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theithandbook has written 46 posts for The IT Handbook

There you are!


I find social interaction fascinating, via the tools such as Twitter, Facebook and online generally. I’ve been writing about all varieties of technical topics over the past 18 months and its great to know people read my work. So this is where you’ve viewed the IT Handbook from! Thanks for the continued support…keep coming back to … Continue reading

Are laptops and personal devices becoming a tool of the trade?


Up until recently, computers in the workplace have been identified as a business tool to allow employees to perform their job properly – without them, typists couldn’t write up their notes, accountants would still be drawing up hand written spreadsheets without automatic calculation and artists would be hand drawing illustrations. It only seemed reasonable that … Continue reading

Customize systems or better educate the user?


In day-to-day business I have the constant challenge of ensuring our IT systems meet the functional and non-functional requirements set out by stakeholders whilst at the same time ensuring they are delivered on-time, to budget and are useable by all those who need it – the latter being the hardest deliverable of them all because … Continue reading

Security measures…are you doing enough?


When was the last time you reviewed your IT security? Chances are, not recently enough…Security is utterly paramount in today’s world in the battle against malware, whether you’re a global organisation, a small company or even an individual. Whilst different measures are appropriate in different situations, we all need to take action, be aware and … Continue reading

Opt out of Social Media…? I wouldn’t if I were you!


Originally posted on Martin House Consulting:
Do you know how you look on Social Media? In Social Media Terms not engaging with a particular service is a calculated risk. What isn’t obvious is that the choice is not “do or not do”.  The choice is “do I control how we are presented, or do I…


Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
Last month, we attended the Modern Language Association’s annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, and had a great time talking to educators about how WordPress.com encourages in-class conversations to keep going and keeps students and parents up to date. Today, we’re taking a closer look at how some tech-savvy…

The State of Cloud Computing Around the World: Canada


Cloud is being adopted in some countries more than others, but what factors determine the reasons behind this? A case-study of Canada highlights some of the issues and thinking behind when and how to embrace “The Cloud”.

Cancel your account? Good luck!


The coming of the cyber-age has brought some fantastic benefits and tools to enhance our lives but using them can often lead to everyday disadvantages such as spam email, forgotten passwords and most important user data retention through online accounts. How many of you can list all the accounts you’ve had to create online to … Continue reading