Cloud Computing – What is it?!?

I was recently asked by several different people, “What is ‘Cloud Computing’?” and “What is ‘The Cloud’?” A technical definition would tell you cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or personal computer. A more basic definition would be this: you run programs or store your data online through a web based program that allows you to use and access it from just about any computer that can get online.

Cloud users may access their data using a computer, netbook, pad/tablet computer, smart phone, or other internet device.  In a Cloud environment, users don’t download and install applications to their own device or computer; all processing and storage occurs on the cloud server.  Everything happens online!  Here’s a basic idea:

So how does this benefit anyone?  Well… First off, when you have your pictures and videos and documents stored online, there’s less risk in losing your valuable data. Online data storage companies transfer your data over encrypted networks to secure storage facilities that are not only virtually secure, but physically protected by trained, armed security staff.  The good ones also store your data in more than one location so that if their equipment were to fail, none of your data would be lost by them.  So, if there were to ever be a fire, robbery or fatal hard drive crash, you could know that your data is stored safely on encrypted storage servers that you can access, download, update or delete at any time on any computer with online access.
Larger companies are now even starting to use dedicated online servers to process and compute their data instead of constantly upgrading their own hardware to keep up with current specifications.

With a new partnership with Carbonite online backup, the Computer Solution can now offer unlimited online storage options for a fraction of the price of other companies offering online storage.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can keep you data safe on ‘The Cloud’ (online) go ahead and give us a call today. We’d be happy to hear from you.

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The Computer Solution is under new ownership!

A deal in the works for months is now complete.  We are pleased to announce that “the Computer Solution llc” has a new owner.  Ownership is being taken over by Chris McCotter, who also owns CM Services computer repair. With years of technology services under his belt, he can continue to provide new innovative solutions for your needs, quick repair services and the excellent customer service that you’ve come to expect and rely on.  As a local and Durango native Chris is sure to provide you with the friendly home town professional Durango service we all know.  Over the course of the next 6 months CM Services will be merging with the Computer Solution and continue to grow to hopefully be the most wanted, most needed, most reliable computer repair and technology service company in the area.

So what does this mean for you? Not a whole lot really.  It’s still the same phone number.  Same email address.  Same website.  Same great, knowledgeable service. Merely a different guy on the other end of the phone or email making sure that you don’t have to be frustrated with your computer or other technology in your homes, offices, and businesses.

What’s Brendan gonna do?  Well, Brendan is finishing up his Master’s degree and has decided that the time has come to move on to other adventures.  He’ll be moving out of town at the end of this summer, so if you see him around town, be sure to wish him well. He’s done a fantastic job at providing the best and most reliable technology services around and we all wish him the very best in everything he does.

My promise to you: “I promise to provide you with the services that you know you deserve, without cutting corners, to get you the results that you want and need.”
-Chris McCotter-

P.S. You can quote me on that any time.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

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More and more clients in Durango, Colorado have been coming to my company and asking how come our site doesn’t show up on the search engines (esp. Google) for the search terms that are relevant to our company?  Although your website may be ascetically pleasing and contain content about your business, there are many attributes behind the actual design which users will not see, but the search engines will use to determine your sites relevance.

the Computer Solution LLC offers SEO services to help users find your website for the search terms that are relevant to your products/services.  Contact us today.

General Information About Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

  • What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ?

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid search results.

  • What are meta-tags?

Meta elements provide information about a given Web page, most often to help search engines categorize them correctly. They are inserted into the HTML document, but are often not directly visible to a user visiting the site.

  • What does the SEO process entail?

Optimizing a website may involve editing its content and HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines.

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Google TV, bringing the internet to your television

So, although it hasn’t started off with a bang, Google TV is available and as I tester I must say that I love it!

  • What is Google TV?

It is a box that intercepts your tv signal, internet, and combines the two before going to your television.  (Unless you purchase the Sony Tv with Google TV already integrated).

  • What do I need to have?

1. You will need an HD Ready TV (has HDMI inputs on back). — Unless you are purchasing the Sony TV with Google TV.

2. Purchase either the Logitech Revue OR the Sony BlueRay Player with Google TV.

  • Is it easy to set up?

Yes, with minimal cables, and easy step-by-step setup you can have it all set up in 15 minutes.

  • How are the internet capabilities?

Google TV comes with the Google Chrome browser pre-installed.  Unlike plugging a computer into your tv, where the resolutions don’t match up and everything is really small and hard to maneuver, this makes your television a perfect computer monitor.  You can be checking email and watching the news at the same time!

  • Are their other Apps installed?

The Google TV comes with Netflix, Pandora, and many other useful applications.  Coming in early 2011 the entire Android marketplace will be available and you will be able to download any of the Android applications you can currently download to any Android phone.

  • Can you search easily?

This is the best feature of Google TV, it integrates Google’s search technologies into your TV Guide and Internet.  So for example, if I search (by pressing the magnifying glass on keyboard) “lost”, it will show any upcoming tv shows as well as internet resources (webpages, YouTube videos, blogs, etc.) *see below.  And from the search you can press record and DVR your show, no more searching days in advance for that game/movie you want to record.

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