Landlords: How safe is your rental property?

first_imgIs your rental property up to scratch when it comes to fire safety? The Queensland government has updated its smoke alarm regulations with vital revisions for landlords. As of January last year, legislation requires all rental property owners to install interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms throughout the dwelling.While this is standard for all Queensland homes, rental properties must meet these obligations by January 1, 2022.Here’s everything you need to know to get cracking.If an alarm isn’t working, landlords are responsible for replacing it immediately. Picture: Kate HunterGet new smoke alarmsCommunity Engagement Manager of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Inspector Alan Musk says photoelectric alarms are replacing ionisation models as the preferred type for residential properties.While ionisation types detect heat, photoelectric alarms detect smoke offering occupants a greater chance to address and escape fire threats, he explains.Landlords are required to replace their alarms with photoelectric models and ensure they are interconnected to respond simultaneously to hazards. The new laws require each alarm to be either be hardwired to the main electrical source and have a back-up battery, or powered by a 10-year non-removable battery.Check expiry datesInspector Musk urges landlords to double-check the expiry date of their current alarms.“Smoke alarms have a 10-year life. They normally have an expiry date on them and if they’ve expired you have to replace them,” he warns.Similarly, if an alarm isn’t working, landlords must replace it immediately.Where to put your alarmsThe new regulations state an alarm should be placed in every bedroom and along hallways connecting them. If the house has multiple levels, an alarm must be placed on each storey.Finally, place an alarm along the ‘exit route’ or near the point of exit, Inspector Musk says.If installing new alarms or building a new property the alarms should not be placed within 30cm of a wall or light fitting, or 40cm from an air-conditioning vent or the blades of a ceiling fan. Furthermore, try to keep them slightly removed from windows or doors that could enable air flow to intercept the early detection of smoke.What to do if you’re getting new tenantsIf leasing a property to someone new, landlords must clean and test the smoke alarms at least 30 days before the tenants move in.Smoke alarms must be cleaned and tested before new tenants move in. Picture: Kate HunterIf a hardwired alarm needs replacing, you must replace it with a photoelectric model in accordance with the new regulations, Inspector Musk confirms.Obligations of the tenantThe person living in the home is required to clean and test alarms at least once a year, replacing any dead batteries. If there’s something else wrong with the device, the tenants should contact their landlord or property manager immediately so the issue can be rectified.“The real estate agent can often organise for a contractor to come through and ensure you meet the legislation, that the smoke alarms operate and the batteries are fine,” Inspector Musk says. “This should happen around once a year.”All information provided by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.last_img read more

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Steffens lands Lincoln County win

first_imgJay Steffens led the last two circuits in winning the Saturday night IMCA Modified feature at Lincoln County Raceway. (Photo by Steve Towery)By Kelly NinasNORTH PLATTE, Neb. (July 14) – Leading the laps that mattered most was Jay Steffens in Saturday’s IMCA Modified main event at Lincoln County Raceway.Steffens stayed within striking distance of leader Dave Pedersen, who paced the first 13 laps. Steffens drove around the outside of Pedersen to take the lead and the win.Fifth row starter Jeff Whiting was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner and Tanner Clough prevailed in a tough battle for top IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock honors.Jamey Kennicutt led from the second lap to the checkers in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod headliner while Daryl Cauffman ruled the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img read more

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Comprehensive strategy needed to boost economy – GCCI President

