BEI "Eye"
May 2012
WORD: Generate Random Text

Sometimes it is useful to have random text (either to play around with formatting or as dummy text in draft documents like brochures, etc.) WORD has a couple of ways to do this. Typing:

  • =Lorem(X,Y) and then Enter will give you x paragraphs of y sentences each of the classic “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet…” So, typing =Lorem(2,3) will give you 2 paragraphs of 3 sentences each as shown below:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Maecenas porttitor congue massa. Fusce posuere, magna sed pulvinar ultricies, purus lectus malesuada libero, sit amet commodo magna eros quis urna.

Nunc viverra imperdiet enim. Fusce est. Vivamus a tellus. :

  • =Rand(2,3) and then Enter will give you 2 paragraphs of 3 sentences each of English words that make sense together as shown below:

On the Insert tab, the galleries include items that are designed to coordinate with the overall look of your document. You can use these galleries to insert tables, headers, footers, lists, cover pages, and other document building blocks. When you create pictures, charts, or diagrams, they also coordinate with your current document look.

You can easily change the formatting of selected text in the document text by choosing a look for the selected text from the Quick Styles gallery on the Home tab. You can also format text directly by using the other controls on the Home tab. Most controls offer a choice of using the look from the current theme or using a format that you specify directly.

Healthcare Reform & Healthcare IT: Using technology to position your practice for the future

WORD: Generate Random Text

Getting more "life" out of your phone battery

"Space" down a web page

Taste of Reston Festival

Office 365 Tips and Update

Healthcare IT Update: "Pushing" Healthcare Information

Laptops with Solid State Drive - Pros and Cons

BEI at the Business Bank Golf Tournament

BE "Eye" Archive

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More Life from Your Phone Battery
Who hasn't run low on battery life from their phone at an important moment? We all generally have more going on with our phones that we have to. Minimizing some of these functions can help your battery last much longer. Some general tips are below and there are links to instructions for specific phones at the end of this article. Battery

  • Do you need WiFi on all the time? Chances are you don't use it very often, so turn it off and only turn it on when you need it.
  • Same for Bluetooth - if you don't need it, turn it off
  • Turn the brightness of your screen down as low as reasonable - the brighter your screen the more battery power it uses
  • Make your screen timeout as short as reasonable. The longer your battery has to keep the screen lit each time you use it, the more battery you are using.
  • Many phones have a "battery saving mode." Check your setting options - this is something that you can turn off when you realize that your battery is low and it will be a while before your next charge.
  • Consider changing how your phone downloads new data (email, Facebook updates, etc.) Turning this off (or extending the interval) will extend the battery. Note that you'll still receive new email, etc. when you open the application, this just won't happen automatically (or at longer intervals if you choose that option.)

Here are some articles with specific instructions on how to extend the battery life on your:

"Space" down a web page
Did you know that you can use the Space Bar to move down a page in a browser window? And Shift+Space Bar takes you back up. This works in all the common browsers.

Space Bar

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Taste of Reston Festival - June 15, 16 & 17

BEI is very active with the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and one event we especially love is the Taste of Reston - an annual festival that celebrates good food, community and entertainment. There is something for everyone - food from wonderful restaurants, live entertainment, a carnival with rides, and a family fun zone with lots of kid-friendly entertainment. And - the Taste of Reston was named the Best Food Festival in Northern Virginia in Virginia Living Magazine.

BEI will be staffing the beer booth on Friday night, so please come by and we'd love to serve you!

Microsoft Office 365 Tips and Update

FISMA Certification
FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) is the latest security certification for Office 365. FISMA is important to our customers because it creates a process for federal agencies to certify and accredit the security of their information management systems. Many BEI clients are government contractors who are required to meet specific standards for their internal networking and applications.


Office 365 Trust Center
You can learn about FISMA Certification and more at the Office 365 Trust Center.

Office 365 Data Center Tour
This video tour takes you through a tour of Microsoft Data Centers that support their online, cloud-based services.

Big Easy Rebate
The Big Easy Rebate is available to give you funds to help with your Office 365 migration or purchase other products or services.

Healthcare IT Update: Pushing Healthcare Information

The "DIRECT project is a new technology that enables healthcare practices to securely send information about a patient to another practice, hospital or other setting of care. DIRECT Messaging is based on the national Direct Project which was launched in March of 2010 by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC). DIRECT can be thought of as a replacement for the fax machine. It operates like email. We cannot use regular email for this purpose because it is unsecure, and therefore cannot be used to send and receive patient Protected Health Information (PHI). Sending PHI over regular email is a HIPAA violation.

In our area, DIRECT is being implemented in the state of Virginia. It is being provided by an organization called ConnectVirginia. Implementations of DIRECT in DC and Maryland should be available shortly. If this is of interest you should read the entire article on "Pushing Healthcare Information."

Laptops with Solid State Drives - Pros and Cons

Some of our clients are opting for solid state drives in their laptops and we thought a brief overview might be helpful.

Why consider solid state drives?

The traditional hard disk drive that most of us have in our desktops and laptops use magnetically coated platters that spin at high speeds. Because of their construction, hard disk drives, while highly reliable, are prone to breakage, sensitive to vibration and are subject to performance limits dictated by their construction. Solid state drives don't have moving parts, instead the use solid state flash memory to store data. They've been around as an option for a number of years, but as prices have gone down they've become a more viable option for our clients.

Why you might want a sold state drive in your laptop

Reliability is probably the #1 factor here. Most of the issues that we see with laptops are due to hard drive problems - and a solid state drive is inherently much less likely to suffer damage from the typical "road warrior." They are also lighter, use less power and are faster.

So what's the catch?

Price is the biggest barrier to purchasing a laptop with a solid state drive. You will typically pay several hundred dollars more for a laptop with a solid state drive. You're also limited on the size of the hard drive - a solid state drive is typically smaller (120 GB or so.) This is OK on a laptop that is used in a corporate environment - you shouldn't be storing anything on the laptop in the first place - data should be stored on the server, where it is backed up reliably. But on a laptop that you are using for personal use, you may want more storage for pictures, videos, etc.

Bottom Line

If you are buying a new laptop and are concerned about reliability, are willing to spend a little more and don't need huge storage capacity, we think a solid state drive makes sense.

BEI at the Business Bank Golf Tournament

We participate in the Business Bank's Annual Golf Tournament each year and this year were ably represented by Ryan McDonnell and Nick Zahra. They had a great time and enjoyed the day! Golf

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