14 Oct

Tip of the Day: Back-up, Back-up, Back-up

The following are quotes to remind you of the importance of Backing up your precious Data (Pictures, Music, Word & Excel Files, and Accounting Data)

“An ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of Cure”   – Ben Franklin

“It is easier to forestall a disaster than to deal with it.” – Ancient Proverb

“I wish someone had told me that I should’ve backed up my Data” – Mr. Zoller (after irrevocably losing an accumulation of 8 years of data from computer virus infections).

“Even if your on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” – Will Rogers

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing” – Theodore Roosevelt

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14 Oct

Creating Your Luck To Enjoy Your IT Experience

So maybe the guy on the assembly line had a bad case of the hiccups when your hard drive touched his hands. Who knows? There may be a degree of randomness in anything, but here is what we know for sure:

  1. Your computer is not cursed and there is nothing “magical” about the way your pc works;
  2. Your hardware and software will not last forever, they are not designed to;
  3. Whether you view your computer as a “necessary evil” or instrument of beauty has a lot to do with your role in maintaining your computer and computer education.

The following are suggestions which will help you make informed decisions and show you that you have a fair amount of control over your information technology experience.

Have someone you trust recommend the hardware/computer manufacturer.

Have the person that recommended the hardware/computer support that product because it is likely that they performed the research or have experience with it.

Like a car, your computer needs regular maintenance. Talk to your IT expert to develop and fine tune a maintenance plan that works for you.

Understand what “cutting edge technology” means  for the device, computer, or hardware that you are interested in. Sometimes cutting edge technology is great, but sometimes it cuts deep because a device or operating system is released before it is perfected.

Find out what’s free. The best technicians frequently use tools that are free. So why shouldn’t you?

In conclusion, we all know there is luck. Who says you can’t create your own luck? Good luck!

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14 Oct

Technology Does Not Have To Be Your Enemy

When your time is precious, your money is limited, and you don’t feel heartache should be a part of your agenda, please consider the following 3 recommendations.

  1. Before you purchase your computer hardware or computer, please consider who will be supporting the product if it doesn’t work, or if it requires time to configure and set up. The benefit of selecting hardware or a computer that your tech recommends, is that the technician’s endorsement is another way of saying that the hardware/computer is more reliable and it can more easily be supported than other products like it.
  2. A Back-up plan is NOT optional. If you have any important data whatsoever on your laptop, computer, or server, than you need a back-up plan. Not having one is like driving with faulty brakes. Consult your IT professional for the plan that fits your needs. Back-up for your computer is surprisingly inexpensive, so don’t wait until a virus attacks your precious pictures or accounting data.
  3. When you purchase a new computer, please remember to hold on to all the software, and especially the “restore CD” or operating system disk. A re-install of your operating system is recommended once every 2-4 years, after viruses damage the OS, and before you sell or give away your computer.
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14 Oct

Do You Want XP But You’re Stuck With Vista?

For the majority of OCS customers who prefer XP, but are “stuck with” Vista, there are ways to make your Vista look and feel more like Windows XP. In fact, making some of these things will actually free up processing power and help optimize your system.

For example, changing your desktop background to a solid color can actually help speed it up.

If you like the classic look, try this: Right-click on your start buttoncirclebubble? Select Properties, then left-click that to get Start Menu and Taskbar Properties. Under the Start Menu tab, select Classic Start Menu. This will bring back some Windows XP/2000 familiarity.

OCS will be presenting a comprehensive maintenance package to customers very soon, and as a part of that package, we will help you tailor your operating system to look and feel the way you want it to. Indeed, if you have XP, but like the Vista look, we can help with that as well……Thank you!

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