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Top Benefits of Outsourcing Your Company’s IT Tasks

No matter how large or small your business is, part of your success relies on balancing time, convenience, and expenditures. In some cases, that means you may need to outsource certain tasks because committing in-house resources to them doesn’t provide enough benefits to offset the cost in terms of time and manpower. One area you may want to consider outsourcing is your IT management. There are several potential advantages you may enjoy when you switch to a managed service provider. Here are some of the most important ones.

1. Scalability

When your business grows, your IT needs may change. In many cases, a company’s IT needs evolve simply based on advances in technology and new industry-related requirements. That is why scalability is so vital. With a scalable architecture, you can ensure your IT structure and resources will be able to handle your company’s needs as they change. Building this sort of system with in-house resources is often extremely challenging, but most managed IT support services are designed to provide scalable solutions.

2. Reduced Costs

While you may have to increase your budget initially to pay for the managed services contract, chances are you will save money over time. Managed service providers can give your business the IT support it needs without requiring you to pay for all the hardware and network elements yourself. Additionally, you can avoid paying for upgrades every time there is a technological breakthrough, as most MSPs provide cutting-edge technology as part of their service.

3. Improved Productivity

When you don’t have to assign IT tasks to your staff members, you can keep 100% of your employees’ creativity, innovation, and focus on your company’s core mission. Outsourcing your IT support can ensure your in-house team has the time and energy to perform their roles well, making your business more competitive and successful.

4. Better Security

Security is one of the most important aspects of IT. Keeping your network secure is easier when you have experts focusing on security and compliance tasks. A reliable managed service provider should dedicate the resources to make sure your network and data are safe. In most cases, having an MSP will also reduce downtime related to security issues.

Outsourcing your IT support may provide numerous benefits for your business. You can rely on a managed service provider to handle security and build a scalable solution that meets your company’s needs. When you hire experts for your IT support, you can remove that responsibility from your in-house employees, giving them more time and energy to focus on their unique jobs and goals.

Go Back to the Basics for a Successful Business

When it comes to running a business, it is easy to get so caught up in production that you forget to rely on the basics to get you through. Delegation, respect, and asking for help sounds simple, but it can be hard to do when you are focused on everything that goes into a successful business. Use the following tips to get yourself back on track.

Delegate for Efficiency

It can be extremely tempting to try to do it all yourself. You may feel that if you ask others to handle certain jobs, they won’t complete them to your satisfaction. This results in you having the mindset that it is better to do it yourself. This attitude will waste your time and energy. Pass jobs along to your employees that aren’t vital for you to do. Once you get used to letting go of the smaller tasks, you will have more time to focus on more important matters. Continue reading “Go Back to the Basics for a Successful Business”

The Vital PC Changes for 2019

While mechanical keyboards are obviously the perfect finishing touch to your PC setup, the CES 2019 event revealed some facts and new avenues to explore for both hobbyists and professionals. With announcements by all of the big players like Intel, AMD, and Razer, PC fans have a wealth of new information to process. Building your own PC or opting for something more generalized will still mean making some hard decisions. With new technologies, improved specs, and a more general level of scope from both big and small brand names, here are the most exciting changes to your potential gaming or working setup that could be installed sooner rather than later.

 

Graphics Cards

All circuit boards have been improving in recent years due to evolving PCB tools. These have allowed companies like Altium to help PC designers and manufacturers to streamline and take ownership of their printed circuit boards. As PCBs continue to evolve, it’s no wonder that announcements from Nvidia and AMD have confirmed the production of new and improved upgrades to their graphics card options. Nvidia possibly takes the lead in the graphics card race, with their GeForce RTX 2060 not only compatible with 1440p or 1080p gaming but also comes fully loaded with tensor core hardware and AI-enhanced Deep Learning Super Sampling. This might just take your gaming to the next level.

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How to Add an SPF Record in Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 DNS

This post is an online archive of the page (http://www.michaelbrumm.com/spfwindowsdns/)

How to Add an SPF Record in Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 DNS

Step 1: Select and open the domain in which you wish to add the SPF record. Right-click in the record list and select “Other New Records…” from the menu.

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Firefox always show Performing TLS Handshake

During last two weeks, my firefox getting slower and slower. It is Windows 10, with Firefox 67 or early version.

When I enter an HTTPS web site URL into the address bar, it took a lot of time to load the page. Sometimes it is timeout error.

Down in the lower-left corner of the Firefox window, there is a small grey box that tells you what is doing or waiting.

The problem is getting worse. More web sites I was OK to open, now are time out error.

The message on the status bar is “Performing a TLS handshake”.

