September News & Tips

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IN THE NEWS

Corning Flexible Glass Might Change Our Future:

As technology speeds along, there is, every now and then, an introduction that makes your heart beat a little faster simply because the implications could be so huge.  Corning’s new high quality Willow Glass is just such a breed.  It rolls up like a newspaper.  It’s ultra, ultra thin (0.1 millimeters) – think of a human hair – and could be used, among a myriad of other possibilities, to create lightweight flexible Smartphones of the future.  Other ideas include roll to roll processing of electronic circuitry; curved digital windows , walls and displays, and flexible solar cells, to name but a few of the possibilities. Watch the video.  It seems entirely possible that our current computing DNA will be dramatically altered by innovation such as this!

Keeping Your Data Safe:  Hardware Encrypted Drives

You’ve heard about (or worse, experienced) the theft of critical customer, personal, or corporate data loss on external drives.  Until recently, reminds PC World, encrypting an external drive through software was a difficult and cumbersome project.  Enter the newer hardware encrypted drives.  They scramble and crunch data as it’s written.  They are fast.  They eliminate the need for special software.  And should you fall victim to a theft – not to worry – as long as your password is securely in your possession.

Is It Time To Review Your Failover And Redundancy Solutions?

Does your website or application require near zero downtime and availability?  We want to remind you that SiteVision offers custom failover, redundancy, and disaster recovery services.  While most sites do not require these solutions, for those that do, it is a mission critical business priority.  If you require this capability, whether you currently host your site with us or not, please give us a call.  We’ll help you through the process and provide a custom “continuity of operations” contingency for your organization’s systems and data.

Office 2013:  Does It Have Its Head In The Cloud?

Oh yeah.  Files now save to the cloud (SkyDrive) by default.  It’s also oriented to a subscription based experience, though you can still purchase via the traditional software method.  With a subscription, you download the various desktop apps and they follow you to various devices (depending on your MS ID). As with Win 8, touch becomes a part of the experience.  To some the touch integration is half-hearted and confusing.  To others, it’s a welcome addition with positive implications.  According to some reviews, the same might be said for Win 8.  Time will tell!   Engadget has a comprehensive overview, as does Techradar