Archive for July, 2011

USB 3.0 devices are coming in thick and fast, ranging from external storage devices to media servers. Just getting one of these devices is not going to be enough to enjoy the significant increase in transfer speeds. Before investing in a USB 3.0 device, it is essential to have compatibility at the other end—namely, desktop and/or laptop.

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I have put together a quick guide that lists the available upgrade options for the computer and then we round it off with some of USB 3.0 device that may be worthy of purchase.

Express card

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This is by far the cheapest and quickest way to add USB 3.0 compatibility to your existing system. D-Link has PCIe riser card for desktop computers and an Express card for latops, with both of these offering two USB 3.0 ports.

The PCIe card for desktops can be had for Rs. 2,799 and the Express card for laptops is going for Rs 3,699.

Motherboard swap

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The option to add native USB 3.0 support is only available for desktop computers, while laptop users will just have to save and buy a model with such support.

Getting a new motherboard is not going to be cheap, like the one pictured here from ASUS is selling for Rs 7,145.

This cost can go even higher as getting a new motherboard may also require getting a new central processor and memory modules, depending how old the rig in question is.

Pendrives

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Transcend is selling a couple of USB 3.0 pen drives with decent storage capacities at an affordable price. The 8GB version of Transcend Jet Flash 700 is selling for Rs. 660 and the 16GB model is yours for Rs 1,099.

Portable hard-drives

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Hitachi is offering quite an attractive package with its Touro series of external hard-drives. These USB 3.0 complaint hard-drives come in 500GB and 700GB models and in addition offer 3GB of online storage space.

The Touro Mobile Pro 500GB model has a suggested retail price of Rs 4,408 and the 750GB model’s SRP is Rs 5,309.

External desktop drives

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While these drives are portable, they are likely going to stay put on your desktop. These drives are the mother of all external storage devices with the capacity of a data warehouse and need for an additional power source.

MyBook from Western Digital is a 3.5-inch external drive with capacity to house two terabytes of data. This one is retailing for Rs 4,900 and is backed-up by three years of warranty.

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Imagine, the extent of possible savings for a website owner, as the owner doesn’t have to shell even a single pie from the coffers, and the hosting is done free of cost.However, with the advent of cheap web hosting services, free website hosting services had gone out of the window. Still, free web hosting services remains a top catch for someone who has a low budget for his web ventures. There are many free web site promotion activities possible with free web hosting services. More importantly, you need to understand your site, and choose proper free web hosting services.

It’s important that the chosen hosting services do provide you with free website tools. Though, you won’t get all the required tools for building your website, but significantly, some of the free website hosting services has known to give enough free website tools to build your own website.Some of the free hosting services even go down to the extent of helping you to point the web address to the chosen domain name, and nevertheless, that are a handy free website tool.
The most significant criteria while choosing a free website hosting services is the bandwidth. Take pains to find the bandwidth such would offer you. In case, your free web site is provided with limited bandwidth, then your site might face access problems. You are advised to choose free website hosting services which allow you to have sufficient bandwidth for your site.
Now the advertisement section. For free hosting services, it’s the advertisement blocks that are perhaps, the most important consideration.
The focus for them is to earn money from placing advertisements on your site, but the real question is what type of advertisements do they intend to place on your site. Text advertisements are fine, but pop ups and pop under could be very annoying for your guest visitors. Money you, many guest decide to block your web address, just because your website has a pop up, or a pop under ads. Therefore, preferably, if possible, choose a free web hosting services that doesn’t place pop ups, or pop under ads. Following the above tips would ensure that you get the best free website hosting services for you site.

Here I have found a list of good free web hosting Companies in the below Link which i think is a good list for beginners for good free hosting:

http://bestwebhostsanddomains.blogspot.com/2011/06/top-10-free-web-hosting-for-2011.html

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http://besthosts.co.nr/

Let me know what do you think of free web hosting companies are they reliable and any good free web hosting companies you know which are not in the above list..

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For all those who are eager to get on to the Google’s new social networking site, Google+, here’s a warning for you. Don’t latch on to invitations from just anywhere.

Security firm Sophos reveals that cybercriminal are exploiting the Google+ brand and sending out bogus Google+ invitations.

According to Sophos, such messages sent by cyber criminals look almost similar to the emails that users may receive from friends who are already a member of Google+.

However, on clicking the link users are directed to a pharmacy website set up to sell the likes of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra to the unwary.

The world’s biggest Internet search company last week made another attempt at social networking with Google+. The service aims to dethrone Facebook, terming the leading social network “sloppy, scary and insensitive”.

Google+ service follows a series of failed attempts by Google with products like Google Buzz and Wave.

Google’s new Social Networking Site Google+ is up and running , which people have already started to refer as G+. After the failure in Orkut, Wave, Buzz and many more similar networking services this is fresh new attempt from Google to tackle on Facebook.

Earlier this week, Google launched this new social networking service called Google+. Google+ is Google’s latest service in the social networking segment and will compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter. If you spend time on Google or any of its services, then you may have seen the new black menu bar. Many wondered if this was just some new design from Google. As it turns out, that black bar is a sign from Google that something big is coming. That something is Google+.

Google+ is the newest of Google’s projects to go into invitation beta. Most of the services Google launch are made available in US first, just like the invites for Google Music. Similarly, Google+ is also invite only right now and you can apply for an invite directly. There are no direct invites being sent out right now but you can get yourself an invite by visiting this link. Additionally, you can learn more about Google+ service by visiting this link. A demo is also right here
From the looks of it, this one definitely looks interesting.

Difference Between Google+ and Facebook:

• Google+ is the latest effort by Google to garner a chunk of space in the social networking platform which is currently dominated by Facebook
• Facebook has an estimated 500 million members whereas Google+ is only in its experimental stage
• Google+ has some new, innovative features like Circles, Sparks, and hangouts that are absent in Facebook
• Photo upload in Google+ is instant as against a time consuming process in Facebook
• Only time will tell if Google+ can take on the might of Facebook but it certainly has attractive features to lure potential members

One of the Biggest difference between FB and G+ would be with “the ability to share just the right things with the right people. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself- just like real life. And we built Google+ on top of Google’s existing products so the experience is fun and simple to use. For people who already use Google every day, this is just an upgrade.”

It is not yet the time to say who is better. But Facebook has the advantage of being first successful social network and has built a nation in seven years. Google is a very popular brand with lot of fans and cults but Google plus has yet to start growing its circle. Google has advantage of having a lot of other web apps and features like Gmail, maps, web search, Picasa, Docs, voice and video chat, readers and lot more. Google has already integrated the G+ with all other of its service. Google have phone OS and going to pioneer OS for cloud user. Facebook has also plans for its own phone OS and have a good partnership with Microsoft.

So are you ready to switch from FB to G+ ?