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  • Denver Colorado Outrage / Service Interruption

    No comments April 17th, 2016 1 View(s)

    This evening at 4:08PM MDT an electrical issue with one of our cabinets power delivery units (PDU) caused a brief interruption or all servers and services in our Colorado data-center. Technicians were dispatched, however upon arrival were unable to identify any issues as services had resumed normal.

    Another electrical issue at approximately 5:25PM MDT caused a major electrical fault in the cabinet that handles all network communications for our network. The fault triggered the data-center power delivery systems to cut power to the cabinet resulting in a full outage of our Colorado location. The technician who responded found the power delivery unit had fully failed. Once the unit was removed, power was restored to the cabinet.

    The total outage time was about 58 minutes between the 2 interruptions.

    After contacting Level 3’s electricians and discussing options to better handle these unfortunate events in the future, we will be purchasing additional electrical equipment to have better fault tolerance for these issues in the future.

    We apologize for any inconvenience during this time. If there are any questions or concerns, please open a support ticket the technical support department for your service.

     

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  • MX01 SmarterMail Upcoming Scheduled Maintenance

    No comments April 15th, 2016 1 View(s)

    We will be updating our MX01 server to the latest build of SmarterMail on Saturday April 16th at 10PM MDT. The upgrade is expected to take 20 – 30 minutes. This is a minor build that addresses a few minor reported issues.

    For the full changelog and release notes, please visit the SmarterTools site at https://www.smartertools.com/smartermail/release-notes

    Scheduled Date: 04-17-2016
    Scheduled Time:
    4:00 AM – 4:30 AM UTC
    Max Outage Duration: 30 Minutes

    If you have any questions or concerns please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • Color Psychology pt 2

    No comments April 14th, 2016 2 View(s)

    If you haven’t yet, take a look at our first post on colors. This follow-up will focus more on the marketing potential in color and how to utilize that.

    First off, you have probably seen a color wheel, but do you know how to utilize it?  These terms may be helpful:

    Color wheels are a helpful tool for assembling colors and intensities that complement each other. The hue is the brightest form of the color shown on the outside of the wheel. These are the purest form of the color and are not diluted with any white, black, or grey. Next is the tint, which has been mixed with white for a more pastel version of the same color. Third on the wheel, nearing the center, is the tone, which is the hue mixed with true grey for a more muted version. Lastly, closest to the center, is the shade which is the hue mixed with black for a rich, deep result.

    Often in marketing, tints are used for female products while shades promote products geared toward men.

    Think of the common colors we see around us. Pink is often associated with confectionary shops, red with fast food, calming greens with bookstores or organic markets, while blue is a common color in insurance companies and banks.

    Color’s influence cannot be overstated.

    The most important thing is that your design promotes readability. Blunt, complementary colors keep the text from fading into the background without contrast. For images or logos, colors schemes with the central item being the brightest color will focus attention without straining your viewers’ eyes.

    Color schemes that consciously direct the eye’s path are often the most successful. For example, a website with a grey background, black text, and some red framing. If you organize the red so that it is associated with buttons, essential elements, and action, readers will be “trained” to recognize the highlighted sections as important.

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  • Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0

    No comments April 12th, 2016 0 View(s)

    For those who frequent the internet and technical articles, the terms Web 2.0 (or 1.0 or 3.0) surely have surfaced and may be confusing. What is the difference between the three and why does it matter?

    There is no hard and fast classification as these terms are broadly used, but basic definitions can still be applied to each.

    Web 1.0 refers to the very first implementation of the web in which users could read but not interact with or contribute to the information they found. This read-only format was used simply to establish an internet presence and widen contact with audiences by making their information readily and easily available.

    An example would be shopping cart applications which mainly function as an online, seachable catalog with the advantage of shopping and purchasing from any location. The purpose is convenience and accessibility.

    Web 2.0 is the term for a read-write arrangement that allows contribution of and interaction between the users. This goes beyond (although it does include) comment sections or availability of a rating system or feedback. Think of websites like YouTube or Twitter that rely upon user contribution and uploads. The users become integrated and invested in the information. The purpose here is connection and contribution.

    What comes next? Numerically, it is obviously Web 3.0, but its functions are less obvious to imagine. The idea is a read-write-execute version of the web. This latest development is still in process. Ideally Web 3.0 will reduce the communication gap between computerized applications and users so that technical data is more accessible and readable to humans. From there, applications will have the potential to communicate directly to each other and simplify the need for user instruction. This will allow for broader, more instinctive search engines and intelligent, computerized interpretation of information.

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  • New – Database Vault for Windows!

