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The Apple TV media player gets its digital data from various different sources in order to stream TV shows and movies right on your TV set. The popularity of the device is growing but the problem is that the Apple TV user actually needs to establish a VPN in order to encrypt the digital data that is sent. While this is definitely something that is not at all difficult to do, problems appear when you want to use the Apple TV media player while not in the US. The way in which you would do this is not that complicated but few are aware of what is to be done.

The problem is that you would need to use a VPN in order to be able to get access to all the content. That is quite difficult to do if you do not have technical knowledge. Fortunately, we do have access to a pretty useful solution. We are talking about using an Apple TV VPN. It will allow you to access everything on your US Netflix account without restrictions, even if you now reside in another country. The Apple TV can be taken with you when you travel so this is definitely an option that you would take into account.

How Does The Connection Work?

The basis is really simple. You only need a proxy that you would create to, one that would be based in the US. This is where the VPN comes into play. While in most cases people are going to use a proxy that they find online, you would need to use a smart proxy system. That will help you to easily take advantage of the accounts you set up in Netflix. There are also some app systems that will allow you to connect to a random US proxy or VPN system without actually having to own it or worry about it. In many cases these are options that are paid but you can use some free.

The bottom line is that you would use a special app that would help you to connect the Apple TV gadget to the internet and make it seem as if you are in the US. It is easy to setup the VPN on the Apple TV with the following methods:

  • Through a router that runs the VPN
  • Through a laptop that runs a VPN and would be connected to a hotspot with WiFi
  • Through a laptop/PC that is connected through a VPN with Ethernet

Things To Consider

Look at the different opportunities that are available for you right now and remember that some ways to connect the Apple TV to a US VPN in order to unlock Netflix and similar US based content are better than others. The very best thing that you can do is read reviews written by past users. This is going to aid you to make the correct choice at the end of the day and choose the proxy or VPN that is the best for your current connection need.

d2When a hard drive disaster occurs, many factors are looked at in order to rescue the drive. You must find out what the disaster is and which computers can have it, what tools are needed to recover the drive and how to prevent it.

Firstly, there are many ways a hard drive can crash. The point of a hard drive is storage, and if a crash occurs there is a chance of losing everything on your computer. Whether it's a PC or Mac, hard disks work the same way. The difference is the size or how much storage it can carry. A crash can occur through many ways such as worn out circuitry, misuse, a virus or malfunction. Although a hard disk is designed to die after a long time of usage, the life of the drive can decrease if mishandled, over used or if there is a wiring fault where the head and logic board are connected. When disasters such as these happen, the way to solve the problem is to rescue the drive's data.

Another component to a hard drive disaster is what tools are needed to recover it. If the drive crashes and all data is lost you need a data recovery software in order to retrieve the lost data back. The amount of recovery all depends on the computer usage after the hard drive crash and the definite file system damage. One can try to recover data from a crashed hard drive at home, but this requires careful steps and further damage can be added if a small mistake is made. The best thing to do when one is unsure of a solution to a hard drive disaster is to take the drive to a professional who will have a higher chance of recovering the drive properly.

Lastly, when losing your data once and retrieving a new drive, there are more cautions and steps to prevent this problem from occurring again. One thing to remember is how the drive is handled. If it is treated safely and not thrown around or mistreated, there is less chance of a problem. This includes cautious plugging and unplugging and keeping the drive around a clear area (away from dust, dirt e.t.c). Another way is to save energy and take breaks between computer use to stop the drive from overheating. A good amount of time for breaks would be around 20 minutes. Finally, the most important facet is to back up your data as often as possible incase another fail occurs. This way, any important data will not be lost.

Overall, a hard drive disaster is common and whether it can be recovered or not; being aware of the drive's issue, how you can fix the crash and how you can prevent it are all very important.

f6First question is what software are you using for your business? If you're using Microsoft Office, an accounting package of some sort, and any other locally installed software you'll need to know what the system requirements are for each software package. The good news is nearly every software package will either have requirements listed on the box or it can easily be found online.

Also think about how many of the applications you use are "Cloud" based meaning they don't run on your computer but are typically websites that you go to in your browser and login. These don't have much if any system requirements on your PC as nothing needs to run on your computer. If your entire suite of business applications is online, then you can save a lot of money by purchasing a computer with lower specs.

As a good baseline here's what I'd recommend for an entry level, mid-range and high performance PC. Note by the time you read this, technology has likely already changed. You'll want to get an i3 processor as an entry level PC, an i5 processor for a mid-range (most common) and an i7 processor if you want serious performance. I'd recommend 8 GB of RAM in any option and unless you plan on storing a huge amount of files locally, a 500 GB hard drive should suffice.

Next take a look at your office layout. What physical size computer would be best? Computers nowadays come in varying sizes from standard tower to ridiculously tiny. Keep in mind however that the smaller sizes are more difficult to find parts for as they are non-standard. This means you can't run to your local PC retailer and buy a power supply in a pinch for example.

So now that you've got the size and performance figured out there's of course your budget. I always recommend buying as high as you can reasonably afford without going into the "Cutting edge" technology that you'll pay a premium for.

