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Net Neutrality in the age of Trump

It seems a bit ridiculous that we even have to worry about this in 2017, yet here it is, front and center yet again.  The average user has little idea of the impact these kinds of rules can have on their everyday surfing habits.  As a small business owner with a decades long history in IT, this is a subject that is near and dear to me.  Overturning current law will have a horrible impact on all small businesses throughout the country, and make sure you make your voice heard and don’t allow this white house or this congress to change the way we use the internet, once it is done it will nearly impossible to go back.  This is a fight worth having for every consumer, whether you realize it or not!

net neu·tral·i·ty

noun
  1. the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

Windows 10 updates

Windows 10 is nice, slick, small footprint, runs great, of course basically everything you do is now in Microsoft’s hands, and updates are the most frustrating.  Trying to shut off updates is a nightmare, leaving them on causes your operating system to land in disarray whenever Microsoft sees fit to force a bad update.

Go into services and disable that and do the updates when you see fit, to avoid the constant ongoing issues that are plaguing the masses.

go to sevices, then find windows update then got option by right clicking on it, then under the starup type choose disabled and it will never update again

Microsoft VDI

I am gonna be 50 this year, 30 plus years in the tech business.  I remember watching Microsoft’s meteoric rise to the top, along the way i remember them buying companies just to include their ideas into the next windows OS.  Data compression comes to mind, I always thought wow, a company was charging for this and now Microsoft has included it free, how awesome is that?

In comparison, I recently had the painful experience of looking into licensing for Microsoft VDIs for a client.  The licensing model is the exact opposite of what made Microsoft great, it is so ridiculously complicated and expensive that I can see no way desktop virtualization will be a path forward for most companies.

Common sense would dictate that if you wanted to run a virtual instance of an OS you could just buy that OS and then you are good, but that isn’t the model Microsoft has chosen.  Even though any desktop running windows 7 or 8 get a free upgrade to 10, anyone running a virtual OS must pay a subscription to run the product virtually.  It is a totaly deterent to inovation, and once again serves as a great example of how Microsoft will not be able to compete against companies like Google going forward.  Google and Amazon has the model of innovation first that Microsoft has 20 years ago, but now, thanks to horrible decisions in their boardrooms by suits that don’t understand technology, they have ruined the idea that business will virtualize windows in the future.

Virtualization will still be a game changer, it just will be without using windows on VDIs, and maybe that isn’t a bad thing!

Recycling old pcs with Ubuntu

I have had great success installing Ubuntu on old windows machines for friends, its fun and i amazed at how fast it runs and also picks up old hardware drivers.  If you are using a google apps, and just need online access it is a great alternative to buying another new machine.

Nonprofits looking for cost saving, or kids that just want to tool around on an old desktop should try it out.  You shouldn’t be running xp, and vista is a nightmare, but Linux has some viability in that space, especially with the new cloud-centric atmosphere.

If you have tried Linux in the past and gave up I would definitely recommend a second look, the ease of use is much improved.  Hoping to see chrome os become a free alternative for older boxes in the near future.

UPDATE – Peppermint OS linux is a great alternative

Office 365 continues to improve…

The cost savings, ease of use, and productivity is really becoming evident as my customers continue to use and move to Office 365.  Of course the biggest benefit is the ability to use 5 devices per user, and have all your office work available for use on all those devices at the same time.  The productivity increases are amazing for workers that are on the go and prefer to not be tied to a desktop or laptop.  If you want more info please let me know, and if you don’t have a partner and set up office 365 yourself, please take the time to add us as partner of record, it costs you nothing, and gives up some kudos from Microsoft.  Just go under subscriptions in admin center and add Onsight Technologies.
Example of how to add us to MS cloud products and Office 365

Windows 10

Windows 10 came out just in time to allow corporate networks to bypass windows 8, and it is a solid performer.  I have upgraded about 20 machines so far and outside of a few driver issues it has been a big performance boost.
Rollback to windows 7 is a great feature and reset is great feature for users that have problems to get back to work.

 

Why you should help us…

I have been servicing the small business and non profit sectors with technology for over 30 years working with local businesses and helping charities at very low cost. Every company needs to buy their software, hardware, cloud services, etc from some reseller that uses that income to support their bottom line, I use that income to support my family and my work helping charities.  Thank you for all those customers that realize this and have supported me through the years, and please pass our website and info along to anyone who handles purchasing for hardware, software, or IT services.

Citrix Marketing

So I get my usual monthly call from a Citrix rep yesterday, along with that i usually get 3 or so emails a week, and I need to share the conversation we had on the phone.  Also why I am taking down the clickable links to their products.

I am out going to get a coffee after working all morning on some customer issues and the phone rings.  Lady says “hi, I am blah blah with Citrix and I looking for Frank… I said there is no Frank here… she says “Is this Onsight?”, I said yes… Well come to find out the Frank she is referring to is one of my customers, and a close friend, and I had passed his info along to them because he would like one of their products.  Let me preface this rant by saying I am a huge fan of Citrix products, particularly their remote support tool.

I proceeded to explain to her that her information was wrong, and it concerns me because after all they are a leader in technology but yet their sales and marketing database is obviously not up to par.  Also I asked her please don’t call me customer because I don’t want to bug him with sales calls, and it was certainly not my intention when giving them his info.

So she says… “Geez you business owners just think you are so great!, you say stuff on the phone that you would never say to someone face!”

of course I am like WTF?… (i didn’t actually say the f word)…:)

I said you know what, if your office was around the corner i would walk in to the CEOs office right now and tell them the same thing I am telling you, that you have exceptional products, but your sales and marketing team is horrendous, they bug me constantly, and if you actually had a great new product or a great deal i would never know it because I can’t possibly read all of the shit you bombard me with…!