Jazz Up Your LinkedIn Profile in 5 Easy Steps

If you are going to use your LinkedIn profile to promote yourself or your business, be sure you jazz it up a bit.  Make sure your content is informative and interesting and that you use the new features and tools to add color and content. Even if you don’t want to spend much time on LinkedIn, try our 5 easy steps. They will give your profile depth and make you more interesting to your connections. 1) Make sure you profile is complete with present and previous positions, education, awards and specialties. 2) Give and request recommendations and endorsements.  Write thoughtful recommendations for connections that point out an exceptional or unique circumstance or attribute. Don’t be shy, request recommendations from connections that will share your talents and achievements. The new Skills and Expertise Endorse from your contact's profile page is a quick, easy way to show your … [Read more...]

For Business Email You Need a Domain Name

Create a web presence and brand for your company by using your own domain name A domain can help establish credibility by showing you are a real company with real employees, products and services. [The domain name is the part of an email that comes after the @ and identifies a web location. The part before the @ is the user name. For mary@lansystems.com, the user is mary and lansystems.com is the domain. You can go to www.lansystems.com to check the domain to see the type of company, their location and other items that may be of importance to you. Even if you have not built your website, you need a domain and getting one is easy.  There are many online services that allow you to register your name and even post your site. If your business does not already have a domain name that you are using for email, don’t delay.  Choose a service and find a name that suits your business. This is … [Read more...]

The Internet is the Wild, Wild West…

… and there ain’t no Sheriff in town! Just like the western frontier, the Internet is a place where opportunity abounds, but it is not without danger.  If you understand risk, manage uncertainly and protect yourself from diabolical people, the Internet is a magical place. When online, a good rule to follow is “when in doubt – don’t.” Two main problems with the Internet are that 1) there are more scammers than can be counted and 2) it is hard, sometimes impossible, to determine authenticity. In the Wild, Wild West if some cowboy came riding up to you, you’d better be a quicker shot or have a trusted friend covering your back.  You could never take any chances because there were all kinds of hoodlums out there, alone or in gangs, that were trying to separate you from your property.  And if you had established your homestead (website, email address), you’d have even more to worry … [Read more...]

Recycling and Donating Electronics

Even if you have a consumption reducing program, your company will have electronics that are at the end of their useful life.  Moving is a time when companies purge the old and electronics are no exception.  Designing a new office is a great time to modernize and check the usefulness of computers and peripherals.  Monitors, printers and battery backups are a few of the devices that you should examine closely.  Upgrading monitors and printers can give you a real return-on-investment and too often our battery backups are overlooked or neglected. LAN System has a free recycling program.  You can drop off your equipment at our office or we will make arrangements for pickup during your normal on-site support.   If you know of a school or charity that accepts donated electronics, we can prepare your equipment for donation.  There is a charge for this service as we will clean up data and … [Read more...]

Living on the Edge with Your Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategy?

One of the biggest risks you can take is not having a backup and disaster recovery strategy. Your data is important and irreplaceable.  Sure, you may never experience a disk failure, but if you do it will be a disaster.  Ask anyone who has suffered a data loss and they will tell you about the distress and panic when they realized that the data was gone forever.  Data loss can devastate your operations and cripple your organization.  But for a problem with such disastrous results, it has an easy fix. Read about our easy 3-2-1 Backup Strategy. Backing up data is relatively easy and economical on the front side and provides an easy recovery method in case of a disk loss or failure.  Backup costs are a fraction of recovery costs and sometimes no amount of money or effort can recover data from a severely damaged disk. Today’s technology provides many cost-effective ways to protect … [Read more...]