26 June 2018
10 Years!

This month JAQ is officially 10 years old!

JAQ's development actually started a couple of years earlier, but it was called "Print Mate" and was only used with one businesses, a digital printing company in Mackay. In 2008 it was renamed to JAQ.

ACS ( Advanced Cutting Solutions ) have been with us for the full 10 years, big thanks to Justin and Leah for their contributions and feedback over the years.

20 June 2018
New timesheets time recording.

The next update of JAQ supports standard ( imperial ) time entry for time sheets. Previously, if you worked on a job from 7:00 to 8:30, you would enter 1.5 hours onto your time sheets, a decmial hours system. This update means you would enter 07:00 to 08:30. JAQ still knows you spent 1.5 hours on the job, but it also knows when you actually started and finished the job. This allows more accurate time tracking for employees. Its also optional, the standard decimal time system remains in place and is the default.

2nd March 2018
Your data safe???

Recently noticed a few business servers are not as secure as they should be, and have raised this with the business owners. I don't go looking for any server issues, but a couple of servers have recently been waving red flags at me.

Please note JAQ Software is not responsible for your servers security, updates and backups.

I suggest you periodically check the following with the person responsible for your server ( staff member, IT support company, etc ).....

  1. Are backups happening and up to date? Does that include the JAQ database and your accounting software? Do you have a off site backup? If you were to be hacked, or the server damaged, how long would it take to get going, and how much data could you stand to loose?
  2. Are the server and any workstations up to date? Windows updates, anti-virus updates?
  3. Is the firewall turned on and set up correctly.
If you're unsure on any of these, please call for some free advise.

6th Feb 2018
Linux friendly

A by-product of the recent JAQ code rewrite is the new JAQ code and database will happily run on a Linux server!

In the past JAQ could only be installed on a Windows server, but now Linux servers can be used as another option. A Linux server is cheaper, more secure and slightly faster for many applications, JAQ included. You still use Windows on your workstation PC's, but the shared drives and JAQ live on a Linux server instead of a Windows server.

The disadvantage of Linux is its not as common as Windows, so you need to shop around to find a PC technician who can provide the support you need.

We've been working with Gavin from Orion Online to test JAQ on a Linux server over the last couple of weeks.

1st Jan 2018
JAQ "ported"

Over the last 18 months the JAQ system's software has been re-written ( or "ported" ) to run a different software language. From the users perspective, there is no difference in the way JAQ looks or works, but from a coding point of view, its a completely new system.

JAQ was originally written in Microsoft's ASP language, which is no longer supported. The new language, PHP, has a large support community behind it, making it future proof with new features and improvements added constantly.

JAQ Software would like to thank those businesses who were our guinea-pigs while the new JAQ was rolled out and tested in the wild. Your patience and feedback was appreciated.

5th May 2017
Rasomware Attacks!

Another business I deal with has been hit with ransomware. Likely the attack was from an email. Firewall's and Anti-virus software DO NOT protect you from ransomware.

I'm starting to sound like a stuck record here, but the only protection you have from ransomware is your off line ( disconnected ) backup. If you don't have backups, you have no choice but to pay the ransom and hope the criminals send you the key to unlock your data.

Every business should have someone on staff who understands how ransomware works, and is responsible for the backups of your data.

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