Monday, March 29, 2010

New Website Design - The Barbour Group

The Barbour Group in downtown Westminster Maryland recently redesigned their logo and marketing materials, so we were asked to redesign there website to go along with the new color scheme. Here is the new look for The Barbour Group:


Check it out online at www.thebarbourgroup.com.

New Website Launched - Business Training Group at CCC

Last week InfoPathways launched the new Business Training Group website for the continuing education department of Carroll Community College. The Business Training Group is located in the Hikel Business Training Center on the Carroll Community College campus. The Business Training Group delivers customized training and consulting services designed specifically for your business and employees when and where you need it. The group there is very supportive and we truly enjoyed working with them. Check out the website online and support the college! Check it out at www.carrolltraining.org.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

InfoPathways PM Connections with the Carroll County Chamber

InfoPathways had a blast with about 100 clients and friends at the PM Connections last night. It was a Luau for the first day of Spring! Here's a few shots to hold you over until the gallery is online!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

When Should I Restart My Computer?

A Daily Restart for Good Measure
As you load and unload applications and files repeatedly, your computer may not free up memory for subsequent use. As you push hard through your day, your computer may overlap its use of video memory. As you work on your computer, you may experience some problems, some of which might be quite bizarre. What should you do? Save your files, close all programs, restart your computer and take a break while it reboots. When your computer comes back up, try to complete the task you were struggling with earlier to see if the problem has cleared up. If retracing your steps leads to the same error, it’s time to troubleshoot. However, after a restart/reboot, bizarre problems typically disappear because restarting your computer dumps the memory and readies it to tackle the next task. It’s a clean slate, just like an Etch-A-Sketch!

Shut Down and Restart Properly
Please, please, PLEASE, do not hit the power button to turn off your computer. The side affects of simply hitting the power button make the problem (if you really had one) worse. Taking this short cut can damage or destroy files, damage your programs and even destroy your operating system which will hinder your ability to work and generate revenue. Simply go down to your menu and click Start - Shut Down / Restart instead. The computer will be able to go through the proper steps to shut down safely.

Problem Solving
When your computer is experiencing abnormal issues such as locking up or being sluggish (and many others), it is a good troubleshooting step to restart your, and often this will fix the problem. "Never restart your computer" is an old wives tale - your computer is just like any other piece of technology you have. You wouldn't leave your car running in the garage or your TV on all day and all night, so give your computer and monitor a break!

If there is a real problem, you should be able to isolate it. In other words, it will happen again when you retrace your steps. This is the appropriate time to troubleshoot.

Restart at the End of the Day
Why restart at the end of the day? On our business networks, we recommend our clients restart the computer at the end of the day. Restarting or shutting down requires all the users to close open files; now files are all available to be backed up. It also allows the computer to retrieve updates and run a virus scan without interrupting you, the user, if you have your system updates and virus scans scheduled to run at night.

Security
Don’t leave your computer unlocked when you leave your office. You might as well place your open file cabinet out front on the side walk with the drawers open. That’s why we like the end-of-the-day restart... your computer comes back on locked, leaving your business information safe.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Windows Small Business Server 2008

Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) is an all-in-one server solution designed to help you keep your data more secure and your company more productive. Here are a just few reasons to make the switch:
  • Local Email Management: SBS 2008 includes Microsoft Exchange 2007, providing for internal management of your organization's email, keeping your internal email private and freeing up network bandwidth in the process.
  • Manageability: SBS 2008 has a streamlined administration console; monitoring across servers and client PCs; and customizable, remotely accessible reports make management and troubleshooting easier and more effective. Adding users and computers is faster.
  • Go GREEN: SBS 2008 saves energy in comparison to previous models, reducing if not eliminating paper use. The Dell PowerEdge Server, for example, uses 25% less energy; for equipment that runs 24/7, that's big savings
To learn more about the benefits of SBS 2008, click here to download our SBS 2008 article (PDF).