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5 NFL Injuries Leave Fans Wishing They Could Restore From a Backup

One of the great things about restoring from a backup is that, in a way, you’re travelling back in time. You’re going back to that special place in time before your two-year-old dumped your laptop in the tub, or before your hard drive finally decided it’d had enough of your 24 hour gaming sessions.

With the NFL preseason in full swing, the fact that 300 pound men are now crashing into each other at full speed has hastened the return of everyone’s least favorite event in sports – the injury. The loss of a player due to a unforeseen injury can alter the outcomes of games, success of teams, and in some cases, the careers of coaches or front office types. Even though we’re only a few weeks into the preseason, there are already quite a few players who’s season is already done due to injury.

NFL Backups and injuries

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Here are five players fans wish they could restore to a previous, uninjured version:

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles – Torn ACL

Chip Kelly’s arrival as Eagles’ head coach signaled a changing of the guard in Philly. Kelly’s up tempo offense is not without it’s doubters, but with players like Maclin (and fellow receiver Arrelious Benn, also injured) hopes were high in the City of Brotherly Love that Kelly’s fast paced style of play would restore the Eagles to the top of the standings. With Maclin out for the season, Philly fans are hoping they can simply hit the restore button next season, and won’t need to reset everything after a year or two of the Chip Kelly experiment.

Most likely backup: Riley Cooper

Brian Bulaga, OT, Green Bay Packers – Torn ACL

Yes, we’re not excited about talking about an offensive lineman either, but Bulaga has been a mainstay in the Packers’ trenches for the last three years, serving as the critical “blindside” protector to all-everything quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Some pundits had picked the Packers to finish first in their division, and while Rodgers and the cheeseheads are used to playing (and winning) in the face of adversity, Bulaga’s absence will be a blow (perhaps literally) to the Packers and their star QB. One can only hope Bulaga’s backup (rookie David Bakhtiari) will be up to the challenge.

Most likely backup: David Bakhtiari

Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks – Hip injury (labrum)

Harvin’s arrival in Seattle was a source of excitement for the fans of the beleaguered Seahawks, who made their first visit to the playoffs in two years with rookie QB Russell Wilson calling the shots. Harvin was to be the featured weapon for an already powerful offense, but hip problems sidelined him before the season really got started. While the Seahawks’ receiving core certainly isn’t lacking in talent this year, fans are anxiously hoping the rumors about Harvin being “restored” to the team in late November or early December come true.

Most likely backup: Doug Baldwin

Dustin Keller, TE, Miami Dolphins – Torn ACL, PCL, MCL, and dislocated kneecap (Essentially his entire leg was blown up)

While Dolphins fans may be hoping to restore Keller to his previous consistency at tight end, Keller himself is pushing for a quick recovery. After spurning the New York Jets to sign a one-year deal with the Dolphins, Keller was banking on his status as young quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s check down option to produce a monster year and a correspondingly large contract. Now out for the season and rehabbing a gruesomely shredded knee, Keller and Dolphin fans are left to wonder “what if”. There are even a few questions as to whether Keller will see the field again in Dolphins teal and white, or in any other uniform for that matter.

Most likely backup: Charles Clay

Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens – Fractured and dislocated hip

Technically Pitta suffered his hip injury (which drew some similarities to Bo Jackson’s career-altering hip injury in 1991) earlier in the year, but it still casts a shadow over the Ravens’ efforts to defend their Super Bowl title. Pitta had his best reason as a professional in 2012, and his 61 catches and 7 touchdowns were a result of his chemistry with gun-slinger QB Joe Flacco. 13% of Pitta’s catches were for more than 20 yards, so Ravens fans are hoping someone is there to pick up the slack.

Most likely backup: Ed Dickson.

Of course, as the season continues, NFL fans will continue to find their team’s outlook changed due to injuries across the league. Owners, players, and fans alike know that in a game as rough and aggressive as football, a backup plan is key.

Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – March 6

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features a computer allowing users to reach into the screen, a new app that helps drivers find open parking spaces, and a look back at the Mobile Word Congress and the top items on display. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

3-D Computing Prototype Literally Puts Users Inside the Computer

3D Computer

A futuristic device known as Spacetop may be a glimpse of what the future of computing holds.Though it may not be completed for quite some time, NBC News Reports that it, allows the user to work in a 3-D environment through a transparent display. Users then move around the elements on screen with their hands. Experts aren’t sure whether this is a type of computing that could actually become commonplace, but it was a huge hit at the recent TED conference where it was on display.

RSA Conference Forecast – 100 Percent Chance of Cloud

Cloud security is growing and developing so quickly that more and more industries are starting to take notice. According to John Fontana of ZDNet, this week’s RSA Conference—a cryptography and information security-related conference, will kickoff with a summit from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), which now has approximately 45,000 members. Among the topics being discussed at the summit is the spread of cloud technology across the world and how it is forcing enterprises to focus on security from a variety of angles.

