Windows XP Pro – RIP

It seems like Windows XP Pro has been with us forever and in the world of computer programs and Microsoft Operating systems it kind of has been. It was launched in October 2001 and technically replaced Windows ME but in reality, as well as practically not many users deployed ME, succeeded Windows 98. It was the longest running version of Microsoft Operating System lasting until January 2007 when it was formally replaced by Windows Vista.

We are now on Windows 7 with Windows 8 in the pipeline and the end of Windows XP as a viable Operating system is approaching.
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Are you prepared for IT failure?

Someone recently drew my attention to a news article which stated that around 75% of Small and Medium enterprises are ill prepared for an IT failure due to a lack of adequate data backup and disaster recovery plans. Either data is not backed up at all, data is not backed up often enough, or not enough of the important data is backed up. Each of these scenarios will have the same end result – and often this is one that can have catastrophic consequences. Therefore it’s important to have a plan, and to make sure this plan does cover all of the important data you have. Despite the old adage that 88.8% of statistics are made up on the spot, 75% seemed an initially shocking number but after giving it some thought it’s perhaps not altogether surprising.

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Which web browser then?

As an ‘I’ll just use what’s on my computer’ kinda guy it wasn’t until I was thinking about a title for what I thought would be an interesting blog, that it suddenly occurred to me that I had a no idea why there were so many web browsers out there and, then, is there any real difference between them all and which one is better and why.
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The 7″ Tablet

I’ve resisted buying myself a tablet for some time now. The iPad had always been the leader in the field and as beautiful as they are, I just couldn’t justify the outlay for one. A few months ago I read about the Google Nexus 7, and the technical spec along with the price point intrigued me. After some reading and a fair bit of research, my mind was made up and I placed an order for the 16GB Asus Google Nexus 7.

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Server Virtualisation – what is the best option for me?

Many organisations today are looking to find different ways to make there IT go further. Being the back bone of every company, infrastructure also need to be robust, offering high availability (HA) with little or no down time and quick recovery times in the event of failure.
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