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Tips on How To Choose The Best Virtual Private Network

BENEFITS OF VPN

The truth is every small or medium scale business needs to work with a virtual private network, more commonly known as  VPN.

Perhaps, this is not the first time you have heard about this considering the fact that the use of VPN technology today is not uncommon. Basically, VPN refers to a private network which enables its users to send as well as receive different types of data across public networks. This allows users to securely connect offices that are separated geographically so as to create a cohesive network. Aside from this, users may also find VPNs useful in protecting information regarding their personal identities and location. That said, there may be websites which block popular virtual private networks.

Contrary to the idea that all VPN companies work the same, their services actually differ and this is exactly the reason why, every business owner or individual who wishes to make use this private network must choose their VPN provider wisely.

Assess Your Needs

The most important step before signing up for VPN services is to first determine the needs of your company’s operations or your personal needs with regards to private and public networks. For instance, if you are only concerned with concealing your home network, you might not need to invest heavily on VPN. In a case where you wish to provide a coverage of what is currently happening in, let’s say, Yemen, you will obviously need a virtual private network which has servers in Yemen.

If, on one hand, you wish for your activities to have slimmer chances of being tracked down then you might as well go for a VPN which does not keep logs so as to secure your anonymity. However, this might be difficult for you if you belong to a country like Russia with strict regulations on VPNs.

Know their Protocols

It is also important for you to know the protocols of your VPN provider. Actually there are quite a lot of protocols and fortunately, many VPN companies will provide you with several choices. Do not go for a VPN which will only afford you PPTP; in fact, you should avoid this protocol as much as possible. Try to stick with OpenVPN as this is the best choice among all.

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Check the Capacity

This is where reading the terms of their services becomes important. This is where you will know how much data will be provided for you or if the VPN company touches the bandwidth. Clearly, you do not want their VPN services to fall short because you have consumed data which is already beyond what you agreed in the terms. You really have to take note of their bandwidth restrictions.

Check their Connections

Does this company provide great connections? Do they have downtimes? How many concurrent connections does the company provide? Go for a VPN company which provides, at the very least, two concurrent connections.

Avoid Free Services

Obviously, great services comes with a price. You cannot expect companies to provide you with VPN services that are free of charge. You should also be wary about VPN companies offering services for doubtful prices. Hence, it is best to avoid offers like these as most would probably end up as scams or these may not work at all.

Effective Ways to Improve Your Company’s Logistic Operations

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One of the most important aspects to look into when gearing towards success in business is the logistics and supply chain area. Needless to say, logistics play a very crucial role to meeting the demands of your customers and generally, in attaining overall success for the company. Every company will always have a room for improvement and these must especially be considered in the logistics area.

Thus, we wish to provide you with some of the most effective yet easily attainable ways for each company to improvement in this aspect.  The ideas below are only very few of the many ways to improve your company’s logistic operation; however, these are some of the most feasible ones.

5 Ideas for Logistics Improvement

Take Advantage of Technology

Today, technology has made our lives much easier by a million times. The same goes for our business operations. We must take advantage of technological advancements that will make things efficient for the workers, the customers, and the company, itself. For instance, your business may opt to try out tecnologia de voz para las operaciones logisticas or the voice technology for your logistic operations or you may branch out with the use of social media for your logistic operations.

As for your business, in general, you may venture into putting up a website and investing in web hosting as this greatly helps small and medium scale businesses today.

Communicate Effectively

Internal and external communication is of utmost importance as well when it comes to logistics and supply chain operations. Communicate effectively and by this we mean that the staff and the comp

any management must know exactly what, when, and how much the company needs with regards to products or the services it deals with. Thus, communication meetings must be taken and they must be taken seriously too.

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Strategize The Inventory

So as to avoid hassle, learn to be strategic when it comes to inventory position and organization. This saves the company more time and costs when transporting products and in turn, this makes internal and external operations more efficient. That said, it is important to closely monitor the inventory to know if certain adjustments need to be made.

