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...]

Recycling and Donating Electronics

Even if you have a consumption reducing program, your company will have electronics that are at the end of their useful life.  Moving is a time when companies purge the old and electronics are no exception.  Designing a new office is a great time to modernize and check the usefulness of computers and peripherals.  Monitors, printers and battery backups are a few of the devices that you should examine closely.  Upgrading monitors and printers can give you a real return-on-investment and too often our battery backups are overlooked or neglected. LAN System has a free recycling program.  You can drop off your equipment at our office or we will make arrangements for pickup during your normal on-site support.   If you know of a school or charity that accepts donated electronics, we can prepare your equipment for donation.  There is a charge for this service as we will clean up data and … [Read more...]

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...]