Friday, January 27, 2012

Using your Smart Phone for Business Presentations

Original Article:
PCWorld Use Your Smartphone for Business Presentations

PCWorld has an article describing some uses for smart phones while giving presentations.  The concept of using your smart phone as a replacement for a USB stick may not be as convenient, as you have to bring the connection cable with you.  However in a pinch, it will work.  I currently use my smart phone as a remote control for my Home Media PC, so if that is something you'd be interested in there are some good free solutions out there to turn your smart phone into a wireless mouse and keyboard. Contact us for more details in setting up this solution at your home or office.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The SOPA Blackout

As you may have noticed while surfing the web today, a large variety of web pages are protesting the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills currently in Congress.  If you haven't already, please take the time to contact your Senators and Representatives.  Our favorite method for doing so is Wikipedia's blackout page, which allows you to put in your ZIP code and will take you right to the correct three elected officials for your district.

If you are interested in learning more about SOPA and PIPA, CBS outlines the bills in a very readable manner at CBS.com.  The general idea is that content providers are forcing these bills through Congress that will allow sites linking to copyrighted material to be shut down without a court hearing.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tape backup has a 100% failure rate

Are you still using tape drives for backup?

Did you know that tape drives have an average failure rate of 100%?

There are many reasons we do not recommend tape drives for you business's backup solution.

  • Reliability
  • Cost
  • Data Protection and Security
Tape drives are not a reliable backup system.  As they are a mechanical device, they will eventually fail.  Magnetic tapes are prone to damage from human mishandling and environmental factors such as electromagnetic fields generated by TVs, monitors, and speakers.  All tapes have a life span, and many get worn out, stuck, or broken.

The initial cost of a tape backup system is very high, and the drive, tapes, and software can cost literally thousands of dollars.  Since tapes wear out and drives fail, the ongoing cost can be very expensive.  If you experience data loss, and the tape system has failed in any way, the cost of data recovery is astronomical.

Tape drives are not very secure, as a human has to handle the tapes and keep rotating them daily.  If the tapes are taken off-site, the transport of the tape can cause security issues.  If the tapes are not carried off-site, a natural disaster or fire can decimate all of your data.

Thanks to major advancements in backup technology, you can now have a completely automated onsite and offsite backup of your data for very little cost.  We recommend an online backup solution to all of our clients, as it is the most cost-effective, reliable and secure solution for small and medium businesses.

Please let us know if you would like more information on our online backup solutions.