This is the complaint I get every time a Business Internet connection goes down for whatever reason. It’s simply silly and causes completely unnecessary complaint calls to my office. The business owner will call every hour demanding that we aren’t working hard enough to restore his or her internet connection and cries how he/she can’t take credit card transactions and online orders. They whine that they cannot afford to be down at all and how dare we cost them money like this.
Odd how it’s always our fault the Business Owner in question didn’t think about such things when he or she was so superior in their thinking to start a business that requires internet to maintain income. It’s never the overpaid “consultant” that should’ve suggested a backup plan. Especially these small businesses that only use one computer.
Internet Businesses need redundancy. Basically two of everything. Especially the small one computer run companies.
If your computer goes down, you should have a second one ready to go. One that is unplugged in case the reason their PC died is because of lightening. It should be plugged in occasionally to get updates and such though. Or to synchronize customer data that may be stored on it.
OK, so maybe your internet didn’t fall over. But still, can you guarantee you can get to your online credit card processing company? What if there is a routing problem? What if your router died and you don’t have a spare setup ready to go with information prudent to get online processing going again? Or if the power goes out? You need a way to manually process credit cards for your little coffee or bookshop. Or whatever it is. That good old fashioned imprinter can save your ass in a pinch. You can record your customers payments manually and then batch them out later on when you get connectivity to your online merchant account restored.
Loss of data can also occur if your connection, electricity or computer goes down. What happens if when it comes back up your data is lost? Not good. You should invest in an online backup service that keeps your data encrypted, protected and offsite just in case it’s a fire, tornado, hurricane or flood that caused you to lose your data.
Most importantly, if your business hangs on every minute of the day to be connected to the internet, there is no better way to ensure this than to have dual internet connections. This means two subscriptions to two different internet services. I mean, if you are losing said thousands of dollars, surely you can afford to have two internet services keeping your happy ass online. You call us and scream how you are losing all this money, yet it’s you who should have thought of this possibly happening. Internet can and does go down. As much as all the Facebook happy teenagers and lonely parents would love it to never go down, it can and does go down from time to time. And trust me, every single internet provider has it in their TOS (Terms of Service), we aren’t responsible for any lost revenue. It’s your responsibility to keep yourself connected and protected for your Business.
Now that I’ve divulged this valuable information, I feel since I’ve given most businesses more information than their worthless and overpaid consultants, that I should be paid for it. Feel free to contribute payment to the icon below.
So Thursday came and went. Like so many days and nights lately, I’ve had little better to do. God that sounds depressing. It’s not really, but things are in flux in my life. My relationship is ending but with so many things still hanging with no resolution, we both are staying in the same house until they can be resolved or at least put into a decent perspective.
Thus I’m not in a position to go out and spend money to have a drink. I certainly am not in the mood to meet anyone for more than friendship right now. So with that budget in mind, I am hanging close to home and doing what I can to fill the time. So with WoW I shall stay for a bit. It’s much cheaper than going out and while most of my online friends are out doing summer things with their family and friends, this leaves me to chill. I’ve been calling my sons a bit lately and hanging out with my Mom from time to time.
Besides, I’m still very much loving WoW and have finally built my first major Engineering piece on my Mage (Hythlodaeus). As pictured, his very first Flying Machine! Sadly he’s only level 55, so he can’t use it yet.
“For too long I’ve been parched of thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I’ve been starving to death and haven’t died. I feel nothing. Not the wind on my face nor the spray of the sea. Nor the warmth of a woman’s flesh.” ~ Captain Barbossa
It seems like an eternity since I’ve had the chance to take a walk and get some exercise. It’s just been too damned hot! Just doing nominal things like walking from the car to the store is like having a heavy boot-wearing person standing on my chest. Nearly impossible to breathe it’s so damned hot. Even the local paper had a headline that read, “Devil vacationing in Virginia.”, when asked he said, “Hell’s just too damned cold for me!”. Yeah OK, so I made that up. Still, it’s bleeding hot here.
Like my little fat man burning in the sun do ya? That’s what I felt like anytime I went outside. Hell, doing yard work has to be done in bits. Mow a few laps, damn near pass out in front of the A/C unit for 20 minutes. Do more. Wash, rinse, repeat…
Even worse, it feels I’ve been trapped indoors forever. Today I actually got out before it got in the 90′s and got a mile in before I couldn’t take the heat anymore. That, and I’ve already lost a lot of the momentum I had built up from walking previously. Dammit I was doing good too!
Some will tell me I should just walk inside the mall. But there it’s filled with shoppers and mall walkers who I’d have to trip over as I tend to walk faster than they do. This is the reason I never liked walking around Busch Gardens with the family. Not that we have passes this year anyway. Sure I’d love going if I was to be leisure and enjoy the day. However, to just walk and have to trip over a million and a half people who randomly stop, go, turn and run into other people because they can’t open their eyes or be aware of their surroundings is just frustrating as hell. If people drove cars like they walk…. Well there would be a lot of population control as folks would be killing each other in cars.
I’m just hoping this +100° (F) weather ends soon so I can go walking regularly again in peace.