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Purchasing and Installing Computer Networks For Your Business

on May 17, 2018 No comments

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.

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Computers Running Slow?

on February 8, 2018 No comments

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As your computer gets older, does it seem to be running slower and slower? Are you thinking that perhaps you need a new one? Before you do anything like purchase a new computer, it would be a good idea to simply perform a few tasks which could clear out the clutter and make your system work faster. 

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Windows and Laptops

on January 4, 2018 No comments

 

Desktops and laptops are getting more compact and lighter each year. Although they may not appear at first glance to look significantly different  than before, internals and the software have adapted to catch up with smart phones.  Computing power is increasing, battery power is getting better  operating systems are being slimmed down and built to better integrate into the tablet and smart phone world. We have all known for years the pros and cons of AMA Vs  Intel Chips, many of us preferring Intel. But there is whole other type of processing chip, known as ARM. Up until now, because of software and processing issues, it wasn’t a great option for laptops and such. But it seems that has changed, and it makes for some exciting changes coming down the pike.

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Laptop News

on October 9, 2017 No comments
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New, sleeker laptop announcement from HP

 

Laptops. On the one hand they provide us with the flexibility to take our work with us. On the other hand, they are much more fragile than a desktop, often times they are slower than a desktop, and most people don’t drop their desktops. Laptops and cracked screens are practically synonymous.

For a while it seemed like innovation in the laptop segment in the market had stalled. However, lately, I have seen the offerings in the laptop arena are getting better. Microsoft Surface was lovely to look at when it was first released, and for some applications, it well outperformed  some of the other offerings on the market. HP had a good reputation for a time, but then their laptops began to garner less than stellar reviews. It looks like they are set to redeem themselves with a new line of high-end laptop/tablets which are positioned to give the Microsoft Surface a run for it’s money

Larry Dignan for Between the lines had this to say about the new Spectre Line:

“HP calls the second-generation Spectre 13 the thinnest touch laptop and added an integrated privacy screen for the Spectre x360 13. CNETHP Spectre x360 has instant privacy screen, 10-hour battery, good for long flights

HP outlines new business PCs, targets smart office, collaboration | HP hits its stride: How PCs and printing have stabilized, rebounded

Among the key points:

  • Both laptops have the 8th generation Intel Core processor.
  • The HP Spectre 13 is built from CNC aluminum and carbon fiber and comes in ceramic white with pale gold accents or dark ash silver with copper accents.
  • Up to 4K high resolution displays.
  • Up to 1TB PCIe SSD and memory up to 16GB.
  • And up to 11.5 hours of battery life.
  • The HP Spectre x360 has a battery life up to 16.5 hours and comes in natural silver or dark ash silver with copper accents.
  • Up to the same resolution, storage and memory options as the HP Spectre 13.
  • A Windows Ink Certified pen.
  • And an integrated privacy screen.
According to HP, the Spectre 13 will be available Oct. 29 starting at $1,299.99 and the Spectre x360 will run you $1,149.99.”
It will be interesting to read the reviews once the product is actually released. Some of the early reviews are saying that while HP has managed to clean up issues from the past,  delivering a sleek, state of the art product, they are holding their opinions for the time being. Once it’s fully released we will see how it holds up and performs in the real world.
Tech Guys @ Unified Technology Solutions
Managed business IT services in Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Sebastian

 

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What Is Your Favorite Version of Windows?

on August 16, 2017 No comments

What Is Your Favorite Version of Windows? I know, that’s a loaded question. For most of the PC users Windows has historically had so very many quirks and bugs, it can be difficult to say that Windows itself has any favorites. But let’s face it. If you use a PC and not a Mac, then you are used to Windows and all of it’s quirks. Today, if you were to purchase a new PC the default operating system is Windows 10. If you have a touch screen, then windows 10 isn’t so bad. If you don’t have a touch screen, then you will probably end up using the Windows 7 interface of Windows 10.

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The Importance Of Training

on July 25, 2017 No comments

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What happens when you get something new? Are you excited to have this new system?  I love installing new hardware that will be less expensive to administer and maintain, and yet provide more functionailty.  But something that often happens when you try to use this new thing,is that it doesn’t work like your old system did. In fact, other than the basics, you are having trouble figuring out how to take advantage of all the new features built in to your new system.  It’s so frustrating.

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Why You Should Hire Unified Technology Solutions As Your IT Support

on July 7, 2017 No comments

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If computers are essential to running your business, and I don’t know many companies today that this is not true of, then your next hire should be us. I came across an article on just that subject in the latest Entrepreneur magazine. In this particular article the writer is advising companies to hire a full time IT person, and while I don’t disagree with that, I would suggest if you have 100 employees or less, hiring just one in house IT person will probably not be sufficient.

When you have a company to run, trying to build your business and maintain a functioning computer network at the same time could be disastrous. Computer outages can take one person out of circulation for days if it is an intermittent problem

Add to that the fact your company is running vital software packages for sales and lead tracking as well as the software required to keep your company running and NOT having an IT professional on your team is simply a bad situation.

