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Three signs your server is on the brink of failure

Screen-shot-2012-08-15-at-12.56.30-PMServers, like home furnaces, are critical pieces of infrastructure that should work without issue for many years. But eventually they will start struggling, maybe rattling a bit or not working as efficiently as they once did. They might limp along for a while, but one sad day, they go dark. Maybe it’s a quick component fix, or maybe you’ll have to replace the whole dang thing.

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Easy Taxi Bows Out of Kenya and Africa

Easy taxi will bow out of the Kenyan market following investment rivalry with its competitor, Uber taxi. The two onlinetaxi hailing companies share a common easy-taxi-logoinvestor, Goldman  Sachs, and it has emerged that the American Investment company has decided to direct its capital towards Uber Taxi.

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The Basics of Cloud Computing

cloud-computing-whiteboard1We’ve all heard about cloud computing, but it may still seem like a foreign language to some. Because cloud computing has become a big deal (like, change the face of IT big), we thought we would provide a brief cloud computing introduction. Here are some key points you need to know about cloud computing to help your organization reap its benefits and get you back into the 21st century.

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The Ever Increasing Internet Penetration in Kenya; 82.6% of Population with 35.5 Million Users

The Communication Authority of Kenya released the Q1 2016 statistics report for the period between July and September 2015 on the mobile telephony sector. The report details among other things mobile money statistics, internet penetration as well as data on market share of all the telecom companies. It also offers insight on courier services and postal services.

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How to delete my saved password for gmail,facebook… etc

  • Go to Tools Menu
  • Options
  • Security
  • Click Saved Passwords… button
  • click Remove All button
  • click OK

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Changes to Google Apps for businesses

Google Apps started with the simple idea that Gmail could help businesses and schools work better together without the hassles of managing software and servers. As we grew from a handful of customers to a few hundred, we expanded to offer a premium business version of Google Apps. Fast forward to today and Google Apps is used by millions of businesses. We’ve also added versions for governments, universities and schools.

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How to secure a PC or Laptop from Virus Attacks

Once you grab your brand new PC or a laptop; assemble it and connect it to the internet for a business use or for pleasure, then there can be a risk of Virus infection, Malware, Trojans, scams or several other bad things related to hacking. No matter what you name those virus infections, they all are very dangerous for your private data as well as for your computer system!

Some infections are very dangerous and some are less dangerous, but I don’t think you want any part of those virus infections or threats on your computer or a laptop. In this post you will learn some of the most important things that will keep your PC or a laptop secure from several infectious computer viruses, malwares or any other threat that may damage your computer system or your private data. This post is mainly focused on Windows platform because of its high reach and because they are under greatest threat.

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Warning: Your Computer Might Already Have a Virus Before you Buy it

Most of us are reasonably savvy now when it comes to online security.  We try and ensure our passwords are reasonably complex.  We ensure we have good quality virus scanning software installed on our machines.  We’re generally pretty good at spotting a phishing attempt.

One thing we’re probably not aware of though is a new tactic being used by cyber criminals.  The BBC reveal that a growing number of criminals are turning their attentions to PC production lines.  So in other words they’re trying to infect your computer whilst it’s being built, and before it’s even been shipped out to you.

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Add Your Gmail Account to Outlook 2007

Everybody loves Gmail, but some people use a desktop client, especially in corporate environments where Outlook is king. Adding your Gmail account to Outlook 2007 couldn’t be easier.

First we need to make sure your gmail account is set up to enable POP (Post Office Protocol).  In Gmail just go to mail settings and choose the Forwarding and POP tab. Click on one of the options to enable POP.

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How to backup and restore data and e-mail account settings in Outlook 2007

Creating backup of your outlook data and email account settings is as essential as creating backup of any data. This will help you in case of data loss or migrating from one system to other. In Outlook 2007 your e-mails are saved in a Personal Folder File with a .pst extension which does not include in your normal backup operation. Following these simple steps can help you to save and restore your e-mail, contacts, rules, task and more.

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Solving a Windows password forgotten problem?

Have you ever faced with Windows password forgotten problem? If so, how did you break Windows password after you forgot it? If not, suppose you may encounter with it someday, so let’s learn how to break Windows password today. Here this article will tell you some efficient methods to break your forgotten or lost Windows password on Windows 7, Vista, and XP etc. With these 3 methods, you can easily break all forgotten passwords on almost any Windows operating system.

