Technology Seed’s Insights

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Waving at my laptop!

Waving at my laptop! Installed Lenovo Motion Control on my Yoga this morning. Very cool application! It won't change my computing experience or make me more efficient today, but it's definitely laying the groundwork for future usability. As a very simple example, if...

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Is “wasted time” at work on the rise?

Wasted Time Is "wasted time" at work on the rise? Does it affect your business? Let's not disregard the need for people to have fun, enjoy work and be social, but there are certainly lines that need to be drawn. There is a point where an employee's work / play balance...

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Deny Local Admin Rights

Deny Local Admin Rights On many of the business PCs that we manage, we deny Local Admin Rights to the end-user. What does this mean? For the purposes of this post, denying local admin rights prevents the end-user from editing the Windows registry. It's generally...

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Donuts and Muffins for Lunch

Donuts and Muffins for Lunch Clearly worthy of a blog post . . . Technology Seed employees are eating healthy today! Can't beat the Heav'nly Special!   : )

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EHR Records Will Be Targeted

EHR Records Healthcare Providers: If you work with patient data, please take 2 minutes to review this article. Takeaway: "On the black market, a full identity profile contained in a single record can bring as much as $500." One patient's medical information is worth...

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Technology Seed Summer Outing 2014

Summer Outing 2014 Technology Seed employees and their families put down their keyboards and spent Saturday on the Pemigewasset River kayaking, canoeing, swimming, playing and eating! What an amazing group of people I have the privilege of working alongside. Nancy's...

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Scam Phone Calls from the “IT Department”

Scam Phone Calls Technology Seed Customers: We have had two customers in the past 3 days get phone calls from the “I.T. Department”, in both cases, the users were cautious enough to stop following directions and contact Technology Seed directly before any damage was...

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Offsite Data Backup – Disaster Recovery < 60 Minutes

Offsite Data Backup Technology Seed has offered secure (encrypted) offsite server backup and data backup for years. However, we've recently revamped our model to include unlimited data backup for a flat monthly fee. Our backup includes agents for Microsoft Exchange...

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Technology Seed Presents at Salem Chamber Event!

Salem Chamber Event Kyle Scofield was a featured speaker at a Greater Salem, NH Chamber of Commerce event this morning. This event is a yearly program focused on economic development for the Chamber's members. The focus this year was technology. As Technology Seed is...

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Heartbleed Bug – What You Should Know

Heartbleed Bug You may have read about the Heartbleed Bug on the news. The vulnerability allows hackers to steal the passwords you use on various websites (including very popular ones). It's an oddity because it's not something you can fix and it's not something that...

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Best Practice: Tracking I.T. Service Resolutions

Best Practice TSeed’s Best Practice: Tracking I.T. Service Resolutions The value of tracking the service requests that I.T. handles can't be stressed enough. I.T. tasks that are properly documented in a system that allows you to review historical work can be a massive...

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Best Practice: Use Your Resources and Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead TSeed's Best Practice: Use Your Resources and Plan Ahead Whether you utilize outsourced I.T. or you have a dedicated I.T. staff, use them! Much of the underpinnings of business rely on some sort of input or direction from I.T.: Alarm Systems Phone Systems...

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iPhone/iPad/Mac Security Concern – YOU SHOULD UPDATE

Security Concern There is a real/verified security concern affecting iPhones/iPads and Mac computers. Read: http://gizmodo.com/why-apples-huge-security-flaw-is-so-scary-1529041062  The security risk is a “man-in-the-middle” threat where the data you’re sending over...

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I Couldn’t Ask For More

I Couldn't Ask For More It's snowing as I type this. We've had a lot of snow in February, and almost all of it during working hours. In our industry we're not afforded the luxury of shutting down early for snow. When our customers need us, we respond! My team knows...

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Microsoft Exchange 2003 – End Of Life April 8, 2014

Microsoft Exchange 2003 Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 is @ End Of Life meaning Microsoft will no longer support nor release security updates for the product. If your email still resides on Exchange Server 2003, talk to us about options to migrate to a new...

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Microsoft SMB Champion – Tier 1

Microsoft SMB Champion Well . . . I won't bore you with the details of Microsoft's SMB Champion program, but Technology Seed has been awarded Tier 1 status, which is the highest level awarded by Microsoft. In all of New England, there are only 4 other companies with...

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Ready your network for the Winter!

Ready Your Network It's coming . . . Winter. To a whole lot of people that means excitement! Hockey! Skiing! Snowmobiling! Ice Fishing! But it also means power outages, downtime and lost productivity. There are easy-to-implement solutions that can lessen the burden of...