New App May Have Answer for Big City Parking Hassles 

Finding parking in a big city can be quite the headache. However, the recently released app Park.It is quickly making a name for itself as it helps drivers to find open parking spaces and avoid costly tickets. Right now the app only covers the city of San Francisco, however New York and Washington, D.C. versions will be available soon, says Katherine Bindley of Huffington Post Tech. Park.It shows users where legal spaces are located in the area they are driving in, and notifies them if they have parked in an illegal area.

A Look at the Top Products From Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Conference

The biggest mobile conference of the year MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2013 took place last week and Ubergizmo has a wrap-up of some of the top products on display. MWC is a chance for all the big-name tech companies to showoff products being released sometime in the near future.

 

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Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – March 1

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week, we have Google going retail, t-shirts going biometric and a 3D printer helping a child overcome disability. All that and more in this week’s edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

5 Year Old with Disability Recipient of “Robohand” 

Liam and his Robot Hand

A 5-year-old boy born without fingers was the recipient of a new robohand this week, thanks to new technology and a remarkable collaboration. The robohand, “an open-sourced device built with customized prosthetic fingers,” according to Mashable’s Camille Bautista, was built using 3D printing. The duo that created the device live across the world from each other (one in Washington state, the other in South Africa) and used Skype to communicate and share ideas.

Coming to a Shopping Mall Near You: Google Stores

One of the companies you’re used to seeing all over the web may soon be all over your local shopping malls as well. Venture Beat reports that Google plans to launch its own retail stores just in time for the 2013 holiday season. The move could be considered an attempt to compete with Apple, which currently operates 400 stores in 12 countries, according to the article. The Google stores will feature the company’s products, like the new Chromebook, and will also have employees offering technical support, similar to what Apple does.

President Obama Urges Schools to Focus More on Technology

President Obama mentioned technology in his State of the Union Address last week, saying that he would like to see schools “meet the demands of a high-tech economy.” The President suggested that schools focusing more on technology—and subjects like science, engineering, and math—would be rewarded. While exciting people who have been pushing for more coding to be taught in schools, implementation may be an uphill battle. According to Forbes’ Anthony Wing Kosner, schools face challenges such as a lack of computer science teachers and time in their current daily schedules.

Under Armour Working on Technology for Touchscreen Tees

Technology and exercise have become fast friends. Smartphones are now valuable devices for workouts, as several apps and features have emerged to help motivate and keep track of miles, time, weight, and more. But what if you didn’t need your phone at all? If Under Armour’s vision comes true, all of that technology might be available right on a person’s arm—in the fabric of the shirt they’re wearing. Ryan Gearhardt for Mashable writes that, while the idea hasn’t been perfected yet, the company is hard at work on developing “wearable” technology, or touchscreen shirts.

 

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Mozy Takes You Directly to Your Data

More and more, MozyHome customers have been telling us that they now come to the Mozy website to access their files. That makes sense to us. People increasingly use Mozy for access to files in addition to protecting files against loss. You can use the Mozy app to get at your files from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. And with Stash, you can use Mozy to keep your most active and important files up to date on each of your computers. Browser access completes the access-from-anywhere story. For example, if you forget to put a file in your Stash and you need it on another computer, accessing your backed up files from the browser is very convenient.

The increased interest in using the Mozy site for quick access to files has lead us to change what happens when you log onto the mozy website. From now on, instead of going to the Account Details page and having to click Restore Files (or in the case of Stash, Access Files), we’ll take you straight to your files.

You can still access the Account Home page when you need it. Just click on your name in the upper right corner and  then select Manage Account.

For those who may not be familiar with accessing your Mozy-protected files through the browser, let’s take a quick orientation tour. You can match the letters of the list items to the screenshot below.

A. Account Access - Your name in the top right corner provides the menu shown above. From it, use Manage Account to access the account page that allows you to change your password, expire mobile access, or change your MozyHome plan.

B. Top tabs – Use these tabs to view your account Dashboard, access files stored in your Stash, or to access backed up files on each of your Devices.

    1. Dashboard – The Dashboard tab provides you with summary information about your account, such as how much data you have backed up or stashed. It also lets you change the default top tab.
    2. Stash - The Stash tab shows only if you join the Stash beta, and provides access to the files that you have put in your Stash.
    3. Devices – The Devices tab lets you access your files backed up from any device on which you run Mozy online backup. You can instantly download a single file or a whole folder, or you can initiate a complete restore of all your files from a backed-up computer.

C. Files panel – The files panel shows on both the Devices tab or Stash tab. It lets you browse the content of folders, download items you need, recover deleted files, access a file’s version history, and so on.

D. Actions panel – The Actions panel changes according to what you have selected in the Files panel. For example, on the screenshot below, you can see that with Stash you can upload files right from the web.

E. Status summary – The status bar at bottom summarizes your current select. For example, in the screenshot I have a folder selected, so the bar shows how many items the folder contains and its total size.

If you have questions, ideas or suggestions related to this new direct-to-your-data feature or using the Mozy website to access your files, please leave a comment for us.

As always, be safe,

Ted

How a More Visual Firewall Can Help Protect Your Network

Any business with a network needs a firewall to keep the bad guys out and the data safe. And it has done so behind a complex dashboard that was difficult to navigate and operate.