first_imgNewly elected President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Vishnu Doerga, believes that a comprehensive strategy is needed to further boost economic activities in Guyana.GCCI President Vishnu DoergaSpeaking with reporters recently, the GCCI President noted that for Guyana to become a global player, its needs to operate with efficiency, both in good economic times as well as bad ones.Doerga explained that Guyana needs to formulate a strategic plan that will see it capitalising on the various economically viable industries. “There needs to be a more comprehensive plan,” he stated.The GCCI President urges a renewed focus on diversification within the Guyana economy as well as emphasis on up and coming industries, such as the Information Technology (IT) sector.“Call centres have sapped up some level of unemployment and many people are now able to find jobs in those industries – it might be stepping stone jobs but nevertheless employment and that’s going to feed in back into the economy,” he stressed.Doerga further highlighted the agro-processing industry, pointing out that the country has fertile soil in abundance, something which many countries in the world do not even have access to.He went on to say that Guyana needs to look at how it can add more value to all its raw materials so that the country can then start controlling the prices. The businessman noted that the country has to start branding itself in order for it to be recognised and sold on the international market.“It’s not just another product, we have to seek out what is special about Guyana and how can we get paid for the Guyana brand,” he said.According to the GCCI President, the current low global commodity price may increase in the future, bringing cash flow into the country. However, he noted that one way Guyana can generate its own cash flow is by finding appropriate and “right size” markets for its exports rather than competing with those giant producers.“Us trying to go off to the extremely large markets, where there are large players who can easily compete with us on those markets, is always going to be a strategy that is doom to put us to compete on pricing,” he pointed out.The businessman further explained that if Guyana is to look at markets that it can actually tailor its products to, then the country can actually get higher prices as it will be competing with producers on a level playing field. This way, he noted, the countrywill still have some amount of stability.Doerga added too that the Private Sector needs to be a part of whatever strategy is undertaken to boost the country’s economy so that they can also take the necessary steps in order to generate the desired results.last_img read more

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Two Donegal coast guard boats back in action after “malfunction”

first_imgFive of the 23 Irish Coast Guard units who have been barred from launching their rescue boats in recent weeks could resume water-based operations as early as next weekend.They include two boats from Co Donegal.The five ‘priority’ stations who will be first to receive the new lifejackets first are understood to be Mulroy and Greencastle; Doolin and Kilkee in Co Clare and Drogheda Co Louth. On November 15, the Irish Coast Guard (ICG) withdrew in-shore rescue boats stationed at 23 locations around the coast following the reported malfunction of “a key piece of personal protective equipment (PPE).”This has meant that 23 of the 44 volunteer units, who operate Delta RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) or smaller D-Class boats, have been banned from launching for rescue or training operations.In the meantime, Coast Guard volunteers have been tasked to incidents but have been only allowed operate on the shore for which members wear a different type of personal flotation device.The RNLI has already responded to a number of incident which would have been previously been dealt with by Coast Guard units. However, it is now understood that five stations affected by the nationwide ban on boat operations could return to the water as early as next weekend.Irish Coast Guard management has told volunteers that a new lifejacket will be introduced in a phased approach based on a risk assessment undertaken by the service.It’s understood ‘compatibility testing’ of the new lifejacket has been taking place this weekend before the lifejacket can be approved for use by members.Units have been told that “familiarisation training” will be held to highlight the differences between the Rescue 400 and (new) Crewsaver 380N lifejackets.“Subject to any necessary operational changes and on successful completion of the compatibility testing, it is proposed to commence with the rollout of the lifejackets and putting units back on the board from Thursday December 5, 2019,” Coast Guard units have been told. Two Donegal coast guard boats back in action after “malfunction” was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CoastguarddonegalGreencastlelifejacketmalfunctionMulroylast_img read more

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Mutations Accelerate Each Other’s Damage

