Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Support ends for XP and Office 2003 on 4-8-14


Make sure to get your old PCs updated over the next year, replacing any Windows XP of Office 2003 (or older) still in use.

After April 8th, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates for these products.  That doesn't meant that security holes will stop showing up...it just means that they will not get fixed.  In many cases, you could save enough on one support call to pay for a new PC, not to mention the bonus of the additional processing power of the i5/i7 processors.

Feel free to contact us if you have any question, or to schedule a free onsite consultation for your business. - mj

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Session Buddy (Extension for Google Chrome)


Anyone who has ever lost a collection of open tabs, (either by accidentally closing Chrome, or having to reboot unexpectedly), knows why this tool was written in the first place.  If you are like me, you leave an extra page (or 20) open to access "later".  Later may be in 5 minutes, or never...but we plan to deal with it "later".  

Chrome allows you a "brief possibility" to recover the absolute latest browser session, but if you miss your window, you may have to search through your history to repopulate your open windows.  Enter Session Buddy...a free Chrome extension built specifically for the purpose of taking a point-in-time snapshot of your open windows.  Again, it is for Chrome only, as Firefox actually does a decent job of retrieving your latest tabs should you lose them.  It's free so what are you waiting for?    ...mj




Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Easy way to (securely) email large files via wetransfer.com


OK...this is a cool utility that will allow you to fairly easily send files to someone's email address (sort of :).  It's a site called wetransfer.com and all you need to do is enter your email, the recipient's email, and upload a file (or files).  Give it a try and let me know what you think.   -> mj  (oops, forgot the link...here you go:)


Thursday, July 26, 2012

SugarSync. Yes, another cloud storage utility, but...



I know, everyone has their favorite cloud storage utility, but SugarSync has some enticing features that make it worth looking at.


From the SugarSync website...
SugarSync makes it easy to backup, share and access your files, anytime, anywhere. With SugarSync you get online cloud storage for all your files — documents, music, photos, and video. When you make a change or add files on any of your PC or Mac computers, SugarSync automatically syncs your files to the cloud, where you can access them from any Internet-connected device — including your smartphone or iPad.


There is a free account version, that has full functionality, and includes 5GB of storage. Plenty enough to get started and see if it is a good fit for your lifestyle.  I like the fact that it has a plug-in for Outlook.  Give it a try and let me know what you think...


https://www.sugarsync.com/


-Mick

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The new Ipad. Worth checking out!

The New iPad!


New HD display, 5MP iSight camera, iLife/iWork, and 4G LTE.  It is worth a look.  Check it out here.


Apple continues its iPad line with a really nice unit.  It looks like they are focuses less on simply using the iPad to "watch" content, but opening the doors to start "creating" content (shooting/editing video, taking/editing pictures, etc.).

Monday, January 23, 2012

10 Freeware Mac OS X Lion Utilities...+1 more:

While upgrading from Snow Leopard to Lion wasn't as pain-free as I would have liked...things are running pretty smoothly now.  All PowerPC apps need replacing.  They don't work with OS X Lion.

Here are my recommendations for FREE programs to check out, that should work just fine with Mac OS X Lion:
  1. Chrome, with Google mail/contacts/calendar/documents.  I actually use this for document creation/storage, though I have LibreOffice loaded for those time that I have something on my machine that I need to open locally.  Basic, I know...but worth mentioning.
  2. Evernote, which I use for all my note-taking/getting-rid-of-paper tasks. I have the client on all my computers, and also on my droid-based phone.  I use it all the time...well, except when I am typing blog entries...though it can be used for that as well.  :)
  3. LibreOffice (yes, instead of OpenOffice).  This is a tightly-integrated office suite, and the price is right.  A very cool app suite that also includes the coveted "database" client that most Mac (free office) users could never seem to get their hands on...until now.
  4. Dropbox, free for 2GB (and beyond, if you recommend to other users).  Also has iPhone, Droid iPad/Android tablet clients (and Linux for you super-geeks).  Heck, there will probably be a client for your fridge next year.
  5. SuperDuper!.  You have seen it before.  Here it is again.  Make free/bootable hard disk images.
  6. MacFuse...to read NTFS (Windows) hard drive partitions.  Even if you don't know what it is...you will benefit by loading it...and it is free.  However, for the record, I actually prefer Paragon NTFS for Mac...but it is $19.95. 
  7. Adium is a free chat client.  Works with just about everything...all at once.
  8. Transmission.  Free/simple torrent client.  However, they should call it "reception" shouldn't they? 
  9. Cyberduck, primarily a free FTP client.  Also, it works with Google Docs, giving you drag/drop convenience.
  10. MindNode is a great tool for doing flow diagrams, and just plain organizing ideas.  Check it out.  I had never used a program like this before.  Of course I used to live in a cave. :) 
 
Still here? Great!  OK then...here is the +1...
Not free (at the moment), though a very good download client that I have used for years:
  1. SpeedDownload instead of jDownloader (which IS free).  It has a built-in FTP client, iDisk integration, and encrypted file sharing.

Post By: Mick Jolly, http://simplesystems.us

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Back these programs/files up



There are specific types of files/data that are commonly left unprotected on most computers.  That is...stuff that is not backed up, that "should be" backed up.  :)  There are several different items to consider, and I will cover as much as I can in this post.  What we want to avoid is the false sense of security surrounding users that buy a hard drive, connect it to their computer, drag over the Documents folder to it once in a while, and think they are protected.  Well...maybe you are, and maybe you aren't.