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We have created ultimate solution for small businesses, who are interested in hosting their website in the cloud. We know how hard is to start with cloud today, because of technical needs and pricing structure as well. Compared to classic web hosting packages with fixed price per month, cloud hosting can be truly effective solution – but just in the right hands. We have created a database of thousands of web hosting plans and compared them with cloud hosting solutions, so you can see a clear difference between old-style web hosting companies and modern cloud managed services. We monitor uptime of thousands of web hosting companies in over 100 countries. Every single minute, we track their performance like uptime, response time and much more, so we can easily check out the long-term performance of their services. Please note that even if they promote their server hosting packages as a fixed fee prices, many web hosting providers nowadays use cloud providers (Amazon for example) as an underlying provider of their physical hardware. Being said, your virtual private server is nothing more than a resale of cloud packages for a fixed fee. Feel free to add your own website to the monitored list.

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Route53 database check

Date: 2017-09-05, 1 months ago

We have released a PHP function, which can easily check for uptime of your database. We use this function for checking our database against Route53 system from Amazon, which is used to switch this internet website into different location in case of any uptime problems. Only using this service, we are able to provide you almost 100% uptime.

$link = mysql_connect('localhost', 'root', 'XXXX');
if (!$link) {
    header ('HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error');
    die();
}

$result = mysql_query('show processlist');

$cnt=0;
while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result)) {
    $cnt++;
}

if (!$cnt>1000) {
    header ('HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error');
    die();
}

mysql_close($link);echo "ALL OK";

header("Connection: close");

?>

Free Ways to Record Internet Radio on Windows

Date: 2017-09-26, 1 months ago

1. Sound Recorder

If we talk about Windows, the best way to record from an Internet radio is to use the built-in recording software. Type Sound Recording into the Search box in the Start menu, and you will see the Sound Recording "application". Select the sound device you want and click the Start recording button to start recording. The problem with this program is that it is too simple and does not offer too many options. It is basicaly really for simple recording and nothing else.


2. Apowersoft Online Sound Recorder Free

Another program, Apowersoft Online Sound Recorder Free for Windows, is a more sophisticated radio recording. By name, it is known that this tool provides a free streaming broadcast recording. Unlike a Windows built-in sound recording, this program allows you to set up a recording before the recording itself.

Online sound recorder for free

To use this program, all you have to do is run the tool from its home page and select the audio source you will use for your recording. Start the program and select the "Audio Input" menu. Here you can use a microphone, system sound, or both. When you're done, the next step is to find the radio station you want to record on the Internet. Then go back to the program and click on "Record". This immediately starts recording so you need to synchronize it with the soundtrack to get better output. Apowersoft Online Voice Recorder has also a built-in audio converter that is necessary to get a different audio file format.

Mac internet radio recording program

Here we are introducing a recording tool that meets all Mac users' needs. The program we use to record internet radio is Apowersoft Sound Recording for Mac. This tool is designed to match all other Mac applications so its use will seems natural to you as well as using default applications. Simply install the program, launch it, open the Internet radio you want to record, press the "Settings" button and you are done. It's a fast, simple and reliable way to record audio from any internet radio. This program also has a built-in audio converter and editor that you can use.


Three Internet radio providers that you can try out

Pandora

This is a well-known internet radio that has a massive collection of new and old songs in its database. It's also easy to use and navigate. The only problem is that this service is limited to some countries.

Slacker

If you look for millions and millions of songs, then this Internet radio is exactly what you need. The unique thing on this page is that the home page has no songs or previews to display. You can only see a search box where you can list your favorite song or artist, and then you will see a listing of related mp3s. Just as in the previous case, this site is limited to just a few countries.

Spotify

Another known internet radio provider is Spotify. This site also boasts a huge collection of songs that covers all genres of music. However, to get full access to all services, you need to register, and premium services require payment. This service is also limited to just a few countries.

In addition to the three above-mentioned Internet radio providers, there are plenty of other available options to allow you to listen to different radio stations and genres. In any case, no matter if you are listening to any internet radio, you can record it easily if you have this radio record and follow the steps we are introducing here.

FilmOn TV - TV from all over the world

Date: 2017-09-26, 1 months ago

Through FilmOn TV, you can watch TV shows from all around the world. Movies, series, sports, documentaries, and many other content are available, mostly in English, as well as in several other languages. However, if you are interested in live broadcasts or sports matches, you can install a related FilmOn Live TV application that specializes in live TV. FilmOn TV is undoubtedly an interesting app, but we would welcome better sorting of TV stations.

4 interesting Linux open source programs that are worth seeing.

