Self-Troubleshooting: The Internet Is Down

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in Troubleshooting | 2 comments

This is going to be the first in a series of articles that I’m going to post to help people do a little “Self-Troubleshooting”.  Keep in mind that Troubleshooting isn’t necessarily the same thing as problem solving.  If you are able to resolve your issue, that would be a great side effect, but more than anything we’re trying to gather information and find the point of failure.  Hopefully these tips will save you some time (phone calls to India can be time consuming) and some money.  This week’s tip is...

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Virus Stopping Adobe Flash Player

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Small Business | 0 comments

This post is going to be very specific, mainly because the answer to the issue I was trying to resolve was so incredibly hard to find and piece together. I want to make sure that it’s available somewhere on the internet just in case it comes in handy in the future for anyone facing the same issue. The Issue I was at a client’s office the other day working on various issues and the owner brought up the fact that on one of the computers Adobe Flash Player in IE 8 would not load. He had installed it over and over and Youtube would...

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Four Steps to Avoid ‘Over Socializing’

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 in Small Business, Social Network | 1 comment

In a world where we stay connected with friends and family through our computers and the internet, we have created whole new dangers for ourselves. If you go back far enough, you will find there was a time when you could leave your door unlocked when you went out, as long as you knew your neighbor was home. As the suburbs grew, the home defense I know we have all used at least once was created: the ‘leave the lamp on in the front room’ trick. That way if someone with ill intentions comes by they will think someone is home and pass our home...

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4 Ways to Make Sure Your Data is Gone

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Small Business | 2 comments

So you’ve bought a new computer and you’ve got all of those most important things moved over to it from your old computer. Things like your Pictures, your iTunes, all of the random Word and Excel files that seem to fill up a My Documents folder, your Quicken files, your Microsoft Money Files, your Email, you know, all the important stuff. Now you’re ready to get rid of your old computer, but first you need to get rid of all of those important things from that old computer so that weird guy in your neighborhood that picks...

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4 Ways to Speed Up Your PC

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Small Business | 4 comments

It just doesn’t seem fair to me somehow, you buy a new computer and within six months it’s running as slow as your old computer.  How can it be that something that looks so technologically advanced on the outside seems to be running with Hamster-on-a-Wheel power on the inside?  Not even a healthy hamster either, a three legged hamster with crossed eyes.  For the most part people will just deal with it and take it as a fact of life; your computer will be slower tomorrow than it is today.  While that’s partly true, it...

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The Epsilon Breach

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Security, Small Business, Social Network | 1 comment

Over the past week there has been a lot of coverage in news about the recent Epsilon Email Breach.  Epsilon is a Marketing Firm that services over 2500 clients, the list includes some pretty big names; Kroger, JPMorgan Chase, City Bank, US Bank, Home Shopping Network, and Mariott Rewards.  On April 1st, Epsilon posted a Press Release stating that their systems had been compromised and that a subset of their clients’ customer data had been “exposed”.  The press release, in an attempt I think to soften the blow, goes on to...

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3 Handy Excel Tips and Tricks

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Small Business | 0 comments

Out of all of the programs in the Microsoft Office Suite, I think I like Excel the most.  I get more use out of that one program than probably any other application on my computer with the exception of Internet Explorer.  I will use Excel for keeping lists of items, keeping running totals of expenses, balancing my checkbook, and even tracking my stats in Golf.  I’ve come up with a short list of things (in no particular order) that I think everyone should know how to do in Excel to save themselves a little time.  Take a look and let...

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Why Backup? – My Answer

Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in Small Business | 0 comments

A few weeks ago I posted an entry called “Why Backup?“, I ended that article with a promise that I would give you my answer in a future post. With today being World Backup Day, I figured now would be a good time to share my thoughts as to best reason in the world to make sure you have a solid backup of your data. Some consultants will point to potential cost savings as the number one reason for a solid backup solution, others will point toward a quick recovery from a future disaster, and still others may mention freedom from the...

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Three Year Rotation

Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in Small Business | 0 comments

How often does your business buy new computers? When you do buy new computers, do you replace them all at once? Do you just replace the ones that don’t work right now? What do you do with the old computers? Do you throw them out? Do they get rotated down to other users? Does that mean that only your Management Team gets new computers while the other works have to use hand-me-downs? I’m certainly not the end all authority on this topic, but I’ve seen how enough companies handle computer replacements to have a few ideas...

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Facebook at Work

Posted by on Mar 29, 2011 in Small Business, Social Network | 2 comments

I love Facebook. I spend a huge amount of time (more than I should) on Facebook everyday. I have two different pages that I keep up to date, my Personal Page and my Business Page. I love to talk to talk trash during March Madness, without getting too obnoxious. I love sharing links to cool websites and YouTube videos. I love keeping up with friends and family that I see only once a year or that I may not see in person again for several years. Yes sir, it’s easy to see that Facebook does two things incredibly well; it keeps people...

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