posted  三, 2007-05-30 04:27  

Windows Vista: An FAQ for Nonprofits

posted  四, 2007-03-22 22:51  

What to know if you're thinking about an upgrade to Microsoft's new OS

VistafaqWindows Vista, Microsoft's first new major operating system (OS) since the launch of the Windows XP line in 2001 was launched in early 2007. Vista's launch has already generated some questions about upgrading, new features, tech support, and indeed whether now is a good time to migrate your computers to this new OS.
To help you make an informed decision about Vista, we've answered a handful of questions that we think nonprofits will be most concerned with. You may even want to use our answers to assess the potential pros and cons of upgrading to Vista at your nonprofit.

What are the different versions of Vista?

Windows Vista comes in six versions, each of which has a different combination of features. As you might expect, the more expensive versions of the OS offer a proportionally larger number of features.

Getting Started on Your IT Infrastructure

posted  五, 2007-03-09 03:47   This article is aimed at non-technical NGO managers and administrators that may suddenly find themselves having to take charge of setting up and looking after the information technology infrastructure of their organisations.

Most NGOs in South Africa aren't large enough to justify having a dedicated technical support staff member - and even those that do, may need a non-technical manager to take an oversight role in procurement and planning.

We've tried to do two things in the article; firstly some tips on how to manage your technology needs both on a strategic and practical level. Secondly we've provided some additional material that outlines some of the typical technologies and ways of using them that are most appropriate for South African NGOs - a very basic ‘IT cheat sheet'. If nothing else, this should make discussions with your IT staff member - or your IT consultant - a little more understandable.

Tech Tips: An IT Cheat Sheet

posted  三, 2007-02-21 16:08  

This article provides some notes, definitions and explanations of the various components of a likely set-up for a South African NGO. For anything but the most basic set-up you will need the services of a consultant or IT company. Nonetheless, it is useful to have some understanding of how the various components fit together

The Network

Smaller organisations with up to five personal computers (PCs) will probably start with a ‘peer-to-peer’ network – where a cabling system links the PCs together and facilitates basic file and printer sharing without a need to set up a separate server. However, to achieve the full potential of a network, an organisation with five or more computers should consider a “client/server’ solution. Instead of linking PCs to each other, they are all connected to a more powerful central server, which co-ordinates and runs software programmes, manages the information flow between PCs across the organisation, and provides security and backup of information stored centrally. This will enable staff to communicate freely with each other as well as customers and suppliers, share files and data, plus resources such as faxes and printers and work effectively online.

Tech Tips: Choosing a Web Designer

posted  五, 2007-03-09 03:43  

So you've decided you need a website. Or you've got one and you realize it's just not up to scratch. Suddenly you've got lots of decisions to make – decisions that involve a whole new set of technical terms that don't mean very much to you.

You start doing a little bit of research and you're even more confused; are you going to have a static site, or a dynamic one; will your website use a database - and if so which one? Will you be using flash animation all over the place, or keeping things nice and simple? Unless you've got an in-house web manager, most of these technical decisions will be taken by - or at least on the advice of - your contracted web designer. But how do you decide who that's going to be?

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