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The Power of Online Branding

Do you ever wonder why some people perform better than others? Or do you wonder what the difference between multi-million companies and companies or businesses that are just getting by?

The answer might seem obvious. You might think, “It’s because they sell more than I do,” or “their product is better than mine.”

But, that’s not true.

So, what is the factor that separates the winners from the losers?

The power of branding.

Your company’s brand or even your own personal brand is what separates you from your competition. And it’s what will get your customers to buy from you over and over again.

Customers don’t buy products, they buy perceptions and reputations. They buy certainty. They buy trust and likeability.

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Advice on the use of email

  1. Subject:
    Use a meaningful subject line. For example, if you are writing about a problem with a module, put the module code in the subject line along with a few words summarising the problem. If the subject of a thread changes, consider changing the subject line to something more appropriate.
  2. Concise:
    Be concise and to the point. A long rambling email might make sense to you when you write it, but it may confuse the recipient.

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Email Filter- Is junk mail interrupting your work?

Even today’s most successful enterprises — companies with huge IT staffs and budgets — have been seriously crippled by the deluge of junk e-mail filling up their inboxes. Spam remains an insidious problem striking companies large and small around the globe.

If the very idea of wasting company time deleting junk e-mail makes your blood boil, then it’s time to take action to reduce the amount of spam you and your employees are dealing with. These five tips won’t make spam go away — but they can reduce the amount of downtime you spend attending to it.

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Use of Social Networks as Marketing Tools

(Advertising on Websites like Facebook or MySpace for Online Markets)

There’s a change in the dynamics of the marketing mix for busines in Kenya. Marketers in Kenya are using more online marketing tools like search, social networks, blogs, podcasts and RSS and less traditional marketing tactics for businesses. In fact, social network marketing is fast on the rise and is currently the second most popular online marketing tactic. Whether you are marketing to other businesses or marketing to consumers, social networks must be in your marketing mix.

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How to Set Up Yahoo Mail as The Default Email Client

For Windows users only

Yahoo Mail is a very popular email technology that has millions of users in every corner of the world. That’s why numerous consumers are looking for simple solutions to access and controltheir accounts as well as send and receive messages. As you probably know, Yahoo provides POP3 support only for the premium members so, if you want to set up your Yahoo Mail account to work with an email client, you should pay for it.

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Reduce Spam by Protecting Your Email Address Name

Tips for having a clean inbox
If you leave an email address on your site in order to be contacted by visitors or site users, this could be easily detected by spiders or robots which crawl the web to find email addresses for spam purposes. There are many methods to protect your email from spammers, but none of them will guarantee a full protection.
The simplest methods would be either using equivalent ASCII codes for your email or email encryption.

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Searching On World Wide Web – Online Dating

In the marketplace for romance, mega pixels are now officially more effective than bar-side flirtations.More than twice as many couples who married last year met through online dating services than at a club or social event, according to a new survey commissioned by Match.com. The survey found that 17 percent of those who married in the past three years met online, making it the third-most-frequent method of introduction, behind meeting through a mutual acquaintance or at work or school.

“Online dating is by now a preferred way for singles to find dates,” says Joe Tracy, publisher of Online Dating Magazine. “I think the stigma that has been attached to online dating — and there’s still some of that today — has greatly decreased. Everybody knows someone who has done online dating, so people are less fearful to talk about it.”

The study, conducted by the research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey, shows how quickly online dating — in existence for less than two decades — has revolutionized the way people find and pursue potential mates.
“It does seem to have displaced all other forms of dating,” says Susan Frohlick, a cultural anthropologist at the University of Manitoba who has studied online dating. “I would say that it’s been in the last five years that it’s become hyper-mainstream.”
The survey also found that one out of five singles has dated someone they met through an online dating site and that one out of every five new relationships owes its origins to the Internet. It also claims that among recently married couples who met online, 30 percent initially made contact through Match.com. The site has about 3 million active users at any given time, according to the company.

Online dating statistics have always been hazy and are frequently contradictory. The Match.com-sponsored survey, for instance, found that 17 percent of couples who married in 2007 met through online dating sites, but a Harris Interactive poll sponsored by eHarmony found that only 9 percent of couples married that year were introduced through such services. (The Harris study claims that 2 percent of recently married American couples met through eHarmony.)