SiriKali

Applications for managing folders encrypted with ecryptfs, cryfs, encfs, gocryptfs and securefs, which makes it a universal frontend for working with encrypted folders on Linux. Its advantage is that it does not work from encrypted container files, but with folders. The encrypted folder can grow or shrink freely depending on how files are added or deleted. Unlike a file that reserves a certain size, regardless of the file size it contains, the file size is totally transparent, which is a minor disadvantage for security. URL: mhogomchungu.github.io/sirikali

Dianara

Client for a free and decentralized social network pump.io. Users can manage their account at pump.io without having to use the web interface, adding a few features that are not available in the web interface. You can share lyrics, upload photos, video and audio, comment, likes, share, edit and delete comments and statuses, edit a profile, change a profile photo, change other users' tracking, and all the other things you need to work with social networking. In addition, this client can also be used to work with MediaGoblin. URL: jancoding.wordpress.com/dianara

Singing

This is a configurable graphical user interface to MPD. It originally originated as a QtMPC fork, but today, according to the creators' comments, its code varies considerably. It is developed under the GPLv3 license and can be compiled as part of KDE as well as a separate QT4 application. In addition to playing music, he can handle ripping audio CDs, streaming radio and online services, editing tags, and lots of other features. URL: github.com/CDrummond/cantata

FlatSiteBuilder

A user-friendly content management tool (CMS) for Linux (MacOS and Windows versions are planned for the future). Because it works only from static web pages that are all created on the desktop, it is the fastest CMS application. You can upload your site for free at GitHub or any other service provider's server. URL: github.com/Artanidos/FlatSiteBuilderLink


Free programs: You can keep your computer under control

Date: 2017-10-23, 1 months ago

SysGauge 3.1 - freeware

Like Task Manager, it monitors system performance, including CPU usage, memory, disk, network, etc., but adds more. It also displays operating system performance, file performance, USB performance, and disk space usage. Allows you to set the limit for each monitored sensor and, if it is reached, to play sound, send notifications by e-mail, or make user commands. In addition, it offers an automatic analysis of the current use of system resources, checks all critical issues, and provides a list of system analysis results. Monitoring reports are stored in several standard formats, such as HTML, PDF, Excel, TXT, CSV, and XML.

Program information

Operating System: Windows 7 and later

Requires installation: YES

+ large amounts of monitored data

+ opportunity to use alerts

+ executing selected commands

- Not identified

OCCT 4.5 - freeware

He tells you how the computer is stable. It runs tests on the components, and if the PC passes the test, the user can be sure he can rely on it and does not collapse even with the most demanding performances.

It is used to test the stability of the processor, memory, and graphics chip on a PC. It is suitable not only for these activities, but also when purchasing a new computer, helping to determine if the components are stable, or even for performance chairs trying to overclock them. It can test CPUs with up to 16 kernels. Tests can be customized (length, priority, whether CPU or RAM). It detects the processor and writes data about it. Its domain is also the generation of temperature and voltage graphs during testing. There are several tests available.

Program information

Operating System: Windows 7 and later

Requires installation: NO

+ Perfect CPU and RAM testing

+ charts

- Not identified

Security Eye 3.9 - freeware

Would you like a program that can track images from multiple IPs or webcams? So you just found it. Security Eye records the events in front of the camera lens, with the possibility of doing so only in cases where something is happening before it (motion detection). In addition, it also takes still pictures (photographs). In addition, in case of movement, it is possible to set an alarm, an SMS message or an email to be sent. Connecting to a camera is an easy matter, just select the manufacturer and model of the camera from the menu, enter the IP address and everything is ready for monitoring. Other features include date capture, manual recording, automatic old image cleaning, customizable alarm options, daily recording schedules, integrated video playback, and more. The program supports more than 1,200 IP camera models and virtually all webcams.

Program information

Operating System: Windows 7 and later

Requires installation: YES

+ motion detection

+ option to set events

+ multi-source recording at one time

- Not identified

WinMetro 1.2 - freeware

If you like the Metro user interface from Windows 8, you can have it on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. It can do this program - WinMetro.

After installing and turning on the application, you will see a similar user interface as the standard Windows 8.x interface. So there is information such as weather, calendar, news, stock market developments or a list of frequently used programs. This makes it a classic desktop in an informative and productive workstation. In settings, you can choose to automatically switch to this interface after the PC starts.

Program information

Operating system: Windows XP and later

Requires installation: YES

+ user interface very similar to the official one

+ option as the default interface

- does not allow you to choose custom programs to display in the interface

Bitfinex robbery: system failed to prevent it

Date: 2017-11-28, 1 months ago

In 2016 BitTeX Bitfinex lost 120,000 BTC. The thieves took them under the eyes of BitGo, which was to serve as a protector.