    No comments April 6th, 2016 0 View(s)

    ASPnix is pleased to announce Database Vault for Windows – a brand new database backup management application. Database Vault offers a simple all-in-one solution for creating and managing MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server database backups. No need to have multiple applications for different SQL database engines, let Database Vault do it all!

    database-vaultDatabase Vault has the ability to store database backups to a variety of storage locations and solutions, such as a local disk, external USB drive, network storage, or an offsite FTP server. More storage locations such as Dropbox, Amazon S3 and Google Drive are coming soon!

    A single installation easily manages an unlimited number of database backups and versions. Backups take almost no time to create, and multiple databases can be backed up simultaneously, streamlining the process. Database Vault supports both full and incremental backups for Microsoft SQL Server, as well as supporting SQL Server’s native backup compression. Additionally database backups can be compressed to save space, password protected, and AES-256 encrypted for security. Database Vault has email notifications support for successful or failed backups and can include the backup task log file for a quick diagnostics of what has failed or gone wrong. 

    Database Vault integrates with the Windows Task Scheduler to allow backup administrators to schedule and plan backup tasks or directly edit the scheduled task within the Windows Task Scheduler, allowing optimal control over the task’s execution.

    Database Vault has been tested with databases from only several MBs all the way to 100GBs and handles databases of all sizes with ease!

    For a limited time, we are offering a $50 off launch promo on both the MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server backup options.

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  • Scheduled Weekend Windows Server Maintenance

    No comments April 5th, 2016 0 View(s)

    Beginning at 9PM MST on Saturday, April, 9th we will be performing thorough maintenance and standard cleanup on our Windows Web servers, SQL servers and our DNS servers. The following maintenance activities will be executed on our servers over the weekend…

    • Cleaning of ASP.NET temporary directories and other temp directories
    • PHP and 3rd party components updates
    • GeoIP database update
    • Windows Updates
    • Update PHPMyAdmin to latest version

    This maintenance period will apply to the following server systems…

    • WEB12
    • WEB13
    • WEB14
    • WEB15
    • WEB16
    • MYSQL
    • MSSQL
    • NS1
    • NS2
    • NS3

    During the maintenance period each server may be unavailable or sporadically online. We expect 15 – 30 minutes per server. We appreciate your patience during this period. No other servers or systems will be affected by this.

    Scheduled Date: 04-10-2016
    Scheduled Time:
     3:00 AM UTC
    Max Outage Duration: 30 minutes per server

    Thank you for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • Color Psychology

    No comments April 3rd, 2016 11 View(s)

    Color is a very important tool for conveying tone, encouraging emotions, and connecting with your viewers on a subconscious level. Used correctly, the color tones you use can be harmonious with each other and your textual message. Incorrectly used, colors can repel viewers, clash, and appear in disagreement with your website or blog’s message.

    While colors initially may seem self-explanatory due to our societal and cultural cues (blue = sad, yellow = happy, etc), the hues can have deeper contextual messages for your readers. Here are some important color connotations:

    Red: enthusiastic, powerful, confident, energetic, protective, exciting, prosperous. Most exercise products and companies use this color to encourage energy and assurance.

    colored pencilsOrange: active, healthy, social, friendly, warm, fun. This can be a risky color to choose as a central piece of a logo or background, as people usually have a strong innate negative or positive response to it.

    Yellow: communication, mental stimulation, optimism, enlightenment, happiness, creativity. Even though yellow is typically representative of happiness in American culture, in Greece it signifies sadness and in French culture yellow represents jealousy.

    Green: soothing, mentally and physically relaxing, harmonious. As a naturally pervasive color, green makes an excellent dominant color in backgrounds etc as we are so accustomed to seeing it around us.

    Blue: calming, trustworthy, cooling, intuitive, commitment, stimulates productivity. Like green, blue is common in nature in the sky, oceans, and lakes and provides a connection to the natural world.

    Purple: uplifting, creative, calming, royal, mystic, balanced. The color has the connotation of peaceful compromise as it is a perfect equilibrium of two primary colors.

    Pink: energetic, youthful, fun, active, confident, passionate. This color encourages friendliness. It appears open-minded, eager, and flexible.

    White: purity, clarity, cleanliness, new beginnings, peace, safety, happiness. Used effectively, white can be more than simply a default background. It can emphasize without being obnoxious.

    Gray: intelligence, sobriety, calming, efficiency, authoritative, elegant. As a perfect neutral, gray is the ideal background color.

    Black: sophistication, confidence, potential, authoritative, weighty, important. While too much can be oppressive and overwhelming, the dark color provides an idea of restful emptiness and the urge to fill it.

    Brown: security, responsibility, comfort, warmth. It can be a difficult color to pair successfully, but when used correctly can provide a homey, earth tone.

    The next step is knowing how to pair and identify the colors you wish to incorporate in your website, logo, or blog design. Check in soon for a follow-up piece continuing on color selection, influence, and pairing!

