January 2013
In this issue
:
 

Top 10 New Business Features
in Windows 8

Move it (don't lose it)

Inserting a Screen Clipping
into OneNote

Business Continuity Tip
Business
Continuity Tip
 

The Ripple Effect

As shown by the 2011 Japan Tsunami, it can take months for the effects of natural disasters to reverberate down the supply chain. This year has proven to be no different. As retailers struggle to get their supply chains back up and running, Hurricane Sandy serves as yet another reminder of how important it is for every organization, regardless of size, to make supply chain management a priority.

So, you may be wondering, what can I do? Well, with contract renewals on the table and 2013 planning meetings taking place, now is the perfect opportunity to talk to those you rely on about their recovery capabilities and continuity plans.

To help you with this process, PrepareMyBusiness.org has created a simple vendor assessment form. Use this form to determine your vendors’ ability to continue service despite any sort of interruption. Additionally, if you would like Agility’s assistance in helping to protect your supply chain, please click here.


Quote for Today

Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.

Mark Twain


Just for Laughs


Top 10 New Business Features in Windows 8
 

With Windows 8 now available, what are the best features for business use? Here are ten new or enhanced features!

1. Trusted boot/secure boot (UEFI)

This implements a secure boot process and allows the machine to verify the integrity of the network environment, thus preventing malicious code from executing before the computer boots into the operating system. This means that your machine is protected before the Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware software is able to load when booting up, protecting you against attacks such as root-kits.

2. Windows-to-go (Enterprise Edition)

This is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable USB drive. As an example, this allows employees to take the USB drive home and use Windows-to-go at home instead of connecting via a VPN connection, creating a more secure BYOD option for employees.

3. File History

This is a robust, automatic, and silent backup service app that continuously protects files stored in libraries, desktop favorites, and contact folders. This uses an external drive.

4. Boot speed and overall system performance

Windows 8 was built on the Windows 7 platform but boasts even more improved speed and performance. You will notice a difference!

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Move it (don't lose it)
used with permission from HP Technology at Work
 

We've become so dependent on computers for work and play that our hard drives have turned into a central hub for all of our documents, photos, music and more. If the thought of transferring that data to a new computer or hard drive scares you, fear not—because the process really isn't as difficult as it sounds.

Transferring large amounts of data with yesterday's technology meant burning everything to CDs, DVDs, or worse, floppy discs. This not only required a lot of time, but a lot of media needed to save the information. Fortunately, today's technology makes it easier than ever.

The big move

There are a number of reasons why you would need to transfer data. Perhaps you bought a new computer and simply want to take everything off the old computer and move it to the new one. Or maybe you just want to store your data in more than one place. Whatever the case may be, an external hard drive is the best option when dealing with large numbers of files.

External hard drives come in a variety of sizes, some holding as much as 2 terabytes (TB) of data, so there's a good chance you can find a hard drive to suit your needs. They're fairly affordable—but note, the larger the storage capacity of the drive, the larger the price tag.

One of the most attractive features of external hard drives is their ease of use. All you have to do is connect the drive to your computer via the USB port and drag the files over. Once you're done, you can connect the drive to your computer and transfer the files. Or you can just use the drive as a long-term back-up storage device.

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Inserting a Screen Clipping into OneNote
 

OneNote is a powerful application that acts as a digital scrapbook – in which you can collect notes, images, and audio/video recordings. It was first introduced in Office 2003, but it has often been overlooked. Here are the steps to insert a screenshot into a OneNote document:

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