Category Archives: residential

To Google or not to Google?

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I’m sure we’ve all been in that position where something isn’t quite working right with our computer and a thought occurs, why not just Google a solution! Brilliant! In most cases, however, you’re bombarded with a million possible (It could be this) answers. What now? At this point you’re presented with a fork in the road; three paths lay ahead of you. Path 1 – Click on a link and just roll with it. Most of the symptoms that the … 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

Getting organized with good file naming practices


Good file names are central for staying organized, which is central for overall productivity, which is central for time-effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. It’s kindof a dry topic, but good file name practices can be helpful in streamlining both your business and your personal life (including the fact that continuity between your professional and personal organizational styles can launch you toward all the greater of a level of productivity). Alright, there are about a million things to say about how to keep your … Read More

Boost internet productivity with add-ons (part 3)

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We are again continuing our topic of how use “add-ons” or “extensions” in your browser to maximize your online productivity. Part 1 featured extensions that correct annoying and inefficient elements of the online experience (ads, usernames/passwords, and forms). Part 2 featured some function-enhancing extensions that expand the feature set of the browser, and we’re continuing that here in part 3. A useful home page: “Speed Dial” (for Firefox and Chrome) I typically find a browser’s default home page less than … Read More

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