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Top Natural Disasters that Threaten Businesses – Infographic

We love this infographic from our friends at Eastern Kentucky University Online. It takes an in-depth look at what can happen to a business when a natural disaster hits. Don’t let your business be one of the six in ten that don’t protect their most crucial files. Be sure to protect your business files with MozyEnterprise cloud backup.

My name is Eric and I work for Mozy

Mozy scored big when they got years of expertise in technology by hiring Eric, otherwise known as Magnum PI around the office (Tom Selleck would be proud of Eric’s stash!). Eric passes many  tech companies that would love to have him as he endures a long commute from his serene sprawling ranch here in Utah.

I define my workspace as…

Wherever I am with my laptop; I don’t necessarily have to be at my desk in order to be productive. When I’m at my desk it’s lined with my kid’s sports schedules and Hot Wheels cars.

A device I can’t live without….

My mobile phone. I use it to email and text for work. Also, it connects into my second most essential device—my car, via Bluetooth.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Checking my calendar and email. I have usually already checked email before I get to work see if any communications have been received from our Cork, Ireland, office since part of our team resides there.

My work routine is…

Depends on the projects that are on my docket. We have regular meetings to discuss the progress of projects and what hurdles need to be removed in order to complete those projects. I also spend time generating reports, updating documents, and meeting with outside groups to get our products updated and released through the same channels as the Mozy product groups.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

Yes, when the environment becomes noisy or I’m trying to shut out other distractions in order to focus on a specific task.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Be teachable, listen to your co-workers, and choose your mentors wisely. There are many aspects to this position and it takes a long time to become adept at all of the nuances, so be patient. Be polite, you will have to work with those that you are working with now on another project in the future. It helps to treat everyone with respect and it makes everybody’s day better.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

My family’s activities. Coaching basketball. Completing projects at home.

My eating habits are …

I say they are healthy, but my coworkers think they are bland. I try to eat reasonable portions, but I am accused of being boring in this regard.

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …

A high school teacher, perhaps in history or shop. I like working with youth and would like to make history interesting for a day or work on a classic car in a shop class.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

I am driven to completing tasks. I organize everything into tasks and that’s probably why I became a project manager; it’s a good fit. I also am a stickler for recognizing other’s efforts. I think it’s important to acknowledge co-workers when they have gone out of their way to assist you.

 

*Join Eric on the Mozy team!  For more details on starting your career at Mozy go to  http://mozy.com/about/careers

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My name is Mark and I work for Mozy

Editor’s note:  Mark was one of the first Mozy employees and is a familiar smiling face to all. In the early days, Mark was a team of one. These days he manages a team of five that oversees all of Mozy’s global tech documents. He is a family man and a dedicated super fan of the University of Utah. Go, Utes!

 

I define my workspace as…

Slightly messy with mementos from my coaching past. I tried to make it a little personal with some family photos as well.

A device I can’t live without….

My smart phone. I am on it all the time. The first thing I do when I wake up is check my mail and social media.

My work routine is…

Very sporadic. It really depends on the day, some days I am in meetings most of the day while others I am working on projects most of the day at my desk.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

It depends upon my mood. Sometimes I blast the music through the headphones while at other times I like it quiet so I can concentrate better. If I am writing a lot I prefer to not have music playing. While if I am researching something I prefer to have music playing.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Practice your writing skills. I have noticed recently that a lot of college students and graduates lack the ability to write well. I finished my MBA not that long ago and had to do group projects a lot. I was amazed at how many students couldn’t write very well.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

Coaching lacrosse. I coached football for 5 years before moving onto lacrosse. I really enjoy sports and working with the young men on my team and getting to know them.

My eating habits are …

Terrible. I actually probably eat better at home because my wife does most of the cooking during the week. I definitely could eat healthier.

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …

Michael Jordan in his hay day especially when they were crushing the Utah Jazz.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

I think my secret sauce is to have fun doing what you are doing while working hard. For those people that know me know I am always cracking jokes and trying to have a good time.

One thing that makes me unique is….

I have a large occipital protuberance.

 

The timeline of computer processor speed

In 1943 IBM’s president said that the world market for computers was only five! If he were around today he would be amazed at the progression of speed in the computer processor. Take a look at this infographic that details the progression of processor speed from the first transistor computer to the XBox One.

My name is Angela and I work for Mozy.

 

Angela has been a great asset for Mozy for many years. She has worked different positions in support and has won much internal recognition for her excellent work ethic. Angela is irreplaceable, and after reading her answers below, I’m sure you will agree.

