Starting A Blog Is Not Hard When You Have Basic Coding Knowledge

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ybWhether the domain host will require you to use HTML codes to create your website or not, you need to learn how to create a page using HTML codes. Why? What if you want to expand your field in blogging and you want to try more domain hosts, and they require HTML codes? How can you expand your field now? HTML coding is widely taught in schools, and there are actually courses in school and online that help people have an idea about starting a blog with the use of HTML codes.

Everything starts with the basics, of course.  As you blog more and more each day, you will later learn how to do complicated HTML codes. Basic HTML codes, because they are simple, the outcomes are simple. When you learn how to do complex HTML codes then you can expect your blog site to look better than basic blogs with basic HTML codes. Now for those who already have basic knowledge to complex knowledge about HTML codes then it won’t be a problem for them in starting a blog since they can make whatever in their mind possible. Let us say for example, creating text boxes, comment boxes where users can input their comments, or maybe a radio button that can rate how good the article is so the blogger can improve in the future!

Why Is Learning The Basics Better On How Do You Start A Blog?

It is important to learn the basics of how you start a blog because you will learn or be given a hint where the code came from and how do you use it compared to how it was used. Like they always say, it is always better to learn where it came from before jumping into the most advanced one. Why? By jumping to the most advanced tool, it is the same as buying the touchscreen phone with no idea how to use it without experiencing on how its basic form was used.

If you do this jumping into the most advanced, it is like getting something or struggling to use it without any single clue how it is supposed to work. There are many sites that offer the basic and the advanced and this is really helpful to the people that know how to do both of them or maybe who can only do one of them. There are also many ways how you can learn its derivation and that is by carefully paying attention to any resemblances or similarity to any of the both to each other.


The Need For Attorney In An IRS Tax Help

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aiarSome people are asking whether they need an attorney when seeking for an IRS tax help. Actually, seeking for a law practitioner really depends on the need of the individual. There are some cases that tax help provided to check the tax refund while there are some people that seek tax help because they are faced with penalties. Taxes can be complicated, which is why it’s important to find a company with expertise. When different offenses are faced due to some tax issues, this is the right time to seek for counseling from an expert attorney who is familiar with the process. IRS tax help can contribute to the welfare of the individual but by seeking an attorney, the stress of the facing these issues are minimized.

Hiring an attorney for tax issues is quite an expense but the role of this practitioner is to defend and provide you with sufficient help in times like this. He/she will gather all the necessary data and find ways on how to minimize your penalties and have your problems with the government resolved. The process is definitely a long one but you have to be patient in dealing this. Always keep calm when talking to an agent for IRS tax help so that everything will be at ease and concerns are solved appropriately.

IRS Tax Help Through Telephone Assistance

IRS tax help cannot be availed only through their website or government office but also via a telephone call. There are individuals who cannot make a personal appointment due to some personal reason; that is why Internal Revenue Service is extending their assistance even by means of a telephone call. Seeking help via telephone is convenient because it does not require the individual to visit the office. Aside from this, there are IRS agents who take responsibility for this telephone call. Hence, IRS tax help is made easy in order for every individual to know their tax status.

Through this method of assistance, one can ask for current or previous tax forms, publications as well as instructions. For business related tax problems, the agent will also guide the caller on how to go about it. Since there are times that one has to wait for the agent to be available, the caller can listen to several pre-recorded information that are relevant to the tax help. As long as the individual calls within business hours, he/she can receive a response about his/her concerns on taxes and find solutions about it.


Down With NT! Up With Linux!

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This could be described as the year of the operating system. Microsoft Corp. is racing to finish Windows 2000 before 2000, IBM and Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) are forging a new version of Unix for Intel 64-bit processors and Compaq, Sun and Hewlett-Packard are toughening their proprietary Unix versions.

linux1For an IS manager it’s an embarrassment of riches – and a time of confusion. The expected lock-down of systems starting this summer due to Year 2000 concerns may give users a few months of breathing room and time to compile a list of questions.

Among them: Is it worth waiting for the much-delayed Win2000 or should we stick to NT Server 4.0? Will Win2000 be as reliable as Unix? Will the Data Centre edition be worthy of a data centre? And, as always, is Windows’ alleged cost of ownership advantage just window-dressing?

“NT versus Unix? I get this question from clients two times a day,” says Tom Bittman, vice-president and research director at the Gartner Group in Stamford, Conn. With more mission-critical applications coming out, NT supporters want them added to the IT mix. But managers wonder if Microsoft is up to the task.

