Desktops and Laptops – Do They Have the Same Cloud Backup Solution?

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Desktops and laptops both require a backup solution like Cloud.  These are both computers although the nature of their respective use may vary. The question is do desktops and laptops have the same cloud backup solution?

The Cloud Backup Solution

Cloud offers off-site data protection. It is able to protect servers, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.  It is considered a highly optimized solution that is both secure and convenient.  Data are de-duplicated, compressed and encrypted before they are sent to the cloud.

The Cloud backup solution can back up the files of small and medium sized businesses effortlessly.  The level of protection offered is comparable to that of big corporations. Businesses who find themselves facing the reality of data loss can have them recovered or at least the part they need to recover. This is true whether the loss was externally or internally caused. Reviews on various backup options can be viewed at www.bestbackups.com.

Is It the Same or Not?

As a general rule, different technologies may be required in backing up files on different environments. The existing environment   in a desktop permanently connected to a network  is a lot different from that of a laptop which is mobile. There lies the general answer to the question.

Cloud backups are traditionally provided to desktops  through a software. It provides benefits by allowing online backups to the cloud storage of choice, compressing data for reduced storage costs, and encrypting data for safe storage. Payment for storage space used is made directly to providers. Cloud storage providers are not created equal and users should pay attention to the space, price, and compatibility with their operating system when making a choice.

Cloud backups for laptops are done generally in the same manner.  The reality that many people have to work remotely in places other than their usual work areas has made it necessary to opt for protection of laptops in the same manner as required in the desktops used at the office. It is an everyday reality in businesses that sending data cannot wait for the return of the employee from his or her field assignment.  Mostly everything has to be transmitted at once and without delay.

Essentially, the process of enabling cloud backup for desktops and laptops are the same. The difference mainly lies in the environment in which it is done.  The expected benefits however, are the same which mainly focuses on ensuring that important data will not be permanently lost when system disaster strikes.

 

 

 

Challenging Market Dominance

Many industry observers are comparing the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime with the Apple new iPad.  The former is considered to be the best Android tablet in the market while the latter is the latest to be released by the company that is known to enjoy dominance over the tablet market.  The question as to which is better is clearly a subjective matter which can be decided on by individual users.  What is of special note in this particular comparison is the fact that the Transformer Prime is being aligned with an Apple product which is of course a name everyone knows enjoys market dominance.

If we are to look at the various comparisons made between the two, we can easily surmise that Transformer Prime can give the new iPad a run for its money.  The worthiness of this observation lies in the fact that we are comparing products made by an industry giant and an unexpected upstart.  This just goes to show that the top position is always vulnerable to challenges and not always from the obvious sources.

The Transformer Prime has been receiving good reviews for various reasons including its display size, camera, expandable memory, portability, processor, and battery life, among others.  In areas where it is deemed to be less than the best, it offers a convincing challenge.  This is why it is able to project its usefulness to many people looking for a tablet to purchase.

In making the final choice between the two, the decision will most probably be based on what the customer is not willing to sacrifice.  Considerations such as ease of use, price, and even brand will come into play.  Anyone who makes a decision based on personal requirements and a healthy knowledge of each product’s pros and cons can be considered a wise decision maker.  The important thing is that when we have products challenging market dominance, everyone is forced to perform even better to the benefit of consumers.

Watch 1080p HD on the 10-inch Asus 1005PR Eee PC

Now when you get yourself a netbook, you don’t really think much in the way of multimedia, right? I mean, netbooks are perfect for some light web browsing, getting some work done on your favorite word processor, and watching a couple of YouTube videos, but that’s just about it. They’re underpowered by today’s standards, and watching a 1080p HD video on your netbook would be, well, crazy. The video’s going to end up as choppy as hell. More »

Asus Eee PC 1201T Review

Netbooked was able to get their hands on a netbook suspiciously resembling Macbook Pros -the Asus Eee PC 1201T – and they took it out for a spin. The verdict? They’re pretty much satisfied with this new netbook from Asus. Well except for a few caveats:

I am pretty pleased overall with the ASUS Eee PC 1201T apart from the battery life (2-3 hours), limited upgradability and perhaps the noise. Other than that the form factor allows for comfortable usage for long periods of time. Keyboard is great to type on and the trackpad is large and has responsive scrolling.

