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Google Search Tips (2/15)

Google Search is very powerful; here are some tips to hone your skills:

1. Advanced Operators – there are some very cool operators to use while you are doing a search:

  • AROUND – this lets you specify the number of words between two search terms. So for example, the search below would return only those pages where the word Oscars and the phrase “Lady Gaga” were separated by 3 words or less.

  • - (hyphen) – simply put a hyphen in front of any word you DON’T want in a result.
  • + (plus sign) – including a plus sign in front of a search term will ensure that it is in every result
  • If you only want results from one website, but that website doesn’t have the greatest search mechanism, you can put site:URL in front of the search, and you’ll only get results from that site. So for example, if you want to search the site for the term Office you would use the query shown below:


2. Find Competitors – you can use Google to find items that people typically compare a couple of ways:

  • Enter “better than XX” where X is what you are looking for alternatives to. For example, “better than Nike” yields comparisons, information about Under Armour, Adidas, etc.
  • Or, start typing “XX vs” and see what autocomplete suggests. So if you type “Nike vs” you’ll see a long list of suggestions, including Under Armour, Adidas, etc.

more to come next month

Customize Mail signatures in iOS 8 (2/15)

To replace the “ad” from Apple (Sent from my iPhone) with whatever signature text you want to use:

  • Navigate to Settings | Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  • Select Signature
  • Select All Accounts
  • Replace the text “Sent from my iPhone” with the signature text that you want to appear on emails you send in the future

Farewell to Microsoft Server 2003 (2/15)

Support for Windows Server 2003 is ending on July 14, 2015. What does this mean? Microsoft will no longer patching or updating Server 2003, so if you are running it your IT network will no longer be secure. Hackers target out-of-date operating systems. We are working with our clients for plans for their remaining 2003 servers, but if you would like to discuss your specific situation please give us a call.

HIPAA Compliance Services (2/15)

HIPAA compliance can be a nightmare for many healthcare-related businesses. HIPAA Compliance Services from BEI can take this headache away at a very reasonable price. As part of this service we’ll:

  • perform your Meaningful Use Risk Assessment;
  • write your Policies and Procedures;
  • train your employees;
  • provide access to our web-based compliance portal;
  • include $100,000 financial protection from HIPAA breach and violation expenses.

**Click here to receive a quote for HIPAA Compliance Services for your organization.

Avoiding the pitfalls of working at home (2/15)

This article in Tech Republic has tech and non-tech tips; we thought they were worth reviewing:

  • Avoid the distractions
  • Know when to quit
  • Separate the office from the rest of the home
  • Don’t forget to socialize
  • Set a flexible schedule
  • Don’t be taken advantage of
  • Dress for work (if needed)
  • Be diligent about data security
  • Get the right equipment
  • Prepare for the future

Windows 10 (2/15)

Windows 10 will be the next version operating system from Microsoft. Expected to be released in the Fall of 2015, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for many users. Windows 8 has been largely utilized by those interested in touchscreen devices, but Windows 10 is expected to bring all of your devices together under a common operating system.

The vast majority of users will continue to be well-served by Windows 7, and we will work with each of our clients to determine the timing of any migration.

More information can be found here.

New BEI Employee Welcome (2/15)

BEI would like to welcome Tracey Lambrix as our new Account Executive. Tracey has a varied background. After serving in the US Navy in the intelligence field she worked as a government contractor for Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, CA for a number of years. When her family relocated to the east coast she gained experience working in both the mortgage and healthcare industries. She brings a great client-focused perspective to BEI. Tracey lives in Loudoun County with her husband and teenagers, and enjoys gardening and horseback riding in her limited free time!

Health IT News for Metro DC: February Healthcare & The Consumer Electronics Show (2/15)

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is held each January in Las Vegas. Traditionally this is the trade show where electronics manufacturers unveil all the gadgets that we are addicted to: smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs and so forth. This year was very interesting as many non-traditional categories had lots of exhibitors. One of these categories is health and wellness. The smartphone has enabled much of this development. The smartphone is essentially a portable, personal computer that is able to easily connect wirelessly to other devices through Bluetooth and WiFi. Combine this with the capability to upload data seamlessly to “the cloud” where data analytics can be performed, and you have a new paradigm in personal health and well-being.

In this article we’ve summarized the most interesting health related gadgets at this year’s show:

15 Microsoft Office keyboard shortcuts (1/15)

This article details 15 Microsoft Office keystrokes that can help save time in Excel, Word and Outlook. We’ve summarized them below:


  • Help – F1
  • Go To – F5
  • Toggle Between Documents – CTRL + F6
  • Spell Check – F7
  • Save – Shift + F12 or CTRL + S


  • Change Case – Shift + F3
  • Repeat Last Action – F4
  • Thesaurus – Shift + F7
  • Disable Hyperlinks – CTRL + Shift + F9


  • Edit a cell – F2
  • Insert a Function – Shift + F3
  • Create a cell reference – F4
  • Display Macro dialog box – ALT + F8
  • Calculate the active worksheet – Shift + F9
  • Create a chart with data in current range – F11

Facebook tips for power users (1/15)

Yes, we know that many of you are laughing at Facebook and “Power users” being used together, but since it is the #1 social networking platform, we thought some tips might be in order!

See this article for details; we’ve summarized them below.

The Other Messages Folder – this is where messages from people you are not connected to are put. It is next to your inbox on the top left column of your Home page.

See who’s snooping in your account – want to see if someone is logging into your Facebook account without your permission? Go to your settings page, and under the security folder you’ll see a link to “Where you’re logged in.” You have the option to end activity from specific individuals or everyone.

Make Facebook upside down or in Pirate Speak – we’re not sure why you would want to do this, so check out the article if you really want to know.

Create an interest list - these are curated collections of posts from websites, companies or individuals that you can follow in a feed. To access this, scroll down to “Interests” link in the left column, hover over the header and click on “more”.

Detail your Facebook romance – go to and you’ll see your Facebook history of whomever you are listed as being in a relationship with.

Transfer files over Facebook chat – there is a little gear icon in the top right corner of the chat window. One of the options is to “Add Files”.

You can embed public content - click the pull down menu in the top right of the file and click “embed”.

Secret Emoji – Facebook has many emoticons – see a full rundown here.

Don’t let Facebook track your mobile browsing – Facebook is using your app and web-browsing history to show targeted ads from advertisers. This tip shows ways to opt out of this.

Prune your newsfeed - this is your home on Facebook. You can prune advertisers or friends who are inundating you with posts. Hover your mouse over “News Feed” in the left corner and then click on the little gear that pops up. Or, you can click the little arrow in the top right corner of any post to follow or unfollow specific people.

Save posts for later - sometimes you want to read something, but don’t have time right then. To save a post for later reading, click the little arrow in the top-right of any post. Then click the Save “[name of story]” button from the pull-down. This will send the link to your Saved folder, which will appear in your left-hand favorites bar.

See what your friends are up to without you - sounds a little masochistic, but might appeal to some. You can see a detailed history of the friendship between two of your friends by finding a post that one has posted on the others wall. Then click the little arrow in the top right hand of that post and then click “More Options.” There, you will see the “see friendship” option, which will give you a detailed history of their friendship.

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