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Hosting decision time: physical hosting vs cloud services

When it is time to change or update your hosting services, the choice between co-location and cloud services can become overwhelming.

This quick post on how virtualization and physical hosting compare may help you.

Included are hosting costs to host your own physical server the ipHouse data center versus different cloud providers and ipHouse virtualization services.

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How to become a Private Investigator.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have become obsessed with the television series, Veronica Mars. This is a television series that aired a couple of years ago and I just came across it on Netflix. The show takes place in the fictitious town of Neptune, California. The main character is a high school girl turned private investigator, Veronica Mars (played by Kristen Bell). The show is quite exciting with a lot of twists and turns. Each episode of V-Mars consists of some short mysteries that need to be solved with in an episode and then each season has a large over all mystery that will be solved in the final episodes. V-Mars seems to be just your average teenage girl with a bad attitude except, her best friend was murdered, she is a private investigator and every ex-boyfriend she has ever had, either ends up in jail or is wanted by the FBI.

I have always had an interest in stories involving crime solving…whether it be a good crime fighting novel or an episode of NCIS. Veronica Mars has steeped my interest probably the most of all of these shows because she makes it seem so cool and makes it seem so easy to juggle being a private investigator and a student. I mean besides all of the resources she has from her dad being an ex-cop. Come on…to be using your study hall to catch bad guys, seems pretty awesome and she makes it seem like a cake walk.

So…how easy IS it to become a private investigator in the state of Minnesota.

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She’s Geeky unConference

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend She’s Geeky, an unConference targeting women in the fields of Science, Math and Technology. ipHouse was one of the corporate sponsors for She’s Geeky and I was very curious about what these tech women would have to say. I had been to Minnebar a couple months ago and found it very interesting. At Minnebar, a lot of the sessions were set up online before the unConference started and people were able to choose if they would want to present or just be an observer (observers do participate heavily though). We were then able to see what our options for sessions were, before even attending.

She’s Geeky was set up similar to Minnebar’s unConference except that sessions and presentations were created at the conference instead of in advance.  I was very impressed by the subject matter and thought that there were some very intriguing topics to be discussed. The way Heidi Nobantu Saul organized the unConference made the day very relaxed and open to learning in an intimate format.

The first session that I attended was about the book and way of life called, “Getting things Done” by David Allen. I had never heard of this process and I was quite intrigued. Basically, what I learned from the discussion (which Meghan Wilker hosted) was that in our daily lives there are tons of missed opportunities to get things done because of procrastination and poor time management. I have always felt like the lists are swirling around in my brain and they do not ever get to where they are supposed to go, completely. This is why, as I was listening to Meghan explain the system of getting things done and what she has learned from David Allen, my eyes widened and I was saying to myself (maybe out loud) “there is a way to get things done?”. I actually went out and purchased the audio book today because I was just so taken with the method of time management. Meghan went through and showed us how she goes about organizing and using custom lists/folders to prioritize. I can not help but think this is a little intense, never the less, I want to try it for myself.

Another interesting session that I chose to attend was that of entrepreneurial women. The session leader was Jacque Urick. Jacque has just started a gaming company, designed for women. She herself is a gamer and thinks that companies are not targeting women like they should be. Jacque had some very useful stories, both horrific and encouraging. A lot of women in the session were freelancers, start ups or had an amazing idea and did not know where to start. Through out this session, I heard a lot of wisdom from women who have been trailblazers in fields that overall, are still male dominated. These women have hard shells and are ready to take on the world. (I did not realize coming in, just how many lawyers are involved in taking on the job of owning an idea, system or product, as well as funding it!) I felt extremely inspired and the recommendations that the different women gave will always be immensely appreciated. I think that those that shared their stories helped others seek an inner strength to do something they believe in.

The unConference was a true success and I met so many amazingly smart and talented women. I was pleased that ipHouse sponsored this event and that I was able to attend!

The Pressure of “New Media.”

As someone who has been *ahem* ‘asked’ to write on various topics, I can appreciate the pressure that new media puts on companies. Traditional media is predictable; pay money, gain access. Release statements quarterly, crafted with your company’s message. Coordinate your ads with your message and the image you hope to portray. Push out positive messages and suppress negative ones. It certainly takes time and effort, but you can reasonably expect your efforts to pay off.

New media is much more unpredictable, it’s hard to maintain a consistent image without fading into the ether. It’s harder,still to control information, good or bad, that can effect your company. While there is a high amount of passion with the participants of new media,  this can lead to a low signal-to-noise ratio. You’re competing with a lot of people out there and if your stuff isn’t interesting, it’ll just be a ripple in the ocean.

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Leveraging your Networking Dollars

Looking ahead to the next year, it looks like the economy will get worse before it gets better. Everyone is looking for ways to maximize profitability without negatively affecting their Internet presence. In an environment where customers may assume you have gone out of business if they can’t reach your web site, now, more than ever, you need a fast, reliable web site and stable Internet access. More >