Understand Internal Operations

You must also understand well exactly how your internal logistic operations and supply chains work so as to know the implications of certain decisions made by the staff or the management. Understanding how things work will allow the company to make calculated moves that will ensure success as opposed to making decisions without knowing the drastic effects these actions might bring to the company in general.

Know The Company’s Mistakes

It is also very important for the company to know what is making your logistic operations wrong. Once you have tracked down the hindrance to success, you can now find ways to get rid of it or to correct it so as to pave the path to logistic success. However, this step might not be as easy as it sounds. Here, you will have to spend time looking into every nooks and crannies of the company’s operations in order to determine where things go wrong.

 

Interview With Tech Investor Dan Cioff About Amateur Boxing

It is not often you will find the last name ‘Gracie’ in the losing column when searching an opposing fighter’s win-loss record and it is even more rare to discover a mixed martial artist has beaten two Gracies back to back.

Rich Patisnock, now 6-1, did just that this past weekend at World Series of Fighting 5 at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J when he earned a unanimous decision victory over Gregor Gracie.

Built as somewhat of a revenge or grudge match for the Gracie Family, Patishnock was paired against Gregor, half-brother to Igor Gracie whom Patisnock had defeated in March.

In his post-fight interview Patishnock stated that he felt he deviated a bit from his gameplan yet he was satisfied with the victory.

“That was my strategy. I really didn’t think I did that well with my strategy, but that was my strategy, and I’m glad everybody thought I did it,” Patishnock said. “I wasn’t surprised at all. I thought that’s what he would come out and do, as opposed to his brother. I thought Gregor was more of a striker to go for his takedowns. I was actually surprised he tried to take me down without trading first.”

USCS was interested to see what exactly the New Jersey native now fighting out of Pennsylvania had up his sleeve and what exactly the game plan was so we contacted Patishnock’s head coach at Chamber MMA in East Stroudsburg, Pa., Don Cioffi, who shared the game plan his team constructed for their 170-pound fighter who scored consecutive wins over the most notable family name in mixed martial arts.

USCS – What was the plan for Rich’s fight against Gregor and how well did he execute it?

Cioffi – “The game plan for the Gregor fight was to keep the fight standing by circling away from his power hand and control the tempo of fight. If Gregor got the fight to the ground Rich was to work on getting back up to standing. At no time was he to get involved in grappling match. We wanted Rich to control the tempo with his movement, striking and angles to frustrate Gregor and force him to get winded chasing Rich. Rich was very successful in sticking to the game plan and this enabled him to keep the fight standing where it was in Rich’s favor. I also think it’s important for new fighters to get quality headgear that can protect them.”

USCS – How did this gameplan differ from when Rich fought Igor?

Cioffi – “This game plan was similar to the one we had designed for Igor but Rich did not use his standup to keep the fight standing and let Igor get to close to him.”

USCS – Who helped with the gameplan? Which coaches?

Cioffi – “The coaches in Rich’s camp were myself, Don Cioffi (striking, boxing) Sean Diggs ( Muay Thai, striking), Andy Main (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), Jeremy Hubbard (strength and conditioning). The only change from the camp for Igor was Andy Main our BJJ coach. I knew Andy had trained with the Gracies for years and approached him about coming on board for the Gregor fight. I told Andy that I wanted to work on Rich getting back up if Gregor was able to get it to the ground. Andy did an amazing job of preparing Rich for Gregor and this showed when Gregor took him down and Rich got it back standing quickly. Andy is now training under Marcello Garcia considered to be one of the top BJJ players in the world. Also we had great sparring partners for Rich in camp they pushed Rich to the edge and got him ready, sparring partners were Chamber teammates Donny Cioffi, Eric Roncoroni, Demetrius Lindsey.”

USCS – Did Rich stick to the plan or did he have to deviate from it at all?

Cioffi – “This fight Rich stuck to game plan and was successful in controlling the tempo and setting up his striking with his movement and angles off strikes. There were a few times when Rich had to be reminded to stay on plan but on a whole he carried it out the way we trained for it in camp. The biggest thing is that he trained hard with the right gear to do the job.”

