Quicks Steps Towards Success In Web Hosting

An unreliable hosting company will mean an unreliable website. This is a big reason why selecting a perfect web host is very important. The following article offers several useful tips you can use to help you get the web hosting service you can rely on.

Find more than several recommendations that appeal to you when you are choosing a host service. If you only have two on the list, then their levels of experience and competence may be so far apart that there is no way to make a middle ground decision.

You should avoid registering Tsohost Promotional Code your domain name through your host, in case they decide to keep it in the event you ever cancel your plan. Your host, rather than you, will control your domain name and registration if you use the same service for registration and hosting.

When you have chosen a web host, make sure to have monthly payments instead of paying a lot in advance. The fact is that even supposedly reliable hosts may be ill-suited to your needs later on. It is best to avoid the headache by ensuring you can cancel at any time. If your business grows too big for the host or your business closes, you may lose the money you paid, unless the host states otherwise.

Try to communicate directly with clients of any web host you are thinking about hiring, through message boards or forums. These channels are helpful for finding honest, unbiased reviews and feedback that can make your decision much easier. This will give you the confidence you need Tsohost Promotional Code to make the best decision. One of the greatest sources of information can be from talking to current customers.

Solid web hosts will have impressive reputations. Look for articles or reviews on potential web hosts. You want to choose a host with a good reputation that is well-known and well-supported. A company that does not offer quality customer service and innovative services will be easy to recognize as well.

You should utilize a web host that supports any programming languages your development team intends on employing for your website. You simply cannot create a streamlined user experience with insufficient support for your content. If you choose to add additional features in the future using a new programming language that your host doesn’t support, you’ll probably have to choose between nixing your upgrade or leaving the hosting service. Switching hosts can be tedious.

There are a number of reasons why it is important to select a high quality web host. One of the primary setbacks an unreliable web host can cause you is frequent downtime, which will mean visitors cannot access your website, including potential customers if you happen to be running a business. Put the advice you read to use and make sure the host you choose has an excellent reputation!

Top 20 Windows 7 Tips | PCWorld

Illustration: John MattosJust got your hands on Windows 7 and want to bend it to your will? No problem. We’ve got plenty of tips, hacks and secrets to keep you busy for a long time, including automatically opening Windows Explorer to a folder of your choice, speeding up taskbar thumbnails, finding hidden desktop themes, forcing User Account Control to act the way you’d like, keeping your Explorer searches secret from others, and more.

So check out these tips. If you like them, we’ll keep more coming.

Also see the Gallery of the Best Windows 7 Tweaks.

General tips

We’ll start with a few nifty tips that can make your desktop more interesting, make it easier to get around and increase your computer’s power efficiency.

Use Hidden International Wallpapers and Themes

When you first install Windows 7, it asks for your language, time and currency. Based on your responses, it installs a set of wallpapers and themes. If you choose English (United States) for your time and currency format, for example, the available desktop backgrounds and themes will include a United States section with scenery from locations such as Maine, the Southwest and so on.

Hidden, though, are background scenery and themes from other English-speaking countries — Australia, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa. Normally, you can’t access those backgrounds or themes, but there is a simple way you can install and use them:

1. In the search box in the Start menu, type C:WindowsGlobalizationMCT and press Enter. (Note: If Windows 7 is installed in a drive other than C:, use that letter instead.)

2. Windows Explorer will launch and show you a list of subfolders under C:WindowsGlobalizationMCT: MCT-AU, MCT-CA, MCT-GB, MCT-US, and MCT-ZA. Each subfolder has wallpapers for a specific country: AU for Australia, CA for Canada, GB for Great Britain, US for the United States, and ZA for South Africa.

For any of the countries whose wallpaper and themes you want to use, go into its Theme folder, for example, C:WindowsGlobalizationMCTMCT-ZATheme. Double-click the theme you see there (for example ZA).

windows 7A South Africa theme, ready to use.

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3. That will install a shortcut to the theme and wallpapers in the Personalization section of Control Panel.

You can now use them as you would any other theme or background, by right-clicking the desktop, choosing Personalize, and choosing a background or theme. They will be listed in their own section.

