Category: Tech

Introducing The Apple Ipod Nano: Cool Gadget To Buy Today

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An Apple iPod nano 4 GB is a miniature computer that can be held in the palm of your hand. It is so small that the iPod only weighs in at 1.41 ounces, is a teensy weensy 3 and a half inches tall and 1.6 inches wide. The nano 4GB will store up to 1,000 songs based on an average of 4 minutes and 28 seconds of playing time per song. The iPod will also playback photo’s processed in JPG, GIF, TIFF, BUMP and PNG formats. There are four different colors available to the 4GB iPod nano whereas there are only black and white for the other Apple iPod nanos on the market, excluding of course the iPod mini’s which come in various rainbow like colors and the promotional iPod Red.

My first experience with the Apple iPod nano was filled with skepticism. I had seen all the hype and couldn’t help wonder what was so fascinating about a tiny music player that would have everyone biting at the bit to get their hands on it especially when it seemed so expensive for a music playing device. I’m from the generation where the first Sony Walkman was a huge success so this concept of carrying portable music was not news to me. Once I got my hands on one of these iPod nanos I was able to clearly see what the excitement was about. Even though the concept wasn’t new to me, the capabilities this machine has astounded me. We had five push buttons on the Sony Walkman but the functions on the Apple iPod seem to go on to eternity.

The iPod has a system of scrolling menus that allow the user to easily navigate through the various functions and believe you me; there are a lot of them. To date I have still not discovered everything my iPod is capable of. The scrolling menus on the 4GB Apple iPod are super fast and zips through files, playlists and categories so fast it will make your head spin. The idea behind this quick scrolling is that with a vast amount of files loaded onto the iPod, it is easier to scroll quickly and stop in the general vicinity of your file than it is to click through them one at a time. This brings me to another function of the iPod, the search feature. Finding one particular song is breeze on the iPod nano with its search feature. There is no need to browse through files and categories if you don’t want to with this option. I find this to be a little confusing and contradictory on Apple’s part. I don’t understand the need for such quick scrolling, or any scrolling at for that matter when I can just search for the file and be taken directly to it.

For a novice iPod user like me, learning how to get around on the Apple iPod nano took some time. The hierarchy of the menus felt comfortable to me as an avid computer geek but at the same time because of its vast possibilities I was a tad bit overwhelmed. The installation didn’t seem that difficult at first glance but then became irritating later when I found out I had to do a second installation to install iTunes. It would be nice if iTunes was incorporated into the Apple iPod nano to eliminate the need for dual installations.

If I had to do it all over again, purchase an iPod I mean, I think I would go for the 1GB first to get a better feel for the product itself. The 1GB has less storage capacity and I think would have made me feel less awkward. Overall this is a neat gadget that has made me drool over the prospects of someday owning the Apple iPhone.

4 Easy Steps to Prevent Costly Cyber Attacks on Your VoIP Network

As the world moves away from traditional landline phone service (especially the business world) and more people and businesses embrace VoIP and SIP technology, those making the switch will be presented with new opportunities, but also new risks.

A recent NY Times article highlighted some horror stories businesses need to keep in mind as they transition their phone networks to the Internet. Landlines are dying and VoIP/SIP is the way of the future, so just you shouldn’t discontinue Internet service from your business because it’s susceptible to cyber attack, you shouldn’t shy away from VoIP because it’s susceptible to the same security risks.

My point in telling you all of this is to emphasize the importance of taking phone security just as seriously as you do your computer systems.

So how can you protect your phone system? The NY Times story offers a couple of suggestions worth expanding on:

  • The first thing to keep in mind is making sure each user sets up a strong voicemail password. Voicemail passwords are typically the gateway to all the phone’s features, including call forwarding. It’s important your organization really educate and enforce this policy.
  • Similarly, call forwarding features, need to be be turned off or restricted to those accounts that actually need the feature, and strong access controls need to be implemented as well. Since many cases of network hacking make their money off of forwarding calls to international destinations, it’s imperative that feature be limited to only the select few employees (if any) that need it .
  • Secure SIP credentials are also a must. Don’t use the same password for every device, portal or feature associated with your phone network.
  • Beyond what you can do in the office, your carrier should have strong fraud monitoring provisions in place to keep an eye on your network. If not, then find a carrier that does.

If you want to truly get the most out of technology — any technology — the easiest first step is mitigating risks. Don’t forget about your phone system when looking at cyber security plans and measures. Apply these strategies to your phone system and you’ll make it a lot harder for cyber criminals to target your business.