Six (6) Android Games You Should Play Now not Tomorrow

Got a new device? You need to get some new games. Here are some quick recommendations for great Android games. Some are familiar from other platforms. Some are free. Some are paid, and some have specific hardware requirements. All are listed here.
1.  Minecraft Pocket Edition
Why it is great: Minecraft is an entertaining block-building and survival game. You can play either in creative mode where you build and invent things in your own randomly generated world or you can play in survival mode where you use your wits and resources to survive against the creepers who come out at night.
Note – this does not connect with your main Minecraft account if you play the computer version of the game.
Play for yourself or keep it around to entertain kids. (Turn off in-app purchases if you do this.)
Minecraft is a paid app ($6.99) but you can find occasional sales, in-app purchases run from $0.50 to $1.99.   More »
2.  Lara Croft Go
Based on the popular Tomb Raider series and developed by Square Enix, Lara Craft Go is a relatively simple but very addictive puzzle game you can take with you. The puzzles are designed for short bursts of play, so pull it out in the doctor’s office waiting room or while riding the bus home.
Lara Croft Go sells for $4.99 but is occasionally on sale for $0.99. It allows in-app purchases. If you like this game, you can also check out Hitman Go, which is also from Square Enix.  More »
3.  Buttons and Scissors
This is a free puzzle game where you try to cut matching color buttons off of a square of denim. Mechanically this feels similar to Bejeweled, but not completely the same. The logic puzzles offer great challenges for players of all ages.
The other big advantage to this game is that it does not require any connectivity. You can play this game on devices that aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or in that signal dead spot.
Buttons and Scissors is a free download but allows in-app purchases.  More »
 Did you want to try out the new trend in adult coloring books, but you don’t want to carry around coloring pencil and a coloringb book? Try out this app instead. It’s appropriate for kids or adults, and while it’s not the same as coloring in an actual coloring book, it is still very satisfying.
Mandala Coloring Pages is free (with ads) but also allows in-app purchases.  More »
Yes. You can play an Android version of Portal. This is a real console game. As such, it requires a real console. This version will only work on the Nvidia Shield version of Android TV.  The Nvidia Shield starts at around $199 but allows you to stream movies and play Android games on your TV.
Portal starts at $1.99 but this is “introductory pricing.”  More »
If you have a phone with a fast processor and terrific screen display, you can take it for a ride with this virtual reality game. This is a first-person shooter where you aim at balloons. You’ll need Google Cardboard. This is an inexpensive accessory that you can either make or buy for around $15 and will turn your phone into a virtual reality device. Obviously not a game you can play while waiting in a doctor’s office (unless your doctor is awesome) but a fun novelty game to play by yourself or after having one of your friends try on the headset.
VR Cardboard Shooter 3D is a free download.  More »

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A server care plan

When something is wrong with your server, you can bet that more than a few things are wrong with your business. Think disgruntled customers, lost revenues and perhaps long-lasting damage to reputations that can take years to rebuild. Businesses need to take all necessary steps to achieve as close to 100-percent server uptime as possible, or face the unpleasant consequences.

By regularly updating and following a comprehensive maintenance plan with scheduled checks and balances, server operation will be the least of your worries. Throw in routine exams of server security and application functionality—sort of like technological EKGs or MRIs—and you can rest easy in the knowledge that your computer network will continue to operate smoothly.

Rather than attempting to cram oblong equipment into cylindrical tubes, basic server maintenance involves an IT administrator reviewing such performance measurements as log files, hard disk space, redundancy, and operating temperature. It also involves ensuring that monitoring utilities are up to date and security patches are properly installed.

Security is job one

  • In addition to installing security patches from a CD onto each network computer, it’s wise to initially configure servers offline for maximum protection against internet-borne infections.
  • Once a server is up and running, it’s a good idea to severely limit administrator-level access.
  • For optimal protection against hackers and technical issues, it’s best (and simpler) to dedicate each network server to a single—rather than multiple—function or application.

Other security measures consist of the basic blocking and tackling that most network administrators can almost perform in their sleep, including:

  • Establishing strong passwords
  • Eliminating redundant codes and applications
  • Reviewing and ensuring the safety of incoming files
  • Locking out accounts after unsuccessful login tries
  • Continually installing new and updated patches

In addition to strong security, the best server maintenance plans include other elements each designed to maximise system uptime. Planned downtime is required for maintenance, and can be scheduled so that backup servers can ensure continued access to stored information. Unscheduled downtime, due to a power outage or other technical snafu, is to be avoided at all costs.

It’s worth repeating—when any business web server is down for any length of time, money is wasted, customers are impacted and credibility can be damaged.

Be prepared for any and every emergency
Similar to personal health plans that depend on getting enough rest, eating sensibly and exercising, preventative medicine for servers not only saves money but also a whole lot of discomfort. The best server maintenance plans, among other elements, include establishing a data backup and recovery plan, and testing it often.

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