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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Great Conversation

The Internet has been an equalizer in the same way that the printing press was back in the 15th century.  It’s impossible to write history as it happens, though – one must wait and observe first.

From Lunch Meat to a Castle (or From SPAM to CASL)

SPAM VikingPersonally, I received a lot of emails in June telling me that I “had to” respond to people or risk losing contact with some parties with important information for me.  I was pretty overjoyed about that actually.

USA to Relinquish Control of Internet DNS

internet-3d-textA couple of weeks ago, the US Government’s NTIA announced they would relinquish coordinating control of Internet DNS to a to-be-formed non-governmental international body. Missed the announcement? I’m not surprised. As Byron Holland points out, most of the media coverage has been sensationalist politicizing of the event out of the USA, getting the facts wrong in the process. The actual press release states:

Computer Upgrades are Inevitable

If you’re still asking whether or not you need to upgrade from XP to something else, the answer is yes, unless you are about to give up technology for good.

Do you remember this?

Your choices

  • Windows 8 PC
  • Windows 7 PC if you manage to buy the license
  • Mac computer
  • Linux computer
  • Android
  • iOS (Apple) tablet

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 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:

Buying Local Internet?

buylocalWhen it comes to shopping, there is a movement to buy local. People have tried the “100 Mile Diet” and they have lashed back at mega corporations that have come to symbolize globalization. There is also a significant fear about privacy and some companies are working to avoid storing any of their data in the U.S.A.

The Geography of the Internet

Internet Exchanges and Manitoba

Recently in Downtown Winnipeg, there has been quite an interest in the topic of Internet Exchanges.  The Manitoba Internet Exchange has been started, with the goal of fostering improved quality and performance of internet services within Manitoba.  This is a highly specialized topic that only a few even in the technology sector are familiar with, however it is one of the Internet’s most important and most fascinating features in terms of scalability and inter-operability.

Why Be an Expert in the Wrong Thing?

Why did we choose WordPress as our platform?  Because WordPress offers the most versatile, and yet the most rapid development platform for the web.

Read more in this Code Poet interview with one of our founding partners.


WordCamp Winnipeg – A Barrier-Free Experience

WordCamp hits Winnipeg
this weekend, and it’s something to get excited about if you’re a person who works with websites. Statistically, 100% of people use websites, but statistically, only around 0.1% of people develop websites (according to 2006 Statistics Canada data). Of those, probaby half of them probably have used WordPress, or use it on a regular basis. (Recent data shows that WordPress has a 17% market share of websites in general.)