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Tech Tips for Non-Profits

  1. 1. Tech Tips for Non-Profit and Small Business <ul><li>Michael Carnell </li></ul>
  2. 2. Why Are We Here? <ul><li>Let’s face it, money is tight </li></ul><ul><li>Even when not tight, why waste it </li></ul><ul><li>Need to get more done with less </li></ul><ul><li>Take advantage of resources available </li></ul>
  3. 3. Michael Carnell <ul><li>@carnellm on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Co-Founder of Palmetto Technology Hub </li></ul><ul><li>DesignTechWeb - Web and Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>Background in Education, Healthcare, Retail and Real Estate </li></ul><ul><li>Into old British cars and also trains </li></ul><ul><li>Just search Google for me! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Areas We Will Cover <ul><li>Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. Hardware - Itself <ul><li>Care and Maintenance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Memory - usually need this more that new </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ventilation - got to keep it cool. Clean the fan! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes, avoid food, drinks and rodents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Try to start with good quality </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hardware - Maintenance <ul><li>Use a good (free!) anti-virus program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Security Essentials - the best www.microsoft.com/security_essentials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take care of the registry and temp files </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CCleaner - www.piriform.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glary Utilities - glaryutilities.com </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Hardware - The Internet <ul><li>Check your internet contract and speed at least every 2 years www.speakeasy.net/speedtest </li></ul><ul><li>Secure your wi-fi </li></ul><ul><li>Have physical security for your devices - both for security and speed. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hardware - Recovery <ul><li>Backup, backup, backup </li></ul><ul><li>3 - 2 - 1 strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 different copies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 different media </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 offsite </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Look at those that offer free or cheap entry </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.Mozy.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.CrashPlan.com </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Software - Guidelines <ul><li>Try to standardize </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduces training </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enables collaboration and cross-help </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Makes machines interchangeable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Why do you need the most recent version? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider non-traditional options </li></ul>
  10. 10. Software - Other Options <ul><li>Libre Office or OpenOffice - Free </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.libreoffice.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.openoffice.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Online Office Suites </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GoogleDocs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ZoHo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online options can also foster remote work and collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Software - FOSS <ul><li>FOSS = Free Open Source Software </li></ul><ul><li>The Gimp = Photoshop </li></ul><ul><li>Kivio = Visio </li></ul><ul><li>NVU = Dreamweaver </li></ul><ul><li>Find more at Open Source Alternative www.osalt.com </li></ul>
  12. 12. Software - One More Thing <ul><li>Check out DropBox and other such services </li></ul><ul><li>Serves as both a backup and a synchronizer </li></ul><ul><li>Allows teams to work with the same files www.DropBox.com </li></ul>
  13. 13. Social Media - To Start <ul><li>Stake your claim </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t use it, at least know what is being said about you and your cause or business </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/alerts </li></ul>
  14. 14. Social Media - Alerts
  15. 15. Social Media - Alerts <ul><li>Services such as Social Oomph www.SocialOomph.com </li></ul>
  16. 16. Social Media - Home <ul><li>You need your own site! </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook, Posterous, Twitter, Google+, etc are not your home </li></ul><ul><li>Free website hosting from many hosts including www.DreamHost.com </li></ul><ul><li>You need place you control and have ownership of </li></ul>
  17. 17. People <ul><li>Your most important asset </li></ul><ul><li>Turnover kills </li></ul><ul><li>Keep institutional knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Technology plays a roll in this </li></ul>
  18. 18. People - The Details <ul><li>Buy good keyboards and monitors - this is where the majority of time and strain are </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to ergonomics </li></ul><ul><li>Train! PATH teaches at least once a month - these are always free or dirt cheap </li></ul><ul><li>Other training online like YouTube, Lynda, and others </li></ul><ul><li>Security : security (passwords!) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Resources <ul><li>Palmetto Technology Hub www.PalmettoTechnologyHub.org </li></ul><ul><li>TechSoup - reduced price software www.TechSoup.org </li></ul><ul><li>NTEN - Non-Profit Technology Network www.nten.org </li></ul><ul><li>This library! Classes, grants, research, help... </li></ul>
  20. 20. Q & A <ul><li>Michael Carnell </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.PalmettoTechnologyHub.org </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>www.DesignTechWeb.com </li></ul>

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