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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.

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…!

 

Wall Street Outage

So I have been in the computer business for 29 years, basically since computer became a device that you could use in your home.  I want to share my thoughts on the latest Wall Street computer outage.  They have now been down for 3 hours plus as I write this, and in the information technology business that is a lifetime.  Also it is a serious problem, despite all the calls to the contrary.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani slams : They haven’t unfortunately thought out crisis management.

This statement should tell you everything you need to know about trusting wall street with your hard earned money.  If you work for a living and are putting money aside you should not be putting it in the ‘markets’.  Many people come across money easily, the rich get richer, and they invest in markets.  That is great, but are you willing to play easy come easy go with your savings?

In my experience, they are vast amounts of men and women in IT, but very few who actually know what they are doing.

Be smarter!

ALERT Fishing Scam that looks like Microsoft VLCS email

IMPORTANT
Microsoft VLCS Fishing Scam

A new phishing scam is affecting Microsoft clients across North America.

The email looks legitimate, and appears to be a welcome email from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). The scam email includes links taking you to an authentic-looking Microsoft website, designed to steal your username and password associated with your Microsoft account.

We’re asking our clients to be vigilant, and await further instruction directly from Microsoft.

If there is any doubt in your mind, do not click on any links.

To see what the email looks like, check out the FYI – Microsoft VLSC Phishing E-Mail thread at SpiceWorks. 

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backup for all your important data

Haven’t posted in a long time, always good to remember, it isnt a matter of when you will lose your data but when, so make sure you have a good cloud backup solution! Call me if you need cost effective backup for all your important data…. it could be your entire business, or your pictures of kids or grand kids, some data is irreplaceable,