Computers, Servers & Networks
How virtualization software can turn one computer into several
January 19, 2011
By: Chris Peters
This article was adapted from TechSoup's MaintainIT Project, an
effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to gather and
distribute stories around maintaining and supporting public computers.
Originally published September 22, 2009, this article was updated
September 18, 2014 to remove old links and outdated sections.
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How Providing Access to Technology Helps the John Howard Society of Durham Region Connect with their Community
It’s easy to assume everyone has access to the Internet in a first-world country like Canada, but in reality 17 per cent of Canadian households don’t have internet at home – including 58 per cent of households with incomes of $30 000 or less.
That’s millions of Canadians falling behind in the digital age where almost every aspect of our lives is tied to the Internet, including a vital one: employment.
We are awash in a sea of data, and we’re not handling it well. Literally. Nonprofits, like every other organization or corporation, are taking in more information than ever before, and more than we know how to handle.
Technology projects are a big undertaking for nonprofits, especially when budgeting is tight. However, any organization can perform a tech self-assessment with the guidance in this post, and better understand the shortcomings of their networks and their future technology needs.
TechSoup Canada is proud to announce Horizon DataSys as our newest donor partner! Horizon Datasys is a software development company that provides instant-recovery software that keeps computers in a preset state, which can help you instantly recover from any IT catastrophe.
Your nonprofit or library relies on software to get its work done, and unexplained software crashes and error messages can bring your work to a standstill. When this happens, it's tempting to call tech support immediately. But before you make the call, there are basic steps you can take to solve software problems on your own, or at least narrow down their causes.
The next time you have a software problem, try these troubleshooting tips in the order they're listed below. Carefully document the steps you take. That way, if a tech support call becomes necessary, at least you'll have a good idea of what isn't causing the problem.
Though many small nonprofits can justify the cost of tangible work-related expenses like furniture and office supplies, many find it harder to justify spending money on new software. Unfortunately, clinging to outdated software can potentially cost you thousands of dollars in the long run by causing your operations to be inefficient and unproductive, putting you at a disadvantage before you’ve even engaged with future donors and supporters.
Your nonprofit is connected to the Internet in one way or another.
Whether it’s through your nonprofit’s website, email address, social
media presence, or even a listing on CanadaHelps, your information can
be found online. Hackers, armed with a bit of your information and some
decent computer skills (although not always necessary), can hijack your
accounts and compromise your security. This is why it’s crucial for
nonprofits to understand computer security threats and learn how to