aural concoction that manages to be both soaringly optimistic and unsentimentally dark” (Plastic Ants).
Aside from the musical content itself, the band has done something unique to distribution that more and more independent bands are trending towards. Since the conception of “Falling to Rise,” Plastic Ants wanted to be sure they released their record on vinyl – the ultimate sonic medium, in their opinion. With the drastic increase in the popularity of streaming, the value of the vinyl has significantly decreased, and the Plastic Ants wanted to change that. Although vinyl does not provide listeners with the convenience of mp3 files, it emulates an undefinable richness in quality, with a much less-compressed sound when compared to modern mediums of music (i.e. mp3, mp4, FLAC, etc.).
In an attempt to popularize their vinyl sales and the promotion of vinyl sales elsewhere, the guys have provided documentation of the creation and travels of the vinyls themselves. Traveling over 4,000 miles, the vinyl copies of “Falling to Rise” made their way through Cincinnati, Memphis, New Jersey, and even Quebec! Who knew it took so much networking and travel to print and release a vinyl record? For more info on the story and travels of “Falling to Rise,” check out today’s infographic!
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It’s that time of year again. Everyone is scraping at the bottom of their Halloween candy stockpile, only left with the Sun-Maid raisins and Smarties they were once privileged enough to turn down. Girls in Ugg boots across the globe are taking the last sips of their Pumpkin Spice Lattes, while limited supplies last. The McRib is back to prey on the vulnerable who have become too weary from the cold to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet. That’s right folks, Christmas is around the corner and it’s time to panic!
Maybe you, like countless others, are terrified by the ratio of people who are expecting gifts from you vs. how much money you have. As much as consumerism leads you to believe otherwise, there is no shame in giving gifts that are some combination of cheap, creative, homemade, and/or personal. Even if you can afford to get everyone an iPad, they’re just going to want the newer one next year. In case you still think anyone actually wins by taking the I-bought-you-the-latest-gadget route, know that I cried at the tender age of 8 years old because I got a Playstation instead of a Gameboy Color. This is especially ironic because the Playstation was actually so new at the time that I had never heard of it, and didn’t realize it was better. I have no doubts that your loved ones may not appreciate your genuinely thoughtful gesture as much as they should, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
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I know I’m technically supposed to wait until after Thanksgiving to start getting ready for Christmas, but it’s officially too late for that. I haven’t started listening to Christmas music or decorating my house yet, but I’ve definitely been shopping for Christmas gifts and planning winter outfits. If you’re into the holidays at all, you must know that an ugly christmas sweater is a must-have.
Occasionally referred to as ‘tacky’ Christmas sweaters, they are a staple item for themed holiday parties. The best part about them is that it doesn’t matter if you buy a cheap one from the store, or get your crafty on to make a cotton ball snowman on an old sweater. Whether I’m invited to any sweater parties this year or not, I will definitely be sporting the green sweatshirt I just got. The front reads, “Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal,” and I am dying to show it off.
If you’re in the market for ugly Christmas sweater ideas, check out the infographic below. After you’ve chosen or made your sweater, remember to wear them loud and proud! Celebrate Christmas in style (or not in style if that’s what you’re going for).
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Besides the wild goose chase of gift giving, spending time with the family is always the greatest gift of all during the holidays. Cheesy, yes, but going back home, and waking up early in the morning to grab the stocking off the fireplace is so nostalgic. The taste of sweet eggnog (with a nutmeg topper), a roaring fire and the Christmas lights shining through the window brings back those childhood memories like no other.
But, let’s flash back to the stressful parts of the holiday. Oh, you know what I’m talking about – the dreaded, or beloved, time of year where I set out on a quest to see every member of the extended family (whether I like them or not). This chilly month or so between Thanksgiving and Christmas where I frantically search Etsy for a cheap, but original gift for my mom. I browse endless tech sites trying to find a gadget for the brother, and rack my brain for some hint of whatever my father could possibly want.
If one thing has changed my life when it comes to shopping hang-ups, it’s been eCommerce. Having to trudge through the cold to some outlet mall, only to find what you want is out of stock, just doesn’t happen anymore. It comes straight to my front door now. Gift wrapping option? Yes, please. Take heed of these packaging tips below – no one cries over spilt eggnog, but a broken present is a whole different story. [The UPS Store]