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Are Computers Male or Female?

Are Computers Male or Female?This one hit my in-box a few weeks ago and I had never pondered whether computers were male or female? It’s an interesting lesson. I hope you enjoy the following piece of humor.

The original author is unknown.

A Spanish Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

‘House’ for instance, is feminine: ‘la casa.’
‘Pencil,’ however, is masculine: ‘el lapiz.’

A student asked, ‘What gender is ‘computer’?’

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer’ should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men’s group decided that ‘computer’ should definitely be of the feminine gender (‘la computadora’), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

(THIS GETS BETTER!)

The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine (‘el computador’), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have got a better model.

The women won.

Bonus Trick for your PC
This is fun trick to let you know the gender of your computer, whether it is male or female. This trick work on almost all windows operating systems.

1. Open Notepad and paste the following codes: CreateObject(“SAPI.SpVoice”).Speak”i love you”
2. Save the file as gender.vbs
3. Now, open the save file
4. If you hear male voice then your computer is male and if you hear female voice then its female.

Apparently, my computer is a female. What gender is your computer?

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Disadvantages of External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Backups

Disadvantages of External Hard Drive and Flash Drive BackupsDeryck Burnett of Megabite in Fernandina Beach sent me the following list of disadvantages when relying on external hard drives and flash drives as backups for my computer.

A specialist in IT Management, I trust Deryck for the most current information when it comes technical infrastructure.

“Backing up your critical data to an external hard drive provides minimal protection against one type of data loss – hard drive failure.

• External hard drives are failure-prone
External drives are subject to the same data loss risks as internal drives – viruses, worms, corruption, etc, as well as vulnerable to environmental factors such as sunlight, heat, humidity, liquids, dust and magnetic fields.
• Portable drives are easily damaged
External hard drives and flash drives are portable, and therefore easily damaged. Flash drives are small, so they’re very susceptible to getting lost, going through the laundry or getting stepped on.
• External hard drives are vulnerable
Unless they’re taken offsite every night (which rarely happens on a regular basis), external hard drives and flash drives fail to protect against site-level disasters including fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning or earthquakes. Onsite media are also prone to theft and sabotage.
• Security is limited
Most hard drives aren’t encrypted or even password-protected. If your hard drive or flash drive is lost or stolen, your information is available to anyone who plugs the device into a computer.
• Unreliable file versioning
File versioning is difficult to set up on external media, and often requires frequent manual cleanup of old files. If you back up to an external hard drive once per day, you’re often left with a single backup to rely on instead of multiple file versions.
• No support in case of a disaster
When your data is gone, where will you turn for help? If you back up to an external drive, you’re on your own, or will be forced to hire professional IT support at an expensive hourly rate.”

“So, Deryck,” I asked, “what’s a girl to do?”

Deryck is a fan of not putting all of your eggs into one baskets, and suggests using a combination of methods. “Critical data should be backed up on external drives and the cloud.”

ALL data on your computer, that is important to you, should be backed up. All of those music downloads would cost a fortune to replace! Consider your important documents, family photographs, and videos. Things that would be expensive to re-create should be backed up too, like your business’s ad copy and marketing materials.

In the medical practice, patient information and images are required to be kept secure and private!

Remote Data Backups, Inc. is a HP Partner and operates as a Managed Service Provider (MSP), headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, and they said, “The Federal government is now mandating that medical/healthcare related and financial organizations have secure offsite data backup plans in place to comply with HIPAA, HITECH and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software vendors also have the responsibility to ensure their cloud based backup solutions are 100% compliant.”

Whether you are backing up your personal computer information, or backing-up your business computers is now a federal mandate, give Deryck a call for more details and some great advice. His number is: (904) 430-0350.

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A Simple Definition of RSS Feed

A Simple Definition of RSS FeedWhat is an RSS Feed? RSS, or Real Simple Syndication, (simply defined) is a way for websites to distribute their content. With Feeds you can authorize a website to send you their updates on a regular basis, directly to your email’s inbox, your favorite news reader and even your cell phone.

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HTTP Tip for the New Year

HTTP Tip for the New Year

HTTP Tip for the New Year

Do you know the difference between http and https? Without getting into details that you likely are not concerned about there is one thing you should know. The “S” stands for “secure.”

When you visit a website or web page, take a look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with: http://. This is the normal way of your computer communicating with the website. When you see https:// then they are communicating on a secured network.

In other words, it is possible for someone to “eavesdrop” on your computer’s conversation with the http website. If you fill out a form on the website, it is not necessarily secure and others might be able to see the information you send to that site.

With a https website, the communication is in a secured code and it is much safer for you to enter personal information, such as a credit card number, onto an https website.

Before you enter your credit card number in any website, look for the https first!

Https:// is frequently used for banking, information forms, corporate log-on pages and other applications where company or personal data needs to be secure.

However, like most things, https is not fool-proof and it is important for you to be cautious and responsible with your personal information while using the Internet.