Upcoming ACOM Event Calendar

April 2009

Idea Network
April 16, 2009
Topic: Signs of the Times...Discussions with Meeting Planners

May 2009

May 21, 2009
Topic: Top Clauses for Contract Negotiations

June 2009

2009 Summer Education Conference
June 14-16, 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada
Westin Casuarina

August 2009

August 20, 2009
Topic: Economic Update from the Industry Experts

September 2009

Idea Network
September 17, 2009
Track 1: Working Effectively with MINT
Track 2: How to Capitalize on Your CMP Designation

October 2009

October 15, 2009
Topic: APEX Update

November 2009

Idea Network
November 19, 2009
Track 1: Discussion of Housing and Registration Issues
Track 2: Discussion of Food and Beverage Issues

Tech Bit #1

By Gregg Marshall

100 million hard drives fail every year.  I’ve had my share, including one last Christmas eve.

When was the last time you backed up your notebook? Your home desktop? Your work PC?

500 gigabyte external USB drives are selling for $99 to $129 on sale.  That’s enough to back up a notebook and most people’s desktop(s).

My favorite backup software is CMS Products’ BounceBack Professional (www.cmsproducts.com). While Windows has a built in backup program, BB Pro can create a backup drive that can be simply installed to replace a failed drive (obviously you can’t put a 3.5 inch hard drive into a notebook).

What I really like about BB Pro is it’s the ultimate “nagware.” You tell it how often you want to back up and it will nag you to plug in that external drive and do your backups.

So really, when was the last time you backed up?

Other Tech Bits will run in future issues.

Gregg Marshall, CPMR, CSP, is a speaker, author and consultant. He can be reached by e-mail at gmarshall@repconnection.com, or visit his website at http://www.repconnection.com.


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