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Go Hands-Free… PLEASE

Setting up Bluetooth and effectively using your phone hands-free is easy. Please do it for your own safety and the safety of others. I try to minimize my cell phone use while driving. When I do, I use it hands-free. Here’s how I set it up. I bought a suction cup bracket that holds my […]

Microsoft Announces the End Of Small Business Server

Beginning with the 2012 versions, Microsoft plans to discontinue Small Business Server. What does this mean to small businesses? Microsoft bundles Server 2008, Exchange email server, and SharePoint collaboration software into a single product. They price it very aggressively, and limit the product to 75 users. Most installations use only the Server and Exchange products. […]

Are You Open to Wireless Attacks?

People have written books on security, and reading one is like slow torture. So let’s just talk in general terms and avoid getting bogged down in technical details. Some people think leaving their wireless unsecured is no big deal, especially people in rural areas. Some people also think they can leave their wireless unsecured because they […]

The Business PC

I cringe when people want to buy a computer from the store to run their business.  Sure, it will do the job, as long as it has Windows Professional, not Home.  Is it the best choice though?  I don’t think so. For a LITTLE more money, you can get a Business PC. Joel Santo Domingo […]

Cloud Apps

No doubt you’ve heard buzz about “The Cloud” by now. If the term seems somewhat vague – well, it is. W hat does it mean, and why should you care? “The cloud” refers to resources that you access over the Internet. These resources are off-site. Often, people think that “moving to the cloud” means that […]

Anti-Virus Ratings

I am often asked about Anti-Virus Ratings… what is the best anti-virus / anti-malware program for home use? I have to say, none of them really impress me.  Nonetheless, some are better than others.  Here is a guide from PC Magazine.  Note that the anti-virus ratings change every year, and the best product this year […]

Memorial Day

Monday morning is Dousman’s Memorial Day service. The American Legion always does a great job making this a solemn, respectful event. I know everyone is busy this weekend – I am too – but take a moment and remember. Maybe buy a poppy or two from the elderly gentleman outside the grocery store. And, of […]

A New Domain Name

I’m very happy for one of my clients. This week, we made MAJOR improvements in their “web presence”. This company’s domain was registered by AT&T with an Australian company and the web site was hosted by AT&T Yahoo. One of their email addresses NEARLY matched their domain name, except the dash was in a different […]

Back To School

Yes, like Rodney Dangerfield, I’m back to school.  When you’re an IT guy, school never really ends. It doesn’t matter if you get a degree in computer science and have a 4.0 GPA – In about 10 years, much of what you’ve learned will be outdated. I should have my Cisco certification in just over a year. […]