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How to Make Chromecast Your Employee of the Month

How to Make Chromecast Your Employee of the Month

The Chromecast, Google’s offer to the growing streaming market, is a pretty handy device - even in the business setting. I know, I know, it is a consumer device, but some of its capabilities directly translate to professional use. Here, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up your Chromecast, four useful-for-business features, and the process of resetting your Chromecast if it ever needs it. 

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A Computer Procurement Guide, Part IV

A Computer Procurement Guide, Part IV

No matter how well your new computer works, you aren’t going to be able to do much with it if you can’t see what you’re doing. You will need a display. Of course, there are a lot of considerations to make when selecting one. Here, we’ve outlined these considerations, with some of the options you’ll encounter.

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A Computer Procurement Guide, Part II

A Computer Procurement Guide, Part II

Part two of our desktop buying guide will dig into the details of RAM, or random-access memory. We hope to clear up misconceptions about what RAM actually is, as many users don’t understand the difference between storage and memory. Who knows? You might learn a thing or two to take with you when you purchase your next desktop.

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How to Select a Modem for Your Business

How to Select a Modem for Your Business

Most Internet providers will ask you to rent your modem from them, but what they don’t tell you is that you often have the opportunity to purchase your own. What are the benefits of doing so, and how can you make the best decision possible while modem shopping? We’re here to give you a hand.

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Five Gadgets for the Techie in Your Life

Five Gadgets for the Techie in Your Life

With the holiday season in full swing, finding good gifts for the technology lover in your life may actually be more frustrating than you’d think. Since there are so many options, people will often get paralysis from trying to find the right gift and end up going the gift card route. Today we will look at five great gift ideas for the technology fan in your life.

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How Much Time Do You Spend Managing Vendors?

How Much Time Do You Spend Managing Vendors?

Vendors… how many do you have to deal with? Chances are, quite a few. Now consider how much time is spent managing each of them. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some way to reduce this time to effectively nothing? Well, we have some good news for you.

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Tip of the Week: Why Shutting Down a Computer Takes So Long

Tip of the Week: Why Shutting Down a Computer Takes So Long

There’s a considerable difference between turning off some appliance, like a television or a vacuum cleaner, and turning off your computer. Why does the computer take so long to power down, and is there any way to speed up the process? This tip will explore these subjects, and give you a few ideas as to how to speed up the shutdown process.

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Despite Blockchain Security, Cryptocurrency Has Thieves Too

Despite Blockchain Security, Cryptocurrency Has Thieves Too

Cryptocurrencies are still one of the better known uses of blockchain technology, and though their values seem to have leveled off since the explosive growth they experienced a few months ago, that has not stopped people from seeking them out. Of course, where there’s money to be had, you’re sure to find cybercriminals.

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Getting to Know Technology: Processor

Getting to Know Technology: Processor

A computer is a complicated device, so it needs something to help it “think.” Because of this weighty responsibility, the component that serves this purpose is arguably one of the most important of all a computer’s pieces. Known as a CPU, this little chip is truly essential to the computer’s function. For today’s Tech Term, we’ll examine it a little more closely.

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ALERT: Meltdown/Spectre Vulnerability Grants Malware Access, Patch It Today

ALERT: Meltdown/Spectre Vulnerability Grants Malware Access, Patch It Today

Mere months after the firmware in their computer chips was found to be seriously flawed, Intel’s flagship product has once again brought some unpleasant attention to the company. While the issue now has a fix, there was the possibility that a solution could depreciate the functionality of the CPU.

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Worry Less With Hardware-as-a-Service

Worry Less With Hardware-as-a-Service

Your business relies on mission-critical hardware that keeps its infrastructure running, including servers, workstations, and networking components. However, these pieces of technology require maintenance in order to function properly, and replacement every so often to keep the risk of downtime and hardware failure to a minimum. Thankfully, modern managed IT services have yielded a solution to this issue that can make managing your hardware infrastructure as easy as possible: Hardware as a Service.

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HDD vs. SSD: Find Out Which is Better for Your Business

HDD vs. SSD: Find Out Which is Better for Your Business

Your business stores a ton of data that you access on a daily basis, and therefore, you require adequate data storage space. Should you go with solid state drives (SSD) or hard disk drives (HDD) for your primary data storage needs? We’ll discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of both types of drives.


  • HDD: Hard drives are hardly new to the business world. IBM first introduced them in 1956. Hard drives use a mechanical arm to read and write data to spinning magnetic disks. The spin typically dictates the speed and performance of the device. In fact, today’s drives can achieve up to 7200 revolutions per minute.
  • SSD: In comparison to the hard disk drive, the solid state drive stores information on microchips that are controlled by an onboard, embedded processor. The processor is called the controller, which controls the speed that the drive operates at. As a bonus, SSD drives contain no moving parts, making it ideal for mobile devices that get jostled around, like laptops and notebooks.

Granted, companies generally don’t care how a drive operates, as long as it runs well and can store plenty of data. Looking to features like the following can help your business further narrow down what the best possible storage solution is for your needs.

  • Capacity: Most business owners just want to know how much data they can store on their memory devices. HDD can generally store more data, ranging anywhere from 500GB to 6TB. In comparison, cost-effective SSD technology usually caps out around the 1TB range, but let’s face it; a TB of data is still plenty of data.
  • Speed: The average HDD will have a copy/write speed of around 50 to 120MB/second, while SSDs can easily reach at least 200MB/second, going as high as 550MB/second. The speed of data access and storage is one of the main reasons that consumers enjoy SSD technology--in fact, HDD speeds lag by about 30 percent. That’s like losing 30 percent of your work day while going about your daily tasks.
  • Cost: HDDs have been around for so long that the cost per byte is practically nonexistent. At $0.06/GB of storage, it’s very affordable, even for your average consumer. In comparison, SSDs are more expensive. Even though the price has dropped significantly in recent years, the cost per GB of storage is $0.24, making it a much more expensive option.
  • Battery Life: HDDs have significantly more power draw and less battery life, averaging about 6 or 7 watts compared to SSD, giving SSD batteries significantly better battery life.

Depending on your business’s current financial obligations and priorities, your chosen data storage solution will differ. If capacity and price are of the utmost importance for your business, hard disk drives will be your data storage apparatus of choice. If you’re more focused on speed and durability, a solid state drive will be well worth the extra investment. Regardless, it’s important to take your IT budget and your organization’s specific needs into account before committing to a data storage device.

If you require assistance selecting a data storage solution, our professional IT technicians can help. Contact us today to learn how you can take better advantage of your current technical assets.

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Tip of the Week: Do Your Eyes Hurt? Try Adjusting Your Screen’s Brightness

Tip of the Week: Do Your Eyes Hurt? Try Adjusting Your Screen’s Brightness

Computer monitors have been getting bigger and brighter for years; improving on picture quality, responsiveness, and energy efficiency. However, working in a dark room in front of a bright screen can lead to eye strain and even headaches. You can avoid these side effects by lowering the brightness on your screen. Furthermore, lowering your screen’s brightness can save you precious battery life on your laptop, so it’s worth keeping these tips in mind for that fact alone.

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