Archives for May 2010

Using LinkedIn to Promote Your Business – 5 Easy Steps

The possibilities for using LinkedIn to promote your business are practically endless. If you don’t know where to begin or are having trouble finding the time, try our five easy steps for promoting your business with LinkedIn. First, you need a personal LinkedIn page.  Make sure you have completed your profile and have a flattering position summary for the company to promote.  Additionally, your profile should be 100% complete. Next decide how you will accept connections. LION (LinkedIn Open Network) members connect to almost anyone that requests whether they know them or not.  More conservative members only link to people they personally know.  This is your choice and you can adjust your settings to share or hide your connections. There are many security settings that control how much or how little of your information is shared.  If you are concerned about sharing information, … [Read more...]

Add a Tweetmeme Retweet Button to Your WordPress Post

Adding a Tweetmeme retweet button is a smart idea.  It allows readers to easily retweet your blog post to their Twitter followers.  It is easy to add the button to your WordPress blog using the Shortcode API functions. The button with 22 tweets / retweet is a static graphic example that shows a button ready to retweet. The button with 2 tweets / tweeted is a static graphic example that has been retweeted from that page. To use the Tweetmeme retweet button, add the following to your post: tweetmeme source=Your_Twitter_Account only_single=false Be sure the statement is between square brackets [ ] so it will be read as a Shortcode.  Also insert the Twitter name that you want the retweet to reference.  It will show as @Your_Twitter_Account after the RT. Some instructions show as “Your_Twitter_Account” or ‘Your_Twitter_Account’ but the single or double quotes are redundant because … [Read more...]

Windows 7 Features from Our Favorites List

If you’ve been holding on to that old computer because you didn’t want to give up Windows XP, we have good news.  Windows 7 is simpler to use, more responsive, and full of new possibilities. So take the plunge – we did.  At LAN Systems, we are using Windows 7 on our desktops and have some favorite features that we would like to share with you. Backup and Restore  Greatly improved for Windows 7, Backup and Restore gives you peace of mind that your critical files are preserved. You can easily select your important files or let Windows choose what to backup. Libraries are an easy way to collect files that may be scattered throughout your PC.  Choose a backup schedule and you can be confident that your data is preserved. Be sure that you backup to a drive other than the one that contains Windows.  So if you don’t have more than one hard drive installed, use a DVD or external hard … [Read more...]

Getting the Most From Your IT Budget

Especially during tough times, we look to trim our operating budgets.  Efficient use of our valuable resources is just smart business and there are many ways to manage costs without sacrificing performance.  Below are a few ideas that you can use immediately with a minimum of time and investment. Recycle software licenses – It’s worth the effort to record all software purchases so you can easily transfer and upgrade licenses.  Start with an inventory of all existing software and then be sure to update as you add and replace licenses.  Often software licenses can be harvested as hardware is retired.  When purchasing, compare the cost of transferable to non-transferable licenses.  Be sure to keep the necessary documentation with your master list in a file.  To save paper, use electronic files. Optimize printing – Start with evaluating what you print and eliminate unnecessary or … [Read more...]

Net Neutrality – Who should control the Internet?

In its most basic and simple form, network neutrality states that all Internet traffic is equal.  Streaming video, large downloads, online gaming, cloud computing applications and email would all be treated the same. There would be no differentiation between personal and commercial use of the Internet.  The idea of equality is wonderful in theory, but doesn’t survive in practice.  The Internet is a shared resource used for many purposes and like it or not, the Internet is a commercial enterprise and the providers have to be able to control their network. That doesn’t mean that the providers can engage in unfair business practices.  Comcast’s throttling of BitTorrent users didn’t go unnoticed.  In fact, it sparked a firestorm that still rages.  The Court of Appeals gave Comcast a victory with its decision to vacate the FCC order, but this could be a Pyrrhic victory if it advances the … [Read more...]