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Archive for February, 2012

ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)

ACPI establishes industry-standard interfaces enabling OS-directed configuration, power management, and thermal management of mobile, desktop, and server platforms.

S.M.A.R.T.

Enable or disable support for the hard disk’s S.M.A.R.T. (Self Monitoring Analysis And Reporting Technology) capability. S.M.A.R.T. is supported by all current hard disks and allows the early prediction and warning of impending hard disk failures.

Chipset-SATA Mode

IDE: Compatibility mode disables AHCI support.

AHCI: Supports advanced SATA features such as Native Command Queuing.

RAID: Allows multiple drives to be merged into larger volumes for increased performance and/or reliability. Always enables AHCI.

Warning: operating system may not boot if this setting is changed after the operating system installation.

Can or Can’t Spam: Technology & The Law

 By:  Derek J. Gordon.

Introduction

            Computer networks are inundated with unwanted email messages (emails) on a daily basis.  These unwarranted messages are called SPAM, or unsolicited bulk, email.  A majority of these messages are for illegal activities.  However, some emails are legitimate messages from businesses to a consumer.  While one email is minuscule, the number sent to an individual email address each day number in the thousands.  In fact, a personal mail server typically processes three thousand emails per day that have no legitimate purpose or mail box for delivery.  Corporate mail servers can process over a million SPAM emails per day.  Larger internet service providers may process tens of millions of SPAM emails each day.

Originally, SPAM email came from legitimate business enterprises which could be tracked.  Case law dealt with these companies and injunctions were granted to require that the companies stop their activities.  Case law suggested that a SPAM company must stop their transmissions when an internet provider notified them that their messages were no longer welcome.  This attitude held for a few months; however, much of the SPAM today is part of an underground activity outside the realm of legitimate business activities.