One Small Step for Man – One Giant Bill from Tech. Support

Written by Pete McFraser

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Sound a bit hokey? That’srepparttar claim TransOrbital makes in a recent PC Magazine article. Laurie said, "September 11 caused people to think about what data backup really means, and there is also alwaysrepparttar 133365 threat of a natural disaster here on earth, such as a small asteroid hittingrepparttar 133366 planet."

Would it really work—data centers onrepparttar 133367 moon? The plan is to build server-friendly environments that could providerepparttar 133368 “atmosphere” necessary for self-healing servers. Small shelter-like structures that could keep a normal temperature, air pressure, etc. need to be built onrepparttar 133369 moon; currently, Tran Orbital isrepparttar 133370 only company withrepparttar 133371 licensing to do it. While they’re up there, TransOrbital, using Hewlett-Packard technology, plans to make live digital images ofrepparttar 133372 earth available onrepparttar 133373 web. They also offer to ship personal objects torepparttar 133374 moon for safe-keeping for a small fee of $2500 per gram.

The proposal certainly has its fair share of skeptics. The biggest argument being thatrepparttar 133375 likelihood of an asteroid hittingrepparttar 133376 earth is miniscule compared to one hittingrepparttar 133377 moon. Earth’s atmosphere burns up most ofrepparttar 133378 debris that would otherwise hitrepparttar 133379 surface, whilerepparttar 133380 moon has no such protection. Others wonder about upgrading, repairs, and maintenance. As one reader put it, “At 75$ and hour and 30 cents per mile, that’s one hefty bill from tech support.”

Peter McFraser is a marketing representative of Exabyte, located in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more about how you can backup data with Exabyte’s award-winning VXA backup drive.

RSS: News You Choose

Written by S. Housley

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Plug-in Readers Plug-in news aggregators expandrepparttar functionality of existing applications to allow users to veiw RSS feeds from within an existing program. Some plug-ins work with web browsers; others work with e-mail clients. An example of a plugin is: NewsGator Outlook -

Websites containing RSS feeds usually have a colorful graphic indicatingrepparttar 133364 availability of an RSS feed. The graphic is usually marked 'RSS' or 'XML'. Simply clickrepparttar 133365 graphic and enterrepparttar 133366 URL ofrepparttar 133367 file intorepparttar 133368 reader. Regardless ofrepparttar 133369 RSS reader or news aggregator used by web surfers,repparttar 133370 process of adding feeds is generally simple. Web surfers need only to enterrepparttar 133371 URL ofrepparttar 133372 RSS feed that they wish to view into their news reader. Each timerepparttar 133373 reader refreshesrepparttar 133374 feedrepparttar 133375 information contained withinrepparttar 133376 feed is updated and new content inrepparttar 133377 feed will appear inrepparttar 133378 RSS reader.

Finding Feeds In order to find topic-specific feeds, conduct a search onrepparttar 133379 RSS search engines available at RSS Specifications - or try RSS Locator - .

About the Author: Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll software for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds and NotePage, Inc. a wireless messaging software company.

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