Entries by Paul Webb

What’s a Recurring Expense Really Cost, Anyway?

Here’s a question that is likely unpopular with your company’s accountant and owner: How much do you pay every month in recurring expenses? What’s a recurring expense? A recurring expense could be a monthly service fee for a utility such as telephone or internet, an annual fee for website hosting or domain registration, a licensing […]

Who Manages Your Updates?

Managers and Owners: Who decides what updates are allowed/applied to your PCs & Servers? Are updates done by individuals? Are updates managed by an IT department/provider? Are updates managed… at all? Recently we had the opportunity to help where an employee installed a new version of Java only to discover that the old version was […]

Running with Windows using the Run box…

If you have been using a computer for any amount of time, you know that taking your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse on something can be a time waster. So can hunting for the icon for that program you need. We compensate by putting shortcuts on the toolbar and on the desktop, […]

Bonus: Keeping Your Computer Secure, Part II

We managed to skip a Tech Tip or two this week, so here’s a Bonus one. I’ll warn you that this one has a healthy dose of opinion in it. 😉 Everyone has some concern about keeping their computer free from threats such as viruses, malware, and hackers… And that concern is well founded if […]

Keeping Your Computer Secure

One of the biggest mistakes we see in the business IT world has to do with information getting into the wrong hands. If you have a business computer and you don’t have a password set on it, you could be asking for trouble, especially if that computer is a laptop and you take it out […]

Digging your way back down to the Desktop

Sometimes when I’ve got 5-6 applications open, I discover that I need to find the desktop again. Usually because I saved a file there that I shouldn’t have. So I spend 10 seconds or so clicking the minimize icon on everything I have open until I get to the desktop again. There’s an easier way, […]

Selecting more, with less effort

Ever hold the shift key down and then use the arrow keys to select something so you can delete it, or cut or copy it? If you’re selecting a lot of text, this can take awhile. That’s where today’s tips come in… Ctrl-Left/Right arrow will move the cursor back or forward one word instead of one […]

Protecting Your Workstation From Prying Eyes

If you work in a management role or you have access to confidential information, this tip is for you. There’s a good chance that your network account (for instance, the first-initial-last-name and password that you sign in with in the morning) is likely more powerful than you realize. It has access to confidential documents and […]

Switching Between Programs

In business, multitasking isn’t an option, it’s a requirement. Most of us have at least 3 programs open on our computers at once, and we bounce around between them throughout the day. Your email is open along with a web browser and a document or spreadsheet. The latest attachment from your partners in Europe or […]

Search Engines are (often) your friend.

It’s no secret that search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing can be your friend. There are a ton of websites out there that can be found with a simple search. But what happens if you get too many results? Today’s tip: using search engines intelligently. Control the words you search with. Did you know that […]