Should You Outsource Your IT?

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Small businesses are always looking for ways to lower expenses, ourselves included. One of the areas that companies look to save on is IT support. Many businesses look to take care of their own IT support to avoid paying an IT company to do it for them. This works well for some companies, but for [...]

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Custom Webpage vs. DIY Approach

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With the rise of the Internet, having a web presence is vital to today’s businesses. However, many companies struggle to decide whether or not to spend the money required to have a custom website designed for them or to go with the low-cost, DIY approach. If you are struggling with this issue, this blog should [...]

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What is SEO?

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As you look to gain traffic for your company’s website, the term SEO gets thrown around quite often. Even if you just own a personal blog and want to get more site traffic, SEO is relevant to you as well. While you probably have an idea of what it is and what it can do [...]

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How to create a secure password

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These days, the Internet is a huge part of our everyday lives. We all have many accounts that we use, from our email to eBay, and passwords that we have to remember. As we can access more of our sensitive data through the Internet, creating a strong password to keep intruders away from our personal [...]

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Do Computers Need Tune Ups?

Just like your car needs to be serviced from time to time, your PC can accumulate “junk” in its system and slow down, sometimes significantly. What can you do about it?

Here are a couple of things that you can do yourself that may speed up your PC.

Run a Defrag

A Defrag is a [...]

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When is it Time to Buy a New Computer Instead of Upgrade?

We get asked this question a lot and in this post, so we’ve laid out some general considerations to help you make your decision.

Cost

The first thing we take into consideration is the cost. If your computer is older and the difference is minor, then buy a new one. You will get the latest [...]

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When to repair a computer or buy a new one

This will be a quick post but it is a question that we get asked a lot. When your computer breaks and it is not under warranty, should you fix it or buy a new one?

In our opinion, there are two primary factors that you have to consider.

Cost

Obviously, cost will play a [...]

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My Computer Might Have a Virus! How Can I Tell and What Can I Do About It?

There are literally millions of computer viruses out there with more being produced every day.

Why do hackers create these viruses? Don’t they have something better to do?

The sad truth is that hackers get a sick sense of accomplishment and self worth from being able to do harm to computers all over the world.

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How to scrub the data from your hard drive before you sell or recycle your computer

Even if you delete files from your computer and empty the Recycle Bin, your files are still on your computer. They are hidden, but they can still be retrieved. Formatting the disk still will NOT completely erase all of your information.

Obviously, this is very dangerous if someone is able to retrieve this information from [...]

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Do You Really Need an Office?

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This is an interesting article in Hawaii Business about how small businesses can benefit by not having a physical office, but instead, meeting at places like Starbucks or going to to a client’s home or business.

Of course, this may not work in certain industries, but many Hawaii business owners choose to run their businesses [...]

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What is Cloud Computing and How Can it Help Your Business?

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There is a lot of confusion surrounding “The Cloud” and rightfully so. Some commercials on TV mention it, but most of them assume that everyone knows what they are talking about. To make it even more confusing, they also mention it in conjunction with their products. For example, check out this Microsoft Ad for their [...]

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The Budget Way or the Right Way?

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By the sound of the title of this post, it may seem like there are only two ways to solve your business technology problems. Either you pay a lot of money to get the good stuff, or you buy the cheap stuff and suffer the consequences.

That is only partially true. Let me show you [...]

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Server Room Running Smoothly

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Sometimes in the course of your day-to-day business, you fall behind on a few things. It happens to everyone.

One thing that is easy to neglect is your server room. However, your servers are the heart of your business and maintaining your server room will ensure that your business continues to run smoothly.

Here are [...]

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Water, Water, Everywhere…On My Computer! What To Do If This Happens

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One of the most frequent problems that we see when people come in to get their laptops fixed is that they have spilled coffee or another liquid on the laptop.

In this post, we will give you a few tips on what to do if this happens and how to do some simple tests to [...]

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