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Blackout! Are you covered & would you survive?

Posted by Stickyweb in Consulting

Adelaide Lightning

Now THIS is a Blackout - On 28th September 2016 the ENTIRE state of South Australia was without power for several hours, some parts for much longer ...

Which should make all businesses question their ability to weather a similar event. (pardon the pun!)

Pylon Down

Electricity Pylons damaged by lightning

No doubt you have UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) protecting your computers - preferably all of them, if not, at least those holding vital data ... but what is the battery operated run time?
And do you have shutdown scripts in place for when time is running out? If not, then the computer losing power may cause data damage as well.

All of the equipment you value should have surge-protection (built in to most UPS) at a minimum via the power-board.

And most importantly -  data backed-up. And if you are not following THE BACKUP RULE OF THREE then you don't have a back up!

THE BACKUP RULE OF THREE

(Also called the Backup 3-2-1 rule)

  • 3 Copies of anything that is important - If you only have two copies then you don't value it!
  • 2 Different Formats i.e.Cloud & DVD Copy, USB Disk & Dropbox
  • 1 Copy stored off-site If your office/home burns are you covered
Power Outages

Areas of South Australia without Power

If you really want to be covered you should ensure that you use different MEDIA for your backups
i.e.
Magnetic (Hard Drive, USB Stick, Raid Array),
Optical (Blu-Ray, DVD or CD) &
Cloud (Drive, DropBox, AmazonS3 - and be sure to have copies of your access codes!)

Why?
Because a storm of this magnitude could cause water & electrical damage - but your Optical & Cloud back-ups should survive.

It may seem paranoid, but the extra effort to make sure that your data, schoolwork, photos, music collection - anything that is important to you could pay off ... Equipment is replaceable but the data that is important to you may not be.

Unlock PDF Files

Posted by Stickyweb in Software

Adobe PDFPDF (Portable Document Format) has become the standard for any downloadable document, manual, newsletter - due to its ability to reliably reproduce regardless of "application software, hardware, and operating systems."

Whilst most people associate the PDF standard with Adobe it's actually available for anyone to develop software without paying royalties.

Which means that there are LOADS of PDF programs available if you don't want to pay the AU$17.00 per month for access to Adobe's flagship "Adobe Acrobat Pro DC".

For instance - one of my biggest annoyances is manuals that come in a 'locked pdf' format - meaning that you can't remove the foreign language pages that are of no use to print a handy manual ... unless of course you get a password removal utility.

My current favourite is released by Tenorshare -  PDF Password Remover

PDF Password Remover allows you to get access to password protected PDF instantly. It can unlock PDF documents and remove editing, copying, converting and printing restrictions within seconds. It supports all password protecting or locking PDF documents created with all versions of Adobe Acrobat or any other PDF application.

The user interface is a little 'clunky' & you cannot 'drag & drop' but - It could hardly be any easier to use!

Select the file(s) you need unlocked & press Start - your unlocked files are almost immediately available.

This is 'trial-ware' - you get a certain number of functions before you need to purchase the full version ... currently US$14.95

My rating:  4.5 stars.