Business Solutions

Why the cloud is killing Windows

I’ve been watching an interesting development in the business IT world, our customers gradually moving to Linux OS for workstation desktops. This has been happening on the server level for a long time, but now desktops as well. The benefits/downside of a Linux desktop are fairly straight forward. Linux is free, doesn’t get viruses (yet…some argue once market share is high enough...

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Open Office – spell checker not working

Using Open Office has saved our company thousands in licensing fees. Everyone in our organization uses it and we have yet to run into a compatibility issue when sending files to our clients. Sometimes we’ve found that the spell check doesn’t install properly initially and it is necessary to manually set it up. You’ll need to install the dictionaries and ensure spell check is...

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HP 6110 All-In-One mirror image problem

Here’s an interesting one we came across yesterday. When the client(s) printed to the HP 6110 it printed the page as a mirror image. The printer was attached to a XP Pro machine on the network. Yes, the mirror image check box was NOT checked in the properties. It took awhile on the first workstation to figure out but here’s what we did to solve the problem. Delete the printer on the...

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Open Office 2.4 – Add new page to existing pages

In writing a technical summary of a customers network in Open Office 2.4 it became necessary to add a page between two existing pages. The document was already nine pages long and I needed to add a page between page three and four. Unlike some others in the office I am NOT a word processing power user and therefore had to Google to find the answer. Click in the top of the page you want to be...

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Connecting to your remote cam with mplayer

We install a lot of outdoor cams for various reasons. Security cameras for construction sites, Several ski resort outdoor camera solutions, and in store security camera systems to name a few.  One of the fun things we’ve done here was a job to play a multi-media loop in a ski lodge. The resort wanted pictures, videos, and live shots from the camera on the hill. We found an easy solution to...

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Tape Backup vs. Remote Data Backup to Disc

Backing up data is critical to the success of your business. Whether you are an Ubuntu Linux shop or a windows shop. You must implement a sound backup strategy to ensure your business doesn’t suffer serious hardship if not outright failure. Consider the following scenario. You open your office in the morning, grab a cup of joe, and sit down to get the day started. You open up your vertical...

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