Web Browsers

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1815833,00.asp

I personally use chrome mostly revolving around the fact that I haven’t used anything over that course of my life that I have found more appealing. While chrome might not be the fastest or the cleanest browser on the market today it is what I am used to. There is customization that you can add with extensions and the UI is clean enough for me. Firefox seems like a good alternative based to some of the pros based in the article but for what I am used to is what Ill stick too. The only cons for chrome that I personally experience is that it can eat up RAM a little faster than other browsers. Which is not really and issue anymore if you are running over 8gb anyway.

What is OOP?

OOP is a software programming model constructed around objects.  This model compartmentalizes data into objects (data fields) and describes object contents and behavior through the declaration of classes (methods).

Why is it popular?

OOP is popular because it takes something that is at first overwhelming and puts it in a format that everyone can understand. And this is the benefit of it. You learn the basics in a  much easier way thus making the complexities of whatever you are learning much easier. This is in part due to encapsulation. You take large parts of code and break them down one by one before learning how to combine them.

What is polymorphism?

In computer science, it describes the concept that objects of different types can be accessed through the same interface.

What is Inheritance?

Inheritance enables new classes to receive—or inherit—the properties and methods of existing classes.

What can you learn at Chat Tech?

C#

Java

PHP

Android

 

Customizing Your Router

Here are some simple steps to making your router more secure.

  • If in a business setting using a firewall between the interface and the management network eliminates the danger of having to access the router from the internet.
  • Second make sure you are not using the routers default username and password. It is a simple change that can vastly increase the difficulty of accessing your networks. Here is a guide of how to do it with netgear routers.  https://kb.netgear.com/23439/How-do-I-change-my-NETGEAR-router-WiFi-password-or-network-name-SSID
  • Lastly make sure you restrict what IP addresses can manage your router. This insures that only known IP adresses that your router is already familiar with can have future access to managing its settings.

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Everything On Demand

Big name stores in America that had seemingly been doing well in the modern market have been closing in drastic numbers over the last 7-8 years. There is a number of very popular examples we can choose from but today I want to focus on 3 main stores and what caused them to fail. First, in the infamous Blockbuster chain over video rental stores. With a growing number of On-Demand multimedia platforms on the rise across the internet like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HULU it comes to no surprise that blockbuster was doomed to fail eventually. Simply being able to instantly access media from your home will always have an advantage over having to actually go to a store and back to return an item. This brings me to my next 2 stores, Toys r US and Radio shack. Largely affected by large online shops like Amazon, stores that provided specifics goods where overshadowed by one online retailer who could provide all in one location. This also includes the time saving aspect of not actually going to a store. These store going out of business have positive and negative impacts. It positively effects the consumer largely based on convenience and pricing. In turn it negatively effects hundreds of thousands of workers that were employed by these stores. If this will have a large positive or negative impact on our country we will wait to see, but the impact can be felt either way.

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gregsatell/2014/09/05/a-look-back-at-why-blockbuster-really-failed-and-why-it-didnt-have-to/#4f6eb7a11d64

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/retail/2018/03/21/retailers-filing-bankruptcy-stores-closing-2018/442567002/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2017/05/31/radioshack-closes-1000-stores-week-these-72-left/102372912/

 

IS vs IT Blog Post

For the career I am interested in Information Technology would be more for me. In the article it explains that this path can lead to more careers in the cyber-security field. As I mentioned in my introduction post this is the field I think I would like to be in. I haven’t changed my stance at all since the beginning of the class. We haven’t gone really in depth into the details of what the field entails. Once I have more experience from taking field specific classes I think Ill be able to tell what path I would be more interested in following. There are also plenty of classes that I am interested in taking that are a part of the cyber-security field at Chat Tech.

 

https://www.floridatechonline.com/blog/information-technology/information-systems-vs-information-technology/

Hardware and Software Blog Post

The cryptocurrency mining boom has drastically effected the price of GPUs since the beginning of this year. In December of 2017 I purchased an Nvidia 1080 gaming x from MSI for around $590. Typically the purchasing of higher-end GPUs is exclusively held by people that play video games or people who need such power for specific types of work loads. The introduction of bitcoin mining and other cryptocurrencys has created a new market in what was an already saturated one. Companies were having a hard time keeping product in stock before this new trend had even started. Now with a new reason to buy high-end cards the only way companys can keep their products from being out of stock all of the time is to raise the prices to a point where the average person cannot afford one. Like I mentioned earlier, I purchased a card at the end of last year for $590. As of right now the same card I bought 2 months ago has almost doubled in price, now sitting at about $1,039.

Here is a link the card I purchased last year for $590 – https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA85V4R62388&cm_re=msi_1080_gaming_x-_-14-127-943-_-Product

Here is a link to a video about how it has effected the market – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT-pP4wvLV8

Information Security Blog Post

Topics in this article contain threats that can effect the availability side of the CIA traid. Taking power offline to potentially an entire city can have multiple negative effects on a state. The first of which is the obvious risk of losing power, meaning the average citizen cannot work correctly for days or potentially weeks. In turn this can effect other aspects of the triad. Security breaches that involve someones personally livelihood can be at risk after an entire city has been put out of work. This not only effects a city but perhaps the whole nation.Attacks like this Equifax hack could become more large scale if one of the 3 pillars of the triad has collapsed. Once one of these has been weakened, attacks on personal individuals become much easier and contain less risk if done in large numbers. We must take personal precautions to keep or information safe while the government does it job of protecting the infrastructure of the nations power grid.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/12/the-equifax-hack-is-way-worse-than-consumers-knew.html