Sure, it's enticing. You’ll save money right now if you run out to your local big box store or hop online and purchase that computer or that combo firewall/wireless router that's on sale. But is that money saved really worthwhile for your business in the long run?
They say that a penny saved is a penny earned, but when it comes to your businesses technology, that penny saved may cost you a lot more later on down the road.
Some of us are natural planners. Everything we do is on a schedule and planned well in advance. Others are not. The last minute or beyond is good enough. We've found that keeping computer technology up-to-date is good for your productivity and security—as well as the bottom line.
April 1st – the day when all sorts of jokes, stories, and elaborate hoaxes are played on the public by venerated news organizations, manufacturers, the government, and of course from the Internet. Our friends at Google launched a fantastic new product based on Morse Code. NOT!!
However, this past April, an issue that has been around for a while created quite a media stir and wasn't a joke. Apple Macintosh computers getting viruses or more precisely a thing called a “Flashback Trojan Horse”. Thousands of words were written about over 600,000 Mac computers being attacked by malicious malware code. We had quite a few clients call us and bring-in their Macs – just to check.
So, is this real, a big deal, or not? Some facts and suggestions:
The first thing to understand is yes, this particular issue is real. However, the infection of 600,000 computers is actually quite small. There are literally millions of Apple OS X licenses out there. Not as many as PCs, but as these things go, this infection is pretty minor. Our shop checked a number of client Macintoshes and we checked all of The Computing Center’s own machines. Not one of them had the Flashback Trojan.
The Computing Center has been doing business with Hewlett Packard (HP) since 1984. We began by selling a desktop computer called the HP-150 and shortly thereafter began selling and servicing the first Laserjet which began the printing revolution. We now sell, service, and support, virtually the entire line of HP network servers, desktop and laptop computer, printers, plotters, switches, and routers. Over the years, HP has greatly expanded its business to become the world’s largest computer company by sales volume. Not a bad legacy for a couple of engineers who started out in a garage in Palo Alto, CA building audio oscillators and who’s early customer was Walt Disney Studios.
Large companies typically have many divisions and it’s common for each of those divisions to have separate profit and loss financial statements. HP is no exception. Many of us in the computer business have gotten used to HPs “alphabet soup” of ESSN, PSG, IPG, EB, etc. and exactly which division handles particular products, services, and programs. Most of our clients don’t care…they care about getting the right product and services, appropriately designed for their needs.