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Wearable Technology: What is LEVI’S® Commuter Jacket?

Once upon a time, there were smartwatches… now there is a cyber-jacket Only a few years have passed since wearable technology first appeared with smart watches.  The sweeping technology continues its trail-blaze with jackets. The project in question is called Jacquard Project and was developed by Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects). What is the Jacquard Project? This is the name Google has chosen for a particular weaving system (this …Read More

Docker Containers Poised to Transform IT Industry

What Are Docker Containers? Docker can efficiently create, ship and run containers.  Docker containers wrap an application’s software into an invisible box with everything it needs to run.  This includes, the operating system, application code, runtime, system tools and libraries.  Docker uses images to build containers.  They are lightweight and portable and allow developers to build, transfer and run distributed applications efficiently.  In addition, it allows to pack and move an …Read More

New Petya Ransomware Strikes Around the Globe

New Petya Ransomware Makes Disruptive Debut Spanning back to the early 1990s and making a brief reappearance in early 2016, a variant of Petya (also called Petrwrap) Ransomware has resurfaced once again, this time referred to as Petya A or NonPetya.  As far as what is already known about the recent attack which hit companies, public health care and governments organizations, as well as airports in the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, …Read More

Choosing an IT Asset Disposal Provider

The European Union (EU) has introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to be enforced on May 25, 2018.  This regulation replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.  How will GDPR directly impact the United States?  In the past, U.S.-based regulations were a primary driver of compliance requirements.  This is changing with the introduction of the GDPR.  The GDPR requires organizations to understand what information they have, who has access …Read More

WannaCry Ransomware Hits Computers Massively – What Now?

As many experts have long warned, last Friday it became a reality: Over 220,000 computers were infected by a new strain of Ransomware. The infection affected several British hospitals, Renault-a French car maker, and the German state-owned railroad operator- Deutsche Bahn.  Although a kill switch for the Ransomeware has stopped the spread of this version of ransomware, the fix is only temporary. The WannaCry Ransomware virus, once activated, encrypts files, …Read More

Artificial Intelligence: Is it a reality?

There are companies out there working fast and furious to develop artificial intelligence in computers and what will that mean for our human society?  Will developers develop themselves out of a job?  Can computer artificial intelligence evoke human emotion and move people to buy products and services? If so, I am out of a job. In all seriousness, it will be interesting to see the applications and if it will …Read More

SSD vs. HDD – Minimizing the Risk of Data Loss

This post is a continuation of the series on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and their role in enterprise storage.  In the first post, I discussed the differences between traditional HDDs and SSDs.  In the second post, I looked at the challenges associated with data destruction and asset disposal. In this post, I will discuss: How to minimize risks associated with data loss How to minimize risks associated with data destruction. …Read More

Ontrack PowerControls 6.1

Kroll Ontrack announced the availability of Ontrack® PowerControls™ version 6.1. This enhancement supports Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010, giving users the ability to open and read SharePoint 2010 data and connect to SharePoint 2010 targets. From recovery and restoration to migration and consolidation, Ontrack PowerControls 6.1 provides complete support for the SharePoint Server 2007 and 2010 environment, in addition to complete support for Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, 2000, 2003, 2007 and …Read More

Enhanced Data Recovery Customer Portal Streamlines the Data Recovery Process

Secure Web Interface Provides Customers with Transparency and Improved Usability Recently, Kroll Ontrack announced the release of its enhanced data recovery online customer portal to maximize transparency and streamline the user experience during the data recovery process. The secure Web site, which allows Ontrack Data Recovery customers to easily view the status of their data recovery in real time, the quality of their recoverable files, job details and customer service contact information, is …Read More