Should I get a Tablet?

July 26, 2011

NOTE: Looking for help with your Emerson Internet Tablet? We have no affiliation with these devices and cannot help you. We are not the Emerson who makes these devices.  Please contact the manufacturer or the place of purchase.

Tablets are the latest buzz, and we have been getting a lot of questions from people wondering if they need a Tablet. Let us be clear and answer your question right away – you don’t need a tablet. Having said that, there are certain applications that are well suited for tablets, but they serve a specific purpose.  Read more

Emerson Technologies Premium Backup Service

June 28, 2011

It is important to have data backed up. Emerson Technologies recommends using a 3-2-1 backup strategy, which includes an offsite backup. We recommended using online backups because they are very easy to configure, they run automatically, and are kept at a different location than your other copies. This means somebody doesn’t have to remember to take a tape home every night.  In a the event that something catastrophic happens where a building suffers damage, or there is a water damage, the backups will be safe. Read more

LastPass – The “Last” Password to Remember

June 28, 2011

Do you ever get tired of having to remember dozens or even hundreds of passwords for all of your different logins? What if you just had to remember one password for everything? Well with LastPass it is now possible. LastPass is a program that allows you to keep an online vault securely encrypted with all your passwords and logins. LastPass can run on Windows, Mac, Linux, and most mobile devices, and integrates with most Internet browsers. Read more

Family Shield

June 28, 2010

Providing Parental Controls for your Home Network

For years parents have wanted a simple way to keep younger family members from surfing inappropriate adult web sites.  Sometimes people intentionally visit these sites, sometimes unintentionally.  In the past there have been programs designed to block these websites but they are usually cumbersome to use and setup, and often expensive.

Family ShieldJust this week, OpenDNS, an organization with a mission to make the Internet a better place, has released a free service called Family Shield.  Family Shield is a service designed to automatically restrict access to adult websites for all computers on a home network.  It also restricts access for other devices that can access the Internet as well, such as an Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, iPad and smartphones that are connected via wi-fi.  The service is automatically kept up-to-date by OpenDNS.  Family Shield is easy to setup and instantly filters content on all your computers with no software to install or update.

If you have questions about Family Shield or are interested in implementing in your home, please give us a call at 651-454-7729 and we can provide assistance in setting it up, getting it configured, and providing recommendations about how it can help protect you.

iPhone 4

June 23, 2010

Apple has now released information about 2 new products. The first is the new iPhone 4. The second is the new operating system running on the phone, called iOS 4. The new iPhone 4 is available for purchase as of June 24th, 2010.iphone4 Read more

Microsoft Office 2010

June 23, 2010

The latest version of Microsoft Office, Office 2010 has been completed and is readily available for purchase. It has a lot of new features and added functionality, but the most pressing question is if you should upgrade or not.office2010 Read more

The Life Cycle of Computers

May 20, 2010

Computers are an investment. When purchasing a computer people often look only at the original sticker price as the full cost. However, the total cost of computer ownership includes original hardware, original software, hardware and software upgrades, maintenance and labor.

There comes a point when it is no longer economical to put money into a computer to fix it. In general that is 3 to 4 years. Now, of course there will be exceptions and this is just a guideline that has been developed from years of experience working with computers. Read more

Product Spotlight: Temperature and Moisture Monitoring

May 19, 2010

Computers + extreme temperatures and/or water = bad news. This is why a company named Invetex released two different products to help monitor temperature and moisture. The first product is called “Halotile.” Essentially it is a flat 2ft by 2ft panel that is designed to go on top of ceiling tiles. If you don’t have ceiling tiles or that doesn’t sound like a feasible option then they have a second product called “Aquapede.” Aquapede does the same thing that Halotile does, but it is a small sensor that is placed on the floor near the baseboard.
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Pogoplug: Easy Access to Your Files from Anywhere

March 31, 2010

Do you happen to have an iPhone or Android based phone?  Want to access your music and files at home while sitting at work on your laptop?  What if you could access all of your music, movies and files from home on your smartphone or computer – whenever you wanted, from anywhere with Internet access?  If this interests you, then you should check out the Pogoplug.
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Windows 7 Overview

March 31, 2010

In November of 2009, we wrote an article to help you determine if you should upgrade to Windows 7, but we didn’t cover any of the new features. Now it’s time to take a look at Windows 7 and what it offers that Windows XP and Windows Vista don’t. Read more

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