“In almost all cases they’re leaning towards Unix,” said Bittman, “and wondering if they’re crazy.”

But Bittman warned NT is “probably two years behind the hype.”

“NT still has issues of scalability for the majority of the market, and that’s one reason many companies are going with Unix.”

In fact, he added, Unix is undergoing a bit of a come-back.

“We’re definitely seeing the start of a slow-down in the server space. A lot of companies are realizing Unix still has a place, and that NT is still missing some attributes. The belief is they may be fixed in Windows 2000. But while they’re waiting, that puts more of a focus on Unix for certain mission-critical and back-end applications.”

Microsoft’s ambitions are high: the Data Centre edition will scale up to 16 processors and 64 GB of memory, said Erik Moll, Windows 2000 marketing manager for Microsoft Canada. The Advanced Server edition (now called Enterprise Edition ) will go up to four-way symmetric multi-processing. Both will have advanced clustering and load-balancing capabilities.

Other features will include the Active Directory, a management service with file-level encryption and support for Public Key Infrastructure, and Web and Internet support services.

“There’s no question as we move forward to Windows 2000 one of our key focuses will be on reliability and availability,” said Moll. “We’ve greatly reduced the number of reboots as you do reconfigurations of your system, and we also worked hard to make sure device drivers have gone through compatibility testing.”

Until Win2000 is proven, however, users are looking at NT.

For Bittman, Unix has it over NT for scalability, mixed workloads, high availability and reliability, maturity of applications and the availability of people skilled enough to run mission-critical deployments.

Expect more than 200 concurrent users on your system? Don’t use NT, he advises, unless perhaps you’ve got SAP R/3. Gartner has seen SAP implementations with 850 users, not big by Unix standards, but impressive considering most applications on NT can’t handle more than 200 users. It speaks to how well SAP has been tuned for Windows, said Bittman.

However, he added, the majority of the market would need about 400 users, and that’s where Win2000 is headed.

As scalability declines as an issue, high availability and reliability will become more important, said Bittman. Microsoft’s “Wolfpack” clustering technology is two years behind Unix, said Bittman, but will be better in Win2000.

“Our biggest concern is NT reliability,” he said, “and it’s not getting better. In fact, I have clients who tell me in their view, every release of NT has only gotten worse. I don’t think that’s true, but there’s that perception out there.”

The biggest issue is memory leaks. Microsoft acknowledges the problem, but most will be plugged only in Win2000. Meanwhile, Gartner tells clients to expect an NT system will go down at least once a week. For companies who can tolerate that kind of performance, he said, NT will be good enough.

However, Ritchie Leslie, director of Montreal-based DMR Consulting Group Inc.’s Microsoft strategic alliance, believes NT has a big place in the enterprise.

“For medium-scale applications, say transaction systems supporting a few hundred users, Windows environments have a clear total cost of ownership advantage over Unix environments,” he said. “NT is cheaper to buy, most organizations have NT servers so if they can avoid having to buy a specialized Unix box to run an application, they can reduce the total cost.”

There have been “huge advances” in NT management tools, he said, adding the operating system is catching up in stability and reliability.

“For all but the very largest applications, Windows NT is becoming an increasingly practical platform,” he said. But, he added, it’s not ready for a large data warehouse or large transaction-based system.

Bev Crone, who watches both platforms as general manager of midrange system sales for IBM Canada Ltd., acknowledges that NT/Win2000 use will continue to eat into the Unix market. “At first blush,” he said, Unix looks more expensive than Microsoft’s offering, but not when the user considers factors such as reliability, availability and scalability.

Unix vendors aren’t standing still, he added, pointing to the IBM Unix collaboration on Project Monterey for Intel chips.

But Bittman is skeptical. Santa Cruz, Calif.-based SCO Inc. hasn’t set sales records with UnixWare, its Intel offering, he said.

Vendors are only now realizing that the first version of the IA-64 chip will create a small market, which won’t grow until the next generation of processors, called McKinley, debuts.

While some analysts believe Microsoft is aiming for an October release of Win2000 Professional, Server Edition and Advanced Server, Bittman says that will only be for “bragging rights.” He expects it will come out next year and will be filled with bugs that weren’t caught during beta testing, because users are telling him they aren’t testing it with mission-critical apps.

