Fighting with images in Microsoft Word

 Remember this? You're working on a document – maybe it's a report for your sales meeting, a set of instructions for a client, or a promotional flyer – and you are trying to place an image. You're bumping it down a few keystrokes at a time to get it perfectly situated between paragraphs or at the bottom of the page when suddenly it goes flying off, jumping to the top of the page or disappearing completely.

What happened?!

Images in Microsoft Word are finicky. Unlike programs such as Adobe InDesign or even Microsoft Publisher, in which inserted images are not anchored to surrounding text, images in Word are always placed in relation to a paragraph or an “anchoring object” (which is also usually a paragraph).

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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!

 

Which "Pad" to buy?

What a difference 30 months make!  In May 2010, I wrote about my initial experiences with the first Apple iPad. I was really excited about what it could do and how content could be read or consumed nearly anywhere.  There had been a few “pads” built prior, but nothing like the iPad.  All the big pieces came together with a very readable color screen, highly accurate touch technology, a fast processor, plenty of storage, and thousands of available “apps”.  Access to information happened  over WiFi or a cellular connection.  Most everyone raved about the iPad and it validated what has become known as BYOD (bring your own device) to the corporate world. 

So, here we are 30 months later.  There are now over two dozen different choices in tablets from virtually every major computer and consumer hardware manufacturer.  Even Google and Microsoft have entered the fray.  Apple has two different iPads out there and the iPad mini.  Google, Samsung, Kindle, Nook, and many others have competing models.  Not surprisingly, the choice of what to buy isn’t so obvious any more.

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Here comes Windows 8

Anticipation for Windows 8 has been fierce because of some major changes to the look and feel of the operating system.  Here is a basic rundown on some of the new and improved features of both Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise so you’ll know what to expect as the release date draws near. The following will help you decide which version will prove to be more useful for you and your business/organization.

Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Pro replaces Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate and is aimed at business users and technical professionals. It is now available.

Features

Windows Store and Apps. Windows 8 will provide its users with access to the upcoming Windows Store. The Windows Store will feature both free and paid applications and will aim for greater transparency than Apple’s App Store and iTunes store. Some of the apps that come with Windows 8 include Bing Finance, Bing Maps, Bing Weather, Calendar, Camera, Mail, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive (a cloud storage app), and Reader.

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Operating Systems - Why Windows Home Edition won't cut it

 Nearly every week, someone comes in with a computer they received as a present, that they bought on sale, or over the Internet asking how to get it connected to their business network.  Unfortunately, we have to deliver the bad news that their new computer either needs an upgrade or in some cases may not work in their business environment a all.

Are consumer grade software and hardware good enough for your business? We're asking that question, and we're going to focus on Windows operating systems in this article. This comparison really goes hand-in-hand with a compariosn of computers, as Consumer Grade computers generally come with Windows Home versions pre-installed.

Most small businesses with more than a few computers have them connected to a server, creating a network. This allows the network to communicate with all of the components that are connected together, i.e. other computers, data files, printers, and email.

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