Which Windows 8 is right for you?

Both Windows 8 and Windows RT offer a beautiful, fast, and fluid interface that you can personalize with the people, apps, and sites you care about most. They’re designed for touch, mouse, and keyboard. There are some important differences between Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows 8 Pro. Windows RT * tablets and PCs are made to go anywhere. Thin and light, with extended battery life, they start up in an instant and stay connected to email, social networks, and apps, so you’re always up to date. Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview is also included, so you can be productive while on the go. Windows RT is only available preinstalled on select tablets and PCs and it only runs built-in apps or apps that you download from the Windows Store. For more information, see the Windows RT FAQ. If you want to install desktop software like Adobe Photoshop or an older version of Office, … [Read more...]

Creating an 2007 Outlook Signature with Hyperlinks

Now that you have your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook accounts all jazzed up, it’s time to add links to your email signature.  You can make a hyperlink to your social media sites and mail recipients can “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 instance: … [Read more...]

Green IT Initiatives – Power Saving

Here are two easy ways to save power on your desktop PC by enabling energy saving settings: The first is to turn off the monitor after a period of inactivity.  Choose a time in minutes that will turn off the display. You can easily bring the monitor back to life by keyboard input or moving the mouse.  Screen savers were originally used to prevent burn in on CRTs but quickly grew in popularity as a way to personalize the computer experience.  LCD displays use a different technology and are not afflicted with burn in of static images.  LCDs can display a ghostly image called image persistence, but it usually takes care of itself.  To save power, turn off the monitor.  Screen savers can be cool and entertaining, but they don’t give you power savings. The second is to set the Sleep and Hibernation in the Power Options.  Sleep allows you to quickly get back to full power and resume … [Read more...]

Earth Day Electronics Recycling Event – April 20th

Please join us on Friday, April 20th from 11-2 for our Green IT Recycling event.  Bring your electronics to recycle.  Premier Surplus will have recycling bins and hard drive shredding will be offered at no charge. Enjoy lunch with us as we will be grilling hot dogs and brats. 3079 Crossing Park, Norcross, GA 30071 Proceeds from the recycled equipment will be donated to the Norcross Cluster School Partnership. For more information, call us at 770 662-0312. … [Read more...]

The Cloud and Microsoft Office 365

Guest blog by Geoff Rigsby, Microsoft Account Manager at Synnex On a weekly basis I am asked, “What is Office 365 and how can it help me?” For instance, if you’re running a small business with 5-10 employees, setting up your own IT infrastructure can be a monumental task.  First, you have to purchase the hardware and software like an HP Server and Windows Server 2008 software.  Second, if you want to have your own email domain, you’ll need to purchase Exchange Server software.  And if you want to share files between employees, you will need SharePoint Server software and you can’t run that without SQL Server software.  It adds up and before you know it, you’ve just spent $50,000!  In addition, you will need someone to configure and maintain. This is a great deal of expense for just a few employees to communicate, collaborate, and work.  Here is where Office 365 is beneficial.  … [Read more...]