Smart Car Giveaway

FatCow Webhosting is running a promotion for the summer called “Host Smart, Drive Smart Giveaway” in an effort to increase awareness and promote the green nature of their hosting services. The promotion is running from now until September 30th for all new and existing hosting customers in good standing.

Prizes include a SmartCar, a Vespa scooter, and 4 schwinn bikes up for grabs. But you don’t need to make a purchase to win, there are many other ways to enter the contest (as long as you live in the US).

  • Refer a new customer tracked through the referral program
  • Refer a new customer who signs up for hosting service with Sponsor by an Internal Affiliate
  • Sign up for the Sponsor’s internal Affiliate Program
  • Be an active FatCow customer with a hosting account in good standing, with no outstanding payment due on account, as of September 30, 2010.
  • Sign up a resold hosting account under your Reseller Account.
  • Hand print your contact information on a 3”x 5” card and mail it, postage prepaid, to FatCow
  • more details…

So if you’re interested in hosting or if you just like winning prizes, maybe it’s time to check out the FatCow Hosting website!

Good Luck!

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Anyone who spends a lot of time working with computers knows that there is a lot that can go wrong. If you’re new to the world of network administration and server hosting, it a lesson you’ll learn quickly. Hopefully, you also learn what tools can help you just as quickly. Theoretically, computers are logical machines. In a purely logical system, the same system given the same input will always produce the same output. Nonetheless, there is probably a mind-bogglingly large number of people who, at this very moment, are receiving an error when attempting to perform a simple task which they have performed a thousand times before. There is, probably, a reason but it may not seem like it. Tracking down a problem on a computer can be exceedingly difficult. Tracking down a problem on a network can be even more so. Maintaining a Kiwi Syslog server can be a huge help.

A Kiwi Syslog server is essentially an application that will help you track problems that occur on any device on a network. The problem faced by administrators is, essentially, that the difficulty of maintaining a single machine is infinitely scalable. A computer, by itself, is already a hugely complicated network of interconnected systems. The experience you have using a computer depends on the particular software application you are using, the operating system on which it runs, drivers used to enable the software to interact with various hardware elements and then the hardware devices themselves. If any process is out of sync or produces an error due to incompatibility or lack of available resources, whatever application you’re running can grind to a halt.

When you are maintaining a network, the same is true of every machine on that network. If the kind of applications or services you are running are distributed over different hosts, an error anywhere on the network can cause many problems. Take one of the simplest the most common applications of a home network as an example: Internet connection sharing. Many homes have more than one computer but only one Internet connection. All the computers will want to share one and so each computer will be connected to a router. Everything can be physically connected properly, each computer, independently, can be working properly, but you may still have problems. The operating system on one computer may be incompatible with the firmware on the router and the system will operate poorly for all users on all computers.

Problems that occur on home networks are usually easily diagnosed. The relatively small number of machines and applications make trial and error a realistic approach to solving a problem. On a larger network you will need a more comprehensive approach. One of the first things you will want to do is track exactly what types of errors occurred, when the occurred, and where on the network they occurred. This can be extremely difficult information to gather in a timely fashion when we’re talking about a large network. Most individual systems will have error logs that can help users troubleshoot problems. A Kiwi Syslog server lets you automate the process of collecting such information and archiving the logs in a search-able database. Different devices on a network, from routers to computers, can be setup to transmit their error messages to a Syslog server where they will be reported and presented in a comprehensive manner.

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Even people who have fairly simple computing needs can have trouble keeping track of the various versions of all their files. Take, for example, a workaholic who spends all day working on a document, backs it up compulsively, and then takes that same document home on a USB (Universal Serial Bus) key, then copies that file to his home computer to so he can work on some finishing touches. There are now at least four copies of the same file on various machines. Now, imagine, the same workaholic goes back to work the next day but forgets the USB key at home and has to re-do the final changes to the document. Then, he has a brainstorm, makes a drastic change and finishes of the document. Now the file exists in several different versions on several different machines. Keeping track of which version is where can get confusing, especially a couple of days down the road. It is always possible to check the date and time when a file was modified, but if you’re copying a file back and forth it can be easy to forget to do so and overwrite a newer file with an older one. This is why, these days, many programs will automate what are called synchronization procedures which can help you keep your files up to date on all the devices you use. A very similar procedure can be achieved on a much larger scale by using what is called Rsync. If you are using a Windows-based operating system then you’ll want to use Rsync for Windows.

