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Books for the Tech Lover

December 9th, 2014|Book Review|

We usually offer a book review in our newletters, but for this holiday issue, we are giving you some gret suggestions for books to give this holiday season. Along with books about technology, we are also featuring some good books [...]

Holiday Tech Gifts

December 9th, 2014|Tech Tips|

Our Fall newsletter contained two articles on new tablets and new smartphones. Hopefully, these gave you a head start on gift giving for the holidays or a gift for yourself in the new year. Here are some more intersting ideas [...]

The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

November 19th, 2014|Book Review|

A couple of years ago, we reviewed Walter Isaacson's fascinating biography of Steve Jobs and recommended it as a good read of histosry and technology. Now, Isaacson has shifted his perspective from the account of one person's influence on technology [...]

Newest in Smartphones

November 19th, 2014|Tech Tips|

Since the early Fall, there have been quite a few new smartphones on the market. With a lot of new releases, this is a good time to assess what new phone or new version works for you. Here is a [...]

Fall Tablets

November 18th, 2014|Tech Tips|

There has been a lot of buzz about new tablets this Fall, especially from Apple and Google. Here are the offerings from those companies along with other options. They are a good start to updating your devices for the Fall [...]

Website Down? What to Do

September 9th, 2014|Tech Tips|

A recent article in Inc.com raised the question of what a business should do when faced with the disaster of its website going down. There have been many high profile accounts in the news recently of big name websites being [...]

Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone

July 8th, 2014|Book Review|

You may have read our book review on Hatching Twitter by Nick Bolton, a fascinating take on the founding of Twitter and the men behind its creation. Hatching Twitter was, at points, a dark read on the infighting and personalities of a little [...]

Your Tech and Summer Travel

July 3rd, 2014|Tech Tips|

Every summer, we write a blog article on technology and travel, since many of you will be traveling in the coming months. No matter how much we want to unplug and relax, many of us still need to be connected [...]

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – Replace your Laptop?

June 5th, 2014|Tech Tips|

The new Surface Pro 3 has gotten a lot of attention in the last couple of weeks, mainly because it raises hopes that a tablet can actually replace a laptop. With the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's aim is to replace [...]

Microsoft Internet Explorer Bug

April 29th, 2014|Tech Tips|

Here we go again. On the tail of the Heartbleed bug comes news of a bug with Microsoft's Internet Exporer. We are strongly urging all of our customers not to use Internet Explorer until the bug is fixed. We will [...]

Heartbleed Revisited – What You Should Know About the Heartbleed Bug

April 16th, 2014|Tech Tips|

Update to our Heartbleed Posting: A recent article from zdnet.com revisited the Heartbleed bug, which was discovered by a Google engineer and caused worldwide panic a couple of months ago, due to the security kink that impacts OpenSSL and can leak [...]

Office 365 – What to Know

March 17th, 2014|Tech Tips|

We are often asked about the benefits of Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office, and the answer is not clear cut. We are certified to offer support for both of these services and advice on which is best for your business, [...]

Book Review – Quick and Nimble plus the latest from Walter Isaacson

March 11th, 2014|Book Review|

Last year, we reviewed Walter Isaacsson's book on Steve Jobs, a betseller and fascinating read. Isaacson is currently working on another book on the origins of the personal computer age. We will be reviewing it as soon as it is [...]

Watching the Storm, Watching your IT

February 13th, 2014|Tech Tips|

With today's Nor'easter going into Friday, please be aware that there could once again be power outages and internet outages that could impact your daily business activity. Email services could be affected due to power outages along the northeast corridor, [...]

Future in the Cloud: Remote Services as a Solution for Entrepreneurs and SMBs

February 6th, 2014|Tech Tips|

Cloud computing has become an integral part of IT and is increasingly important to individuals and businesses. It is an especially appealing solution for entrepreneurs and SMBs, because it is cost-effective and efficient. Cloud computing can offer an on-demand infrastructure [...]

