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July Update

Hello There!!!

Hey you tech savvy friends. How you doing? Well I’m doing great, been busy lately and trying my best to write. Adult life is tough. I think I need a vacation. Sike! I can’t afford to take time off, I am too busy learning to be an ethical hacker, which is quite interesting.

In July, I have been running a lot more, been eating a lot healthier and have been trying my best to obtain knowledge within the IT world. Here soon, I am going to be studying to take an exam in the near future. Studying and learning helps you understand topics you don’t know, especially in the IT world. The things I tell customers for the job I work for is that if you can spend a whole day learning something about Information Technology, you are advancing. What I mean by advancing is that you took the time to obtain something that you didn’t think you could learn. Feeling that accomplishment should be able to motivate or light a fire to keep going.

You are never to old to learn something new!

I’ll leave this with you. Doing something because you are afraid of failure, only means that surpassing the obstacle in front of you makes the success greater.

I’ll keep up with the updates my friends. Share your thoughts on what you have learned or what you want to accomplish in IT. Don’t be afraid.

Recap of June

Hello techs and newbie’s to the Information Technology world

Month of June was exciting. As for me, I recently got a job, which is a helpdesk position that provides support in troubleshooting any issues regards to internet connectivity (modems, etc). It’s a step into the world of IT and as I mentioned before where I was struggling to get a job.  Over the month of June, I was able to gain more experience of how to troubleshoot an issue where an individual was not able to connect to internet. At the time I was in school, I had classes that provided information about command lines, such as ipconfig, netsh, and netstat. I’m able to use those commands now to help one connect back to the internet and it taught me how to handle an issue the correct way.

Aside from gaining that experience, I was able to find out about Udemy, through a co-worker, which is (in short) where you can learn step-by-step of how to’s from any subject in the IT world from instructors. Udemy has sales of purchasing a course of your desire and the one I got was for $10. That course was: Learn Ethical Hacking from Scratch. Learning this can give me a deep understanding how to prevent hacking on a network that I keep secured. As I went to college for Network Administration, this fits right into my career. Protecting a network is one thing, but being able to understand how to attack a network will definitely make you aware of how to prevent attacks.

As I am working and learning this course, I feel as if it steered me away from my website and not able to post anything. This is why I made this post to give an update of what’s going on in my life right now. As we are in full throttle in the month of July, I think that this month will be a good month to hit goals as in the past and to obtain new information within the IT world.

I’ll leave you with this, never be afraid to ask nor be afraid to set yourself apart from the others. You will be amazed at what you can do by focusing on what you want to accomplish.

Have any questions or thoughts? Email me or leave me a comment. Until next time friends!

Security. We all need it!

The technology world that we are living in today consist of two things: Cyber attacks and Security. There are many people who tend to break the law in stealing another’s information online. Many people are vulnerable to cyber attacks and the question that seems to be asked is: ‘How can someone steal from me’?

The answer: Security.

Security goes along way and is a form of defense that has been utilized for years and not within the internet, but within a military, business, and home. Why not protect your online activities? Everyone want to be secured and protected.

Anyone who uses the internet should be able to feel especially if they are online shopping or paying bills. Most people do this to save time from driving or sitting in traffic. Who likes traffic?

Look at the major companies like Apple and Microsoft. Apple has built-in security so it does not require their customers to purchase a third party vendor to secure them. Microsoft does provide built-in security, but often their product do not have it and that requires a third party vendor purchase.

I, myself use a third party vendor such as Zonealarm for my Acer laptop which as Windows 8 installed. Yes, I know about Windows 10, but I didn’t want to do the upgrade. Luckily, for the Chromebook that I am using has built-in security and I talk about that here.

Once you figured out what you want, then the next step is ensuring that you have a secured network and you are visiting trusted websites. Your network should be secured by WPA-PSK and with a passcode that should consist of upper/lower case words, numbers , and characters (*$&@%^ etc.). Make sure the website that you are visiting has ‘secure’ in green right next to the web address.

You, the consumer can purchase what you want and if you feel protected with what you bought, then good for you. That’s how it should be. But for those who are unsure, ask questions and never feel pressured into buying things that you have to second guess on.

Feel free to reach out with questions, concerns, or thoughts. Even if you feel uncertain about what to do with security, don’t hesitate. I want to hear from you!

Building a Computer With a Tight Budget

I asked myself how did I want my computer to run, what did I want my computer to have, why did I want to personalize the computer the way I wanted, and where should I buy computer parts for what I want to build.

Did I want a computer based only to store data such as documents, music, and photos? Did I want a computer simply just to surf the web? Did I want a computer that was used for online gaming, streaming videos, and or uploading videos to the internet? Do I want to build a computer that is less expensive or most expensive? These are questions you should ask yourself before going forward with PC parts unless you already made the decision.

