There is a children’s song that goes something like this, ” Clean up clean up everybody everywhere, clean up clean up everybody do your share.” If you have children, it’s a safe bet you will use this sing-song to get them to clean up of all those toys they scatter everywhere.
Today I am asking all of you with tons of old files and miscellaneous bits to sing that song for yourself and clean up your computers. When your system gets overloaded with data, it is going to take longer for the software to look through your file indexes in order to find things. It’s also going to have a more difficult time finding contiguous free space to write those files.
Think of it like someone having to carry a heavy load of suitcases around with them all the time. Carting around a load of files and photos and PDF’s that you just don’t need any longer is kind of akin to hoarding. So, try this before you call us and say your system is running way too slow, clean things up.
Go through your documents folder and off load any really old files, general correspondence and old projects. Then go through your photos, We tend to take tons of photos, offload them all from our phones and never look at them again. Some of those photos are blurry or not really very good, so delete them. Let them go.
Video files are huge, so, if you can, move those to the cloud. The same goes with music files. Then run the disk clean up utility on your system followed by Defrag and a general clean up of all the temp files that get downloaded from your internet searches.
It’s also a very good idea to have UTS perform regular maintenance of your computers, servers and peripherals. That way we can diagnose any potential system problems and clean them up before they get serious enough to impact your operations. Just like getting regular checkups for your health, it’s important to do the same for your systems. Maintaining these devices on a regular basis reduces the risk of your system breaking down.
Ransomware alert message on a laptop screen – man at work
Ransomware is everywhere and the next person or company it holds hostage could be you. If you aren’t certain as to what it is, let me give you the short version. Its software that gets downloaded on your system and it can destroy all of your programs and files. It’s almost impossible to remove by anyone other than those who coded it in the first place, and those entities will extort money from you to “remove” the ransomware, but in truth, it may never really be taken off your system, even once you pay their ransom.
If you have started a new business here on the Treasure Coast, or if you are an existing business which is about to expand in this more robust economy, you may need our help. If you aren’t certain as to why that is, let me share some things with you that can clarify my statements.
American culture has for years embraced the notion that the more hours you work, the more effective you are. There are studies out now which dispute that fact. According to Lou Babuaata of Zen Habits, prioritizing your Most important tasks. Then get those done first thing in the morning and move on with all of the other work that pops into your life during the day. This is the best way to be productive. Any number of hours we work in a week that surpasses 55 hours is mostly a waste of our time. The longer we work, the less productive we become. We can now say that’s a fact.
If you have ever asked your phone for directions, or the weather, you have become a user in the Internet of Things. What does that mean to you, and me? Just this. Technology has upended everything from the way we shop to how we invest our money. And while that hurts established companies who are unwilling or unable to adapt their business models, it’s created incredible opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs.
You have servers and multiple computers in your operations. Your field people have smart phones and tablets. You have switched from a landline PBX system to VoIP. Your technical department support department consists of one or two people and on the days when there are systems problems, it’s impossible for a staff that size to fix every problem. What do you do?
Well, I know one big thing you can do. Hire Unified Technology Solutions as your backup. Normally a computer repair company is only called when there is a problem or consulted if advice is needed. Otherwise, they are not an active participant in you companies IT technology management and decisions. The IT experts at Unified Technology Solutions prefer to take a more active role and be proactive when it comes to finding issues before they are problems.
For a flat monthly price we start by installing network monitoring tools on every PC and Server so we can get a better view of your systems performance, using these tools Unified Technology Solutions can spot problems and bottlenecks before they affect you and your employees. When problems arise your staff calls into our helpdesk and a knowledgeable & helpful technician remotes into the machine and resolves the issue while you are on the phone. And if it can’t be fixed remotely we will come to you to repair the issue, for no additional charge.
We understand that some companies want an onsite presence, and their own staff. That is fine. Unified Technology Solutions works well with on site techs. We are not out to do anything but make your systems run as efficiently and effectively as possible.
We also can assist you in a number of ways when the time comes to make decisions about upgrading your technology. We can do research on available products to find what best suits your needs, sit in on vendor negotiations, send representatives to management meetings, and review your communications contracts to make sure you are not wasting money. Our goal is to become your trusted technology advisor and a part of your team.
System outages can cause loss of revenue, employee frustration, and if your customers can’t reach you just think what that may mean. We have a solution that will save you countless frutration and headaches. Give us a call.
With breakthroughs for promising technology on the horizon, pleasant surprises such as the emergence of blockchain are piquing the interest of those interested in the shift to a digital currency. As we cross the threshold into the new year, let’s take a look at what the technological terrain will look like in 2018.
Ten years ago, consumers began to tire of the old way of doing business. Being force fed a steady diet of overly zealous commercials imploring consumers to use a product or service were largely being ignored. Company’s like Ford understood this more quickly than others, when targeting the younger audiences, and instead of commercials they did something radical.
As 2017 comes to a close, we are all going to be busy trying to get through Holiday preparations, out of town visits, company coming to town and end of the year tasks at work. My partners and I have been discussing how we are going to grow our business in 2018, and I think it would be a safe bet that many of you are thinking about the same thing.
What’s a server you ask? In this instance, we are addressing a fixed server, not a cloud based server. A server is a computer that has been specifically designed to process data. It has powerful processing speeds,large data storage and software which will manage your network of computers. A server is designed to be stationary and it’s built to be a workhorse of processing power. It has the power to keep everyone on your network sharing and collaborating. Instead of having to manually share files each end-user can be assigned the ability to access one centralized database and that in turn will allow each of you to view and update the information in real-time quickly and efficiently. Servers are also used to run operations such as email, your office printers, calendar applications, sales leads and tracking, customer databases and other collaborative software packages.