Can You Fix Your Phone?

January 27th, 2014|Tech Tips|

I had the unfortunate experience lately, as I am sure many of you have had, of dropping my iPhone. Unfortunately, this phone was dropped into a tub of water for less than ten seconds. On a day where bad was [...]

Windows XP – End of Life – What You Should Know

January 15th, 2014|Tech Tips|

In case you haven't heard, the official date that Microsoft will cease to offer support for Windows XP was April 8, 2014, otherwise known as "end of life" for Windows XP. While you can still use your Windows XP, Microsoft [...]

The Circle by Dave Eggers

December 16th, 2013|Book Review|

This is the first time we have included a work of fiction in a book review, but since we are listing ideas for the holidays, this novel complements our review of Hatching Twitter. It is about life in the near future [...]

Book Review – Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton (columnist and reporter for the New York Times.)

December 14th, 2013|Book Review|

If you are interested in social media, technology, entrepreneurship, the world around us or just a plain good juicy story, this book is for you. Put it on your wish list or give it to your Uncle Dave or buy [...]

Buying a Laptop

December 14th, 2013|Tech Tips|

Whether for your business or for holiday gift giving, the end of the year is a time when people often consider purchasing laptops. The choices right now can be overwhelming. There are many options in various price ranges, but it's [...]

Holiday Tech Gifts

December 13th, 2013|Tech Tips|

We love to offer good tech gifts for the holidays and here are a few that might interest our readers: Amazon Kindle Fire HDX  (around $229)  -  The Amazon Kindle Fire has been a favorite on past lists, but it [...]

IT and Your New Employees

November 18th, 2013|Tech Tips|

Many companies are back to hiring and while most tend to have handbooks and first-day procedures to ease the onboarding process, many fail to give enough time to the IT transition. A recent report in the Wall Street Journal (10/21/13) highlighted some [...]

Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For The Better by Clive Thompson

October 24th, 2013|Book Review|

Clive Thompson, a science and technology writer for Wired and The New York Times, has written a book that takes an opposing view of the effects of technology on us today. Where most of what has been written warns that technology is doing [...]

The Devastating Cryptolocker Virus and What You Need to Know

October 9th, 2013|Tech Tips|

Below is our blog posting on the Cryptolocker Virus. Unfortunately, since our post last Fall, the virus has not gone away and its continued growth warrants another look at our article. This week, MSPmentor, a resource for Managed Services providers, [...]

The Future of Passwords

September 25th, 2013|Tech Tips|

We have written previously about password protection and how to keep your password secure and also how to make use of password managers, which are very useful for home and business. There has also been a lot of buzz recently around [...]

The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

July 11th, 2013|Book Review|

If you are looking for an alternative, or an addition, to the light summer beach read, it would be worth taking a look at The New Digital Age - Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by two top [...]

Summer Travel Tech Tips

June 17th, 2013|Tech Tips|

With summer and travel season upon us, we are re-visiting the topic of your IT safety while traveling. These tips are critical to your personal and business IT security. It is practically impossible to travel without a tech device to [...]

Revisiting IT for your Company: The Conversation around Cloud and IT Support That Your Company Should Have

June 3rd, 2013|Tech Tips|

Two recent articles from the Harvard Business Review The IT Conversation We Should be Having and Huffington Post Tech Is Your Company Cloud Ready? 10 Factors for the CIOs to Consider centered around the changing role of the CIO or [...]

Inexpensive Tablets

March 28th, 2013|Tech Tips|

Our blog has had many posts on the rise of mobile IT in business and the move towards using phones and tablets in support of business needs. We also have written on the increasing necessity for managing mobility in business [...]

Read it Later?

March 12th, 2013|Tech Tips|

No time to read that article now? How about saving it for later? One of my favorite writing apps is Evernote, which allows you to use either your finger to hand write (yes, that's right!) notes on your tablet rather [...]