Social networking: Is your identity at risk?

  Social networking: Is your identity at risk? reprinted with permission from HP The total number of users on the social networking site Facebook has now soared above the 200 million mark. Just to put that into perspective: if Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth largest on Earth, after China, India, the U.S. and Indonesia. According to a recent report by ComScore, the number of European Facebook subscribers has grown by 314% over the past year to nearly 100 million users. Due to the site’s popularity, many organizations (including HP) have recognized Facebook’s value in promoting their…

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The 2009 Recovery Plan: What It Means For Your Business

  The 2009 Recovery Plan: What It Means For Your Business reprinted with permission from HP When the going gets tough, the tough have a smart game plan. And with over 2 million jobs lost in 2008, the situation is definitely getting tough. Fortunately, the US has relieved our 26 million small businesses—those which gross $15 million or less in profits annually[1]–in more ways than one with its 2009 Recovery Plan. The new plan not only gives small businesses tax breaks and credits, it also plans to give your customers more money by providing them jobs. In the meantime, though,…

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How to Boost your Creativity at Work

  How to Boost your Creativity at Work reprinted with permission from HP Small Business Center When you think of “creativity”, you might immediately think of artists, musicians or designers. But the fact is that creativity is a useful tool in all sorts of occupations, from accounting to engineering to teaching. Creativity is the fuel for new products, systems, and better ways of getting work done. According to Dr. Warren Bennis, a respected American scholar, organizational consultant and an expert in the field of leadership studies, “The organizations of the future will increasingly depend on the creativity of their members…

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How To Fire a Family Member

  How To Fire a Family Member by Jeff Wuorio – reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center Business consultant: “Sir, the problem with your business is your son — he’s incompetent and destructive. You gotta fire him right away.” Business owner: “I know it. Just one problem. I have to sleep with his mother.” That well-worn joke points out an all-too-common problem with many businesses: a family member hired who eventually proves a bad fit. He has to go. Canning anyone is like firing a torpedo at a military target. Firing a family member is akin to…

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Top 3 PC Problems You Can Fix Yourself

  Top 3 PC Problems You Can Fix Yourself reprinted with permission from the HP Small Business Center As we all know, computers are not perfect devices, and they sometimes malfunction. And when they do, this can create frustration, wasted time, and unneeded expense – especially for those of us whose computers are as vital to our daily existence as oxygen. Luckily, many common computer issues can be resolved without professional help – and with excellent results and little or no hair-pulling involved. Here are a few of the problems you might encounter, and how to fix them. The problem:…

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Top Printing Tips to Save Money

  Top Printing Tips to Save Money reprinted with permission from the HP Small Business Center It’s a common sight in many offices: wastebaskets filled to the brim with paper. Look next to any desk or printer, and you’re likely to find a stack of misprints, extra copies and other discarded paper waste. So here are a few things to keep in mind before you send that next job to the printer – and a few tips to keep costs down when you do need to print. Do you really want to print that? You should always consider whether what…

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Ten Tips to Faster Backups

There isn’t a wizard behind a curtain that will help speed your backups, but there is a formula for successfully cutting backup and recovery time. By following 10 simple tips, backup managers can heal many of their storage headaches. Bottlenecks to successful backups appear throughout the storage landscape. Source disks, small files, the backup server, backup software — these and other areas are where backups can slow to a standstill and impact backup speed. Let’s look at some individual tips for achieving faster backups: 1. Use virtual tape technology to achieve faster backups without file system overhead You can maintain…

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