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Decline in the Usefulness of the Internet

Those who have used the Internet since it was first widely available in the 1990s, have viewed with dismay the deterioration of its usefulness over the past decade. While computer manufacturers have installed faster processors, and service providers have announced generation after generation of supposedly faster connections, the reality has been a trend in the opposite direction. There is no doubt that technological advances have made all electronic systems work faster, but the increase in speed has been more than offset by manipulations serving commercial interests.

There was a time when one could type into a search engine what one needed and reach a web page that exactly supplied one’s requirement and responded at once to one’s further instructions. Now, the search engines are programmed to ignore the full import of one’s input and select only one or two words of commercial significance to provide the enquirer with a plethora of unwanted irrelevant websites with something to sell. If one does succeed in finding a website that is relevant to one’s search, it remains frozen and inoperable until the last advertisement has been fully installed and then becomes a minefield in which one must tread cautiously to avoid further unwanted diversions.

Those who write articles to be published on-line are familiar with the process of ezine publishing by which articles are re-published on another website. It is of interest to find where articles are re-published because they are often taken in complete neglect of the fair copying rules. Some websites rework articles by using a software programme that randomly replaces key words with approximate synonyms and leaves the text garbled and almost incomprehensible. An author may view with relief the absence of an attribution, but the practice is unethical and perhaps illegal, and it would be useful to be able to identify offenders. However, the input of an article title seldom results in anything useful since the input is no longer taken as a whole.

Most article titles have one or more words that can be linked to a product or service. The name of a country, for example, will deluge the searcher with a flood of websites advertising airlines, hotels, packaged tours and restaurants, and the name of any common product produces the same effect. Words are adjusted to the names of celebrities, with, for example, King Freddie being invariably taken as Freddie King, whoever he might be. The operations of search engines have been progressively refined to enhance exploitation by the leaders of multinational commerce. To adapt Mahatma Gandhi’s famous reflection on human nature, the Internet, which was said to have been invented to serve scientific need, now serves mainly corporate greed.

Fixed Wireless Broadband Access

Fixed wireless is a method of transmission of high speed data traffic via a wireless connection between two fixed points. Subscriber service consists of a microwave antenna and radio on customer’s rooftop for transmitting and receiving RF signals. The customer’s antenna points to the service provider’s RF transceiver (Access Point) located on the radio tower or tall building. Fixed wireless connection with customer has clear Line of Sight (LOS) to the Access Point can reach distance up to 50 miles and data rate up to hundreds of Mbps.

Fixed Wireless has two configurations, point-to-point (PtP) or point-to-multipoint (PtMP). PtP networking connects two locations by using two radios and two antennas dedicated to only each other. PtMP networking refers to communications between one access point and multiple customer radios. Fixed wireless can use frequency either in licensed band or unlicensed band. Unlicensed band frequencies of 900MHz (902-928), 2.4GHz, 5.3GHz, 5.4GHz, 5.8GHz, 24GHz, and 60GHz are exempt from FCC licensing requirement. Unlicensed wireless systems, although quick to deploy, do not promise exclusive use of the band and are susceptible to potential interference. Licensed microwave wireless systems operate within parts of the radio spectrum (VHF, 900MHz, 2GHz, 3.65GHz, 4.9GHz, 6GHz, 7GHz, 11GHz, 13GHz, 18GHz, 23GHz, and 80GHz) designated by the FCC. To operate a licensed microwave fixed wireless radio system, one must apply for a license from the FCC. Licensed operators are permitted exclusive use of part of the band over an assigned geographic area.

