It’s finally sunny! For the whole week no less. Take a few minutes to step away from the keyboard and take a walk outside. Leave your phone at your desk while you go. Interact with 3D People and Objects. Taking breaks from your computer can help relieve tension in your eyes, neck, shoulders, and back. Taking a walk not only helps get you away from the monitor, but it also helps you get some steps in. Here’s a quick tip to help your neck strain. If you are sitting up straight in your chair, look straight ahead at your monitor(s). If your eyes fall approximatelyRead More →

If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you’re ok. You can still download the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft and install it on your PC…if you have enough horsepower. Windows 10 is somewhat more needy of your computer’s resources. You shouldn’t even think about running Win 10 unless you have at least 8 GB RAM and probably a Solid State Disk (SSD). You can easily upgrade your RAM by using Crucial’s Memory Finder. Just click on the link, then click on Scan Computer. Once you know what you have, you can either buy direct from Crucial or chose your favorite online vendor. For anRead More →

To be or not to be, that is the question… My PC is getting slow, should I upgrade it or replace it? <- That is the question. If your computer is 3 years old or less, I would upgrade it. You can usually add memory, replace the mechanical hard drive with an SSD, and be relatively speedy for the next few years. Here’s the cost breakdown: Samsung 860 EVO 500GB Internal SSD is $77.99 Crucial 8GB DDR3/DDR3L 1600 MT/S (PC3-12800) Laptop Memory is $41.22– OR –Crucial 8GB Single DDR3L 1600 MT/s (PC3L-12800) Desktop Memory is $39.95 Your PC may be newer and use DDR4 memory.Read More →

Computers are amazing. Probably the most impactful of all technology introduced in the last 50 years. How much more productive are we since the dawn of the computer age? That’s the Good. Computers have introduced a lot of stress in our lives. If we’re having a good computer day, it’s usually a good day. If we’re having a bad computer day, it’s often a pull-your-hair-out, kick-the-dog, drive-you-to-drink kind of day. That’s the Bad. Many time a simple shutdown, get a drink of water, then power on will make your computer better. Getting on your computer and learning that you can’t actually get on your computer.Read More →

“Hello Andy, our Document Management System isn’t working correctly.” “OK, let me remote in and take a look. Can you allow me to connect?” I connected to the user’s PC, looked at the data, and took a deep breath… All of their files, regardless of file type, now ended in “.adobe”. Upon further inspection, I found evidence of a ransomware attack. The first thing I asked about was their backups. Unfortunately, their backup system used “live” storage i.e.: Their backup media was always attached to the infected server. You guessed it, their backups were compromised as well. I scanned each computer on their network, cleaningRead More →

With the technology available today, it is more affordable than ever to get your facilities connected to each other. In the past, if you wanted to connect your home or office to your barn, warehouse, workshop or additional office space, you would need to either bury cables or suspend cables between buildings. These options were expensive, unattractive, and could cause electrical issues. Now with affordable devices such as Ubiquiti’s Nano Station AC Loco, short-range connections between buildings are available and affordable. You can extend your network and phone system (if you are using VOIP) to all the buildings on your “campus”! Need to go long range? UbiquitiRead More →

There are many methods for sharing your data with someone. Email… USB Flash Drive… Cloud-based methods including Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync and a ton of others. In the past, I have tried most of these. Most recently I have used Google Drive, the data I share is the usual, documents to be proofread, funny pics, nothing sensitive. Here are a few good questions: Is the data you’re sharing sensitive? Should the data you’re sharing be encrypted? Should you be ensuring that your data remains compliant with the standards for your industry? There are many ways to accomplish secure filesharing, but let me tell you about one I recentlyRead More →