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Non-Profit November!

Non-Profit Awareness Thanks for reading this special blog post about our favorite annual contest in support of Non-Profit Awareness Month! We ran the promotion on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Also we’re reaching out to our customers and business partners for their nominations for this annual event. By far this year has gotten a huge number […]

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What You Need to Know – Internet Services

What You Need to Know! One of the reasons we started our IT services firm is because there are people who do this work who really don’t have their client’s best interests at heart. We usually see this most prominently when we start working with a new client. Many of the clients are frightened that […]

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Tacoma Economic Forecast

By Wade Stewart I serve as the board chair of the West Branch of the Tacoma – Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.  At our board meeting today, we enjoyed a presentation on the economy of our region by Ali Modarres, Ph.D.  I took copious notes and I wanted to share a bit of what I learned. […]

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  This is an annual campaign created by a partnership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to raise awareness about cyber security and offer tips to help people protect their online activities. Usernames and passwords are not enough to keep all […]

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Changing Your IT Provider

The only thing worse than having your IT people fail to deliver on service to your business is actually changing your IT provider. There is so much that you remember when you tried to find the last one. Comparing pricing, services, doing your reference calling, and everything else – it can be overwhelming. Why Change? […]

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10 Positive and Negative Technology Changes that Affect Business Operations

Your technology – everything in your office from physical devices to information networks – has an incredibly transformative influence on your business world and economy.  Not only does your technology impact the smallest details of day-to-day business operations by increasing the productivity of workers and investments, accelerating economic activity, promoting interdependence between industries, and allowing […]

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Securing Everything: Password

Merriam-Webster says the first use of the word “password” was 1799, but I’m quite sure it goes farther back than that. Imagining some back alley door with a small eye-window which some shady fellow asking for a pass-phrase is kind of ironic considering how we regard the word today. Passwords are what we need to […]

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Troubleshooting Your Computer

I’d like to share some basic troubleshooting tips in today’s blog post. You may recognize these as some of the more common and perhaps irritating things that those help desk people ask you to do. I’ll include some explanations about why they’re important. Issue Categories Hard Drive Full: Probably one of the most overlooked problems. […]

Windows 10 Updates and Privacy

I have a few updates for you on Windows 10,  from new revelations are coming out in the media, as well as my testing experiences.  Overall, no regrets on my part.  The Windows 10 experience is pretty positive for me and I still maintain that if you have Windows 8 or 8.1 you should get […]

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“You have an infection!”

You know that feeling you get when you know someone is trying to scam you?  Someone who is trying to trick you into stealing your money through some of kind of phone or mail scam?  That sense of heightened awareness sets you on the edge of your seat as you start to keenly listen and […]