Fixed Wireless Broadband is designed to emulate coaxial cable connection and support both TDM and packet traffic such as T1, T3, frame relay, Ethernet and ATM. High-capacity carrier-grade wireless backhaul radio combines TDM with Ethernet to provide smooth evolution to advanced, packet-based radio performance and facilitating cost effective, risk-free migration to IP/Ethernet. Enhanced Fixed Wireless can deliver Internet, Voice and MPLS, all with guaranteed Service Level Agreements. The advantages of fixed wireless include lower costs, greater flexibility, and faster deployment. Reliability is on a par with wireline networks and can be engineered to achieve 99.999% availability. Service carriers go to great lengths to ensure secure data transmission through the use of high-gain directional antennas tightly focusing the signal and directing it precisely at the customer’s CPE. Fixed Wireless Broadband transmits and receives encrypted signals from specific, authenticated devices only. It employs the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), which is the standard adopted by the U.S. government to protect its data. Hence, fixed-wireless data transmission using AES are as secure as any transmission in the world.

Latest technology innovation has made fixed wireless a competitive mode of broadband delivery in increasingly high density environments such as the suburban, urban, and enterprise customers. Multiple Input Multiple Output or MIMO technology has enabled the rapid growth in bandwidth capacity by continually improving spectrum efficiency with the addition of more and more MIMO streams and smart antenna array technologies. Antenna beamforming is a crucial technology enabling the spectrum used by an access point to be reused by multiple clients simultaneously. Beamforming uses precise geoposition information from each wireless client to focus wireless antenna transmit signals towards each unique client, achieving improved focused wireless signals, and significantly reducing interference in the spectrum. Because beamforming isolates client signals, it creates spatial opportunities in the spectrum for additional MIMO streams to be used simultaneously using SDMA (Space Division Multiple Access). This is called Multi-User (MU-) MIMO. When downstream traffic arrives for multiple clients, the access point identifies geolocation based beamforming opportunities to service those clients simultaneously, drastically improves the capacity of the radios. MU-MINO enables fixed wireless to deliver fiberlike broadband connectivity at a fraction of the cost of traditional wireline solutions, in any environment, from low-density rural broadband to high-capacity, high-reliability business connectivity for the enterprise.

6 Tips to Follow While Using VPN

VPN is obviously extremely useful if you have given all your trusted employees and also the key contractors a remote access to your network with the help of a client VPN or a virtual private network. There are so many cost benefits and productivity related benefits of using a VPN. Below are some useful tips that you can follow while using a VPN.

1. You must use a strong authentication method

This will surely depend upon the infrastructure of your network. You should also be able to check your VPN and documentation of your operating system in order to determine all your options.

2. A strong encryption method should be used

An L2TP or a layer two tunneling protocol can be very helpful when used. This is a network with certain types of Microsoft Servers. For example, a Point to point protocol can be termed to be very weak unless the password of your clients are guaranteed to be very strong.

3. Limit your VPN access to all those with a valid reason for business

Any VPN connection is a door that can be used to enter the LAN. You should only keep it open when it essentially needs to be open. The remote contractors and employees should any time be discouraged from connecting to your VPN to download the files that are required on a common basis.

4. Access to the selected files through extranet and intranet

If you have a secure HTTP site that comes with a safe password and authentication, it will expose only the selected files on one of the single servers and not your entire network.

5. Email access should be enabled without requirement of VPN

On all the servers of Microsoft Exchange, you must set up a server for Exchange proxy in order to allow the Outlook to access this Exchange by using an RPC or remote procedure call. This is obviously protected with the help of an SSL encryption.

6. Enforcing and implementing a strong password

There should be a very strong policy for password. You must also understand, that your network is only as secure as the weakest of password that is in use. There should not be anyone that can be allowed to keep a password on a permanent basis. Use a word, a number or any other alphanumeric combination of password. This can help you to secure your VPN on a long term basis.

The Internet Created Billionaires Because It’s God’s Mountain

No one person was responsible for the Internet as it was a process over time and involved necessary communication practices engaged in during World War II. Even the first computer was a product from that event. What was needed to make it the powerful force that it is today was for the input of ideas into a few brains that remarkably came together in time and place to bring it about. That is because it is prophesied in the bible as the Mountain of God whose coming is in the last days.

