How to Select an SMB Consultant – 25 Questions to Ask

How to Select an SMB IT Consultant 25 Questions to ask about: The Relationship Reputation Experience Value Service Competence Retail Technology The Relationship Are you happy with your current IT services company or resource? Ask yourself this simple question at the beginning of a search for an outsourced IT resource or if you’re working with an internal IT department or team where a “build or buy” decision is under consideration. Don’t fix what’s not broken, but if you’re the slightest bit unhappy or concerned about how IT support works inside your company, here are a few more questions that will…

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How Microsoft Surface Can Transform Your Small Business

With the number of technological tools available to entrepreneurs and business managers today, running a small business has never been easier. The Microsoft Surface range is an invaluable tool for small business owners: using the latest technology to boost your organization’s productivity and make your day-to-day operations smoother than ever. The Surface range features several different options, each catering to a different type of organization and different aspects of business management. But don’t worry—every device connects seamlessly to external components like printers, speakers, and monitors. The variety of different options is exciting, but can be difficult to navigate. Depending on…

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Prepare Now for Windows 7 End of Support

Two years after Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7, NetMarketShare reports that almost 50% of desktop computers worldwide still use the popular operating system. With Windows 7 end of support quickly approaching, businesses need to forestall costly security and compliance issues and plan for the future by upgrading to Windows 10. Microsoft will continue to offer extended support for Windows 7 only until January 14, 2020. This means that Microsoft will provide patches for security threats. However, the company will offer no service packs, no new features, and no fixes for bugs that do not present a security risk….

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Synchronizing Bookmarks (Firefox)

The above program “BookmarkSync” works well with Internet Explorer but has some issues with Firefox. A good program to use for the Firefox browser is called Xmarks (www.xmarks.com). Xmarks supports Firefox 3, Internet Explorer 7 or 8, or Safari on the MAC OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Download xmarks client and then sign up to create a profile (FREE). Run through the setup wizard to establish a baseline of your bookmarks and it will sync up to their servers. Then install the client software onto the other computer (home) and follow the wizard steps and…

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Synchronizing Bookmarks (Internet Explorer)

Do you wish you can have the same bookmarks (from Internet Explorer or Firefox) from your work computer on your home computer or vice versa? Well, your wish has been granted. There is a program that can sync your bookmarks between both (work & home) computer called Bookmarksync (www.bookmarksync.com). Just sign up (FREE) and create a profile. Then click on Download and select your software version (PC or MAC OS X). Download and install the bookmarksync client to your work & home computer.I would install the client on the computer that has all of the bookmarks that you would like…

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Sending large files via Email

Do you ever need to send large attachments (files or photos) via email but the message gets rejected from the receipient’s email server? There are a lot of ISP’s (AOL, Yahoo, etc) that put a restriction on the size of attachments that can be sent via email. As an alternative, you can use YouSendIt (www.yousendit.com) service to send your large files. This service acts like a virtual FTP site. You compose your email online and then attach the file (if there are more than one file, then they should be zipped (compressed)) and then click on SendIt. YouSendIt will then…

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Alternative software

AlternativeTo (http://alternativeto.net/) is a collaboratively filtered database of open-source alternative software to expensive computer programs: i.e., it’s an essential bookmark. The site’s layout is inviting and easy to navigate: Type in the alternative software you would rather not purchase (e.g. Final Cut Pro, which costs $1,299) and you will be presented with a wide array of substitutes (e.g., a free open-source editing program called Avidemux). The site’s choices are listed according to user ratings, and it relies on the public to contribute newly discovered alternatives. It’s like an online flea market: You never know what gems you’re about to stumble…

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