Tag - Computers

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The Heartbleed Security Bug: What’s been the effect on Multifamily?
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The technological evolution of multifamily: Are you in it or overdoing it?
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Why the best antivirus is you – Part 2: Learning how to protect yourself.
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Got files? Why NOW is a good time to rethink your backup strategy.
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Why technology isn’t just for Geeks anymore
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Google OS, the Cloud and testing the new Chromebook
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Computer concepts you should’ve learned a long time ago…

The Heartbleed Security Bug: What’s been the effect on Multifamily?

In the first week of April we received word that OpenSSL, the open source implementation of the SSL and TLS protocols, had been compromised. Over the past 2 years, this vicious flaw that raged throughout the internet, allowed hackers to steal encrypted data. If you’re like most people, up until recently, you probably had no idea what this technology even meant. Who cares, right? I just need to check Facebook one more time. Truthfully, though, the normal web protocol (http) is not very secure. If you’re smart and have the proper software, it’s possible to listen in on what computers are saying back and forth to each other. You could read passwords and usernames and credit card information and the[…]

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The technological evolution of multifamily: Are you in it or overdoing it?

“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller Our payroll person often tells the story about how, back in the day, she used to enter employees’ time in the computer system using punch cards. 30 years later that story, of course, is hilarious. Punch cards? Oh wow. Now? Properties enter their information into our intranet portal. Much fancier, less holes. Despite 30 years of progress there’s one thing that hasn’t changed. Filling out a time sheet. For you to get paid, you have to tell your employer how many hours you’ve worked. Technology isn’t reinventing the time sheet, it’s just making it easier. Our payroll lady appreciates it but at the end[…]

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Why the best antivirus is you – Part 2: Learning how to protect yourself.

In part 1, I talked about the ways that antivirus companies try to manipulate you with misinformation and fear tactics. In this part, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and help you help yourselves. The internet is a fun playground but people often want to jump from the top of the slide, stick their tongue on the cold pipe, eat sand and yet still be protected. Sorry but it doesn’t work that way. There are some things you need to do to be safe out there especially since we’re now kicking our antivirus software habit: Uninstall Java If your reaction to this first one is “I have a cup of coffee installed on my computer?” than chances are you’ve[…]

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Got files? Why NOW is a good time to rethink your backup strategy.

Mondays get their reputations for a ton of reasons. I headed back to my office on a particularly difficult Monday and noticed instead of the normal Windows 7 desktop, my screen was black with some white text. The text, it turned out, announced something bad: Disk boot failure? When I left my office I had been humming away in Windows 7 doing my thing. Now I had come back to this. I tried rebooting several times but that didn’t make the error message go away. What had happened and what did it mean? It was the worse case scenario realized – my hard drive had crashed and because it had a ton of my important work files on it, I[…]

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Why technology isn’t just for Geeks anymore

This was from a guest post on Mark Juleen’s blog. Enjoy! Let me tell you a story about a boy. 4 foot 11, 120 pounds soaking wet, wrinkled Bugle Boy pants, his blond hair in a bowl cut; tousled. When he spoke his voice cracked and the things he used to say revolved around some device called the Commodore 64. He was awkward, always had his nose shoved in front of a computer, and was a social nightmare; it was the 80’s and he was your stereotypical geek. Let’s fast forward to today. The boy has grown older, his voice finally dropped into something one would consider manly and woman finally realized that he wasn’t a total loser. (Okay only[…]

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Google OS, the Cloud and testing the new Chromebook

Back in December, I saw a signup from Google asking for testers to try a new type of laptop. Of course I was tempted, I’m a geek. Google is always putting out geeky things so it’s a match made in heaven. Naturally then I signed up. Fast forward to May. Imagine my surprise when a box showed up out of nowhere at the office. As it turned out, I was one of the lucky 40,000 who was sent the CR-48 (That’s the beta laptop’s model #). I was extremely excited. After allowing the kids to apply the stickers (they were in the box) I got to work checking this thing out. This new laptop represents an evolution in computers. What[…]

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