The Rise, and Fall, and Rise of Bitcoin

b2ap3_thumbnail_bitcoin_resurgence_400.jpgYou might remember Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency known for increasing the anonymity and privacy of transactions on the web. Bitcoin was gaining ground for a while, but a couple of key events left it in the dust, sinking to seeing use only as a currency used by hackers and criminals in online black markets. Now, however, it seems that Bitcoin is being used again, and with a few key innovations in how it’s spent, Bitcoin will continue to grow more popular as a payment option.

Tip of the Week: How to Spot and Avoid Email Spoofing

b2ap3_thumbnail_email_spoofing_400.jpgLet’s say you get an email from a close friend. It looks like it’s legitimate, until you check the contents of the message. It’s an advertisement, or it’s trying to get you to click on a link to see something “important.” Regardless of what the content of the message is, you should probably slap that bad boy in the Spam section of your email inbox. You’ve just been the target of email spoofing, and it’s more common than you might think.

Windows 8 Users Will No Longer Receive Patches and Security Updates

b2ap3_thumbnail_windows_8_done_400.jpgIf you’re one of the unfortunate souls still using Windows 8 (as opposed to 8.1) on your business’s workstations, you should consider upgrading, and as soon as possible. Microsoft has cut off support for its infant operating system, so if you want patches, security updates, and just a better overall operating system, upgrading to Windows 8.1 or 10 is an ideal solution to this dilemma.

“Mr. Coppedge goes to Washington”

(with apologies to Jimmy Stewart)

Next month (February) I’ll be joining forces with fellow IT colleagues to advocates in Washington, D.C., on February 9-10, to speak with Members of Congress about issues that are critical to the future of my business and the overall tech industry.

Book Review: "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind"

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind By Yuval Noah Harari

Recently I’ve been interested (not consciously) with sociology…actually developing a greater respect for the science (I was going to put quotes around science, but nope!).  It’s actually an interesting journey.

Implementing Project Online

So you’ve decided to do something about all the projects you’ve got going on. You don’t know who’s doing what or if it’s costing you more than expected. You want to add another project to list, but don’t know if your team has the time to handle another one, and you wish there was one place you could go to get all this information.

SQL 2005 End of Life is April 12, 2016 – Are you ready??

You don’t still wear parachute pants or watch Lost, so why are you still using SQL 2005? This was the year Carrie Underwood won American Idol and a love stricken Tom Cruise jumped up and down on Oprah’s couch declaring his love for Katie Holmes. Doesn’t that seem like EONS ago? Chances are you’ve had a few new cell phones, laptops, and cars since then, so why are your trusting your corporate data to this antiquated and soon to be obsolete technology? The data in your SQL Database is driving your business applications, and in turn, your business.

320,000 Customer Passwords Stolen From Time Warner Cable

b2ap3_thumbnail_data_breach_400.jpgYou’ve heard about a ton of high-profile hacks over the past few years, and it’s important to note that these numbers will only continue to climb. A recent incident involving Time Warner Cable, a large ISP in the United States, shows the world that even huge companies that specialize in providing Internet for users can suffer the embarrassment of a data breach.

Why BYOD is an Important Industry-Changing Trend

b2ap3_thumbnail_bring_your_own_device_mdm_400.jpgMobile devices are challenging the traditional perception of the office environment. When employees bring their own devices to work, this is called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and it’s an increasingly popular trend. Initially thought of as a threat, BYOD is proving to be a valuable option for businesses wanting to increase productivity, so long as it’s regulated properly.