Why It's Critical To Keep Your Software Up To Date

Why It's Critical To Keep Your Software Up To Date

We’ve all been there. We’re working away. We’re in the groove. And all of the sudden, this annoying window pops up asking you to update some piece of software or other. Ugghh! The disruption! Of course, the first inclination is to make this thing go away. But keeping your system software and your applications up to date is really important.

Walkthrough and Review: OpenMesh G200 Router/Firewall

Walkthrough and Review: OpenMesh G200 Router/Firewall

We serve small businesses in Central Ohio who leverage the Apple ecosystem. I can't tell you how often we run into companies who are using some consumer-grade POS "router" they got from Best Buy - or worse, are using what they got from their internet provider. These devices just don't provide anything close to adequate security for small businesses given today's threat landscape. While we feel that Cisco Meraki is the gold standard for business-grade cloud-managed networking, it's not right for everyone. For some time we've been looking for a device - and preferably a full stack (router, switches, and wireless access points) that we can confidently recommend to clients. As an OpenMesh partner, we were thrilled when they announced their G200 router. We've been fans of their wireless access points for quite a while, so we couldn't wait to get our hands on their router. After a couple weeks with it, here's our review. . .

It Can Happen To You

It Can Happen To You

We talk to clients all the time about the need to back up data and to plan for how you will continue to operate in the event of a disaster. Many of the folks we deal with may back up their server off-site (we insist on it), but generally take a 'it can't happen to me' attitude. Well. . .it most certainly CAN happen to you! At about 5:30pm on April 4, 2018, an EF1 tornado touched down in my back yard. Literally. My. Back. Yard.

Would You Pay $3.5 million For A Font?

Would You Pay $3.5 million For A Font?

The short answer is no. You probably won’t ever pay millions of dollars for a font. But NBC Universal did in 2013! NBCU subsidiary Oxygen Media purchased a basic 36-user license for the ‘Chalet’ font (from House Industries) and managed to find big trouble! The settlement of the lawsuit indicated 20,000 downloads of the font across the company - many times the 36 that they were licensed for. They settled for $175 each infringement - or $3.5million. Just the year before, NBC Universal settled with P22 Type Foundry for $1.5m over its improper use of the Cezanne Regular font. While you may never be sued for millions of dollars, improper font licensing and usage could expose your agency to significant liability.