Historically, networks were always local. They were built on locally installed and managed equipment. This starts with a router that is accessible and managed from the local network, and that extends to physical servers and client workstations. Under this local arrangements, files were saved on local workstations and file servers, and data was backed up locally. Continue reading
A network is a lot like a community. Both a network and a community are made up of hosts. In a community, we're talking about homes and other buildings; in a network, it's PCs, servers, and other devices. The roads that deliver traffic between these hosts in the network world are generally Ethernet, although they may include other types of cables. Each community host has an address. In a network, each host has an IP address. Traffic intersections are handled by switches and routers. Continue reading
For the common Windows user, or for even some Windows administrators, Linux often seems like a scary, foreign beast. But it doesn't have to be. It's true that Linux does things differently from Windows in many respects, but once you start to wrap your mind around how Linux works, mastering it is much less difficult than you might think.
People all over the world have become accustomed to software updates. Today, almost everyone uses a personal computer and owns a smartphone. Everyday, the words “an update is available” flashes across screens everywhere. Way too often, these updates are ignored. Personal experiences with buggy updates have scared day-to-day technology users into mistrusting updates when alerts come across their screen. Unknowingly to some, pushing off some of these updates may be put their devices at risk. Continue reading
There’s a common misconception out there today: Linux is safe - Windows is not. This simply isn’t true. While there may be more vulnerabilities and risks out there for Windows operating systems - our ways of looking at this needs to change. Instead of looking at the chances of risk, a more binary approach needs to be taken. Continue reading