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What you need to know about Elon Musk….

What you need to know about Elon Musk….

Musk had always been a creative thinker as a child he coded his own video games and was very resourceful in making money, after graduation from college he chose to continue with an entrepreneurship rather than wait for an internet company to recognize him. 

Today he is the manager of numerous businesses and initiatives geared towards the creation of driver less cars, private space exploration, mars colonization, solar energy and artificial intelligence. Above all this, his executive roles, are with Tesla, Space X, Solar City, and Open AI. Below we have included more interesting facts about Musk.

  1. His parents thought he might be deaf – as a child he daydreamed a lot and often did so whilst his parents were talking to him. His mother told a biographer “now I just leave him when he’s daydreaming as I know he’s in probably designing a new rocket or something”  
  2. He was violently bullied as a child – growing up in South Africa he was bullied by his classmates, and at 41 he has surgery to fix a deviated septum.
  3. He wrote and sold a video game in 1984 – It was called Blastar and Musk was only 12 years old received $500 for when it was published in the South African magazine PC and Office Technology.
  4. He paid his through college by partying – He threw house parties and charged a cover fee of $5 and always remained sober to keep the parties under control.
  5. He dropped out – He enrolled in graduate school at Stanford University to study physics. Then he realised that the internet had far greater potential and left to found Zip2 a company that now provides maps and directories to online newspapers.
  6. He’s a father of five – Musk has 5 sons with his ex-wife Justine Wilson, Twins Griffith and Xavier. Triplets Damian, Saxon and Kai.
  7. He’s the real life Tony Stark - Musk was the inspiration for the Robert Downey’s character Tony Stark, in the Iron Man.
He almost went broke – During the great recession and a very taxing divorce from his first wife, Musk was said to have been living off loans from his wealthy friends. Musk put his last few million into Tesla and went public, it is now worth over $33.4 billion and Musk is worth $12.7 billion.
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5 Benefits of Flash Storage for Commerce

5 Benefits of Flash Storage for Commerce

The way in which we choose to store our data is a forever changing concept. Only a few years ago we were utilising CD-ROM which are now virtually obsolete. Most new PC’s don’t even allow for CD rom compatibility which just goes to prove how historic they are becoming.

Tech heads are now advising that all data will be stored on the iCloud, however this is not suitable for all users especially organisations and businesses. Presently the majority of the world’s information and data is stored on physical mediums such as drives and hard discs.

In the last few years Flash Drive and solid state drives (SSD) have become more commonly adopted as a method of data storage. Unlike HDD, Flash storage has no moving parts and all actions are performed silently and electronically.

Flash Storage offers a number of benefits.

  1. Faster Access Data

Speed is one of the ideal reasons for using Flash Drives, Testing shows that Flash drives are up to 100 times faster than a classic HDD, and that speed is developing every year.

  1. Durability and Disaster Recovery

Over time SSD’s are not the most reliable method of storage, as it is subject to constant rea/write requests. However because there are no moving parts, Flash storage is will not allow for spontaneous breakdowns that occur in HDD, such as disc scratching or head breaking.

  1. Reduced Energy Consumption

For the majority of technology users the main issue with flash storage is the cost, there is a difference between HDD and Flash that being that HDD is viewed as inexpensive as oppose to Flash.

  1. Portability

The convenience of being able to transfer flash from one device to another is part of the appeal of the medium. However lap top users are more interested in SSD’s. For individual users flash storage carries the convenience of being light and carrying large amounts of data at all times. At a business or organisations level it means more manageable server rooms which means more usable space for the business.

  1. Advances in Large –Scale Flash Technology

In recent years the market for all-flash array (AFA’s) has experienced huge growth. Traditional forms of business data storage are being interrupted by this new technology, which has proven to be highly economical and very scalable in storage solutions terms.

With all the advantages listed, and additionally the fact that AFA’s do not involve complexed installation processes, the move to flash storage is more technologically sounds and effective.

Traditional HDD’s are still vital when it comes to IT infrastructure, so don’t be quick to dispose of this just yet. That being said Flash storage is going to play a much large role as technology continually improves and the prices also fall. It is imperative you and your business get the most out of solid state storage.              

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10 Facts about Google

10 Facts about Google

10 Facts about Google.

Google was founded back in 1995 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin whilst studying at Stanford University as 21 year old computer science Ph.D student. One year later they began writing programs for a search engine called Backrub, the name came from the program’s ability to do back link analysis.  It was a unique search engine in its concept, due to its capability to rank a web pages relevance based on the number of pages along with importance of each of those pages, that linked to its initial site. After receiving great reviews on Backrub the two began working on Google.

After some time of seeking funding finally Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim decided to invest $100,00 in Google and get it off the ground, they later raised another $900,000 as their initial round of funding. In 1998 Google Inc. opened in Menlo Park, California and Google.com a beta search engine was essentially obtaining 10,000 searches every day. In 1999 Google officially removed the beta from its title and was officially its own search engine.

Here’s some suprising facts about Google you may not know!

