IT Quip - February 2015

 

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Learning Bytes & KBytes, a bit at a time! Read it online @ www.itquip.com Suite# 889, Unit # 234, 5149 Country Hills Blvd. NW, Calgary, AB, T3A 5K8. Tel: 587-581-2988 | Email: info@itquip.com A Thank you note from IT Quip Editorial Desk Equip with IT Quip! Learn IT through IT Quip! Equip yourself with IT knowledge ‹‹ Gift your loved ones with IT Quip! ‹‹ Know more about your city businesses. ‹‹ Advertize through our magazine which reaches thousands through our business network. ‹‹ ‹‹ W e welcome all to another edition of IT Quip! Our contributors have done a wonderful effort for bringing to you their articles and write-ups. We thank our contributors for their awesome writings and submissions. We thank our readers, subscribers, advertisers, contributors, business partners and well wishers for the awesome response and encourage ment we got for our previous editions! With your kind and uplifting words and an awesome support, we keep moving. We are always delighted to share something new in our magazine all the while. You know what? We, at the editorial board learn as we share. No kidding ! Please share with us your thoughts, your feedback, your criticism and the topics you would like us to include in our magazine. Our magazine is helping our communities at all levels, at all ages, IT or nonIT walks of life to know more about something IT! We always look forward to share good IT content with our readership. We await your contributions for that to happen ! The content keeps us inspired ! The Advertisements keep the magazine coming in your hands. Please support us! We have a very affordable Ad plan for you. Please keep in touch. IT QUIP EDITORIAL DESK February, 2015 Please send in your writeups to us at Ed.Desk@itquip.com. Our readers await to read your articles! “IT Quip’’ your monthly IT Knowledge magazine endeavors to promote computer knowledge, commonly speaking. On a more formal and advanced level, IT Quip promotes and encourages all of today’s geeks and geeks-to-be to learn and enhance the IT skills of their choice! Please send us your topic choices and suggestions and we will be happy to consider likewise! Enjoy IT Quip over coffee, on your weekend trip or anywhere. Share it with your loved ones!

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Android 5.0 Memory Leak Detected by External Developer By Tyler Janzen A www.nw-webdesign.com re you already running Android 5.0 on your mobile device? If so, this article may be of interest to you! Recently a serious memory leak has been discovered in the boot sequence of Android 5.0 Lollipop. This memory leak is caused by the system during t h e boot animation. The images for the boot animation get loaded into the devices memory and never get released. What does this mean? It means that some devices might run out of memory before the system has finished loading. This will put your device into what’s called a boot loop where the phone will only boot up to the boot animation before either freezing or rebooting itself and starting the whole process over again. Luckily, there is a strong devotion to the Android platform by the open source developers who frequent the XDA Developers forums and XDA Senior Member arter97 has found a solution for those who have rooted their device. On his thread, arter97 offers a customized boot animation binary file that you can just drop into your system to replace the old one which fixes this memory leak. This drop in binary won’t work for everyone, so arter97 warns that you may need to implement his fixes by including his modifications at the source code level and then re-compiling Android. There are plenty of willing individuals on XDA who already build custom ROMs (ROM refers to the android operating system) and you should be able to find a developer for your device who would be willing to incorporate this fix into their ROM. If your one of the lucky ones who has a device that Google will update, just be patient as there has been a fix implemented by Google for Android 5.0.3 and has been marked as the next release of Android. There’s no telling how long it will be before Google releases 5.0.3, but at least they listened to the developer who found the issue and have implemented a fix for it. If you’re interested in more information or to download the binaries required to fix this issue, visit arter97’s thread by scanning the QR Code below or typing the link into your browsers address bar. 2

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Online Calendars to Create More Group Productivity and Coordination Online calendars is an effective way to organize groups of people, whether social club or small business, who are at different locations. In addition, these calendars can be reached by everyone in the group as long as they have internet access. The administrator of the calendar determines who can update the calendar and who can view the calendar. Placed here is a calendar demo by teamup.com. On the left side, there is list of the users, and in the calendar are all the marked events for the month. If the members of your group use different locations, consider using these calendars to organize your efforts. Stephen Garvey stephen.garvey.dapc@gmail.com 3

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IT TERM REPERTOIRE LET`S LEARN ABOUT T1 & T3 LINES A dedicated phone connection supporting data rates of 1.544Mbits per second. A T-1 line actually consists of 24 individual channels, each of which supports 64Kbits per second. Each 64Kbit/second channel can be configured to carry voice or data traffic. Most telephone companies allow you to buy just some of these individual channels, known as fractional T-1 access. T-1 lines are a popular leased line option for businesses connecting to CRM - Customer Relationship Management the Internet and for Internet Service Customer relationship management (CRM) entails all aspects of interaction Providers (ISPs) connecting to the that a company has with its customers, whether it is sales or service-related. Internet backbone. The Internet While the phrase customer relationship management is most commonly used backbone itself consists of faster T-3 to describe a business-customer relationship (B2C), CRM systems are also used connections. T-1 lines are sometimes to manage business to business (B2B) relationships. Information tracked in a referred to as DS1 lines. CRM system includes contacts, clients, contract wins and sales leads and more. http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/CRM.html T-1 Carrier Cloud Computing (The Cloud) Cloud computing is typically defined as a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications. In cloud computing, the word cloud (also phrased as “the cloud”) is used as a metaphor for “the Internet,” so the phrase cloud computing means “a type of Internet-based computing,” where different services such as servers, storage and applications are delivered to an organization’s computers and devices through the Internet. www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/cloud_computing T-3 Carrier Shared your article with our readers We feel enriched to help out on humanitarian causes! We will try to include a complimentary message for any good cause in our magazine. 4 A dedicated phone connection supporting data rates of about 43 Mbps. A T-3 line actually consists of 672 individual channels, each of which supports 64 Kbps. T-3 lines are used mainly by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) connecting to the Internet backbone and for the backbone itself. T-3 lines are sometimes referred to as DS3 lines. Thanks www.webopedia.com

