Upgrade Windows XP: Find out your Windows Personality

The time has come to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8, but how do you decide which is better for you and your organization. With the end-of-support for XP on April 8, 2014, there will be no security updates or hotfixes leaving your XP machine extremely vulnerable to hacking. As with all change, it will mean a temporary reduction in productivity as you become accustomed to the new look and feel.  But you can minimize the stress and inconvenience by choosing the right operating system for your Windows personality. The Windows 7 Personality:  You are smart and talented.  You use your computer as a productivity tool and like to get things done.  In your computing choices, you minimize risk and become anxious if too many changes happen at the same time.  You like the features in Office 2013 but also like your program icons to be familiar and your keystrokes to be efficient. … [Read more...]

The Benefits, Risks and Legal Implications of a BYOD Workplace

Do your employees access work-related emails on their smart phones?  Do you allow your employees to connect to the company network on personal devices?  Do your employees store customer information or company documents on their mobile devices?   If you answered yes to any of these questions and you do not have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)  policy in place, you may be putting your company at risk. With the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and laptops over the past decade, employees, employers and their customers have become accustomed to around the clock communication and information sharing.  While this kind of constant connection and interaction can be beneficial to employee productivity, innovation and a company’s bottom line, if it is not controlled through a comprehensive BYOD policy, it can also lead to serious problems. In its simplest form, BYOD refers to a policy … [Read more...]

Get in touch with your creative side with Microsoft Office

Not that long ago, the only way to get high-quality, professional materials was through a graphic designer.  Printing was a complicated, expensive process that was left to the print shops.  Each project required assembling pictures, graphics and content that was camera-ready. Today, we have access to everything needed to make agency-quality marketing materials with full-color and amazing graphics. Brochures, mailers and newsletters can be printed on-demand or in the perfect quantity to reducing waste and keep the offering fresh.  To save more and reach the online audience, electronic files are brilliant and easy to distribute.  If you have an idea, a good eye and the right tools, you can make magic. Microsoft Office offers the right tools with its Office 2013 Suite of Applications.  Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher provide improved and enhanced features for creating and … [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...]