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SLB Development has launched for the Foster Law Firm.


Foster Law Firm is pleased to announce that it has launched its’ new website,, on May 1, 2008. The firm will maintain its old website The firm is excited about the new site which is focused exclusively on the firm’s ERISA and insurance practice. Firm Attorney Rob Hoskins, who heads the ERISA and Insurance practice, says “We are very excited about the new website and the opportunities it presents for us and our clients. We feel provides us greater leeway to provide information and to interact with our ERISA and insurance clients.” The new website will have many of the same features as the firm’s main site, but will have many new features also. Some of the new features include more video, expanded biographies for the firm’s ERISA and insurance attorneys, a section which provides up-to-date news stories relating to ERISA generally and, Hoskins says, that the firm is most excited about the case log. The case log will contain detailed discussions about notable court decisions in cases in which the firm’s ERISA and insurance attorneys have represented a party. The case discussions provide the insight of the attorney who handled the claim and links to related and helpful information. Finally, the site should be easier for the firm’s ERISA and insurance clients to navigate because there is no substantive information on the site to wade through other than that which pertains to ERISA and insurance cases. Additionally, the firm will launch a companion site to which will serve as a forum for discussion of ERISA issues. The forum site is located at The forum will present an open and free board for discussion of ERISA issues. Registration at is absolutely free and the firm hopes that the board will become a much used forum for productive discussion of ERISA related issues.

Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2010.  There are a lot of new features including new support for writing code to take advantage of parallel processors.  Microsoft offers a free version of its developer tools at

Offsite Backups

The news today has pictures of severe flooding in the northeast.  While hopeful that the damage is minimal, it is a reminder to plan for such tragedy.  The pictures show first floors of businesses underwater.  It is easy to think that a disaster will never hit your business but the odds are that at some point one will.  I have developed and maintained IT systems for 20 years and have had to use backups at least a dozen times.  That doesn't sound like a lot over a 20 years career but without those backups, my career wouldn't have been 20 years.

It's not enough to just backup your data, you must also think about where and how backups are stored.  A good backup policy should store data periodically offsite.  If flooding were to destroy your computers and your backups are sitting right next to the computer then you have a problem.  But if your backups are 10 miles away in a water and fireproof safe, then you still have to recover from your disaster but you now have the ability to do just that.

Your backup policy doesn't mean that you create a backup every night to be taken off-site but you should perform a backup on some interval such as weekly or monthly.  The importance of your data to your business and the effort to recreate should determine how often you perform a backup for offsite.

Faster networks also make it much easier to backup remotely but even with remote backups, it is still  a good idea to have a physical backup offsite in fireproof and waterproof location.

Profiler added to source control add-in for Access 2007

The Source Control add-in now has an easy to use code profiler included with it.  The profiler will keep track of the execution time for all subroutines and functions and then generate a report to help you optimize your VBA code.  The add-in is completely free.  Feel free to download it at