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">

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...]

Visiting The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is how analog systems (people) will thrive in a digital world.  People are amazing creatures.  Our analog brain is wired for all sorts of human things.  Often we can recognize loved ones with just a word or a single movement.  We can tell if people are being honest or deceptive by quickly analyzing complex facial and body movements.  We are constantly monitoring our environment and respond quickly to subtle changes.  We receive continuous input from our senses, organize vast amounts of sensory data and make continuous decisions based on millions of pieces of analog data. We are miraculous, wonderfully analog but have trouble in a digital world. The term The Internet of Things coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999 has become a widely-used to describe things that can be  cataloged by computers.  Digital systems use discrete data in processing.  In computers, we … [Read more...]