Audio Everywhere

The new components available these days allow all kinds of cool setups. If you’re a music lover (or even if you’re not) and you like projects, consider wiring your house for audio and controlling everything by remote control with your smartphone. Sound esoteric? It used to be but with today’s products it’s not only do-able, you do-it-yourselfers can have fun, get creative and wind up with sound everywhere.

Only a few years ago, a project such as this would have not only been fairly complicated but expensive. Today, you can do it for a very reasonable cost. The most common system today uses A-bus technology. There are several manufacturers of A-bus components. Such a system uses the same cables as the ones you use to connect to the Internet, the so-called cat-5e cable. Its eight wires can do everything needed for the task. This article is too short to describe the details. You can get the help you need where you buy the components. From a cost standpoint, you can probably do a reasonably comprehensive system for somewhere in the neighborhood of $1000.

The most difficult part of the project is running the wires from a central location without destroying the walls or giving yourself a new plaster and paint project. Once that’s done, installing the local connector boxes is not very difficult for our handy readers. However, choosing the right location for the components and hence the terminals should be thought about carefully. Be aware that you’ll need an electric outlet nearby to power the central transformer. Most installers put the central unit in the basement, out of the way. Each room with the sound needs a low voltage box. The cat 5-e cables and speaker wires are mounted in the box.

If you look online, you can find several good descriptions of a system with wiring diagrams. Many suppliers will even give you suggestions about which manufacturer’s components you should buy. They would probably love to sell you the components and would even like to contract with you to do the job. But if you want to do it yourself, find a company that represents a line of components and check their willingness to be available to answer questions when you get stuck. Most companies are happy to do so. They want you to be satisfied since most of their customers will add capabilities as they improve and recommend them to their neighbors.

We recommend looking up a home networking and automation professional on google. Very often it’s the computer networking services guys who also specialize in home automation.

Why Is Data Backup Important

importance of data backup

You deal with a variety of business tasks that require all hands on deck. Worrying about whether or not your data is safe in the case of an emergency shouldn’t be one of them.  All businesses would be wise to take steps to protect their data from sudden loss by investing in a reliable backup service. The primary case for backing up your data is to recover data after data loss, whether it be a result of the deletion of file corruption. Data loss is a very common occurrence, with close to 70% of people have experienced it. Let’s talk about some of the reasons why routine data backup is so important to your business.

None of us are perfect. We are all prone to human errors, such as accidentally deleting important files, or clicking on suspicious links in our emails which infect our system with malware. This is why running data backups can really add value to your business. When you have your data backed up in a routine manner, there is no reason to fear these things. With just a few clicks, any lost or corrupted data will be restored and you won’t miss a beat.

Computer systems, as will all things degrade over time. Although we can’t control how long any machinery will last, what we have control over is the ability to reliably back up all our important data, and rest easy knowing that we can quickly and easily restore an earlier “snapshot” of our entire file system. You will also be protected in the event of a physical disaster, theft, or some other act of God.

The long and short of it is that the data on your computer system is usually worth far more than the actual system. Work can be repeated, but files that are irreplaceable are gone forever.