The Amazoning of Procurement

 

I use it. I’m not ashamed. It’s likely you use it, too.

amazon.com has become as common in most people’s lives as the corner gas station and pharmacy. It is now the go-to online source for almost every product and, having achieved a high level of success there, has begun to supplant many brick-and-mortar stores as well.

In ...

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When a Patch is not a Patch.

 

It’s wrong to think of a patch as a Band-Aid®, even though many people do.

But in a way, it’s the easiest way to explain what a patch does.

In its simplest form, a patch fixes something. It makes something workable again. Just like a bandage covering a skinned knee lets a child go back to play, or another seals a cut from a kitchen accident and allowing the chef to continue in preparing ...

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In defense of a good plan.

 

“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.”

(Confucius)

We’ve all heard it before: failing to plan is planning to fail.

But as 2018 gets into swing (and I just had to take a deep breath as I typed that once again), Confucius may have nailed it hundreds of years ago. Who wants trouble at his or her door? Not me.

I decided to research some other thoughts on planning, and apply them to ...

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“It just goes to show you…”

 

I am dating myself here. I know it. But those of us of a certain age remember the earliest days of Saturday Night Live. With a multi-talented cast including Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, Jane Curtin and John Belushi, one of the most memorable characters was Rosanne Rosannadanna, the creation of the one and only Gilda Radner.

Rosannadanna was the Andy Rooney (dating myself again) of the Weekend Update news team, offering commentary on ...

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Data breaches – not just for tech companies.

 

It’s happened again – in our own home county in North Carolina, an area known as a sophisticated, high-tech community with major banking headquarters among its industries.

Mecklenburg County servers were attacked and loaded with ransomware, locking up servers and making data vulnerable to loss. (Click here to read more details.) It’s caused quite a concern.

I do business with Mecklenburg County. Are my system and network safe?

At Carolinas Net Care, we’ve gotten some questions from our regional clients. It’s natural. ...

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Help Desk Funnies, 2017!

 

Every year, we peruse the internet to find the best Help Desk Funnies for the year. Once again, none of our clients provide us with any fodder in 2017! But here are some of our favorites we read, saw or heard this year.

What’s your favorite?

• A User’s PC hard drive is damaged, but support tech manages to recover the files ...

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Don’t let a Grinch hack your holidays.

 

You’ve likely read the reports, or heard the recent news, that hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber, a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year.

How did the hack happen?

Here’s how the press describes the hack:

Two attackers accessed a private GitHub coding site used by Uber software engineers. They then used login credentials they obtained there to access data stored on an Amazon Web Services account that handled computing tasks for ...

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A very nice Cranberry alternative!

 

It’s a staple of most Thanksgiving meals, and every family has its own secret recipe for cranberry sauce. For some, it’s been handed down for generations. For others, it’s as simple as opening a can.

But we found a new twist on the cranberry, and we love it. It’s Cranberry Salsa, and it is a sweet and spicy alternative to the traditional.

This recipe is just ...

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Get Your Fiber!

 

You’ve heard it before—a key to a healthy lifestyle is plenty of fiber.

We believe it, too. Although in our case, the key to a healthy transfer of data is fiber technology.

Why Fiber?

At the Carolinas NetCare 2017 Fall Technology briefing, Karl Culpepper from Comporium gave a presentation on fiber technology over its older competitor, copper. Comporium is a leader in providing Fiber Internet Service (FIS).

FIS offers a number of advantages over older delivery ...

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Things.

 

When you think of the internet, it’s likely your mind goes in one of two directions.

First, data and information. The internet is full of data, and that data has made finding and accumulating information easier than at any time in the history of the world. Sounds like a pretty bodacious claim. But it’s true. If you want information, you can find it—good and bad, right and wrong.

Second, connection. My laptop can be connected to your laptop. Your laptop can be ...

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