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Executive Summary: Technology

The Portable Data Center That Fits in a Suitcase

From The Wall Street Journal: Tech firm Ubuntu’s “Orange Box” mimics a data center, but in a small box the size of a suitcase. The WSJ finds out why this portable processing power is useful for disaster zones and scientific discovery. (about $10,000)

Video at WSJ.com (click link): The Portable Data Center That Fits in a Suitcase

How Do You Use Email?

Email can be a great tool for your business, or a tremendous time waster. Here is an interesting article from Time.com by Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt and former Senior Vice President of Products Jonathan Rosenberg. Enjoy.

9 Rules For Emailing From Google Exec Eric Schmidt

Breaking Up is Hard To Do

Mint.com, the great financial website, had an article the other day about changing service providers. Whether you are changing banks or tech companies, change can be very scary.

We can help you through this process — even if you are not retaining LICT for your tech support. Think of us an independent third eye, keeping your interests first.

We love Dropbox, and so should you.

Dropbox is a service that allow you to easily share files across many computers, over the internet. Think of it as a server in the sky. Today’s Crain’s has an article about how small businesses are using Dropbox.

If you would like to see Dropbox in action, give us a call and we will be happy to… umm… drop by and show you!

Does a power strip protect my computer?

In a word: No.

If you have a desktop computer, including servers, you should be plugged into a UPS (also known as an “uninterruptible power source”) A UPS puts a battery between you and the wall outlet, stabilizing power. It would be ideal to also plug in a laptop to it, but less necessary as most more or less stabilize the power with their internal battery.

Most UPS units have plugs that draw against the battery, and plugs that are just pass-thrus to the wall. Make sure your desktop/server is plugged into the battery side. We recommend plugging things with motors on it (printers mostly) to the non-battery outlet on the UPS.

The UPS has an internal battery that will need to be replaced, probably after 2-3 years.

And please… don’t plug in a power strip into a UPS, it negates the money you just spent on it!