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">

Gwinnett Tech hosts Women in Technology event

  By Keith Farner keith.farner@gwinnettdailypost.com       Thursday, September 12, 2013 © Copyright 2013 Gwinnett Daily Post LAWRENCEVILLE — When Gail Edwards was a youngster, her family’s neighbors often asked if she could babysit their kids. But Edwards would respond that she’d rather cut grass. “I’ve always thought differently than most women,” said Edwards, the dean of the Automotive, Construction and Trades College at Gwinnett Technical College. Edwards was among a panel of experts who spoke to Gwinnett Tech students, mostly women, at a networking and discussion event about women in technology on Thursday at the Busbee Center. Topics of the discussion included salary, education, ageism, experience and support in the male-dominated industries of science, technology, engineering and math. Moderator Yvonne Whitaker of the NCR Foundation said there is still a gap … [Read more...]

Creating Outlook Signatures with Logos

Want to show your social graces by adding logos to your Outlook signatures? Add social media links to your email signature for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and your blog. You can make a hyperlink to your social media sites so mail recipients just "click" right to them. Follow these simple steps to add your signature. Get your logos. You will need your company logo and logos for the social media sites to hyperlink. There are many logos to choose from that are in the public domain. If you want to use a logo that requires payment or special permission, make sure to satisfy all requirements before using. Get your hyperlinks. Go to each of your social media sites and cut/copy the links to that site. Be sure that you use the links that do not require login to the site. For instance, when you login to Twitter your homepage is: http://twitter.com/home. For others to see … [Read more...]

Keep Your Computer Safe & Happy

Be a computer support wiz and keep your computer safe and happy with these simple steps 1. Give it a nice place to live.  Make sure that your computer is in a clean, dry and well-ventilated area. Every time your computer or electronic components overheat, it shortens their live.  Dust and poor ventilation are a major cause of overheating so be sure your computer is in the cleanest area possible and that you have lots of airspace around the unit. Keep moisture to a minimum by controlling humidity and spills. Move computers away from spill and leak hazards and use a plastic keyboard  cover if you are accident prone. 2. Add memory.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to extend the life of your computer.  Adding more RAM (random access memory) can boost performance by allowing the processor to take advantage of the fast access to RAM and not rely on using the hard drive for memory. This … [Read more...]

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...]