Shake Your Desktop Free of Clutter

If you frequently run multiple programs simultaneously, your desktop can get extremely cluttered. This can get annoying if you’re working on one program and want to minimize all the other windows — in previous versions of Windows you had to minimize them individually.

With Windows 7’s “shake” feature, though, you can minimize every window except the one in which you’re currently working — in a single step. Click and hold the title bar of the window you want to keep on the desktop; while still holding the title bar, shake it quickly back and forth until all of the other windows minimize to the taskbar. Then let go. To make them return, shake the title bar again.

You can accomplish the same thing by pressing the Window key-Home key combination — although doing that is not nearly as much fun.

Get a Power Efficiency Report

Have a laptop and want to get more battery life out of it? Windows 7 includes a hidden built-in tool that will examine your laptop’s energy use and make recommendations on how to improve it. To use it:

1. Run a command prompt as an administrator. To do this, type cmd in the search box, and when the cmd icon appears, right-click it and choose “Run as administrator.”

2. At the command line, type in the following:

powercfg -energy -output FolderEnergy_Report.html

where Folder represents the folder where you want the report to be placed.

3. For about a minute, Windows 7 will examine the behavior of your laptop. It will then analyze it and create a report in HTML format in the folder you specified. Double-click the file, and you’ll get a report — follow its recommendations for ways to improve power performance.

Microsoft Band 2 review: one of the most powerful and useful fitness trackers

Microsofts second attempt at making a fitness tracker is a lot more comfortable and attractive than its first, packed with sensors and relatively easy to live with.

The first Microsoft Band was a chunky, clunky device, and while, in some ways, it was more comfortable than devices that needed to be worn tight to the wrist, it had more than a little whiff of criminal ankle tracker about it.

Fit and finishMicrosoft Band 2 review The band has a curved display, flexible rubber sides and a hard lump that forms the clasp and contains the batteries and electrodes for the sensors. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The Microsoft Band 2 ditches the plastic screen for a Gorilla Glass display and a metal body. It looks good, is easy to read with a clear and bright AMOLED display, and hasnt smashed or scratched in two months of using it all the time. The rest of the band is made of a tough but flexible black rubber with a metal clasp and a plastic chunk with two metal contacts on it.

The chunk is the battery, and the metal contacts are for some of the skin sensors. The clasp is a sliding, push-button release, which is excellent. You can take it on and off and adjust it easily on the fly very useful when youre switching between a comfort fit for every-day tracking and a tighter fit to prevent it moving around on your wrist when going for a run.

Microsoft Band 2 review The top and bottom of the band hold it in place on the wrist without the sides of the band having to be tight, meaning it is much less sweaty than some competitors. Wear from rubbing on a shirt cuff was clearly visible after two months, however. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

It fits under a shirt cuff, isnt sweaty and doesnt have to feel tight on your wrist. Its also easy to type with it on, as the band around the side of your wrist is thin, but the finish on the rubber shows obvious signs of wear after only a couple of months.

The Band 2 isnt waterproof, but is sweat-proof. No showering with it on, or swimming, but it will survive workouts without issue.

SpecificationsDisplay: 12.8mm x 32mm AMOLED (320×128 pixels)Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iPhone 4S or later, Windows Phone 8.1 or laterSensors: Optical heart rate, 3-axis accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS, ambient light, UV, skin temperature, capacitive sensor, galvanic skin response, BarometerSensor-packedMicrosoft Band 2 review The optical heart rate sensor sits on the wrist under the display, making a solid contact with the wearers skin. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The Band 2 is one of the most technologically advanced fitness trackers available with 10 different sensors and a microphone. Some of the sensors give direct read-outs, such as the constant optical heart-rate sensor (which is one of the most accurate Ive tested), the UV sensor and GPS. Others are used in combination to detect steps and activity, track workouts and other things.

As with the original Microsoft Band, some of the sensors do not appear to be used, or at least the data isnt user accessible yet.

Most of the information can be viewed on the band itself, or via the app and web app, which is one of the best I have used with any fitness tracker.

The Band 2 also tracks sleep and has a vibrating alarm to wake you up at the best moment. The recorded data is some of the most interesting of any sleep tracker I have tested. It also shows the standard light, deep and restful sleep markings through the night. But I can also see that when I drink a beer or glass of wine before bed my heart doesnt reach its resting 49 beats per minute until after the alcohol has been cleared from my system in the middle of the night.

