The Aleratec Blog – An Ongoing Series of Interesting Information

You’ll get lots of good information, perspective and tips from this blog

In the words of those Ocean Spray Cranberry guys, Hello.

Welcome to the Aleratec blog.

This blog may be somewhat different from many other high technology blogs in a number of ways.  First, while it’s being published by Aleratec, on its own website, the primary goal isn’t to sell you Aleratec product.  The goal is to give you good, useful information that will keep you coming back for more.

And, when you keep coming back, you’ll probably appreciate learning about the many topic areas that we’ve chosen to cover.  Occasionally (but nowhere near always), we’ll mention one or more Aleratec products that may improve the way your organization, or individuals in your organization do their jobs.

In fact, the blog isn’t even being written by an Aleratec employee.  Instead, the writer is a technology writer with more than 20 years of editorial experience.  He’s written seven books, held significant positions at leading technology magazines, and has been working with computers since the 1970s.  I’m Microsoft Certified, I build and run my own networks, and I have an understanding of Information Technologies used in the Enterprise, as well as those best targeted to the small business or individual user.

Plans for the blog

Initially, a new blog posting will be added every week.  However, your comments are welcome, and when we can, we’d love to respond.  It will be great to see a solid community of readers, posting comments and responses to comments, good or bad, but all in support of making your experience on this blog as useful and valuable to you as possible.  I will personally read your comments and, initially (until this blog gets too large to easily manage), you’ll get rapid replies from me.

The first few blog postings have already been written, and they’re fairly representative of the way future blogs will be handled.  In addition to the LightScribe blog, which is one of the first four being posted at the time this blog is launched, I also look at how I upgraded the hard drive in my notebook computer with a larger drive (and give advice on how an individual or organization can do the same).  I also look at how an organization can copy hard drives – for infrastructure upgrades or merely to replace smaller drives.

Hard drive copying is only one of the topics I’ll be covering.  An area of personal interest is in media duplication.  As a person who , in the past, has tried to build systems that can simultaneously write to two or three CD or DVD drives, I appreciate the products that Aleratec offers that do the same job, but much more elegantly.

But duplicating hard drives and optical media isn’t the only area of interest.  I’ve been to trade shows where press kits, samples, images and other materials are distributed on Flash Drives.  Perhaps I’d have a need to put my own information onto easily distributed flash.  Perhaps I’d want to make a flash drive that would boot Linux and a set of applications – and distribute it to associates.  Perhaps I’d want to duplicate flash cards, to be used in notebooks accepting such cards.  Once I’ve got a master – how will I make the copies?   In future blogs, I’ll look at these issues.  I’ll design some bootable Flash drives.  I’ll explore copying and distribution issues.

Other areas I plan to look at are security, shredders, and media.  All users – from single users to large organizations, face challenges to their data.  Is any data really secure? I look at issues being discovered in such devices as digital copiers and fax machines, and look at ways to overcome them.  I’ll explain why, even throwing away that old hard drive is asking for trouble.

Shredders take a good step at protecting the contents of optical discs from unauthorized snooping.  Shredders that are multi-function, providing the ability to shred paper in addition to optical media should be strongly considered by users and organizations.  I plan to explore why.

The issues of media and disc repair won’t be glossed over, either.  Over the years, I’ve used a lot of cheap or extremely cheap media.  Were the problems I have with the media worth the hassle I encountered when I couldn’t read it, or when it took three discs to get a good write?  Were the hassles I ran into the reason Aleratec developed Disc Repair products?

I plan to make these blogs interesting, fun and valuable.  I was not asked to, and won’t, make this blog into a hard sales tool for Aleratec.  My first blogs should demonstrate this.

In the future, I’m planning to take many directions, with the goal of presenting valuable content.   I plan to write an occasional case study, exploring a company’s challenge and explaining what it took to overcome that challenge.

I’ll write a lot of tips and tricks blogs, and many of these will be first-person experiences.  The best tip is probably the one that the author of the tip has already made great use of.  In many cases, I’ll do exacly that.

The industry continues to change rapidly.  As a journalist, I’m excited to be able to report on recent developments, and to add my own interpretation of what it means to us, and to the industry.  Although this blog can’t compete with news publications, it’s hoped that the perspectives are unique and of value to our readers.

Looking at the world through the eyes of an IT Specialist, with a perspective on the needs of organizations large and small, will keep this blog relevant, and full of valuable information.  Whether it’s a case study, a needs analysis, a hands on article on how I solved a challenge,  or something else, the goal of this blog is to give you what you need to know.

If there are topics you’d like explored, please let me know.

Your comments are always welcome.

Mark Brownstein is a technology journalist and technology consultant who specializes in explaining and interpreting new technologies, and clarifying how to integrate these new products into current systems. He has been Editor-In-Chief at computer technology and networking publications, has held significant editorial positions at major technology magazines, and is a frequent contributor to various technology magazines. He has written seven books. He is Microsoft Certified, and spends much of his time testing hardware and software products, running his own networks, and learning the best ways to get computer systems running and to keep them running.

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