USCS – What’s next for him?

Cioffi – “We are now bringing Rich down to the 155lb weight class and awaiting word from WSOF on possible next opponent. I am very proud of the game plan we had in place from the coaches to the training partners, this was a huge team effort to guarantee Rich was ready for Gregor.”

Affordable Small Business and Web Hosting in Australia

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In today’s post our author Lucas Johnson covers some of Aussie Hosting’s hosts. For the last twenty years, Johnson has been reviewing and testing various servers throughout Australia to help people find the best quality info.

Today he wants to cover the top kinds of hosts for any new business looking to up their online footprint and make money via their website.

Business Hosting in Australia

Business hosting in the land down under is like anywhere else. You’ll need a quality host that isn’t absolute garbage, one that can get you results and stay connected all the time. What you need to look out for is downtime and uptime. Downtime is the amount of time a server spends “down” or unable to be accessed. Uptime is the amount of time a server is up and accesible by web visitors.

To any business a down website looks extremely unprofessional and also you’ll lose sales. Without a stable platform to operate your business on there is no possible way you’ll be able to maintain your business’s online integrity.

Ecommerce Hosting

Ecommerce sites also run into the same issue as small business hosting. You’ll need a web host that is stable and doesn’t go down rom time to time. A lot of newer online vendors tend to choose cheaper ecom solutions which I wouldn’t recommend.

It’s important to think that ecom businesses involve tons of images. Images are big and often require a lot more space on the server. More space = slower times. This is why getting a fast hosting company is imperative.

Shared Hosting

Now this is what i recommend for any Australian looking to get web hosting in either Sydney, Camberra or Melbourne. You will get a host that is not only fast but very reliable. It will also decrease the cost of the hosting by a significant amount as well.

Think of shared hosting like an apartment building. The building itself is the host with multiple units sharing the same area together. This is the same way that shared hosting works, people can share the space together instead of keeping the entire unit to themselves. It’s basically sharing for web resources.

Don’t Get a Cheap Host!

I advise anyone who is looking to get a website server to AVOID cheap hosting. In the end you’ll end up getting bad service and have to pay a ton of money in upsells and other modifications. If you ever have to shift your server elsewhere you’ll also be paying a ton for switching fees.

My Final Thoughts

Getting a new host should be something that you spend some time and energy considering. I wouldn’t suggest going for the first option that comes up. Take your time and do your research and make sure that you whatever host you use will be one that is great quality for you and your customers.

If anyone has a comment please drop it below and we can go from there. Thanks! Also thanks to Apprejections for letting us share this content.

Let’s Talk About Using Laser Christmas Lighting for Holidays

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Christmas is a time we all look forward to. It’s an opportunity to reunite with family and friends. You get to wind up your year in glitter and cheer. As usual, it’s accompanied by Christmas trees, gifts and plenty of food. More often than not, people fail to fulfill the tiniest details of a full Christmas experience.

We overlook the lighting factors when organizing our Christmas holidays. Xmas laser lights, like  Laser Firefly Effect, are a safe and magnificent way to light up your Christmas mood. These lights are bright enough to be viewed from miles away. They are perfect for your backyard or even indoors. Unlike regular lights, laser lights add to that ultimate and memorable Christmas holiday.

Advantages of Xmas Laser Lights

  1. Beautiful, Bright Colors

They come in different colors. You can choose to mix the colors up or go with your favorite. Xmas laser lights only need to charge a little bit before using them in your garden. The color is said to bring warmth to a house and so do laser lights to your unadorned garden.

  1. Easy to Install

Xmas laser lights come tied with strings to help you position them in your garden. You can choose the number of bulbs depending on the size of the plot. An interesting way to create a beautiful garden is by hanging them in shapes, horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

It is tedious to climb the roof just to light up your house. With the sharp, bright features of the laser, you meet your lighting needs for a perfect Christmas experience.