first_imgAs reported in our 10/14/2004 entry, mutations do not work in isolation; even the good kind usually conspire against the host.  This fact has been largely ignored by neo-Darwinists.  Some researchers at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, writing in Nature,1 tested the interaction of mutations (epistasis) on proteins.  They found, in short, that harmful mutations usually accelerate the loss of fitness above what would occur in isolation.  Some organisms exhibit robustness against mutations, though, as in well-known cases of antibiotic resistance.  The team tested the robustness of E. coli while mutating a gene for a lactamase (TEM-1) that confers some resistance to ampicillin.  They found that, at best, the organisms could hold out at a threshold level of fitness only temporarily.  Beyond the threshold, death was speedy and inevitable.  This was even after they removed the bad mutations:Subjecting TEM-1 to random mutational drift and purifying selection (to purge deleterious mutations) produced changes in its fitness landscape indicative of negative epistasis; that is, the combined deleterious effects of mutations were, on average, larger than expected from the multiplication of their individual effects.  As observed in computational systems, negative epistasis was tightly associated with higher tolerance to mutations (robustness).  Thus, under a low selection pressure, a large fraction of mutations was initially tolerated (high robustness), but as mutations accumulated, their fitness toll increased, resulting in the observed negative epistasis.  These findings, supported by FoldX stability computations of the mutational effects, prompt a new model in which the mutational robustness (or neutrality) observed in proteins, and other biological systems, is due primarily to a stability margin, or threshold, that buffers the deleterious physico-chemical effects of mutations on fitness.  Threshold robustness is inherently epistatic—once the stability threshold is exhausted, the deleterious effects of mutations become fully pronounced, thereby making proteins far less robust than generally assumed.Their study also casts doubt on the ultimate survivability of so-called “neutral” mutations.  These initially have no obvious effect on the fitness of the organism.  This may be due to backup copies of a gene, suppressors of the mutated gene, and other mechanisms the cell uses to mask the damage.  Eventually, however, the threshold is exceeded and the system collapses just as rapidly as a cell toppled by interacting harmful mutations.    The authors of this study gave no indication that beneficial mutations can add up and help an organism.  In fact, they failed to say anything about evolution that would provide hope for progress.  By contrast, they offered a “new model” that sounds distinctly anti-evolutionary: cells are programmed to hold off the damage of mutations as long as they can, but will ultimately collapse under a mutational load.  They concluded that “proteins may not be as robust as is generally assumed.”  Their real-world experiment on bacteria showed robustness to mutations only to a certain point, then everything raced downhill:Thus, theory and simulations have predicted a tight correlation between robustness and epistasis.  Our work provides an experimental verification of this correlation and proposes a mechanism that accounts for it.  Our model implies that any biological system that exhibits threshold robustness, or redundancy robustness, is inevitably epistatic.  In such systems, mechanisms that purge potentially deleterious mutations, such as recombination (through sexual reproduction and other mechanisms) are of crucial importance, as they help to maintain this threshold.  In this way, recombination, threshold robustness and negative epistasis may be interlinked—each being an inevitable by-product of the other.They seem to be saying not only that mutations are not sources of positive fitness gains, but other proposed mechanisms like recombination are only stopgap measures to protect against the death spiral that would result when “randomly drifting proteins” gang up (negative epistasis) to cause a terror attack in the organism.1Bershtein et al, “Robustness-epistasis link shapes the fitness landscape of a randomly drifting protein,” Nature 444, 929-932 (14 December 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05385.It is extremely important that followers of the creation-evolution debate understand this story and the earlier one (10/14/2004), because they cut to the heart of Darwinist claims that mutations and natural selection can create brains out of atoms given millions of years.  This is where the rubber meets the road: can mutations and recombination under selection act in concert to produce evolutionary progress, including wings and eyes and sonar and powered flight?  Complex systems need an explanation at the genetic level.  The modern synthesis of evolutionary theory (neo-Darwinism) maintains that mutations are the source of evolutionary novelty, and that natural selection preserves the rare beneficial mutations in a cumulative way.  This is the machine room from which “endless forms most beautiful” (06/29/2005) emerge without a Designer.  Two scientific papers reported here, that would likely be little noticed otherwise, have essentially falsified neo-Darwinism in the lab.  Theory and experiment both show it does not work.    In the previous entry (10/14/2004) we likened the situation to a victim held up by robbers but protected by guardian angels.  The bad news was that the robbers either shoot each other or shoot the victim simultaneously, and the guardian angels fight each other instead of helping the victim.  It’s like a Murphy’s “Non-Reciprocal Laws of Expectations” that state, (1) Positive expectations produce negative results, and (2) Negative expectations produce negative results.  The neo-Darwinists have put all their hope in positive expectations, but real-world experiments show that mutations do not and cannot add up for good.  They conspire for bad!  Only the built-in safety mechanisms in the cell hold off mutational catastrophe.  This same lesson should have been learned from the important 03/17/2003 entry almost four years ago; presumed benefits actually cause “slippage on the treadmill” to keep the organism, at best, just running in place.    Another analogy may illuminate what this new outwardly dry, boring, technical paper said.  Picture a large, well-run factory with numerous modern systems for safety, backup and security.  Along comes a motley gang with no plan other than to wreak havoc at random.  Some are blocked by the entrance controls.  Those that get inside start overturning tables, knocking out factory workers, setting off alarms and creating general mayhem.  The security systems each come into play as planned, trying to isolate the damage, restore backups, and start the redundant processes.  Workers scramble to copy off the important data to other sections of the factory where the work can continue.  Security guards manage to neutralize some of the attackers, but more keep coming in.  Some gangsters plug the real workers then steal their lab coats and badges, wandering around to do their harm by stealth.  To an outsider, it may not be apparent that anything is wrong – for awhile – because the factory continues to function; supplies come in, goods go out.  In time, however, the best-prepared factory may not be able to carry on.  Fires are set at random.  Automatic sprinklers respond as designed, but now they have damaged the computers.  Gangsters pull fire alarms here and there, confusing workers who don’t know whether to ignore them or run outside.  Security forces are eventually overwhelmed.  Backup systems are damaged as soon as they are brought online.  It’s too much; the factory implodes in a catastrophe, and everything shuts down.    If this is really the way mutations work in a cell, it should be obvious to everyone that trusting any random mechanism to produce order is a vain hope and supreme folly.  This, of course, is what anti-Darwinists have been maintaining since 1859.  That it would take two research teams with no ties to creationist organizations or the intelligent design movement, published in two of the most adamantly anticreationist scientific journals in the world (PNAS and Nature) to finally figure this out should be of great interest to historians and sociologists.  What is it about Darwinian faith that generates negative epistasis against common sense?    Evolutionary theory is coasting downhill on a dead-end track with no fuel in the engine, while the passengers are being served cheese and wine, not knowing anything is wrong.  Creation-Evolution Headlines is like the tattler running down the aisles warning everybody about bad news only the engine crew is aware of, despite the pleasant announcements on the intercom.  We think the customers who paid for the trip deserve to be told the truth: despite how smoothly things appear to be running, they just got sold a dead-end trip to destruction.(Visited 73 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA research network now online