Make sure you stay away from big box retail stores that seem to have ridiculously low prices on computers. Although it may seem like you're getting a great deal, here are some things to consider and you'll usually find the big box stores fail at all of them.

  • Robustness of the system. Is it cheap and plasticy or built solid?
  • How long is the warranty? A commercial grade PC will usually come with 3 years out of the box.
  • Does the warranty include on-site support or will you need to drag it back to the retailer?
  • Does the warranty or retailer include phone support if you have any questions?
  • What version of Windows does it come with? For business you'll want the "Professional" version of whatever operating system is included, ie Windows 8 Professional. This is especially critical if you're planning to scale up your business in future and eventually get a server.

The answers to these questions factor hugely into the price. Remember, the big box stores primary mission is to sell product. Service is not their specialty so don't be surprised if you call to get help and end up quickly realizing the person or the department you purchased from really isn't as willing or able to help as you thought.

Ideally you want to purchase from an IT consulting company. These guys are specialists in technology and work hand in hand with small businesses. They typically provide on-site to your office support, installation and consultation and are more than happy to spec out and custom build you a computer that will match your needs perfectly.

You may pay a bit more but you'll get a lot more bang for your buck and a team of techs at your disposal. They will also typically track your purchases and be able to ensure any future purchases are fully compatible with your technology as your business grows.

swUtilizing a hub is the slightest costly approach to associate PCs together. A hub is a basic gadget that goes on data parcels from one PC to the various PCs it coordinates with. Every PC gets the data and unravels in the event that it was implied for it or not.

This works fine to network a couple of PCs that won't be exchanging vast bundles of data. Data bundles must be exchanged each one in turn through the hub or impacts happen. At the point when a few PCs take a stab at exchanging data in the meantime, it backs off the exchange rate for everybody on the LAN (neighborhood).

A hub is a straightforward bit of hardware. It serves as an exchange gadget that just take data got through one port and sends it out through the various ports. It has a layer one capacity for exchanging data.

A hub utilizes a telecast model. At the point when utilizing a hub, on the off chance that anybody on the system is downloading a vast record, it backs off everybody's rate of exchanging data. On the off chance that you have four or more PCs in your home and do a considerable measure of multi-player gaming, you will see a critical contrast between utilizing a center point and a switch.

While interfacing a few PCs, a considerable measure of data activity is gone forward and backward through a hub, once in a while making data congested driving conditions. A switch in the system will eliminate the superfluous data activity. The switch can just go on just the data tended to that specific PC.

With an Ethernet switch, the system is isolated into various extensions and every PC is appointed it's own particular Ethernet port. At the point when parcels of data are gotten, the switch figures out which PC the bundle is to be conveyed to and sends on the data just to that PC. Numerous associations can happen in the meantime without huge loss of velocity.

We already specified that hubs are considered as a level one capacity for exchanging data. Changes are thought to be a level two or more and can deal with most systems administration needs. A switch is a switch with a level 3 work that can convey between various sorts of associations, permitting you to interface with the web (WAN) and also to your own system (LAN).

All things considered, both hubs and switches look practically similar, however their capacity contrasts enormously. An Ethernet switch will cost more than a center, since it has the additional insight a center point needs. You should figure out which is the best decision for your system.

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mkNowadays there is a large number of alternatives when it comes to mini-PCs, many of which are barebones that you have to assemble yourself. Of course, these fetch a lower price and are often preferred by some people. Other mini-PCs come ready-to-use with all the parts and even the operating system pre-installed. Of course, their price is higher, though not by much, something that deters some people. So, what alternative should you go for?

If you are a hard-core IT enthusiast (the type of person who would prefer Linux or some other more esoteric OS, while also do computer-related DIY projects for fun), then a barebone may be the alternative for you. Although turning a barebone into a fully functional mini-PC is no easy task, it is still manageable and may be even fun for those super geeks out there. Plus you get to choose what components to put in your machine, something that some people like to have control over.

Nevertheless, if you are not a super power-user and care more about having a fully-functional and accountable PC, then it would probably be better to invest in a ready-to-use mini-computer. Apart from the obvious plus that you can start using it right after the unboxing stage, there are a few other advantages to it as well:

  • Reliability. Of course a mini-computer assembled by professionals is bound to be more accountable than one you have built yourself. And although replacing a failed part may not be that difficult, what about the data in your machine? Without a doubt, it would be safer in a machine that's been properly experimented.
  • Warranty. If you buy a fully-functional mini-computer from a reputable brand, you will receive some sort of warranty providing you with the priceless peace of mind.
  • No compatibility issues in the hardware. Unless you are super knowledgeable about PCs, assembling a machine from a barebone is a huge liability, since some of the components may not be compatible with the motherboard, or may not perform as expected.
  • Saving time with operating system and application. Though not all fully-functional mini-PCs come with a bundle of useful application, most mini-computers come with the operating system pre-installed, saving you a lot of time.

Summing up, building a mini-computer from a barebone may appeal to some people, but oftentimes it is not worth the effort. The few dollars you may save through this route are not enough to justify the extra work such an endeavor will take, plus there is no price tag for the peace of mind that you have when opting for an out-of-the-shelf solution. So unless you are a Steve Wozniak kind of individual, it would probably be better to stick with the fully-functional mini-computers that you can find online.