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Six Steps to Adopting Open-Source Software at Your Organization

posted  Wed, 2009-03-04 11:05  

Are you debating whether to adopt Linux or open-source software at your organization, but can't figure out how to get started? The NonProfit Open Source Initiative (NOSI) created this guide to help nonprofits make an informed decision about whether to make the switch.

Here, NOSI outlines six steps you can take to begin to put open-source software to work in your organization, and in the process learn more about it, its capabilities, and its cost-effectiveness.

Eight Secrets of Effective Online Networking

posted  Mon, 2009-03-23 14:45  

Is your organization considering setting up a profile on a social networking site? Are you wondering what tasks are involved, how much time it will take, and how you might streamline your efforts? Maybe your organization has established a presence on MySpace and is now contemplating adding one to Facebook. Perhaps you are wondering how you can juggle multiple profiles and still have time left to do other work.

Securing Your Computers for a Public Computing Environment

posted  Mon, 2009-03-23 14:40  

This article was updated by TechSoup Technology Analyst Kevin Lo.

Organizations, libraries, and schools running public computer labs face a variety of complex computer security challenges. Not only must these institutions take steps to ensure the physical safety of their hardware, they must also take into account desktop integrity and security.

Tips for Sharing Computers with Non-Staff

posted  Mon, 2009-03-23 14:36  

It can be hard enough to trust your own staff with computer equipment, let alone the general public. Yet for some nonprofits and libraries, any computer is a shared computer, with staff using equipment by day to work and constituents using it in the evenings for training, educational, or even recreational purposes.

While wanting to share your resources with community members is admirable, there are certain risks associated with opening up your staff computers to the public that you should be aware of.

Anti-Spam Solutions for Nonprofits

posted  Mon, 2009-03-23 14:30  

If you’re not familiar with the term, spam messages are annoying, unsolicited email messages (usually advertisements for bogus products). Depending on who you listen to, spam constitutes between 50 and 90 percent of all email traffic. In addition to violating the law by sending you emails that you didn’t ask for, spammers often use their messages to perpetrate fraud on the people who respond. Unless you’ve been offline for the past 15 years, you know all this and you’d never reply to a spam email.

Tips for Standardizing Your IT Infrastructure

posted  Thu, 2009-03-19 13:45  

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A Field Guide to Servers

posted  Thu, 2009-03-19 13:25  

Networks 101: Peer-To-Peer Networks

posted  Thu, 2009-03-19 13:12  

Networks can allow computers, servers, and other devices to talk to each other. There are a number of different types of networks, and it's important to find the right one to fit your needs so that you don't waste time and money with one that is too complex for your needs, or one that doesn't fulfill your needs.

Networks 101: What is a Network?

posted  Thu, 2009-03-19 13:08  

You have probably heard of a computer network. Maybe you even have one (perhaps you've heard people say, "No e-mail today -- the network's down" or "No Internet today - the router isn't working"). Maybe you need one (you often hear people say, "Can you turn the printer switch to letter 'D'" or, "Can you pass me that disk"). Whatever your needs, you may be wondering, "What exactly is a network?"