(August 26, 2011) Several Clients have inquired about turning off their IT equipment over the weekend with the approach of  Hurricane Irene.  I believe this is not a bad idea if we do have any power outage or other effects from the Hurricane.  You should be aware if you are hosting your own website or email that taking such action will bring these down over the weekend. My primary recommendation is for all clients to have a backup offsite over the weekend.  This is always a best practice, but in-light of the current situation I strongly advise to do so.