Category Archives: nonprofit

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

Nonprofit Tech and Communications Conference Review

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Last Friday was the annual Nonprofit Technology and Communication Conference. A lot of great people stopped by our booth and there were so many captivating presentations.  One in particular was the keynote speaker, John Moe (the host of American Public Media’s Marketplace). I’m going to focus on just a few of the points that he mentioned in his speech because there was just so much discussed. I’ll talk about three quotes that particularly stood out to me from the Keynote … Read More

Comparison: RingCentral vs. MyFax

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If you’re anything like me, you hate the world of fax not just because it’s cumbersome, low-resolution, equipment-heavy, and demanding its own line, but also because you have to have one. No matter how far we move beyond the 20th century, these things somehow persist like dinosaurs that survived the meteor impact. I like to think of Minneapolis / Saint Paul as a cutting-edge type of place, but I still get asked, “Hey, can you fax that to me?” Anyway, there … Read More

Comparison: Mozy vs. Carbonite backup

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Backups are all the rage these days. At least, they are all the rage at Backpack Tactics. We believe strongly in a good backup strategy. The best way to accomplish this is with cloud technology. We’ve previously discussed cloud backup in general,  and we’ve covered particular cloud backup services in the past, such as Crashplan. Let’s compare a couple of the popular services that work well for small businesses or nonprofits: Mozy and Carbonite. These products fit well for home/individual … 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

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