Samsung SSD Global Summit Announcements

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Yesterday, Samsung announced a new line of SSD’s called The Samsung 840 EVO series; The Samsung 840 EVO is a consumer high performance SSD which for the first time comes in a 1000GB option along with four other options (120GB, 250 GB, 500GB, and 750GB).

Pricing and Specifications:
The pricing seems to be middle of the road until you get to the 1000GB model which seems to be quite the cost saving bargain when looking at Price Per GB at just $0.65 which is considerably low when compared to other premium SSD brands. When compared to Samsung’s other consumer lines it seems to be the middle child so to speak with the 250GB Samsung 840 being priced at $175, The Samsung 840 EVO 250GB at $189.99, and the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB at about $229.99.

This new range of Samsung SSD’s seem to be in the high end of performance once you get into the 500GB and above range, however, before that you do see lower performance. Whereas many technology reviewers will focus on the read and write performance it is also very important to consider the Random Read and Random Write performance because those numbers will more accurately represent the performance of everyday things such as opening large applications. Even though most will never use an SSD to its full potential it is still important to consider these facts. However, once you get to the 500GB level you do see a noticeable increase in random write speeds. Essentially, what Samsung is pushing this new EVO model because of their newer controller the Samsung MEX which has a new capability for their smaller capacity models called TurboWrite. This is great to see because in the past the write speeds on smaller capacity SSD’s has been much lower than their older brothers. For comparison, the Samsung 840 120GB is rated at 120 MB/s and the New Samsung 840 EVO 120GB is rated at 410 MB/s.

SIZE PRICE PRICE PER/GB READ WRITE RANDOM READ RANDOM WRITE CACHE
120GB $109.99 $0.92 540 MB/s 410 MB/s 94K IOPS 35K IOPS 256MB
250GB $189.99 $0.76 540 MB/s 520 MB/s 97K IOPS 66K IOPS 512MB
500GB $369.99 $0.74 540 MB/s 520 MB/s 98K IOPS 90K IOPS 512MB
750GB $529.99 $0.71 540 MB/s 520 MB/s 98K IOPS 90K IOPS 512MB
1000GB $649.99 $0.65 540 MB/s 520 MB/s 98K IOPS 90K IOPS 1GB

The bottom line is that this new Samsung SSD looks to be a promising middle priced high performance SSD for the consumer. However, because Samsung is using a new controller with this device we do recommend that you should wait to buy until there have been some solid reviews!

Sidenote: At their SSD Summit event Samsung also announced the XS1715, an super-fast NVMe (Non-Volitile Memory Express) SSD with storage options of all the way up to 1.6 TB! The XS1715 is the first and only 2.5” sized SFF-8639 SSD using PCIe 3.0 to encourage a max sequential speed of 3 GB/s, as well as 740k IOPS.

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Update: CISPA

Last week, on the same day that we blogged about what CISPA is, The House Of Representatives passed the bill (288-127) for the second time. Because of the huge amounts of lobbying money thrown at congress by corporations in favor of this bill, such as Google, it was expected to pass in The Senate. After it passed The House, CISPA was expected to go to the Senate, however to the surprise of most, The Senate said that they will not even consider voting on CISPA which dealt a huge blow to the bill and its supporters. However, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, left us with this statement: “We are currently drafting a bipartisan information sharing bill and will proceed as soon as we come to an agreement.”

STOP CISPA

As we mentioned in our last CISPA blog post, TotalChoice Hosting is against CISPA and all related bills because they would forever change the internet for the worse. This is why people need to continue to fight for internet freedoms without opposition and bills like PIPA and SOPA. Such bills would infringe on not only our rights, but our privacy. For everyone that advocated against the bill, whether it was through signing a petition, calling your local congressman, or spreading awareness, we here at TCH would like to thank you for protecting the internet as we know it! Through the power of the internet and by strength of numbers, we the people can be heard!

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CISPA: What Is It And Does It Affect Me?

