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Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook

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An erasable notebook that you can use to input your information into Evernote or Google Drive.

About the Product
Introducing the world’s first smart, microwave-to-erase-and-reuse notebook
Download the Rocketbook app for android or iOS
Blast your notes to Google docs, Dropbox, iCloud, Evernote, Box and email
Pop your Rocketbook wave in the microwave to erase and reuse your notebook up to 5 times

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4 Great Smart Home Gadgets Under $200

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4 Great Smart Home Gadgets Under $200

By Tim Smith

 

There are plenty of products on the market that can help your home run smarter and more efficiently. Unfortunately, those products have typically come with a pretty steep price tag. The good news is that more and more smart home gadgets are being introduced to the marketplace at an affordable price point, promising real benefits to energy usage and security. Here are the top ones that you can find for under $200.

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Quirky Tripper

 

Via Digital Trends

 

Quirky’s products are known for innovation, and their Tripper window and door sensors are no exception. These slim-profile sensors, sold in a two-pack for $50, can be installed on doors, windows, pantries or medicine cabinets. When used with a Wink Hub, which Quirky sells for $50, the sensors will send an alert directly to your phone whenever a door or window opens or shuts.

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Piper

 

For the ultimate monitoring of your home, turn to Piper, a home security system with motion and sound detection, a 105-decibel intruder deterrent siren, and fully customizable security modes. The webcam runs on AA batteries and can detect changes in light, sound and motion while also monitoring temperature and humidity. The device can send alerts through text messages, emails, and phone calls. It can also be linked to the wide array of Z-Wave home automation accessories. All this for a cool $199.

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Belkin WeMo

 

Via Engadget

 

Belkin’s WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set uses special bulbs that you can access and control from anywhere. The set sells for $99.99 which includes two Smart LED bulbs and a WeMo link which can connect to up to 50 bulbs. The bulbs cast a light similar to a traditional 60-watt incandescent, but they only consume 10 watts of energy while consuming very little heat. With the free WeMo app, you can create custom schedules for the lighting in your home, either individually or by room. You can even dim the lights in the room directly from your smartphone, or use the sleep feature to gradually dim the lights as you prepare for sleep until they’re completely off.

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DoorBot

 

Forget the peephole, the DoorBot lets you not only see who is at your front door, but communicate with them as well. The $199.99 DoorBot is a WiFi-enabled video doorbell that interfaces with your smartphone or tablet to let you see and chat with your visitor, whether you’re in your living room or in another country. It even has night vision for around-the-clock coverage. The DoorBot can be integrated with Lockitron, allowing you to unlock your door remotely.

 

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Sliding Shelf Versus Fixed Shelf: Which Is Right For Your Server Rack?

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The IT tech guy is knocking on your office door again, asking when the new server racks will arrive. You assure him that the racks are on the way, while secretly doing a keyword search on your computer. In all the hustle and bustle of running the company, you haven’t ordered the racks. Even worse, you are confused over which racks to get. Should you buy the ones with the fixed shelves or the sliding shelves?

Fixed Shelves And Sliding Shelves For Racks

2 Post Rack Shelf - 21" Heavy DutyThere are numerous benefits to both a fixed shelf and a sliding shelf to your server rack. To understand the benefits, you need to understand the differences between the two shelves.

Fixed Shelf: Also called a stationary shelf or flat shelf, fixed shelves are secured to all 4 rails inside a 4-post rack. Fixed shelves are not designed to be moved as they can hold varying weights from the standard 150 lbs up to 300 lbs. A fixed shelf will usually take up less than 1U (1.75″) of space inside the rack. Heavy duty fixed shelves will take up a full 1U of space. Adjustable shelves and ventilated fixed shelves are also available.

Sliding Shelf: Just as the name implies, a sliding shelf mounts to the 4 posts inside the server rack as you can pull the shelf partly out. Some sliding shelves are designed to hold keyboards that fit inside the rack. There are also rotating sliding shelves when the IT technician wants to rotate the keyboard. Sliding shelves can hold 50 lbs up to 150 lbs of weight.

Which Shelf Is Right For Your Rack?

You can have a server rack with both sliding shelves and fixed shelves to hold equipment. The type of shelf you will need will be based on the type of equipment in the rack and where the shelf is placed. For equipment you won’t move often, such as a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) system, a fixed shelf works fine. Server equipment that may need repaired or upgraded should be placed on sliding shelves as the IT technician simply pulls it out for easy access. 

Light Duty, Sliding, Seismic, Transport Shelf w/ CMAYou may also want to take into consideration the type of rack you use. If you have server racks with no side panels, then fixed shelves may work best as the equipment can be accessed from the side. For fully enclosed server racks, sliding shelves will allow access to equipment inside. Sliding shelves are also convenient when you have equipment that cannot be mounted in the rack, such as monitors and keyboards.
Sliding shelves should be placed within arms reach to prevent IT technicians from straining to reach equipment up high or standing on shaky ladders. Consider using a fixed shelf for any equipment that will be placed at a height above the head of the IT technician.

Get Both Fixed Shelves And Sliding Shelves For Your Rack

Sit down with your IT technician and find out which shelves would work best for the rack equipment. With the technician’s information, purchase the shelf that will allow them to have an easier time completing their work for your company.