first_img7 April 2008The South African National Research Network (Sanren) reached a significant milestone last week when the first four research infrastructure sites went live in Johannesburg, representing a major step forward in the creation of an information and communications technology platform for South African research.Teams from the Tertiary Education Network (Tenet), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and second landline operator Neotel have worked closely together to deploy the network.In a statement last week, Neotel said the network marked a key change in the research and development community in South Africa, and was set to place local research and development on par with the best in the world.The Sanren project is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Meraka Institute, while Sanren is providing the network equipment and Neotel is providing the optical fibre circuit to ensure a high capacity backbone for the Johannesburg ring.Tenet currently secures internet services for South African universities and research institutions and provides operational services to Sanren, including national and international connectivity at the gateway, with operating costs being recovered by Tenet from the user institutions.“We are pleased that our participation in the Sanren project is contributing to the ultimate success of an initiative that is of national importance,” said Neotel Enterprise Services head Stefano Mattiello. “This is our contribution to the research and development community in South Africa.”Bandwidth key to development“Access to high bandwidth is key in world-class research and development,” said Meraka Institute project engineer Christiaan Kuun. “This translates to providing significant network capacity to research institutions in South Africa.”The research network is built upon the backbone of Neotel’s next generation network, which is flexible, scalable and custom made to the Sanren’s requirements.The four sites, which include the main campuses of Wits and UJ, as well as UJ’s satellite campuses in Bunting and Doornfontein, are on a shared 10 gigabits-per-second ring network, which connects them to each other and to a major gateway site operated by Tenet and hosted by Internet Solutions in Johannesburg.“Future plans are to make all Wits satellite campuses and the CSIR’s Johannesburg campus live at the same capacity,” Kuun said. “We also plan to upgrade the main campuses of Wits and UJ.”Research and higher educational institutions across South Africa will be eventually become connected to the Sanren as the network expands.“Tenet and the user institutions are delighted to work together with the the Department of Science and Technology and Meraka Institute on this exiting project that is reshaping research and education networking in South Africa,” said Tenet CEO Duncan Martin.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Naspers makes moves in Brazil