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 on Bitfinex board appeared the bitter news: we were attacked, we must temporarily close, a bit of bitcoin was stolen. It was not yet known how much of the stock was actually stolen. Internet detectives, however, soon noticed an exceptionally high drop in resources held on P2SH addresses that Bitfinex used. The presumption proved to be true, and Zane Tackett, Bitfinex community manager, confirmed: we have lost exactly 119 756 BTC.

This amount represents about 0.75% of all Bitcoins emitted so far and is the second highest loss in Bitcoin's history, right after the infamous Mt. Gox. According to the original reports, it lost 850 thousand BTC, but some have been found and the total loss is around 650 thousand BTC.

Reconstruction, or how it propably happened

Bitfinex has been using a solution he has developed together with BitGo for the past year, which he described as a standard of transparency and security. In the first case, this may be true. Every client of the stock exchange had the funds deposited at an individual address and hence could see that the Exchange is actually in the possession and is solvent. And security? She obviously failed, but we do not yet know what exactly. This will reveal a more detailed investigation.

The addresses on which clients' funds are cleared are so-called multisig. Two of the three existing keys are needed to manipulate resources at that address. One was in Bitfinex standard traffic, the other was in cold storage Bitfinex, ie inaccessible and securely stored, and the third was BitGo. The standard practice was that Bitfinex signed a transaction at the transfer of funds, which was later verified in BitGo and added a second signature. However, we do not have more information about the scrutiny process.

Transactions that stole nearly 120,000 bitcoins were signed with the Bitfinex standard key and the BitGo key. So we know with certainty that the attacker compromised Bitfinex systems and gained its online keys. This is, of course, a very bad thing, which has already happened in the past. That is why there was another party, which in this case had to prevent the transfer of funds. But BitGo did not do it, and within a few tens of minutes it probably signed thousands of transactions that blew 120,000 BTCs.

One possible cause is the compromise of BitGo, but this option has denied the company. The second option is even worse: BitGo's service is unreliable and its design is fatal. The attacker could theoretically compromise the communication channel between Bitfinex and BitGo to make BitGo the transaction signed. But that does not change the fact that the shifting of that amount of resources in such a short time had to be a clearly visible anomaly BitGo had to capture.

Impact on the Bitcoin ecosystem

Cases Mt. Gox and Bitfinex differ in more ways than they agree. Both exchanges were the biggest dollar exchange in times of trouble. The difference, however, is that the dollar exchanges now have only a small share of the total trade, in percentage terms. Bitcoin now dominates China. Specifically, Bitfinex's share of all stores ranged between 1-2%. In terms of volume and robbery and probably Bitfinex crash are not so significant.

Bitfinex, on the other hand, was one of the most progressive bitcoin stock exchanges. They did not only find classic spot stores, like most competitors, but also leverage or broker lending. There were also other virtual currencies such as Etherum and Litecoin. Assigned funds in these currencies should be unaffected.

The difference is also that if management Mt. Gox was not involved in the fraud, so he kept the losses he knew about at least for a long time, and apparently he was even higher. There is nothing to suggest that Bitfinex would be. According to the information available, the stock market went out with the truth almost immediately as soon as the theft occurred. In addition, business representatives are relatively open and inform about the extent of problems.

Of course, the market has responded to the theft. The course shortly after the announcement sinks about $ 600 for BTC under $ 500. Since then, it has been growing again and approaching the original value. On Thursday, August 4, Bitcoin traded for about $ 560. The market reaction shows that, although it is a great inconvenience, however, it does not have a significant impact on the ecosystem because Bitfinex is just a small piece of puzzle.

Solution? Not a single one real exists

There are a number of opinions on how to deal with the situation, how to return the money to their rightful owners. Proposals like agreeing with thieves to return most of the money in exchange for impunity seem to be naïve. A little more serious is the suggestion of joining miners who could reverse their transactions with their computing power. That's just a minority opinion. Most people involved think that Bitcoin would have discredited such a move. One of Bitcoin's main assets is the irreversibility of transactions and the unenforceability of central bank transactions. Regardless of whether transactions are good or bad.

Anyway, thieves will not have a quiet life. Any transactions with stolen Bitcoins will be closely monitored. While techniques for mixing bitcoins are being developed to hide the creator, they also improve techniques for tracking them. Beyond reality is the notion that thieves could safely exchange most of the bitcoins for dollars or other traditional currency. Investigation will certainly facilitate the fact that it is one theft by one attacker or group of attackers. Not like Mt. Goxu, where the bitcoons gradually mysteriously scattered.

