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Found My New Text Editor for Code and It’s from Microsoft!

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A Look Back at Text Editors

When I started writing “code” there was not a plethora of text editors that there are today. It started with Adobe Dreamweaver for me. Back then Dreamweaver was owned by Macromedia for those that remember, and I was even part of Macromedia User Group, learning to use Flash too. Later on it was Coda and Text Wrangler for me.

Text Editors of the Future

Then I wanted to use what all the cool kids were using Sublime Text, Brackets and or Atom. Loved the look of Sublime Text but was too frugal to want to pay for a text editor. At first I was big fan of Brackets because of its integration with Adobe Photoshop and because the first release of Atom was little slow for me. But for the last year or so I have been using Atom as performance has improved. Although now and then I finding it crashing particular on my older Macbook Pro.

Many different types of text editors mean that there are several different types of programmers. JavaScript, VisualBASIC and C++ programming are a few of the computer languages one can become schooled in; or one may become schooled in any number or combination. Many of these languages have their own specialized editors or IDE, think of Eclipse – boring!

The New Text Editor from the Future

But lately on the twitter, I have been reading and seeing about a new text editor called Visual Studio Code. And all I can think of is, “Isn’t that from Microsoft?” and “Is it just for VBScript?” – you may have had these same thoughts or not. But man, was I blown away by the first tutorial I watched with a built-in debugger that had call stacks, variables and breakpoints all right there to use. And for someone who’s biggest problem language is JavaScript this is a huge help.

Bravo Microsoft! Well done sir, keep up the good work. For now I am switching to Visual Studio Code and see how this goes.

Privacy And Security in the Age of 1984

Privacy And Security in the Age of 1984

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Privilege of Privacy and Protection

The privilege of protection is a difficult issue for all on the web. No formal law exists inside the internet, and Internet clients can discover response just through the pertinent laws of their own legislature. It is your duty to guarantee the security of your site guests. You need to make a value-based or intelligent condition that ensures the protection of your clients.

Many individuals neglect to wind up distinctly online customers since they fear their own data could be abused or traded off. Data fraud, charge card extortion, rupture of individual data are among the more basic shopper concerns. As indicated by Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC, “The nonappearance of customer security assurance may in actuality be the main hindrance to the development of the web-based business.”

Trusting Security

Security is one of the main issues confronting the future accomplishment of internet business. One of your most imperative undertakings as an online business is to set up trusting associations with your site guests. Make sure to noticeably show a security approach on your site that points of interest how client data is gathered, utilized, and ensured.

Gain from the stars, in the event that you are uncertain about what your protection explanation ought to resemble. There are numerous exceptionally fruitful online organizations you can gain from. Try not to duplicate their protection proclamations, yet utilize them as learning apparatuses. In the event that there is an industry pioneer in your field, concentrate their site. There is nothing amiss with a smidgen of aggressive insight.

As you study security approaches search for regular patterns. Take notes, and make a blueprint. Make inquiries as you are composing your framework. What does their protection explanation incorporate? Where is the security explanation found? Is it simple to discover? Utilizing the insight you have accumulated amid your exploration procedure, compose your own particular protection proclamation.

Security Strategy

The body of your security strategy ought to have a few segments, for example, how basic the gathered client data is ensured, the safety efforts you take to secure the data, on the off chance that you impart that data to an outsider. Likewise, incorporate security data particular to your field. For instance, in case you’re gathering client email locations be particular about how you plan to utilize them.

Continuously incorporate the organization contact data in your security arrangement with the goal that clients can get in touch with you in the event that they have any inquiries. Ensure that a connection to your protection approach is unmistakably noticeable on your site. In any event, you ought to have a connection to the protection strategy from your landing page however it doesn’t hurt to have a connection to it from all website pages.

Bitcoin Digital Currency – How Does It Work?

Bitcoin Digital Currency – How Does It Work?

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Casascius physical bitcoins

For a couple of months now those wishing to buy Casascius physical bitcoins utilizing a Mastercard or PayPal have been served on account of the online merchant Memory Dealers. The administrator of Memory Dealers, Roger Ver (@RogerVer) declared however that PayPal is once more during the time spent putting a stop to the utilization of PayPal for buying bitcoins.

Memory Dealers will keep offering bitcoins until PayPal makes a move, evidently. This implies those wishing to purchase have only a brief time to get their requests in. Casascius items accessible through Memory Dealers incorporate the 1.0 BTC Casascius physical bitcoin (both v1 and v2), the 10.0 BTC Casascius silver bitcoin (1 Troy Ounce .999 Silver Round), and more expensive offerings too.