Regardless of discrepancies, the findings point to the increasingly prominent role the Web is playing in helping singles find someone with whom they want to walk down the aisle. Online Dating Magazine estimates that 120,000 U.S. couples who marry each year met online.”It’s pretty seismic, if you think about it,” says Greg Blatt, chief executive of Dallas-based Match.com. “You’ve got this new thing out of nowhere that has really jumped in and taken on a significant piece of this basic human interaction, which is meeting people.” Blatt attributes the industry’s growth to the rise of technology and changes in society that have made it more difficult to meet people through traditional methods. People marry later, work longer hours and live farther from family members who might introduce them to a neighbor’s handsome, eligible nephew. Laptops and modems stepped in to fill the void.

“This is just meeting,” Blatt says. “It’s no different meeting on Match than it is meeting at a party, or at a restaurant or on a subway. . . . Once you’ve met, it’s real life; you either fall for each other or you don’t. You either have a great romance or you don’t. “It’s not like computers are taking the place of romance,” he says. “It’s just another way to put yourself in a position to meet somebody that then gives you a chance for romance.”

People going in search of love online have found that their high hopes for online romance have been hit by some unexpected behaviour. Emails are routinely ignored and many people seem loathe to meet in the dangerous offline world. Are internet daters simply floundering in a new medium with unclear rules or is there a more fundamental problem? Research into people’s motivations is beginning to uncover some answers.
Below are some of the few answers to people’s motivation on online love,(the names used do not represent real people)

James, 29, has only just started internet dating and is having a few teething troubles:”I’m finding it really frustrating at the moment, I’ve been sending out a few messages to women whose profiles I like and I haven’t been getting much response. Sometimes they will email you a few times then go quiet. Or when you offer to meet up in real life, they suddenly turn out to be extremely busy. Frankly, I wonder why a lot of the women are on there.”

Becky, 31, is having similar problems with the men she has contacted:
“We’ll be getting along well,” she explains. “But they are sometimes very slow to want to actually have a face-to-face meeting. It’s as though they’re scared to step outside the safe cocoon that email and messaging provide and take a chance. Perhaps the men on there really are just scared to meet a real life woman. That’s why they’ve got to rely on internet dating.”

As in real life, there are a huge variety of people all looking for different things on internet dating sites. Your task, as a fresh-faced adventurer, is to work out who wants what, and whether anyone wants the same thing as you.Research carried out in 2001 provides some interesting clues to the motivations of internet daters. While this research was carried out fairly early on in the life of online dating it does provide some useful pointers. Overall, the survey presents a confusing picture, which is not surprising as people’s motivations are not always straightforward.
I Just Put it There for a Laugh
Of most interest to James and Becky is the statistic that about 40% of both sexes (men: 39%, women: 5%) put their profile on internet dating sites, “Out of curiosity or fun with no intention of making any kind of contact.” This fact provides a clear lesson for those disappointed to receive no reply to their carefully crafted emails. Some people are never going to reply whatever you write or whatever your photo looks like. That’s a fact you need to be aware of straight away otherwise you’ll be easily disheartened.

Time Wasters
While many internet daters are not prepared to make any contact whatsoever, these might be considered a reasonable bunch compared to the next category. According to this survey 40% of women and 30% of men often using internet dating sites, “For casual online chatting or flirting and nothing more.” This means that these people are not intending to ever meet up in the real world – an attitude many people would consider wasting other people’s time.

Finally. A Real Live Person. I Think.
The good news is that almost 80% of both men and women do often use internet dating sites, “To find someone you’d like to meet.” That’s encouraging, but confusing, as this category must overlap with those who responded positively to the two previous categories. This gives the first clue as to people’s confusion about why they are using these internet dating sites.

Sex and/or marriage
Around 50% of men and 20% of women claim to be using online dating to obtain a sexual relationship. On the other hand around 60% of both men and women claim to be also using the sites to obtain a long-term partner and around 37% of both sexes are looking for a marriage partner online.

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
If you assume people’s motivations are always pure and simple then some aspects of this research seem directly contradictory and confusing. How can 80% of people want to meet someone online, while 40% don’t want to? If, however, you see people’s motivations as more complex and inherently contradictory, then perhaps the research is providing some very clear messages.

I’m In Two, No, Four Minds About This
There are always going to be some people at the extreme ends of the spectrum who are using internet dating just as a way of obtaining sex, and there are going to be those who are just interested in marriage. What this research is telling us is that most people lie somewhere in between. It’s quite normal for people to be thinking that it would be nice to have sex, but then again it would be nice to have a long-term relationship. These two motivations are not mutually exclusive, although some might disagree!

