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From our web stories follow the link and learn more about these technology reviews for every Zambian. Lensesview is here to guide and help you with the latest trends, information security, system setups, and top tips.

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  • Latest specifications for a new desktop computer

    If you are planning to buy a new desktop computer or laptop in 2022 here are the latest specifications and hardware that you should look at.

    A new desktop falling within the highlighted category specifications below will allow you to own and use the computer machine nicely for the next 3-5 years even 10.

    These specifications have been arrived at after looking at the current trend and computer requirements. Better performing desktop computers have been found to have specific and optimal hardware minimum requirement of 8GB RAM and a solid state hard drive.

    Current operating systems security like Windows 11 minimum requirements is a secure boot and TPM 2.0 compatibility machines.

    The emergency of remote working and conferencing also requires a new desktop machine is equipped with a sound card, built-in speakers or external for voice calls and a webcam for video.

    1. Processor: 10th or 11th Gen Intel Core i5, i7 or i9 Processor or Apple M1 Processor (CPU)
    2. Security: Secure boot and TPM 2.0 compliant
    3. Operating System: Windows 10 Pro or Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise and for Mac a macOS 12 code name Monterey
    4. Memory: 8-16 GB of RAM
    5. Video Graphics: Integrated or Discrete graphics processor capable of 1440 X 900 resolution, or better (1920 X 1080 or 1200 ideal)
    6. Webcam: External USB device or built-in
    7. Sound: Sound card or built-in audio and headphones for Zoom or Team conferencing
    8. Network: 802.11ac Wi-Fi capability.
    9. Warranty: 3 year on-site warranty excluding natural disaster or accidental damage
    10. Microsoft Office: Office 365 subscription or perpetual license of Office 2019

    Other Accessories:

    1. All in One Mono Printer (wireless and USB connected w/USB cable) and a USB flash memory drive port.
    2. 17″ or 21” LCD

    These recent computer hardware requirement apply everywhere wether you are in Zambia or outside and you should be mindful next time you are getting a new computer. You need compatibility that will extend a few years into the future.

    If you are looking to purchase a new desktop pc, a Mac computer or laptop you can consult Lensesview at [email protected] or WhatsApp Funashi +260 971 591438.

  • Cloud Computing: Top cloud providers in the world

    The first concept of cloud computing brings to mind companies like Microsoft for its Azure, Amazon for the AWS and Google for its Cloud Console.

    Microsoft is one of the most popular cloud providers in the world. And Azure is being used by over 85% of the Fortune 500 companies.

    Though AWS is the leader in cloud computing, its infrastructure relies on the Microsoft Azure computing foundation.

    Other top Cloud Providers include;

    AWS
    Google Cloud

    Alibaba Cloud

    IBM Cloud

    Oracle

    SalesForce

    SAP

  • ZICTA extends the 2022 National Innovation Initiative programme deadline

    The application deadline for the 2022 Innovation National Innovation Programme has been extended to April 25, 2022. The past deadline was aimed at 17th April 2022.

    ZICTA ICT innovation initiative programme is the Authority’s flagship initiative that is aimed at providing business and technical developmental support services to ICT-related innovators, startups, and entrepreneurs.

    The programme targets local youths that have innovative, viable, and scalable ICT-related ideas or business ventures that attempt to solve current challenges relating to any sector of the economy.

    To apply visit: https://cutt.ly/VSiv787

    The 2021 National Innovation Initiative run from June 28 to August 30, 2021. The innovation initiative is run by ZICTA in conjunction with Airtel Zambia. Other stakeholders include The National Technology Business Centre (NTBC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

     The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is also on board with the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) included.

    So far this programme has run for 3 years beginning in 2019 and 2020 with the last year 2021 and this year 2022 to mark the fourth.

  • What is AAD – Azure Active Directory and how does it benefit the business industry

    What is AAD? In the first 10 years of the 2000s, it was a great skill to have if you knew Windows AD – Active Directory. Then the AD included the introduction of the business operating system Windows 2000 with the great upgrade of the first Windows Server operating system Windows Server 2003.

    Windows Server 2003 is based on the consumer operating system, Windows XP, and required IT personnel to up their skill to the new features that required enterprise IT resource management.

    The upgradable skills required a good knowledge and practical experience in managing the Windows Active Directory – AD. Initially, AD began as a management tool for Windows services and processes and was a centralized unit for domain management.



    AD was refreshed to include a broad range of directory-based identity-related services and was developed as a foundation stone of every Windows domain network. Hence AD DS – Active Directory Services.

    Skills Related to Windows AD

    The initial Windows Server 2003 was released in several flavors that included

    • Web-version; Windows Server 2003 Web, primarily meant for managing web applications, web pages, and XML web services.
    • Standard-version; Windows Server 2003 Standard, the most popular version in Zambia owing to the licensing cost and was the foundational skill for most IT folks then. The standard version was aimed at small to medium-sized businesses supporting file and printer sharing, secure Internet connectivity, and centralized desktop application deployment. 
    • Enterprise-version; Windows Server 2003 Enterprise, was meant for big and large businesses with thousands of deployments running on Windows services. It was an advanced version of the standard and the Windows Admin skills demanded such.
    • Datacenter-version; Windows Server 2003 Datacenter was and still is designed for infrastructures demanding high security and reliability. The Datacenter is the foundation of the cloud and virtualized computing existing currently.

    So What is AAD – Azure Active Directory and how does it benefit the business industry today

    Beginning 2015 or about AAD -Azure Active Directory has assumed the key skill for cloud management of IT business infrastructure. The Ad skill now requires to be upgraded to AD DS


    And today Microsoft offers Azure Active Directory in four editions—free, included with Office 365 subscriptions, and two premium plans for advanced enterprise, threat protection.

    The skill level for AAD begins with identifying the differences between AD and AAD.

    Active Directory groups are comprised of on-premises user accounts and control access to on-premises applications and resources.

    On the other hand, Azure AD security groups are comprised of Azure AD user accounts and are used to grant access to Microsoft 365 resources in the cloud.

    According to Microsoft “Azure Active Directory is the next evolution of identity and access management solutions for the cloud.”

    Azure takes to the next level the ability to manage multiple on-premises infrastructure components and systems using a single identity per user as introduced in Windows 2000.

    Currently, most IT administrators are familiar with Active Directory Domain Services concepts, and getting into support or solution provider for businesses must look to the knowledge of AD DS on which AAD is built.

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