Month: April 2018

Shiny penny marketing
Robin Robins: The Shiny-New-Penny Syndrome

Robin Robins: The Shiny-New-Penny Syndrome

One of the 1,100+ Boot Camp attendees wrote a rather extensive note, providing feedback that the sessions were worthless and nothing of value could be gained or learned. She mentioned the “lack of new campaigns” as one of her main...

/ April 30, 2018
Ask an Expert: How can I make sure SMB default settings are aligned with best practices?

Ask an Expert: How can I make sure SMB default settings are aligned with best practices?

Q: We’ve run into issues where clients create their own workaround to try to get something done faster. For example, we’ll see that firewall settings changed or antivirus has been disabled. How can we manage this to ensure that our...

/ April 30, 2018
Sasser worm
Tech Time Warp: The Sasser worm teaches a lesson

Tech Time Warp: The Sasser worm teaches a lesson

In early May 2004, computer users worldwide learned a hard lesson: Don’t procrastinate when it comes to installing a security patch. Users at the Taiwanese post office, the train station in Sydney, and some of Wall Street’s biggest banks found...

/ April 27, 2018
Cloud 5: SAP pushes deeper in cloud, AWS cloud revenue keeps going up

Cloud 5: SAP pushes deeper in cloud, AWS cloud revenue keeps going up

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find. Before we jump into this week’s links, please have a look at one of...

/ April 27, 2018
IoT ecosystem
Complicated IoT ecosystem starts to take shape

Complicated IoT ecosystem starts to take shape

As the number Internet of Things (IoT) projects that get launched continues to gain momentum, a new report from Ericsson, a provider of networking equipment, suggests telecommunications carriers and managed service providers will be jockeying for position in the years...

/ April 26, 2018
AWS decides the blockchain is worth a shot after all

AWS decides the blockchain is worth a shot after all

When AWS CEO Andy Jassy told reporters at the re:invent conference last December that he had little interest in blockchain technologies, there was no reason to doubt him. Still, he left a small opening that suggested they might be in...

/ April 25, 2018
ransomware warning
MSPs Beware: The Future of Ransomware

MSPs Beware: The Future of Ransomware

The idea of a shady cabal or a nefarious cyber army of one holding an entire city’s data hostage while they negotiate for ransom sounds like a plot lifted straight from a 1990s B movie. But yesterday’s fantasy is today’s...

/ April 25, 2018
Java cloud migration
Java cloud migration starting to accelerate

Java cloud migration starting to accelerate

Managed service providers can gain insight into the rate at which production applications are moving into the cloud from a survey of 1,800 developers published today by The Eclipse Foundation. The survey finds that half the respondents are running less...

/ April 24, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I help customers understand the difference between backup and archiving?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I help customers understand the difference between backup and archiving?

Q: I feel like most of my customers don’t know when they need archiving or and when they need backups. They just believe that everything needs to be backed up. How can I explain the differences to my customers to...

/ April 23, 2018 / 1 Comment
LISP programming language
Tech Time Warp: John McCarthy introduces LISP

Tech Time Warp: John McCarthy introduces LISP

Ask Alexa who coined the term “artificial intelligence,” and she’ll tell you John McCarthy. As a computer pioneer, John McCarthy provided the world with much more than a name for AI. He also developed the LISP programming language, one of...

/ April 20, 2018