I define my workspace as…

My workspace is a cubicle in our Pleasant Grove office. While I love work-at-home days because I don’t have to commute to work, I find I really miss the multiple monitors and computers I have to work with when I’m sitting at my work desk. It really makes life easier! I also have a little personal touch in my cubicle, such as my Doctor Who calendar, some KCS (Knowledge Centered Support) awards I’ve won, the Mozy data shuttle astronaut, and a cute little vinyl Maleficent my coworker gave me.

A device I can’t live without….

While I hate to admit that I’m so connected, I’d have to say it’s my iPhone because it has everything I need in one convenient little package: my music, my eBooks, Internet, and social media. It’s also often the only link to my social life when I’m balancing work and school and my only free time is filled with homework and what little sleep I can find.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

When I arrive at work the first thing I do is head to the break room to get water for the morning while my computers boot up, then I like to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee while I start by checking in on internal company emails and then customer replies from the day before.

My work routine is…

Check internal emails, work on customer reply cases, work on new customer cases that are awaiting response, follow up with any customers who I haven’t heard from in more than three days, and then repeat. I also like to find time to create Knowledge Base articles when the queue is light or empty.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I prefer listening to music at work. Once I get “in the zone” with my cases, the music helps drown out all the background noise the rest of the office is making so that I don’t lose focus. It also helps that I don’t generally get interrupted if people see my headphones on! The best music to encourage productivity for me has been French music, such as Christophe Mae, Zaz, and Stromae. However, I find that listening to audio books or podcasts are equally as awesome during my work flow AND I’m gaining new information.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Learn or improve your interpersonal skills and try not to take anything too seriously. While working in Support isn’t the ideal of most people, I really enjoy interacting with customers, especially when you can help them retrieve something important like their thesis that they’ve spent three years working on or the photos from their child’s first steps. Those things matter, and so you have to have some compassion for those times when people need a little extra care. Computer crashes can be so frustrating, and sometimes it’s hard not to take that out on a Support representative, even though it’s not personal. When that happens, you just need to remind yourself that it’s not about you, and then be as helpful as possible.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

Writing is probably my main passion. Currently, I’m going to school and have dreams of one day being a renowned author. I also maintain 2 to 3 blogs (author’s note: check out Angela’s handy work at http://www.mysocalledchaos.com). I am also passionate about learning French, volunteering with a local animal rescue, and spending quality time with those who are important to me.

My eating habits are …

I try to eat healthy and I love getting fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market, but I will admit I’ll drop all calorie counting if you invite me out for Sushi or a bowl of pho.

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …

One of my colleagues in Ireland. I mean, hey, they’re in Ireland! When they complete their workday they get to look at all that green, and then walk down to the pub for a proper pint! ;)

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

Probably the fact that I genuinely care about people and their lives. Being empathetic is perfect in my personal relationships with friends and family, but I find it’s also perfect when you work in Customer Service. I genuinely am happy for customers who are able to save their data, and genuinely sad when I hear some of the reasons they need to run their restores. When I hear how glad a customer is to have Mozy, it makes me happy.

One thing that makes me unique is….

My eclectic interests. I like to try most hobbies once, so if you visited my home you’d find an entire closet full of all the various things I’ve done and keep because I hope to get around to them again one day. Crochet, wood burning, oil painting, web design, photography, a musical instrument or two, etc. One day I’ll be able to do any hobby I want. Also, I want to be able to speak multiple languages. I’m working on French, and then hopefully I’ll start learning a third!

 

Interested in a career at Mozy?  Check out which positions are available at http://mozy.com/about/careers

Progression of football in video games

Did you know that September 12 is Video Games Day? Be sure to take some time to enjoy your favorite video game today. Until then, take a look at our infographic, The Progression of Football, to see if your favorite football game is among those that revolutionized the gaming industry.

 

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Data transfer speeds VISUALIZED

As the internet has become a common part of the world, it has become easy to take for granted just how fast that information is transferred.  Perhaps a comparison between some other things that are notoriously quick can grant some perspective.

My name is Jason and I work for Mozy

 

I define my workspace as…

My preferred workspace is at home on the couch with my laptop in my lap and the TV on as background noise. I work best comfortable, with some distractions. In the office my workspace is my cubical with a 21.5 in screen; it is big and nice. I flip between three desktop spaces to stay organized and keep work separate from quick distractions when I need them for a mental break. I also use my huge white board for structuring projects before I create them.

