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May 3, 2016

The Windows Store, a new feature in Windows 10,works on all machines running the latest Microsoft operating system, but it especially shines on Windows tablets, phones, and touch-screen devices. Let’s explore the multi-colored, tiled world of the Windows Store.

Where is it?

The Store is installed on every copy of Windows 10. On a fresh install, it’s located on the taskbar with all application shortcuts. However...

April 26, 2016

Has it already been three years? Looks like it’s time for Microsoft to release the latest edition of its “productivity tools.” The 2016 version has a few new features worth mentioning, and it’s certainly an improvement over 2013. But is it worth the $230 (Home) or $400 (Professional) price tag? Only you can decide.

Let’s be clear: If you’re happy with Office 2010 or 2013, you don’t have to upgr...

April 22, 2016

If you’re using a Windows PC and have downloaded Apple’s QuickTime media player, stop reading and uninstall it now. Apple has announced that they will not provide any further updates to the software on Windows machines, and they recommend that all users uninstall. Why the urgency, and why now? Two critical vulnerabilities leave gaping holes in your PC’s security (Mac users aren’t affected). No known attacks on these vulnerabilities have occurred yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

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April 19, 2016

Once upon a time, thin clients were popular in a lot of large organizations. Users could access their most-needed software applications, and thin clients were usually cost efficient for businesses as long as other necessary networking equipment were in place.

Thin clients connect to a remote server (in the office basement, or in a top-of-the-line secure data center, like Network Alliance’s). Government offices, libraries, and large companies use thin clients instead of desktop PCs for cost and energy efficiency, along better software management and maintenance through a host server.

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April 15, 2016

On Saturday, April 2nd, Network Alliance (NAI) team members gathered in a conference room in Parkersburg, WV (hometown of several team members), for a training day. NAI’s CEO Don Britton introduced the event as a time to create ideas. After the pep talk, Don welcomed Ari Weinzweig, Co-Owner and Founding Partner of Zingerman’s, and trainer Timo Anderson.

In 1982, Ari and partner Paul Saginaw l...

April 12, 2016

On January 11, 2016, McAfee Email Security Solutions ended its email filtering and security services for new customers. Current customers can maintain the service through varying expiration dates, but, sooner rather than later, you’ll need a new service. What does this headache mean for you? With a dedicated IT provider, probably nothing.

These days, a company can’t ignore email filtering options. Without a spam filter, you’d get a never-ending stream of hundreds of graphic and offensive emails every day  Now, imagine adding spending hours and hours of planning, proposing, and testing to find a new solution with your IT guy. Your email account isn’t a place fo...

April 5, 2016

You may have heard a mention of Raspberry Pi in a news outlet tech segment and wondered why they were talking about dessert. We’re here to explain what Raspberry Pi is, at least from a technology perspective, and how it can be used by everyday folks! For the other raspberry pie, watch a cooking show.

Raspberry Pi’s website describes the device as “a low cost, credit-card sized comput...

March 29, 2016

It’s tax filing season. Love it or hate it, if you work, you gotta do it. If you’re lucky, you’ll break even, or maybe even get a refund. BUT breaking news: Strangers on the internet would like to have your money. This isn’t new; scammers are always trying to get your personal information or money any way they can. Tax season is just a popular time, since lots of dollars are flying through cyberspace.

The latest scam comes in  a malicious email. Some of them look like they’re from your company’s CFO or CEO. They ask for all...

March 25, 2016

You may have heard about a Marietta, Ohio, police officer and his dog, Ajax. Officer Matt Hickey learned that when he retired from the police force, his canine partner would become city property and auctioned off.

But what you don’t know is the role that Network Alliance team member, Corey Orr, a Marietta, Ohio, resident played to get this story to a happy ending. Corey launched  a GoFundMe page to help Offi...

March 22, 2016

No matter what your job responsibilities, winter weather had a major impact on just about everyone this season. Snow days are stressful. Whether dropping your preschooler at Grandma’s or leaving a note on the fridge with pizza roll microwave directions for the teenagers, snow days are hard on parents who have to head to the office. Even without kids, you have to figure out what your boss expects of you on the coldest, darkest days of the year. Cloud computing can make this hassle a thing of the past.

Imagine it’s 8:55 AM, and you...

 
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