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OCT
21

2020 Technology Gift Guide

Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner and you'll want to jump on the Christmas shopping early this year. While many families have the long-standing tradition of going Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving, many stores are shutting their doors on Thanksgiving and promoting sales for months instead of for 24 hours. Though it's all in efforts to keep people safe, this could potentially change the way we shop for Christmas gifts moving forward. According to Clark Howard, we're more likely to see sales in October and November, with a drastic increase in prices after December 11th. To help you get your shopping done early, we decided to release our 2020 Technology Gift Guide early this year. Check out these gifts selected by the whole Technical Resource Solutions team! 

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OCT
14

Space Heaters and Power Strips: A Dangerous Combination

Cold weather generally prompts people to break out the space heater at home or in the office for added warmth and comfort. This is a great idea because it can help to save money on heating bills when you only need extra heat in one area of the room. However, the last thing anyone needs is a fire erupting, especially during the holiday season.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters accounted for 43 percent of U.S. home heating fires and 85 percent of home heating deaths between 2011 and 2015. It is crucial to follow safety guidelines and take precautions to minimize the risk of space heaters causing damage to your home or an office.


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AUG
10

When to Use a Server Instead of a Desktop

When making judgment calls for your business, it's sometimes hard to know when the cheaper option is a viable one, and when you truly will get what you pay for. If you search on Google®, you may find articles that support the use of desktops as servers. The phrase that comes to mind is: "Just because you can doesn't mean you should." We want our customers to be set up for success but using a desktop computer as a server will cause more harm than good and here's why.

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08

Things You Didn’t Know You Needed Until You Worked from Home…

In what seems to have been the blink of an eye, COVID-19 changed the way we live, interact, shop, eat, and especially how we work. It's been a time of tribulation, but also a time of triumph as people across the world are doing things they didn't even know they could do with technology. While providing business IT services to our surrounding community, we have had an influx of questions come in about what needs to be done to make working remotely a smooth transition. While it may not be seamless (as seems to be true with most any dramatic change in life), we have worked tirelessly to provide options and get people connected in a way that allows them to continue to engage and serve customers.

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JAN
12

January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month

Happy 2020! 

It's a new year, a new decade, and the perfect time for a fresh start. The beginning of the year seems to bring out the best in people. We have new resolve and we're motivated to set goals. If you haven't set your own New Years' resolution yet, we have the perfect idea to share... clean your computer inside and out!

Many of us use digital devices every day. As we complete work tasks, create new documents, download apps and pictures, and multi-task our way through never-ending to-do lists, we also make digital waste along the way. Unlike an overflowing laundry basket, leaves in the yard, or dishes in the sink, digital waste can hide. Chances are your computer needs to be cleaned up. Great news! January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month.

To get ourselves jumpstarted, we interviewed our very own Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Scott Lavelle, about his recommendations for cleaning our computers. Join us as we sort through files, review old apps, and break out the compressed air.

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NOV
29

2019 Technology Gift Guide

Shopping season is officially here! Our team got together and recommended some gifts for that friend or family member that's always looking for new technology. Be prepared for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday this year and be on the lookout for these awesome items for your loved ones.. or maybe even for yourself! On your mark, get set, shop!

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NOV
25

Sunset of Windows 7 Coming January 2020

Change can be hard, especially when it comes to technology. But in the words of Gail Sheehy, "If you aren't changing, you aren't growing." This holds true as technology shifts and evolves – and the latest shift will be from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

While Windows 7 has been great, all things must come to end, and the sunset of Windows 7 comes in January 2020. So, what does this mean for you? It means that it's time for you to make the big change. Trust us, it will be worth it.

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OCT
10

Dig to the Truth about Phishing

My humans bring me to work with them every day; they wouldn't have it any other way. Unlike my humans, I can sit in on meetings, listen to ideas and think about solutions to problems and then I can go take a nap: they can't. Life is good that way. But you know when life isn't good? When a customer comes in angry because they got scammed and wakes me up from my nap - it really raises the fur on the back of my neck. 

You see, I know the various methods hackers use when they are on a phishing expedition and my human's customers need to be watchdogs about it. I'll let you in on a little secret I have learned in this business: if it looks suspicious—it most likely is, but sometimes it can look 100 percent legitimate. 

You may receive a message from what looks like your:
  • Bank
  • Credit card company
  • Google
  • Microsoft Office 
  •  Web design company
  • IT company
  • PayPal
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DEC
06

Why Managed Information Technology Services are Best for Your Company

Hiring a sole external or in-house IT person or trying to manage the services on your own as the owner or manager of a business might seem like a good idea until you come across an issue that you can't fix; this happens often for many reasons.