  1. Google estimates that it roughly cost $10 million to advertise on its homepage.
  2. The name Google is actually a misspelling of the word Googol. A mathematical term meaning 1 followed by 100 zeros.
  3. Google ‘doodles’ started in 1998 with a stick man placed behind the logo, it lets users know the founders had gone to the Burning Man festival.
  4. Google doesn’t use lawnmowers to cut its grass. In 2009 they rented 200 goats to chow down the grass at their HQ.
  5. The google homepage is available in over 80 languages; in case of alien invasion one of these languages is Star Trek’s Klingon.
  6. Google has its own dinosaur called Stan. The T-Rex skeleton lives at their Californian HQ.
  7. Yahoo turned down the chance to buy Google for $1 million in 1997; today it is worth $200 billion. Yahoo is worth $20 billion.
  8. Googles first Tweet was “I’m 001 1000 0011 10001 1100100 0011100…” (etc) It means
    “I’m feeling lucky” in binary.  
  9. The “I’m Feeling Lucky” button costs Google over $100 million a year, in lost ad revenue. It remains as studies show it comforts users.
  10. Google has more than 1 million servers – 2% of the world’s total. It receives over 1 billion search requests every day.
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Canon Support Code 1731 Error Message

Canon Support Code 1731 Error Message

Canon Support Code 1731 Error Message

Canon printers may present an error message 1731 Support Code Error message if it detects an attempt to use a generic cartridge in its printer. You can still utilise a generic ink cartridge if you use the correct process.

A simple method to combat this is, is to refrain from updating your printer software. Not updating your printers software will not result in any issues and the updating process itself does nothing to enhance the performance of the printer anyway, deeming it completely unnecessary. The following models can be affected by the software update including: MG5760, MG5765, MG6860, MG6865 and MG7760.

Error Message Solution

When the error message does occur all you need to do is click on the “Do not detect” and continue printing. If you have updated your printers software you will find the error message to appear, or if you have a very new printer and the firmware has been installed at the factory. In order to combat the issue, you will need to disable the ink detection function on your printer.

To disable this function, press and hold the stop button on your printer for a minimum of seconds and then release.

You can then continue to print as per normal however you will not be able to check the levels of your ink. So if the function for detecting the remaining ink levels is disabled, the ink tanks will display in grey on the LCD screen when checking the ink levels.

If you are going to follow this method you will need to ensure you consistently check your ink levels by physically moving the cartridges frequently when you suspect they may be running low.

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How to overcome failure according to Jack (Founder of Alibaba)

How to overcome failure according to Jack (Founder of Alibaba)

This week we feature Jack Ma the creator of Ali Baba and global enterpreneur as our success story. It is estimated that he is now worth $27.9 billion, it’s a far stretch from his previous years as an English teacher!

Here are some fun facts about how he overcame failure and adversity and used these pitfalls to propel himself into success and fortune.

  1. Ma was a very bad student and failed middle school 3 times and failed his college entrance exams twice! Jack Ma is one of the many geniuses to have failed academically he is grouped with the likes of Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln who also struggled with acedemics!
  2. Ma scored 1 out of 120 in the math portion of his college exam and to this day struggles with mathematics despite Alibaba being a tech company, yet he is still a billionaire.
  3. Ma was rejected from Harvard 10 times, but never lost hope and went on to become an English major at Hangzhou Normal University.
  4. Ma remained positive even after being turned down for 30 jobs, after his graduation he applied for 30 jobs and was rejected from all of them. Fortunately for this go getter he kept on running. “Today is cruel, Tomorrow is crueler and the day after is beautiful.”
  5. Out of 24 candidates going for positions at KFC, Ma was the only one to be rejected after they hired 23 people.
  6. Even after starting Alibaba, Ma faced several failures, the first 3 years was not profitable they were close to implosion due to expansion happening too quickly and they were only 18 months away from bankruptcy at the time.
  7. Ma now admits that telling his 18 Alibaba partners at the time ( who had a contributed capital total of $60,000 USD) that no one would rank higher than a mere manager. Ma now says this was a mistake you should always motivate and value your team if you want your business to be successful and grow.

 

We can all learn a lot from Jack Ma not just in business but in life itself, if you first do not succeed, try again, and again and again. Ma’s story is the classic rag-to-riches story and he is living proof that no amount of failures should stop anyone from achieving their dreams. You only fail when you quit!

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Best Small Printer

Best Small Printer

Best Home Printer

If you are looking for the best printer deals right now, look no further! If you are after an Inkjet printer for your home or small business we are here to list the best buys in Australia and we will give you the heads up on what’s cheap and easy to run too! So here we have suggested a few printers that we have used and tested, they are affordable, easy to run and reliable.

First tip is do not get sucked into buying a printer which only uses 2 ink cartridges. The printer ink for these printers are generally quite expensive and not typically available in generics.

So here is this week’s best printer buys:

CANON PIXMA MG5765

The Canon PIXMA MG5765 is one red hot buy at the moment. It features a multifunction centre with a printer, scanner, and copier with wireless capabilities. This printer uses 5 individual cartridges and these printers are compatible with generic ink cartridges.

 

CANON MG5760

The Canon MG5760 comes highly recommended, the ink is quite cheap and it is compatible with generic cartridges. Suitable for any small business or home office, they look good in any workspace too with their clean black design.

 

BROTHER DCP-J562DW

The Brother DCP-J562DW is a good printer and again very affordable to run. It has multifunction capabilities, printing, scanning, and copying which uses 4 cartridges.

 

Advice when buying a printer

It pays to do your own research, because you cannot always believe everything that shop the shop assistance tell you. Firstly most of them are part time/casual staff that do not undertake any specific training on individual printers, secondly they are generally responsible for a range of products therefore any training given would be pretty minimal and basic! So you're not really getting an expert opinion on what you're after!

Here at master print solutions we are a one stop shop when it comes to printers and we are experts we live, eat and breathe printers. We can supply you your printer as well as always supply your ink. So it will always pay to call someone like ourselves, and because we look at creating longevity with our customers we will always offer the most honest advice.

So the main piece of advice to take away with you is to always look at the value in a printer and reliability (do your research) and look for printers that are compatible with generic cartridges making it friendlier on your wallet too. To contact one of our friendly account managers for advice on printers or ink call 1300 726 695.

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