Blog / AI Capabilities Are Advancing Rapidly artificial intelligence and AI capabilities represented by polygonal brain Staying up-to-date about AI capabilities can help prevent nasty surprises. Recently I encouraged organizations to consider addressing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in their policies. At the time the capabilities of readily available AI systems were limited to text generation and answering questions. But of course we’re talking about computers, technology rapidly advances, and […] November 14, 2023
Blog / Cheaper technology means less security The evolution of cameras as an example of cheaper technology As devices evolve, cheaper technology is leaving some vulnerable. As technology advances, what used to be cutting edge becomes commonplace and unmoving. Take cameras, for example. They used to be specialized and expensive, the sort of things only businesses and professionals used. Then came personal cameras like those touristy yellow-block Kodaks and the now famous […] October 17, 2023
Blog / Cloud vs. Onsite Servers A wireframe mockup of the cloud server farms used by providers What are the pros and cons of cloud servers as opposed to onsite ones? Cloud servers and services have long been touted as the ultimate server solution for both individuals and businesses. For one, their upfront costs are substantially lower than buying a server, and for another they come with their own infrastructure (a secured […] August 22, 2023
Blog / How much life does your computer hardware have left? old computer hardware in need of replacement Waiting for computer hardware to break is bad replacement policy. Although it’s rarely top-of-mind at the time, we all typically consider how long a product will last, even if we never calculate a precise time length or put it into words. That’s all fine and dandy for private life, but it’s a different story when […] August 15, 2023
Blog / Is your new hardware compatible with your environment? Planning ahead will help you avoid significant issues. The first part of any change project is planning what needs to be done, including the materials needed, additional fees or licenses that need to be paid, and any modifications to your existing setup to make it all work. It doesn’t matter if you’re putting in a […] July 11, 2023
Blog / The Importance of Understanding Email URL email checker hacker image It’s hard for computers to detect phishing attempts. Email is everywhere, but particularly in business, but people often forget just how recent a change this really is. For example, I (and I’m sure at least a portion of my readers) remember a time before big companies like London Drugs or Walmart even had websites, let […] June 20, 2023
Blog / IT Trivia IT Trivia Let’s play a round of IT trivia for a change of pace. With all the glum talk in IT circles these days, what with the rising rates of cybercrime, out-of-control inflation (IT isn’t immune), and wildfires burning down parts of the province, we thought it would be nice to talk a break from all the […] May 11, 2023
Blog / How many email addresses should you have? email addresses Let’s talk about your personal security behavior for a minute. Most of my newsletters are aimed at organizations in some capacity. Many of them involve creating official policies or procedures to ensure that employees have a solid set of rules to follow. This time I wanted to talk about personal habits surrounding email and security. […] April 25, 2023
Blog / What is Shadow IT? Silhouette of computer representing Shadow IT Despite the dangerous sounding name, Shadow IT isn’t all bad. It may sound like you have a hacker lurking the darkest corners of your network using illicit hardware for some nefarious but nebulous purpose, and you’d be justified in thinking that that’s what shadow IT is. Fortunately, the truth is far less dangerous, albeit not […] April 13, 2023
Blog / Device Drivers A video card as an example of device drivers What are device drivers and why are they important? We’ve all been there at some point; we go to perform some task on our computer, either exotic or mundane, and it fails. Then up pops one of those inscrutable error codes that look like English but read like Latin. The technobabble makes mention of something […] April 06, 2023

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