By LMS June 26, 2019

Tech Talk – June 2019

A Note from the President

I imagine that you, just like everyone else, has the entire summer planned out already. Every weekend, July 4th, Labor Day, and hopefully even a summer vacation. As the summer goes by in the blink of an eye, you want to plan out every detail in advance. 

Now take that planning mentality and move it into your business, specifically the protection of your business. In only 6 months, Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft, which means no more security updates or patches. If you have a Windows 7 machine on your business network after January 14, 2020, you are putting your business at risk. 

Don’t wait until January, or December, or even next week, to start planning for your Windows 7 and Server 2008 replacements. Just like the summer ending, January is going to be here just as fast. Plan appropriately in protecting your business, as you do in enjoying your summer. Both are important, but your business take’s priority!

Reach out to me directly to discuss your Windows 7 and Server 2008 questions, concerns, and plans. I also want to hear about your summer plans as well.

Scott Shatzkamer

A Week To Remind Me I’m Human

by Larry Shulman, CEO

This week my 9th grandchild was born. Sydney is Brittney’s first, and she has already changed Britt’s life. Days later a very good friend passed away. Before we listen to the circle of life thing, I have to state that no new life replaces an existing one. There is no circle, just the joy of life. Every day was a movement from joy to sorrow as this week unfolded. Going forward it will merge and life will continue as it always does, we adapt, we live, and we remember.

The amazing thing we own as humans is conscious choice on how we want to remember things and how we decide what to focus on going forward. We can focus on all that is good, on what is bad, or alternately the bad in all that is good. We can choose how to live with pain that has consumed us, failure that follows us, and the pressure of life that at times seems crushing. 

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5G and Wi-Fi 6 — Evolution and revolution

Used with the permission of
by Scott Gurvey

Both promise great increases in the data handling capabilities, enabling a new generation of applications.

As you can tell by all the marketing hype, 5G is upon us. The mobile telephone carriers are touting their plans to roll out 5G, the Fifth Generation of wireless service, although specifics about the timetable, fees and applications are difficult to come by.

Wi-Fi 6 is somewhat more obscure. That’s because the branding has never really caught on with the equipment makers who instead opted to describe their gear with the string of numbers and letters referencing the IEEE standard which defines the technology. Wi-Fi 6 is 802.11ax. And that is a mouthful for consumers to remember.

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4 reasons it’s time to move from spreadsheets to planning software

used with permission from IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub
by Stephanie Freyer, IBM Planning Analytics Marketing

Change. The mere mention of the word makes some people uneasy. There are endless behavioral studies dedicated to determining why people resist change. Whether this change is exercising more, teaching yourself about new technology, or procrastinating less—no matter how you slice it, change is never easy. Based on our human nature to resist change, it’s no wonder why making a dramatic process change at work is a massive undertaking.

Every year, companies large and small spend countless hours developing detailed business plans, forecasts and reports to drive their strategic decision-making and performance management processes. Since most financial professionals have a long history of working with spreadsheets, many organizations rely on these spreadsheets to deliver their plans and reports.

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Windows 10 Tip: Microsoft Edge PDF improvements

used with permission from Windows Blog
by Athima Chansanchai

Did you know you can hover over the top of a PDF in Microsoft Edge to see the PDF toolbar, thanks to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update?

The toolbar, available whenever a PDF document is opened in Microsoft Edge, will show text descriptions for the icons to make them quickly understandable. Options like “Add notes” make these handy tools available when you need them.

You can also pin the toolbar at the top of the document, making all the PDF tools easily accessible if you need them. You can also unpin the toolbar for an immersive reading experience. If the toolbar is unpinned, it will hide itself — just hover over the top area to bring it back.

Check it out in action:

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