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Monday Morning News & Links (12th July 2009)

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Google to launch own Operating System


For quite some time those “in the know” have been speculating on the possibility of Google releasing their own Operating System. Today Google announced Google Chrome OS on their official blog:

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Read more here at Google’s Development Blog.

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Preparing Your Business For A Disaster (SMH)


Excellent article in the SMH today on Disaster Prevention and Business Continuity for small business owners:

More than half of all Australian small businesses don’t have a disaster plan. But there are simple solutions.

In recent months we’ve witnessed the full range of natural disasters in Australia, from flash flooding to bushfires. Man-made disasters such as virus attacks, accidentally wiping data and power outages can also affect businesses.

Having a disaster recovery plan in place is one thing small business owners should consider. What would happen if everything that relied on IT suddenly vanished? Would you have the ability to continue running the business? How long could you do it without IT before it begins to affect performance?

It is almost impossible to prepare for the worst but planning is critical to ensure your business has the ability to get through in the worst-case scenario.

A Telstra-commissioned survey revealed more than half of all Australian small businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place. It indicates about 52 per cent of businesses have not thought ahead and given more consideration towards a disaster recovery plan.

Read the full article here.

We recommend our Business Resilience service for disaster proofing your business. Business Resilience provides enterprise grade backup for SMEs – a full operating copy of your IT environment, accessible via the internet and available within 2 hours of a disaster.

Read more on how to disaster proof your Small Business.

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Meet Wave – Google's Killer App?


Google’s recently announced Wave, is a web-based, open source collaboration tool incorporating many features found in Google Apps into one streamlined interface. Wave is intended to take on Microsoft Outlook as the communications client de rigueur featuring email, instant messaging, document/image/video sharing.

Google are touting the system as a re-imagining of web-based communication. It’s “what email would look like if it were invented today.”

Google describe the service as:

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

Wave is a cross-platform protocol capable of running on any web server. Because it is an open source standard, developers around the world are free to extend, modify and create their own versions of Wave suited to their requirements.

Google Wave is aggressively positioned to compete directly with corporate email systems, IM systems and social networking services such as  Twitter and Facebook. Being open source and protocol-based makes Wave particularly attractive to developers and small businesses, providing a free, extensible collaboration environment. Tango Technology will be watching Wave’s development closely and examining its usefulness for small and medium businesses in the future.

Google Wave Developer Preview (YouTube)

More information on Google Wave:

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Windows Vista & Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Released


Earlier this week, Microsoft officially released Service Pack 2 for Vista and Windows Server 2008. It will likely be a few weeks before this new pack is available via Windows Update but executables are up for download on Microsoft’s website.

Download SP2 for 32-bit systems here.

Download SP2 for 64-bit systems here.

SP2 contains a number of hotfixes and security patches previously released on Windows Update as well as feature enhancements including:

  • Improved hardware compatibility
  • Improved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Native Blu-Ray support
  • Window Search 4.0
  • Power management improvements
  • Removes the default limit on half open outbound TCP connections
  • Backwards compatibility with Terminal Server license keys (Server 2008)
  • Integration of Hyper V with Server 2008 – 1 free instance with Windows Server 2008 Standard, 4 free instances with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, unlimited free instances for Server 2008 Datacenter
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