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.

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 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: