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    Thursday
    Jun022011

    4 tech phrases you ought to know

    For nearly all of us, technology is an integral part of our everyday lives. Many of us, however, still are hazy on a number of common technology terms. Fortunately, for those that are unsure, we have created a mini glossary of common tech terms you should be familiar with.

     

    Cookies

     

    Cookies are basically what allow websites to recognize you when you revisit them. By allowing cookies, you are allowing your web browser to give the website details such as your username, password and preferences. They can save you a great deal of time by preventing you from reentering your information over and over again.

     

    Cookies are also seen by some as a privacy issue. Since they store your information and track your activity, somebody could easily gain access to your data. You can protect yourself, however, by using cookies sparingly.

     

    URL

    A URL, or uniform resource locator, is simply a web address. It is what you type into the address bar of your browser, usually beginning with “http,” that takes you to the website you wish to visit.

     

    Cloud

    Cloud is one of the tech terms that is most popular right now. Everybody is talking about the cloud. The cloud refers to services that are based over the Internet and don’t require additional hardware or software, like Facebook or Google Apps.

     

    Flash

     

    Flash is an Adobe-owned platform that allows you to view certain things on your computer. Many people install Flash players or plug-ins in order to watch videos or animation or see dynamic displays on websites. Although Flash has been the longtime leader in its field, HTML5 is quickly catching up with it.

     

    Although tech terms can get quite complicated at times, knowing the basics can help you to better understand the technology we’re using every day.

     

    If you’d like to see a more in-depth description of tech terms, take a look at this glossary.

     

    - Chris

    Sunday
    Apr032011

    Announcing - The Genesys Consulting Group

    We would like to announce to our long time blog readers the creation of "the Genesys Consulting Group" A technology consulting organization and managed services provider dedicated to serving organizations in need of expert technology services and support; and we are committed to creating value for those we work with and helping them to achieve their goals.


    The Genesys Consulting Group Offers:

    Manage and Monitored Services

    Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions

    Cloud Computing

    Help Desk Services

    VOIP - Voice Over IP Phone Systems

    Network Design and Implemenation

    Scheduled On-Site and Remote Checkups

    On Demand Consulting Services

     

    I will also always answer your technology questions and create posts with valuable information to serve those reading this blog. So please feel free to ask me any questions you want.

    PS: Have you done your backups today?

     

     

    Sunday
    Mar132011

    Do You Have a Data Protection Plan for Your Critical Data?

    Imagine what would happen if you suddenly lost access to all yourbusiness data and IT infrastructure. Would you be prepared? A good BDR [Backup and Disaster Recovery system should offer a solution to this frightening possibility - complete data recovery and business continuity services for small and mid-size businesses in Manhattan. This kind of solution can help to keep your business afloat in the event of an IT catastrophe.

    Comprehensive backup and data recovery products should include:

    • State-of-the-art, secure protection from viruses, malware, and unauthorized access
    • Easy accessibility to your data backups through our dedicated servers
    • Automatic backup of your company data throughout the day, every day
    • An offsite copy of your IT infrastructure that can be used as a replacement within minutes in the event of a system failure at your office
    • Monthly billing for your data protection services

    I remember back on 9-11-01 when my office was a few blocks from the towers and having an off-site functional copy of the organizations data saved the day because we were not able to get in to our offices for 2 months? In the case of some types of natural disasters your office maybe destoyed and how quickly you can get yuor business up and running will determine whether your organization survives.

    Because it's faily uncommon to have a catastrophic loss of an office many business simply don't have this possiblity on their radar and when it strikes them they are down for the count. The reality is most business who lose all their data and critical business systems in a disaster have a good chance of going out of business all together.

    One solution to this is offered by Laymantech.com and this blog has had many articles on simple backup solutions which you can read here:

    The Right Backup System and Backup Software Will Save Your Bacon

    PS: Please feel free to ask me any questions about backup and disaster recovery, I love helping people!

     


     

    Friday
    Feb252011

    A Wagon Full of Updates - Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 is Here!

    Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for Windows 7  & Windows Server 2008 R2  is Here! I have just installed it on 2 systems as a test.

    My feedback is:

    1. It has all the patches and updates from previous windows updates so if you have been keeping your windows 7 system up to date there is not a lot of new features as much as a lot of updates. For Windows 2008 R2 there are some new updates and enhancements.

    2. It took a long time to install; about an hour of downloading, updating and rebooting.

    3. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 both seem stable after the update.

    This update is especially good if you have not been keeping your windows 7 system up to date and want a quick way to do it in one shot.

    You can get Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Here.

    Check out our new Facebook fan page here.

    Our new web-site is here.

    Here is our twitter feeds:

    Chris Welber's Twitter Feed

    Laymantech Twitter Feed 


    And in case you don't already have a good book on using Windows 7 please check out this link below my Dad loved it:

     

    As always please let me know what you think.

     

    PS: I would love to hear your comments and questions regarding your Windows 7 experience and the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 too!

     

     

    Saturday
    Feb122011

    The Right Backup System and Backup Software Will Save Your Bacon

    The Right Backup System and Backup Software Will Save Your Bacon! I can not say this often enough, and I can't tell you how many horible stories I have heard about people losing their data because they did not have a good backup or any backup at all! Most people put more trust in their computers then the computers deserve. Server computers have advanced hard drive systems so that if one hard drive fails your system will continue to run while you change the bad hard drive. Workstation, home and small offices which do not have a server computer with an advanced system are many times  one hard failure away from losing it all and they don't even know it! These single user, single hard drive style computer systems have a single hard drive in them and were never designed for you to run "everything" off of, but for many reasons people do, and most people do not have a good backup in place so when the hard drive fails they lose all their data and many times much more then that.

    There is a solution! hard drives will always fail but you can make sure you have a complete backup of your system. There are several steps to getting a simple and easy to run backup in place to protect your data and future.


    Step One - Get an external USB hard drive and plug it in to your system, Here is a recommended hard drive system you could purchase:

     

     

    Step Two - Download one of my favorite free backup software packages and install it. I like easeus TODO backup because it's free and it can be used to make a backup of not just your data but your programs too!

     

    Step Three - Do frequent backups and do test restores of your data.

    Step Four - A cheap off-site backup (buy two of  the external hard drives and swap them off-site).

     

    If you feel you need a professional to to help you in setting this up feel free to contact me and check out my company web-site: myeasytech.com.

     

    PS: A backup is not just for when your system crashes, sometimes you might over write a file you need or may it may become corrupt. I also recommend making more then one backup set so you have several backups to fall back on.

     

    Enjoy and let me know what your experience is!