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Use your iPhone as a level (3/15)

On the second page of your Compass app is a level (the Compass is an undeletable utility in your app collection.) Most of us don’t use a compass very often these days – maybe when we are lost on a hike and can’t get a GPS signal!

The level is actually very useful and works quite well. Open the Compass App and swipe to the second page. You will see a image that looks something like this:

iPhone

If you tilt your iPhone until it says “O°and turns green as shown below, you’ll be perfectly level!

Level_0_degrees

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.

Farewell to Microsoft Server 2003 (1/15)

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.

Microsoft takes action against tech support scammers (1/15)

Microsoft recently filed a lawsuit against Omnitech Support, a tech support company, accusing them of unfair and deceptive business practices and trademark infringement. Omnitech is accused of confusing prospective customers about their affiliation with Microsoft, using that affiliation to convince consumers that their PCs were infected with malware in order to sell them unnecessary security services to clean their computers. Even worse, Omnitech actually introduced security issues that weren’t previously there.

The lesson? Here is a summary of the advice that Microsoft offers:

  • Never hire someone to work on your computer who approaches you online or via the phone.
  • Do not purchase any software or services
  • Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the “service” — if there is, hang up
  • Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it’s a legitimate representative of a computer support team with whom you are already a customer
  • Take the caller’s information down and immediately report it to your local authorities
  • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support.

See this article for more details.

Guide to Headphones (1/15)

PC Magazine has a great guide to headphones in a recent issue. Here is a list of the articles:

Farewell to Microsoft Server 2003 (12/14)

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.

Microsoft EOP – checking your quarantine (10/14)

Many of our clients use Microsoft’s Exchange Online Protection, which is Microsoft’s cloud-based spam and virus filtering for email – it was formerly known as Microsoft Forefront. It works both as part of Office 365 and on a stand-alone basis with on-premise Exchange. The default method of letting you know what is being blocked as spam is to have an email delivered every three days (or less frequently, this is configurable between 3 and 7 days).

However, some people need to review their spam more frequently. To do this users must have a valid Office 365 user ID and password – note that Exchange-on premise users often are NOT setup with this information. Your network administrator (BEI if you are a client) can take care of this for you. If you do have an Office 365 user ID and password, you can login here and check your spam quarantine anytime you want!

Microsoft Azure – what’s it all about? (10/14)

Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. You can use Azure to put a server in the cloud – and you can use that server to host an application or a website, store data, backup another server or provide single sign-on for all of your resources.

Azure can be setup very quickly, so you don’t have to wait for a physical server to be delivered. It can grow as your needs change, so there is no need to buy a server that is too big for now, but might be needed in three years. You can buy what you need now and scale it up when you need to. You can also turn it off when it is not needed, and turn it back on what you do – making it ideal for seasonal or other needs that change.

Azure competes with Amazon Web Services and Google’s Cloud Platform. Microsoft has committed to meeting or beating the pricing for each of those services, but with better performance.

Interested in taking a closer look? Contact Jonathan Krasner at jonathan.krasner@beinetworks.com and we’d be glad to discuss how your business might be able to use Azure.

Farewell to Microsoft Server 2003 (10/14)

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.




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