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6 Simple Questions to ask about IT

Ask About IT Are you in the market for an IT Provider? Do you have questions about how things are run and how they should be run? Do you ever wonder if there’s a “better way?” If so, check out our newest White Paper: 6 Simple Questions It’s a short but informative...

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Windows XP Support Ends April 8, 2014 – Time to refresh.

Windows XP Support Ends On April 8, 2014 (1 year from now), Microsoft will stop supporting and issuing security updates for Microsoft Windows XP (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx). At that point you will be out of compliance should you go...

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Java Exploit is PATCHED

Java Exploit is PATCHED Sent to Technology Seed Customers on January 14, 2013: Dear Technology Seed Customer, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an alert on Thursday, January 10th warning of a vulnerability in the Java application installed on most PCs....

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“Invoices” from DNS Services are deliberately misleading.

DNS Services Many local businesses have received an "invoice" from DNS SERVICES out of Vancouver, WA. Please note, this "invoice" is a deliberately misleading solicitation. Please disregard this solicitation as they are asking you to pay for an unnecessary service....

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Should Your Organization Have a WISP?

WISP A WISP is a Written Information Security Policy. In the most basic terms, a WISP outlines how your company protects sensitive information. Much the same way your employee handbook specifies the terms of your employment – holidays, vacations, office guidelines –...

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Protecting Your Laptop Data With Disk Encryption

Disk Encryption While the information in this article can be applied to nearly any device that contains sensitive data, let's concentrate on your laptop. What is Disk Encryption? Disk Encryption refers to the process of making the data stored on a hard disk unreadable...

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Smartphones Compete for YOU!

Smartphones Compete for YOU Smartphones that talk to you! Navigate for you! Smartphones that bend! Unbreakable glass! "Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014." (Read the full article HERE)...

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Server Virtualization Will Save Your Business Money

Server Virtualization Server virtualization is simply running multiple servers on one cost-effective, virtualized piece of hardware. In other words, if you have an email server, file server and SQL server running on three physical servers, you’d run all three on one...

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What are Managed IT Services?

Managed IT Services For years, IT (Information Technology) service was requested and dispensed on an as-needed basis. Like your plumber or electrician, you called your IT company only when something broke or something needed to be upgraded. IT Support was very much...

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Pat’s Peak Ski Passes!

Ski Passes The official "Technology Seed Employee / Pat's Peak Season Ski Passes" have arrived! We purchase two unlimited season passes for our employees to use all Winter long. Now we just need some snow!...

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Prepare your IT for Hurricane Sandy

Prepare your IT Forecasters are predicting the possibility of widespread flooding and power outages early next week. There are a few precautions you might consider taking to protect your IT. Since the hurricane might make landfall early Monday (depending on your...

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25 Most Popular Passwords

25 Most Popular Passwords Did your favorite password make the list? This is one of those times where it's good NOT to be on the list! 1. password 2, 123456 3. 12345678 4. abc123 5. qwerty 6. monkey 7. letmein 8. dragon 9. 111111 10. baseball 11. iloveyou 12. trustno1...

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Good References make the Difference!

Good References New customer today! This customer was very thorough, but very pleasant. What pushed Technology Seed to the top of their list of the 19 IT firms they interviewed? Our references. They said our references were glowing. We wouldn't expect anything less...

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Technology Seed earns a spot on the Ingram Micro SMB 500!

Micro SMB 500   Technology Seed has earned a spot on the coveted IM SMB 500. We ranked #409 out of a field of 20,000. That's the top 2%!   The SMB 500 is a benchmark for the IT industry at large. Generated by Ingram Micro's Business Intelligence Center, our...

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We’re a Business Spotlight on Patch!

Patch Technology Seed is a Business Spotlight on salem-nh.patch.com. View our Spoltlight Listing here: http://salem-nh.patch.com/articles/business-spotlight-technology-seed

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New Hire! Walter Budzian, Senior IT

New Hire! As we continue to grow, we continue to hire. Walter Budzian has recently joined our team as a senior-level IT tech. He brings a wealth of knowledge, skill and dedication with him. Welcome Walter!

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Who’s got the information on your SmartPhone?

Who's got the information I saw an ad for this company on TV: http://www.hellototem.com/  They pay you for your old smartphones, tablets etc. After I watched the ad, I couldn't help but wonder how many devices this company would be receiving that had personal or...

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We’re moving to Salem, NH!

We're moving to Salem, NH! Technology Seed is moving to Salem, NH! While we're quite happy in Londonderry, moving to Salem makes sense. We're more centralized to the majority of our customers and the visibility of Route 28 is a nice perk. Stop by and see us at 2 Dyer...

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