Thursday, 13 November 2008

Todays life NEEDS software

In todays society it is an accepted fact that people need a computer, a connection to the internet and 'Life Software'. Ok, perhaps not everyone actually needs ALL of these things but for anyone under the age of 101 its is becoming a necessity. We need software to share our photos, listen to our music, create our webpage, write our blog and talk to our Auntie in Australia. Software is the key to todays busy, lightening paced life and I'm going to let you into a little secret.........its going to get worse, if of course 'worse' is actually the correct word to use. 'Life Software' is helping many people in many different ways, from staying in contact with others thousands of miles away, sharing thoughts and managing projects to helping to stay alive. Ok the last is a little far fetched but its coming and it not that far away. Imagine your crossing the road and you get hit by a car, your mobile/PDA will contact the emergency services which will in turn check your health insurance and tell the ambulance where to take you to be treated. The hospital will know all of your details before you arrive. Your mobile will already have contacted your work and next of kin through some huge civilian database which is being updated a million times a second with data from around the world. And of course, finally, you will leave hospital a few days later with the bill for you care already on the door mat.

It is a fact of life that data is taking over the world and will always be faster than anything we will ever invent. The key to keeping it in check is to know where, when and how to use it to make our life easier and not to use it as a weapon against each other.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Disk Space - A way of life

In today's society data plays a huge role in the day to day running of most companies, education establishments, government buildings and our own homes. This data can be in the form of family photos, financial data, assignments and reports right the way through to secret national documents. Whichever way we look at it data plays an important role in the way the modern world works. As data is important, so is the space that we use to house it. Home users store documents and photos on their hard drives or usb memory sticks or even an external hard drive, where companies use massive data servers which can cope with many Terabytes of data storage. The weak point to all of these methods of data storage is the amount of space we use. As time goes by and users save their work to servers and hard drives and backup documents to storage locations the space which we have becomes smaller and smaller without us really noticing it. Then the worst thing in the world (to the person its happening to) happens and we lose data or don't have enough or we rely on something that we thought had been backed up but hadn't.....disaster. Of course in the grand scheme of things it isn't actually a disaster but more of a very annoying, troublesome setback.......wrong!
In many many cases if you run out of disk space and don't find out about it for a while then there is going to be real trouble, ranging from lost work to missed backups. I agree that people should keep a closer eye on storage space but in many cases this just isn't practical on a time and personnel level. This is where we bring in automatic disk monitoring tools. These software tools can be setup to monitor servers and desktops and storage devices and alert people in many different ways when a shortage of disk space is imminent. Software such as Disk Monitor Pro ( allows the user to monitor any number of storage locations, set thresholds individually and then setup different ways of getting attention - whether it be an email, a popup on the desktop, audible alert or even running a specified program. The data and storage space saga will go on for many years and will always play a hugely important part in the way we work and play. Data loss is and will always be a major concern for many people in many different types of work, but in using automatic disk monitoring perhaps we can at least be warned before we get the dreaded phone call.