The moral of the story
When you start out as an internet dating newbie, it seems only reasonable to assume that the majority of other people are going onto internet dating sites for the same reasons that you are. The most usual reason being meeting someone you get on with on the site, then in the flesh, and then hopefully going on to have a long-term relationship with them.

What this research does is point to some fairly common alternative motivations for being on an internet dating site as well as highlighting people’s confusion about their own reasons. And as you negotiate the online dating jungle, you need to be aware that not everyone’s motivations are as pure (or as debased) as your own.

What Does She Have Over Me?
One of the many mysteries about online dating is why people choose to communicate with one person over another. What is it about Jane that makes her receive 10 emails a week from interested men while Janet receives 3 a month? While much of this has to do with the way a person’s profile is written and his or her interests and ideas, online daters also rely quite a bit on demographic and social factors when making the decision whether or not to email a member or respond to a received email.

What Do Online Daters Want?
Before getting into the results, it is important to understand the relationship interests of those people using the online dating used for the study. According to the research data, 39% of people in the research pool had stated on their profile that they were hoping to start a long-term relationship, 26% were “just looking/curious”, while 9% stated that they were specifically looking for a casual relationship. Men overall were more interested in the casual relationship option (14%) than women (4%).

Based on research, the majority of online daters that participate in active emailing and interaction are interested in a serious long-term relationship as opposed to casual hooking up. The researchers suggest that if you take into account that “just looking” may be chosen over long-term relationship options because it sound less committal, more than 75% of all active users are interested in a long-term partner. Also keep in mind that the researchers found those using online dating sites to be typically single, somewhat younger, more educated, and receiving a higher income than the general population.

Knowing that the majority of those exchanging emails over online dating services are interested in forming a long-term relationship, here are some surprising, and perhaps not so surprising, factors that go into which types of people members choose to contact. Remember, this is only examining what goes into an initial contact; assuming that the people are honest in their profiles, this may lead to interactions in person and possibly marriage, but this research project only examined the reasons behind why online daters initially decide to contact another person or respond to a first contact.

Who is Likely to Respond to Emails?
According to the research, men seem to be much more receptive to first contact emails than women. An average looking man has a 40% chance of hearing back from an average looking women while an average woman has a 70% chance of getting a response back from an email sent to an average guy. Good news for ladies, possibly nerve-racking for men.

When comparing extremes – men on the low attractiveness scale who get the courage to contact women who are considered highly attractive – men can expect to hear back from 14% of those women. Also, something that may not come as too much of a surprise to any who have felt rejected, more attractive men and women tend to be picker when deciding who to respond to or whom they contact. The least attractive women are 2-4 times more likely to a send out a first contact email to a man than the most attractive women.

Reasons for Sending the Initial Email
When examining the demographic and socioeconomic factors that go into the selection process during online dating, researchers found that looks were the most important factor (31% for women and 19% for men) with income and education having less of a pull when examined alone, but a combination of factors are most impelling. Below are the details about what features and social standings get the most response.

Long-Term or Short-Term Relationship
One deciding factor in whether or not a member is contacted is whether or not they are interested in a serious relationship or causal relationship. Men who indicate that they are interested in a more casual relationship are contacted less often that those interested in a long-term relationship while women seemed to have the opposite response. Women who indicate that they were seeking a casual relationship received 17% more first contact emails and men received 42% less.

A long understood factor in whether or not a member starts getting emails is if they include a picture with their profile. Those who include a picture get a much larger response than those who don’t. According to this research, women with photos receive more than twice as many emails and men receive about 50% more emails than members who did not post a photo but describe themselves as having “average looks.” This proves that looks play a very important part in online dating, just as they do in traditional dating.

Those members that described themselves as “chiseled” or “toned” got more responses than height-weight proportionate members and those who described themselves as “voluptuous/portly” and “large but shapely” received much fewer. When taking into account body mass index (BMI) – the height to weight ratio – both men and women have an “ideal” BMI that is most successful, although this differs between genders.

Interestingly enough, a BMI of 27 is ideal for men’s online dating success, even though the American Heart Association claims this BMI is slightly overweight. The most successful BMI for women is around 17, which, according to the American Heart Association, is considered underweight. Women with this BMI receive 77% more first contact emails than women in a normal BMI range of 25. While men usually prefer women of a lower BMI and women prefer slightly larger men, both men and women also appear to have a preference for a partner that is closer to their own BMI.

