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GDPR and Human Resources

With GDPR moving into enforcement this month, many businesses in the United States are scrambling to perform damage control.   Human Resources has unique concerns about GDPR – Do I need consent to collect personal information about our employees? – Are there extra steps required before providing employee information to outside benefits companies? – Are …Read More…

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No, your computer isn’t slow.

How many times has this happened to you… You buy a brand new computer and things are great!  You can browse the web at speed.  Programs open and close when you ask.  Life is good. Then time goes by – maybe a year.  You’ve accidentally opened some sketchy websites (clicking links on Facebook is more …Read More…

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Why you should consider a credit freeze – EquiFax hack

Now that Equifax has disclosed the hack of 143 million American’s personal records, there is no longer any hope of keeping our data private.  You are an identity theft victim, you just don’t know it yet.  I’ve long said that every big-name company has been hacked; they just haven’t disclosed it yet.  This is just …Read More…

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Virtual Servers, Storage, and SAN – Why your servers are slow

Alright folks, this is a technical topic, but I’m going to try to explain it simply.  Bear with me! If your organization has more than five servers, you are probably using a virtualization system like VMWare or Microsoft’s HyperV.  These systems give huge benefits in terms of high-availability, disaster recovery, and management ability.  But if …Read More…

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How to un-freeze your laptop like a pro

What is the first rule of computer troubleshooting?   Unlike a regular desktop computer, when laptops “freeze up”, it is not obvious how to do this!   Even if you pull out the cord, the laptop may just fall asleep and wake up exactly the same.  Or maybe it will slowly drain the battery for …Read More…

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Upgrade your IT Services for the New Year

Upgrade your computer management for the New Year! Businesses in our service area (between Rockville, Frederick, and Baltimore) can reference this advertisement for a free service visit (approx 1.5 hours) to fix small problems and talk about long term goals. Small and medium businesses struggle with their IT departments. They either can’t afford the salary …Read More…

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Best GDPR Website Consent Examples

Curious about GDPR basics, and whether it applies to you? Check this blog first if you are in the Frederick MD or Baltimore MD area and are looking for basics: GDPR Consulting – What you need to know Re-posted from eConsultancy, this is an excellent article by Ben Davis discussing website consent requests that comply with GDPR. What …Read More…

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Dell PowerEdge R730 PERC RAID online reconfiguration

This is a story about how we migrated a production server from RAID-1 to RAID-5 without losing data, using the PERC H730 controller. Recently,  we pushed a Dell server’s PERC RAID controller to its limit.  (After making a verified good backup, of course). Originally, the server’s hard drives were set up as a RAID 1 …Read More…

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Dreamhost HTTP error WordPress media upload and library

Spent the weekend troubleshooting a website error on Dreamhost with the Shared Hosting Plan. Symptoms Media files (pictures) larger than 2mb were spontaneously disappearing from the media library. When uploading, large files would get the vague “HTTP error” in WordPress. The thumbnail would be blank, and you couldn’t see the picture if you edited it. …Read More…

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FortiAnalyzer Configuration problems after initial deploy

FortiAnalyzer virtual appliance setup. Version 5.4.x Disk configuration problem: FortiAnalyzer Problem:  How do I remove warning that “Hard drive allocated for this VM instance”  “is less than the licensed VM storage volume” .   If I select the alert, a link to the FortiNet website is displayed:  http://help.fortinet.com/fa/vm-install/54/index.htm     Solution:   Frustratingly, to get …Read More…