What is net neutrality? When the internet started to take off in 1980s and 1990s, there were no specific rules that asked that internet service providers (ISPs) should follow the same principle. Most countries have rules that ask telecom operators to provide an unfiltered and unrestricted phone service. The operators did not block the access to a number and they did not deliberately delay connection to a particular number, unless forced by the law. Net neutrality is an idea derived from how telephone lines have worked since the beginning of the 20th century. This is where net neutrality comes into focus.
What this means
Users can access any legal website or web service without any interference from an ISP. But, mostly because telecom operators were also ISPs, they adhered to the same principle. When a web user connects to a website or web service, he or she gets the same speed. In case of a telephone line, you can dial any number and connect to it. Some countries have rules that enforce net neutrality but most don’t. It does not matter if you are calling from operator A to operator B. It doesn’t matter if you are calling a restaurant or a drug dealer. This principle is known as net neutrality. An ISP does not control the traffic that passes its servers. Data rate for Youtube videos and Facebook photos is theoretically same. Instead, the principle is followed because that is how it has always been. It is more of a norm than a law.
Why it is important
A free and open internet is the single most important technology of our day. The internet should not be ruled by corporations and should be treat as a utility. Net neutrality as creates competition among ISP’s and prevents unfair pricing practices. However the single greatest advantage is that net neutrality protects freedom of speech. Without it corporations would have control over how users access the internet and internet services.
We get this question often and so we thought, why not answer the question thoroughly. Lets look at the options for that old computer and then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option in order to insure you have all the information needed to make a smart decision.
Refurbishing your old computer is an option we highly recommend and goes hand in hand with an upgrade, generally.
To start, refurbishing should be done by a Microsoft Registered or Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher. Companies that are recognized as Microsoft Refurbishers must follow strict guidelines set by Microsoft for a refurbished computer. Companies that meet these requirements will also generally offer a 1 year parts and labor warranty, just like you would get from the manufacture.
Cost is generally $100 to $200
Selling your old computer might seem like a great idea, however somethings need to be considered. Do you know how to securely wipe the data from your hard drive so that it can not be recovered? You wouldn’t want anyone to be able to get any of your information from your hard drive! Further, do you know how to reinstall the operating system? You also have to consider the cost of of shipping and the time it may take to sell your computer as well as what is it’s true value. If you need to have a professional perform these task the cost maybe greater than the value of the computer.
Cost is generally $10 to $100 with a profit of $25 to $50
Upgrading your computer can take many forms. Desktops can generally have more RAM, Solid State Drive, or a higher capacity hard drive installed. As well as installing better sound and graphics. Laptops are a bit less upgrade friendly usually only allowing for RAM and Hard drive or Solid State Drive to be installed.
That being said, one of the best bangs for your buck would be to install a Solid State Drive. The performance gains are enormous and can make even the oldest computers feel brand new.
Cost is generally $50 to $200+
Finally, re-purpose that old computer. Turn it into a file sharing server, media center, security system recorder, DVR, or high powered wifi router.
Short answer is YES you should backup your computer!
The long answer, it is a bit tricky to decide just how, when, and where to back up.
With options from cloud to NAS, Network Attached Storage, price ranges vary. Here, we will go over some options and price ranges that cover common backup needs you may face.
Standard Hard Drive
Your standard hard drive is the most common of backup options, either external or internal. A local backup is hands down the most common form of backup that will work for most users. Some issues with this method are failure of the hard drive as well as what capacity drive do you needed.
Things that need consideration!
There are some considerations that we will cover.
Internal or External
SSD or HDD
What capacity do you need, well…it depends. For most people a 1 Terabyte external hard drive is more than enough. Your particular needs may very and we would recommend going over your option with a trained professional if you feel you need specialized help.
How much is this going to cost, on average storage is about $0.03 Per GB. So a 1 Terabyte hard drive is right around $30 plus the cost of an external enclosure if needed.
Failure rates for modern hard drives are now at 2% per year. Meaning the first year of ownership your hard drive has roughly a 2% chance of failure, the second year 4%, third year 6%, and so on.
For this reason you always want to have important data backed up to at least 3 separate places. One local backup, cloud backup, and off-site backup is ideal for mission critical or vital data.
For most users an external backup solution will work wonderfully. However we highly recommend using SSD, Solid State Drive, these have no moving parts and failure rates that are tenths of 1%. That’s less than 1% failure rate!
Standard Solid State Drive
The next solution we will cover is cloud storage, this is hands down the easiest and safest way to store your data. With monthly plans available for Google, Microsoft, and many others including Ela Computer Repair you really can’t go wrong with cloud storage.
What is a NAS?
ASUSTOR AS3204T NAS
The last solution we will cover are NAS systems also known as Network Attached Storage. These systems are becoming increasingly affordable to the average user. A good NAS is one that offers RAID and at least 4 drive bays as well as up to 32 Terabytes of storage. Here is a link to a solution we highly recommend http://amzn.to/2kLpBMf.
We have spent the better part of a week building our brand new website and it has went well!
Just some of the things we wanted on our old site we were able to do and so much more. It is fantastic to have the tools needed to work quickly.
Private Client Portal
Private Torrent Tracker
Streamlined Design and Feel
Faster Load Times
Easier SSL integration
Password Protected Client Only Pages
And it Just Looks Better!
The new Client Portal gives our clients access to special downloads for their purchase. It also allows us to add special notes for our clients to read. It is a very handy tool indeed!
Our very own Torrent service allows us to serve our clients large files over the torrent network giving them a great deal of flexibility for downloads. We have set our torrents to private meaning only our tracker will server your torrent creating great privacy for our clients, that is always a good thing!
Our download manager with PayPal integration means it is easier than ever to allow our clients to purchase their files and download them from one source over SSL encryption and with the safety reliability of PayPal payments .
There is so much more behind the scenes coding we were able to do with the new website. The look and feel is far more clean and modern. Along with the added ability to create awesome forms that are far more user-friendly. The security was far easier to manage and every single file and page is fully SSL secured!
We have gotten great feedback and we really hope it continues. If you have suggestions please let us know we would love to hear your thoughts on our brand new website!
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