Casascius additionally offers the greater part of the coins straightforwardly however when obtaining from their site bitcoins themselves are the main strategy for installment permitted.

Computerized money

Despite the fact that bitcoin is a computerized money typically expected for online utilize, bitcoins can be made to have a physical frame also, however, every usage has focal points and hindrances. BitBills were the main physical bitcoin presented in mid-2011 and months after the fact Casascius presented their physical coins. PrintCoins.com have additionally been offering a paper-based physical bitcoin item too. Each of the three strategies utilizes a 3D image to keep ensure the private key, however, the client must trust that the backer is straightforward and has a safe technique for assembling.

Bitcoins are anything but difficult to utilize, and now you can get them in less than an hour. Just dispatch out a money store arrange, give the drive to any branch of one of the huge banks and store money with the record points of interest to you.

At that point bitcoins, touch base in your email inbox and you can do whatever you need with them.

– No financial balance required
– No trade account required
– No bitcoin account required

Bitcoin is worldwide.

Bitcoins can be exchanged to and from anyplace with the web like email. There are shared hubs that support the bitcoin framework the whole way across the world. When somebody sends bitcoins, they are obvious to the receiver right away and can be spent inside around 15 minutes.

An Ethical Hacker

An Ethical Hacker?

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Does the ethical hacker exist?

If an online company is large enough they might consider the services of a white hat hacker. Typically when you hear the word ‘hacker’ it conjures up someone who, with ill intent, searches for ways to mine your company data and destroy or replace data. However, a white hat hacker is someone who could use their abilities to harm your business, but they make the choice to help uncover security failings in your system and then assist in finding ways to protect your company from other hackers.

The reason this approach is helpful to many companies is that if they can revamp their online store to close the backdoor entrance to would be hackers then their company data can be safeguarded. Customers often experience an even greater level of trust and security in the online store resulting in improved performance in online sales and up-time.

Proper precautions for hackers

Maybe this explains why so many of the larger online businesses seem to have less downtime and experience fewer problems. Most hackers know they will have a harder time getting into these systems than smaller companies that may not have the resources to investigate every possible security leak.

That being said, it is important for any online business to make sure they take proper precautions by installing anti-virus protection, spyware removal tools, and firewall protection. This should not even be a debated position. Your customers deserve the safety that only you can provide through appropriate protective measures.

Hacker Targets

Hackers don’t always target a specific site so much as they work to create software that looks to find an entrance to your online store data and then they investigate what can be found on those sites they can infiltrate. Some hackers have said they mean no harm; they simply are curious and have found new ways of finding out information. Too often this is information they should not have access to.

The truth is some hackers consider what they do as a means of making the online environment safer for individuals and businesses. If they can disable an online store or take over a website they figure this proves what they have been saying all along – sites are not as safe online as some think. To their credit what hackers have learned has often resulted in a better way to secure websites in general, but the other, and even more important side to this security coin is that online business must remain vigilant in the safeguard of their company data.

This whole process is a bit like the progression from small town America where everyone left their doors unlocked because it just wasn’t polite to take something that didn’t belong to you to the point where alarms are tripped if someone tries to enter your home after you set the alarm. Things have changed in an online sales environment and applying strong security measures to your site is not only in your best interest but also the interest of your customers who place their trust in your ability to safeguard their data.

Tips On How To Pick A Web Hosting Company

Tips On How To Pick A Web Hosting Company

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How to get a web hosting company

As any good web developer knows, a web developer is always worried about creating the best website that they can.  They work very hard with the client to decide exactly how they want their site to look, to function, and also how to make it run the most efficiently.  These are all things that people need to think about when they are creating a website, but sometimes we forget one of the most important things, how are we going to get our site on the internet?

No matter how great the website you create is, it is meaningless if you do not get it out on the internet.  So if you are going to get our website on the internet, then you can either host it on a web server yourself or get a web hosting company to host it for you.  If you are a large company that has an IT staff to set up the infrastructure to host a website, then this is probably the best idea, because you have more control over the things that happen.

However, most people that create websites do not have the money or the time to set up such an infrastructure.  These people will have to get a web hosting company to host their website.

Here are a few things to consider when you try to pick a web hosting company that is right for you:

Space – Some web hosting companies offer more space than others.  If you are going to create a large website, or you are looking to expand a lot in the near future, then the amount of space offered is very important.

