Most of us
have a fair amount of information stored on our computers. Photos from
digital cameras, music libraries, various documents, financial
information, family trees and other memorable items are all saved on
our computer hard-drives. A fantastic array of information and history
all compiled and centralized on this one machine, at our fingertips
whenever we want it, as long as it doesn't break.
Like everything else, hard-drives can break or systems can be
compromised. Usually you will not see it coming.
You will realize you have a problem when you go to retrieve something
from your computer and it's not there. Do you have another copy of
these files somewhere? Dare I use that all intimidating word,
Very few home computer users (and many small business
backups of their computer systems. Not having a backup is similar
to not having insurance, not a problem until something goes
wrong. There are also a number of computer users that THINK
they have a backup, until they need it, sadly discovering that their
backup hadn't been operating as expected.
Read the full article on data backup at
FITS website by clicking here.
If the process sounds a bit intimidating, FITS provides backup
strategies designed to suit every budget. Need a backup plan? Not sure
if your backup is doing what it should? Contact us for a no-cost backup
assessment at (416) 640-2874 or email me at DMielke@FileBankIT.com
Wishing you health,
happiness, and prosperity this coming holiday season. May your home be filled with
the joy of family and friends (and hopefully a little peace and quiet
after they all go home).
- Season's Greetings from all of us at FITS.
Want to make those holiday photos look more professional? Check out
Windows Live Photo Gallery photo-editing application. This no-cost
program (for Windows 7 and Vista) is feature packed without being
Importing your pictures into
the program direct from your camera, phone or storage device is
straightforward. Options allow you to group photos in order to set
prefix names as well as name destination folders to better organize
Once imported, you can then identify people in your photos using the
built-in face recognition program as well as classify your collection
by using geotag locations, descriptive text and captions.
(Face-recognition gains the smarts to start identifying people on its
own and allows batch-add to make the process even faster.)
Included are standard
editing features like cropping, straightening,
exposure/colour correction as well as excellent red-eye and blemish
See what else
you can do with this
program in the full
article located here.
Feel free to contact me
regarding any of your computer
related issues - (416) 640-2874 or email me at DMielke@FileBankIT.com.
Be On The Look Out
Ever wonder how NORAD (North
American Aerospace Defense Command) got to be the official Santa
Ho Ho Ho - Merry Christmas!
Apparently this tradition began back in 1955 (pre NORAD days) after a
Colorado Sears advertisement encouraging children to call Santa
misprinted the telephone number. (Ooops!)
Instead of reaching
Santa, the phone number put kids through to the Continental Air Defence
Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline."
In keeping with the spirit of the season, the Director of Operations at
the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar and track
Santa's progress from the North Pole. Children who called were given
updates on Santa's location, and a tradition was born.
In 1958, after the governments of Canada and the United
States created NORAD the men, women, family and friends of
NORAD have volunteered their time to respond to phone calls and emails
from children all around the world.
Today millions of people who want to know Santa's whereabouts now visit
the NORAD Tracks Santa website at http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html