What is an Operating System?

With Windows XP being retired, many users upgraded to a new computer and/or a new operating system prompting the question: What is an operating system? The operating system (OS) interacts with the system hardware like the keyboard, mouse, disk, display and memory.  It also interacts with all the applications and passes requests to and from the hardware and the application. This is how the user experience is created. The OS controls all interactions and keeps the computer instructions running in sequence. Some familiar OS examples are Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Chrome and maybe you have even heard of Unix. Everyone has experienced a slow computer.  The slowness is most often because the computer is trying hard to complete all the requested tasks. The central processing unit (CPU) is the computer's brain. It has to process requests in order, completing one request before it can … [Read more...]

Safe Computing for the Holidays

Taking time off to spend with family and friends is such a treat, but alas for many it is hard to stay away from the computer.  If you are going to do some online shopping, play a new game or check your work email, be sure to practice safe computing.  Your home computer may not have the same protection as work, so before you download that file or visit a new site make sure you are protected. Protecting your computer 1)  Make sure your operating system is updated and all security patches are installed.  If you are using Windows, go to Control Panel Home, then Windows Update. This page will show you if you are up to date or if you need an update.  If you are out of date, follow the instructions and consider turning on automatic updates.  If you have a Mac, the update is similar to Windows so just follow the instructions.  If you have Unix or Linux, you are probably an expert and know … [Read more...]

APC Surge Protector Recall

Schneider Electric APC Surge Protector Recall Due to Fire Hazard Recall Summary Name of product:   APC SurgeArrest surge protectors Hazard:   The surge protectors can overheat, smoke and melt, posing a fire hazard. Remedy:            Replace Consumer Contact: Schneider Electric IT Corp., toll-free at (888) 437-4007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at http://recall.apc.com, or www.apc.com and click on the Recall link to submit a claim and obtain more information. Recall Details Units About 15 million Description This recall involves APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured before 2003. The model and serial numbers are located on a label on the bottom of the surge protector. The two numbers that follow the first letter or letters in the serial number sequence indicate the year of manufacture. The unit is included in the … [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 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...]