  1. Excellent for Outdoors

Xmas laser lights are waterproof and ideally suited for the outdoors. You do not have to worry about lighting up your house during winter or wet conditions. The fitting strings attached to the lights allow you to wind them up with flowers in your garden.

  1. Safe to Use

We’ve heard of fire outbreaks over Christmas caused by faulty lights. Laser lights use high-quality metal parts compared to the regular lights. The electric thermostat ensures the temperature is safe and steady.example of laser lights

  1. A Long Lifespan

It’s very frustrating when your Christmas lights go off just in a matter of days. Laser lights have an extended lifespan and will serve you for as long as you need. The thermostat enables the lights to adjust a stable temperature condition. The usual bulbs, if used for prolonged periods heat up and eventually go off. It may not be safe especially when using them around young children. Aside from using this for Christmas, you may also use it for other house parties such as backyard movie nights, barbecue nights, etc.

  1. Remote Control

You can adjust the settings of your laser bulbs by remote control. Most Christmas lights have this feature, but laser ones can be controlled from as far as 60 feet away. The remote control helps you:

  • Switch to a different color.
  • Flash the lights on and off as you wish.
  • Adjust the time when to turn on and off.
  • You can randomly change the colors e.g. from blue to red, to green and back to blue.

Conclusion

Ensure proper installation of Xmas laser lights to avoid faults that would lead to disconnection or inefficiency. Follow the trend, light up your world and enjoy your Christmas holidays in style.

Things You Need to Know About Outdoor Projectors

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If you’re planning to use your indoor home theater equipment for outdoor purposes, you might want to think again. Although this may seem like the best and most cost-efficient thing to do, we would not recommend it to be done and here’s why.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Theater

The biggest factor that needs to addressed when comparing an indoor and outdoor home theater is the environment by which they are located in. Needless to say, home theaters that are situated indoors are more likely to be protected from lights and other environmental factors such as mist, humidity, dew, etc. Aside from this, some equipment, such as the projector, may have different throw radius for indoor and outdoor ones. Thus, outdoor theaters will require equipment that would fit the different and harsher environment. That being said, living room projectors, therefore, should not be used outside. 

When choosing a projector, several factors to be considered may involve their lumens, USB channels, weight, etc. To look deeper into the factors that you should consider, please read below.

Outdoor Projectors

  • Lighting and Contrast

Understandably, outdoor environment have a lot of factors affecting it and part of these factors are sources of lights. When it comes to setting up a home theater, you’d want your projection surface to appear black for a better contrast ratio as this is how they do it in legit cinemas.

For outdoor theaters, you’ll have to battle against the neighbor’s house lights, the stars, the moonlight, and even some streetlights. Hence, you’ll need a projector that is way brighter than the one that works well in your dimly-lit living room.

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  • Lumens

Ideally, you’ll need a projector that is bright enough to show sharp and clear images even when not all lights are turned down. Instead of turning off all light sources surrounding you, and increasing the risk of your audience tripping over, get a projector with higher lumens instead. For references, a screen that measures 12×7 feet should ideally have at least 2300 lumens.

  • Air Filter

As you use your projector for harsher outdoor areas, the chances of your projector getting all clogged up in their air filters are super high. Just so you know, operating projectors with clogged or blocked filters will be hasten its life cycle. Hence, cleaning and maintenance should be done regularly especially if your outdoor theater is located in an area where it’s super dusty; otherwise, you’ll be facing a projector that shuts itself down in the middle of the movie.

  • Weight

Please don’t think that the higher the lumens are, the heavier the projector should be. Although that’s how it worked years and years ago, modern technology has made it possible for small, compact, lightweight projectors to have just as much power as the heavy ones. Outdoor projectors may weigh as light as 2 lbs and still have the right amount of lumens in it.

Bottom Line

A projector is one of the most essential equipment when setting up your personal cinema; without it, you won’t be able to project the movie itself.  It’s important to choose the right projector to be able to maximize its worth. You may want to check out http://outdoormoviehq.com/best-outdoor-projectors/ for some ideas that may be useful for your backyard theater at home.