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Diskless boot tools & utilities from AOMEI Technology

Among the many products offered by Chinese company AOMEI Technology, there are a few that stand out because they’re not about disk storage or partitions. On the contrary, these are tools & utilities that help you boot diskless workstations through the network.

One of these is the free PXE Boot software that boots workstations from an image file on the network. Large networks with lots of workstations are impossible to manage if each one has its own disk & individual installation process.

The easy way out is to create a Linux or Windows PE bootable ISO & use a tool like the AOMEI PXE Boot Tool to boot & maintain computers on the LAN. All you have to do is install the PXE Boot on the server, select the ISO & start the service. Set the boot priority on the workstations to Network Boot, & we’re done.

A tool that makes it easy to fix problems when a workstation disk refuses to boot is the AOMEI PE Builder. It creates a bootable environment based on Windows PE without installing AIK/WAIK.

It enables you to boot up your computer on the network & complete recovery tasks & attempt to fix the disk when the native system is corrupted or cannot be used. Unlike the usual bare-bones WinPE environment, this tool has the look & feel of Windows & offers a user-friendly graphic interface. Oh, & it’s free too.

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Another similar tool is the AOMEI OneKey Recovery, also free. If a workstation disk goes belly-up with a “boot failure” or “operating system not found” message, you don’t need to bring out all your software installation disks & spend the whole day reinstalling everything.

Instead, you can use the AOMEI OneKey Recovery to restore the disk to its factory default or a previously backed up state. You can also use it to create backups before something goes wrong. The OneKey Recovery backup can be stored anywhere, including on a secondary disk in the same computer, an external hard drive, or a removable USB flash drive.

AOMEI Technology Co., Ltd., founded in 2009, is located in Chengdu, China. The company offers a range of products, including hard disk partition management tools, backup & restore solutions, & cloud storage management for home & business users.

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Personapp for creating quick & easy customer profile

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Personapp is a tool for creating a quick & easy persona that includes traits describing your targeted customer profile.

Instead of creating a whole section in a business plan report, you can simply use Personapp to create the persona of the kind of person your products or services will appeal to.

It’s simple enough, if you focus on 4 to 5 five key goals (demographics, needs & goals, behaviors, etc) & wrap it up in a single page.

Start with the targeted persona’s age, job, family, hobbies & interests, where they live, etc. Add a name & a picture, to make it seem like a real user instead of a market research report.

Describe a typical day in the life of your persona, focusing on behavioral patterns that are relevant to your product being of interest to them. List about 5 of their needs, & common problems & tasks this persona often has to face.

You can round out the persona with beliefs & attitudes, relationships, skills, work environment, etc. It’s not rocket science & you can just as well do it with pen & paper, but using Personapp does offer some valuable advantages.

For starters, you can create multiple personas with different traits & then tweak or combine them based on in-depth user interviews & further analysis of market research data about your customers & those of your competitors.

It’s far easier to use Personapp & collaborate on these changes Online as you & others involved in the project do more research narrow down the persona to specifics.

Secondly, it makes you focus on real users & what they think about your product, instead of business models, traffic & software. It makes design decisions more human & less abstract, & will help you develop clear need statements before getting started with product development.

Personapp was developed & launched in Jan 2012 by Laurence McCahill, Brighton, U.K.-based co-founder of The Happy Startup School, Spook Studio.

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