first_imgCity Press and Daily Sun are some of the newspapers produced by Media24, a Naspers subsidiary. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS Meloy Horn Head of Investor Relations +27 11 289 3320RELATED ARTICLES • R2.4 workers’ recession fund • SA, US tighten trade relationshipBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s leading media conglomerate Naspers is expanding its business interests in Brazil, having acquired a major stake in the country’s e-commerce group BuscaPe.com.In a deal worth $342-million (R2.5-billion), Naspers bought 91% of BuscaPé’s share capital. The acquisition will be funded from available resources, Naspers said.BuscaPé, with headquarters in Sao Paulo, is Latin America’s top e-commerce services provider. “Its various properties enable consumers to make informed purchase decisions and transact on the internet,” affirmed Naspers in a statement.E-commerce, short for electronic commerce, is the trading of goods and provision services via the internet, especially on websites whose sole business is advertising other businesses and products.BuscaPé is the exclusive provider of internet shopping solutions for more than 100 portals and websites in Latin America. It also provides services to leading companies Microsoft, Globo and Abril, with more than 10-million products and 320 000 online and offline stores.“BuscaPé gives us a fast-growing business in line with our e-commerce focus,” Antonie Roux, head of internet at Naspers, said. “It’s a diversified internet platform [with] a whole spectrum of business models within the e-commerce value chain across core Latin American markets.”In recent years BuscaPé acquired a stake in leading e-commerce competitor Bondfaro and bought shares in QueBarato, a leading free-classifieds network in Latin America. The group also runs an e-commerce research business, eBit, and a fraud risk assessment service, FControl. Naspers already owns significant shares in two Brazilian groups. It owns 30% of media and publishing corporate Grupo Abril, and 54 % of Compera nTime, one of the largest mobile value-added services companies in that country. Compera nTime is estimated to have an excess of 25-million users across Brazil.E-commerce is one of the most prospective areas of the internet, Naspers said in a statement. Through the acquisition of e-commerce business units Allegro and Ricardo groups in Eastern Europe, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed corporate has built considerable knowledge in this field.“Given Naspers’s extensive experience in the internet, they can help us grow to the next level. Some future collaboration between Allegro and BuscaPé is likely,” BuscaPé CEO Romero Rodrigues said.Latin America of key interestNaspers said Latin America is of particular interest to it, as it’s home to more than 550-million people. The group lists the continent’s “favourable demographics, rising disposable incomes, underleveraged consumers and a less-penetrated internet market” as providing a “good investment backdrop”.“After investments in [Grupo] Abril and Compera nTime, Naspers has developed a good understanding of the fast-growing Brazilian market,” said Hein Brand, CEO of Naspers’s operations in Latin America. “BuscaPé is one of the few established players in the industry, and can grow further,” he added.Naspers was founded by Die Nasionale Pers (The National Press) in 1915 in Cape Town and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in September 1994. The conglomerate also has a listing on the London Stock Exchange.It has transformed from a traditional print media player to dominating television and the internet. Naspers owns 85% of Media 24, a company responsible for a number of successful national and community newspapers and magazines in South Africa.It owns broadband operator MWeb and MultiChoice Africa, which has more than two-million pay-television subscribers in Africa.In addition to Brazil and Eastern Europe, Naspers has significant business interests in China, Russia, the Netherlands, India, Singapore, Thailand and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.Queries or comments? Contact Bongani Nkosi at [email protected]clubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Weekly Wrap-up: Make-my-baby.com Scam, iPhone 5 “Completely Redesigned,” Learn to Program with Hackety Hack, and More…

