Posted on April 30, 2009 by Chris Jenkins
Today I received the following e-mail that demonstrates the dangers of depending on hosted services. BeInSync was an acceptable solution for my file synchronization, storage, and back-up needs. As you can see, I have 30 days to find a new provider. While this isn’t critical for me because of my limited use, I can see when those who depend on the service might be in a real pickle.
Today’s lesson: trust your own infrastructure. Sometimes the clouds can part leaving you in a data free fall.
April 30th, 2009
Dear BeInSync Customer:
During this time of economic uncertainty we need to focus our attention and resources. BeInSync was in the early stages of deployment and as such would have required significant resources to make it successful.
We have made the decision to permanently shut down the BeInSync Professional and BeInSync Business online services in 30 days, on June 1, 2009. After June 1st, you will no longer be able to access your account online, and you will no longer have access to any backups that are stored online. Also on June 1st, all backup data will be removed from our online storage.
Our records indicate that you have an active subscription to the BeInSync service. We will issue you a refund for a portion of the annual subscription fee that you paid. The portion will be prorated, starting from May 1, 2009, to the end of your current term. We will be processing your refund payment during the next 30 days. The refund payment will be in the same form as your original payment, for example, if you paid by credit card, we will credit that same card.
Thank you for your interest in BeInSync products. If you have any questions, please submit a support ticket on our web site at http://www.beinsync.com/support/
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Posted on April 30, 2009 by Chris Jenkins
It’s been quite some time since I’ve had the opportunity to focus on my posts. I apologize and promise there are good things to come. Just as a teaser, I’d like to mention some great podcasts that I need to post. These great podcasts were created by myself, Bill Sheridan from The Maryland Society of CPAs, David Gammel from High Context Consulting LLC, Paul Schneider from Socious Inc. and several guests.
Beyond the podcasts, I had the opportunity to attend Digital Now. (The Twitter stream for the conference can be found at http://www.twazzup.com/search?q=dn09&l=all). I’ve been working on implementing Aptify, spending several weeks in rapid configuration meetings and training. A great OSCPA team has been working toward building strategies for our new website built on DNN with full Aptify configuration. Of course I’ve been writing, speaking and sending out my tweets when possible.
So far this spring has been a buzz with new ideas and great opportunities and I need to find some time to share more with you all. Stay tuned as I offer up more details on the podcasts and some of my current projects.
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Posted on April 9, 2009 by Kristen Vitartas
Lately I’ve been hearing more and more buzz about Google Reader, but I’ve never taken the time to actually set it up and see how it can help me. This surprises me because I love Goggle – I could not live without my Gmail account, I fully utilize Google Talk, and Google is my search engine of choice.
This week I decided to dive head first into Google Reader, and have been hooked ever since. Up until now, I don’t know how I kept up with all the news that has interested me.
Google Reader is a way to organize and share your RSS feeds such as blogs or websites you frequently visit. When you first set up your Google Reader page, you can browse websites from a variety of topics such as news, fun and games, finance, sports, lifestyle and technology. Any website that you find in these categories can be added to your subscriptions for you to view when new stories are added.
New updates for each subscription can be scrolled through for easy viewing, with the options to share the feed (with or without your own comments) in your shared items, e-mail the feed, share the feed on Facebook, Digg or Del.icio.us, or add a Star for the feed to show up in your Starred Items folder for later viewing.
Any friends that you have added to your Google Reader will be able to view your shared items, and vice-versa. Any items that you have in your subscriptions will remain for your private viewing unless you choose to share them out to your friends.
Perhaps one of the best parts about Google Reader is that it replaces all of my saved favorites on my web browser. I never have to worry about losing all of my favorites if my computer crashes – I can simply login to my Google Reader and access everything I need.
Check out Google Reader at www.google.com/reader.
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