Question and answer content has been around on the internet a lot longer than the web. From the early days of usenet (and before that, on prehistoric technologies that came before my time) people have been asking experts for answers. You can’t fail to have noticed, however, that it has resulted in some of the lowest quality content on the web. For far too many questions, the ranking answer is Yahoo! Answers (or similar) that looks as though it was written by someone who found writing YouTube comments too intellectually challenging:

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Keep My Opt-Outs is an extension for Google Chrome users who aren’t comfortable with personalization of the ads they see on the web. It’s a one-step, persistent opt-out of personalized advertising and related data tracking performed by companies adopting the industry privacy standards for online advertising.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hhnjdplhmcnkiecampfdgfjilccfpfoe?hl=en-US#

This is a MUST have. Our testing confirms recent infiltrations have been coming in via malicious advertisements. This simple and FREE tool can help reduce your risk.

Chrome:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom

FireFox:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

IE = Get FireFox or Chrome

In our experience most infections find their way into your system by using Internet Explorer. We highly encourage our clients to use an alternative browser when possible.

There are several reasons why it may be a good idea to turn off your computer at night. For some, it may not matter whether the computer is on or off. Most newer computers have a sleep mode when they are inactive which doesn’t use much power.  However, in businesses or at home, it may be wise to turn off the computer at night for security reasons.

Sleep mode on computers still uses some electricity, and the most economic thing to do is to turn off the computer at night, especially if you’re looking to reduce costs. Saving electricity also has environmental benefits. Older computers may not have the sleep feature and have less efficient power supplies, so you might want to turn them off to save money. Obviously, laptops, which run on a battery, will have a longer battery life if they are turned off when not in use.

For most the idea of saving money and reducing your environmental impact is high in the priority list, now PremierePC can help you achieve both. .

How Much Can I Save?

For example, let’s say you mid-grade home or office workstation and an LCD monitor or two, and you leave them on 24/7.  That’s about 78 watts x 24 hours x 365 days/yr = 683,280 watt-hours, or 683.28 kilowatt-hours.

If you’re paying $0.20 per kWh, you’re paying $136.66 a year to run your computer. Multiply that by the number of computers you have in your office, you start to see why it is wise to turn you computers off.

For the average office which normally runs from 7AM to 7PM we can turn the systems down for  12 hours, reducing your energy costs by half or average savings of $68.33 per computer per year.

How We Can Help

The technology to turn your computer off automatically has been around awhile, but the technology to turn it back on and have it ready for you when you come into work, is something a little more recent.

For our ProSupport customers, we are able to not only monitor the health of your computers, but we can also power them down overnight and have them powered back on for you the next morning, thereby saving money by not having them running 24/7.

This is a value added service for our ProSupport clients that will cost nothing to use. An onsite visit may be required to set your system up to use this, but this will not count against your monthly onsite visit.

Results vary from client to client based and based on your hardware, but this service will reduce your energy consumption and save some of that hard earned dough. 

Came across this neat little browser add-on the a few weeks ago. Really great for saving pages to look at later, get design inspiration, or if you just want to capture part of a web page to send a friend.

Chrome Version:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/alelhddbbhepgpmgidjdcjakblofbmce

FireFox Version:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/awesome-screenshot-capture-/

IE Version = Get FireFox or Chrome

http://mail.google.com/support/a/google.com/bin/answer.py?answer=1254189

This feature is for those using Google Apps Business Edition. If you would like to get world-class, cloud based email then contact PremierePC. We are the only AUTHORZED Google Apps Reseller in the Upstate, SC Area.

More Info:
https://www.premierepc.net/cloud-services/google-apps-for-business

Google’s Android OS has gained an astonishing 7 points of market share in the US smartphone market in the past three months, Comscore says.

RIM’s market share over the same period collapsed, dropping almost 5 points.
Apple’s iPhone share increased slightly, but is dead in the water and has now fallen way behind Android (in smartphones).

(If you include iPod touches in the calculation, Apple’s share has actually fallen).
Android now has a third of the US market (33%). RIM’s share has plummeted to 29%. Apple is holding at 25%.

In the “also ran” category, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 did nothing to stop its decline, which fell from 9% to 7.7%. And Palm, which is barely worth mentioning anymore, fell another point to 2.8%.

 “No one likes to perform in a vacuum,” said Kevin Systrom, the chief executive of Instagram, a mobile photo-sharing application, which allows users to make comments about pictures. The more creative or striking a photograph, the more likely it is to attract favorable attention.

The feedback, Mr. Systrom said, can be slightly addictive. People using Instagram “are rewarded when someone likes it and you keep coming back,” he said. Whatever angst people may feel when they see someone else having a good time, he said, is probably exaggerated by the overall effect of so many new social data streams pouring into browsers and mobile phones at once. “We aren’t used to seeing the world as it happens,” he said. “We as humans can only process so much data.”

Of course, fear of missing out is hardly new. It has been induced throughout history by such triggers as newspaper society pages, party pictures and annual holiday letters – and e-mail – depicting people at their festive best. But now, Ms. Fake said, instead of receiving occasional polite updates, we get reminders around the clock, mainlined via the device of our choosing. 

SHERRY TURKLE, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of “Alone Together,” says that as technology becomes ever more pervasive, our relationship to it becomes more intimate, granting it the power to influence decisions, moods and emotions.”In a way, there’s an immaturity to our relationship with technology,” she said. “It’s still evolving.”We are struggling with the always-on feeling of connection that the Internet can provide, she said, and we still need to figure out how to limit its influence on our lives. I asked Professor Turkle what people could do to deal with this stress-inducing quandary. She said she would tell herself to “get a grip and separate myself from my iPhone.”

Read the full article here.

Very exciting news this week as both Mozilla FireFox and Internet Explorer release the next versions of their browsers.

We have been beta testing for several months and are happy to say that both have made excellent strides in usability, increasing usable screen space, and most importantly security.

Our pick as always is still FireFox as it offers a faster browsing experience, excellent customization, and tons of add-ons to make your browsing, YOURS!

Here are the links to the latest downloads, we advise all of our clients to download and upgrade to the newest FireFox or IE9.

IE9 WARNING – If you are using websites that are critical to your business and which also rely on IE7/8 ActiveX scripting then you should not upgrade without seeking guidance from those sites. Generally, we have been told that any site which works in IE8 will function without issue in IE9.

FireFox 4:
http://www.firefox.com

IE 9:
http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ 

Happy Browsing.

Innovation has helped businesses across industries to achieve phenomenal growth over the past couple decades. However, continuously evolving competition, reducing margins, and higher expectations from customers have led to a significant transformation to business operations. The combination of technology and different business functions demand that businesses run at optimal efficiency and performance.
IT operations are extremely critical to run a business of any size nowadays. Most businesses prefer to focus on customer needs and strategies to grow and expand.
This is where managed services make sense for most small businesses. This allows them the freedom to focus on business and let someone else focus on the technology. With managed services, small businesses are able to get the help and support that most large companies enjoy.
How PremierePC can help:
  • Fixed monthly IT expenditures.
  • Remote backup for disaster recovery. (60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster.)
  • On demand phone and remote support.
  • Technology planning and implementation.
  • Freedom to focus on your business, not your technology.