Microsoft Band 2 review Sleep tracking is particularly interesting, providing insights beyond simply how long or how deeply you slept. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

Im asleep, but the alcohol has delayed my rest, which explains why even small amounts of alcohol make me more tired in the morning.

Microsoft Health is full of these little pieces of information that make a world of difference to my understanding of the data, and it is improving with each update. Other platforms do not offer quite the same inferences or detail without having to pay a monthly fee.

One of the best new features is the ability to build custom workouts and upload them to the Band, which can then track your progress, either through completed reps or time.

Microsoft Band 2 review Custom workouts are one of the Bands strong points, guiding you through and measuring reps or time. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

Its quick and easy to do. I built a 10-step circuit-training session in about five minutes, uploaded it to my Band and away I went. If youre not sure what youre doing there are many pre-programmed exercises and routines, complete with very good explanatory videos, to choose from.

Running tracking is also excellent, getting and maintaining a location fix with the GPS, although it isnt quite as effective as a dedicated running watch for heart-rate band training.

Smartwatch featuresMicrosoft Band 2 review Microsofts Tiles are small apps that do things on the band, from tracking sleep to providing smartphone notifications. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

Beyond the solid fitness-tracking feature set, the Band 2 behaves like a pseudo-smartwatch. It can show notifications from a smartphone, including calls, has music controls at the double tap of a button, and has tiles for Twitter, Facebook, Messenger, Stocks, Weather and Starbucks, which lets you pay for coffee with a barcode.

Connected to Windows Phone users can access Microsofts virtual assistant Cortana to pull up information and perform voice control. Most of the other features, including music playback control work on Android and iOS too.

Microsoft Band 2 review The charger magnetically attaches to the end of the strap and plugs into a USB power adapter. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The Microsoft Band 2 lasted just over two days between charges in my testing. Using the GPS for a run reduced the battery life, as does using it as a watch with the screen on all the time or having notifications sent to the band. I found charging it for about 20 minutes a day 10 minutes while showering and 10 minutes while brushing my teeth before bed was enough to keep it between 50 and 80% charged.

It fully charges in just over an hour with a USB, magnetic charger that clips onto the end of the strap with a firm grasp.


The Microsoft Band 2 costs 200 in three sizes, small, medium and large, but only one colour. For comparison, the Fitbit Surge costs 200 with similar specifications.

VerdictMicrosoft Band 2 review The Band 2 can be worn inside or outside of the wrist, here showing heart rate. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The Microsoft Band 2 is not the most attractive, the cheapest or longest-lasting fitness tracker available. But it is packed with sensors and insight, and is one of the easiest fully-featured trackers to live with. Its cross-compatibility with Android, iOS and Windows is commended, as are the apps and data visualisation of Microsofts Health app.

It makes a good, advanced band to be worn as well as a dumb watch, fits under a shirt cuff, but is less useful as an out-and-out smartwatch. There are also question marks around how long itll last, having visibly shown signs of wear in the first two months.

Pros: sensor-packed, continuous heart rate, GPS, not sweaty, doesnt pull out hairs, good data visualisation, cross-platform, no monthly fee, great sleep tracking, custom exercise regimes/tracking, notifications

Cons: not waterproof, quite chunky, rubber shows signs of wear, battery life could be better

Microsoft Band 2 review The clasp works really well allowing easy on-the-fly adjustment by simply sliding it along the slot. The clasp also has a UV sensor on it. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the GuardianOther reviews

2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone … Nah, we’re messing with you

For the desktop Linux user, 2015 was a great year. There were major updates for nearly every single desktop available, launches of brand new desktops, even an impressive new distro that’s forging its own path.

Popular software packages also saw impressive updates like GIMP, Inkscape and LibreOffice to name just a few and new applications continue to emerge seemingly everyday.

Sadly, the year ended on a tragic note with the death of Ian Murdock, co-creator of Debian (the name Debian is a combination of Ian and Murdock’s girlfriend at the time, Deborah Lynn). Murdock’s impact on the Linux world was massive (ever use apt-get? Thank Murdock); indeed, there would be no Linux as we know it without him, and he will be missed.

