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30 Years of the World Wide Web: A Detailed Timeline

May 31st, 2019 Posted by Marketing, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “30 Years of the World Wide Web: A Detailed Timeline”

“30 years may seem like an eternity, but in the realm of history, it’s just the blink of an eye. Check out this cool infographic to uncover the brief 30-year history of The World Wide Web.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


Hard to imagine but “The World Wide Web” was conceived only 30 years ago, in March 1989! It was the brainchild of British engineer and computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who then went on to create HTTP, HTML, a browser and WYSIWYG editor for webpages, and later the URL structure we now know. Little did Berners-Lee know that his original vision would forever alter the way the world shops, communicates and goes about almost everything in our daily lives.

This brief insight and fun infographic by Vahe Habeshian for MarketingProfs reveal the history of The World Wide Web and its unparalleled growth into the fabric of our society.

Bonus link! Here is a fun piece from FastCompany about MIT cracking the code on the internet time capsule MIT just cracked open historic time capsule

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Network Speed Vs. Bandwidth?

May 30th, 2019 Posted by Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Network Speed Vs. Bandwidth?”

“In our universe of digital business and e-commerce, it’s all about speed and responsiveness. Knowing the difference between network speed and bandwidth can be a real asset.”

– Glenn Baruck, Chicago Voice & Data


Can you genuinely compare network speed with network bandwidth? Though interrelated, they are two very different things. In basic terms, network speed measures the transfer rate of data from a source system to a destination system; network bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred per second. Therefore, business owners often assume that high-bandwidth networks would be fast and provide excellent throughput. In reality, this is not always the case—not when you throw latency into the mix.

Latency is the delay packets experience while moving through a network and typically is the culprit behind poor application response time and frustrated users. Latency is a critical issue for businesses who rely on speed for better customer UX and higher conversion rates. The looming question for these companies is then “How much latency can your company afford?”

For a concise overview of this topic, read this article by Steve Madden for Interconnections – The Equinix Blog. Madden does an excellent job of explaining how things travel through the internet and how latency can affect the success of your online business.

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Why Small Business Cyberattacks Could Prompt Next Recession

May 14th, 2019 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Why Small Business Cyberattacks Could Prompt Next Recession”

“SMBs are the backbone of the U.S. Economy and also the most vulnerable to cyber-attacks. If we act now, we can improve SMB cybersecurity and strengthen the future of our economy.”

– Glenn Baruck, eDot


While we’re all familiar with the brands of The Fortune 1000 companies that we interact with numerous times a day many do not realize that small businesses are really the backbone of the U.S. Economy. In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, the 30 million small businesses operating in the United States employ nearly half of the total workforce. As we have pointed out in previous articles, small businesses are falling victim to a cyber-attack at an increasingly alarming rate. A recent Ponemon study found that nearly 70% of all SMBs experienced a cyber-attack in 2017 and half of them admitted to having no understanding of how to protect their company against an attack. That’s a big problem when considering the average recovery costs of a data breach for a small company can top $149,000. Most worrisome, however, is that according to a report by the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance, 60% of all small companies that succumb to a cyber-attack go out of business within six months.

 

Put the pieces together and you can see why cyber-attacks could have an enormous effect on the health of the U.S. Economy. Read more about this unsettling trend and what steps we can take now to help ensure this theory does not become a reality.

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Five Small Business Cyber Security Tips From The Experts

May 6th, 2019 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Five Small Business Cyber Security Tips From The Experts”

“Small business success is an ongoing challenge. Add in cybersecurity concerns and your day gets a bit worse. Thankfully, there are experts out there willing to help.”

– Glenn Baruck, eDot


Like it or not, today’s small businesses are under siege from cybercriminals. In fact, studies indicate that 43% of cyber-attacks purposely target small business. In addition, research also shows that thanks to a detrimental loss of data, revenue, resources, and reputation 60% of small businesses close up shop within six months of a cyber-attack. The good news is that this poignant article by Matt Shealy for smallbiz security contains 5 useable tips from the experts that can help you protect your data, secure your servers and promote safety across the web.

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How To Buy A Laptop For Your Business

April 23rd, 2019 Posted by Finance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “How To Buy A Laptop For Your Business”

“Purchasing laptop computers for your team is a critical business decision. Getting it right requires education and planning. The payoff is that this will help you avoid costly mistakes.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


Not just a top-10 list of laptops, this article by Mona Bushnell for Business News Daily outlines the entire buying process from budgeting to operating systems and more. Mona’s insights will teach you how to buy computers the intelligent way, without just relying on the opinions of someone else.

One of the essential pieces of advice that Mona imparts is that the key to choosing the right laptop design is considering how you (and the others you are shopping for) work. One laptop model may not be the right solution for everyone. However, she does suggest that best practice is to choose one OEM and two or three model variations if users have different needs. If you want to increase your expertise and the success of your buying process, read on.

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2019 Low Voltage Wiring Guide-New Construction

April 22nd, 2019 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “2019 Low Voltage Wiring Guide-New Construction”

“Very valuable piece on low voltage wiring in new construction scenarios. If you are not comfortable doing it on your own, give us, a call, and we can do it for you!”

– Todd Hepler, Chicago Voice & Data


It’s the age of wireless devices, yet it is still essential to understand what low voltage wires you or your home builder/installer should be running when building a new home.

This article from Smarthomemastery.com will provide you with an excellent introduction into the world of low voltage wiring for new construction. Also, Tim (the author), provides an informative guide to each type of low voltage application and what you (or your installer) should be using respectively. As a bonus, Tim also sprinkles in some excellent tips for you do-it-yourselfers.

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