Rsynch for Windows deserves special mention because it is only lately that people have started to adapt the application for use with Windows-based computing environments. Rsync was originally designed for use with Unix systems and it is an extremely effective software application for insuring that files which are duplicated in multiple locations are kept in up to date. The program can handle specific files or entire directories while maintaining file structure. The process can synchronize the data and files on servers in remote locations across networks. Moreover, the software is extremely efficient. Very few remote connections are required and, once you have an existing duplicate file structure on a second machine, the process is extremely fast. The software will check what date is already on the destination drive or machine and only transfer the changes made to the data since the last synchronization. Only the new or altered files are transferred and, moreover, only altered parts of the files in question are transferred.

Unfortunately for Windows users there is no out-of-the-box Rsynch for Windows software available. The good news is that there are ways to run virtual-machine like ports of the application in a Windows environment. Cygwin, for example, incorporates much of the functionality of Rysnch and makes these functions available within an existing Windows environment. Operating Rsync this way takes a bit of know-how, but it can be an excellent tool for network administrators.

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No, the word is PuTTY not putty. A PuTTY server has nothing to do with someone who brings you gobs of dough-like cement whenever you ask for it. It does, however, have something to do with giving you remote access to a computer whenever you want it.

Elsewhere at GoodHost.org we’ve talked about the Telnet (Telecommunication Network) and SSH (Secure Shell) protocols. PuTTY is one of the many programs that will allow you to utilize these protocols. The term “Putty server” is a bit of a misnomer in the sense that the program itself does not act as a server but is, rather, a universal client interface that will allow you interact with many different servers, each using different communications protocols. In each case, PuTTY emulates the type of terminal appropriate to the protocol being used.

Telnet and SSH are both protocols that allow you to connect remotely to a server and issue command line instructions to that server. Most computer users will not have a huge need for this kind of access. Most operating systems have other types of networking integrated into them. The main use for such protocols is to exercise remote access over servers that are hosting a website or other type Internet service. These networking protocols will allow users to exercise basic control of the fundamental environment settings of their servers.

Apart from that, Telnet, SSH and even PuTTY are a bit like the Internet equivalent of ham radio: they have been massively outclassed by most other communication methods but are still used for the amusement of many users and other obscure purposes. Telnet and SSH can still be used to log onto Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) and MUDs (Multi User Dungeons). Such applications were popular in before the Internet became widespread and required dial-up connections and are still popular today among diehard fans and hobbyists. Developing the technical knowhow required to operate MUDs and BBSs has now become an end in itself.

The main difference between Telnet and SSH is that the later focuses on incorporating security features into the protocol, notably encryption methods that mean user names and passwords are transmitted as unreadable messages rather than plain text files that can be intercepted. Some of the main features of PuTTY include increased control over encryption mechanisms. The program will intermittently poll users for the correct encryption keys to ensure that the secure links are not compromised. The system also incorporates functionality for advanced encryption algorithms as well the ability to handle port-forwarding so that it can be used from behind a firewall.

Other features include the ability to activate connections using IPv6 (Internet Protocol version Six) which is slowly being setup to become the new dominant standard for Internet communication. While there is no such thing as a dedicated PuTTY server, you might still hear the phrase or even use it yourself. If you have to manage multiple servers you may find that PuTTY is your new best friend.

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Theoretically, staying connected to our friends, colleagues and clients should be getting easier by the day. New advances in technology, as well as new implementations of relatively old ones, are making it increasingly easy to have your communications networks move with you. By setting up an Outlook Web Access Server address you will equip yourself with one of the more versatile tools to keep yourself in constant contact with the people and information you need.

The idea of an e-mail service to which you can connect from any terminal with Internet access is hardly new. This kind of e-mail service is known as “web-mail” and there are many such applications available. There are even numerous free webmail services like Yahoo, Hotmail and Gmail, to name some of the more popular ones. The companies that provide these services can often do so for free because they make money off advertising embedded in their interfaces. Additional features, such as the omission of advertising, can often be obtained by upgrading to premium accounts.

In light of the advantages presented by such systems, many e-mail users are increasingly moving toward these webmail systems, specifically choosing them over other systems like POP3 accounts that were the traditional mainstay of e-mail communications. There are, however still reasons why you would want to use the older systems.

The main advantage is increased control. You get to choose what kind of anti-virus scanning and security features you use that aren’t necessarily integrated into your e-mail client and they are compatible with any domain name you might want to use or any host you may want to use.

Some free services, like Google for example, will allow you to forward messages to and from your accounts, but even then there is one element of control you’ll never have unless you’re willing to pay for it: control of how the service provider screens mail.

Any ISP or e-mail provider will screen e-mail to try to prevent spam from overloading their systems. The problem is that they sometimes do not disclose the conditions set by their filters and you will not be informed when your e-mails are screened out by the automated systems. That means you can be missing e-mail because it resembles spam, even if it isn’t. The filter rules are something you can discuss with your service provider, but being able to change providers gives you a definite advantage.