The answer for me was that I wanted a computer to function without any problems and that could be powerful under a thousand dollars. Yes, that’s right. YOU can build a computer under a grand.

I had researched through a few websites that I think would be best for PC parts to purchase especially if they were on sale or prices were reduced. Those websites are Bestbuy, Microcenter (My favorite), Newegg and amazon.

Out of these websites (I’m sure you know a few others) I had visited Microcenter. I think Microcenter is in every state and for me, it is about a 20-minute drive without traffic. But before I physically went there, I had searched through the store’s website of the main components needed to build a PC.

After a few days of pondering what to get I finally made a decision and these were the parts I got to build my very first computer. Some of these parts were on sale and some had rebate offers. When deciding on parts and if you want to save money, make sure you find parts that offer rebates and are on sale because that can be the deciding factor on purchasing PC parts.

  1. PC case – Thermaltake V3 Black Gaming Chass = $37.99
  2. Motherboard – Asrock  Z97 Pro4 ATX LGA 1150 = $49.99 (original price – $89.99)
  3. Processor/CPU – Intel Core i5 – 4690k = $199.99
  4. Memory – WD 1TB 3.5 Mainstrm Blue HD = $49.99
  5. Video cards – AsusComp GTX750 OC 1GB D5 PCIE = $114.99
  6. Power supply – EVGA 500w 80+B ATX PSU = $54.99
  7. Keyboard/Mouse = InlandPro basic keyboard mice combo = $7.99
  8. Monitor – Your choice. I have a Benq monitor and a HP monitor.
  9. Operating System = Windows 7 = $99.99
  10. Virus Protection = Zonealarm = 54.99 (http://www.Zonealarm.com)

Grand total for all of this: $850.51

 

I purchased an external hard drive, which is optional for you to buy because I wanted the extra memory for other things. I got the Seagate 1TB backup plus slim Black  for $59.99. I also purchased an Xbox 360 wired controller and this is optional for you to purchase as well. I also saved money by getting the keyboard and mouse combo and yes it is basic, but it still gets the job done. 

Zonealarm virus protection, I’ve had for a couple years dating back to 2011 and I have been very pleased with their support and protection over the years. Visit Zonealarm if you are wanting to buy a virus software.

The overall total can be lower if you don’t purchase the external hard drive or the Xbox 360 controller. If your budget is tight, than I recommend purchasing these parts and if you find a better deal on some or most than go for it.

I built this computer in 2015 and it is still up and running well despite it being two years old.

What parts are you going to buy? Has this post intrigued you into staying within your budget or exceed your budget? Let me see the monster you created.

 

 

ACER Chromebook R11

My review on the ACER Chromebook R11.

I purchased this laptop because of the computer specs that can be utilized by me and you. This laptop is powerful and fast due to its MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology. Searching the web is quick and the laptop is very quiet, unless when you are typing quickly.

The Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.08GHz makes this Chromebook fast and reliable for those who have multiple of applications running or tabs opened. Sometimes I have a few tabs open.

This laptop was on sale at Bestbuy for $260 (original price – $299.99) and I saved a decent amount of money and very pleased with this purchased. I like the feel of the laptop because it is very light and it beats the weight of a Macbook. I still think of buying a Macbook, but I haven’t made up my mind.

The Google Chrome operating system competes with Apple as having a built-in virus protection that way you don’t have to spend money on a third party vendor just to protect your laptop. I think that was the main reason I have this Acer Chromebook, because of the protection within. The Camera takes clear pictures and the video quality while chatting is good.

Aside from the protection, quick web browsing, clearer pictures, and video chats I think the best feature from this Chromebook is the ability to bend it . Watch the video:

It is touchscreen no matter which way you bend, for example, if you have the laptop in its original position like most laptops then you can still touch the screen to move a page or to click. I would advise to make sure your fingertips are clean otherwise you will have to go back and wipe down your screen.

Bluetooth is enabled within this laptop just like most modern laptops and the battery life of this Chromebook can last up to 10 hours and that depends on how often you would use, so keep the charger close by.

Other features:

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1 – USB 3.0 port
  • 1 – USB 2.0 port
  • 1 – HDMI port with HDCP support
  • 2GB of DDR3L Onboard Memory
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • High-Definition Audio Support
  • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Secure Digital (SD) card reader
  • 3-cell Li-Ion (3220 mAh) Battery

Overall, I believe this laptop can get the job done when on the move and if you want to carry something light this would be the perfect lift. I would rate this 4 out of 5 stars.