Designated individual IT consultants or employees get sick or need to take extended leave, they go on vacation, take holidays and some just move on, leaving you vulnerable to any number of problems that might occur. Things are great when they are running smoothly, but when they aren't this can bring a screeching halt to production in the workplace. 

Synergy: "The interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects."

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OCT
04

Why You Need a Strong IT Infrastructure and Cyber Liability Insurance

Whether you are a new business or an existing business, having your IT infrastructure set up by a professional full-service business technology company like Technical Resource Solutions in Woodstock, Georgia is critical in today's world. This coupled with cyber liability insurance will safeguard your company from data breach, ransomware attack or a complete outage of internet infrastructure. Your entire company is at risk if you don't have the proper infrastructure and cyber insurance protection in place to safeguard your data against cyber attacks. 

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NOV
19

Sniffing Out the Benefits of Windows 10

560461691508eMicrosoft tried to do too many things, too soon with Windows 8. Its desktop "tiles" resembled those used on a tablet or phone, but they confused people. Tablets were trendy, but crossovers were like genetically modified cats (the horror!); nobody knew quite what to do with them.

After being swatted on the nose often enough over Windows 8, Microsoft introduced Windows 10 this year. It's the first true hybrid version of an operating system that shares the best features of a computer, a tablet, a smart phone, and an XBox One. Think of it as the Labradoodle of the tech world: loyal, friendly, easy to bond with, but without the endless shedding and whatever it is that makes people sneeze.

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AUG
07

Sit, Stay & Listen Before Buying Your Next Laptop

As someone with hypersensitive hearing, it's easy for me to hear beyond the words of a conversation, which means that if someone is really happy – or really frustrated – I know about it pretty quickly.

Sometimes people sound frustrated when they bring their new laptops or tablets to a meeting, and they've forgotten a cord, can't find a file, or find out their new device isn't compatible with their existing software. Business people like it when their applications work, when they can see the screen, and when they don't have to plug it into the wall to make sure it runs during an entire meeting.

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MAY
14

Windows 10 - Free Upgrade Clarification

win10start.pngIn my last Blog entry, I speculated about the ongoing costs of Windows 10 after the initial Free for the First Year Free announcement.  Well, there's more, and it's good news.

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24

Windows 10 - It's Coming and it's Free

553a32f9d224fMicrosoft started their "Technical Preview" program for Windows 10 back in October, 2014.  We've been running the various new builds of this (on the Fast track) on several Virtual Machines here at the office to get a taste of what it's like prior to its official release, expected to be some time this summer.  

Anyone was able to sign up for this "beta" test, but it is highly recommended that you don't use this OS on a computer that you expect to work all the time.  Since this is beta software, it WILL fail sometimes as the bugs are worked out.

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NOV
06

Three Reasons to Make Training a Priority for Your Business

In our technology driven society the need for training would seem obvious. Most companies provide some kind of handbook, tutorial, or even on-the-job training for program and process changes.

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OCT
28

Feed Your Mind

One of the things I feel very fortunate about is that I was introduced to technology at a young age and at a depth that both interested me and challenged me in ways I didn't know something could. I attended a computer summer camp at UC Santa Cruz leading into my Freshman year in high school and had the opportunity to take two years of programming classes (in the BASIC and Pascal languages) in my Junior and Senior years. This was between 1982 and 1985.

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OCT
23

Password Protection – a Necessary Evil

Everyone uses passwords to access all sorts of information on their computer, online, at the bank machine, and many other places. One of the most common complaints we hear is that people have to remember too many passwords and as a result they tend to use the same one for everything. To make things worse, that password is often not a very strong one, leaving them vulnerable to loss of data, identity theft, and hijacked online accounts.

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OCT
21

Are Your Passwords Secure?

This spring we learned about the Heartbleed bug and that in light of the bug, reminded that we should change our passwords. All of them. Immediately, if not sooner.

Changing a password can be overwhelming because we all want to make sure it is something we can remember. Changing *all* of our passwords is even more daunting.

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OCT
16

Windows Efficiency: Keyboard Shortcuts

The mouse was a fantastic invention. Back in 1981, the first one was introduced for use with a Personal Computer; in fact, you can go as far back as 1964 to find the first prototypes, invented by Douglas Engelbart. Today, you can hardly get a computer without one and some features require a pointing device of some kind to access. But most features can still be accessed by keyboard alone, and many are more efficient when accessed via keyboard shortcuts. This month I share a few of my favorites with you.

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OCT
09

Office 365 – For Home and For Business

Microsoft is listed as the #35 company in the world for 2013, according to the Fortune 500, but sometimes their product branding can be unclear. There are two different services that they offer and both are called Office 365, but the two are almost completely different from a feature set. In this article, I will describe each and what the appropriate uses are for them.

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