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Protect Your Data with Backblaze

Backing up your computer’s data should be your #1 priority. Having a backup of your data precedes protecting your data, sharing your data or even using your data. If you can’t restore a file after you have made any changes to it, then it’s lost and you can’t go back.

So, what should you do? Our recommendation would be to use a reputable backup utility that is effective and inexpensive. That is why we recommend Backblaze.

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Why risk losing those awkward family photos?

So why risk losing your photos, files and any other important data? Download a 30 day trial of Backblaze today and see how it backs up your data without any hassle. It really is a ‘set it and forget it’ solution.

We have tested and used Backblaze for our own personal machines and would recommend this solution without hesitation. Let us know if you are backing up your computer today and what solution you are using?

Cloud Babble: The Jargon of Cloud Storage

Andy Klein, the Director of Product Marketing at Backblaze, wrote a great article explaining and demystifying some the jargon that we use in the IT field. I find it helps others when we DON’T use these terms but often fail in doing so because it has become so engrained in the language and terminology.

Words like Cloud, Hybrid, Fog, and Edge have all become part of the babble in promoting products and dealing with services that sometimes you forget what you were looking for. Oh yeah, I remember, I need to ‘back up my data’. Even that phrase seems to cryptic if you tell someone to back up their data, they might look at you cross eyed. Do you mean, go in reverse? And what data are you talking about? All my stuff is right here in Word. (and we know that is not true)

For anyone interested in learning more about what some of these terms mean, read the article linked below and leave a comment about your experiences with cloud babble and other tech speak. Enjoy!

One of the things we in the technology business are good at is coming up with names, phrases, euphemisms, and acronyms for the stuff that we create. The Cloud Storage market is no different, and we’d like to help by illuminating some of the cloud storage related terms that you might come across. We know this is just a start, so please feel free to add in your favorites in the comments section below and we’ll update this post accordingly. Clouds The cloud is really just a collection of purpose built servers. In a public cloud the servers are shared

Source: Cloud Babble: The Jargon of Cloud Storage

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Modern Tools to Boost Up Homeschooling

Have you ever wondered how kids perceived learning? We want this to be a pleasant experience for them. We want them to be inspired by all the things they learn. We want them to keep wondering and exploring. With all those expectations, we tend to make learning a stressful experience for our kids. They are […]

Source: Tech for Teaching: Modern Tools to Boost Up Homeschooling | Guest Post

Column Formatter for SharePoint Online

Applies To: Office 365 Modern listviews support the addition of custom formatting for most field types. This is an awesome feature designed to make custom formatting simpler and less administratively difficult than packaged solutions. Unfortunately, the tooling is still very minimal. Users are given a simple text field within a panel to paste the JSON code and a preview […]

via Column Formatting Client-Side Web Part: Column Formatter — The Chris Kent

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Share with Anyone | Office 365 Groups

Sharing anonymously with Office 365 groups is disabled by default. And no matter what tenant settings you apply in the SharePoint Admin Center or in the Settings module in the Office 365 Admin Center, you will not be able to share with ‘Anyone’. This is by design and though you may not like it, it’s purpose is to ensure that external guests or even group members can’t just create anonymous sharing links to your data.

The difference between sharing with Anyone and sharing with a Specific Person is that sharing with Anyone or Anonymously does not require authentication. It’s open and public access that anyone with the sharing link can access. You can read more about the specifics on sharing with SharePoint here.

However, for those of you who still want this ability, below are some steps to enable this feature using PowerShell. Follow the steps below to enable sharing with Anyone in your Office 365 group.

  1. Download and install the SharePoint Online Management Shell tool. This will allow you to connect to SharePoint online through PowerShell.
  2. Open and run the SharePoint Online Management Shell and type the following:
    • $userCredential - Get-Credential
      • Please note that you will be prompted for your Office 365 admin credentials, and if you have Multi Factor Authentication enabled, click here for those instructions.
  3. Now that you are connected and authenticated, you will need to run the command below.
    • Connect-SPOService -Url https://yourcompany.sharepoint.com -Credential $userCredential
      • Please note that you must replace the above url with your tenant ID which is embedded in your SharePoint (365 Group) address. It will look like this: https://yourcompany.sharepoint.com.
  4. Now that you are connected to your SharePoint Online tenant, you can now change the property to enable Anonymous sharing with Anyone in your 365 Group. Run the following command against the group site.
      • set-sposite -identity https://yourcompany.sharepoint.com/teams/365group -sharingcapability ExternalUserAndGuestSharing

     

  5. Congratulations! That’s it. Refresh your browser and the Anyone sharing should be available now.

You can read more about how to work with SharePoint Online via PowerShell using the links below.

Let me know if this has helped your tenant.

Office 365 Roadmap

pexels-photo-707195.jpegA map helps to give direction when you know where you are going. Even if you don’t know what the destination is, it’s fun to see what you may come across if you go in a certain direction.

Microsoft’s Office 365 Roadmap is a great tool to see what the future brings for their products and services. It also helps to see if that new feature you’ve been looking for is up for release. Visit the Office 365 roadmap today.

Microsoft fixing the big chip bug

According to Business Insider;

The processor security flaw that has the tech world abuzz is already being fixed for Windows computers — but the fix doesn’t completely solve the problem, and right now it’s only available for those running the latest version of the operating system.

The security flaw affects Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. It’s been widely reported that fixing it could require most PCs to take a sizable performance hit.

Microsoft started to push out a patch for the vulnerability for Windows 10 computers on Wednesday afternoon. It plans to release fixes for Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Tuesday, according to The Verge.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-fixes-intel-amd-security-vulnerability-2018-1

Excited for Advent

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Our family is very excited for the start of Advent. Last year we enjoyed a story called Ishtar’s Odyssey by Arnold Ytreeide which was a wonderful adventure across Persia as their caravan follows a star across the desert. You can read more about this and other books by Arnold at kregel.com.

This Year

9780825441745This year we will be reading another book by the same author called; Jotham’s Journey. This is a widely popular, exciting story for the advent season, where readers follow ten-year-old Jotham across Israel as he searches for his family. Though he faces thieves, robbers, and kidnappers, Jotham also encounters the wise men, shepherds, and innkeepers until at last he finds his way to the Savior born in Bethlehem.

Are you doing anything for Advent? Does your family follow any traditions? Share in the comments below.

YouTube is NOT FOR KIDS. PERIOD

Below is a great post from USA Today regarding Seven Ways to make YouTube SLIGHTLY Safer for Kids. The last point mentioned is, “YouTube’s not for kids, REALLY.” Agreed!

You can read the full article linked below.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/seven-ways-parents-can-make-youtube-slightly-safer/ar-BBFTkAy?li=BBnbklF

Learn about OneDrive Files On-Demand

When you turn on Files On-Demand, you’ll see all your files in File Explorer and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device. When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to use the files like every other file on your device.

Visit Learn about OneDrive Files On-Demand to enable this new feature.

Source: Learn about OneDrive Files On-Demand

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