Eve-Online gamers take the fall.

Eve-Online the space biased mmo last week released it’s new graphics engion in the form of a major patch code named “Trinity”.

Trinity brings alot to the tables as far as the mmo world goes. Trinity is the new free expantion bringing 4 new ship classes and a total of 20 new ships to the table I believe ranging from small tactical electronic warfare frigits to large non combat jump frighters. Eve-Online brought new graphic and art content to the mmo tables that resembles some of the high end games of today thus pushing Eve-Online to back to the top of the good mmo graphics list once again. I fully expect that Eve-Online will be on the top of some of the great games 07 lists.

With this great new expansion there was a horrible coding problem that was released with it’s new graphic content. a file called boot.ini was created in the new expansion that happened to in windows 2000 or xp replace the root boot.ini effectively hosing your system if you restarted without fixing the problem. 12 hours after the incident was reported there where at least 750 affected users according to the eve-online forms. with an estimate of $100,000 + in estimated in damages.

Please if you think your are effected by this problem read the eve site below and fix yourself before it’s too late

READ MORE HERE and HERE

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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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