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Your Audio Visual Systems Need to Be in Great Shape

By on Nov 5, 2013 in TechnoTropis |

When any organization thinks of investing in an AV (audio visual) system, it seems like there are several options. After all audio visual technology has been around for decades. But that is where many of us could be gravely wrong. This is because organizations that are able to harness the benefits of audio visual and communication technology eventually become dependent on it. In itself there is nothing wrong with that. However, when you get dependent on something that and then that system stops working, you are in for a really bad time. That is exactly why you need a one-stop shop for audio visual service, such as the one that Spinitar provides. Making Sure That Your Systems Are Reliable There are two common approaches to making sure that you systems keep working fine. 1)   One of them is to periodically trash all your existing technology and go and buy new one. On the one hand this does guard against obsolescence, on the other it always increases the learning curve. As a result, one ends up not gaining the real juice that the technology could have provided. 2)   The other approach is to go ahead and keep using the technology until it breaks down. And when it does break down, you repair it. This is how most people deal with high technology. This method makes intuitive sense and is based on the conventional wisdom of, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The problem with this approach is that when things break down, you have to spend a lot of time and money in getting in back up, not to mention the lost opportunities owing to down time. The best approach would be to let someone like Spinitar keep maintaining your system and ensure that it is in top...

Dedicated Server Hosting by ServerClub

By on Jul 18, 2012 in TechnoTropis |

I have a quick quiz for you: 1)   What do you look for in your hosting service? 2)   Are you happy with your web hosting dedicated servers? 3)   Have you evaluated other offerings in the web site hosting servers space? I could keep asking you more and more questions along the lines of the ones above. But the message is quite clear I assume. As a buyer of hosting, you need to now what your options are, and then go ahead and choose hosting that makes sense to you. But that should be obvious right? Well, clearly it is not! I am always surprised, nay amused, by the fact that people go ahead and sign up with the first dedicated server hosts provider that they come across. Otherwise how would you explain the fact that so many of the hosting providers seem to be spending tons of money on putting up ads on Google? Do people really follow a link, read sales copy, and go ahead and trust their valuable websites to an unknown hosting provider? Do they even have any reason to believe that the hosting provider is truly a hosting provider and not merely reselling the hosting of some other third party, unreliable, soon to go bust kind of hosting service? That is a lot of questions, I know. So how does one get to the answer without having to spend days researching all the options? I think that question has an easy answer. What you need to do is simply take advice from someone you trust. From someone who has performed the basic research and is willing to share it with you. That is where the two links I gave you in this post will help you the most. They will take you to ServerClub, which is one of my most highly recommended dedicated server hosting providers. At the very least take a...

How to Edit a PDF File in Java

By on Jun 12, 2012 in TechnoTropis |

The portable document format continues to lead the way as the file type of choice for users and developers when it comes to the electronic transfer of documents. As a format it is robust, yet lightweight and is the most widely accessible document format that there is. The levels of interaction with the documents are restricted for most users to just read format. There are a host of tools available which give users a wide range of features that they can use to access these documents and perform actions from basic edit functions such as writing or annotation to much more complex edit functions such as encryption, or embedding links. To create or edit existing documents using JavaScript is an effective method. Although a full and detailed knowledge of the language is always useful it is not essential and there are vast array of tutorials and documentary instructions available on the web, which will help with this process. There are also growing range of useful software packages available to download which will allow you to perform a massive range of edit functions on any new or existing PDF documents. The packages available use a variety of languages and systems to interact with the documents but the method of choice is undoubtedly by using Java. The first step in the process of editing a PDF with Java is the initiation of the document. This will open all the functions that you require to perform some edits in this process. To initiate a PDF you can use the following java code: Document doc= new Document(PageSize.A4, 50, 50, 50, 50); The second step in the process for editing using Java is to open the PDF file that you want. This piece of code will open your PDF document for editing: PdfWriter pdf = PdfWriter.getInstance(document, new FileOutputStream(“C:\open_pdf.pdf”)); pdf.open() You will then need to replace ‘open’ with the name of the document and you are ready to start editing. In order to edit the document you will need to have a clear idea of what you would like to change and this will dictate the codes that you need to find. These can generally be found within java language tutorials. Once the editing is complete use this code to close the file: pdf.close() There are also plenty of support forums on the web, which are used by many people wanting to share pointers on how to edit. Picking up a thread on PDF editing is a good step to finding the advice that you need. It is also worth noting that although some forums have high standard professional java editors there are also a lot of amateur practitioners and it might take a bit of time for you to find the advice that you need or to pick up the piece of code that actually works. There are a number of programs available which will furnish you with the tools and the language that you require to perform your edits quickly and efficiently. The Big Faceless Organization has a range of developer tools that you can use for this like their Java Library, Java Report Generator or the Java Graph Generator, which will give you the codes that you require to edit PDFs in a variety of...

