Saturday, 18 October 2003

What You Need To Know About VPNs

VPNs make it possible for businesses and individuals to communicate and transmit data over a wide area network. The cool thing with VPNs is that you are able to send private information over public channels. Since VPN relies on WAN connections, computers connected to the network don't need to be physically nearby-they can be countries or even continents apart and they will communicate perfectly.

Types of VPNs

There are many types of VPNs with the main ones being:

Virtual private dial-up network (VPDN). This is a user-to-LAN connection where users have to connect to the company LAN. As a company owner, you need to set up a NAS (network access server) and then provide your users with software that will enable them to reach the NAS from their computers.

You should note that this type of VPN requires a third party to provide encryption services.

Site-to-site VPN: as a company owner you have to invest in dedicated hardware that will make it possible for your multiple sites to connect to your LAN through the public network. It's good to note that most of the site-to-site VPNs are extranet or intranet-based.

Benefits of VPN

There are a good number of benefits that come with VPNs. These benefits include:

Business application: if you have a business you are able to maximize the businesses efficiency courtesy of VPN. Using VPN your employees are able to connect to the computers in the office network using their personal computers at home. The employees are able to access messages, documents and other information. This ensures that the employees don't have to wait to report to the office to start working-they can work from home.

In addition to employees being able to access information from home, different office branches can connect to the VPN and share confidential information securely.

Protection: as a regular consumer you can use VPN to access Wi-fi or other loosely secured network. The cool thing with accessing Wi-fi using VPN is that you add a layer of protection against information theft.


This is what you need to know about VPN. You should note that while the network is great to use, it tends to reduce your transfer speeds due to the additional network overhead involved. It's also challenging to set it up for the first time as a novice. For ideal results, you should hire a professional to do the work for you.

VPNs have been around for a long time. The unfortunate thing is that you need to pay to use them. We have a free VPN that allows you to encrypt your data free of charge.

Friday, 10 October 2003

Intuition: A Different Dimension of Computing

Ever walked into a room and had that nagging feeling that something is wrong? Or have you ever found it near impossible to stop thinking about someone, only to receive an unexpected phone call from them? Can you predict the weather better than your local news team? Or do you have a knack for languages that defies all logic and reason?

Each one of us- as humans and as an individual- is fascinating and creative, ever in discovery of our own potential and capabilities. We exercise and stretch ourselves to break new ground and boundaries; every once in a while however we defy our own imaginations, encountering and experiencing what we might term as super-human. But our intuition is anything but unusual or superhuman; infact it is at the very core of our makeup as human beings.

So what really is intuition? Essentially, intuition is our capacity to process information outside our waking consciousness. Our mind works like a supercomputer, with our intuition running in the backdrop- constantly picking up on clues, stimuli and information usually too subtle for our attention and awareness. This information, just like the information we process consciously, allows us to better grasp and respond to our environment, a situation or a person. Because this occurs outside our conscious awareness, we may not always be able to pinpoint exactly how we arrived at our conclusions, knowledge and understanding, but the process is as natural to us as breathing itself.

For long science has debated the validity of intuition and related phenomenon. But with there being so man interesting accounts and observations, the questions are not as much about whether intuition exists as about how it works. Here too, research has come to show our brain's capacity to process information outside waking awareness, opening the field wide open to debate, theories and ideas. Whether or not science ever finds a satisfactory answer, our intuition continues to enlighten our choices, feelings, responses and impressions of people and the world around us. From gut instincts to remarkable insights, we continue to bring new dimensions to our comprehension and experience of our environment through our intuition.

But like every other muscle in the body and every aspect of our being, the more attention we give our intuition and the more we exercise it, the sharper it gets. Instead of brushing it away as mere pointless ramblings of an unengaged mind, paying attention to the whispers of our intuition can help clear and clean out our intuitive channels. Whether focusing on your gut feelings or listening to your intuition for advice on decisions, the more you practice connecting with your intuition, the better you get at bringing its gifts into your life.

Meditation is a fabulous way to fine tune our intuition. Taking time out to clear and calm the mind, helps hear our intuition and its voice- even over the initial protests of our own reasoning and logic who cannot satisfactorily explain our own intuitive awareness and its findings.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2003

Travel To Deep Space By Sitting At Your Computer

For many generations various human cultures have had great knowledge about the star constellations. However, these days most of the so-called modernized breed of human couldn’t tell you much about what’s around us in the infinite Universe. The funny thing is, technically we now know more about what’s there than ever before, we’ve even got photos. With the Hubble Telescope we now have access to the most unbelievable pictures imaginable: galaxies, nebulae and millions of stars close up. You don’t need to buy a book or DVD to see this stuff, just sit down at your computer and let the Internet take you on a galactic journey.

A lot of the images can be accessed for free just by finding the right sites. At [] you can watch a stream of beautiful visuals that are literally out of this world. The beauty of the photos, the fact that they are moving, and the musical accompaniment makes the whole trip quite ethereal. The other great aspect is the information the scientists have uncovered, mind-blowing ideas like the fact that some stars are 60 times brighter than our own sun, or the idea that there are thousands of stars in one tiny spot in the sky. The concept that galaxies are 150 million light years away-do you know how fast light travels?

For the average human who spends their existence in one place working hard everyday to make ends meet, life can become somewhat monotonous and insulated. You forget that there’s a whole world out there. The Universe however might be a random thought that only appears once in a month or even a year. The stars seem so disconnected to our everyday reality, but the fact is that we are part of a much bigger picture-the biggest picture of all, infinite space. Maybe if we did focus a bit more ‘outside the box’ of our familiar routines we could grasp onto the magic and perfection that surrounds us all the time, the real neighborhood that we belong to.

These are a few more sites I discovered that give us more insight or ‘outsight’ into what is going on around us. Again I find the Internet has become a medium for discovering knowledge about life. Without leaving the office or my house I can travel to the most beautiful places-real places, we’re not talking Star Trek here people! I’ve seen many magical things in my life thus far: snow –capped mountains, rainbows over waterfalls, sunsets on tropical beaches. I’ve seen art, heard music, watched films; I’ve lived a very fortunate life indeed. But, to see these pictures and to learn about the incredible worlds outside our own…on a computer at home…it has taken me to a new level of understanding, a new level of reverence for what it is we are part of. The only way to describe these galaxies, stars, and giant gas clouds close up is to softly and humbly speak the word ‘magic’. You will never see real paintings like this, beauty that stretches for millions of miles.

My computer screen has become a looking glass portal.

Jesse S. Somer