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Giving Thanks (Thanksgiving)

By |2020-12-03T14:02:46-06:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

I’m writing this entry just prior to the Thanksgiving break here in the United States and by the time you read this, most of you will have already eaten your fill of turkey, ham, and all the sides. But today, I can’t help but to reflect on the past calendar year. I’m sitting here thinking about how my family rang in the new year [...]

VPN troubleshooting pfSense 2.4.5

By |2020-11-27T18:31:03-06:00November 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Has a VPN stopped working for your client?  In this work from home (WFH) environment, most workers have had to connect remotely into their places of work to continue their jobs. We at the ACTS Group have setup our clients to work on their church networks using OpenVPN clients to pfSense firewalls.  This solution has proven very effective, efficient and easy to teach to our [...]

Tech Tools: OBS Studio

By |2020-11-19T21:50:17-06:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Today’s post is a tech tool highlight on Open Broadcast Software Studio (OBS). OBS is a great tool for streaming, but also has some unique uses for recording, switching video sources, compositing, and webcam emulation. Plus, OBS is open source and free!  I have touched on using OBS for streaming in the past and will touch on some of the other aspects of the tool in today’s [...]

To host or not to host? That is the question—

By |2020-11-02T08:41:24-06:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

“Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of hosting, or to take arms against a sea of on-premise servers, and, by opposing, end them?” Alight, alright, I’ll quit. By now I’ve butchered the words of the great playwright Shakespeare, but by the same token I’m sure you know where I’m going with this blog [...]

Get away to get perspective and rest

By |2020-10-22T13:58:33-05:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Have you been thinking about a change of scenery to get a fresh perspective? Do it! We all develop ruts in our days doing repetitive tasks like email, conference calls, and the handling of family issues. Our goal is to be as productive as possible and complete our list of tasks, but how many of you [...]

PatchWork Edition #7

By |2020-10-17T12:22:11-05:00October 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

It's been a while since the last edition, but welcome back to the seventh edition of PatchWork! For this October Patch Tuesday, amazingly, we have fewer than 100 vulnerabilities to take care of, the first month in a series of 8 months in which this has occurred. There's a couple of these that we need to [...]

Change or Die

By |2020-10-02T11:23:53-05:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Well, that is a nice sobering title.    Change has been on many folks minds lately and what the future of things will be in the coming days, months, and years.  Over the last few weeks on this blog we have talked about the changing landscape and change being normal.  I have heard others talk about wanting to go back to the way things [...]

I.T. Landscape

By |2020-09-23T08:25:11-05:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Has anyone noticed a change in the I.T. landscape? I’m not really thinking about the effects of global novel Coronavirus pandemic, but rather how I.T. work has been shifting over the last decade from 2010 until now. Gone are the days of scheduled onsite customer/client support where I.T. providers and MSPs had face to face in person interaction [...]

Change is Normal

By |2020-08-21T09:39:36-05:00August 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Change seems to be part of everyone’s normal these days.  In the IT business we are changing from doing network design and administration to migrating, administrating and supporting online services and content.   We have been assisting organizations who have never worked remotely, organizations to do remote conferences and churches to worship online.      Over the years [...]

Fire or Hire Your Firewall

By |2020-08-10T07:59:34-05:00August 6th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Why was the I.T. engineer in the hospital? He touched the firewall! It’s Ok, boo me off the stage!   All jokes aside, ACTS Group regularly recommends pfSense as our firewall/router solution to current and new clients. pfSense is developed and supported by Netgate, but pfSense is open source so the total cost of ownership is usually just the hardware [...]

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