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Backpack Tactics becoming Brave North Technology


Dear Clients and Friends, Effective January 1, 2018, our name will change from Backpack Tactics LLC to Brave North Technology LLC. Same people — new name.      Since our founding in 2010, we have enjoyed the mobile technology visual that Backpack Tactics conveys. As we have grown in our technology services, and received thousands of inquiries about backpacking equipment and hiking advice, we felt our name should better illustrate the services we deliver to you, our clients. Brave North … Read More

Reflections of SXSW – 2012

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If you follow me on Twitter, you already know I was at South By Southwest – Interactive Conference (#sxsw or #sxswi) a few weeks ago. Indeed, a few of you noticed and commented on how many times I hit up the Taco Shack for breakfast tacos. (What a tasty way to start a day!) This was my first SXSW experience, and it was a great one. The sessions, networking, smart people, great nightlife, music, tacos, ribs, and ideas – all … Read More


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With more and more options for cloud computing and off-site backup or storage, it can often be difficult to decide on the right choice. As part of our series sharing trustworthy options for online backup, we’d like to highlight one that is reliable, secure, and cost effective. Not only that, but CrashPlan is based in Minnesota! (So it gets brownie points for being local – to us.) CrashPlan’s cloud software allows the backing up of all your critical business files, whether they are … Read More

Keep it together: Folder organization for all those files

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(Last week we touched on best practices for file names, which goes hand-in-hand with folder organization. Visit last week’s post to see our recommendations for naming the files in your folders: Getting organized with good file naming practices.)   Have you ever been asked to locate a document or file on a coworker or friend’s computer? Or maybe you’ve taken a new job and been thrown into your predecessor’s bloodbath of scattered documents. Keeping your files organized is critical to … Read More

Forget to update your website? It can cost you.

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Last week I had a breakfast meeting with a nonprofit colleague in downtown Minneapolis. We both arrived to find the location we had picked had not updated their new hours on their website. There we were, one hour before they opened, but 30 minutes after the time their website said they would be open. We went and had breakfast someplace else. If you’re not keeping your website up-to-date, you’re losing opportunities. You know how important your storefront signage is to … Read More

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