When it comes to height, women typically contact taller men (6’3” or 6’4” tall men get about 60% more first contact emails than men around 5’7” – 5’8” tall) while men prefer women somewhere between 5’3” and 5’8”, with taller women receiving far fewer emails. Men seem to prefer shorter women and try to avoid women who are taller than them while women prefer men who are taller than themselves and try to steer clear of shorter men.

Hair Color
Men with red hair are less likely to get responses than those with other colored hair and men with curly hair receive about 22% fewer first contact emails than men who describe themselves as having “medium straight hair”. Blonde women with long straight hair seem to have the best luck for their gender while women with gray or “salt and pepper” hair suffer a sizable penalty. Women with shorter hairstyles have moderately less success.

Only about 64% of men and 51% of women report their income when filling out their online dating profile even though it is an important deciding success factor. Income strongly affects the success of men in receiving first contact emails but is only marginally related to a woman’s success in receiving first contact emails.
Success outcomes for men start to improve quite a bit once income begins to reach above the $50,000 level. The more money a man makes, the higher his rate of success in getting first contact emails. With women, incomes in the $35,000 to $100,000 range fare only slightly better than those with lower incomes but higher incomes above $100,000 don’t seem to improve outcomes.Although men with larger incomes may receive more emails, women still seem to have a slight distaste for men who are richer than they are and men seem to have distaste for women who are poorer than them. Ideally, similar incomes seem to be preferable.

Education Level
Even though the relationship between online dating outcomes and education is not as distinct as appearance and income, it was still found that higher levels of education increase online success of men but not women. Relative to those men listed as high school graduates, a college degree is associated with an increase of 35% in the number of first contact emails from women, with graduate degrees associated with a similar premium although not much improved from undergraduate degrees. Women seem to want a man with a similar equivalent of education levels rather than those above much above their own education level. Men with a high school education seem to have a preference for women with a similar education, but men with college or graduate degrees do not seem to base their choices on education level.

The top four most desirable occupations for men to hold are (in order) legal professions, military, firefighters, and health related professions. Manufacturing jobs actually hinder the probability of getting a first response email by about 10% for men. Men were not generally influenced by the occupation a woman had, and men actually seemed to prefer women that were students rather than involved in a profession, but this was only a slight preference.

Any preference to ethnicity varies between different ethnic backgrounds but, taking that into consideration, 38% of all women and 18% of men say that they prefer to meet someone of the same ethnic background as themselves. The research found that members of all four ethnic groups examined did in fact “discriminate” against users belonging to other ethnic groups and women seem to discriminate more. For example, African American and Hispanic men only get about half as many first contact emails from Caucasian women as Caucasian men do while Asian men only get about one fourth as much contact. Asian men and women seem to be least discriminating when pursuing other ethnicities.

Age and History
As probably expected, online daters tend to look for and contact partners that are similar in age to themselves. Men particularly try to stay away from contacting women that are older than them while women try to avoid younger men. Single, never been married, women tend to avoid divorced men while women that are divorced actually prefer a man that has also been though a divorce. Men tend to lean toward these preferences too, although not to the extreme that women do. Men and women with children both prefer to find a partner who also has children but are much less desirable to men or women that do not have children.

Final Thoughts
While the idea that interest is based on physical and socioeconomic factors may seem disheartening, online daters shouldn’t give up yet. Yes, its true that factors such as weight, height, and income will most likely always be somewhat of a factor (whether we want to admit it or not), this research does not take into account things like personality traits, sense of humor, friendliness, etc. that are too diverse to accurately measure.

Remember, there are things you can do to improve yourself and your financial situation. For some ideas, read Online Dating Magazine’s Self-Improvement section.Even if you aren’t the tallest, richest, or thinnest, if you can express your positive personality traits well in your profile and have a bright and shining smile in your photo, your chances of meeting your match may be greatly increased. And women, don’t be afraid to make first contact, remember, 70% of women can expect a response from men when they take the initiative and send out the first email!

So whatever it is that makes you go to that café in your village, use the office PC or start up your laptop and then click on one of the hundreds of dating sites, have a positive thought on it and don’t shy off on your profile because you never know……….

But this does not give you license to have some malicious motives on unsuspecting victims.

Henry Njoki

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