Amazon Web Services Inc., an Amazon.com organization, today declared that its MySQL-compatible database engine Amazon Aurora is presently accessible to all clients. Aurora database engine aims to combine the cost-effectiveness and simplicity of open source databases with the availability and speed of costly commercial databases.
Amazon Aurora database engine was launched back in November as a preview and is presently accessible to all clients. According to Amazon, more than a thousand customers participated in the preview testing, and they observed about 5 times better performance than typical MySQL database. The preview users included individuals, global enterprises of various fields, and startups. According to a statement, FacialNetwork, Intuit, Kurt Geiger, and Coursera has been using Amazon Aurora database engine. Try it here: http://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/
It is good with the current MySQL and MariaDB databases, and it can power the pre-existing RDS (relational Database Service). Increasing the performance of RDS, Amazon Aurora database engine supports 6 million inserts per minute and about 30 million selects per minutes. While using RDS, clients can also call on Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Microsoft SQL Server as database engines.
At the point when clients pick a moderate or open source elective, they miss the high performance and critical availability. Amazon is providing these services at about the one-tenth cost of the commercial databases. During the preview, clients have also found that Amazon Aurora database engine is scalable, durable, and reliable to support and power the most demanding applications.
Matt Wood, Amazon Web Services GM for product strategy, said that Amazon recommends for the majority of workloads. Recommending Amazon Aurora database engine for database use, they expect the customers to use Aurora as their first choice.
Amazon guarantees 99.99 percent availability with Amazon Aurora database engine. It can detect failures automatically and recover from them without rebuilding database cache.
Get the most out of your Windows 10 taskbar with these customization tips
The Windows 10 experience is anchored by the taskbar. It provides an information-packed reference point for your workflow, but not every desktop serves the same purpose. Here are a few customization tips that’ll show you how to move, resize, and customize the taksbar to suit your needs.
With the myriad of different display configurations supported by Windows 10 it’s possible you’re going to end up wishing the taskbar was somewhere else. The taskbar can be oriented top, bottom, right, or left simply by left-clicking and dragging it.
I’ve heard complaints that some users find themselves unable to drag the taskbar – if this is the case for you then simply right-click on the task bar and select “Taskbar settings.”
From there you can select where you want your taskbar oriented from a drop-down menu.
It can also be expanded by moving your mouse over its inside-most edge and then left-clicking and dragging to expand or contract it.
In the same taskbar settings menu there’s also an option to “auto-hide” your taskbar in desktop and/or tablet mode. This allows you to clear your workspace from distraction or stretch your screen’s real-estate to the max by hiding the taskbar until you move your mouse over to the edge of the screen where it’s docked.
If you’re like me and you want your taskbar in sight but you’d rather it kept a low profile you can change the icon size in the taskbar settings menu by toggling “use small taskbar buttons” on.
Once you’ve got your taskbar the size and orientation you’d like you can further customize what appears on it. You can right-click on the taskbar and select from a series of options that will allow you to add toolbars.
The last area of your taskbar that you may want to customize is its color. Depending on your particular system configuration you should be able to right click on the desktop and select “Personalize” to get started. After selecting personalize choose “colors” from the menu on the left.
With your taskbar properly positioned and looking good you’ll be ready to use the dozens of shortcuts and time-savers built into it.
What paddleboarding has taught me about being a balanced entrepreneur
If I told you that I credit paddleboarding to my success in entrepreneurship, you’d probably laugh me out of the boat, or the board — and I wouldn’t blame you! Founding and running a successful business requires many skills, and propelling one’s self on a board in Miami waters is decidedly not the first one that comes to mind.
That said, as an entrepreneur, I get a lot out of my hobbies. They help me unwind, disconnect, and get my blood and brain pumping in new ways, making me a better leader when I am on the clock. I take photos, scuba dive, travel, and read, but there’s something special about paddleboarding that embodies everything good about what hobbies can do for entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs don’t need to paddleboard to benefit, but they can learn a thing or two about the importance of taking time to shift gears, deriving pleasure in the activities of their choosing.
