Hardware

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Apple Users Be Warned: CIA Exploits Revealed

Apple users be warned, CIA exploits revealed! Yesterday in a press release WikiLeaks revealed detailed documentation of serveral CIA projects designed to exploit and infect Apple Mac firmware. Most notably the, “NightSkies 1.2” project has been released and is expressly designed to be installed on iPhones before leaving the factory and according to WikiLeaks the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain since 2008. 

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Buying a New Computer? Don’t Forget These 3 Things

Often people do not take into consideration outside factors when buying a new computer or new technology. While these external variables might not be as critical as the actual machine hardware specifications – it is still important. Traditionally, these other factors are directly related to environment. More specifically power, temperature, and debris. So when buying a new computer you will want to keep the following in mind to hopefully prevent hardware failures in the future. 

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SAN vs NAS: What’s the Difference

What is a NAS?

In the world of technology, a NAS is an acronym to meaning, “network-attached storage”. Basically, it is a stand-alone storage device that is connected to your network – kinda like a workstation that has lots of storage and runs a very basic Operating System. It’s primary function is to provide a file system and storage, and to be online and available to serve those files to the users. Generally, you see these devices serving files (instead of requiring a dedicated server) or sometimes used as a repository for backup jobs.

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It’s All About IOPS

When it comes to Server storage options, there are good options and bad. With today’s multi-core processors and high memory capacity, the one typical bottleneck of server performance is IOPS (input / output operations per second) of the disk subsystem. Most Ultrabooks come with an SSD (Solid State Drive) and performance is outstanding and it’s all because SSD disks deliver outstanding IOPS. (For more information check out our article on workstation performance.)

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