Assuming analysis is required, the following results were found.

Network Security
External Network Scanning One of the core mechanisms for protecting networks is to install a firewall to mediate traffic between systems on the internal network, publicly accessible systems is a DMZ (from the military term d e m ilitarised z one) and...
Output oriented analysis
Data analysis projects often focus too much on the collection and classification of the data and too little on how the result will be used. This can lead to some poor decisions that could be avoided with a more integrated approach.
Data crunching
There are a few fairly common situations where organisations might require additional data processing systems and/or services. Custom reporting databases Sometimes even the best enterprise system doesn't quite meet your needs. You might need a special...
A Taxonomy of Loss
The widespread commercial use of the internet has led to an increasing focus on systems security. Media driven hype and a lack of independent information can make the true level of threat to an organization difficult to determine. Adopting a structured...
My cat is cloud-based
Cloud based computing is the latest in a long series of allegedly paradigm-shifting innovations in the computing industry. In common with most of its predecessors it is neither as good nor as bad as it looks. The increasing availability of high-speed,...
Choosing the right tool for the job
It's easy to want to use the things you're used to, but forcing software into situations that aren't appropriate is a poor long-term solution. Starting with the right tool (or set of tools) can save you having to either throw it out and start again or...
About us
Located on the mid-north coast of NSW, Dropbear Consulting provides programming and analysis services for a variety of languages and environments. The principal of Dropbear Consulting is Peter Langton, who has over 20 years experience in the IT...
OpenOffice / StarOffice macros
OpenOffice / StarOffice macros So you've taken the plunge and installed StarOffice or OpenOffice and everything basically works; so far so good. Now Bob from Accounts wants to automatically send summaries of last month's sales to each of the department...
Beyond the Blackboard
Considerations when designing or specifying an on‑line learning environment. For many organisations, the provision of training to staff and customer represents a significant cost. As the processing power and network bandwidth available to desktop PCs...
Google Analytics - no thanks
The Google Analytics service provides enhanced traffic analysis services for websites, unfortunately it requires that viewers accept certain cookies or your web site hangs. As a site viewer, there is something you can do about this.
Computers are for life, not just for Christmas
Part of the planning process for any new computer systems should be to identify its on-going maintenance requirements and the person or group within the organisation that will be responsible this upkeep. Without this support commitment, even the best...

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