But lately a few vendors have begun to offer a more visual take on this venerable category, placing a premium on the User Experience. For smaller businesses this can be especially useful. Let’s look at what is involved with these products with some samples from McAfee, Palo Alto Networks and Sonicwall.

In olden times, firewalls were anything but visual dashboards. You had to navigate long lists of rule sets that would take a lot of expertise to craft correctly. The order of how the rules were listed were also important, as the firewall would process one rule at a time. Each rule would either permit or deny a particular kind of traffic to a particular port and protocol. They had dashboards like this one from Cisco’s ASA firewall that had densely-packed information.

That was great back when the Internet was young but these days playing ports and protocol games is more complex. Just about every new application uses the Web ports 80 and 443, so filtering on those doesn’t help much. And for corporations that want to be more sophisticated in what they block, you want something that offers more granularity and understands the way particular applications behave. For example, let’s say I want to allow people to use Gmail but not Google Earth. So my firewall has to distinguish between these

two actions. Here is how the McAfee Firewall handles it. You can see a long list of Google applications here in the screen capture above. It is very easy to click on the particular situation and quickly set it up to block other Google functions.

McAfee has a add-on option to its Enterprise Firewall called Profiler that includes a very graphical mechanism for managing its operations.

You can use its graphical interface to spot trends quickly, make adjustments to firewall rule sets, and see the results of your changes instantly, without having to plow through network traces and protocol details.

In the screen capture below, we are looking at the main Profiler screen and you see these bubbles that indicate by color whether traffic is allowed or blocked by particular user department and application category.The size of the bubble indicates the volume of traffic that is involved in a particular situation.

Some of the firewalls come with very graphical real-time monitors, such as this display from Sonicwall’s unified threat appliances below where you can see traffic patterns and drill down if you spot something that doesn’t look quite right.

Palo Alto Networks has this interesting global map of all your network traffic, again to help you spot some particular network flow to a country where you normally don’t do any business. Many of the firewalls have geo-location features where you can block traffic originating or destined for particular countries too.

These are just some of the more innovative firewall vendors out there who have begun to harness visual information displays to help you manage your network traffic and operations. If you are still looking at long lists of log files or rule sets, you might want to investigate one or more of these products.

 

 

Mozy and Enterprise – Ready for Each Other

This week, Mozy announced a renewed commitment to the MozyEnterprise service and for many that begs, the question, “Why now?”

MozyEnterprise

Over the past few years, the Mozy Enterprise Backup Solution product has enjoyed many successes and endured some bruises, and we’re proud and excited to go public with the fact that the software (the Mozy business) and the business (Enterprise customers worldwide) are finally ready for each other.  Here are the main reasons:

  1. Mozy’s enterprise cloud backup solution has enjoyed years of hardening and testing.  It may not be perfect (cause claiming perfection is a sure fire way to anger the software gods) but it’s pretty dang great.
  2. Businesses, even very large businesses, are accepting cloud solutions as enterprise-ready and really great choices for their IT needs.  We no longer have to sell enterprises on the power of the cloud – the cloud has proven itself.
  3. Enterprises are seeing the complexity of their backup and file accessibility needs explode – from remote workforces to Bring Your Own Device policies, IT no longer maintains strict control over the places and devices where people need access to their data, and enterprise cloud backup (specifically MozyEnterprise!) is well-suited to the needs of a diverse workforce.

We are very excited to re-introduce MozyEnterprise to the world of large business backup software and can’t wait to revolutionize the enterprise with the best backup and data access solution out there.

To learn more about MozyPro and MozyEnterprise and the difference between the two, make sure to watch Mozy Product Managers Jamie Morningstar and Todd Esplin discuss the differences between each offering.

 

Mozy + Stash – A Winning Combination at Tax Time

With tax season here, many of us are rounding up receipts, checking our W2 forms, and meeting with accountants to get ready to submit our taxes. Now that so much of this information is stored online, data storage, backup, and sharing become even more important. MozyHome online backup and Mozy Stash can help make this record compiling and storage much easier.

Here is one Mozy user’s story from earlier this year:

“I met with my accountant recently to prepare my taxes and accidentally forgot to bring my W-2 form. Since the form is essential for tax preparation, my accountant was ready to postpone our meeting until I had all the proper documentation. But I had a Plan B: My W-2 form was in my work computer’s local Stash folder. So I pulled out my iPhone, opened the Mozy mobile app, found my W-2, and emailed it to my dumbfounded accountant sitting across from me.

My accountant is a MozyPro customer, so he understands the need for backup. But the fact my work computer synced with my phone and other computers to enable me to access my files anywhere was astounding to him! When I explained that Mozy Stash is available to MozyHome customers now and that it’d soon be available for him to use on his MozyPro account, he was chomping at the bit to use it for himself. He just may never need to carry a briefcase full of paper documents again!”

Get the most out of Mozy

Mozy’s backup and file synchronization features can make tax time a breeze. Do you use an Intuit product to help with your personal or business finances and taxes? Make sure to check out this post on backing up Intuit data.

Also, be sure to check out the Mozy mobile apps and utilize the many features Mozy Stash has to offer.