Backup Data

As we are in a new year be sure to make a full backup of your data. Having a year end backup for accounting is pretty common but your entire business should be backed up.

Common Mistakes made by independent businesses.

  • Not having a process in place to do a backup
  • Not backing up data because it is poorly organized
  • Email is usually not stored with your regular files and is often overlooked and missed in a backup process
  • Email address backup is missed because data not stored with your regular files
  • Only having 1 tape or just never changing it.
  • Only having 1 hard drive if using a hard drive to store the backup
  • Never testing the backup

If you are running Windows 2003 server,any version a backup utility is included with options for full system recovery but you need to be sure to also run a special backup called ASR.

Windows XP Professional includes a backup utility automatically installed where for XP Home the backup isn’t automatically installed.

Depending on where you are backing up and the media type most people benefit from enahnced backup and restore software. Teh built-in backup utilities work but are what they are. In the case of servers and ASR recovery there are some real gotchya’s. Microsoft does not consider them critical but the restore process can be much more difficult than need be.

If you have employees on the payroll not able to work for a single day due to backup failure that is very expensive lost time so it is important to have a backup, test the backup on a periodic basis and store multiple copies away from the office.

-Find yourself a good IT consulting firm who will listen and deliver your business solutions that add real value and process improvement.

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Is Voice over IP ready?

Voice over IP or VOIP has been around at the telecom level for a number of years and has well known standards for call aggregation. The new offering aimed at your office need more analysis. Consumer and small office VOIP are much more sensitive than the robust offerings telco to telco. There are a number of issues to consider before making your next Internet bandwidth and phone line purchase.

Companies are available providing single and combination solutions. One size does not fit all is clearly the message of importance. The few dollars saved on low cost VOIP may not be worth the savings.

-Find yourself a good IT consulting firm who will listen and deliver your business solutions that add real value and process improvement.

Voice over IP or VOIP has been around at the telecom level for a number of years and has well known standards for call aggregation. The new offering aimed at your office need more analysis. Consumer and small office VOIP are much more sensitive that the robust offerings telco to telco. There are a number of issues to consider before making your next Internet bandwidth and phone line purchase.

There are companies providing single and combination solutions. One size does not fit all is clearly the message of importance. The few dollars saved on low cost VOIP may not be worth the savings.

-Find yourself a good IT consulting firm who will listen and deliver your business solutions that add real value and process improvement.

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Call Of Duty 4

If you guys want the scoop come and get it. Call of Duty 4 otherwise known as CoD4 has taken on a more modern roll when compared to it’s predisesors. biased in modern time Call of Duty 4 story is biased on 2 different teams, the U.S. Marine Core(USMC) and the British special air service (S.A.S.). But I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys so lets get down to the real review.

Call of Duty 4

Graphics – With the new graphics engin out the door CoD4 is looking more beautifull then ever. every model, every tank, every weapon, building has been maticulously detailed down to the tiny cracks in the wall. I cant imagine how many man hours they put into the details of their models. 10 out of 10

Call of Duty 4 picture 2 Call of Duty 4 picture 1

Sound – As with the whole series of CoD games all the typical sounds of the guns, bombs, voices, units, sound great this edition is no different. These sounds just add to the realism and builds upon what they already have. noticeable throughout the game there is a soundtrack tht starts to play, the music is a type of hype music that seems to do its job rather well propelling your emotions into a frenzy that will eventually end with alot of dead hostiles. 9 out of 10

Gameplay – Gameplay with typical FPS single player story lines are usually 1 of two things, you follow your team around and complete tasks and objectives to eventually complete your ultimate goal or your a solo killing machine and you take on the entire world. This game doesn’t break any originality records in this field but then it doesn’t need to. The implementation of the typical squad style gameplay of CoD4 has been done to perfection. Constant communication between your squad, yourself and the mission analyst makes the whole squad experience seem a bit fuller and more lifelike. With the addition of shooting through walls and some specialized sniping missions this game has a very high replay value and if thats not enough for you the leveling system in multipayer is sure to keep you playing for hours on in. 9.5 out of 10

Overview – With the current CoD standards that are out there im not sure how anyone could come up with a better or more well played game, but Infinity Ward’s Cod team has pulled it off again. Blazing new graphics, realistic high definition audio, and deep storyline will make this game a best seller, and one of my personal favorites for years to come. it is my recommendation that anyone who has skipped out on this game check out the demo that can be found here or go out and get yourself a copy!!9.5 out of 10!

The Call of Duty4 website can be found at www.callofduty.com

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The Orange Box – Five Games in one box!

The Orange Box five games one box. the orange box is the latest release from VALVe software focusing mainly on the Half-Life story. lets first cover what’s in the box how they relate then finally on to the reviews.

The Orange Box

  1. Half-Life 2
  2. HL2: Episode One
  3. HL2: Episode Two
  4. Portal
  5. Team Fortress 2

The Orange Box - Five Games in one box!

So theres your lineup right there and as you can see three of the five games there are actually half-life games themselves moving the story along. The first three games are in sequential order as you play through them you learn that our scientist friend Gordon Freedman takes on the hero roll as the world falls apart around him. Moving throughout the series you can meet some devastating enemies, walk around and explore lush environments, and interact with the multitude of deep characters that are introduced throughout.

Portal our #4 game on the list is somewhat different from all the rest. Portal it’s self is a standalone in terms of game play but makes several hints into the half-life world suggesting that throughout possible episode 3 the two games stories will become intertwined. Portal is a game about just that PORTALS. early in the game you pick up your only weapon throughout the game a two-way portal generating gun. While most of the first levels of portal are obviously and specifically designed to get the player accustom to how the rest of the game will be played there is a constant testing of creativity and critical thinking skills to finish the game up which essentially is a puzzle game.

The 5th game in the lineup is Team Fortress 2 a classic rewrite of the old team fortress. Filled with all the same characters the main difference is the cell shading world with a new fast paced game style

the orange Box is for sale in the stores or available for download on steam for $49.99

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