What’s going on.

Based on my knowledge, TLS handshake is very fast, normally less 1 second. Continue reading “Firefox always show Performing TLS Handshake”

Force IPv4 when using APT command in Ubuntu

Sometimes you may want to disable IPv6 when using apt update command or some other apt operation.

If you want to use IPv4 in one command, just run following:

$ sudo apt -o Acquire::ForceIPv4=true update

If you want to force to use IPv4 for all apt operations, add a new file under /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/

$ sudo nano /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99force-ipv4

Then add a line:

Acquire::ForceIPv4 "true";

If you want to disable IPv4, change the IPv4 to IPv6.

Nginx : Unit nginx.service is masked

Complied a Nginx server to the latest version and also add Brotli support, but get the following error message:

$ sudo service nginx status
* nginx.service
   Loaded: masked (/dev/null; bad)
   Active: inactive (dead)

$ sudo service nginx restart
Failed to restart nginx.service: Unit nginx.service is masked.

Solution

To fix the problem, or error, just unmask with the command:

$ sudo systemctl unmask nginx.service

 

Valuation Definitions

When reading the insurance policy, there are many terms about valuation.

Actual Cash Value: the fair or reasonable cash price property would bring in a fair market, allowing for depreciation.

Assessed Value: The valuation placed on property by a public tax assessor for purposes of taxation. The main assessor for B.C. is BC Assessment, a provincial Crown corporation governed by the Assessment Act. Due to the high number of properties it must assess, BC Assessment uses a mass appraisal system, using data from sales, land titles, municipal planning departments and other sources. Only a limited number of properties are actually inspected in any given year, and individual property appraisals are usually not undertaken by BC Assessment unless an assessment is appealed. The mass appraisal approach means that the assessed value may not include some unique components of a dwelling that would contribute to its value. But since taxes must be calculated based upon a specific value, the Assessment Act requires that the assessment notice specify a single value. A certain amount of information about assessed value is in the public domain and is available online at www.bcassessment.ca; click on e-Value BC. BC Assessment determines properties value as of July 1 (the ‘valuation date’) of each year, and sends assessment notices to homeowners the following January. Municipal taxes are assessed on the basis of this assessed value. Property owners can appeal the valuation, or can request that the valuation change to reflect temporary conditions such as major refurbishment.

Appraised Value: An opinion of a property’s fair market value, based on an appraiser’s knowledge, experience and analysis of the property.

Cost Approach: One of the techniques used by appraisers to estimate value, cost approach combines the estimated land value and the depreciated value of the improvements. The underlying presumption is that a person will not pay more for a property than the cost to replace it: that is, the cost of the site plus the value of the improvements. The value of improvements is determined using a manual that is adjusted for local conditions, or from construction costs derived from local contractors. The value is then adjusted to reflect any depreciation to the improvements. This technique is not frequently used for older properties, due to the difficulties in accurately calculating the depreciated value of the improvements.

Fair Market Value: The highest price that a buyer, willing but not compelled to buy, would pay and the lowest a seller, willing but not compelled to sell, would accept. Market value is a product of many factors including location, size, features and current market conditions. To develop market value, an appraiser typically does a full physical inspection of the property followed by a detailed study of all the other factors. This is the most fluid of all the values on a given piece of property as the factors are almost always changing. The only time the factors from the actual cost of construction play into this number is when it is a new construction. The new construction costs are used as a basis to determine the worth of building relative to the anticipated sale price. Obviously the truest indicator of the market value of a piece of property or home is what it actually sells for.

Reconstruction Cost: The cost to rebuild, including soft costs (engineering reports, architectural drawing, municipal permits), removal of debris and reconstruction. Could include the cost of enforced demolition and removal of undamaged portions of the building.

Replacement Value: The cash value or cost to replace a thing. The value placed on a piece of property by an insurance company for the purpose of coverage.

How to upgrade Proxmox Virtual Environment 5.4.x

I am using a Proxmox VE for a while. It is almost one month I start to use Proxmox VE 5.3-8.

I noticed that Proxmox VE has newer version released. Now it is v5.4-4.

I have not subscribe the license of PVE.

 

Here is a simple guide to show you how to upgrade Proxmox VE 5.3x to v5.4x

1) Edit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pve-enterprise.list

Comment or delete the following line.

deb https://enterprise.proxmox.com/debian/pve stretch pve-enterprise

2) Edit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add following line at the end of the file.

deb http://download.proxmox.com/debian stretch pve-no-subscription

3) Now, it is OK to do the update.

apt update

apt upgrade

apt dist-upgrade

 

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