6 HP testing tools

By on Jun 8, 2012 in TechnoTropis |

HP Performance Center This is a solution designed for companies that employ a Centralised Centre of Excellence system for the management of multiple problems with a consistency across the enterprise. This test solution offers total, on-demand optimization for applications performance processes. In addition it will give the system capacity planning applications and integrated load testing. With a web based access this system lowers the cost with the distribution of load testing and through the provision of a 24/7 access to the testing infrastructure. The key advantage of the Performance Centre is that it is a system which highlights bottlenecks that could obstruct the intended outcomes. HP Load Runner The HP Load Runner is the industry-standard solution for load testing and predicting system performance and behaviour. It is the sole integrated load testing, tuning, and diagnostics solution available on the market today. There are many key features in the LoadRunner web testing software. It will give you the capacity to measure end-to-end performance. In addition you can diagnose application and system bottlenecks. As a result of these features you can tune your system for better performance. And this can all be achieved from a single point of control. HP Diagnostics In the current complex application environment identifying and then isolating performance issues is increasingly challenging. This is particularly evident when the applications traverse physical and logical boundaries. In order to prevent expensive performance issues or damaging problems within a live environment it is essential that diagnostic tools are able to perform deep analysis across a system. It is for this reason that you require HP Diagnostics. This tool will help to improve performance in production and pre-production environments. It is also proven to compress tuning and testing cycles significantly. In addition it will accelerate the process of diagnosis and repair. HP Sitescope HP Sitescope is the industry’s first and most prominent agentless monitoring solution. It has been created to ensure the availability and performance of any distributed IT infrastructures. Sitescope is a proactive, web-based infrastructure monitoring and networking. The monitoring solution component is lightweight and highly customizable. Unlike other products in this field it does not require you to have high overhead agents as part of your production systems. The system has a wide range of key features which make it the leader in this type of system testing including; monitoring 65 different target types, the initiation of automated corrections, global search and replace and a customizable we-based user interface. HP Quality Centre HP Quality Center powers forward an efficacious application testing process. This system enables superior levels of collaboration and communication among testing teams which are geographically spread. The system is comprised of several modules that are integrated seamlessly enabling the smooth flow of information between all of the stages of testing. These stages include test plans, a test lab, requirements management, defects management, release/cycle management and dashboard reporting. This testing solution will allow you to add structure to testing projects and will collate key information in a central repository. HP QuickTest Professional HP QuickTest Professional is by some considerable distance the most advanced functional testing software tool. It will provide you with the ability to construct functional and regression testing suites. The system allows testers to quickly assess and report on application effects by capturing, verifying and replaying user interactions. In addition it provides a wide range of functionality for tester...

