Monthly Archives: July 2011

Understand why you practice evacuating your building

If you don’t practice your plan, how do you know it will work for real? One of the few statutory Emergency Response Plans that an employer must have is a Fire Evacuation Plan.  This plan details: how to alert staff to the existence of a fire; how staff should react and leave the building; where…

Know who has the keys to the empire

Security is a lot easier to implement in the modern digital world, but enforcing it over the long term needs thought, and procedures that are adhered to. In the old days, security was simple. The main access control method was physical keys: to the building; to desks and filing cabinets; to the safe and strongroom….

Just in Time or Just too Late?

Has the trend towards Just in Time manufacturing stopped, or just stalled? An item on this morning’s Today programme on BBC Radio Four piqued my interest.  In the item, Justin Webb was reporting from the Japanese port of Sendai.  Sendai was badly damaged by the Tsunami earlier this year and is still not functioning properly…

Tip – Clean your tape drives regularly

It’s pointless storing all that data on your backup tapes if you can’t restore them later. Many organisations continue to store their backup data on magnetic tape. This is mainly because of volume versus cost and/or portability issues: the ability to transport tapes off-site for safe keeping. In any complex electro-mechnical environment it is usually…

What does archiving really mean?

Archives exist to hold the long term memory of an organisation. They need to be managed properly and in accordance with defined processes. There seems to be a lot of confusion about the term Archiving, particularly in the digital world, where it gets confused with Backup.  I hope this post will clarify matters. Archived Records…

Monday Tip – Consider using a digital password manager

Using the same, poor, password on multiple sites exposes you to risk How many web sites do you have accounts on? 10? 100? 1000? If you are anything like me, the answer is probably several hundred. Actually, I just checked and found the figure is at least 628! Another question: how many of those accounts use…

I’ve just updated to WordPress 3.2

Let me know if there are any glitches. It all looks OK from where I am, but you never know.

Tip – Have a spare laptop power supply

Having a second power supply could saved you some grief: enough to warrant the additional cost! I’ve recommended elsewhere that using a battery powered laptop instead of a mains powered workstation is a good strategy for mitigating the risk of the mains power failing. Moving to a laptop is not without its risks however. Some…

Monthly Archives: July 2011

Understand why you practice evacuating your building

If you don’t practice your plan, how do you know it will work for real? One of the few statutory Emergency Response Plans that an employer must have is a Fire Evacuation Plan.  This plan details: how to alert staff to the existence of a fire; how staff should react and leave the building; where…

Know who has the keys to the empire

Security is a lot easier to implement in the modern digital world, but enforcing it over the long term needs thought, and procedures that are adhered to. In the old days, security was simple. The main access control method was physical keys: to the building; to desks and filing cabinets; to the safe and strongroom….

Just in Time or Just too Late?

Has the trend towards Just in Time manufacturing stopped, or just stalled? An item on this morning’s Today programme on BBC Radio Four piqued my interest.  In the item, Justin Webb was reporting from the Japanese port of Sendai.  Sendai was badly damaged by the Tsunami earlier this year and is still not functioning properly…

Tip – Clean your tape drives regularly

It’s pointless storing all that data on your backup tapes if you can’t restore them later. Many organisations continue to store their backup data on magnetic tape. This is mainly because of volume versus cost and/or portability issues: the ability to transport tapes off-site for safe keeping. In any complex electro-mechnical environment it is usually…

What does archiving really mean?

Archives exist to hold the long term memory of an organisation. They need to be managed properly and in accordance with defined processes. There seems to be a lot of confusion about the term Archiving, particularly in the digital world, where it gets confused with Backup.  I hope this post will clarify matters. Archived Records…

Monday Tip – Consider using a digital password manager

Using the same, poor, password on multiple sites exposes you to risk How many web sites do you have accounts on? 10? 100? 1000? If you are anything like me, the answer is probably several hundred. Actually, I just checked and found the figure is at least 628! Another question: how many of those accounts use…

I’ve just updated to WordPress 3.2

Let me know if there are any glitches. It all looks OK from where I am, but you never know.

Tip – Have a spare laptop power supply

Having a second power supply could saved you some grief: enough to warrant the additional cost! I’ve recommended elsewhere that using a battery powered laptop instead of a mains powered workstation is a good strategy for mitigating the risk of the mains power failing. Moving to a laptop is not without its risks however. Some…

Monthly Archives: July 2011

Understand why you practice evacuating your building

If you don’t practice your plan, how do you know it will work for real? One of the few statutory Emergency Response Plans that an employer must have is a Fire Evacuation Plan.  This plan details: how to alert staff to the existence of a fire; how staff should react and leave the building; where…

Know who has the keys to the empire

Security is a lot easier to implement in the modern digital world, but enforcing it over the long term needs thought, and procedures that are adhered to. In the old days, security was simple. The main access control method was physical keys: to the building; to desks and filing cabinets; to the safe and strongroom….

Just in Time or Just too Late?

Has the trend towards Just in Time manufacturing stopped, or just stalled? An item on this morning’s Today programme on BBC Radio Four piqued my interest.  In the item, Justin Webb was reporting from the Japanese port of Sendai.  Sendai was badly damaged by the Tsunami earlier this year and is still not functioning properly…

Tip – Clean your tape drives regularly

It’s pointless storing all that data on your backup tapes if you can’t restore them later. Many organisations continue to store their backup data on magnetic tape. This is mainly because of volume versus cost and/or portability issues: the ability to transport tapes off-site for safe keeping. In any complex electro-mechnical environment it is usually…

What does archiving really mean?

Archives exist to hold the long term memory of an organisation. They need to be managed properly and in accordance with defined processes. There seems to be a lot of confusion about the term Archiving, particularly in the digital world, where it gets confused with Backup.  I hope this post will clarify matters. Archived Records…

Monday Tip – Consider using a digital password manager

Using the same, poor, password on multiple sites exposes you to risk How many web sites do you have accounts on? 10? 100? 1000? If you are anything like me, the answer is probably several hundred. Actually, I just checked and found the figure is at least 628! Another question: how many of those accounts use…

I’ve just updated to WordPress 3.2

Let me know if there are any glitches. It all looks OK from where I am, but you never know.

Tip – Have a spare laptop power supply

Having a second power supply could saved you some grief: enough to warrant the additional cost! I’ve recommended elsewhere that using a battery powered laptop instead of a mains powered workstation is a good strategy for mitigating the risk of the mains power failing. Moving to a laptop is not without its risks however. Some…