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In computer news this week 01/11/2012
What’s your computer plan for 2012 ?
The PC is 37 years old this month – happy birthday. It’s hard to believe that any business today could operate without a computer, but I can remember talking to companies about personal computers here in Spokane back in 1980, and their standard question was “Why would we need a computer”.
The first commercial personal computer kit, the Altair, was marketed in 1975 by the MITS Company of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and computing became available to everyone.
The PC world evolved from the Mainframe Computer world.
The Mainframe Computer world was very orderly and structured. The high priests of this Data Processing World protected their empires. There was a saying that if computer power was unleashed to the masses, eventually a roomful of monkeys would randomly type the King James Bible.....
Unfortunately, the very good orderly rules, plans and practices of the Mainframe Computer world did not get passed down to the PC world.
I worked for the Univac Corporation selling Mainframe/Minicomputers and learned these 3 essential plans that any computer operation – Business or personal - should have in place:
1. Data Backup Plan – All important data should be backed up regularly, and current copies of this data should be stored offsite. PC backup technologies have evolved from Tape units, to Zip Drives, to burning cdrom disks, to USB Flash Drives and external USB hard disks, and now the concept of cloud data storage.
You should have both an external backup copy of all your programs, and of your current critical data, offsite at all times.
In the mainframe world, the planned ratio of expenditures for new computers and training was 1 to 1 – for every dollar of computers or software – you planned to spend a dollar for training. In the pc world, training costs are virtually forgotten in computer purchases. That’s why that shiny brand new computer never achieves its planned productivity – because no one budgets to teach people how to use it.
So start off the new year with these 3 computing plans, and have a Happier Computing New Year !
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