Useful Technology for the Farm

July 18, 2008 at 9:00 am 3 comments

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, or for details.
Cost: $5/month and up, depending on your storage needs.

Computer Antivirus
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 ( and AVG ( Check them out.

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  • 1. Jenny  |  July 19, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    On the subject of file backup, sharing and storage …

    Online backup is becoming common these days. It is estimated that 70-75% of all PC’s will be connected to online backup services with in the next decade.

    Thousands of online backup companies exist, from one guy operating in his apartment to fortune 500 companies.

    Choosing the best online backup company will be very confusing and difficult. One website I find very helpful in making a decision to pick an online backup company is:

    This site lists more than 400 online backup companies in its directory and ranks the top 25 on a monthly basis.

  • 2. jing  |  July 21, 2008 at 10:04 am

    very good tips! especially for me since i’m a newbie in computer… thanks!

  • 3. andykleinschmidt  |  July 21, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for the comment. If you run across any cool tech-tips for farmers, please send them my way.


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