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+Katrina is a product specialist for rack solutions solving issues for your computer server and power needs

What Are the Benefits of Using Dedicated Server Hosting

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Hosting
Almost all companies across the world use hosting services, but dedicated server hosting offers the resources and capabilities of the entire server with the whole server completely devoted to the cause of the company. Dedicated servers are for those who don’t want to share their hosting server with any other hosting partner. This kind of hosting is much easier in comparison to shared server hosting. This is because in this type of server, there is an option for devoted assets like hardware and software. Therefore, a dedicated server web hosting service, a dedicated server, or an organized hosting service is a kind of Internet hosting in which the purchaser leases a whole server, not shared with anyone else. There are many advantages of using a dedicated hosting.

Reliability:
If you share your server with other server hosting clients, you are inviting risks. There is the risk of losing memory or bandwidth of the server as others are using it. Dedicated server web hosting can easily solve those problems by providing you the entire server to your service without the interference of others.

Security:
It is one hundred percent secure with 24×7 day and night support system. Regular system updates and security patches are available. As business across the world is increasing with innumerable companies coming up in the global scenario, no one can afford the luxury of risking security questions. Dedicated server hosting is secure and the data is safe from outside traffic.

Control and Flexibility:
If you share your server with other clients, there are many things you cannot control over the server. But dedicated server hosting provides this opportunity for the growth of your business. It can provide flexibility by managing almost everything for you with your own developers and engineers.

Better performance:
Dedicated hosting, not being shared with any other client, can raise the performance of your server. Whether your server is crowded with web traffic every day or loaded with high-resolution photos and videos, the dedicated server hosting service make your server work smoothly and accurately. As competition across the world is growing with bitter rivalry, better performance in quick succession of time is what the companies require. Dedicated web hosting provides them with the desired quality performance.

Custom configuration:
Many hosting services like the shared hosting service do not provide the opportunity to install or manage any new software of hardware to your server, as being shared by other clients. The traffic is also very dense, affecting the performance of the server a great deal. However, the dedicated web hosting service allows custom configuration of the server by allowing you to install special software or configure the server according to the need of the company’s profile.

Unique IP address:
Most of the shared hosting services use a shared IP address, risking the security of the server but the dedicated server hosting service has its own unique IP address.
Gone are those days when the majority of enterprises chose to host their websites overseas. The United States was the most favored hosting place visited amidst many businesses. Today, thanks to the growing IT sector, countries like India are emerging destinations in the arena of dedicated server hosting.

Ted Garza
About the author: Ted Garza is a professional teacher. He has worked at kindergartens in USA and abroad for most of his professional life. In his free time he likes to write texts and articles on the topics of technology and also its implementation in everyday life for different websites (for example for the Danish UnoEuro server hosting domain campaign. He is always excited to share and comment his views on modernity with other people interested in such discussions.

Top 5 Ebook Readers You Don’t Want To Miss

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While most people use their tablets as e-reader devices, there are still a good number of people that want a real e-reader. These devices are often much better for reading ebooks because the screens are whiter and similar to reading a real book. There are dozens of e-readers, but only a handful of them are really worth your time. These are the five best e-readers currently available.

Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon has ruled the e-reader market for a long time, so it’s no surprise that the Paperwhite is one of the best e-reader models. This version improves over the last one by using a whiter screen that is similar to paper, and it uses better lighting so that you can read outside in the sun or in a dark room. The processor is also much faster, and the screen rarely refreshes.


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Kindle

If you want an inexpensive and compact e-reader, then this is the best choice. While it might be an entry-level device, it gives you all the speed and power that you need to read basic ebooks. It lacks a touch screen or backlight, but that’s no surprise due to its low price point. And it will become even cheaper with Smart Phone Reviews this year. This is best if you want a basic device without all the bells and whistles.

Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

The Simple Touch with GlowLight gives you everything that you could want from a dedicated e-reader. It uses an advanced e-ink screen that looks great and is very responsive. You also get a fast processor that can easily download new books, and the battery lasts for days. The GlowLight feature is very uniform, which ensures that you can read the whole page without squinting. The only issue is that this is a dedicated device. It doesn’t have 3G or 4G connectivity, a Web browser or audio. At the same time, it’s a great device for reading books.

Nook Simple Touch

This is basically the same as the other Nook, but it lacks a backlight. At the same time, this small change reduces the price by almost half. This is another basic e-reader with an expansion slot and amazing battery life, but you won’t be able to read it in a dark room without a light.

Kobo Glo

This is another device that uses a backlight to improve your reading experience. It also has many of the essential features, like an expansion slot, wireless connectivity and it supports EPUB files. Many people are calling this a worthy alternative to the Kindle. The Kobo store doesn’t have quite as many books as Kindle or Nook, but the unique thing is that this device can load books from any online store as long as they use the Adobe DRM format.

Conclusion

While tablets work well for reading ebooks, e-readers are definitely the best if you plan on finishing dozens of novels. They won’t hurt your eyes, and they definitely won’t hurt your wallet. These devices are much cheaper than most tablets, and they are the best e-readers that you can find.

Andy Jones loves to blog about gadgets and money saving tips. He recommends shopping at Amazon.com on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to take advantage of the best discount available.

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