Bitfinex is unlikely to recover from the theft

We have no information about Bitfinex's total resources. But it is assumed that those stolen represent the majority. Bitfinex is planning to run the site again so users can see how much they have on their addresses. This is related to the question of whether everyone should receive the balance of their address, or the remaining bitches should be shared among all. The second option seems more likely because users have no way of protecting their resources. All of them were directed by Bitfinex, although on individual addresses. This would mean that finding the balance would not be of any use to the client.

Some clients also pointed out that BitGo last February secured deposit insurance up to $ 250,000 per head. However, the announcement was soon erased, indicating that probably no refunds would be made. The insurance would probably only cover the funds in the BitGo wallet, not the funds at the partners, for which the company has only one key and therefore has no control over them.

Bitfinex is unlikely to recover from the theft, unless the case can be resolved quickly and the bitches returned. Otherwise, it looks more like bankruptcy. In that case, the release of the remaining funds would probably take many months, if not a flight, which is another big problem for clients. It will also be interesting to watch BitGo hit. This service is, by the way used by other big Euro-American exchanges, such as Bitstamp or Kraken. However, their use of BitGo may vary significantly. Both stock exchanges announced that the vast majority of bitcoins are in cold storage.

No hashtag no Instagram!

Date: 2017-12-14, 1 months ago

It is not necessary to introduce it, the image social network knows everybody today. Whether you are a place where you can express your artistic talent, or as a useful means of attracting new customers. Adding images to Instagram is not just that. It also has some principles.

First of all, photos must be really sexy. And the other one? Without hashtags it is not possible. If you forget them, even a professional photo will not help you. With their full-blown photos, you will dazzle as much as possible a group of faithful followers.

Just to remind

Hashtags are labels. Labels that make it possible to navigate through the huge flood of posts and find it easier to find your potential pros. They will also help you identify your brand, product or service, or even competition. Each one starts with a # character plus one, two, or as many words as you want. You can add a number. And if anyone did not know it, the gaps are not possible.

Why are they so fond of them?

Because they're popular now. But that's not the real reason. It is that you will find nothing on Instagram without them. The search engine searches only for them. And if you do not have it, you are almost invisible to others without paid advertising. You can forget about expanding fan basics.

Instagram himself can not post or repost. So if something really gets you and you need to have it, you need to download the Repost for Instagram app.

What will they do?

Those that have something to do with your business. If you sell bicycles, it is not entirely fitting to join the #food bike just because 200 million people used it on Instagram. Maybe some of those passionate eaters will find a cyclist, but do not expect the whole tour. Conversely, try to find one that your potential fan could look for. But you do not have to invent it. Try your whisper, he knows what's going on.

If you're starting a campaign, it's different. Put your heads together and create your own. Let him know what the campaign is running for. Let it be short and well remembered.

The more, the better

Huge mistake! 1 to 5 is just right. And that, even if Instagram allows you tu put up to 30. Why? So try to come up with at least 15 hashtags that are directly related to your brand or product, and at the same time they are traversing Instagram on the front lines. And even if you come to them, who is going to keep listing with them? It also does not look trustworthy. Rather desperate.

Where to go to the hashtags?

A great tool is undoubtedly Iconasquare. In addition to the most popular hashtags, it also provides you with a lot of other statistics and data that will be useful to manage your account. For hashtags that are in course, you can also stop at websta.me, top-hashtags.com

How startups can apply for Amazon AWS free credit

Date: 2018-02-07, 1 months ago

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers startups the low cost, easy-to-use foundation needed to scale and grow through the resources they need to begin quickly by using such things as credits, training, and support. Amazon Web Services offer a wide range of things like global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that can assist your business or organization in growing faster and lower your IT (Internet Technology) costs.

You will need Amazon Web Services Activate to provide you with the resources you need to begin working with Amazon Web Services and reap the benefits. Activate is a free that requires a special registration. Once you do this, you can apply for either the self-starter package or a portfolio package.

Portfolio packages for startups are offered in select incubators, accelerators, and other organizations along with a builder's package for entrepreneurs that are just beginning their business.

The AWS Activate Builders package was created for new businesses and business owners that have an idea and want to create it. The program is designed to help and assist through promotional credit, business essentials online training, technical training and credits for self-paced labs.

You can get up to $1,000 AWS promotional credit that is valid up to two years along with the business essentials online training that is about a $600 value as is the technical essentials training. Self-paced labs will get you another $80 worth of credits but you must first have a website for your company that is up and running, a matching domain email address, and pass an evaluation for acceptance into the Activate program that includes your credit history and usage of Amazon Web Services. You can also receive free credits by attending some AWS events, the AWS Summit, and webinars in your local area. These in-person training sessions are only available in select locations and is sold by AWS. There is an online list of classes that are available by area.

