Windows 7: End of Life

Windows 7 end of support: What you need to do?

 

Even years after it was first released, Windows 7 continues to be one of the favourite operating systems worldwide. But with Microsoft announcing the end of its support for Windows 7, many PC users will need to upgrade or look for an alternative. But just because Windows 7 has...

 

Web server: definition, background, software tips

What is a web server? And which web server software is there?

The equation is simple - without it, there’s simply no web content: when a web server is out of order, then it’s no longer possible to call up any websites that are connected to it. Web servers are what allow online presences to reach the internet in the first place. But just how do these systems work? Which functions do the programmes responsible for this task offer? And what’s an example of a...

What is a floating IP?

What is a floating IP?

IP addresses are essential for modern digital communication. They are the 'connection numbers' of all devices in the network and this is why they are one of key foundation elements of the internet as well as other networks. Communication is based on a common 'language': the internet protocol. But what exactly is a floating IP and what is it used for? What is the difference between a floating IP of...

What is a VPS (virtual private server)?

What is a VPS (Virtual Private Server)?

A virtual private server (VPS) is a compromise between shared hosting and a dedicated server. The VPS product allows web hosts to combine the strengths of both hosting models in one, cost-efficient IaaS solution. We’ll take a closer look at this hosting solution, demonstrating how a virtual private server works, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of it, and deciding who the model is best...

Data reduction through deduplication and compression

Deduplication vs. compression: two concepts in data reduction

With the mass of data constantly increasing, ever more efficient storage techniques are required to reduce storage requirements with as few losses as possible. For this purpose, there are two compression techniques that are currently in use. While data compression identifies and eliminates redundant information within a file, deduplication is a cross-file method that is particularly suited to...

What are the benefits of IPv6?

IPv6: All about the new internet standard

IPv6 is the newest version of the internet protocols, and should overcome the central issues of its predecessors. Included in these issues is the impending shortage of IPv4 addresses as well as the violation of the end-to-end principle by the strict separation of public and private IPs. This article gives an overview of the functions of IPv6 as well as the structure and distribution of address...

What is gzip and what are the programme’s advantages?

What is gzip? – the compression tool in focus

If you want to optimise your website in terms of performance and usability, you need to know a thing or two about compression. Whether it’s the HTML pages, the embedded media content, or CSS and JavaScript files: compressing this data doesn’t just save valuable web space, but also improves your website’s average loading time. A useful tool is gzip, a compression process, which all current...

Raspberry Pi alternatives: Single board computers to check out

Four current Raspberry Pi alternatives: Single board computers by comparison

Raspberry Pi is the first choice for do-it-yourselfers around the world when it comes to single-board computers: It’s small, cheap, and meets most server and media centre requirements. But more and more manufacturers are putting their own mini-computers on the market: Raspberry Pi alternatives want to set themselves apart with lower prices, more powerful hardware, or edgy and exceptional features....

MAMP: the practical software stack for Mac OS X

MAMP: the local development environment for Mac OS X

If you’re developing a website, it’s important to regularly ensure that all the elements function as intended. Although there are no specific tools required for creating a basic info page with static content, it’s not possible to preview a project containing dynamic elements without some additional tools. The simplest solution is to use an all-in-one development environment like MAMP.

The OSI model: a reference for standards and protocols

What’s the OSI model?

Those working with network technology are bound to encounter the ISO-OSI model sooner or later. This system subdivides communication between computer systems into seven different layers. Each of these layers is assigned a certain task. With the help of this layer model, subareas of abstract processes are able to be descriptively explained.

Server operating systems: a history and overview

Server operating systems: history and today’s situation

Operating systems have gone through some major changes over the years. While their beginnings are rooted in more humble, purely text-based user interfaces, today’s options have evolved into complex software packages with graphical interfaces, comprising an elegant go-between for hardware and software applications. Users, who have long since been equipped with a keyboard and mouse, are able to...


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