Sources of Design Inspiration

By on Jun 1, 2012 in TechnoTropis |

Every designer has hit a brick wall when faced with a design assignment. You would think that as common as it is the solution would be better known. However, the cause and the solution vary from time to time and from person to person. Regardless, there are some suggestion of how you might jump start the creative juices. Visit an Art Gallery If it is inspiration for design of postcards, business cards, and posters you want, then modern art is your muse. The abstractions and flamboyant tastes are sure to plant some seeds. Sometimes the masters can generate a bit of spark towards that as well. Any modern art exhibit will challenge your view of space and color interaction, perhaps even the use of real objects in art. Walk through Street Art The amount of artistic talent showing itself on the streets today is amazing. With all the budding young artists and even old-timers, you are bound to see some fresh ideas that kick you in the pants. Also, you get exercise to work off the fat you were growing last Winter. You are bound to make a few friends and see some interesting applications in art. Photograph Textures and Colors If you are really stuck and just want a splash on your brain, walk around with your camera, snapping any shape, texture of color that strikes your fancy. Make sure you go in places where you might never have gone before. Also, try getting close to things you have never seen up close and viewing from a distance things you had never looked at in this way before. Open your eyes wide when tromping about. When you get back to your computer you can pick and choose which ones are productive. Foreign Goods Foreign packaging can be a great source of design inspiration, since they have such a radically different view. If your heart is beating at all you will have many new ideas pop into your head. Antique Store These are rich places for design inspiration. You will find it in the lamps and fixtures, the furniture, the photos and lithographs, the toys and jewelry, even in the clothing. Just one day antique hopping will give you plenty in your arsenal of design ideas to last a month. Stand in a Different Place Perspective is your friend when chasing the elusive snipe of inspiration. To get a new take on reality, stand on your desk and look at your office afresh. Nail a chair upside down on the ceiling and strap yourself into it (do not ask me how to do it). Crawl under a table and watch people walk into the room. Turn everything in your room upside down, literally – your coffee cup (with or without coffee in it), your computer, keyboard, bed, chair, shoes, everything. These new perspectives are bound to force new shapes and interactions between textures and color to punch you in the face. The Final Word Whether you are designing posters, postcards, or business cards, the strategies outlined above will be your muses for your design projects. Have fun and take a...

Penguin Primer: What You Need to Know About Google’s Epic Fail

By on May 30, 2012 in TechnoTropis |

Those who don’t work in search may be surprised to know that Google is always changing. The algorithms that Google uses to match your search queries to the pertinent search results are not written in stone. In fact, Google changes its algorithms hundreds of times per year; every month, they release a lengthy report identifying all the changes they’ve implemented as of late. It is probably fair to say, however, that there has never been a search engine update as extreme — or as controversial — as Penguin. Penguin is the name of a major algorithmic update that Google introduced at the end of April, and it sent shockwaves throughout the search community. What is Penguin? But what is the Penguin update all about, exactly? Essentially, it is only the latest incarnation of Google’s ongoing crusade against online spam. This is hardly anything new. Google is vigilant in making sure that the results it provides are high-quality, and relevant to users. They are constantly tinkering with the algorithms to make sure that bad/spammy websites are de-indexed. Penguin is the most major example of this. Penguin supposedly affected about 3% of English language search queries — and it de-indexed many websites in the process. Google’s Big Flop As you can imagine, many who work in search were less than pleased about Penguin — especially when they found that their content was no longer accessible through the search engine, or that their previously high volumes of Google-related traffic had dropped to zero. What really makes Penguin a fail is the fact that, no matter what Google says, the algorithmic update just hasn’t made search results more reliable — in fact, it has led to many problems. There was a well-documented case of the official Viagra website being removed from Google, while many hacker Viagra sites remained intact. Some of these more glaring issues have been resolved, but the point is that Penguin is hardly a well-oiled machine. Here to Stay Still, there is no doubt that Penguin is here to stay — a Penguin 1.1 “data refresh” has already been unveiled. Google is adamant in its crusade against spam, and so the only thing Web pros can do is to ensure that their content is Penguin compliant. Easier said than done? Perhaps — but by remembering a couple of basic tenets, you can ensure that your online strategies are capable of withstanding Penguin’s fury. The first thing to remember is that Penguin de-indexes content that is sees as being spam — so to avoid Penguin penalties, you need to avoid anything that smacks of spam. More or less, you can use your best instincts here. Anything that involves buying links, or obtaining them through otherwise shady means, is going to hurt you. So is keyword stuffing. So is cloaking, hidden text, redirects, and so forth. Basically, all of the search gimmicks are out of the question in this post-Penguin age. The flipside of the coin is that Google wants, more than anything else, to create search results that are relevant and useful for human users. So don’t worry about impressing Google itself; focus on the user experience. Craft compelling, relevant, and helpful content that people will read and benefit from. When you ditch the gimmicks and focus on actual readers, that’s when your content will truly succeed in Google-land. That might almost seem counterintuitive, but it’s the way search pros must adapt to the Penguin Era. Google is serious about cracking down on spam — but there are strategies you can use to ensure that Penguin doesn’t come back to bite you. Author Bio Rich Gorman is a veteran of the direct response marketing industry and an expert in reputation management and direct response marketing for companies large and small.  Rich also operates the official blog for the Direct Response industry, Direct Response, where he shares his thoughts on Direct Response...