There are several packages to choose from including the Builders Package, Portfolio Package, and the Portfolio Plus Package. AWS Promotional Credit is designed to help you get started on AWS. AWS Activate seems to be the best program for startups because it offers the resources needed to quickly scale up. All eligible startups will be able to receive AWS Activate packages containing: $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credit valid for two years, one yes of AWS Business Support, and you can get 80 credits for Self-Paced Labs. These credits can be used to purchase software that is needed for your business, advisory services, cloud space, AI/Machine learning technologies, technical and business support and much, much more.

Amazon Web Services are absolutely wonderful for small businesses and startups that need the extra assistance. There are so many services through this program that it is a must for people that want to grow their businesses quickly and efficiently.

Top 10 stress test tools

Date: 2018-03-21, 0 months ago

Sometimes things will go wrong, and figuring it out might seem beyond your human capabilities; fear no more though, this list should help you find the right tool for the job.

1. FurMark

Designed specifically for graphics cards, FurMark is a stability and stress testing tool which is exceptionally good at pushing the GPU to its absolute limits, using something called the "Fur" rendering algorithm. Settings can be changed such as the resolution, full screen mode and anti aliasing, and a few presets are also available to use such as running in the HD resolutions of 720 / 1080, or running the burn-in test for 15 minutes.

2. StressMyPC

This is a simple, tiny utility of just around 20kb that can run a stability test on your single, multi core or multi threaded processor. In addition it can also perform other tests such as a simple GPU graphics test and also one for your hard drive.

3. IntelBurnTest

Despite appearances, IntelBurnTest works just fine for testing on processors from AMD, and only gets its name because it makes use of the Intel Linpack libraries which are used by Intel themselves to stress test CPU's.

4. SiSoft Sandra Lite

Popularly known as both a hardware information and benchmarking tool, Sandra has the option to also run a Burn-in test. This is achieved by running a number of benchmark tests continuously placing large amounts of stress on the system.

5. OCCT

OCCT is a tool that is known to put real serious amounts of stress on your system components, and can be especially good at stressing your power supply. Beware that it can even kill poor quality or cheap PSUs so it is highly recommended you use this one carefully.

6. Prime95

Prime95 is a tool popular with users who overclock their systems and is often ran for several hours at a time pushing the CPU to its limits continuously. This is due to the tool's high reliance on the CPU's Floating Point Unit for most of the running which keeps the stress levels and temperatures extremely high during use.

7. StresStimulus

StresStimulus favors application scenarios that can be pretty difficult to test with other tools. It can automatically fix playback errors thanks to the proprietary auto-correlation. StresStimulus also records user actions and replays them to emulate variable usage patterns.

8. LoadView

LoadView by Dotcom-Monitor is a very powerful, cloud-based load testing utility that uses browsers to load test both your website or web application and can also perform testing that scales to literally thousands of concurrent users. The test results are then recorded and available in real-time online graphs.

9. NeoLoad

NeoLoad is an innovative performance testing tool designed to easily automate test design, maintenance, and provide analysis. NeoLoad also integrates with continuous delivery pipelines to support testing performance across the life cycle, from component to the large full system-wide load tests.

10. Apache JMeter

JMeter is an open source tool that can be used for both performance and load testing for analyzing and measuring the performance of a great range of services. The tools are currently mainly used for web and web service applications. This tool understandably doesn't demand cutting-edge infrastructure for load testing and can support multiple load injectors managed by just a single controller.

Top 10 CSS frameworks

Date: 2018-04-12, 0 months ago

When one needs a website made, front-end frameworks are key in making it happen smoothly and efficiently. Due to their popularity it might seem like there's a never-ending list of options, some better than others. Let's focus on some of the good ones.

1. Bootstrap

It would be impossible not to list Bootstrap. Developed by Twitter (heard of them?), it's the most popular open-source CSS framework on the planet.

Both powerful and user-friendly, this front-end development framework includes HTML, CSS and JS components for building first responsive mobile websites of many screen sizes and complexity.

2. Materialize CSS

Materialize CSS implements Google's unique material design specifications and is a responsive front-end CSS framework just made for modern web design.

Materialize CSS comes with a great variety of buttons, forms, icons and more. These are designed as per material design guidelines.

3. UI Kit

With it's highly modular nature, UI Kit's front-end framework stands out from other frameworks. The main reason is the fact that it includes both the LESS and Sass CSS preprocessors.

