June 2009
In this issue

> Introducing DataGuardian
> How Strong Are Your
> Desktop or Workstation
> Best IT Practices
Jet Pilots Don't Use Rear
    View Mirrors
> Just for Laughs

Jet Pilots Don't Use Rear View Mirrors

Because the world is changing rapidly, you need to look ahead, not back
Used with permission of Joel H. Weldon & Associates, Inc.

Commercial jets cruise at about 600 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of ten miles per minute, or three-and-a-third city blocks per second.

At that speed, the pilot does not look back. And at the speed at which the world is changing, you shouldn't look back either. Like a jet pilot, you need to concentrate on what's up ahead.

To understand just how fast the world is changing, consider this. All the knowledge acquired up until 1750 doubled by the year 1900. That was 150 years.

It doubled again in just 50 years, between 1900 and 1950. The next time it doubled, it took only fifteen years, from 1950 to 1965. It doubled again between 1975 and 1980 — a period of just five years. That is rapid change.

And in the last 28 years, mankind's knowledge has been multiplying beyond comprehension!

A number of years ago, Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock, presented a dramatic illustration of this by describing the history of mankind compacted into one calendar year.

According to Toffler, we could say that right now it's midnight on New Year's Eve, and twelve months ago on January 1st, man appeared on earth. It wasn't until November 19th, nearly 10€ months later, that fire was first used!

On December 10, just three weeks ago, the first pictures were carved on the walls of caves! Only two days ago, agriculture was developed! Yesterday the Pyramids were built!

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How Strong Are Your Passwords?
by Mike Gonsalves, StrategicFusion

Most people don't realize that computer security starts with them. An easy way to hold off trouble is to use strong passwords that you change every so often.

What is a strong Password? It is a password that is easily remembered by you, contains uppercase letters, lower case letters, a number or two, a special character and is at least 8 characters in length.

Sounds hard, but it's really easy when you use things you are familiar with.

For example, if I grew up at 245 Lucky Street, I might make my password Lucky245& Notice I've used Uppercase and Lowercase Letters, I have 3 numbers and a special character.

Here are some variations on the above password luCky24%, LuckY245$, luckY245* You can come up with a bunch if you just think about it a little bit.

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Desktop or Workstation - Which Do You Need?
reprinted with permission from the HP Small Business Center

Workstations are more accessible and more flexible than ever, but do you need that kind of power? How exactly do workstations differ from traditional desktops? Who uses workstations, and what benefits do they offer?

Who uses workstations?
Workstations are designed to meet the requirements of users who place heavy demands on their computers, including:

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4 Best IT Practices for Business Success
reprinted with permission from the HP Small Business Center

In today's competitive market, small businesses need every advantage they can get. Many are looking for new ways to improve the bottom line, as well as protect their existing business.

One area you might not have looked at is the experiences of larger businesses. With their greater resources, it's easy for them to "test drive" new ideas and strategies - which you can then borrow and apply as needed. Take a look at these four best practices borrowed from successful enterprises and try to put them to work in your business today.

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Just for Laughs


Quote of the Month

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

~ Arthur C. Clarke

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