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World Backup Day

The World Backup Day is coming by next week, or on the 31st of March to be exact. Originated by the guys at the Reddit group in 2011, World Backup Day is a global reminder for businesses, organizations, and individuals to secure their data by creating and keeping backup copies.

World Backup Day is celebrated annually on March 31, the day before April Fool’s Day. The idea is to remind us that we would be fools not to backup our data. World Backup Day has developed into a widely observed holiday with yearly discussions on the significance of backups, and exclusive offers from numerous hardware and software vendors to commemorate the event and encourage data safety.

But despite the publicity, the message hasn’t gotten through to everyone. A report by risk management firm Code42 revealed that 42% of companies surveyed feel data is less secure than it was pre-pandemic, and 71% of respondents are concerned about sensitive data saved on local machines, hard drives, and cloud storage services.

Source : Cyber Ready

Another great source : Official World Backup Day.

 

 

 

 

Reports on computer network

To prepare a report on your computer network, be at a network for home, office or a project, the first thing you need to know is the level of detail required and the purpose of the report.

In my case, I need to prepare a yearly report for the company. Some of the details that I need will be :

1. List of all of the components – network cables, network equipment, etc.
2. Logical diagram of the network, virtual LAN group, allocation of IP addresses.
3. Logical diagram of the routing and access conditions.
4. Management report to compare expected cost vs benefits.

There are a lot more that you can include but these should be the basics.

Taskbar suddenly transparent after Windows update

Did a restart last night after noticing some Windows update been done. After login Windows, the taskbar suddenly become transparent. I have tried to change the transparency effects but it seems does not fix it. 

After googled around, some users reported the Windows update on OS Build 22631.3296 might have caused this and uninstalling KB5035853 seems able to fix this.

Another alternative, which I personally chose, was to download and install the EP V 22621.3296.64.1 Pre-Release. This seems to fixed this issue as well. You can download it here – https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/releases

Good luck.

Outlook app – Navigation bar suddenly moved to the left

So recently a user complaint that her the navigation bar of her Outlook application suddenly moved to the left, instead of bottom of the folder list.

I believe this was due to the recent update by Microsoft, which started rolling out since August 2022. She still not familiar with the new look and does not like it. Luckily, we still can change it back to the bottom.

To do that, go to File-> Options-> Advanced-> disable: Show Apps in Outlook.

Restart Outlook, and that’s it. The navigation bar will back at the bottom.

Tips buying a power supply unit

Power supply unit (PSU) is actually one of the very critical PC component that some of us may took it lightly. Here are some important tips when purchasing a PSU.

The first one is the wattage. Always look for continuous wattage ratings, ignore peak wattage ratings, and ignore a product that doesn’t advertise its continuous wattage rating. Continuous Wattage and Peak Wattage are ratings based on tests by the manufacturer. Continuous Wattage indicates that it can deliver those 500W continuously without fluctuations. Peak Wattage indicates 500W is the maximum power it can deliver, but probably only for a minute before dropping down.

Next is you should know how many watts required for your system. A high end PC might need more watts compared to a normal office use PC. If you use an underpowered CPU, your PC will lose power during intense processes. How to calculate the watts needed? I will usually these two – https://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator and http://www.coolermaster.com/power-supply-calculator/. There are many more options out there, but for me these two are fair enough.

Another important tips is always go for 80 plus rating PSU. The most efficient PSUs are the ones that come with an 80 Plus rating, which is assigned by an independent certifier. Even in 80 Plus PSUs, there are different levels: 80 Plus, 80 Plus Bronze, 80 Plus Silver, 80 Plus Gold, 80 Plus Platinum, 80 Plus Titanium.

The rest are the basic ones, such as the designs which depends on your motherboard – AT, ATX, mATX. Rails, where you can choose either multi-rail or single-rail PSUs. And voltage stability.