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">

Creating a 2010 Outlook Signature with Hyperlinks

Want to jazz up your email signature in Outlook 2010? Add social media links to your email signature for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter 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 you, use the link to your account. For … [Read more...]

Top IT Trends for 2013

In keeping with our new year’s tradition, we have compiled our list of the top IT trends for 2013. We scanned the available data, reviewed our previous predictions and focused on the explosion of processing power for mobile devices. This year will be interesting for tablets and all touch devices as we find new ways for computers to be an extension of the human experience. Everything goes Mobile – It’s not just smart phones and tablets leading the charge for mobility.  Everything we do for business and personal will be mobile.  From storing data to updating our social sites to every type of paperwork imaginable will be done with the help of our mobile devices. This need for mobility will fuel Cloud services and applications.  Look for things you never expected to do on the go and add them to the list of mobile activities. The Cloud is up close and personal – This is one of the IT … [Read more...]

Document Management: Why Now?

By guest blogger: Greg Schloemer, President, DocuWare Corporation  Businesses of all sizes are being impacted by the economic down-turn; budgets are being cut and capital investments eliminated.  The question is why would a customer consider investing into a document management solution during these tough economic times? There are three areas that are of particular interest and concern for a customer. The first is managing money and cash flow more efficiently. The second is retaining customers and improving relationships to encourage more repeat business. The third is in the event of a reduction in personnel, that the appropriate procedures are in place and work effectively to limit legal exposure. By automating business processes using document management (workflow) internal procedures are maintained, while at the same time productivity, accuracy, and quality are improved. One … [Read more...]

Principal for a Day 2012 – Simpson Elementary

It is always great fun to spend the day as principal. This year at Simpson Elementary School was exceptional. We had a Blessing Breakfast filled with good news and gratitude and a Thanksgiving feast with Indians and Pilgrims eating popcorn and cran-raisins. Bron-Gayna Schmit and her staff are wonderful. You can tell that they are committed to the highest standards for their school. It shows in the children's faces and the energy of the school.  This year the Norcross Cluster School Partnership awarded five grants to Simpson EC. It was a pleasure to be able to make and an advance announcement at the Blessings Breakfast to the grant winners. One of the winners is Roshan Finch for her Brown Bear Goes to Work career program. This was my favorite and it definitely a favorite for the children. … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pi

Who says engineers don't have a sense of humor?  It might not be the kind of humor that all folks can understand, but it is amusing just the same. Every now and then a Far Side cartoon would just tickle me so that I had to laugh out loud.  Often, I'd show the cartoon to my husband and he was unmoved. He rarely saw the humor that I saw and would look at me quizzically.  So I'd show the cartoon to my daugher, she'd always get it. A friend sent me this cartoon of Pumpkin Pi and it is so clever and witty that I wanted to share with all. Not sure if my husband will laugh, but I know it will get a chuckle from my oldest daughter.  She is an electrical engineer, just like me, and this cartoon is for her and all her female engineer friends.  They'll get it! We are doing a Girl Scout Engineers! program this Saturday at DeVry in Alpharetta.  I am going to bring copies of the cartoon to … [Read more...]