first_imgThis week’s top story was Marshall Kirkpatrick’s analysis of Facebook’s third biggest advertiser, which, allegedly, was a Bing affiliate scam. After the story broke, Facebook denied any connection to it and Bing shut it down right away. It’s a story that got more convoluted as the various players responded to the allegations – which always makes for fun reading.In location news, visitors to 9-11 locations in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania can use an app to listen to oral histories from first-responders. The top real-time Web story was that Collecta is ending its API. And one of our biggest Internet of Things stories of last year is finally here: IPv4 addresses are about run out. In 10 days, to be exact. Read on for more.Top Stories of the Week Facebook’s 3rd Biggest Advertiser is (Allegedly) a Bing Affiliate Scam (With Updates)Report: iPhone 5 will be “Completely Redesigned”Facebook Now Shares Phone Number & Address With Third-Party AppsLearn to Program with Hackety HackFacebook Suspends Phone & Address Sharing FeatureMore coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebDownload Our Latest Free Report: Engaging Online Communities The countless individual interactions people make online have introduced a new level of complexity in marketing. These “gestures” come in the form of likes in Facebook, replies in Twitter or subscriptions to blogs. Other gestures may be a link to a site or a check-in on a location-based network. Engaging Online Communities takes a look at how the modern enterprise must set up the right systems so it can keep track of the gestures that people make and perform analytics on the data. You can download and view Engaging Online Communitieshere.Location Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Hotpot Keeps Improving, Now Offers Filtered Searches by Friend9-11 Oral Histories Saved and Shared via Smart Phone 3 Young Companies That Knocked It Out of the Park in 2010100 Job Openings in the Windows Azure Group and What They Say About Steve Ballmer’s Latest MoveDo We Need a Yelp for the Enterprise?ReadWriteStartReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is a resource for startups and entrepreneurs. The Valley Lacks Flexibility, Not TalentWhat’s In a Name? Is a Hip Startup Name Important?Never Mind the Valley: Here’s NashvilleReadWriteCloudReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. What Percentage of iPhone Owners are on iOS4?Mobile App Market: $25 Billion by 2015Bloomberg Confirms Playstation PhoneEnjoy your weekend everyone!Subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ReadWrite Sponsors Related Posts Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups The Growth of Linked DataWhat Would 10 Petabytes Look Like? [Infographic]5 Twitter Lists to Follow About Cloud ComputingReadWriteBizReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. More Location coverageReal-Time WebCollecta Ends its API, Says “We’re Changing”More Real-Time Web coverageInternet of ThingsThis Week in Internet of Things: 11 More Days Until IPv4 Addresses Run OutKinect Official Software Dev Kit Coming From Microsoft, Report SaysMore Internet of Things coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook using the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes.ReadWriteEnterpriseReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to enterprise 2.0 and using social software inside organizations. Learn to Program with Hackety Hack3 Tutorials to Check Out This WeekJQuery Upgrade Causing Trouble for Twitter?ReadWriteMobileReadWriteMobile is dedicated to helping its community understand the strategic business and technical implications of developing mobile applications. Sitting All Day is Risky. Is a Standing Desk Right For You?5 Ways Small Businesses Can Use QR CodesAre Distributed Teams Less Effective?ReadWriteHackReadWriteHack is a resource and guide for developers. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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What to Consider When Leveraging File Sharing

