People loves fast cars and big bikes. Who doesn’t really? But owning expensive toys where other people can’t afford it makes your life hard sometimes. Since there’s a few demand, there’s a few supply on the spare parts and accessories. I have a few friends that own Harley Davidsons and out of curiosity, I asked them how they manage to get the part to their bikes.
To my surprise, they all said the same thing. Buy it online! So one of the sites they gave me for Harley accessories is surdyke.com and I took a look at it.
My first impression was WOW! These guys are not only serious about their business but I can also feel how they love their Harleys. They probably love their Harleys first more than they love the business. The site might look simple and not complicated for the non tech savvy guys but it got all the stuff needed as an online store.
Looking at their online catalog, they sure have a lot of harley accessories. Whatever you think, they might have it. And I love their search box, you can either search by the exact part number if you have it or use search by keyword if you’re unsure. Not only the original parts from Harley Davidson, they also offer after market parts from various vendors so there are a lot of choices if you want to upgrade your Harleys.
Not only that, they also integrated a shopping cart so you can pick the item that you want, pay them by Paypal or credit cards and wait for the items to be delivered to your door step. If you got any questions, they also have live support standing by to answer your questions. It can’t be easier that!
Did I mention they also have a promotion for all officially licensed HD® products?
The hardware and software environment in many organizations has become extremely complex as each department puts different demands on the IT team. This growing complexity is often a result of the proliferation of hardware platforms, operating systems and business applications. Automated system provisioning has made it possible to deploy the necessary software throughout the company and to all these hardware configurations, but there are still some challenges that must be overcome.
In many companies, different departments will require their own hardware configurations and, on top of that, they could have very unique software needs. The engineering department, for example, may need some powerful workstation computers loaded with the appropriate design software. At the same time, the sales department might need something a little more mobile with access to the customer relations management software. Traditional disk imaging and software deployment has made system provisioning easier in some cases, but it can also make things more complex in others.
The Traditional Method
Many companies that employ automated system provisioning methods have, traditionally, used a type of “gold master” disk image for every combination of software and hardware in the company. These are called “fat images” because they include the operating system, the necessary business applications, and all the current updates or patches that have been released to that point.
In a small company, this can still be an effective method, but it does introduce some big challenges as the business starts to grow. As the number of departments in the company increases and more hardware configurations are introduced, the number of fat images that the IT team maintains can expand significantly. If, for example, there are four different hardware platforms used in four different departments, the company is suddenly faced with 16 different images that must be updated and maintained. This kind of expansion tends to add a lot more complexity than it actually removes.
A more effective method is to avoid the fat images and start using the IT team a little more efficiently. A thin image can resolve a lot of the complexities introduced in the traditional method because it includes only the OS and the software that is used across the entire company. Any department-specific software can then be installed directly on the platforms that need it.
This method allows the IT team to focus on only maintaining the images for each hardware configuration, rather than the configurations multiplied by the department-specific applications. The IT team can go around all the complexity that comes from maintaining so many images and provide the software directly to the that department needs it. In the end, this can reduce the amount of effort required to keep software up-to-date, reduce the demands on the IT department, and increase overall efficiency.
Angela works with Dell KACE. She is interested in all things related to system management as well as deployment. Outside of work she enjoys reading, hiking and writing about technology.
I know everyone has a desktop computer right? How about a laptop? These days, both are considered not really mobile anymore, even for a laptop. They prefer to have ipads or other tablets to carry around instead of laptops in a bag.
Have you ever wondered how small a computer be? Don’t be surprised if I tell you that a powerful CPU can be made from less than 10cm x 10 cm motherboard? Still don’t believe it. It’s what we called COM or computer on module. Basically what makes COM really small is the board is being stripped down and uses the most up to date connectors and by removing old or legacy connections such as serial, ps/2 and PCI slots. Not only that, the board already has integrated LAN ports, RAM and graphic card chips. Complicated yet beautifully crafted boards are the key for COM.
For an example, COM Express™ basic is one best computer on module in the market. The latest model of COM Express can support dual core i3/i5/i7 from Intel along with Intel high definition audio on board, support for gigabit ethernet and integrated display support that boasts Intel HD3000/2000 chipset with 3D Blu-ray support. Don’t say you are not tempted with the idea of a personal desktop computer that can be put into a bag or replacing your current audio setup in your car for your in car entertainment?
If you’re thinking to upgrade to iPhone 5, this will help you through your decision.