The writer in this post on Forbes Magazine is making the case for hiring a full time IT person, or staff, as the case may be. While he is making the point for bringing on a full time IT person, there are many points in what he writes that would apply to hiring Unified Technology Solutions as your full time IT department, and even if you already have an IT person, having our services as a backup to your IT guy is always a good idea.

Give this a look and see what you think:

“…The reality of doing business in a Web-centric economy means that you have to learn how to tame all of those electrons. You have to be able to deal with the intricacies of Web sites and data storage, and not let your systems get summarily swamped. And while plenty off-the-shelf products appear deceptively “plug-and-play,” managing IT eventually will require professional chops.

The big question: When to hire that IT guy? Prominent minds disagree on this subject, but there are two basic schools of thought.

The first argues that entrepreneurs should hire an IT professional immediately. This urgent view applies mostly to companies that depend on technology for their very livelihoods–say, a social networking site like News Corp.‘s MySpace, a blog (like my own) or a company hawking an entirely new technology, such as a voice-over-Internet Protocol carrier.

“I’m surprised by how many start-ups out there don’t make IT a high priority,” says Toni Schneider, chief executive of Automattic, the Web development company responsible for WordPress, a popular weblog software platform. “There’s a big competitive advantage if you have someone who owns [your IT] and thinks about it all the time.”

The second school sees IT more as a tool to optimize performance rather than as a core competency of a business. Most entrepreneurs are in this camp. They feel they don’t need to hire a professional geek immediately, but at some point later on when growth (measured in revenues, employees or site traffic) calls for it. “ Which can be a big miscaculation.

You can read the full text of this article at Forbes.com…

What I took away from their article was this: IT should not be the ast thing a growing company thinks about implementing. In fact it should be one of the first things. To run an effective company in today’s business environment, its important to have good tools at your disposal, and functioning computers, a strong network and software which helps your company run better are three of those things. Without a presence to manage those three items, company owners are going to struggle.

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Managed business IT services in Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Sebastian

 

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Spyware and Other Malicious Methods of Attack on Your Computer

on June 3, 2017 No comments

spyware removal, it solutions for companies, help deskvero beach computer expertsAs a company who’s main product the installation and maintenance of computer networks for businesses, we are acutely aware of the kind of problems caused by software.  Especially FREE Software!

When a client calls us with the complaint that a certain computer in their network is acting funny, we can pretty much guarantee that the user has downloaded something. By now we have encountered this situation often enough so that we know the symptoms. Resolving and removing Spyware and Malware can be time-consuming, but often we have a successful outcome and are able to get our clients back up and running.

My team here at Unified Techs warns our clients to be very careful of opening emails which are not from someone you know and giving up private information over the web. But we will always have one or two people who forget, and they end up creating a situation which can affect all of the computers on their network and can sometimes even infect the computers belonging to their clients.

Most recently we noticed an uptick in  SPYWARE, in particular, we saw a rash of fake anti-virus programs. These are malicious programs which get installed on your PC and pretend to be legitimate programs trying to remove a virus for you; all you need to do is enter a credit card number to buy a subscription. Never enter your card info… at

First of all, PLEASE do not download any FREE programs which promise to optimize your PC performance, and protect your system. They are designed to do just the opposite. These programs are called Spyware, and while some are simply a nuisance, others will take over your computer and demand ransom money. They will bury malicious code in the dark corners of your system and it can be almost impossible to remove them.

Second, never enter your card info… at best you will be charged the subscription fee and a virus installed on your system. Which you will then have to call us to remove.

The absolute worst case is these hackers will go on a shopping spree with your credit card info.

If you are not certain who these Spyware companies are, here are some of the more common names:

– Win Antivirus Pro

– Antivirus Pro 2009

– Micro Antivirus

– WinAntiSpyware

– Antispyware Pro XP

– AntiVirus 360

– AntiVirus Lab 2009

Unfortunately, these programs will not easily uninstall and require some advanced tools and registry editing to remove.  DO NOT attempt to remove them yourself!

Unless you are very familiar with editing the guts of your Operating System (OS) you will likely cause more harm than good trying to remove them. Your best defense is continual awareness, not opening unknown applications or downloading from unsafe websites, especially ones that give away free music, movies, games, or other computer programs you would normally pay for.

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Facebook and Your Business

on May 16, 2017 No comments

VOIP Installation and setup, business Facebook page checking , Setup Facebook business page checkins, how to get more businessI hear it all the time, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat. all of them a waste of time. They just suck up your mental energy, good for nothing. That is just Not so!

It’s time to catch up with what’s going on out there. Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram are places where friends check in with each other to learn where the best deals are, where the best food is, and what services to use in their respective communities. Recently I posted about Facebook check-ins and free WIFI. Facebook Check-Ins are helping to drive traffic to local establishments. 

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