Micha 4:1 states that at this time the Mountain of God will appear above all the mountains and people will flow to it. That is happening now as everyone in the world is aware of it and most are already benefiting from its massive information bank of zillions of pages and millions of subjects.

It is just one of the signs promised for this time. Another is the return of the dead in their own bodies in preparation for judgment (Isaiah 26:19). This would be completely missed by a bemused world in which God and the prophecies are a mystery that most have no idea about. Those who are ‘tuned into them’, however, have not yet appreciated the meaning of the changes we see around us.

The Spirit of the Universe is in control of all things and it is the only God (Isaiah 45:4-8) and it has done all of this so that a special group called the children of Israel will be delivered as the harvest at the end. To make it happen those who have brought it about were made billionaires as an incentive to others to continue the work and create all of the systems that make it function.

My reincarnation is evidence of how everyone has come back and that heaven and hell are myths to side-track those who are not spiritual. It’s all in the plan laid out in the Old Testament prophecies for those who have a channel to the Spirit and can appreciate their contents.

God’s mountain is the teacher and it is pouring out the truth and great light over the world of darkness and corruption. Wars, climate change and global warming are only part of what is to come as the earth succumbs to its fate. Everything is verifiable through the Internet and the communication devices that allow messages to race from one part of the world to another in a fraction of a second are part of it. It’s the greatest miracle of our age.

Is the Internet a Boon or a Bane for Society?

Is the Internet a boon or a bane for society?

The question is tricky. It is almost like asking if the eating of an ice cream is good or bad? It all depends on at what stage of health one attempts to eat it. If you are down with the flu, of course, ice cream will be a disaster statement. However, in summer, it can add to fun & frolic. In general, ice cream means fun, and we have to go by the law of averages.

The question if the Internet is a boon or bane has to be decided by the law of averages as well. The invention of the Internet has benefitted humankind in many dimensional levels. The percentage of it having harmed human race is more about the evil side of the human mind. The Internet is a boon then. Indeed.

Imagine the amount of things the Internet has done. First, it has broken down the world borders. It has made it one playing field. Be it business, relationships, tourism all have benefitted exponentially.

The Internet has reconnected the broken wires of human relationships. Gone are the days when parents waited for that single call from son overseas. A face that arrived back home after five years was all disconnected emotionally and materially. Today the connection is back. Thanks to the Internet. Parents and children can share laughter, moments, money, and pictures at the same time, every time. The Internet has given the contentment back to most parents.

The arrival of the Internet has even changed the world of business. The knowledge that was typically locked away into mysterious corridors of elite schools for a high price tag is available to anyone who has it in him. India is the perfect example of how beautifully the country has used the Internet to surge ahead in the world order.

The Internet has made it possible for everyone to understand that there is more to life than just the need to race on a money track. That life is beyond the regular mom and pop routine. That you can be anything you want. For a mind with million dreams, the Internet has opened infinite opportunities. The moment of self-fulfillment in the law of hierarchy has arrived, thanks to the Internet.

The argument about the Internet being a bane depends on how ready the society is to use the tool for the right things. Once again if one comes back to Indian example, the country with the enormous young population was brewing with ideas, imagination and the Internet just connected all those dots. They went after the opportunity in a magnificent manner changing the world’s perception of Indians. The “Start-Up” capital of the world, Indians & Internet are soulful companions.

It is true that the Internet gets used for many insane things as well. One regularly hears of heinous crimes happening around the world. The Internet gets used to propagate those horrific acts. There is another phenomenon. The Asian countries with several social norms have received a cultural jolt with boundary-less Internet. A lot of young adults have got exposed to things that parents would have loved to keep for a later date. The culture churning because of the Internet almost makes one feel that this infinite phenomenon has no end and it has invaded our private worlds.

However, once again to decide anything as boon or bane, one needs first understand the complex socio-economic fabric from where the person sees the idea of the Internet.

Boon or Bane? The Internet is a boon to today’s society for sure.