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Remote Work Series: Laptop Provisioning, Management, and Safety

In the midst of a hard pivot to a remote work model, it's easy to become lax in the management of company devices--especially laptop provisioning. In fact, whether you're shipping out laptops to a slew of new hires or you're converting to a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model, your IT team is bound to have their hands full. While COVID-19 has made…

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The 4 Mythic Characters of IT

The 4 Mythic Characters of IT Company owners often view IT through the lens of headache cure or damage control. And yes, when you’re dealing with the pain of unstable systems built on outdated equipment, all you want is relief. But when you only look to your IT team for palliative care, you may miss the opportunity to tap some…

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Mega-List of Bay Area Startup Resources

Mega-List of Bay Area Startup Whether you’re still hatching your idea or you’re a seasoned veteran of the startup scene, here are 50+ Bay Area startup resources to help you launch and grow your dream business. San Francisco Office and Coworking Spaces If you’re not ready to sign a lease for your own location, you could head over to a…

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Who Should Hire an IT Consulting Firm?

For today's blog, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the question of whether or not you should hire an IT consulting firm. Working with an outside IT provider is not a good fit for everyone. We'll be describing the kinds of scenarios where this does or does not make sense. First, who should not hire an IT consulting…

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How to Encrypt Your Mac With FileVault

What is FileVault? FileVault is a data encryption software that is included in all Apple computers (OS X 10.7 or higher). When FileVault is enabled, all the data on the computer is locked until a password is entered, meaning all data is safe from unauthorized users. Why Use FileVault? Enabling FileVault is a good protective measure to have in place,…

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Error When Sharing Outlook Calendar

Error When Sharing Outlook Calendar Some of our clients have reported a permissions error message when adding a shared calendar in Outlook 2011. When attempting to add the shared calendar, they receive the following message: “Outlook cannot open the folder. You do not have permission to open this folder. Contact <Calendar owner’s name> for permission.” The fix for this is as follows:…

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Honing Your Focus in an Age of Attention Deficits

Honing your focus in an age of constant contact (and constant interruption) is challenging business. Gloria Mark, a Professor in the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine has found that the average worker switches activities (due to external distractions or self-interruption) every three minutes. Even more concerning, she found that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds for…

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Attention Writers: Upcoming Social Media Management Class

Writer or Artist? Confused by Social Media? You've heard the success stories of new entrepreneurs building a massive following on social media. In fact, the potential for one person to reach many has never been greater. And yet, you don't know where to begin when it comes to managing your message and interacting with potential customers across multiple channels. Blog? Tweet?…

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East Bay Coworking: The Latest

East Bay CoworkingThese days there are many options for coworking in the East Bay, and a lot of them are new. Some of the more unique locations are mixing flexible workspace with rooms for creativity. Others are positioning themselves as community centers for workshops and events. Whatever the case, if you've grown out of your home office and the local…

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Five Fast Shortcuts for Mac Users

Most great magic tricks rely on sleight of hand techniques.Wow your friends with a different kind of magic using these five fast shortcuts for Mac Users.  Quick CalculationsTired of searching through your applications folder to find your calculator? Guess what! You can do quick calculations via Spotlight. Click on your Spotlight icon (the little magnifier icon on the top right corner…

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