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How Can Cloud Hosting Impact Your Online Marketing Budget

Cloud Computing is the result of latest technological developments in the field of Information Technology which had greatly effected the budgets of all types of online businesses, big, medium and small.

A number of hosting and computing online are covered by Cloud Computing, as an umbrella. It influenced the budgets of almost all online marketing businesses through its various positive features. In recent economic conditions worldwide, it has become difficult to control the budget of online marketing of any business, especially for medium and small businesses. Cloud Computing had positively solved their problem of spending more and more on running the servers and websites in the classic ways especially in the peak load times. At peak hours you need space to download your websites on your servers which are already overwhelming due to rush. Cloud server computing provides additional space to download websites as it is a host of several virtual servers.

Small and medium businesses can run their website or any other service to be computed through the Cloud Hosting Provider on one or the other virtual servers provided by it. Thus, they can manage their servers versatilely as their capacity to use servers can be scaled up or down as per their requirement. The Cloud has enough spare space to adjust anytime you need it. Also you don’t have to buy any additional hardware for that purpose. This variable scalability has many benefits for businesses irrespective of their size as they don’t  need to know the server’s requirement. So, cloud hosting can effectively impact  the online marketing budgets of businesses in the part of hardware and software expenses as well as monthly hosting capacity fees.

Ways to impact online marketing budget

Monthly Hosting Fees

The usual servers used by small and medium businesses, to host websites for their marketing, charge for the full capacity of space provided to them according the time taken in downloading the website even if they are not in use. But cloud hosting servers charge only for what they have used. So your expenses of server’s usage reduce considerably by using cloud hosting.

Versatile Scalability

When an online business grows, there may be an increase in traffic to their website which requires additional space that cloud hosting can easily provide. Other servers will have to face problems in providing additional space for growing businesses. They’ll have to raise their fees since the hardware expenses involved in increasing the server capacity will be great.

Less Downtime At Peak Hours

Usually the speed of classic servers gets effected at peak load hours and the website download time is increased considerably. Website loading will be delayed and that may cost you dearly in traffic, customer satisfaction and money. These problems can be avoided with cloud hosting as the service provided is supported by several virtual servers and that helps in hosting as many websites as you want even and use load them successfully even at peak hours.

Thus cloud hosting impact your online marketing budget and even your income and your client satisfaction rate considerably by reducing the cost of hosting websites as well as provide hosting space invariably as per your requirements and your business growth needs.

Written by Biljana Dimovska on August 18th, 2012 with 24 comments.
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iphone OS 4 hands-on – Engadget

I really need to stop looking at iPhones…I might just have to get an iPhone GS..multi-tasking is a beauteous thing indeed.

Written by Pixelhead on April 11th, 2010 with 26 comments.
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Flickr uses Picnik for Online Photo Editing

After reading Techcrunches report about Picnik being live on Flickr , I went to the Flickr blog and read about the newest Flickr feature that enables online photo editing using Picnik’s Photo editing services.

To use the service while using Flickr, you must be signed it to your Flickr account, and then when viewing your photos, click the edit button at the top of one of your photos. You are then taken to Picnik where you see all the editing options that are available to you from a Picnik’s free account.Picnik Photo Editing

Its a pretty simple interface that includes such options as cropping, red eye reduction, color adjustments and more. There are plenty of advanced features available as well, but many more features can be obtained by upgrading your free account for a little less than 25 bucks a year. For someone who does not want to make the purchase of Photoshop, this might be an awesome tool to use for editing of photos. I will probably continue to use Photoshop, but I can also see myself using Picnik while using Flickr.

Also, while surfing the net, there is a Firefox addon, that lets you edit graphics online through the use of your right click menu. There is also an extension for IE if that is your browser of choice. Here is the Picnik tools page for a list of available photo editing tools .

In addition to Flickr, Picnik can also be used with Facebook, PhotoBucket, Picasa, and Webshots, and it’s API is available for others to use and develop for other applications.

What do You Think?Picnik Edited Photo

This is the first Internet based Photo Editing site that I have used or reviewed for that matter. While doing the review I was exposed to several other sites. Does anyone have any experience with any other photo editing sites? What do you think about PicniK?

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Written by Pixelhead on December 11th, 2007 with 23 comments.
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Mobile Search Technology

The other morning, as the result of reading a comment on the Vandelay Web Design Blog article Effectively Testing Your Website in Multiple Browsers, I was reminded of Chuck Sacco from the Mobile Marketing site PhindMe.mobi we had met at BlogPhiladelphia Unconference.

Chucks associate, Doug Bellenger, had been one of the session leaders at BlogPhiladelphia with the title of his group being Mobile Social Networking. Two things that I recall from the session were that the U.S. is behind in their mobile technology as compared to countries like Japan were buying a soda can be done with your cell phone. The other idea that I got from the mobile search technology session is that there are so many different mobile technology platforms out there that it seems a universal Mobile platform is what is needed.

In an interview with Chuck on StartUpOrBust, we find out that the business plan for PhindMe was developed as a part of an MBA project at Drexel University and was delayed a year so that the partners could finish their MBA program.

From the PhineMe website we learn that Phindme is a tool that allows its users to get and share information about local events all from your cell phone.

Currently in Beta in a few cities in the US, PhindMe is expected to go national some time this year.

