Understanding VPS Management Software

VPS servers are basically “virtual machines” running on much larger servers (typically by multiples of the virtual ones).

Whilst they run very well, they’ve been somewhat under-utilized until the introduction of Amazon’s “EC2” service in the early 2010’s. This allowed people to deploy a VPS on an entire data warehouse of infrastructure… rather than just one server – bringing the underlying cost right down to a bare minimum.

Today, a swathe of “cloud” VPS providers (including the likes of DigitalOcean, Vultr and others) have followed Amazon’s lead in providing extremely low priced “VPS” servers running on “cloud” infrastructure. They have reeled buyers in with prices starting from $5/mo (or in Vultr’s case $2.50/mo).

The point is that with the new price drop, “cloud” VPS providers actually provide companies and end users with extensible software hosting with “shared” hosting prices. The key is that you are able to control (and own) the underlying infrastructure, whereas before, you could not.

Whilst this is great, there is a major problem – you are responsible for setting up the servers and keeping them up to date & running etc. Even if you go down the path of a “managed” server infrastructure, there is no underlying management software (such as CPanel) which gives you the ability to manage the various services running on the system.

Ultimately, in order to get a VPS (or any server) running properly, you need to ensure that you have the various pieces of software required to get a web server functioning effectively fully operational; which includes the “web server” software itself, the underlying libraries / dependencies at the OS level and the likes of the server’s programming language you wish to use.

On top of this, you need to ensure that the server has the most appropriate “application server” software to handle any of the programming languages required to run the applications you may be trying to deploy to the system.

Most people don’t know / realize this – if you’re running a Ruby on Rails / NodeJS application on your server, you basically have to ensure that you have the appropriate server software to support its requests. Without this (and this is why most “shared hosting” is not adequate), you’ll end up with relatively little by way of being able to manage the underlying system.

To resolve this, the most effective thing is to get a “management” system for VPS platforms. If you had a system which allowed you to manage any of the software running on the infrastructure you have, it will give you the ability to determine exactly what you require.

When Microsoft Words Saved Your Life

Quick Parts allows you to create reusable formatted text, even tables, which you can insert instantly without recreating every time you need it.

A good example is the closing paragraph and signature in a letter. If your letter closing and signature is always the same, don’t re-type it or copy-and-paste it each time. Create and use it as a Quick Part!

Here is how you create your custom entry. In this example I will do a closing paragraph and signature area. You only have to do this once, unless it changes.

1. Create the text in a Word document as you want it to appear in your documents. (Or you can open one that already exists). Use all the pretty formatting you want. In the following example of a letter closing I even used a picture logo in my actual documents.

We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or send an email to the address below.Sincerely,

Your Name

Your company and/or logo

( ) PhoneNumber

EmailAddress

2. Select the full passage you want to be included. In my example above, I will select from “We look forward… down to (and including) my website address.

3. Insert > Quick Parts > Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery.

4. Word will suggest a name for the Quick Part, but you can edit the name.

5. Word will save it in the General category of Quick Parts. However, you can create a new category of Quick Parts by clicking on Create New Category from the drop-down. Category examples: LetterClose, or Disclaimers

To use your text in future documents:

1. Click at the spot where you want to insert the text.

2. Insert Ribbon > Quick Parts > select your Quick Part from the list.

You should now see your entire closing and signature line! Every time you need to use the text – that’s all you have to do. Saves a lot of typing!

Another component of this feature is the Building Blocks Organizer (I’ll call it the BBO). The BBO includes a list of built-in “document parts” you can use for instantly professional looking documents. Examples of document parts include cover pages, headers/footers, tables, text boxes, and more. A great way to check out how you might use the BBO is to explore it, try some out. Insert > Quick Parts > Building Blocks Organizer…

There are so many cool features to help make your work fast and easy in Microsoft Word. Stay tuned for more time-saver tips!

Using Google Maps Offline

Google Maps is one of the most popular and Best navigation apps services, but it’s not without its faults. One of the main complaints is that it works best with a reliable data connection, something we don’t always have outside the city. Thankfully, Google Maps can be used offline, but this great feature is rendered useless without some proactive procedures. The moment your phone reads “No service,” Google Maps suddenly drops out. That is unless you’ve saved your maps for offline access. However after reading today’s article “How to use Google map offline,” you can store large map areas for guidance, even when you’re stuck without the reception.

