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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 [...]

Knowledge is Good Stewardship

By |2020-07-30T08:02:48-05:00July 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

One important thing in any organization is stewardship of resources. This is particularly important in churches. When discussing this topic, the focus is typically placed on financial resources. Stewardship of financial resources applies to technology, the same as any other asset, however there is another type of stewardship that applies to technology, use of that resource. What benefit does [...]

PatchWork 6th Edition

By |2020-07-19T23:14:31-05:00July 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

It’s that time again for the monthly periodical of PatchWork! This time around, there’s not as much big news about the update cycle even with 123 bug fixes ranging anywhere from minor to critical, but there’s always enough to help your Patch Tuesday work for you. The Big (and Old) Kid on the Block: CVE 2020-1350 [...]

Flipping the Switch

By |2020-07-03T08:59:29-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Given the global pandemic times we’ve been living in, I’ve been writing posts about how our work has changed. I’ve written about video conferencing options, streaming church services, and my last post asked questions about how your church is planning to open up, if at all. Given our current times, many of you may be like me and have [...]

Using Microsoft Teams for a Group Bible Study

By |2020-06-25T12:33:19-05:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

 The ACTS Group recently ran a survey to determine how churches are handling this unprecedented time. One of the interesting points was the growth of online Bible study or small groups. Of those churches that participated in our survey, only 12.9% were doing any form of online Bible study prior to February 2020. Of that same group, [...]

PatchWork #5

By |2020-06-11T17:36:15-05:00June 11th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Hello and welcome, admins and users alike, to the fifth edition of PatchWork! We have quite a bit to cover today, with a record 129 fixes for various issues. So without further ado, let’s dive in! Remote Code Executions One of the most pronounced vulnerabilities in most Microsoft products, and in most software across the board, [...]

BETTER… STRONGER… FASTER…

By |2020-06-05T23:31:20-05:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Sorry, this is not referring to a song from a French Punk Band, but the lead-in to a 70’s TV show.  The premise was an astronaut severely injured in a crash was, with the aid of advanced technology, rehabilitated into an augmented human with extra human strength and speed.   The church of June 2020 is experiencing that.  The pandemic we have been experiencing was [...]

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