Maintaining a Microsoft Outlook Web Access system is an attempt to bridge the gap between the two technologies. You can have all the functionality and features of your Outlook client combined with the convenience of being able to access a server-side system remotely. All you need to do is setup the server and then you can connect, remotely, from anywhere with any machine using your unique Outlook web access server address.

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The development of the Internet has seen many systems and applications become obsolete over the years, but there some tools that survive the culling even as newer, more advanced technology is developed. Much of the Internet is still overlayed on technology that can be traced back to the infancy of networking. Telnet (Telecommunication network) protocol and is an excellent example.

Telnet Servers go right back to the beginning. Now, most of our networking applications are run based on TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and Telent connections do, now, work through TCP as well, but when it was first developed it was designed based on the earlier NCP (Network Control Program) model. TCP rendered the old system obsolete, as it is generally more versatile. The core improvement is that TCP allows for bidirectional, rather than unidirectional, information flow.

Telnet survived the threat of obsolescence, however, and continued to evolve and was adapted to TCP networks. The main use of the Telnet client is to exercise remote control over Telnet enabled servers. Telnet was commonly used in the early days of the Internet when security wasn’t such an issue. Originally, most computers and the vast majority of networks were the property of universities, research institutes and government agencies. Neither the technological know-how nor the necessary equipment to hack into a network was widely available and Telnet was originally developed in this context. Consequently, it still has many weaknesses from a security perspective. The protocol is not innately setup to encrypt data sent through a network and, therefore, any host along the network chain setup to listen for the information packets can intercept and read any information sent using Telnet. The simplicity and versatility of the system means that it is still used, but generally only on isolated networks.

Telnet is often still used for communication between workstations and a mainframe. The protocol enables the remote operation of applications on a host machine, which makes it ideal for systems designed for multitasked machines whose applications all use a common database. Another contemporary application is in network diagnostics. Due to the relative simplicity of the protocol it can be useful for testing the connectivity between servers and clients to isolate any problems before proceeding to identify more complex configuration issues. Telnet is also still used to implement remote access to databases that do not require security, such as read-only databases that are publicly available, as in the case of library catalogues.

Finally, gamers keep the old traditions alive. Telnet made the first MUD (Multi-User Dungeon) games possible and, even though modern graphics have outstripped those in old games, they still remain popular among diehards.

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Networks do an incredible amount of work. It may not seem like it, but it’s true. The amount of data transmitted over a network in the normal course of a workday is incredible. For the most part, we don’t notice all the traffic. Information moves quickly and freely over the network, programs access data, and all we have to do, in many cases, is make sure the Ethernet cable is plugged into the machine we’re using. For small organizations, making a seamless system is pretty painless, but with large organizations host integration services are required.

There is a bit of a double meaning to the term “Host Integration Services.” In once sense this refers to an automated service provided by a server, but it also refers to the process of setting up such a service. Host integration is the practice of streamlining the communication and data transfer traffic on a network and integrating disparate elements of an organization’s resource into a common interface.

If that sounds complicated, that’s because it is. Technology is always advancing, and most producers of office applications try to keep their software integrated and standardized so that the various applications can work together. However, not every new generation of a software application is an improvement and there are many reasons why an organization might want to stick with older, proven technology is some cases, while shifting to the new cutting-edge technology in other cases. That means getting all the elements of your business systems integrated can be difficult.

This can also present problems in terms of network architecture. Different types of programs use network resources in different ways. Generally, developers try to keep things as separate as possible to avoid unforeseen conflicts, but it’s impossible to anticipate all eventualities. In large organizations, it’s easy to end up with dramatically increase loads on network resources and conflicts that arise from the incorrect prioritization of different types of traffic.

This is where host integration servers some into play. In terms of software, the point of such a system is to act as a bridge between all the disparate host applications dispersed over a network and to integrate them into one common access point that can be configured to properly prioritize traffic and workflow, improving network efficiency and making tasks simpler in the process.

The current trend in host integration services is to focus on making business information web-ready. Mobilizing information, formatting it in a way that it can be securely accessed from remote locations or transmitted to external business partners can create new prospects for an organization while increasing the productivity of established project.

Host integration services are available from several different companies, both in terms of the necessary server technology and configuration. These are enterprise-level applications, the architecture of which is extremely complex, and so generally the installation and configuration of the systems is part of the overall package. Microsoft and IBM are two of the leading contenders in this arena. IBM in particular offers both the physical technology and comprehensive consultation services.

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