Geni Announces Billion Graves Association

As all whom are interested in genealogical research, as I am, headstones are particularly valuable in tracing deceased family members.

Geni http://bit.ly/1jQtSJd has just announced what seems to me a great initiative in further documenting (and translating) headstones from around the world via and app that can be downloaded from http://gjscomp.com/MOJRKY. Works with iOs and Android Devices.

It reminds me of a distant relative whom in the 1960s as a young man travelled the world (specifically visiting cemeteries to record information off of gravestones) to build his extensive family tree.

Genealogy is yet another area where technology and modern communication has made leaps and bounds, putting people in touch with one another, sharing information that would not have been easily possible not so many years ago.

Updated Privacy Legislation Comes into effect on 12 March 2014

All organisations and businesses should be aware of upcoming changes to Australian Privacy Laws. There are now 13 privacy principles, which are divided into 5 distinct categories:

  • General
  • Data Collection
  • Use of Personal Data
  • Integrity of Data
  • Access and correction

An excellent free summary available via the Association for Data-Driven Marketing & Advertsiing [ADMA] Knowledge Lab is worth downloading and reading from this link http://gjscomp.com/1g99Rs9.

For more detailed information, including background, please visit the Website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner http://gjscomp.com/1hIGt0b.

At the very least all companies should update their privacy policies, and seek information from their particular industry bodies which should already have in place templates and documentation.

Over time there is no doubt that that any breaches (such as via a businesses’ customers personal information being hacked and for example distributed online) that hefty fines will apply. It would seem that outside any financial cost to an organisation such a breach would, as it already is, be harmful to that particular company’s reputation.

It is also worth reading ITNews Darren Pauli’s Article “Privacy Act Audits Will Consider Infosec Budgets” http://gjscomp.com/MMeKzv.

Recent Functions Attended

I have recently attended three work-related functions.

  1. Microsoft/Intel “Go Wild” promotion;
  2. Xero http://gjscomp.com/OWtuOt Partner; &
  3. ICT123 Telstra Dealer.

A few observations about the above attendances.

It is very clear nowadays the popularity of Tablets versus Desktop Computers and even Laptops. A figure was provided at the Microsoft Function that over 70% of technology devices purchased via retailers are now Tablets.

It is further apparent that Microsoft has been very unsuccessful in the Tablet Space and is hoping to recover some ground with releases of new Windows Tablets and Laptops, and in particular Hybrid Devices (Half Tablet/Half Laptop). These Hybrids are in my opinion vastly superior to the likes of iPads as both work related as well as consumption devices. Battery life is great.

It is also clear that Microsoft is under constant pressure due to sluggish PC sales.

What was fascinating about the Xero Partner event was the number of attendees at the Hilton. They were predominantly Accountants and Bookkeepers, not IT people as such. It is hard to imagine that an MYOB or a QuickBooks function would gather such numbers of attendees. Additionally interesting were the number of companies present that have applications and services that hook in to the Xero Platform.

There are many Xero attributes to like; whether from an Accountant’s perspective or that of end users. Two in particular:

  • Customers can see their accounts in real-time, and
  • The Platform is always up-to-date.

The ICT123 function was interesting in three particular respects.

Firstly,  there was an overview of the National Broadband Network [NBN] as it currently stands. Incredibly complex is the best words to describe it. If you are interested to see when your address might be getting the NBN enter your address here http://gjscomp.com/1hIIBEs. Secondly, Telstra is serious about further developing its SMB offerings together with Telstra Partners. This includes upcoming changes in how Office 365 will be sold in Australia; no longer exclusively via Telstra. Last, there was a demonstration of the SlideShark & BrainShark products – http://gjscomp.com/1n6tXZY & http://gjscomp.com/1i9I81v.

On Wednesday 5 March 2014 I will be the official photographer for ESET And The Channel Function. It is being held at the Langham Sydney. For more information click here http://gjscomp.com/1jwz83P.

 

Time Is Running Out – Windows XP

As many, if not most, Windows computer users are aware support for Windows XP is fast approaching – April 8th to be exact.

Windows XP End

At this late stage one can only wonder what threats emerge for those customers still running Windows XP after April 8th?

We are very pleased that the majority of GJ’s Computer Services customers, particularly our SMB clients, have over the past couple of years updated their Windows machines to mainly Windows 7, but also Windows 8/8.1. Those that have not are planning to do so and are mainly home users.

Today Microsoft, in partnership with LapLink, announced a free data migration tool for Windows XP users, which will copy files & settings from the Windows XP Computer to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. The tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP will be available for download later this week from http://gjscomp.com/1ktThdI.

Lastly, from March 8th Windows XP (Home & Professional) editions who receive Windows updates automatically will also start receiving notifications via the Screen Desktop informing them of the end of Windows XP Support on April 8th.

If you are unsure of what Windows Operating System you are running you can visit http://gjscomp.com/1gOp7fI to check.

If you are looking to upgrade your ‘old’ Windows XP machine or upgrading any Windows computers Geejay can purchase machines for you as well as migrate your data and settings.