CISPA  (pronounced “sis-puh”) also known as “The Cyber Intelligence” and “Sharing Act” may sound familiar, and that’s because it’s been the center of a huge debate on Internet freedoms and privacy in the past months. CISPA was first introduced to the house on November 30th, 2011 by republican Michigan house representative Mike Rogers. On April 26th, 2012 it passed the house (248-168). However, the senate vetoed it and thus it didn’t become a law. But, it saw the floor of the house once again when on February 12th 2013, Mike Rogers reintroduced it to the house. Following suit, it was put up for vote late last Thursday night, early Friday morning. As expected, it passed the house and now it is getting ready to be voted on in the senate.  Many are conflicted on this matter, on the good side it could be a big help to investigating cyber crimes and cyber attacks on companies from groups of malicious hackers. But with the good, there’s always the bad, and in this case very bad. Essentially, the main problem with CISPA is that it not only allows for the government to monitor Internet activity without permission or a warrant, it also allows for search and seizure without a warrant if you are under suspicion of cyber crimes without hard evidence. Many also will tell you that it plainly violates Internet privacy because provisions in this bill will allow for companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Yahoo to track and sell your information without your permission. Most also see this bill as the second attempt at increasing digital piracy laws after SOPA (stop online piracy act) and PIPA (protect intellectual property act) largely met vicious opposition from groups on the Internet such as Reddit, 4chan, and even communities on YouTube. If this bill is passed, internet privacy as we know it will change forever, unfortunately adversely.

TotalChoice Hosting takes our customers privacy very seriously. When CISPA was first introduced we were against it because of the blatant disregard for privacy. Not much has changed, we are still against CISPA and would like to spread awareness to our clients that this bill is on our doorstep and we, regular users of the internet, have a voice. Let’s stand together against CISPA and tell the US government that we value our privacy and do not want our information readily available to any individual, corporation or conglomerate. Our privacy cannot and will not be sold and TCH does not support any internet bill that will erode our internet freedom! Use the links below to be heard!

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Mac OSX: Popular FTP Clients and How To Set Them Up

The following is a write up on popular FTP clients built for the Mac and how to set them up with your TCH account.

FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, allows you to view, download and upload files to your server / website. It also allows you to edit your server’s file structure and system remotely. In order to utilize this protocol you’ll need a FTP Client. We tested a wide range of FTP Clients available and decided to review the select few that we found to be the best.

First, Cyberduck.

Cyberduck

Version: 4.2.1
Developer: Swiss Made Software
Price: Free / $23.99 (donation through Mac App Store)
Platforms: Mac OSX and Windows.
Download: Cyberduck 4.2.1

Cyberduck has long been the preferred by most Apple users. It is built for fast and easy use with a fast connection making bookmarks list and a clean layout. Though this application was made to be a File Transfer Protocol Client, some features you can enjoy with this app are, WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), Amazon S3, Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files and even Google Drive. While this application is free, you can remove the pop-up ads by either buying it through the Mac App Store or donating through their site.

SETUP:
1. Open Cyberduck and click on “Open Connection.”
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2. When prompted, enter your information (Host, Username, and Password) into the designated boxes. For Host you should enter ftp.yourdomain.com (replacing yourdomain.com with whatever your real domain name is) and then enter your created Username and Password.
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When completed, Cyberduck should look like this.
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3. If asked to change to FTP-SSL over FTP, click either change or continue depending on whether your server supports FTP-SSL. Most servers, especially web-severs, do. I recommend choosing “change” because it is a more secure connection protocol.
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4. There you go! You should now be able to view your server’s files.
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Second, FileZilla

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Version: 3.6.0.2
Developer: The FileZilla Project
Price: Free
Platforms: Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux.
Download: FileZilla 3.6.0.2

FileZilla is a reliable but seemingly barebones competitor. Unlike Cyberduck, you can’t enjoy the same compatibility features of WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), Amazon S3, Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files and Google Drive. While it always does its job as an FTP Client well, FileZilla seems to lack some tidiness in it’s user interface. However, some may prefer this user interface to others because it has a very “all out there” look, meaning that basically everything (with a few exceptions) you need to see or use to complete your transfer or edit, is right in the main window of FileZilla’s interface. This can be a pro or a con depending on the user, some may describe its interface as busy, while others describe it as space saving and efficient. Another great aspect of FileZilla is that its cross-platform, so there is no need to learn how to use FTP clients across multiple operating systems. At the end of the day FileZilla does a great job of being a FTP client.

