Backup your Files today or be Sorry Tomorrow ! Data Loss is Painful

Data loss is not an if. It’s a when. Files get corrupted, hard drives fail. And from spilled lattes to floods, theft and fires, your computer is susceptible to physical disasters. Then there’s the threat of viruses, hackers, and cybercriminals.

When disaster hits, backups become priceless.

Its fun using your Computer (Desktop/Laptop) and while it serves you well, you forget that the safety of that device can be affected by anything and its not the device that is painful, Its the data on the Computer that becomes priceless when its gone.

It happened to me 3 years ago, With an encryption algorthm over my Hard Drive, I got into issues with PointSec and my IT Guys were like the System was irrecoverable. I had a 3 months old backup but trust me thats too old for a developer like me because 3 new Applications are missing already with that Computer and other files if not restored. I kept faith for almost 3 months but still had to roll the machine down. I learnt the hard way that “If that file is really important, Give it a second location, If possible, A third
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Data Virtualization Solutions

Data Virtualization Solutions have grown in the IT industry today and we look out for ways to use this technology to meet both Business and Corporate needs. Composite Software brings the usage Patterns into 5 simple ways to provide more agile, lower cost data integration approach that overcomes data complexity and disparate silos to provide business with the timely information it needs to meet today’s ever-changing business requirements.

Data Virtualization Usage Patterns

Composite flexibly supports all of the data virtualization usage patterns typical in today’s complex IT environments including:

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Finally, after long years of ICT related divergence Ministries, bodies, laws, policy and efforts in various directions, there is a move to work through one focal point which I think for once is very good.

Download the Draft here from the Ministry of Communications Technology Website

I read Gbenga Sesan’s view on this draft and i share some of his thots as do the following.

Firstly, Section 6 which mentioned naming the ministry “Ministry of Communications and Information Technology” and bringing other related ICT agencies under its purview should be embraced. While name doesn’t depicts the Ministry’s actions, there is a need to pursue this vision under the right naming convention cos everything ICT is not inside Communications Technology and even down the Draft, the term ICT was used through out stating the ministry of CT left as an important I missing from its name.

The World Wide Web is 20 Years Old ~ aUG 6

The historic NeXT computer used by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, on display in the Microcosm exhibition at CERN. It was the first web server, hypermedia browser and web editor.

Berners-Lee created a browser-editor with the goal of developing a tool to make the Web a creative space to share and edit information and build a common hypertext. What should they call this new browser: The Mine of Information? The Information Mesh? When they settled on a name in May 1990, it was the WorldWideWeb and It was August 6, 1991, at a CERN facility in the Swiss Alps, when 36-year-old physicist Tim Berners-Lee published the first-ever website. It was, not surprisingly, a pretty basic one — according to CERN.
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Is Data the next Money Spinner?

If what Stephen O’Grady (RedMonk co-founder and analyst) say is true then maybe data is the next money spinner or has it already been? According to O’Grady there are four generations of software companies and they are:

  1. First Generation (IBM) “The money is in the hardware, not the software”
  2. Second Generation (Microsoft) “Actually, the money is in the software”
  3. Third Generation (Google) “The money is not in the software, but it is differentiating”
  4. Fourth Generation (Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin) “Software is not even differentiating, the value is the data”

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Visualize the World – Facebook Data

Facebook intern Paul Butler works visualized data of facebook data. It’s like the photography of the world’s friendship with the data held by the social networking firm on its 583.9 million members.

The map below is the result of his attempts to visualise where people live relative to their Facebook friends. Each line connects cities with pairs of friends. The brighter the line, the more friends between those cities.

After tweaking the graphic and data set it produced a “surprisingly detailed map of the world,” he said in a blog post.

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An Information Databank Framework for the Health Care Industry in Nigeria

Full Paper download available at International Journal of Computing and ICT Research

2008, I was thinking ICT and the Health sector and i had my hands full with an Health Information Databank, An E-Health Model for the Health Sector and Web Services Initiative for Data Sharing and Usage. Well this one is on the Data Bank idea of collating and managing related data within the Health practitioners.


The development of web based database systems for service industries has led to a remarkable new dimension of information retrieval and distribution. These developments allow service industries to make information readily available almost at no cost to the general public. This paper discusses the use of web based database systems to accommodate the health care industry data. Presently, the health care information system in Nigeria consist of series of scattered inter-related data from different health sources and service centres, The Internet being a global village was used as a tool to solve this information problem by capturing all these related data into a data repository online where it can be accessed as information. The design uses the three-tier web model architecture as its underlying technology and presents an Information databank capable of storing health care data….. Continue reading “An Information Databank Framework for the Health Care Industry in Nigeria”