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NTT Beefs Up Data Center Security

International data service centers continue to play an integral role in today’s businesses.  With globalization being as real as it can be – it is not a mere concept anymore – business from all parts of the world can be customers of data service centers located wherever.  Indeed, technology has made the world even smaller.

With huge companies like NTT Communications, this small world has shrunk even more.  The international and long distance service arm of NTT, this company plays a major role in the data center services sector.  It has data centers in more than 31 cities in 20 countries and has long ago proved that its services are among the most reliable in the industry.

NTT Communications’ operations do not stop there, though.  In fact, they continue to expand – just this month, they made known to the public that they have acquired Secode AB, a northern European company that provides managed security services in its region.  The details of the acquisition have not been released, but the implications are quite interesting.

Perhaps the main thing that will concern businesses patronizing data center services is the fact that NTT’s resources will now be backing up Secode AB’s operations.  The smaller company has established a name for itself as the biggest in its industry in the northern European region.  With NTT’s backing, it can provide even better and more reliable services.  More so, Secode AB’s operations will expand as its security operation centers will be absorbed other NTT centers located in different parts of the world: Japan, Germany, Singapore, and the United States.

The global scale of these operations is sure to meet the ever increasing data center security needs of countless entities.

ASUS Eee PC S101: Impossible to Upgrade

Customizability has always been one of the Eee’s greatest strengths. From software customizations such as switching from Linux to Windows (XP, Vista, 2000, even 3.11), or even OS X, or hardware upgrades such as replacing the RAM or the SSD, or even full DIY, such as turning the Eee into a touchscreen, or inserting built-in bluetooth, the Eee has been the modder’s best friend.

So why is the S101 so darn hard to upgrade, asks Laptopmag.

While there is a small latch for getting to the RAM, that is about all you can access. We had no problem unscrewing that latch and replacing the default 1GB SODIMM with a 2GB stick of DDR2 RAM; in fact that is the easy part. However, when we popped in the RAM the Windows XP operating system didn’t recognize the extra 1GB, still showing only 0.99GB. Is it possible the BIOS itself won’t recognize more than 1GB? We haven’t gotten an official answer from ASUS about this, but it looks like that’s the case.

Ok so we didn’t really think the Eee PC S101 needed more RAM any way. But a new SSD would be pretty sweet, considering we weren’t all that impressed with the one that came standard on the system. We have a new Eee PC SSD upgrade chip from SuperTalent. However, there is no easy way to access the SSD from the back of the system. Even after we pulled off all the screws we couldn’t get to the internals. We assume you have to pry the keyboard off.

Again, this makes the S101 a no in my next netbook choice.

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Asus more reliable than Apple

From Liliputing:

Computer repair company RESCUECOM puts out regular reports on computer reliability. Basically, the company analyzes the number of service calls it gets about computers from a particular company with the number of units shipped by that computer maker. Using this method, RESCUECOM concluded that Apple computers were the most reliable in 2008. But for the first quarter of 2009, Asus and Lenovo top the list, with Apple falling to second or third place depending on how you interpret RESCUECOM’s figures.

Check out the full article here.

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However, if I were going to buy me a netbook right here, right now, I’d go for the Asus EEE PC 1018P in a heartbeat. You know why? Because it’s gorgeous. More »

Eee Keyboard officially launched. Nobody remembers.

So, you guys still remember the Eee Keyboard? You know, the computer in a full-sized keyboard that had us excited since it was announced? But the thing is, it was announced a couple of years back and obviously any enthusiasm we had for this ll-in-one computer waned. You see, Asus planned to start shipping the Eee Keyboard back in October 2009, and, well, since it’s May 2010 already, it’s really hard to be excited for a computer with last year’s guts running it. More »

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