Though it ended darkly, much of the rest of 2015 was lit up by some impressive releases. Still, despite all the good news for desktop users in the last year one star shined perhaps a little less brightly this year Ubuntu.

For the second year running, Ubuntu arguably the most widely used Linux distro had a pretty “meh” kind of year. The distro did stick to its twice-yearly release schedule which is impressive; try to recall the last time Ubuntu missed a release date with two solid releases that fixed bugs and introduced a couple minor new features each time. By and large though desktop Ubuntu was a bit boring.

And Ubuntu Mobile didn’t fare a whole lot better. While there are a couple devices now on the market, Ubuntu-based mobile devices feel, if not vaporware anymore, at least like perpetual beta-ware.

Ubuntu also fell well short of its stated goal to have 200 million users by the end of the year. Speaking at a developer summit back in May 2011, Ubuntu creator Mark Shuttleworth said: “[Our] goal is 200 million users of Ubuntu in four years.” Alas, the stats currently on Canonical’s website currently claim a mere 40 million users.

Still, if you time travelled back to 1993 and told early Debian users that eventually 40 million people would be using a downstream project, to say nothing of Debian itself, no one would believe you and you’d probably be laughed right off the mailing list. Which is to say, Ubuntu might have missed its goal, but its efforts are impressive nonetheless.

Luckily for users outside the Ubuntu ecosystem 2015 had an embarrassment of riches.

Fedora found its groove again with Fedora Next and turned out its most impressive releases to date. More than just a great release though, the Fedora Project feels re-energized, like Fedora suddenly remembered what it was and where it was going. That’s great news for Fedora fans, but it’s also great news for RHEL and its many derivatives.

OpenSUSE had a similarly exciting year with its new Leap project. The core of Leap is SUSE Enterprise Linux, but the userland applications are maintained by openSUSE. In other words, Leap delivers the best of both worlds the stable underpinnings of an enterprise distro with the up-to-date packages of openSUSE. It also means that the openSUSE project doesn’t have to develop all that low level stuff and can focus on the things that make openSUSE different than SUSE.

Linux Mint put out a series of impressive releases this year and, thanks in part to its decision to stick with Ubuntu 14.04 throughout its release cycle has been able to focus on its Cinnamon desktop without worrying about whatever changes Ubuntu was making under the hood (notice a theme here?). In fact Cinnamon is arguably the best desktop available right now, an impressive feat considering the size of its development team and that Cinnamon is not yet four years old.

Distros weren’t the only exciting things happening in Linux and desktops had a banner year as well. The KDE project released a major update and introduced Plasma 5 and the new Breeze UI. With its flat, “modern” look, Plasma 5’s Breeze gives much of KDE a refreshing new feel that makes it look significantly less like a desktop that just crawled out of 1995. Under the hood there’s been a lot of effort devoted to speeding things up with OpenGL-based graphics as well.

The GNOME project did not have such an exciting year, but it did continue to roll out its suite of integrated core applications, with a couple new ones like Calendar and Maps.

Even the perpetually unexciting Xfce desktop managed to release its most significant update in many years.

About the only major desktop without a major update this year was LXDE, which is in the middle of a massive re-write to the Qt framework. Look for LXQT to emerge later this year.

2015 was also the year Linux phones took the market by storm. Just kidding.

I had predicted that 2015 would either be the year we got Linux on mobile or it would be the year we got a mobile addendum to the longstanding “Year of Linux” joke.

Given that we did actually get a couple of mobile devices, but that those devices remain obscure and used primarily by a handful of hard-core Linux fans, I would say 2015 was the year that proved “Year of Linux” jokes will never die.

Sorry fellow Linux fans, there will never be a Year of the Linux anything, so you can throw those phone dreams out the window. Sure, there are Linux phones but they’re never taking anything by storm. Unless you count Android, but that would be like counting ATM users as Linux users. Then again, many, perhaps most, ATM users are Linux users and actually it has been the year of Linux many times over.

Linux is just buried beneath other things, quietly powering the digital world. In that sense, Canonical might have not have lived up to its lofty user goal, but Linux and open source in general already did a long time ago.

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