This Book Is King!

September 3rd, 2015 by Mustapha
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I am absolutely loving this text right now, called: Buena Vista in the Club: Rap, Reggaetón, and Revolution in Havana (Refiguring American Music). It’s absolutely fantastic stuff overall. Can’t wait to get more of his stuff.

Geoffrey Baker, senior lecturer in the department of music at Royal Holloway University of London, takes a piercing look at the hip hop and reggaeton scenes in Havana, one which sets out to reach beyond the construction of the Cuban hip hop culture that results from its extensive documentation in journalistic accounts, film, musical recordings and academic literature. In this book, Baker, as an academic researcher who is an outsider to the cultural phenomenon is positioned ‘outside the main current of the production of knowledge about Cuban hip hop’ (p. 3), thereby offering a critical revision of the paradigms that have shaped the understandings of Cuban popular music. Buena Vista in the Club is, thus,

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RAID Hard Drive Failure Is A Pain

September 2nd, 2015 by Mustapha
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You can back-up and design infrastructure for preventing data loss because of hard drive failures. In addition, you can also take some measures so that the rate of failure can be minimized. There are some tips that can help you with these issues.

Broken hard drives are insane!First, you should have ensured that your server has enough ventilation to prevent overheating. Make sure that you are protecting your system from power surges. Try to avoid running your RAID array too hard when it is excessively fragmented. Your drive set can fail if it works to hard, and too much. Excessive vibration can result in the drives crashing.

Also, take steps to stop the vibration of your server rack if needed. Reliability of drives may vary according to models and manufacturers. As an example, a Western Digital hard drives may fail quicker than a Seagate drive does. A Mac laptop hard drive may be easier to recover than a Windows PC or a raid drive failure. So be careful depending on what sort of storage device you are running.

If you do not have a very tight back up, you should consider setting it up so that a transition can be done from one drive to another. New drives are particularly prone to failing in the first few months of usage because manufacturing defects thtat are not immediately noticeable can quickly manifest themselves once the drive is put to work. Therefore, it is better to avoid putting brand new drives into computers.

Finally, minimizing the occurrences of laptop hard drive failure must be considered because of cost, data loss and time consumption. Because laptop computers are mobile, they are particularly susceptible undue damage to the hard disk. It is good to watch for this.

It is sometimes impossible that you can prevent your hard drive crash but isim possible to know when it is going to fail. It is important so that you can back up data from disappearance.

Look at these signs:

When you hear clicking or crashing noises, it indicates that you do not have much time until your hard drive is going to fail.

Disappearing Data and Disk Errors: If you notice that you are missing your files and all of your programs stopped working, and you cannot save your documents, it gives the symptoms of problems with hard drives. Does your computer stop recognizing your drive? Well, when your computer is no longer able to identify your drive, you can think that your computer has troubles with hard drives.

If your computer crashes, while accessing files (such as at the time of the boot sequence), it indicates problems with your drive. When you computer is taking more time than requirements during accessing, opening, or saving files it provides the symptom of failure. If you are using an HP ProLiant RAID server and one of your disks happens to fail, it is important that you quickly follow the procedure for replacing the hard disk. Failure to do so can mean all of the data on the RAID array (provided it is at least a RAID 5, 6 or 10 configuration) will be lost. Locking up during the boot process indicates a single hard disk problem in the array if this happens frequently. RAID recovery help is available.

Hard drive failure may occur because of physical and logical reasons. Physical failures happen due to a failure of the electric motor or the drive itself. They can also take place because of a major head crash that is caused by your computer being dropped or jostled while it is running. Logical failures are result of corruption in the file system. If you by accident delete a vital registry entry or format the drive improperly, or if you get a virus, hard drive can suffer problems. The BIOS will identify the drive, but it will not boot. Some specific causes of hard drive breakage are vibration, heat, power surges, physical damage to computer and corrupted files etc.

Watch Your Disk Drive Heads

When a drive faces excessive vibration, the heads can be offset which can cause a crash. Overheating is a primary cause of breaking hard disks. A power surge caused by any factors can result in data loss while reading or writing. Finally, it may leads to computer crash. Physical force, for examples bumping, jarring, or dropping your computer can cause physical damage to the hard drive. Recovering from this is not often simple.

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What Are The Main Causes Of Hard Drive Failure?

August 28th, 2015 by Sal
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When your computer experiences hard drive failure, it will immediately stop functioning normally and there are several reasons your hard drive encounters this problem. The worst part of encountering this problem is that you will no longer have access to your files or data. This is why it is advisable to have external storage so you can still retrieve your files in the event of failure. You have to be aware of the worst hard drive destroyers so you will have an idea how you can avoid them. Your computer can be more exposed to hard drive failure when there is inadequate cooling and ventilation.

