Month: December 2013

Giving Thanks, Happy New Year

Giving Thanks, Happy New Year

Blog Posts
…the setup… It’s about time I stop and give thanks for what I have.  I know, it’s after Thanksgiving and THAT is when I should have been doing this. But here it goes… I give thanks to the guy who put me here in the first place.  I give thanks for meeting my wife five years ago and secondarily I give thanks that she saw something in me interestingly enough to marry me.  I give thanks for a sister-in-law who saw talent in me and convinced me to turn my IT hobby into a profession.  I give thanks for having a wife that has supported me unconditionally in my endeavors.  I give thanks for what we have, what we have built and what we have accomplished.  I give thanks that I am living in an era and country when/where you CAN accomplish what you can dream. The Scott Buehler story So
Happy New Year – XP – THDP4

Happy New Year – XP – THDP4

Podcast
This is a much shorter podcast than I had planned but I wanted to break this off into it's own episode and then over this next weekend get our next regular episode out.  Pardon my indulgence here but sometimes you "just gotta" give out props when they are so earned. The Help Desk Podcast – Podcast - #4 – “Happy New Year - XP”  The blog for this podcast is located at:  http://thehelpdeskpodcast.com/thdp4-blog I talk about what I have to give thanks for this year.  I especially talk about Scott Beuhler who really impressed me as a good person last November. Scott is a pure online marketer with a blog called the “Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Google Plus”.  I subscribed to his WebHostingChoose.com. Scott’s Google+ page is here. Tomorrow, January 3, 2013 Scott is launchin
You Have Six Months to Live, You are XP

You Have Six Months to Live, You are XP

Blog Posts
They say we live in the information age.  They say that we have never had more information available to us on a daily basis than we do currently.  So you would think that when we are faced with a certainty…such as an event that will affect everyone equally, an event that has been warned about for literally years, yes an event that is getting closer and closer and closer…..so you would think we would be prepared for this event.  You would think we all would take steps to protect ourselves from this event.  That event I am talking about is the certain death of Windows XP.  On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will stop updating and maintaining XP therefore ending its ability to give you the Operating System experience that you have come to know and trust over the last 13 years. Not only that but it
There’s a New Outlaw in Town, Cryptolocker – THDP3

There’s a New Outlaw in Town, Cryptolocker – THDP3

Podcast
     I think today’s podcast is the most important one we have recorded.  I didn’t realize until last week that there are many people out there that don’t have the slightest notion of the dangers facing them on the Internet.  These dangers are just the sort of thing I want to cover with this podcast.  So far we have podcasts coming up covering Social Engineering, How you can protect yourself while online, and more editions of our Backup and Restore podcast series.  Your feedback and input would be greatly appreciated.  You can email us at feedback@thehelpdeskpodcast.com or you could leave us a 3 minute voicemail with SpeakPipe located on the right side of our webpage. Up to this point I am including this podcast and the entire corresponding blog on our website.  I (so far anyway
How Will You Backup Your Data – THDP2

How Will You Backup Your Data – THDP2

Podcast
…let me set the stage Now that we have an idea why we don’t back up our data, and (hopefully) we have decided to do that, how will we do it?  What will we use? The Oxford Dictionary defines the word backup as this:  help or support, a person or thing that can be called on if necessary; a reserve; an extra copy of data from a computer.  …so You Need a Backup Plan You need to put some thought into this.  Backups don’t just occur.  You will acknowledge the need for security, for a backup plan, for actually backing up your data……but at the end of the day……I know you won’t do it. The way I see it you must deeply feel the need to save your data.  We are human so I guess you won’t really backup your data until you lose it.  Unfortunately, we learn by experience. I saw a tip on
You’ve Lost Your Data – THDP1

You’ve Lost Your Data – THDP1

Podcast
...let me set the stage. It’s fall and school has begun.  There are three types of people:   one type doesn’t worry about data backup and recovery. The second are practitioners to a degree.  They have made one backup and feel they are well protected.  The third follows Best Practices and maintains three versions of their backed up data.  We will talk about the “why” in why some won’t backup their data.  We will also talk about external harddrives, and flashdrives and the cloud. With the beginning of the new school year you can look forward to a lot of chaos and mayhem.  Why should this year be any different?  Oh, but it is different in one way…..I am getting an ungodly amount of calls from teachers that have lost their data.  Not just the normal thing like, “I didn’t back it up a