Written by Pixelhead on September 2nd, 2007 with 13 comments.
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Flash-chip laptops will bring big improvements

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A new generation of quieter and faster laptops is in the pipeline. The hot, heavy hard drive we all know is being replaced with cool, lightweight flash chips. Flash chips will usher in a new wave of laptops that in addition to being light and fast, won’t need charging so often and won’t heat up the tops of your thighs.

The new technology is not quite ready for the mass market, but it won’t be long. Flash chips, which use solid-state technology, are already used in digital cameras, mobile phones and iPods. Their price is falling by a half each year and industry experts expect around a fifth of all new laptops to be running on flash drives within the next three years. A 32GB flash-drive laptop is already on the market from Fujitsu, but you’ll have to pay an extra thousand dollars for it. It is rumored that Apple and Sony will be next to launch such machines.

Once flash drive laptops become widely available, a wave of change will sweep through he industry. It will boost flash memory chip makers like Hynix Semiconductor, Samsung Electronics and Toshiba. Such firms will make money before other players join in and prices drop futher. The problem with hard disks is they consume a lot of power. So conventional laptops need frequent charging through the day. Flash drives are half the weight of hard disks. With no moving parts, they are more sturdy and they can process data faster. The lack of a motor or spinning disk means they consume less than half the power and generate less heat.

Apple may win the commercial race. It is already using flash memory in its iPods, which transformed how people hear music worldwide. The company is believed to be introducing a flash-based notebook the size of a paper-back book towards the end of 2007. We could also start seeing laptops with special drives for both an old-fashioned hard disk and a new flash one. But if money is not a problem, you can get a very special flash-drive laptop right now. For one million dollars, a number of luxury gift companies are offering diamond-encrusted laptops with a 128GB flash-drive installed.

About the Author

PortableUniverse.co.uk is a good place to go for laptops and peripherals. The best thing for people to do is to talk to them, let them know what your needs are (both current and future) and they will come up with the best laptop for you. They also supply software and blank DVDs there for your backup.

http://www.portableuniverse.co.uk

Written by TheChatter on May 18th, 2007 with 6 comments.
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What to do With Your Laptop When You’re Taking a Flight

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Here are some tips to help you keep your laptop safe and make sure you have a trouble-free time while at airports and taking flights. Mostly it’s about being alert and ‘streetwise’ and keeping your eyes open.

(1) Stay under the radar
Keep a low profile at the airport and on the plane. Thieves are looking for a ‘mark’ so make sure it’s not you. Be aware that if a fellow passenger asks you about your laptop, with probing questions about its newness, price and capabilities, they may be assessing it to see if its worth stealing. In such circumstances it’s best to politely say you’re tired from working and wearily put your laptop away, saying it’s an old model, slow and inefficient.

(2) Watch your laptop like a hawk
Keep it with you at all times and don’t take your eyes off it and your hand luggage for a second. Thieves are assessing people and what they have with them. If you give the impression that you’re not really ‘with it’ then pretty soom your laptop will no longer be ‘with you’. This still applies even if your things are being looked at by security or customs – a classic area for thieves.

(3) Paperwork is important
Make sure you have the receipts and the right customs paperwork for your laptop when taking your return flight. And have them accessible so you can show them to customs quickly without rummaging through mountains of paperwork at the bottom of your briefcase. This way you can prove that you bought your laptop into the country with you and didn’t buy it there. If customs suspect that you purchased your laptop on this trip, you’ll be asked to pay taxes and duty.

(4) Be prepared to turn it on
You may be asked to turn your laptop on, so it is sensible to have it charged up and on standby. Containers that are made to look like laptops are often used to smuggle items or to hide terrorist equipment. So its common practice for security to ask people to turn on their machine. Also customs may want to see if it’s brand new. If so, it may be subject to taxes and import duty.

(5) Have your laptop with you all the time
Do not pack it with your other luggage, which usually gets rough treatment from baggage handlers. Bring it on the plane with you as hand luggage, and keep it with you. Aviod using the overhead compartment, where other passengers could steal it or accidentally dislodge it when pulling their coat out, making it drop on the floor.

(6) Conveyor belt scams
Here’s a scam to watch out for. Two thieves slip in front of you as people are drifting towards the security conveyor belt. You’ve put your laptop on the belt and off it goes. The first thief goes through but the second one makes problems for the security staff and creates a dramatic scene. Everyone is distracted except the first thief who takes the opportunity for a quick getaway with your laptop.

(7) X-Rays won’t hurt your Laptop
Rest assured that X-Ray scanners are fine and will not harm your laptop or your information stored on it. The security people need to be able to see inside as there’s space for smugging items inside your machine, however slim and light it may seem to you.

(8) Metal detectors could damage my Laptop
Yes they could. Metal detectors can hurt your laptop so it’s best to respectfully ask security people to do a ‘hand check’ instead, where they ask you to turn it in to show its real. After all, there’s already metal inside a normal laptop so a metal detector won’t tell them anything.

(9) Lock your laptop case
Open cases are easy to get into, especially for a team of two criminals. One distracts you while the other either puts something into your case like drugs. Or takes something out like your laptop and anything else that’s accessible like your money or mobile phone. All in a few seconds and they’re gone before you notice anything. If you have become a ‘carrier’ for them they will pull a similar stunt to steal the whole case from you once the flight has landed and you’ve cleared customs.

About The Author
PortableUniverse.co.uk is a good place to go for laptops and peripherals. The best thing for people to do is to talk to them, let them know what your needs are (both current and future) and they will come up with the best laptop for you. They also supply software and blank DVDs there for your backup.


Written by TheChatter on May 18th, 2007 with 20 comments.
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