Many people have strong religious convictions about antivirus and security programs for PCs. I’m guilty of that too but let me try to step back and give you a reasonably unbiased overview of where we are in 2009.Read more
Windows Home Server deserves more recognition. It had a nasty bug that took too long to cure but that’s over now and it’s back to being the helpful tool that I described a year ago. It offers safe storage of your files and photos, easy ways to share your photos and other files, and remote access to your computers from anywhere. […] continuedRead more
Tough week! Here are the kind of things that fill my days. And bear in mind, these are all stories about software and services that I love dearly – this is the good stuff, these are what I recommend because they’re better than the rest!Read more
Take a look at Jungle Disk, a service for online backups with a good reputation. I’m testing it now and finding a lot of things to like.
The idea is simple – back up folders to a secure place online at regular intervals, and retrieve them any time but especially in the event of a computer crash. […] continuedRead more
Let me tell you a scary story.
When we plan our backups, the idea is to have a duplicate copy of our data on something separate from where it is normally stored and used. In theory, it is unlikely that both sources will fail simultaneously.
Even very small businesses would be devastated by a loss of data or an extended network outage. […] continuedRead more
On the assumption that my choices are endlessly fascinating to an ever-growing number of people – really, really bored people – I’ve added a page with details about the hardware and software that I use here at the high-tech headquarters of bruceb consulting. I’ll try to keep it up to date. […] continuedRead more
Network Attached Storage devices (“NAS”) are starting to appear regularly at small businesses. An NAS device is a small box with one or more hard drives and a simple operating system that can add huge amounts of storage space on a network just by plugging them in. They’re frequently designed with multiple hard drives that can use RAID drive management to hold data very safely, but without the expense or maintenance required for a Windows-based server. […] continuedRead more
The products developed using Microsoft’s Windows Home Server software do a number of extremely useful things – backups, remote access, file and photo sharing, and file storage – using a very smart mixture of new and old technology. Here are some notes about Windows Home Server from last year.
Unfortunately, a bug has been identified the causes data on the server to be corrupted in rare circumstances. […] continuedRead more
I’ve been involved in the setup of two HP MediaSmart EX475 Windows Home Servers recently. The Windows Home Server software is simply elegant, and HP has enhanced it to make setup go remarkably smoothly.
At a couple of points I marveled at the technology that made some steps seem easy during setup. […] continuedRead more
At some point next week, computers running Windows Live OneCare will automatically be upgraded to OneCare 2.0. Apparently the intent is to make the update automatic and invisible; it’s free to existing subscribers.
New features are integrated into the familiar OneCare layout, so little will change for many of you. The most significant new feature permits creation of a “circle” of computers running OneCare on the same home or office network, allowing some OneCare features to be centralized. […] continuedRead more
I’ll give you a short overview and some links for you to click on, but let’s do some superlatives first. Windows Home Server is the coolest technology to arrive in years! It’s innovative, it’s beautifully designed, it does a lot of exceptionally useful things in elegant ways, and it’s open for third parties to extend it in the future. […] continuedRead more
Very small businesses frequently depend on computer systems with several potential failure points, where a single failure can cause the network to go down for an uncomfortable length of time.
Slowly but surely the world is migrating away from software running on your computer to services hosted online. The only divisions at Microsoft that are profitable rely on sales of software – Windows, Office, and Windows Server – but even Microsoft has begun to acknowledge that the future belongs to web-based services. […] continuedRead more
I’ve mentioned Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Home Server appliance before, but it bears repeating – this has the potential to define a new category of home appliance that will be more interesting than you expect. It’s hard for you to imagine why a product with “server” in the name will enter your house, but it addresses some common problems in imaginative ways. […] continuedRead more
LogMeIn was one of the first remote control services, and continues to be one of the best. Like GoToMyPC and others, it relies on a small program running on a desktop computer, maintaining a connection with an online server. From any other computer, you can go to the service’s website, log in with a name and password, and launch a session controlling the desktop computer, seeing its screen as if you were sitting in front of it. […] continuedRead more