If you’re looking for something more powerful than a netbook but don’t want to pay the prices that dual core CULV notebooks reach, than the ASUS Eee PC 1201T is one to consider. When it comes to games, it’ll cream most netbooks and even Intel CULV notebooks powered with Intel GMA graphics.

If you’re wondering what the specs of this impressive-looking netbook are, look no further:

  • 12.1” 1366 x 768 display (glossy)
  • AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor (1.6GHz single core)
  • AMD M780G chipset
  • ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 250GB HDD (5400 RPM, 2.5” SATA)
  • 10/100 LAN
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • VGA, 3x USB 2.0, headphone and mic jacks, kensington lock, RJ45, card reader
  • 6-cell battery (5.2 hours)
  • 0.3MP webcam
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
  • 1.45 kg / 3.2 pounds
  • 295mm x 205mm x 22 – 29mm / 11.6” x 8.1” x 0.87” – 1.14” dimensions
  • There are three available colors: silver, black and red.

Honestly, I was disappointed to read that the 6-cell battery only provides 2-3 hours of juice. I know of a lot of netbooks that can provide you with longer running time with a 6-cell battery. And to be quite honest, I’m not impressed with AMD processors as well. I guess we’ll just have to watch the net to see if people start raving or ranting about this netbook.

Asus Eee PC 1008-KR Karim Rashid Edition

Netbooked.net was able to get their hands on an Eee PC 1008-KR Karim Rashid Edition, and they’ve published a pretty in-depth review. They say that it feels more solid than other Eee PCs – in fact they’re saying that it’s a step up from the other netbooks produced by Asus. It’s not as thin as light as you might expect, but it’s still better than most netbooks. The beefier specs aren’t so bad too.

However, the netbook has a few shortcomings, mainly the 4-hour battery life (one battery) and the $500 price tag. More »

Asus Eee PC T101MT hands-on video

The folks at All Touch Tablet were able to get their hands on an Asus Eee PC T101MT – way before its release – and now they’re posting a video review of the thing.

A heads up for those who are thinking of buying this touch screen netbook: apparently it has disappointed quite a few people. According to Slashgear:

It’s also no performer, either, with opening windows sluggish, 480p YouTube video pushing CPU use to 100-percent, and a 10 to 15-percent CPU load even when the netbook is sitting idle. The touchscreen, meanwhile, shows a worrying lack of accuracy around the edges, which ironically is where ASUS’ own touch-menu shortcut resides. They’ve shot some hands-on video, which you can see below, but for €499 ($676) there seem a few too many compromises.

The T101MT has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 Pine Trail CPU and GMA 3150 graphics. It also packs 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Windows 7 Home Premium. More »

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Asus Eee PC 1201T with AMD NEO

We know that there are like a million and one versions of the Eee PC already. In fact, they’re so darn confusing (with very little variations between versions) that even I tend to forget which iteration of the Eee PC is made up of what processor and other parts – and I’m the one writing on the Asus Eee PC-themed blog here.

Anyway, the Asus Eee PC 1201T is yet another seashell-themed netbook. It may sound like a bad thing, but believe me, we need Asus to manufacture more seashell Eee PCs. The main difference of the Eee PC 1201T from the other seashell netbooks is that the Eee PC 1201T has an AMD Neo MV-40 CPU and ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, as opposed to the usual Intel Atom processor-powered netbooks like the Eee PC 1201N, 1201HA, and 1201NL.

Does it actually perform well against its Intel Atom-powered brothers? Let’s see the review done by Yugatech, as recounted by Liliputing:

  • The Eee PC 1201T comes with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium (most other models have the 32-bit version).
  • The computer has a Windows Experience Index of 3.1 (with the graphics notching the lowest score and the CPU weighing in at 3.2). By comparison, the Eee PC 1201N has an Index of 3.3, with a 4.3 graphics score, but a 3.3 for the CPU.
  • HD video appears to be a mixed bag, with the Eee PC 1201T playing 1080p HD video locally without a problem, but struggling with 720p and higher resolution Flash video.
  • Battery life was pretty sad, with the computer lasting about 2.5 hours with a 4400mAh battery.

Batterly life alone seems to be a dealbreaker. I’d rather stick with Intel Atom for now. What about you?