Email Addresses – If your website is going to give away email addresses, or you need extra email addresses for your users, then a number of free email addresses that you are given might be very important.

Database Access – Some web hosting companies offer the ability to use a MySQL or SQL Server database to store information or authenticate against.  This can be a very important fact to help make your website more secure, or more dynamic.

For more about web hosting companies check out: http://www.reviews.com/web-hosting

Best Operating Systems

Best Operating Systems

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Mac vs. Windows vs. Linux

There are much controversy and speculation as to which operating system on the market is really the best operating system to use.  There are some people who say that one is better than the other, and there’s no doubt that everyone is going to have an operating system that they prefer.  Still others never really think about their operating system, so they have no opinion on which one is best.  They just use their computers and go on their merry ways.

So which is the best operating system?

Some people prefer Mac OS X.  This operating system was the first to integrate graphical user interface to make it easy to use.  GUI lets the user just point and click to open programs, use the programs, and navigate their system.  Mac OS X is usually used on Apple Macintosh computers and is often preferred by Mac users exclusively.

Linux operating system

The new Linux operating system is taking the computer industry by storm.  More and more companies are embracing Linux as a viable alternative to other operating systems.  It was also developed with an easy-to-use GUI but it features more security and more options for the everyday user.  Linux is freeware and was designed to be used by both large mainframe servers as well as personal computers alike.

No discussion about the best operating system would be complete without mentioning Windows.  Most personal computers in the world are loaded with the Windows operating system, and it is certainly the most recognizable.  Many people feel that unequivocally, Windows is the best operating system to use.  But why?

Windows Operating System

To begin with, Windows is easy to use.  It also has a graphical user interface with flashy graphics and points and clicks technology.  Because most computers operate on Windows, it is easy for users to navigate a computer other than their own.  That means a college student, for example, can use their laptop in their dorm room and go to the library to use the computers there without having to know how to use the operating system.

However, Windows is not without its problems.  This operating system has been well-known for having bugs causing it to crash for no reason.  However, Microsoft has addressed these problems quickly and provided patches that would prove to fix the problems with the system.  Their new product, Windows Vista, has been criticized as being too large to be run on most computers although it has been hailed as new technology like no other.

So which operating system is the best operating system?  The choices are diverse, but ultimately, it’s all up to the user to decide.

Is It Best To Avoid Software Piracy?

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It’s Best To Avoid It At All Costs!

Like electronic identity theft, computer viruses, and the spread of other computer crimes, software piracy is on the rise. The problem with software piracy is that software costs make this illegal activity appealing to the end user. After all, who is it going to hurt? Rich software companies?? This article investigates software piracy as a whole and the impact that it has on the computer using industry.

The most vulnerable victims of software piracy are software businesses or independent programmers who create and distribute commercial software or shareware. We described shareware in another article, but because both commercial software and shareware require payment, they’re the target of pirates who seek to make these kinds of programs free to use.

Open Source is Your Friend

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Open Source

If you’ve spent any lengthy amount of time on the Internet, you’ve probably heard of open source software but might not have fully understood what it is and why it even exists.  This article will describe this recent phenomenon and describe some of its benefits for the software using community. In a nutshell, open source software is software made by everyone – for everyone. The hopes behind its development is that through its open access, it will evolve into something that represents the true desires of computer users. Through a wide network of user involvement, the software in question is enhanced and debugged without costs or administrative politics.

Traditionally, software is developed behind closed doors. A team of professional coders build it but the community at large isn’t part of its conception. It’s costly to produce and as you can probably guess, that cost is passed on to the end-user: the consumer. Open source software on the other hand is free. Free to download, free to install, free to use, free to modify, and free to share.

Cleaning And Organizing Your PC

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It is a good idea to think of your PC as an office. It stores files, programs, pictures. This can be compared to an actual office’s files, machines and decorations. The operating system is the boss. With this image in mind, think of an office you’ve visited that was slow and inefficient. There were probably many different reasons for the inefficiency. This is the same with a computer. There can be many items that slow down your computer. Perhaps the one most commonly overlooked is disorganization and clutter.

Disk Cleanup

An office can accumulate a lot of unnecessary files, machines, and decorations. This is the same with your computer. One of the best ways to keep this clutter under control is to perform a cleaning utility periodically. In Windows this cleaning utility will be called a “disk cleanup.” It removes a variety of unnecessary files depending on the options you have selected.