Data Residency – Does it Matter?

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Data Residency is a subject that has become more popular over the past few years, but not everyone knows what it means yet, and not everyone agrees on its signficance.

“Data Residency” means where your data is physically stored. The rise of the cloud gave us the ability to store things anywhere on Earth (or elsewhere, theoretically), and then concerns began to rise about what country our sensitive data should be stored in.

I Don’t Like Facebook (You Don’t Need to Like Facebook)

fb“I don’t like Facebook.”

It’s ok. You don’t need to like it. Even if you don’t like it, you can use it as a tool to attract more customers. You might not like the ads you have to listen to on the radio, but you might run radio ads of your own anyway because they can help your business.

“My customers are not on Facebook.”

It’s Not About the Technology

logo_400x400Often, the organizations that benefit from good application of technology have some very non-technical goals. This was certainly the case with Fruit Share, a Manitoba based organization bent on saving fruit from waste to feed others.

In 2013, Fruit Share developed an online Harvest Management System (HMS) to seamlessly collect volunteer and fruit owner registrations, to efficiently coordinate fruit picks while allowing volunteers choice for location and fruit type and to further improve communications with both volunteers and fruit owners. Fruit Share is now able to share this HMS with other fruit rescuing communities.

Why Do I Get So Much Junk Email?

no-junk-mail-sign-resting-on-keyboard_0Junk email is the way of things. Advertising messages are the thing of the 21st century. There are suggestions that we see hundreds if not thousands of messages per day. I don’t know the actual number, but I read an interesting article trying to figure it out.

An interesting anecdote comes from Samuel Johnson, in 1759:
“Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises, and by eloquence sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetic.”

Is it Safe For Me to Back Up to the Cloud?

backup-CloudShould you back up to the cloud?

It is probably safer than whatever else you are doing now.

Backups are the most neglected thing in IT. More people fail to back up their computers than the number who do. Backups are ignored more than any other single thing. It is hard to understand why someone would consciously choose not to back up, unless the task seems so difficult or complicated that it is just overwhelming.

What’s Your Hourly Rate?

This is a common question when someone first calls us for help.

It’s a simple question with an easy answer. And we do give the answer when people ask. However, the question misses the mark a little, and it is a signal that I will at some point need to go into education mode with this customer about what we do and how we do it. Our Hourly rate is more expensive than our monthly rate because our hourly rate does not keep you out of trouble.

The Ultimate Small Business Owner’s Guide To Creating a Great Homepage

Ultimate-Homepage-Conversion-Lab Elegant Themes makes some beautiful and well-built WordPress themes that we recommend. Their blog is worth following as well — the latest post there is The Ultimate Small Business Owner’s Guide To Creating a Great Homepage, and it makes an excellent how-to for anyone wondering what the front page of their website should feature. Even if you aren’t wondering but are thinking perhaps your website’s home page could perform better, this piece is a great introduction to rethinking your site’s landing page.

Why “Unlimited” ≠ Unlimited

infinite-speedAnyone who has shopped for web hosting or similar services will know that some services are described as “unlimited.” Sounds great, decision made! We all like unlimited services, because we never have to worry about how much we use… we don’t even have to think about it. Back in the days when we sold dialup internet, we used to say we could offer people 750 hours per month and they’d ask if we didn’t have an unlimited plan — never mind that a month doesn’t have 750 hours in it. “Unlimited” removes all the guesswork, and saves us from doing any analysis. But is it that simple?

Why has WordPress Become so Popular?

wordpress_600_badgesIf you’ve looked at website content management systems, or CMSs at all in the past year, you’ll have seen people talking about WordPress and that fact that about 20% of websites now run WordPress — and if you only look at the web’s busiest sites, the percentage is actually higher. Of the 20% WordPress sites, about half are at WordPress.com and half are hosted elsewhere at a variety of web hosts, including here at 100%. Earlier this year, WordPress marked its 10th anniversary, but its popularity has really exploded in just the past four or five years. Having used and watched WordPress for all of this time, I can offer a number of thoughts about what has helped recently to make it gain such popularity with mainstream users. Here are five significant ones, in no particular order: