Useful Technology for the Farm
In this post I will summarize some technology that can help on your farm. This is not an endorsement, rather an educational update on technology products.
Off-Site Computer Backup
This isn’t an option, in my opinion. If you have a computer and are running your farm records through your computer then you need to consider not only backing up your data but getting your data ‘off-site’. Here are some options:
1. Burn a CD weekly/monthly of your critical files and physically remove the CD from your office. Maybe drop it off at a relative’s place.
Cost: <$1 for the cost of a CD
2. Load your files onto an external portable hard drive and physically remove the hard drive from your office weekly/monthly. Google portable hard drives for more information.
Cost: depends on size, but 20-60GB should be less than $70.
Automatic, fee-based, online backup services may be a better way to go if you forget to manually backup. These programs automatically backup your computer per a schedule you set. Visit mozy.com sugarsync.com, or carbonite.com for details.
Cost: $5/month and up, depending on your storage needs.
Viruses can be destructive, or at the very least they can be annoying. If you are not running antivirus protection on your computer, I suggest doing so now. The two freeware antivirus programs that appear to work well are avast (avast.com) and AVG (http://free.avg.com/). Check them out.