Loaded with many responsive components that are consistent named, UI Kit has understandably become one of the more popular front-end frameworks out on the web.

4. Foundation

Manufactured by the company Zurb, this CSS framework is an advanced, enterprise-grade front-end framework that is ideal for developing both light and responsive websites. It is used on sites such as Facebook and eBay. It can understandably be quite complex and may not be suitable for those new to the scene.

5. Leaf

This one is again based on Google's Material design and runs Stylus as its CSS preprocessor. Leaf is in its initial stages but the author Kim Korte is super ambitious to make it one of the best frameworks for next generation of web development.

6. Milligram

Milligram is an extremely small framework, it comes out to just 2kb in size and is used to provide developers with a simplistic starting point.

Milligram's grid system is considered different than most however, mainly because of its use of the CSS Flexible Box Layout Module.

7. Skeleton

Fitting the name, Skeleton is a lightweight responsive boilerplate framework containing only about 400 lines of code, not unlike Milligram listed above. The framework is meant to include only the minimum requirements to get you started on the development of a web project, it is not meant to be all-inclusive however.

8. Semantic-UI

Fresh on the scene, Semantic-UI makes itself known in a variety of ways and is could be poised to be one of the more popular front-end frameworks out there.

This framework's claim to fame is in its simplicity. Because it uses natural language, the code is self-explanatory.

9. Pure

Created by Yahoo, Pure comes with a lightweight range of CSS modules that can be used in most projects. You can create responsive buttons, menus, grids, tables and other features with relative ease. Because it is purely CSS based though, it does not support JavaScript or JQuery plugins.

10. Material UI

Looking for a front-end framework that makes it easy to adhere to Google's material design guidelines? Look no further than Material UI, being by far the most intricate framework to implement these guidelines, but beware: It shouldn't be used as the starting point for a new web project.

Using hashtags for marketing

Date: 2018-05-01, 0 months ago

Hashtags are quite popular in marketing campaigns. Many business owners understand the benefits of embracing social media and have put in place strategies to optimize the usage of digital marketing.

The use of a hashtag, otherwise known as metadata tag, helps in getting the word out to the public about your brand and products. It is an innovative and convenient way to get people talking about your business and the services you offer. Here are 3 effective ways to use hashtags in the marketing industry.

1. Brand hashtags

Brand hashtags are tags specifically created to market your business. They are unique, concise and relevant to your business only. Brand hashtags engage your audience about your brand and the products you offer when posting original content.

They generate a discussion about your brand and the products or services you offer in the online community. You communicate to your followers, while your followers inform their followers about your brand hashtags. Brand hashtags should be catchy, short and unique to your business so that once people hear it, they automatically associate it with your business.

2. Trending hashtags

These are popular and most-used hashtags in social media. They refer to the hot topics that everyone is talking about. Different social sites have different ways of displaying their trending topics. For instance, Twitter's trending topics are found on the left-hand side of your computer.

Using trending hashtags allows your content to be viewed by a massive audience, other than your followers. Anyone who searches the trending hashtag gets to view your content, and if it is original and informative, the number of shares your post will receive is limitless.

Once you find a trending hashtag related to your business, do not hesitate in engaging in it by posting relevant content. Trending hashtags constantly change within hours. Therefore, it is imperative to always be keen and updated on trending topics.

3. Content hashtags

Content hashtags refer to common hashtags used in your posts. They are neither popular nor are they branded. They are simply hashtags relating to a particular post's content.

Content hashtags aid in improving visibility on search engines. Consumers constantly conduct online searches for their favorite products, and using a content hashtag on your post allows it to be displayed on a search engine result page.

Content hashtags can be used in different forms which include:

Product hashtags – where a business markets its products by using hashtags related to the products.

Event hashtags – where if a business is participating in an event, it can use the event hashtag to let its followers know.

Lifestyle hashtags – People enjoy connecting with other people with similar lifestyles. Therefore, posting hashtags targeting people with similar hobbies can help get word about your business out there.

Location hashtags – Share your business posts with people who live in your locality. Create hashtags of your town or street name to engage local customers.

Using hashtags in the marketing industry helps in creating awareness and engagement among your followers on social media. If utilized properly, hashtags have the power to expand your business in a way you never imagined. They help in expanding your reach, effectively targeting your audience, and boosting brand awareness.

Hashtags have proved effective with many popular brands, such as KitKat with their #HaveABreak campaign, engaging their followers on social sites.

Why you should stress test your server

Date: 2018-05-10, 0 months ago

It may sound counter intuitive to be stress testing your server, some even refer to it as torture testing but the process actually has a lot more benefits than one may imagine.

