Back It Up!

One fine day, while cleaning up the files in my computer’s home directory, I accidentally deleted everything. It’s not necessary to relate the whole story, or exactly how it happened that I instantly deleted all of my pictures, music, videos, work files — every. single. damn. thing. The how isn’t as important as the fact…

A Word on Passwords

Every poor schlub who’s ever had to create any kind of account online has been confronted by demands that passwords contain “capital and lower-case letters, numbers, at least one special symbol, three randomly-placed spaces, and your mother’s maiden name in Farsi, etc…” Don’t you hate that? There’s good news! Outside of your company’s system possibly…

Linux for the Desktop?

Is it right for you? Consider: The size of your company. Large organizations absorb changes more slowly than small ones. Small companies can make a switch more easily. Your software environment. If your primary business software only runs on Windows, and only as a desktop application (not client/server or web app), there are still workarounds,…

Anti-Virus 101

One. Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know. Most folks seem to know this one by now, but let’s call it a friendly reminder. Opening unknown attachments could be likened to sleeping with random strangers — you will get some kind of infection. It’s only a matter of when. Two. Find something other than…

The Beginning?

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