Data Residency – Does it Matter?

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.

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.

Should I Buy A Mac or a PC?

macPCIt depends. It depends on what is going to make you more productive.

I get this question from time to time, and I always struggle to give a straight answer, for multiple reasons. I consider it a personal choice, and not a technical one. It would be like asking me what colour shirt to wear. One colour might be a better choice for you, but it is not totally up to me. And after all, I don’t use Mac or a Windows PC, I have had a Linux desktop for the past fifteen years.

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.

Choose Your Influences

Our social interactions are a constant exchange of influences.  Who influences you?  Do you choose who it will be, or do you just let it happen?

I have a list of 40 names of people who have positively influenced me.  The list contains names of people who have changed the way I think.  I continue to add to it as I realize the influence of more people from my past, and as I discover new people who influence me.