January 2014
In this issue
Why You Should Not Ignore Error Messages on Your Computer
What the Technology You're Using Says About Your Business
Signs You Need Managed Services
Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Mastering Word
Business Continuity Tip
Cartoon and Quote
Continuity Tip

Winterize Your Kit

This winter there was a story on the news about a family of 6 that survived for two days stranded in the wintery Nevada Mountains. This remarkable story of survival prompts many of us to wonder – what would I do in that situation? Would I have the tools, resources and know-how to help my family survive?

Let's not leave it to chance. As travel picks up during the holiday season, it's important to stock your car's emergency kit with the winter essentials. Supplies like rock salt, extra hats and blankets, and emergency flares will help to ensure your employees and co-workers are prepared no matter what.

For a full list of supplies, click here for a comprehensive checklist from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

Quote for Today

I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.

Michael Crichton

Just for Laughs

Why You Should Not Ignore Error Messages!

What the technology you’re using says about your business
used with permission from Microsoft
by Cindy Bates


Did you know the technology you use has an impact on what current and potential customers think of your business? Those are the findings of a survey we recently conducted, in which 90 percent of respondents said they would – or would consider – taking their business elsewhere if a company uses outdated technology.

About 60% of respondents said they consider a 5-10 year old operating system or desktop computer to be “outdated.”

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3 Signs You Need Managed Services
reprinted with permission of HTS

If you've researched methods of taking care of your IT needs, you've probably come across "managed services" or "managed IT services". What is it—and do you need it?

"Managed services" can be generally defined as "outsourcing day-to-day management responsibilities [...] for improving operations and cutting expenses."1 When it comes to technology, managed services is, more specifically, the outsourcing of continual monitoring and day-to-day administrative duties of your IT infrastructure.

How do you know if you could benefit from managed services? The best way to determine if you'll cut costs is to know what you are currently paying for your IT's upkeep—and then comparing that to an estimate from a reputable managed services provider.

Here are some signs that managed services might be for you.

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Tips, tricks and techniques for mastering Word
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

As ubiquitous as Microsoft Word is on our work computers, it’s amazing just how few of its powerful features most people actually use. Many of us get by using the bare minimum of options, but getting the most out of Word is not just about the features you don’t use at all or didn’t know about; it’s also about shortcuts to features you might be using all the time.

Before we dive in, keep in mind that these tips apply to Word 2010, so different versions of the application may use different commands than the ones listed here.

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