Supertaskers vs multitaskers

More than 4 out of 10 young professionals are Supertaskers, toggling seamlessly between apps and devices for personal and work tasks. With data from a 2014 survey of professionals and businesses who use technology in and outside the office, here are the 10 signs you’re definitely a supertasker:

 

  1. One is the loneliest number: Reading this on your smartphone while OITNB plays on your tablet and you update an excel file on your laptop? If you’ve got any combination of these items near you, you’re in the majority of professionals who use two to three work and personal devices on a daily basis.

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Tablet vs Notebook

 (Editor’s note:  First it was notebook computers replacing desktops PCs.  Now it’s tablet computers replacing notebooks.  Every device has advantages and disadvantages.  It’s always up to the user which device(s) are best.)

 If the rumors are to be believed, 2013 will be the year that worldwide sales of tablet PCs overtake notebooks. The second half of 2012 saw increasing demands for tablets as new screen sizes and price points were introduced. In fact, tablets have already outsold notebooks in China and North America.

So, where does this leave notebooks? When notebooks first entered the market, their mobility was heralded as being a technological breakthrough. These days, mobility is more of an expectation than advancement. Once tablets hit the market with their smaller-than-notebook size and almost-as-powerful-as-a-notebook processors, it was just a matter of time before the line between notebooks and tablets began to blur.

Even though a worldwide reduction in demand has caused shipments of notebooks to slow down, don't count them out just yet. The latter half of 2013 will see new processors for notebooks that will allow for more tablet-like PC features and longer battery life.

But if you're a business with a mobile workforce, you're probably not concerned about best-selling trends; you're concerned about which technology is best for your business.

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Windows XP...it was nice knowing you

 

One of the most popular and longest lived Microsoft operating systems that we all know and love, Windows XP, has almost run its course. Microsoft has announced that they will end support for XP on April 8, 2014.

What does this mean if you have a Windows XP machine?

You will no longer be able to receive tech support from Microsoft if your computer has an issue and most retail outlets will likely discontinue support for XP as well.

The Computing Center will continue to provide support on a very basic level, with no guarantees that we’ll be able to resolve issues. Without being able to reach out to Microsoft for assistance, we may not be able to solve more complex problems.

What are your options?

In order to stay with your familiar Windows platform, your options are to upgrade to Windows 7 or the newly released Windows 8. In most cases, computers will need to be upgraded as well.  

Our recommendation is to start budgeting and planning for a change now, rather than waiting until you are no longer able to find support for your current systems. Contact us to learn about your options!

 

Computers - Is consumer grade equipment good enough?

Sure, it's enticing. You’ll save money right now if you run out to your local big box store or hop online and purchase that computer or that combo firewall/wireless router that's on sale. But is that money saved really worthwhile for your business in the long run?

They say that a penny saved is a penny earned, but when it comes to your businesses technology, that penny saved may cost you a lot more later on down the road.

The main reason is that the majority of equipment sold at the big box stores are for home users and aren't made for the higher demands of work environments. Think about it—is that computer that's on sale really going to meet the demands of your business, be compatible with your accounting and other software, last a long time, and really connect to your network? Probably not. Let's begin by taking a look at the most widespread piece of technology throughout any business in the country—the computer.

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Planning ahead with Microsoft

Some of us are natural planners.  Everything we do is on a schedule and planned well in advance.  Others are not.  The last minute or beyond is good enough.  We've found that keeping computer technology up-to-date is good for your productivity and security—as well as the bottom line. 

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Office 2003 will be reaching end of support in April 2014. That's not quite two years from now!   We want to help you avoid the risk of running an unsupported version of Windows & Office, and to assist with your IT planning for 2012. The objective here is to highlight the potential risks involved with the upcoming end of support of these products and to outline the options available to mitigate these risks.  

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