What is stress testing?

For the unknowing it is basically a way of deliberately testing a user software or hardware system to determine whether or not the server stability is adequate or not. The testing carried out involves testing beyond normal operation capacity, almost to breaking point so that the results can be observed.

It's almost like the equivalent of a fire drill or a car crash test.

The purpose of a server stress test is to find the application crash point.

A crash point is not always going to cause system shutdown, access violation or error messages but merely the observed point of where requests begin to slow down.

Stress testing can answer the following questions

  • What specific load can crash the server application?
  • What parameters are to be monitored to make sure servers remain intact and available?
  • What is the point of failure with web servers and used databases?
  • Are intended specifications being met?

How do you create a web server stress test?

There are several different scenarios that one can apply to help with your findings. When you have decided which one you are going to use, you should record the traffic data.

Then you need to create a load test designed to stimulate the effect of several virtual users. Assign a scenario to each virtual user and configure the created test.

Then what?

Configure any and all methods you have decided to use for your created tests, specify browsers, connection speeds and any start delays for each user.

Run the test and then analyze the load test results, checking to see if the application crashes or not. If the test results come up with any warnings or errors, then this is a strong signal that you have found the crash point.

Remember that a crash does not always mean an error, it could be classed as an unacceptable performance. If your application does not crash, then you can try increasing your number of users and repeat the tests.

Analyze your results

You can observe the results of a server test in real time and monitor any server parameters on Runtime. The main areas to pay attention to are virtual users, passed requests, response transfer speed, warnings and errors.

If and when the server crashes, this can be found out by a decrease in transfer speed or a decrease in passed requests, OR your server may report certain errors.

It is much better to plan ahead and fully understand the capability of your server before you run the risk of ending up with unneccessary problems.

Zabbix server monitoring review

Date: 2018-05-30, 24 days ago

The software is an open source software used to monitor servers and network hardware across organizations. It is designed to keep track of service availability across servers, virtual machines and other network devices. These metrics help determine the health of an organizations' IT infrastructure and identify problems with software as well as hardware components before affecting the end user. The information gathered is stored in a database for users to analyze over time to upgrade their equipment or improve the quality of their services.

Zabbix stores data in relational database supported by Oracle, SQLite, PostgresSQL and MySQL which aid data storage. Its web frontend is written in PHP while the backend is referred to as C. The software also allows web interface for users to view the data and configure their system settings. The company, Zabbix started off as an internal software project releasing GPL in 2001. The company later developed a table version of the software, the 1.0 which was launched in 2004. Subsequent releases have seen Zabbix release minor version numbers to represent major releases. Each minor release introduced new features and upgrades from the previous version.

Change level releases however implemented bugfixes. The version numbering scheme has also changed. While versions 1.0 and 1.1 represented the first to releases, the company decided to use odd numbers for the development varieties and even numbers for the stable versions. Thus, after the 1.1 version was introduced the next release was the 1.3. This third version allows encrypted communication between connected clients and the server so the user's data is protected from third-party access while travelling over insecure networks. The software provides different monitoring alternatives:

  • Simple checks are used to confirm the responsiveness and availability of normal services like HTTP or the SMTP without installing software on the host being monitored
  • Using a Zabbix agent on Windows and UNIX hosts to monitor statistics like network utilization, CPU load as well as the disk space
  • Instead of using Zabbix agent, the software can use support to monitor via TCP, SNMP, and ICMP checks. Custom parameters and IPMI, Telnet and JMX are also used for monitoring. Zabbix supports near real-time notification mechanism like the XMPP.

Features of the Zabbix Server Monitoring Software

  • Automatic discovery of network devices and servers
  • Ability to monitor many devices
  • Supports trapping and polling mechanisms
  • Distributes monitoring using a centralized web administration
  • Web-based interface
  • Provides an audit log
  • Useful SLA, ITIL KPI metrics for reporting

Pros

  • Monitors disk space
  • Monitoring of host availability
  • Monitors service availability

Cons

  • Improved documentation though detailed documentation often gets lost between versions
  • Requires expert knowledge to operate
  • Has SNMP Traps

Will you get your return on investment?

Yes, the software's ability to monitor service availability means the response time is significantly redyced for incidents. Additionally, the software has been optimized to create or execute scripts hence simple problems can easily get fixed without engaging a third party. The creation of graphs provide users with ample information regarding trends to help them to make more accurate predictions of purchases and budgets.