A device I can’t live without….

I always tell myself that I could go tech-free for a while if I want to, but I am probably too attached to my phone. I get lost a lot when away from home because I have no sense of direction. Without my phone’s GPS, I would never make it anywhere new on time.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

I start by marking my time in a Google doc, so I can know how many hours I have worked in the day/week. I don’t want to cheat the company or my wife! Then I check my emails for anything pressing. After that I try to get done anything I want done before standup, then lead standup because I am the scrum master.

My work routine is…

Come in and work on those things that everyone expects me to have done. When I have done that, I work on more exciting things, like tools to make my job easier, and making the automation we have better. I love that I can use my ideas to improve my job and the work of those around me.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

Having something to listen to helps me to not lose focus. It depends on the day what I want to listen to. Some days it is audio books; some days it is music; some days it is just others in the cubical farm. I prefer audio books because I feel like that’s a better use of my time.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Believe in yourself and have ideas. Anyone can do most any job, but if you are able to innovate even on little things, everyone will like you. Don’t think just because you haven’t done much outside of classwork that you cannot contribute, because it will surprise you what you know.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

People, programming, and baking. I love being around people; they give me the energy I need to be happy. I am not the best programmer; I am learning a lot every day, but it’s fun to know that I can make things that are useful for the world around me. I have cooled down from baking because I gained weight, in part because I have a job where I mostly sit, but I love the look of delicious things when they come out of the oven, and the faces on people when I share those delicious things.

My eating habits are …

Spastic. Before I was married and had someone to cook for, or for me, I lived off of chicken breasts and quesadillas. Now I get in more vegetables, and have a few recipes that work for meals, like chili, meatloaf, and the classic spaghetti and meatballs.

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

This is a hard one. I would either be the best friend of Nikola Tesla so I could see him work from up close, or my wife so I could understand why she appreciates me so much.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

My “secret sauce” is my belief that I can do anything. I know things can take a lot of work, but I truly believe if someone else can do something, I can do it too. Maybe not as fast or not as perfect, but I can do it. I can even do things that no one else has done before because I am original. I am not going to try everything in the world, but if I want something, I can reach that goal.

 

I’m Heidi and I work for Mozy

It’s time to get to know another Mozy employee. The more you know us, the more you love us. Meet Heidi Liebl-Slabinski, who is a Technical Writer.

I define my workspace as…

Utilitarian with a touch of whimsy in the form of frogs and a William Shakespeare action figure.

A device I can’t live without….

I do feel naked without my smartphone nearby, even if I don’t touch it for hours. Love my over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Coffee and a quick scan of some news sites.

My work routine is…

Highly variable, often with less writing than you might imagine. Lots of reading and listening and research and discussion and meetings are required. Some days are random chaos. Other days are focused almost entirely on writing and editing.
I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I started listening to music to block out distractions when I need to focus and write. It took me a while to find the right wall of sound, which is energizing and not distracting. I eventually settled on an instrumental/electronica Pandora station. Now, I’ve discovered that I can’t get into the writing zone without the headphones! But otherwise no music, because I get a lot from random cubicle conversations. The walls have ears (and they are mine)!

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

First and always, you need to be a solid writer. But don’t think this is a career for someone who sits at a desk and writes all day. You must be a perpetually curious, self-managed, extroverted introvert. You often have to pursue people to learn what you need to know, and disarmingly ask probing questions. Do your research first though, or you will only annoy people. Take pride in serving your audience well, and be willing to get hands-on familiar with your subject matter. Technical writers often have to manage their own projects, juggling multiple priorities and deadlines. You need to be very detail-oriented while also seeing the bigger picture.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …
Literacy. I cannot imagine how difficult life would be without the ability to read, and how sad and narrow it would be without the joy and knowledge that reading brings. I suspect the best writers are also voracious readers of good writing, in every genre. I also really enjoy alpine skiing, concerts and theatre (though I really don’t favor musicals), and time with my friends and family.

My eating habits are …
Everything in moderation. I am proud to say that I can make an order of Girl Scout cookies last a really long time.
P.S. Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce. That stuff is awesome on just about everything.

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …
Living and working on board the Starship Enterprise. What’s not to love about an egalitarian meritocracy? Plus, they have tricorders and replicators and transporters!

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

I’m a perfectionist who tries not to take myself too seriously. I love a good laugh.