Stories by James E. Gaskin

Will the death of XP really hurt you?

Microsoft warned us well over a year ago that XP will Die Die Die, at least on new computers, by the end of June, 2008. Petitions and prayers notwithstanding, XP has a firm date with Boot Hill. RIP, XP.

Laptop safety questions

Let me say thanks to the Women's Business Council of the Southwest for inviting me to teach them about laptop safety. The business backgrounds of the members ranged from huge company manager to sole proprietor to corporate lawyer and everything in be...

A new all-in-one server

Almost exactly seven years ago, I reviewed four different "All-in-One" Internet appliances that included file, e-mail and Web servers and some other workgroup type utilities. A purple cube, eight inches on each side, called the Qube 3 from Cobalt (pu...

Laptop wireless security refresher

Let's recap: during my first Laptop Safety Seminar in Indianapolis on April 23, I was surprised at how many questions from the audience concerned basic laptop wireless security. People love laptops and love wireless connections, but don't love the ex...

SMB - E-Mail options improve

E-mail: Can't live without it, can't stand the hassles. Is it any wonder many people rely on Instant Messaging for co-worker communications?

SMB - Remote storage management

Growing companies must break through many barriers, and technology provides barriers aplenty. Moving from a small company storage model to a medium company storage model takes effort, planning and more manpower. For those fighting to get a better han...

Money-saving tips for SMBs

On the response sheets I get from those who attend the speeches I make at the ITEC conferences, "Reducing hardware and software costs" always ranks in the top third of important issues. One of my goals is to help SMBs maximize the value of technology...

The problem with Leopard's Time Machine

I'm sorry but I have to interject a bit of negative feedback into the parade of praise about Apple's new operating system, Leopard (aka Mac OS X 10.5). I'm impressed with many of the improvements, but recent reports about the built-in backup utility,...

Hackers target small businesses

Feeling paranoid? Think people are out to get you? If not, you're just not paying attention. Small businesses have gained the attention of large companies who lust after their buying power. And unfortunately, hackers now lust after small business for...

Successful small business VoIP

Sad headlines abound in the VoIP world lately: SunRocket sinks, Vonage stock sinks, joy and optimism sink. Wait, not every company in this market sings the blues. To see how the happier half lives, I contacted the folks at Bandwidth.com to see how th...

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