Linode vs Amazon AWS comparison

Date: 2018-05-31, 23 days ago

Amazon AWS versus Linode

When people are comparing Amazon Web Services and Linode the first assumption they make is that Amazon is going to win since it has a lot to offer. However, we should take off our "Team Amazon T-shirts" and look at each service provider for what they have to offer. First, when it comes to high-quality cloud hosting Linode outsmarts AWS. Notably, Linode provides exemplary services when it comes to live chats and phone support. Actually, HostAdvice Experts, as well as the customers, rate Linode highly when it comes to this service. The latter scenario comes as a surprise to "All Powerful Amazon."

Quite a good number of people think that Amazon makes their income by running their popular online marketplace. However, they make extra income by running internet infrastructure in the background. The company hosts many sites behind the scenes by proving tons of servers even to other hosting companies. On the other hand, even though Linode is large, its scale cannot be matched to the former company.

To some people, the bigger the organization the better it is, but this is not always the case. When we compare Amazon AWS versus Linode in terms of pricing, the latter company has better deals than the former. Even though in the recent past, Amazon has been trying to truncate its pricing, they are still not doing enough. Well, we understand that they have a sophisticated infrastructure in place, but also people and businesses need a way that they can save an extra buck. From expert's point of view, even though Amazon is popular and a lot bigger, it does not mean that Linode is inferior in what it offers.

Statistically, if you list the best cloud companies, Amazon AWS will probably be among the top companies because of its greater computing power. Nonetheless, according to webmasters and developers, they prefer the nimble feeling they get from Linode.

Over the last decade, both companies have grown exponentially by integrating many new features. Some of the hosting organizations in the market offer old and obsolete services. From my perspective, when it comes to the services that relate to the internet, clients want up to date and fast services. Additionally, the clients want privacy. Both companies try their best to keep up with the latest trends. Nonetheless, Amazon AWS is the best when it comes to improving and maintaining their infrastructure.

Another significant factor is the working environment. Even though Linode is like a drop in an ocean when compared to Amazon AWS both handle their clients very well. If you are using Linode servers or Amazon's, the differences are negligible and you might not even realize. However, Linode tends to sell direct servers to clients while AWS prefers to offer services that clients want. Therefore, when it comes to working environment, Amazon AWS provides superior features.

When comparing internet plans Linode is better than Amazon AWS, but the former services requires more RAM and Linode lacks storage. According to expert, if you need to use a server for a couple of hours, then Linode is the best option. Otherwise, if you need long-term hosting services Amazon AWS always takes the cake. Therefore, before selecting a server-hosting company, there many factors that come into play such as pricing, infrastructure levels, and reliability.

What is CSS Grid

Date: 2018-06-02, 21 days ago

As a two-dimensional system that can handle both columns and rows, CSS Grid Layout is the most powerful layout system available in CSS. It is better than Flexbox, which is only a one-dimensional system, and allows you to create two-dimensional layouts of items on an application or webpage. By applying CSS rules to both a parent element (which becomes the Grid Container) and the elements children (which then become Grid Items, you can work with Grid Layout).

What is CSS Grid Layout?

A CSS layout method that was created with a two-dimensional layout of items on a webpage or application is a CSS Grid Layout and Firefox, Safari, and Chrome shipped grid support in March of 2017. Later last year, in October, Edge updated to the new specification to match other implementations.

Basic Concepts

The basic concepts of Grid Layout provide you with a way of creating grid structures that are described in CSS but not in HTML. It allows you to create layouts that can be redefined using Media Queries and adapt to a variety of contexts. Grid Layout affords you the opportunity to properly separate the order of elements in the source from the way they appear visually. As a designer, this means you can change the location of page elements to best fit your layout at a multitude of different breakpoints. This means you do not need to compromise a sensibly structured document to create your perfect design.

You can adapt grid to the space you have available very easily. Things do not end up overlapping because of text size change because each element has an area on the grid. Unlike HTML table-based layout, CSS Grid Layout allows you to layer items on the grid. So, in other words, one item can overlap another if need be without causing issues. Grid is the very first CSS module designed specifically to solve the layout problems you have been slicing your way around for many years.

With CSS Grid, each row in your declaration needs to have the same number of cells but you can utilize any number of adjacent periods to declare a single empty cell. Just make sure the periods have no spaces between them so they can each represent a single cell. The CSS Grid Layout Module offers a grid-based layout system that features rows and columns that make it more simple than ever to design web pages without having to use floats and positioning. An HTML element becomes a grid container by setting the display property to grid or inline-grid.

Overall, CSS Grid gives you more flexibility than Flexbox and allows you to create a better flow of information. Since CSS Grid is supported by all of the major browsers, it is a great and efficient way to design web pages.


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