Here’s how paddleboarding, specifically, helps me as an entrepreneur, and what others can do to achieve similar results.
1. It forces you to disconnect
These days, everyone has their phones on them, nearly 24-7 it seems. Since the rise of smartphones, I’ve been a big proponent of taking time to disconnect however you can, for your mental health and your business acumen.
I’m far from the only one who thinks so. Research shows that constant connection can negatively impact our sleep, or cause us undue stress due to technological overload of emails, notifications, and communication expectations. Personally, I find it incredibly hard to think straight or relax without unplugging every day, at least for a short amount of time.
You know when you absolutely have to unplug, though? When you’re in the water. Paddleboarding forces me to keep the phone inside for 30 minutes, an hour, or however long I’m out there. This time is precious because I know I don’t have to answer to anyone, and couldn’t if I tried. I may zone out entirely, but it’s equally likely that a new business solution will pop into my head as I go through the motions.
Not everyone has the option of taking up a water sport, but most of us could disconnect for an hour or two if we tried. It’s just a matter of enforcing this habit, which any hobby can assist, though wetness certainly helps.
2. It immerses you in nature
People often underestimate the transformative power of nature. Entrepreneurs often live in cities, but whether you’re in New York City or the Bay Area, nature is within reach if you seek it out. And you should! Running a business is a high-stress venture, and nature has been proven to de-stress as well as any medical treatment.
In fact, studies show that nature significantly reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, and can boost creativity up to 50 percent. You’d be hard pressed to find a drug that could do the same as safely.
The great thing about paddle boarding, as a hobby, is that you need a body of water to do it. Water has a healing quality to it, both theoretically and scientifically. As part of the scenery, water has an absorbing quality that helps us cope with our issues and put us in a positive mood.
The value of positivity and creativity for entrepreneurs can’t be understated, which is why it pays to spend time in nature from time to time. You don’t need a paddleboard: take a hike, go for a swim, or even work outside. Even some luscious office plants can make a difference.
3. It requires focus, balance, and agility
The benefits of exercise are manifold for your physical and mental health. Regular exercise keeps your skin young, your body lean, and your mind sharp. Physical activity improves cognitive function in ways that entrepreneurs will benefit from, as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are released, stimulating neurogenesis (the growth of new neurons) and making you smarter.
Paddleboarding is great exercise for the body and mind, plus, it requires some skills that parallel with entrepreneurship. For example, you have to achieve good balance to stand or kneel on the board without capsizing. This requires absolute focus and control over your body. Learning to do this is empowering, and in my opinion, translates in the business world, where focus is critical, as is balancing a number of tasks, employees, and projects.
Then there’s the matter of waves and position adjustments. When on the open water, you never know what you’ll be greeted with: perfect tranquility, mild turbulence, or full-on waves. As such, you need to know how to take each on, and adjust your position to best meet obstacles that arise. In entrepreneurship, there is also a great deal of unpredictability that requires mental agility.
The point is, besides being a great boost to physical and mental health, exercise helps us deal with challenges without missing a beat. Simply running and switching up your route now and then can do the same. Just make sure you’re working up a sweat, problem-solving, or both.
It’s all about balance
For me, paddleboarding is the perfect activity to disconnect from technology, become one with nature, and work out my physical and mental physique all at once. When challenge arise at work, I find myself soothed and ultimately assisted by this extracurricular pastime.
Everyone is different though. My paddleboarding is Richard Branson’s chess, Warren Buffett’s ukulele, and Steve Wozniak’s segway polo. We all need something to take our mind off the work and bring us joy in our free time.
So, entrepreneurs, go out there and find your hobby! If it incorporates exercise and nature while excluding tech, all the better for you. And next time in you’re in Miami, ask me to go on a paddleboarding outing. It may just kickstart your next big business venture.
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