In the next week, Ad Astra Technology will be tripling our useage of Microsoft Surface. We found that it enables us to perform productive work from anywhere. Our developers love it, and our office staff won't use anything else when they are mobile. Below is a video that profiles how the Surface is being used enable more efficient and personable patient care.
With the need for greater mobility, agility and better data management increasingly driving the dynamic workplace, SMBs today are learning to appreciate the benefits cloud computing can bring to their businesses. Yet, some SMBs still struggle to understand exactly what cloud computing can do for them. Enter Microsoft Office 365, an all-inclusive productivity solution that delivers familiar Office applications coupled with powerful enterprise class communications and collaboration capabilities in a cloud-based subscription service you can easily use.
Give your business a productivity boost with the new Office
Today, you can acquire Office 365 Small Business Premium or Midsize Business through Ad Astra Technology, as a
standalone solution or bundled with our service and support, and no matter which you choose, you’ll still receive the same support and service you’ve come to expect from Ad Astra Technology.
Office 365 for SMBs is a completely modernized platform designed to meet your constantly changing business needs. It delivers rich features and cloud service innovation that SMBs are adopting at an accelerated rate.
Most importantly, with Microsoft Office 365 you get an always available secure and reliable cloud service from a trusted partner. We manage the billing and support for your subscription service so you have a one stop shop for all your support needs.
For more details on Office 365, check out http://www.adastratechnology.com/office-365.html or email us at info@AdAstraTechnology.com
With the latest version of Java from Oracle, version 7 update 11, the end-user is now in better control over what Java applications are able to run through the browser.
After updating a system with version 7, update 11, when running any Java application located on a website, a message will display asking the user if the application should be allowed to run. The user has the ability to allow it to run or not. If allowed to run, the user can also configure it to not ask again for this same application. (see below)
What a change from the old days of security experts letting you know that you can better secure your system by completely disabling Java. While this is very true and very good advice, for many, not a viable option as many websites depend on Java for important functionality on their sites.
With the new option of allowing or disabling on a per-application basis, the end-user is now able to control which applications they wish to trust. It also allows the user to become aware of how many Java applications are actually being run on their system. Most users had no idea what and how many Java apps were being run, because they were never presented with a prompt.
Will you trust all Java applications from a vendor you have dealt with before? Will you only allow them for online banking sites? Now it is up to you, for the first time in Java's 18 year existence.
HOW TO UPDATE JAVA
UPDATE 1/14/2013 8:15 PM EST: Yesterday, we mentioned that the 'About' screen for Java did not display Version 7 Update 11, even after updating. This cause a lot of frustration and understandibly confusion about whether or not the update actually installed correctly. Good news, the 'About' screen has been updated to reflect that the Java version is now 7 update 11 (Duh, Oracle! Shame on you!). To see it, go to the Control Panel, click on Java, then click on the About button. If you are updated to version 7, update 11 you should see what is shown below. See the steps below to perform the actual update on Windows. It is pretty easy, and we do recommend that after the install, you reboot your computer, even if it does not tell you to do otherwise.
To check your version, go to your system control panel, and click on the Java icon. From the General tab of the Java Control Panel, click on About. If it says anything less that Version 7, update 11 (like that shown below), then you do not have the latest version. Click the java link below to get the latest version. If you want another way to test your Java version, you can go to this page: http://javatester.org/version.html
To update, go to www.java.com, and download version 7, update 11 or later for your system.
- IT Guy
BEFORE JAVA UPDATE:
With Small and Medium sized businesses (SMB), many are still trying to understand the differences between phone systems and which features are worth the investment. Price is a huge factor, so SMBs are really looking to get the most bang for their buck.
The need to make smart investment decisions, along with the uncertainty of which features and systems really add up to the best value, is one reason many SMBs have not made the commitment to upgrade their phone systems. A recent study showed that 70 percent of global SMBs are still using legacy communications infrastructure; however, 50 percent of these users are looking to implement an
updated or advanced solution in the near term.
If your business is among the many SMBs that are considering the jump to an upgraded phone system, then give us a call. We can help you not only reduce your telecommunications costs, but also add capabilities that enhance your communications.
Still searching through your directories trying to find that document you use every day?
Using Word 2010 or higher, from the File menu, be sure you are on the Recent tab on the left hand side. Any of the recent documents you see there can be pinned to the list, simply by clicking on the pin on the right side of
the file name.
By pinning your very frequently used documents, they will show up at the top of the Recent Documents list everytime.
So, next time you know you are going to need that file listed for the next week or so, be sure to pin it!
Note: Using Word 2010 or higher is best, but it will work in 2007 too.
- IT Guy
With the newer browsers today, most people now use tabs rather than windows to browse. Remember the days before Internet Explorer 7 (the first version to support tabs), when things were so tied to the IE Window itself?
Since IE version 9, tabs can now be 'torn-off' and dragged with the mouse outside the IE window to create another instance of IE. This is very useful for side-by-side comparisons, especially if you have a dual monitor setup.
Now that most of us are using tabbed browsing, how many tabs do you use per window? We would like to know!
Send your comments, and let us know how optimize browsing the net with your browser, whether it be Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox.