Have you noticed that many in church IT are frustrated because they don't feel their leadership's support? I just released an article for publication that addresses this. If you'd like to read a free advance copy, click here!
Monday, June 29, 2015
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Ministry staff is mobile, and most on the team feel called to their role. It makes sense, then, to make ministry email available to staff on their mobile devices so they can access it when not at work, right? Well, surprisingly, not always!This will impact almost every ministry, and it's needed information! Here's a link to the free copy we posted on our website: http://www.mbsinc.com/email-to-staff-in-their-off-hours/ .
Posted by Nick Nicholaou at Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The first time it happened we paid the bill and said, "Shame on us. Everybody remember to turn your Personal Hotspot off when it's not needed." Then it happened again. To me! And I've been very intentional about only turning that feature on when I need it, and turning it off when I don't.
Here's what I've learned: if you have devices that have the same AppleID as your iPhone, they can turn the Personal Hotspot on without you even knowing it! This is true for iPads, Macs, and more!
Imagine the scenario:
You're walking through a park where there's no public WiFi. Your iPhone is in your pocket, and you're carrying your WiFi-only iPad. Because the iPad can't find a WiFi to connect to, it automatically tries to connect to your iPhone, turning on the Personal Hotspot without you even knowing it! And it does not turn off the hotspot when it's done. And that's where the potential data overuse fees can kick in.Talking with Apple engineering, these are currently the only ways to prevent that from happening; do one of the following:
- Turn off Bluetooth on your devices (other than the iPhone) and WiFi on your Macs, or
- Sign out of iCloud on your devices and Macs, or
- Have your devices and Macs forget the network password for your iPhone hotspot.
- If you use Bluetooth on your devices (like your iPad), you will need to manually turn it on to do so and then must remember to turn it off when done. But what if you forget to turn off your iPad's Bluetooth?
- If your devices get lost or stolen you won't be able to use 'Find My Device'.
- If you use a strong password for your hotspot, remembering and entering the password is cumbersome at best.
What started out as a great idea by Apple needs just a little tweaking-- hopefully soon-- to make it truly good. If I were an attorney and discovered this issue, I would be seeing dollar signs and think class action lawsuit, which only the attorneys really benefit from.
Posted by Nick Nicholaou at Thursday, March 19, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
True confession: My greatest IT challenge is not keeping up with technology! It's not budgeting the next upgrade! It is keeping my tone as warm and human as possible. And I think I may have a lot of company, so I wrote an article about it! Here's the link: http://www.mbsinc.com/keep-personal/.
I hope you find it helpful!
I hope you find it helpful!
Here's a link to a brief article I write about it: http://www.mbsinc.com/are-your-creditdebit-card-readers-putting-you-at-risk/
Thursday, January 15, 2015
We decided to do this 'live' to test our power redundancy strategy. Because we have designed full redundancy into our rack's power (two circuits with all devices being plugged into both), we anticipate zero downtime for our clients. But we thought we should let 'em know-- just in case!
We plan to begin the cutover at about 3pm Pacific time (6pm Eastern, etc) on Friday, January 16th.
We chose Friday hoping that it would minimize the possible impact on the more than 100 servers we host and those who depend on them. If you are one of our hosted clients, please let your user community know of the planned maintenance window so they can anticipate it. And we welcome your prayers!
Thank you again for the privilege we have of serving you and your team! We are very thankful to be partners with you in ministry.
Posted by Nick Nicholaou at Thursday, January 15, 2015