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Backups

September 9, 2020 - Mark

I've been talking to a number of business owners recently about their backup scheme, and for the most part, it's been barely adequate. In an age where cloud backups like DropBox, OneDrive and Google Drive are free and very available; and disk space & USB hard drives are reasonably cheap – there's really no excuse to ignore backups. read more…


Passwords

July 2, 2020 - Mark

Love them or hate them, have one or have hundreds of them; you'll need to use passwords for the rest of the foreseeable future. (Despite people trying to move on from them.) And while the thought of all the accounts you have, with all their hopefully varied passwords might make your head spin, they provide an essential service to us… keeping out prying eyes. read more…


Adobe Flash

June 24, 2020 - Mark

Adobe Flash, once the go-to technology for browser based "cool stuff" on the web, will be officially unsupported as of the end of this 2020.

As with all End of Life procuts, it means there will be no further security updates past the EOL date. read more…


Operating System Decisions

April 17, 2020 - Mark

Recently I was resetting a laptop that was loaded with Windows 8. As I was watching it start rebuilding, I had an odd feeling. The only words I could put on that feeling was the question: “Do I really want to pass this on with Windows 8 on it?” read more…


Browsers, Monopolies, and Bears. Oh My!

December 20, 2019 - Mark

Google has long had an old motto of “Don't be evil”, but over time we have seen that disappear to be replaced it with what amounts to “Do the right thing.” As Fast Company says: “It's subtle shifts like that one that can make a huge difference.” I would have thought this is a step up. (Ref: Google Code of conduct April 21 2018 and May 4 2018. read more…


Website Navigation

December 19, 2019 - Mark

If you haven't noticed, the main navigation menu on this site has changed from a 3D fold down idea, to a slightly more traditional left menu - with a bit of fun. read more…


Passwords and Our Data

October 29, 2019 - Mark

My preferred browser, Mozilla's Firefox, released a new product recently called Firefox Monitor. Usually I don't go for these branded value add things, but as I wasn't sure what this was, so I did a bit of research. read more…


Recent Work

October 11, 2019 - Mark

Last week I was approached by someone who needed a media purchase & distribution system written for a state wide conference. There was a catch though: under a two week turn around. read more…


A Few Months In

September 17, 2019 - Mark

I would like to start this entry by thanking those who have used Gravity Tech's services over the last few months. I appreciate the work, but I also appreciate the trust that you've placed in me to get the work done. So thank you :) read more…


New Small Business Training

August 8, 2019 - Mark

This week I started Training with a local RTO to get a certificate IV in New Small Business. Hopefully this gives me the basics for being in business for myself. read more…


Business Start-Up

July 18, 2019 - Mark

The end of this week marks three weeks since I found myself without a job. The company that I worked for was purchased by new owners, and events transpired in such a way that I'm currently no longer working for them. (Ironically, I set out on the freelance / contract work journey so that I would be able to work with them, and perhaps one day I will.) read more…