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We are continuing our Common IT Questions blog series.  Previously, we reviewed an application specific question on Quickbooks.  Today, we respond to the more system general question of updates.

Check out the "Summer of Independents" celebration by the Austin Independent Business Alliance.  In a show of its dedicated support of local, independent businesses in Austin, the AIBA is hosting an air-conditioned scavenger hunt of small businesses.  

Few things cause more damage to a server than a sudden loss of power. The server might seize up in the middle of processing, it might sustain physical damage, or it might not come back up again -- ever. To prevent this kind of nightmare, you need to have some power supply solutions standing by, and at the same time you need to be aware of these systems' individual limitations.

You always feel good when you can take old computers, external drives or other devices and donate them to Goodwill, a school, or a charitable organization. Someone is sure to benefit from these items, you say to yourself, and you're right. But if those devices still have your company's sensitive data on them, you may be giving away a lot more than you know. And you can't just delete that data, either -- you have to scrub it off of the drive.

According to the outcome of recent court cases, it may be legal for others to listen in on WiFi traffic over unsecured networks.  Check out this post on ZDNet

Spring is here, and with it comes the time-honored ritual of spring cleaning. There's something really satisfying about making everything all shiny, new and ready for action, whether it's your garage at home or your workplace IT center. It's the perfect time to think about your IT budget, what upgrades you may want to make, and what systems may need renovating or replacing. IT components aren't different from your average toaster in one sense -- eventually they will just reach the end of their life and stop working. Except with a toaster, all you're out of is toast. When an IT component fails, you're out of an IT system, at least until Gravity Systems rushes over with replacement parts.

Flooding in Thailand and your computers

As many of you are aware, Thailand has had some severe flooding.  Unfortunately, Thailand is the second largest exporter of hard disks in the world.  Since almost all of the top-tier manufactures use a just-in-time manufacturing model, they don’t stock more than a few days of parts.  The end result is that systems ordered after the next few days will likely see a significant delay in ship time.  There are estimates that machines ordered in the next week or so will not ship until after the first of the year.  No one is really sure at this point, but that is what all the manufacturers are hearing from their suppliers.  I would suggest planning for at least a one-month shipping delay.

Online versus tape back up -  which solution is best for my company?