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January 2014 
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IT Updates for Small Business Owners

Don't Let IT Happen Again This Year...

Three New Year's Resolutions to Make in 2014

"As a business owner, you don't have time to waste on technical and operational issues.  That's where we shine!  Call us and put an end to your IT problems finally and forever!"  
-Robert E. "Chuck" Bell, III, President & CEO, BEL Network Integration & Support
2014 has arrived!  Have you made your New Year's Resolutions yet?     
Besides resolving to spend more time with family and friends, getting fit and getting organized, have you made any New Year’s resolutions for your business?
Looking at your current computer network and reviewing your past year’s network support and services, are you saying to yourself, “I’m not going to let this happen again in 2014!” Do any of your New Year’s resolutions include dealing with continually pesky computer network issues?
 
Do Your Resolutions Look Anything Like This?
· RESOLVED, I WILL get my critical company data automatically backed up offsite daily. Whether through fire, natural disaster, tape failure or just human error, I might lose all of my company data, which will cost me plenty.
· RESOLVED, I will take a serious look at cloud computing
and all of the business benefits and potential savings the cloud offers for my business.
· RESOLVED, I will not tolerate subpar security policies or
procedures for my company that put it in a high-risk
category for being subject to cyber attacks that could
cripple or completely wipe out my business.

Start 2014 off right with a FREE Technology Business Review! Gets You On The
Road To Keeping Your Resolutions And Eliminating Your Day-To-Day Computer Headaches. 
To schedule a Technology Business Review today, simply call our office at  804-796-2631, OR select the button below.
 
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 Shiny New Gadget

Of The Month:

 
 



iPhone/iPad Pocket Projector
 
 
Now you can share the latest YouTube sensation, share that adorable video of kitty doing her tricks or watch a movie on the big screen, all from your phone. With the iPhone/iPad Pocket Projector, your iPhone’s screen can project an image reaching up to 85 inches diagonally and from as far as 10 feet away. It’s simple, easy to use and super quick to set up this mini-device.

The projector weighs less than 5 oz. and is smaller than a smartphone. The iPhone/iPad Pocket Projector can turn your ceiling, tent, blank wall or even the side of your house into a movie theater. The projector’s 640 x 480 pixel resolution ensures a nice picture, and a manual focus wheel enables you to “dial up” sharpness and clarity. (The sound still comes from your iPhone speaker, so for the best quality, you may want to invest in some new speakers to stream the audio.)

A free app enables you to magnify or rotate images and project everything from videos to a four-hour search for the perfect shoes. The internal battery provides two hours of projection and recharges via USB with the included cable. This device is compatible with most iPhones/iPads, except the iPhone 5, the new iPad with Retina Display and the iPad Mini.
 
 
 

 

Cloud Computing in a Nutshell


An Excerpt from Chuck Bell's Book "Finding Outstanding Computer Support" - Available at  http://www.belnis.com

These 4 Cloud Solutions should be discussed with your IT provider to discover which one is the best option for your business.


1. Pure Cloud:  With this option, all of your applications and data are put on the other side of the firewall (in the cloud) and accessed through various devices (laptops, desktops, iPads, phones) via the Internet.  In this environment, the client cannot control the resources.  Management of this is controlled by the cloud provider including maintaining software updates, patches & overall maintenance.

2. Hybrid Cloud:  Although “pure” cloud computing has valid applications, for many, it’s downright scary.  And in some cases is NOT the smartest move due to compliance issues, security restrictions or performance issues.  A hybrid cloud lets you put certain pieces of existing IT infrastructure (say, storage & email) in the cloud, and the remainder of the IT infrastructure stays on premise.  This gives you the ability to enjoy the cost savings and benefits of cloud computing where it makes most sense without risking your entire environment.