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LONGTERM ENERGY SAVINGS IN YOUR HOME John Williams VP Homex Inc. Homex Inc., a Calgary based low voltage solutions company which specializes in Control4 Automation has several proven ideas for you to save money. Like most things in life, you have to spend money to make money – in this particular case, we have to spend some to save some. The cost of lighting our homes and workplaces is a major expenditure. In fact, one quarter (1/4) of the average electricity is soley from the cost of lighting. Did you know Only 10 percent of the electricity used by an incandescent bulb generates light… the rest is quite literally… wasted. In some Cases that means up to 22.5% of your power bill is wasted by powering incandescent bulbs. The average incandescent bulb will last for upwards of 1,200 hours. In order to effectively save money in lighting your home and workplace, Homex Inc. recommends that consumers replace their incandescent light bulbs with either Compact 10 ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ Set your lighting, music, temperature and video to greet your family or customers with the perfect welcome. With one button your security system arms, lights go on, temperature adjusts and all the music and TVs automatically turn on. Keep an eye on things—from anywhere. Whether equipment or lights are left on, or unusual activity is detected, you’ll always be in the know without having to drive by for an in-person check in. Never worry about the lights being left on again. They can be dimmed or actuated remotely, or on a pre-determined or random schedule. Contact Homex Inc. for a free evaluation and quote to see how we can save you money. Homex Inc. is an Authorized Control4 dealer, as well as an authorized Lightstar dealer. Selling LED bulbs for any location and ant requirement. the incandescent light we’re used to. CFL bulbs generally come in a cool or warm colour spectrum. A 25 watt CFL provides the same amount of light that a standard 100 watt incandescent bulb does. CFL bulbs generally last 8-15 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. The average life of a CFL is 8,000 – 12,000 hours. The primary disadvantage to CFL lights Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL) or LED bulbs. Before making the decision to replace your existing bulbs, one should take the time to understand a little bit about these two technologies. CFL, or compact fluorescent, is simply a mini version of a standard fluorescent light bulb which are configured to fit in standard light sockets without any adaptor. The light appears much like

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is the mercury contained within the bulb. This is ordinarily not a problem, but if the bulb breaks, clean up is a hassle and a potential health risk. Mercury is a dangerous heavy metal, and proper cleanup and disposal of CFL bulbs is critical. Never place a CFL bulb in with the rest of your garbage. Contact your local waste management company to learn how to safely dispose of used CFL bulbs. LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lights last substantially longer, so even though you’re paying more at purchase, you buy fewer bulbs over time. The average LED light should last for 55,000 hours. These bulbs fit in standard light fixtures and require no adaptor. LED lights are also available in a variety of light spectrums from 2,000 Kelvin to in excess of 9,000 Kelvin. Both CFL and LED bulbs are available in models that are dimmable. Dimming your lights saves even more money. According to Lutron, every dimmer automatically saves 4-9% in electricity—even at the highest lighting levels—over a standard onoff switch. When users choose to dim their lights, even more electricity is saved. Quite simply, the more you dim, the more you save. A standard light switch only saves electricity in the “off ” position. Dimmers reduce power to the lighting source or bulb, so they save energy and can extend bulb life. Incandescent and halogen bulbs last up to 20 times longer when used with a dimmer, increasing the money saved.LED bulbs run cooler when dimmed which can also extend bulb life. Homex Inc. can automate some or all of the lighting (and other systems) in your home or office resulting in substantially improved operating efficiencies. www.homex.ca | www.lightstar.ca Read it online @ www.itquip.com 11

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SAP BUSINESS ONE IS A COMPLETE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SOLUTION FOR SMEs SAP Business One is built for small to medium sized businesses that have outgrown their accountingonly or legacy systems and are looking for a single, integrated solution to manage their entire business. SAP Business One provides executives and managers with instant access to critical business information so they can confidently make informed business decisions, and offers more than just accounting. SAP Business One is a comprehensive solution that covers virtually all aspects of your business including finance, logistics/operations and customer relationship management. Currently, SAP Business One has more than 46,000 customer that are serviced by 1500 certified SAP Business One partners, covering more than 25 different industries in 120 different countries. This is evidence that SAP Business One has worked for many companies just like yours, and that support and development is a priority when it comes to providing solutions and services that are of the highest standard. The SAP Business One application integrates all core business functions across your entire company Unlike many other small business solutions on the market today, SAP Business One is a single application, eliminating the need for separate installations and complex integration of multiple modules. By moving from an accounting software package or spreadsheet application to SAP Business One, your business processes are completely integrated, providing full visibility across your organization. Benefit from real-time reporting that leverages information from all key business areas, including: ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ Sales/CRM Financials Manufacturing Distribution/Operations Service Purchasing Inventory Human resources 14

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