If physical force is applied, this can also result in hard drive failure. Some of the examples of physical force are jarring, dropping and bumping your computer. This damage is known as a head crash and the damage should be taken seriously because it could mean replacing your hard drive. Water damage can also cause failure and this can be due to a liquid spill or flooding. If your computer encounters this problem, the hard drive is often beyond repair. You also need to run a virus scan because malware infection can cause serious damage to your computer. Make sure you avoid these destructive conditions to prolong your computer’s longevity.

Why To Find Cheap Data Recovery Service In Your Area

Getting information from a damaged hard drive is no easy task, so you would not make the mistake of hiring the wrong cheap data recovery service just for the sake of not researching their service thoroughly. So when you would like to contact one, you would like to make sure that you do not put the phrase “cheap data recovery services”, not including the quotes but rather you may want to search for “best data recovery service in” and then followed by your country or city. Doing this search would ensure that you get the best companies and then choosing the cheapest that would benefit you the most.

This way you could find a cheap data recovery service that would actually recover your data instead of just taking your money and not bring back the data as they are supposed to do. In the worst scenario, hiring one of those services without reading any reviews would actually result in not only losing the data, but even losing any hope to retrieve them again. This is why making your data the highest priority is what makes you willing to pay for these services even if they were a bit higher in cost as you don’t want to lose your work forever just to save some money.

You Have A Faulty RAID 5 Hard Drive; What Next?

Some people always think that repairing a faulty drive is easy. However, in the event that you have a faulty RAID 5 drive you are not going to be up to the task yourself. These drives have a different type of technology not the same as the disks we are used to using at home. To repair a RAID 5 drive array, start by using their official diagnostic tools like these. Most manufacturers will have their diagnostic software on their official websites. Check to see the drive manufacturer and look for their software. The diagnostic tools will show you the different types of sectors that have issues. Some sites will give you tips on how to recover RAID servers after the analysis is complete.

After the analysis is complete, it is possible for someone to know whether it is possible for him or her to repair the drive. For those who cannot, call in an expert to help repair RAID 5 drive. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Had To Show This

August 26th, 2015 by Mustapha
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I know that you are not supposed to talk about books online, but I can tell you that this is probably by far one of my favorite books right now. It’s called UrbanScience: Education for the Hip-Hop Generation. It’s absolutely awesome. I ended up coming across a great review of it, too. It pretty much says it all as far as I’m concerned:

 

Straight rows. Uniforms. Cafeteria food. Duck-Duck-Goose. Aerosmith. English only. Some of us learned to navigate this foreign terrain. We had teachers who met us halfway and made us feel welcome, appreciated, and accepted. Others did not fare so well. They felt bad about school, never feeling part of the culture. School was something they had to do. It made them feel deficient, and they couldn’t wait until each day was over. Those who stuck it out made it to high school; some dropped out before eighth grade. …

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Should You Even Consider A Mac?

August 24th, 2015 by Sal
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What a difference a few months can make. Since late 2001, Apple has updated its entire product line, making now the perfect time for Macworld to take stock of the latest crop of Macs.

yecmOne important update is the unique flat-panel iMac, which we review here along with Apple’s other new additions: the 14.1-inch iBook and the 800MHz, 933MHz, and dual-processor 1GHz Power Mac G4s (see the reviews elsewhere in this article). And to help you understand the differences between models, Macworld Lab tested representatives from all the Mac product lines (see “Speed Skaters”). We’ll also give you pointers on what to consider when deciding which new system is best for you. Read on for a look at the current world of Macs.

Four Seasons of Macs

Shortly after Steve Jobs’s reappearance at Apple, the company divided the Mac market into four distinct segments. Today, those four areas are inhabited by the

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Afghanistan Remembered: Ugly Times

August 23rd, 2015 by Mustapha
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This is some real ugliness I picked up while in the stacks. Check it out:

A soldier points out how the eyes of the tawny, dark-haired children reflect the history of this crossroad: Almond shapes suggest the long-ago westward passage of Genghis Khan and the Mongols; blue and green eyes recall Alexander the Great’s eastern push through the Hindu Kush; deep brown stands for the local Pashtun tribes that outlasted them all. It’s hard to know what mark U.S. troops will leave on this land.

