Four tips for smart business trips

Say the word “travel,” and images of Caribbean paradises and exotic, fun-filled adventures come to mind. But say the words “business travel,” and a whole different set of scenarios come up: losing time during the journey, lost or delayed luggage, poor internet connections. One study listed these items—and flight delays on top of it all—as some of the top stress triggers for business travelers [1].

Yes, business travel is often stressful. But it doesn’t always have to be. Before you next head out of the office, ask yourself the four questions below. A few simple preparations can help turn a stress-filled experience into one that’s much closer to stress-free.

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IC EdTech Day - March 19th

The Computing Center will be participating in the 25th Annual Education Technology Day at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 19th. We will be working with our friends from Hewlett Packard showing their latest tablets, notebooks and computer systems. 

Ed Tech Day is a regional technology event that attracts over 1,600 people annually from the upstate New York region. National manufacturers will be in attendance  including Adobe Systems, Apple, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft.

While one of the primary audiences for the event is the higher education community, the event is open to everyone.  There is plenty of information that is of interest to K-12 education, the business and not-for-profit communities. At the event you'll be able to talk directly with representatives from major computer and technology manufactuerers and suppliers, explore educational applications, learn how technology is being used today in and outside of higher education and see what can be expected in the coming years. 

The 2015 show will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Emerson Suites and adjoining areas of the Campus Center at Ithaca College. The show features a Vendor Technology Showcase, a College Showcase, and a series of seminars. 

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Tech gifts from the recent pass

Fifteen years of various tech gifts.  Like all in computing, things have gotten more innovative along with faster, better, and cheaper.  And it's a lot more connected than in 1999.

Do you remember what gifts you were giving—or more importantly, hoping to get—a few years back? Tech devices have long been a holiday favorite, but technology changes fast. The top spots on our own wish lists rarely stay the same day-to-day, let alone year-to-year. So we thought it would be fun to revisit some of the coolest tech gifts of the last 15 years to see what it was we loved about them—and if we still would put them on our wish list today.

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Top Business EDGE eNews entries for 2014

With the end of the year upon us, we begin looking at what's going to happen in 2015.  However, we also look back on the year just ended.  In that regard, we took a look at our Business EDGE eNews Blog and reviewed the top five most read articles for 2014:

1. Myths regarding the use of refilled toner cartridges:  www.compcenter.com/client/index.cfm/2014/4/16/Myths-regarding-the-use-of-refilled-toner-cartridges

2. Securty Habits of Effective PC Users:  www.compcenter.com/client/index.cfm/2014/3/31/Security-Habits-of-Effective-PC-Users 

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Getting customer emails

Do you run an onlne business?  Do you have customers that you'd like to regularly email?  Read on!

"Putting a sign-up box on your home page should be the first thing on anybody's mind when they start an online business."

— Louis Jay, President, Health4her

If you're like most small-business owners, you need a generous supply of potential customer names and email addresses to effectively market your offerings online.

The good news is you don't have to deceive or spam people to get them. The bad news is that too many others have already taken that route, giving online marketing a shady reputation.

Unlike the offline world, where consumers get junk mail daily and simply toss it into the recycling bin, unwanted email messages offend people and trigger nasty replies. People are more protective than ever of their email addresses.

"Spammers have made it bad for the rest of us," says Derek Scruggs, an expert on permission-based email marketing. So you shouldn't be one yourself; there are enough already out there.

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