The process is identical on both iOS and Android. Before we dive into the process, take a moment to visit the App Store on your iOS device, or the Play store on your Android device and check for any available updates for Google Maps. The methods mentioned in this article works on the updated versions of Google Map.

After verifying you have the latest version, launch Google Maps on your respective device and search for the area you’d like to save for offline access.

Google Maps will then show the area you find, with the name being displayed along the bottom of the screen. You will need to download the area of interest before being able to take advantage of Google Maps offline. This is what we mean when we say things must be done “proactively.” The map area must be downloaded before leaving the safety of your city’s secure connection.

You’ll then be tasked to adjust the area to be saved via panning and zooming around, making sure to pay attention to the size limit alert along the top of the screen. Of course, there is a massive amount of information when downloading nearly two cities and everything in between them. Be ready to sacrifice plenty of storage space for your maps. These can take up to 1GB, depending on the area. Additionally, you will get a glimpse of the local weather conditions, pictures, hotels, shops, restaurants and navigation options. You will even get a travel estimate to that spot based on your current location.

Tap on the name. Next, tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of your screen. Select and then save an offline map. There is a way to download this data to an SD card, though, which is a relief. Simply go to Menu > Offline Areas > Settings > Storage Preferences and switch “Device” to “SD card.”

If the mapped area is deemed too large, you’ll need to zoom in and repeat the process for the area left out. Once you’re happy, tap on Save and give the offline map a name. To access your saved maps, slide you the menu draw and select My Places from the list of options. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where you should find any offline maps still stored on your device.

Keep in mind that any saved maps will only remain on your device for 30 days. This is mostly because the world changes nearly daily. Maps are dynamic and require updating. What happens when a new street is added, or an old one is closed? Maybe a new restaurant opened up in town. Google wants you to have an updated version of your maps when offline. Presumably, after that, the app will purge a saved map to clear up space on your device.

You can also do the automatic updating with the Google map nowadays. Just go to the Offline Maps settings and activate automatic updates. This will ensure your offline maps are regularly updated when expired. You can even choose only to be updated when using Wi-Fi, ensuring your precious gigabytes don’t go to waste.

Things to Consider when Using Offline Google Maps

There are drawbacks to offline Google Maps. Here are some things missing from offline maps that are available in live Google Maps:
• Public transit routes are not available in Offline maps.
• Bike and walking routes are not available.
• Live traffic will not be employed.
• Travel estimates will not be as accurate.
• Routes can’t be modified (avoidance is not an option).

Conclusion

There are other tools available for offline maps. Some like maps.me or Apple maps, etc. that allows you to download everything at once, while others offer city, state and country downloads. If you are a hunter or exploring areas off the grid, these maps may be a better option. Hope that you like reading “How to use Google map offline.” However, for most travel and tourist needs, Google Maps does a great job of showing you what is around you, how long it will take you to get there and now, you can even use these maps if you’re tapped out on data or just have a slow connection.

How To Choose Your Smartwatches

You have to make sure of choosing the best online store for branded smartwatches. This would definitely help to find the ultimate quality one.

Do you wish to get a trendy smartwatch for you? Well, it is possible to enjoy lots of features when you try to get the perfect wearables for you. You never have to go out in the scorching heat of the sun to get the right quality smartwatch for you as you can get it online. Here you need to look forward to the genuine source where you would be able to stay yourself much confident of getting the perfect quality one that would add to your satisfaction. Therefore you should be quite serious in searching for the right and reliable store that would never let you compromise on their quality at all. When you search for the best Samsung smartwatches online it is quite important to find yourself knowledgeable about its features. This would definitely help in proving to be much useful to you. Some important aspects should also be considered if you wish to find the right and perfect quality products online

Look for its key features: You should definitely try to make sure of taking good steps to check for its key fealties that would help in identifying the perfect one for you. So, with your right choice, it would definitely help in choosing the right one that would suit your requirement. The best smartwatches would have features like sleep monitoring, heart rate monitoring, activity tracking and lots of other features that would prove to be much interesting. These types of smartphones are available for kids, men, and women that prove to be very useful as well.

Get the perfect delivery time: It would be possible for you to buy Samsung smartphones online that would help in getting it at the best rates. This would also lead to feeling that your right selection to get the best online store has exceeded your level of expectation out of it. By choosing from the different models it would definitely be possible to place your order online. You can also try to select from the different colors according to your choice. It would be possible for you to get the smartphone delivered your place. If you have any sort of queries then you should make sure to get it cleared by getting in touch with their customer care without any sort of hesitations.