New Year, New OS (Jolicloud Pre-Beta, to be exact)

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I finally went through with something I was planning a few months back. I installed a Linux distro on my Asus Eee PC 701. Actually, the main reason I didn’t push thru with installing Linux is that I didn’t want to leave the comfort of a Windows installation. I know there are a lot of Linux fanboys among you readers, but I really depend on Windows a lot and I really can’t afford turning Linux into my main operating system.

Once I was able to get my hands on a brand-new laptop, I didn’t hesitate removing the Windows XP installation on my Asus Eee PC so I can put Jolicloud on it. As I have the only the 4gb Eee PC, I went for the Pro Install. I downloaded a Jolicloud ISO and was able to quickly mount it on a flash drive. The Jolicloud website has the easiest instructions, and because of that I was able to get Jolicloud up and running on my mini laptop in no time. More »

Asus Eee PC 1005PE: Pine Trail-Powered Netbook Gets Reviewed

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I’ve been waiting for Asus to come out with its own Pine trail-powered netbook for the longest time, and since the advent of Intel Atom, the Asus Eee PC 1005PE is probably the first significantly different Asus Eee PC. It’s the first one in a long time to not have the first-generation Atom 1.6 processor. Again, we know that we’re not supposed to expect any difference off the new chip, but everyone is obviously curious as to how the new processor stacks up.

The Asus Eee PC 1105PE is actually a slightly updated version of the Asus Eee CP 1005HA, and since there isn’t that big a difference from the previous iteration, we’re expecting the reviews to focus more on the new processor over the laptop itself. Now let’s see if the hype surrounding the Asus Eee PC 1005PE is indeed worth it.

According to Engadget,

So, what kind of difference does the new single-core 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 make? Coupled with 1GB of RAM and a 5,400rpm 250GB hard drive that boots Windows 7 Starter, the 1005PE felt slightly snappier than netbooks with Atom N270 or N280 chips, but not by much. We didn’t wait around for programs to launch or have any problems running Firefox 3, TweetDeck, and iTunes simultaneously. It’s possible to run Photoshop, but editing a batch of photos still requires the patience of a grade-school teacher — just like on N270 or N280 machines. The benchmarks say the same: On Geekbench the 1005PE notched 942, while the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 powered 1008HA scored a lower 756. Either way, the performance gain isn’t going to blow you away, and keeps netbooks in line with their original purpose — light productivity and web tasks.

Okay, so do you think getting a pine trail netbook a great idea or would you rather stick to your current netbook? Tell me about it!

Panda Cloud Antivirus: First Impressions

One of the biggest concerns I had when switching from the default Linux installation to Windows XP on my Eee PC 701 is that I’m moving from a world of relative security by obscurity to an operating system targeted by virus makers and hackers from all over the world. I had to look for a free anti-virus software that will be light enough and will not spam me with ads to upgrade to the paid version.

For more than three years, Avast! has been my anti-virus of choice. What’s not to love about it? It’s free and it has an amazing detection rate. It doesn’t even muck up my system, unlike some users of Norton and McAfee that I encountered before.

However, as any longtime Avast! user knows, everytime it updates its virus database, we get a slowdown before we hear the notification “Your virus database has been updated.”

Okay, for netbooks running on limited resources (particularly the Eee PC 701 – which I own) this slowdown could mean crashes. And it has happened way too often for me.

Fed up after a bad day when all my apps just kept on crashing one after the other, I went ahead and downloaded Panda Cloud Antivirus. I’ve been pretty much apprehensive of cloud applications. Especially when it means you have to entrust your entire security to a cloud-based app.

But I went and installed it anyway. The installation was pretty quick and painless, which was surprising for an anti-virus. The initial setup was pretty simple too: sign up for a Panda Cloud account, and log in to activate the anti-virus. There was a bit of a problem with the initial connection – it looked like Panda Cloud Antivirus took ages to connect (check out the screenshot on top) but somehow it was just a bug and the UI just didn’t refresh to display that it was already connected.

After a couple of hours testing this thing (doing scans, checking out my Panda account), my system was running way lighter than before. Now I haven’t done anything heavy duty yet. I’ll get to that in my next post. For now, all I can say is that I still won’t trust Panda Cloud Antivirus with my main system, but for netbooks it’s perfect.

A more in-depth review soon.

Download Panda Cloud Antivirus here.

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