As we prepare for friends and family and the wonderful feasts ahead, we’d like to take a little time to offer you our Top Five IT Turkeys of 2013!
After a year of new computer virus variants, operating system snafus, and general IT hiccups, Lance, Tom and I have come up with our top five IT headaches (and head spaces) for the year.
# 5. Hard Disk Drive Failures – We have seen a growing number of hard drive failures in 2013; hopefully, the hard drive factories in Thailand will get their stuff together for next year and build some more reliable drives. In the interim, we recommend that you back up your data to prevent loss. This is also important in combating new infection variants like CryptoLocker – a nasty virus that’s been locking files during this last quarter of 2013.
# 4. iOS 7 Release – From lost contacts to broken apps to dead iPads, this year Apple had it’s Windows Vista moment. While iOS 7 had some great features, it had some major hiccups too. We also heard from Mac users on the OS X Maverick release too but, so far, the jury’s still out on that one.
# 3. Microsoft Update Issues (particularly Windows 8.1 locking hard drives) – Hours long updates from Microsoft have caused operating system crashes and real heaches from our clients this year; most recently, Microsoft’s release of Windows 8.1 has caused joy and grief – when it works, users are happy but when it doesn’t, the results can be disastrous. While Microsoft is not completely to blame for the issues related to these crashes (you have to be patient and let the updates finish before removing power from your machine), they could issue small, quicker updates in the upcoming year.
#2. NSA Data Confiscation – Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Verizon et al have been served; as have your emails, your texts, your cloud data, etc. If you aren’t doing anything illegal, you have nothing to worry about, right? I think this year’s NSA fiascoes with Edward Snowden, leaked data files, private IRS information released to whomever, and hush orders from the federal government just go to show you that privacy concerns have taken a serious change in course this year. We’ve always said, if you don’t want it public, don’t put it on the web (ie Facebook, LinkedIn, etc) but it looks like putting it on the cloud can be just as risky. Hopefully 2014 will see a revival of personal privacy expectations, but I kind of doubt it.
And our # 1 IT Turkey of 2013 is.. Healthcare.gov – need I say more?
I hope we’ve put a smile on your face!