3. Point Solutions:  Another option would be simply to put certain applications, like SharePoint or Microsoft Exchange, in the cloud while keeping everything else onsite.  Since e-mail is usually a critical application that everyone needs and wants access to on the road and on various devices, (iPad, smart phones, etc.) then often this is a great way to get advanced features of Microsoft Exchange without the cost of installing and supporting your own in-house Exchange server.

4. Public Cloud Vs. Private Cloud: A public cloud is a service that anyone can tap into with a network connection and a credit card.  They are shared infrastructures that allow you to pay-as-you-go and managed through a self-service web portal.  Private clouds are essentially self-built infrastructures that mimic public cloud services, but are on premise.  Private clouds are often the choice of companies who want the benefits of cloud computing, but don’t want their data held in a public environment.
 
 

 

9 Ways To Kick Off Your New Year By Disconnecting From Technology (At Least A Little Bit)

 
The New Year brings renewal in our lives. It is a time that many people vow to make changes to correct certain behaviors in their life that are causing them pain or harm. With technology improvements, it has rapidly become difficult to disconnect from technology, which can cause harm in our health and sanity.
 
Here are 9 simple steps you can take this year to disconnect from your technology, even if for just a little while:
 
1. Turn it off. Whether overnight or on a day each weekend, turn off technology and feel the peace of disconnecting from the connected world.
2. “No Tech Night.” Get your family involved. Turn off the TV. No iPhones or tablets. No work to catch up. Read a book. Play a board game. Or even just talk with each other!
3. No E-mails First Thing In The AM. Focus on YOUR biggest task first before you dive into everyone else’s agenda.
4. Social Media 1x Per Day Only. Set a certain time each and every day to check social media and then stay off the rest of the day.
5. Read Actual Printed Materials. books, magazines, or a real newspaper!
6. Don’t Sleep Next To Your Phone. Leave it in the other room. You’ll sleep easier.
7. Get Outdoors. Simple, but effective.
8. No Cellphones During Dinner! Enjoy your food and the company around you.
9. Set Your “Work Hours” And Stick With Them. You’re not expected to work every hour of the day. Take your life back and just live a little.
 

The Lighter Side:

Trivial Tech Notes - Did You Know?


¨ The technology contained in a single Game Boy unit in 2000 exceeded all the computer power that was used to put the first man on the moon in 1969.
¨ Hackers in 1999 discovered a flaw that allowed logging in to any Hotmail account with the password “eh.”
¨ A man patented something eerily similar to an iPod in 1979!
¨ The power source for NASA’s Curiosity rover barely outputs enough energy to power a ceiling fan!
¨ Google has bought an average of one company per week since 2010
¨ Smoking near Apple computers voids the warranty.
¨ The Recording Industry Association of America tried to outlaw MP3 players in 1998!
¨ MIT has built a robot that can assemble IKEA furniture on its own!
¨ There is a $300,000 watch that doesn’t tell time!
¨ Scientists are working on technology that would allow the road to charge electric cars as they drive on it!
¨ The Department of Defense used 1,760 PlayStation 3’s to build a supercomputer because it was the cheapest option!
¨ The default Windows XP desktop is a real picture of a real location with no digital enchantments. The background is called “Bliss” – a green meadow with a blue sky above it, (seen below.)
¨ All the batteries in the world could only support 10 minutes’ worth of the world’s demand for energy.

 

 URGENT SECURITY WARNING for Windows XP or Office 2003 Users:      

Microsoft has officially announced that it will retire support on the XP operating system and Office 2003 software suite on APRIL 8, 2014 which will cause computers with these programs installed to be completely exposed to serious hacker attacks aimed at:

  • taking control of your network
  • stealing data
  • crashing your system
  • inflicting a host of business crippling problems
BEL Network Integration & Support is offering a FREE Microsoft Risk Assessment & Migration Plan to show you the easiest, most budget-friendly way to upgrade. CALL 804-796-2631 or CLICK Below Today!!     
Request Your Microsoft Risk Assessment Here
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