Sunday, February 6, 2011

Importance of a Web Presence for Small and Medium Business

No matter the size of your organization, it is a must to have a web presence in this day and age. The return on investment for designing a website is remarkable since your target audience is unlimited on the internet.

Most people look for businesses and services using Google and other search engines. 411, yellow pages, and other directories are a thing of the past. I do not know many homes that still have that big hunky yellow phone book hanging around anymore. The phone book is limited to the amount of information, and advertising in the phone book can be sometimes more costly that creating a website and will leave you with limited reach as far as your potential audience.

Your website is your own advertising space. You have free range to what you want to market to your target audience and can also use tools to narrow or widen your reach as far as marketing is concerned.

General Information

You can provide information to potential customers that will make them aware of products or services you offer that may interest them.


You can share testimonials from existing customers with your new potential customers. This will let your new clients know the quality of the services and products you have to offer based on past customer experience.

Contact Forms

You can create a contact form to gather information from visitors of your site in order to contact them and assist with any services they may need.

These are just basic elements in a very simple informative website. These elements will help deliver an elevator pitch about your business, provide references to your work, and also provide a call to action by the customer contacting you for more information.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

How Do I Change My Desktop Background on Windows 7 Starter?

Windows 7 Starter is a commonly installed Operating Systems on laptops and netbooks these days and this version of Windows is lacking some features of other versions. One lacking feature is the ability to change and customize your desktop background. This function is disabled, but we have a work around for you to customize your desktop background.

Steps to Changing Your Desktop on Windows 7 Starter:

  1. Download Oceanic Background Changer for Windows 7 Here

  2. Open the ZIP file you just downloaded and run Oceanis_Change_Background_W7.exe

  3. Once installed you will need to restart your computer.

  4. You will notice a cartoon image on your desktop after you restart,. As the image says, click on the Oceanic Background Changer Icon to launch the Background Changer.

  5. Browse to the location of the image file you want to display on your desktop and check the box

  6. Select Save Changes once done. (look into all options, there are some interesting settings)

Now your have your custom desktop on Windows 7 Starter!


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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What is TinyURL?

We see these strange URL links all over the web and on TWITTER that say they link to a site or article but really have no meaning as far as the URL address is concerned. They sometimes appear to be fishy and look like SPAM. It is not tied to the destination page's domain nor does it mention the organization that it links to. TinyURL however is for the most part safe.

TinyULR is a URL shortening service. As you know, some URLs can be long and meaningless and a pain in the neck to type or copy and paste. Also, in the case of TWITTER, you are limited to the number of characters you can tweet so you want to keep your URL links to a minimum.

Here is an example of how TinyURL works:

Link to Simple Systems Technologies contact site -

The TinyURL converted version -

As you can see, the TinyURL is much shorter than the actual URL and brings you to the same destination page. TinyURL creates a new address for you and then forwards that newly created address to the URL that you specified to them.

One thing to keep in mind with TinyURL and other shortened links is that you do not know the domain that you are being linked to. Our advice is to consider the source posting the shortened URL before clicking!

Give TinyULR a try!!!

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Exporting Your Lotus Notes Contacts to CSV file Format for Contacts Migration

Exporting Your Lotus Notes Contacts to CSV file Format for Contacts Migration

We find times when we need to move our contact information from one contact management application to another. Exporting your current contacts to a Comma Separated Value format (CSV) is one of the best ways to accomplish this task. The CSV file format is widely recognized by many contact management application including Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Blackberry Desktop Manager, and IBM's Lotus Notes. You can see how getting your data from your current Lotus contacts database to the CSV format will help you transition your data from on platform to the next.

Here is how it's done (This procedure is being done on Lotus Notes v8.5.1):

Open your Lotus Contacts Database

Select FILE then Export Contacts...

You will see a new window appear with the following questions:

Which contacts do you want to export? Select All contacts in this view.

How much information do you want to include for each contact? Select All Fields

Select the directory that you would like to save the file in (Desktop makes it easy to find)

Choose a file name (I called mine Contacts)

Save As Type Should be Comma Separated Value (.csv)

Select Export

You will not find the contacts (.csv file) file as you named it in the directory you specified earlier (I recommended the Desktop).

You can now use this file to import into the new contact management application. In most applications you will select File and Import and follow the wizard to importing contacts.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mapping Network Drive in MS Windows

Mapping a Network Drive in Windows

We often find ourselves browsing for files on remote systems over our local area and wide area networks. Rather than browsing each time, we can setup a mapped drive to appear in "My Computer" so that these remote files can be accessed with a few clicks.

The following are steps to mapping a network drive in Microsoft Windows:

Map Network Drive

  1. Double Click MY COMPUTER (found on the Desktop or in the Start Menu)
  2. Click on TOOLS and select MAP NETWORK DRIVE...
  3. In the DRIVE pull down, select a drive to use for the mapping. This will be the drive letter that appears in MY COMPUTER to access the remote files. Our Example Uses H:
  4. In the FOLDER field, input the server name and shared folder name where the files are located on the remote system. The format should be \\SERVERNAME\FOLDERNAME . Our example is mapping to the shared folder MYSHARE on a server called SERVER1.
  5. Select the RECONNECT AT LOGON check box so that the connection will appear each time you login to Windows
  6. Select FINISH
  7. You can now open MY COMPUTER and access the remote files by clicking on the drive letter you have just mapped

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Why not Virtualize???

100% of today's Fortune 100 companies have adopted some form of server or desktop virtualization, so why not you?

Virtualization allows your organization to host multiple virtual computer systems on a single physical host server. This allows for sharing of physical resources that are allocated when needed by the guest virtual machines. Most organizations only use 5-25% of the computing power of physical systems and virtualization can allow for up to 80% utilization of the physical host, allowing you to get the most out of your server hardware. Sharing these resources will do the following for your organization:

•Reduce Energy Cost
•Reduce Air Conditioning Requirements
•Save cost on physical hardware purchases (run up to 20 virtual systems on one physical server)
•Reduce your physical server footprint with Virtual Server Consolidation
•Allow for faster deployment of new virtual guests via cloning
•Minimize business downtime with High Availability features (HA)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cisco VPN Client Beta Released

Cisco has released a Beta VPN Client that will work on 64 bit machines FINALLY!!!

This will allow with Window Vista and Windows 7 64bit machines to connect to Cisco VPN gateways. This is a beta version that seems to be very stable. Cisco usually takes its sweet old time to move clients to production, but I have been using this version without a problem.

Here is a link to download the client - Download Cisco VPN Client Beta