“We’re telling clients don’t deploy it in a production mode for at least six to nine months after general availability, after at least one service pack and maybe two,” Bittman said. “We’re also telling them it will be less reliable than NT 4 with service pack 5 for a year.”


Remembering The Kings Of A Fragmented Market

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At the annual CeBIT conference in Germany last month a Santa Cruz Operation Inc. (SCO) official issued what might be called a considerable boast.

Tamar Newberger, SCO’ s marketing director, was talking about her firm’s partnership with IBM Corp. to produce a new unified 64-bit version of their Unix versions for Intel’s upcoming IA-64 platform.

“Together the two companies’ market share will be 50 per cent of the Unix server market,” she predicted.

That would assume both companies can combine and keep up their current market share after the operating system, code-named Project Monterey, is released next year.

chAnalysts doubt it will be easy. By 2003 Monterey will have only limited penetration on 32-bit Intel machines and “limited success” on IA-64, wrote George Weiss, vice-president and research director of Gartner Group Inc. of Stamford, Conn., in a recent report.

Onlookers will get an idea of Monterey’s future when the partners hold a press conference this month.

The move illustrates vendor expectations for the new platform and raises a question: Will one Unix emerge to challenge Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 2000 (formerly NT) operating system?

Unix has shouldered its way into the Intel world after being concentrated on proprietary platforms. Just under 60 per cent of the Unix servers sold worldwide last year ran on Intel chips, according to International Data Corp. of Framingham, Mass.

The platform beat Windows NT in revenues for server software, US$2.9 billion to $1.4 billion. And as SCO demonstrated at CeBIT in announcing UnixWare 7 for the Data Center, Unix players are trying harder to move to the heights of the enterprise.

The IA-64 technology may accelerate these trends. The possibility of relatively inexpensive Intel servers powering corporations has some vendors smiling and others shaking.

After years of spawning over a dozen versions, the Unix world is slowly shrinking.

Challenged by the success of NT and by the costs of moving their proprietary Unix operating systems to a 64-bit architecture, many vendors have given up.

Instead they’re forming alliances to back the next generation of Unix and letting customers know that down the line they’ll have to switch.

Hewlett-Packard Co., a partner with Intel on IA-64 design, will port HP-UX to the new platform, which will also be licensed to Hitachi and NEC Corp.

But while it will continue to make HP-UX for its PA-RISC servers, HP said eventually it will drop those chips and focus on the Intel market.

Fragmentation will continue, however. Sun Microsystems Inc. is working on an IA- 64 version of Solaris Unix, but will keep making Solaris for its SPARC-powered servers. Compaq Computer Corp. will port its Tru64 Unix to the IA-64 platform, but isn’t giving up its Alpha chip-powered servers running Tru64. It will also continue selling servers with SCO’s UnixWare and Monterey.

IBM Corp. will have Monterey as well as its stake in the PowerPC, the RS/6000 and its platforms.

Monterey “could make IBM into a stronger Unix power,” said Weiss, “but it could be several years before it creates the infrastructure needed to be able to market it effectively.”

Generally, vendors say 64-bit Unix on their proprietary systems will be for high-end demands, while 64-bit Unix on Intel will be for less demanding applications and in small to medium-sized organizations.

Meanwhile, Unix contenders are pumping out new high-end features for their current versions, hoping to leave NT behind while they move higher in the enterprise.

For example, Compaq is promising to bring out enhanced clustering capabilities for Tru64 this year, including application and system partitioning.

Hewlett-Packard will add a scalable architecture to HP-UX, allowing four of its V-class RISC servers to run under one copy of the operating system by the summer.

UnixWare 7 for the Data Centre, which sells for US$9,999, is licensed for 150 users, eight CPUs and 32 GB of memory, and is claimed to be able to run more than 10,000 hours continuously. It can be upgraded to support up to 32 processors and 64 GB of memory. It also includes an event-logging feature which allows report logs to be filed into a SQL database.

Company spokesmen say it will meet the “new era of volume economics” offered by the Intel platform.

However, Weiss said he’s skeptical that UnixWare can play in the data centre yet even if it’s optimized for the new Pentium III Xeon processor. The real Intel data centre technology is IA-64, he said, because it will have 64-bit memory addressing capacity.

Besides, he added, a data centre to him means high availability hardware, large disk farms, storage management – things that aren’t deployed using “high volume” (read mass market) equipment.

That leaves only one other Unix version: Linux.

It may sound odd to include an operating system that doesn’t have a major company behind it for service and support or offer high-availability clustering.