first_imgFile sharing with your team, partners, vendors, and customers has raised productivity and efficiency levels to new heights. However, it’s also led to some challenges that must be addressed in order to continue leveraging the benefits of the process of file sharing. In the early days of file and folder management technique, teams were happy to collaborate on a level that didn’t involve sending endless email attachments after every document revision. Instead, they only had to access to one master document and one gallery for visuals that could be accessed from any device. Now, there are larger security issues. Greater use of temporary freelance talent, the availability of sensitive data and proprietary information, file sharing has become a more complex process. Data can now involve many decisions before ever leaving it’s owner. Before you share a file or folder, ask yourself these questions:What is the individual’s role?First, is this person internal staff or an external add-on, like a freelancer, customer, or vendor? Knowing what they do for the company will dictate what level of files and folders they should be able to access. Not only does this vetting protect critical information, but it also ensures nothing is inadvertently deleted or changed. For example, if the individual’s role is to produce content, then they would only be provided access to one folder where they could share their work. However, they might also be provided access to a photo or graphics folder to enhance their content.  How will they be using the files or folders you share?The purpose of accessing files is also important. Think about who will need to review, comment, edit, and approve what is in a particular file before sharing it. The answers to this question will guide the type of access you give. You may set a file to “view only” when that individual only needs to read a file versus editing access on piece. Even in view-only mode, you can still allow them to make comments; they just can’t edit any information out or add-in the piece. Be aware that not granting editing access can also hang you up on getting the work delivered if the editor or others have to sit around and wait for your permissions. If you put out a view only copy of something, stay attentive to the document so you can add in the recommended edits and changes that will be suggested. There may be other situations where view only means online access only. You can disable an individuals download capability. This ensures none of the information is copied or taken for some other purpose.If the individual needs to use a folder that is full of photos, memes, or video footage, then you can create a subfolder with only those files relevant to their project rather than access to the entire gallery. Alternatively, you can choose to share one or more image files — or have a separate individual with higher credentials add in these details. What length of time will the individual work with your company?Since many projects involve a freelancer, it’s important to limit the amount of time each person has access to certain files and folders. One of the latest features available that addresses access time is a tool that lets you set an expiration date for file sharing. Once you set the expiration date, you won’t have to remind yourself to change access and passwords when the project is finished and the freelancer is no longer involved. If you determine that a freelancer will remain onboard with your company, you can remove the expiration date, giving them the ongoing access you grant a regular employee. Does the individual have a specific clearance level?With growing security concerns faced by many companies, it’s critical to consider clearance level as a parameter for file sharing decisions. For example, government organizations or companies that are contracted to do work for governments must undergo security checks for each person involved. From there, individuals on the team are provided with a clearance level that dictates what they can read or work on. Consider that all of the “Wiki-leaks” situation would likely not have been an issue if this individual had not been a sub-contractor. Stats confirm that your regular  employees are less likely to try to  hurt your company. Align file sharing accessibility with your company’s security framework. This helps to ensure no information is left vulnerable within a subfolder or stray file. What information about the project do you need to track?When projects involve numerous team members, all of whom may be adding comments or edits, it’s critical to determine how many “chefs” you want in the file “kitchen” and how you can track what they do while there. This is where using the edit “post-its” out to the side of the doc are quite valuable. For example, you may want to see who has looked at the file to ensure everyone is staying current on their responsibilities. If there is an issue related to the changes, it helps to see a version history so you know who made what changes and when in order to resolve those disputes. Or, you can make sure that all contributors add “side” suggestions and only have one person as a “doc admin” with permission to make final changes.  Which individuals in your company should receive notification for a particular project? Not everyone assigned to a project needs to get alerts about edits or document changes. This article will guide how to set the notification filters.  Your company’s overall process of file sharing.File sharing delivers convenience, collaboration, and productivity. However, to get the most out of it while maintaining data security, you need a thoughtful approach for file and folder management. That means considering each person’s role, project involvement, security level, and length of time with the company — or length of time with access to this particular doc. These few quick considerations will help you determine filters and access levels for everyone on your team. Have an email that explains your company doc process in plain language that can be quickly sent to those who need to know; this includes your freelancers. By formalizing the file sharing process, a standard can be established for consistent actions and results. Everyone from the existing team to your new hires and future freelancers will know how your file sharing process works. This is a sponsored post for Dropbox. All opinions are my own. Dropbox is not affiliated with nor does it endorse any products or services mentioned. Tags:#contingency workers#Dropbox#Dropbox for Business#File Sharing#Freelance AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts last_img read more

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