Whatever it is, though, it’ll be decided here. This area near the mountainous border with Pakistan is where America’s long war in Afghanistan–10 years and counting–comes full circle. Just inside Pakistan is the sanctuary where CIA operatives once armed the mujahedeen who fought the Soviets and, later, joined al-Qaida. Nearby is the Tora Bora mountain redoubt where Osama bin Laden vanished in December 2001, eluding U.S. forces

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Easy Laptop Hard Drive Recovery

August 22nd, 2015 by Mustapha
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Example of laptop hard drives.

Times will come when blunders arise and a laptop user may lose his data or even lose the hard drive’s ability to store and retrieve data. Software engineers have come up with software that will either use the memory location of data to recover information or the engineer may use some application software to trace back the original files to where they were. One of the methods that is used is where the engineer uses software to establish the Host Protected Area of the hard drive, which simply means, the region of the hard drive that is visible to the laptop Operating System. The application then uses command queries to establish the size of the hard drive. Basically, the last memory address available on the hard drive provides the hard drive size.

Next, if the last memory does not contain data, the host protected area is established, meaning the data stored in it is safe. Finally, the reading of the native address gives the information that was in the hard drive and can now offer the true size of the laptop hard drive. But the major limitation is that the Host Protected Area is only useful when the user has software to utilize it. Thanks to this change in technology, laptop hard drive recovery is a lot easier than it used to be.

Hard drive failure is a common problem for today’s portable computer systems. What this means is that professional data recovery services are performing a lot more laptop hard drive recoveries than ever before. Hard drive recovery is based on the fact that all Read the rest of this entry »

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Editing Video On An iBook? Seriously?

August 20th, 2015 by Sal
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evoibAs with its predecessor, the new iBook is a great portable editing machine and is improved with its new 500MHz speed. For a laptop, this machine is quite small and inexpensive (ranging from $1,299 to $1,799 MSRP). Its integration with the FireWire technology, inclusion of QuickTime 4.12, and its latest version of iMovie 2.03 make it an easy-to-use and inexpensive video-editing solution.

It should be noted that iMovie2 is bundled free with all iBooks (and iMacs) and can be purchased to run on any G3 and G4 machine. On older machines, OS 9.1 and QT 4.12 are recommended. However, iMovie2 is not OSX ready yet.

The iMovie 2.03 GUI is a pleasure to use. (For an in-depth review, see Tony Gomez’s article in February 2001 C&CV.). It has four working areas: At top left is the Main Viewing window for viewing your edits; at top right, the Shelf Window for acquiring your …

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Get More Out Of Your Money When You Get Dell PowerEdge Recovery!

August 19th, 2015 by Sal
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bdperAll of the time, almost all people look up on how they can get more than what they are paying for. People want to make sure what they will get is worth more than what they paid for. That is why when people get recovery system for their Dell computer, they make sure to get professional Dell PowerEdge recovery. Why? It is so convenient and useful. Also, it is multi-functional meaning other than being a recovery system, there are many uses for it too! That is why if you want to get more out of your money, choose server repair experts.

Other than being a recovery system, it can also help you back up your files and protect them against virus. This recovery system possesses a defense against viruses and this kind of defense can’t be simply found in other computers or website.According to research, there are also many people who use this recovery system that do not own any kind of Dell product. People nowadays are becoming smarter and crafty in terms of using things more than what it is meant for. That is why they look for loop holes and use the item more than what it is meant for.

What Is The Best RAID 5 Recovery System Version For Me?

RAID 5 recovery is not just a system like the ones you see in the computers that already have them when you purchase them. They are the best recovery company that you can find in the market and unlike the ones in the technology market today, you can actually purchase a small hard drive that has the system in it and you wouldn’t have to download something over the internet and have to pay over the internet as well. You can consider what is called “remote data recovery”. Or, you can simply go to where you purchased your computer and ask them for a RAID 5 recovery system (like the one offered here)that is going to repair your RAID array whether it’s a Dell or an HP.

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Things You’ll Want When You Buy A New Laptop

August 16th, 2015 by Sal
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ybanlIncreasing numbers of computer buyers are choosing a laptop not just for travel, but as a direct substitute for a home desktop. During the first nine months of last year, while desktop sales plummeted, laptop sales soared. Over the past three years laptops have actually taken market share away from desktops.

The reason for the shift? Faster processors, brighter and larger displays, and more-efficient batteries have narrowed the gap between desktop and laptop. For many people, the performance difference has become academic. Of course, most desktop computers still outshine laptops in options you can choose, such as keyboard design and display size. But in a fast-paced society, those differences may not outweigh the ability to plop a computer on the kitchen table or have it handy in a classroom or airport.

If you’re considering a laptop for significant duty around the house, you should consider one of the two types we tested

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