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  • MX01 SmarterMail Upcoming Scheduled Maintenance

    No comments March 31st, 2016 2 View(s)

    We will be updating our MX01 server to the latest build of SmarterMail on Saturday April 2nd at 10PM MST. We expect the upgrade to take about 20 – 30 minutes. This is a new major version, SmarterMail v15 that introduces new features and many improvements!

    • Support for IMAP Quota extension, allows your email client to know your current usage and alert you when you are close to disk space limit or over it
    • Web interface now has a disk space indicator bar that gives you a quick glance of your disk space usage
    • Improvements to ActiveSync
    • Major improvements to handling contacts
    • Major improvements to Exchange Web Services
    • Numerous other improvements

    Along with many other improvements and fixes. For full changelog and release notes, please visit the SmarterTools site at https://www.smartertools.com/smartermail/release-notes

    Scheduled Date: 04-03-2016
    Scheduled Time:
     4:00 AM – 4:30 AM UTC
    Max Outage Duration: 30 Minutes

    If you have any questions or concerns please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • Optimizing Images for Websites

    No comments March 30th, 2016 0 View(s)

    Images are an essential element when it comes to grabbing readers’ attention and breaking up long paragraphs of text. Images educate, emphasize, and elaborate. The more images used, however, can gradually slow your browser’s speed, increase the size of your pages, use up storage on your server, and ultimately increase the page load time for your visitors.

    The answer is optimization.

    The first thing to pay attention to is the image format. Most images will allow you to save them in various file picturesformats. Typically JPEG or PNG are used for the web. JPEGs are prime for photographs as they compress the colors well and don’t lose quality. PNG works better with screenshots or graphic images. Because of PNG’s higher compression quality, however, those files will be larger. Sometimes this payoff is worth it for the clear quality. Even though GIFs are usually used for animated files, the format also can be used for low-quality pictures with few colors or smaller files. Avoid putting larger pictures in GIF format, as this usually significantly reduces the quality.

    Another aspect to note is which category the image compression is: lossy or lossless. A lossy compression loses quality while taking up a small amount of space. Lossless gives you the exact quality of the original image but uses a greater amount of memory.

    JPEG = Lossy

    PNG = Lossless 

    GIF = Lossless

    Most graphic editing applications allow you to save your image for the internet, usually labeled something like “save for web & devices.” You want to select the lowest size possible without losing image quality. Try to keep your images under 70kb.

    Decorative images such as buttons, banners, and borders can take up more space than you can afford. Avoid this by putting simple patterns in GIF or PNG-8 format to reduce the overall size. Look for areas where you can replace pictures (such as colored sections or backdrops) with CSS styling. Are you using a wallpaper background image? Try playing around with the size. There is usually a bit of wiggle room between how much you can decrease the size before it starts visibly decreasing the quality as well. A neat trick is to crop the center of the background image out or replace it with a filled color. This will reduce the size considerably and, as long as the content covers the center, your viewers will not notice a difference!

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  • New Features of Windows Server 2016

    1 comment March 27th, 2016 11 View(s)

    With the release of the 2016 Windows Server rapidly approaching, you may be wondering what to look forward to, the changes that will be implemented, and how that will affect you. Here are some of the most exciting and revolutionary improvements to anticipate.

    windowsThe new Nano Server offers a 93% smaller VHD, 80% fewer required reboots, and 92& fewer critical bulletins. It is designed to run Hyper-V, Hyper-V cluster, Scale-Out File Servers, and cloud service applications.

    The new system offers support for containers, which enable isolation of applications from the underlying OS. This will improve the reliability and organization of the applications, including Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers.

    Docker support is also newly available. The open-source engine Docker is used for building, running, and maintaining containers such as were just mentioned (Windows Server and Hyper-V).

    Hyper-V also is getting upgrades, which will allow the addition of a new Window Server 2016 node to a cluster, so that the cluster can run at the update’s speed before all of the nodes have been upgraded.

    Storage replication of virtual hard disks is now a possibility at the block level, with the options of synchronous and asynchronous replication. Particularly in disaster situations, this replication can be a life-saving recovery method.

    Another handy upgrade is the option to add and remove virtual memory and virtual network adapters without having to shut down the virtual machine. This greatly streamlines the process and expands mobility.

    Overall you can expect lower attack rates, faster restarts, and the capability for running more VMs on the same hardware. The central goal in all these improvements is to make windows a “cloud OS.” There will be greater isolation and security for Hyper-V containers, but slightly less efficiency. On the plus side, a smaller amount of features provides for fewer patches and forced reboots.

    This, of course, is a limited list of some of the most exciting updates. To view a more complete list or try out a preview, visit Microsoft’s website. Let us know in the comment section which improvements are the most exciting to you!

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