Using Location Services Safely

Editors's Note - We speak with clients and friends all the time about their smartphones and tablets regarding the data on them and what might happen to important information should that device be lost or stolen.  In addition, it's possible that your phone may be giving away your location unbeknownst to you.  Something to think about.

Does your phone know where you are? If you've used your phone to find directions or locate a nearby restaurant, you've used its global positioning system (GPS) and it's likely that it would be able to pinpoint your location within a close range.

Location services can be convenient for automatically adding location information (geotags) to photos. Some people also use location services to post their locations to social networking sites, such as Facebook. Be aware, however, that others can use your location information, too.

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Heads up! Microsoft Server 2003 Support Ends in July!

July 14 is Bastille day!  It's also the day that support ends for a Microsoft server system!  Here's what you can do about it.

You built your business with your own hands. Running, and growing, your business often means long days and late nights.

Wouldn't you do anything to protect it?

Microsoft has announced that on July 14, 2015 support is ending for Windows Server 2003. If your business is running on this legacy server after July 14, 2015, you could be at risk.

Your business and your employees could be affected. If your business-critical applications—such as payroll, accounting, HR, inventory, email and CRM—are running on Windows Server 2003, your business is at risk.

Your customers could be affected. Does your business accept credit cards? You’ll be out of PCI compliance if you are still using Windows Server 2003.

So, what to do? The Computing Center can help you.  We'll identify the applications and workloads that are effected, make recommendations for the target destination, which could be Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, Cloud OS or Office 365 or other technology.  We can then plan plan and manage your migration.

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Check yourself before sending that email

Editor's Note - How many times have you received an email and wondered what the sender was thinking when they wrote it? Before any email gets sent a content review usually makes sense.  Here are some additional tips.

Despite the numerous means of communication, email is still heavily relied upon to deliver messages in the business world, especially for remote workers. Even in the office, it often seems easier to shoot off emails to colleagues instead of walking the 50 feet to their desk. If email is replacing some basic human interactions, we need to pay more attention to how we’re using it.

When composing an email, it’s often easy to forget there’s a human on the other side. You should manually check the tone of each and every message you send to make sure you’re communicating your message in the most effective way possible, leaving less room for misinterpretation.

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Back to the Future II - or NOT

We may still be waiting for a Delorian that travels through time, but a surprisingly number of "predictions" made in that movie have become reality! Has it really been 30 years?

October 21, 2015, is the date Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II. He encounters a number of different technologies that were strange to his 1985 brain, but are common to us … 30 years later. The movie’s creators made a lot of predictions about the future of technology and they came amazingly close in a number of cases.

In honor of the movie’s 30th anniversary, here’s a look at some of those predictions that have come true.

Voice-command television. When Marty’s son arrives home in the future, he walks into the living room and tells the TV to open a number of different channels for him to watch. Anyone familiar with Kinect for Xbox knows Marty’s experience is almost exactly like what’s possible now. Voice-controlled remotes also provide similar capabilities.

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Office 365 -- Something to Consider

Microsoft's Office 365 has become one of our "go to applications" for many local businesses and organizations.  While not for everyone, we have converted numerous companies to this efficient application from tiny offices with only a couple of users to organizations with hundreds of employees.

Office 365 is your complete office in the cloud and is a great choice for businesses of all sizes, especially since 43% of SMB employees work at more than one location. Whether it be from your car, home, or office, you can access your documents that are stored in the cloud from anywhere. Every user can install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs so you have access anytime, from PC to smartphone and tablet. 

A its heart is Office itself - the familiar Office applications businesses use every day - now offered as a cloud service, so it's always up to date. But Office 365 is also so much more. It's about bringing enterprise-grade services to organizations of all sizes, from online meetings to sharing documents to business-class email.

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