Novelty holidays have been all the rage for the past couple years. The thing is that if you are going to celebrate World Kimchi Day on November 22 or its sister holiday, World Cabbage Day on February 17, you either really like cabbage, or you really like holidays. With so many people using technology as a major part of their life and business, it’s no surprise that it is well represented on the holiday calendar. You have a few we’ve already missed: National Technology Day on January 6, Data Privacy Day on January 28, and National Clean Out Your Computer Day on February 8, but there are three important IT “holidays” this month. Let’s take a look at them now.
Technology is amazingly useful, but if you are constantly using it, it can be too much. Sure, technology connects all of us, but at some point, you need to put the device away and disconnect. On March 4th, that’s exactly what the “holiday” promotes: A National Day of Unplugging.
This project came from a Jewish arts and culture nonprofit that would host technology-free Shabbat dinners. It is now an international campaign with the aim to get people to take a rest from their technology for one day. Today, over 112,000 people have joined a movement that surrounds the “holiday”.
At Innovative Systems, Inc., we understand the need for a little downtime away from technology to fully appreciate what technology does for us and our organizations every day.
James Madison’s birthday has been used for the past 54 years to celebrate the National Freedom of Information Day. Madison, the nation’s fourth president, was a proponent of an open and transparent government. Known as the “Father of the Constitution”, Madison was a staunch advocate for an accessible and transparent government. As a result, the day of his birth is an apt date to acknowledge the right that the act established. Since then, many advocacy groups like the National Freedom of Information Coalition have taken up the mantle of sponsoring National Freedom of Information Day.
World Backup Day is probably the most famous of all IT holidays. It promotes the use of data backup. For the modern business, data backup is essential, but it wasn’t always considered so. World Backup Day has done an excellent job of promoting awareness about the risks associated with a failure to back up data.
By keeping a relatively current copy of your files, organizations can avoid all the negative situations that backup helps ward against, including downtime, data loss, and full operational shutdown. World Backup Day is a great example of IT professionals promoting awareness of best practices to help businesses and individuals better understand how to utilize technology.
If you would like more information about any IT holidays or the technologies behind them, give us a call at (501) 217-8484 today.