About Mary Hester

Ms. Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems, which provides IT solutions in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area. You can contact Mary at mary@lansystems.com">

How Hot is Too Hot? Safe Computer Temperatures

Overheating greatly reduces the life of electronics. To protect your computer from overheating the manufacturer will add safeguards that will shutdown the system if it reaches a critical temperature. Prevent unintended shutdowns by running at safe computer temperatures. A maximum safe operating range is often 60-70 degrees Celsius (140-158 degrees Fahrenheit) depending upon the components.  You can purchase higher-temperature tolerant devices which are often called hardened or military-grade, but they cost more. To keep computers at safe temperatures, the case design will have cooling systems. These cooling systems usually consist of a series of fans strategically placed but may also include liquid circulation systems. Removing the cover or side panels can disrupt the desired airflow and actually increase the temperature of critical components.  Dust build-up can also impede … [Read more...]

Inside / Outside

Guest Blog by Robert Minskoff For many years I spent my sales career on the outside. Walking through doors, meeting with customers and prospective customers and doing all the things that come with that type of position. Over the last couple of years I have transitioned almost completely into an inside salesman. The goal of the position is still the same. Acquire new clients and customers and keep existing clients and customers happy and satisfied. While on the outside, one would walk into a business find out some information and pre-qualify them based on the information one did or did not gather. Leave a card or some other type of sales material behind. Unfortunately, the expensive POS literature probably ended up in file 13. Then follow up accordingly. Before I get inundated with emails about how much of a waste of time this sort of activity is, let me say that some of my largest … [Read more...]

Earth Day eWaste Recycling Event Collect Over Two Tons

Our Earth Day Event on Monday, April 22 was a great success collecting over two tons of eWaste and grilling over 200 brats and hotdogs.  All proceeds from the recycled equipment will go to Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett this year.  We hope to collect over 10,000 pounds in 2013! Be good to the Earth by keeping electronics out of landfills. We collect eWaste year round so please feel free to drop by our office or call for pick-up. … [Read more...]

A Strong Password is Your First Defense

The evolution of computers is astounding.  The increase in computing power, bandwidth and accessibility has made almost everything people do with computers easier.  Information technology not only satisfies our need for instant gratification, but changes the rules for trivial pursuit. No doubt, computers have changed our lives, but we still login very much like in the old days. Today’s computer looks much different from the main frame days. Back then most users had a “green” screen to input data, starting with username and password. There was little graphics and most user input was entered at a prompt.  Now, the graphics are remarkable from backgrounds to programs to games.  The modern computer and display makes the virtual world come alive in ways that were hard to imagine twenty years ago.  But with all the advancements one key feature hasn’t changed, we still use a username and … [Read more...]

Microsoft Office 365

Your complete Office in the Cloud - Microsoft Office 365 If you would like to have all the features of Exchange without having to maintain a server. Or if you want to keep your Office products upgraded without purchasing new software, Microsoft Office 365 is for you. Office 365 brings together the power of the Office products that you know with business class email (powered by Exchange Online), document sharing (powered by SharePoint Online), and instant messaging and video conferencing (powered by Lync Online). Anywhere, anytime access Office is now optimized to use across your devices - PC, Mac, tablet, and smartphone – with touch-friendly features and still great with traditional keyboard and mouse. Sign in to Office to access the latest version of your documents and personal settings as they follow you across devices. Sync files to your devices using SkyDrive Pro for offline … [Read more...]