Aug 07

Computer Recycling To Resolve Environmental Issues

The Information Technology production industry has large carbon footprint. This can best be best resolved through the process of re-using and re-deploying the redundant IT equipment. This process is called computer recycling.

In Ohio, this is not much a problem because there is Southeastern Data that helped reduce the redundant IT equipment of the area. Computer recycling can greatly reduce the problem of computer equipment disposal. If you are living in Cincinnati, Cincinnati Computer Recycling can also help you get rid of your excess and old IT equipment.

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We all know how these scarce resources can damage the environment. Most environmental concerns relating to computers disposal lie in the monitor. The cathode ray tube is specifically the component in the monitor that causes the environmental problem. An average monitor contains 4-5 pounds lead. Lead is a very harmful substance not only to the environment but also to our health. This is what makes electronic equipment hazardous when disposed. Aside from lead, computers also contain many other hazardous materials like cadmium, hexavalent chromium and mercury. Cadmium is a known carcinogen. Hexavalent chromium has shown to cause liver disease, brain and nerve damage, high blood pressure and iron-poor blood. Last 2007, there were over 314 million computers thrown away that contains 1.2 billion pounds lead, 1.2 million pounds hexavalent chromium, 2 million pounds cadmium and 400,000 pounds mercury. Thankfully, today, there are now companies like Southeastern Data that takes care of the problem of computer disposal.

One problem in computer reuse is that after the process of recycling and upgrading, many organizations keep their old computers to store their data for backup in cases that the newer computers break down. Often, these old computers stay in the storage area beyond their useful time and at some point, they needed to decide about the disposal of such equipment. Most of the time, storing them for longer time is not a good option. Eventually, they’ll take up much space. Throwing them into the bin is a least desirable option. Thankfully, computer recycling comes as the most viable option. Such service is offered by Southeastern Data.

However, there is a risk in this option. There is a possibility that someone might recover the sensitive data from your computer and use it for their benefit. So you need to get the service of a trusted company like Southeastern Data. With them, you can be sure that your equipment and all the data stored in it are in good hands.

Before throwing out your old computer, think twice. There is a better option than putting them in the landfill. Computer recycling is a good option that does not harm the environment. Many obsolete computers today just gather dust in storage areas and it is important that you know there is a better solution to this problem. Let Southeastern Data recycle them so you can empty those spaces inside your home or offices. Many of the components inside your old computers can be recycled and reused. From the metal housing to the keyboards, they can all be reused. The toxic components of computers should be disposed of properly with the help of computer recycling companies.

 

Aug 02

Lightning USB Cables at Great Prices

Anker is one of my favorite brands for external battery packs and other mobile accessories, their Astro 3 2nd Generation is one of the best portable power banks you can buy.  So when I saw that they now offer Apple certified Lightning cables at a better price than even the Amazon Lightning cables I was thrilled.

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I never have enough lighting cables, and now I have all these old iPad charging cables and don’t feel like buying an adapter that is more expensive than just buying new cables.  The Anker Lighting Cable costs just $12.99 on Amazon right now.  Which is nearly $5 cheaper per cable than the Apple ones and a little cheaper than the Amazon ones directly.  They also have a smaller plug on the iPhone 5S/iPad Air side, so unlike the Amazon ones which have a thicker head which may not fit through some case holes for your Lightning Charging port, this one will fit any hole that the standard iOS lightning charger would fit.

If you need another Lightning USB Charging Cable then the Anker Lighting USB charging cable is a sure thing and saves you a few bucks compared to buying the more expensive Apple one and the smaller head around the lightning plug makes it more versatile than the AmazonBasics one which I do own and have had trouble plugging them in through some iPhone 5S cases before.

Aug 01

Making Sure Your WordPress Plugins are Current

Some hosting providers offer auto updates of WordPress and plugins under certain conditions but usually they lag too long, for instance I got a notice from Bluehost and HostMonster that they were going to update the Disqus and AIO SO Pack WordPress plugins due to security vulnerabilities yet this announcement is weeks late (better late than never) and I had already been running the newest versions since the day they were released.  WordPress itself since it hosts plugins in the repository can do a little more to alert users about WordPress plugins, for instance, you know at least 1 plugin needs to be updated when you log into your dashboard and you see.

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But I know way too many WordPress users and clients who never bother to notice and even check to update these plugins, I have logged into  some clients where they have outdated versions years old as they write posts with Writer but never actually log into dashboard, or static sites that may not add new content and just leave it alone for long periods of time. 

An auto update feature should exist with logging, this should be something offered by the hosting provider or WordPress in my opinion.  A flag that you can say "auto update plugins when updates are available" and choose a time slot.  There is a slim chance that plugin updates can cause issues or problems with the theme or site itself, but these are less likely than a security vulnerability which could have someone take over your site or turn it into a tool to attack other sites without you even noticing that something is amiss.

Security Patching and updates must be common place, assume you will patch constantly and always check your WordPress daily or as frequently as possible for patches and patch to the latest version of plugin as well as WordPress itself.  Also it is important to make sure you are using some sort of WordPress security protection whether it is a plugin or Incapsula which I prefer, this will help block and prevent attacks, malicious bots and attempts from compromising your WordPress site. 

Jul 31

Custom Built Media Center PC from MakeUseOf

So my Custom Built Media Center PC that I won from MakeUseOf arrived yesterday and I was excited to power it up and make sure everything worked properly, this is a light weight system that is ideal as a home media entertainment hub though it can function as a secondary computer in the home being that it has a fair amount of power and ram to power most low end games and do browsing and other application/Internet stuff.

It came pre-loaded with Ubuntu and here is some pictures of it all including some screen captures of the specs.  This now makes one of the biggest items I have won from one of the dozens of online giveaways that I enter per month.  Sometimes you just shotgun and enter as many as possible and once in a while you just get lucky.

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Thanks to MakeUseOf.com for randomly selecting me as the winner and sending me the prize.  I originally didn’t notice the winning announcement since my buddy Iggy actually pointed out that my name was listed as a winner on the giveaway page, and I checked and was like “HOLY CRAP” I really did win.

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Jul 25

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramus Released

Played Curse of Naxxramus the day it release for Hearthstone, but found that once I got past the login issues and severe slow downs the content was relatively easy to beat on it’s normal mode, taking about 1/2 hour and then beating the 2 bonus matches in about another 15 minutes.  The heroic battles I found were near impossible however and I have yet to beat a single heroic battle.Hearthstone_Screenshot_7.24.2014.13.19.53Hearthstone_Screenshot_7.24.2014.13.20.01Hearthstone_Screenshot_7.24.2014.13.19.49

Meanwhile it is just under 2 weeks until the next chapter releases and this gives people time to save up the daily reward and get the 700gp cost it will take to unlock each chapter if you don’t want to pay cash to unlock the chapters that is.

Have you played Curse of Naxxramus yet?  Did you get stuck on any of the challenges?  What are some of your new favorite cards?

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