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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 [...]

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, [...]

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