SETUP:
1. Open FileZilla and enter your information (Host, Username, and Password) into the designated boxes. For Host enter ftp.yourdomain.com (replacing yourdomain.com with whatever your real domain name is) then enter your Username and Password. Enter 22 under “Port:” for FTP-SSL (recommended) and 21 for standard FTP.
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When completed, FileZilla should look like this.
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2. Once you’ve completed step 1, click the “Quickconnect” button. There you go! You
should now be able to view and edit your server’s file system.
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Third, Secure FTP

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Version: 2.6
Developer: Glub Tech
Price: Free
Platforms: Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux.
Download: Secure FTP 2.6

“Secure FTP is a Java-based FTPS client application that allows for a 256-bit AES encrypted secure connection to be made to a server that supports FTP over SSL (or FTPS).” As boasted on Glub Tech’s website, Secure FTP takes security as its main priority while not having sacrificed any features. However, just like FileZilla, it does not offer the same compatibility features as Cyberduck. Furthermore, Secure FTP has a very organized and clean interface that is very comparable to Cyberduck’s interface. Just like FileZilla we found Secure FTP to be very reliable and fast.

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SETUP:
1. Click the Green and White + button.
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2. When prompted, enter your information (Host, Username, and Password) into the designated boxes. For Host you should enter ftp.yourdomain.com (replacing yourdomain.com with whatever your real domain name is) and then enter your created Username and Password.
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When completed, Secure FTP should look like this.
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3. Now, all you have to do is click connect and there you go! You should now be able to view and edit your server’s file system.
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The Bottom Line: All three of these Applications are very good at what they do. Therefore, the “winner” may not be clear cut to you, so I recommend picking one based on your needs and likes. However, my recommendation is FileZilla for reliability and simplicity of its interface, because whenever I use FileZilla I see what I need to use right in front of me, and that cuts down on time significantly.

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How To: Add Your Website’s E-Mail To Your Apple Device

Many of our clients use an iOS device as their primary mobile phone or Tablet. So to make it easier for you, our valued clients, we have created a guide on how to add your website’s unique e-mailbox to your iPhone, iPad or iTouch’s mail application!

Here you go!

Steps:
1. First, press the Settings application, it should be a grey/silver color that has gears as an image/icon.

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2. Once you have the application open, scroll down until you see “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”

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3. Press the “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” tab to bring you to the next screen.

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4. Now, press “Add Account.” When you are prompted to pick the type of account, choose the “Other” tab on the bottom of the list.

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5. Press “Add Mail Account”, (it should be the first option on the screen).

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6. Now enter your name, your email account you’d like to receive mail from, your password, and a description such as “My Website Mail” to properly identify the account.

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7.Enter your name, e-mail address, and description. Under “Incoming Mail Server”, next to “Host Name” enter: “mail.yourdomain.com“, substituting yourdomain.com with your actual domain name. If your domain name is thehostguru.com, enter mail.thehostguru.com. Next to “User Name” enter your e-mail address, and next to “Password” enter your password.

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8. Under the “Outgoing Mail Server” section, please enter the same info as you did in the previous step under “Incoming Mail Server.”

9. When you have entered all information, click the “Next” button on the top right. A message will pop up that reads “Cannot Verify Server Identity.” Simply push Continue, (you may have to push it again in a few seconds).

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And there you go! You should now be able to view your mailbox from the stock iOS Mail Application!

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