Newsletter Vol. 4                                                                                                 January 2014 
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Tech Tips
 Laptops

 

It seems like everyone is going mobile. Laptops can now perform as well as, or better than, many desktops. If you're going to go the laptop route, here are some basic tips to keep it running:

 

Your Own Power Plan

Windows laptops include a few preset power plans for maximizing battery life, but you can also customize your operating system's power-management features in the Control Panel. Setting aggressive targets for when the display turns off and when the machine goes into sleep or hibernate mode will help your battery last longer.


Limit Your Connection

When you aren't actively using your notebook's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or other wireless connections, turn the radios off, so they don't run down the battery while they keep searching for a signal. 

 

Dim the Display

A laptop's biggest battery-life-sucking component is its LCD display. To eke out more juice when you're off the plug, turn down your panel's brightness to the lowest level your eyes can stand. Most notebooks have a Function key combo-or even a dedicated hot key-for a quick crank-down.

 

Keep It Cool

Thanks to their small, cramped cases and tiny vents, laptops are prone to overheating. Unfortunately, using your notebook on your lap-or on top of a blanket that protects your lap from your scalding-hot notebook-can seriously stifle ventilation and make matters worse. To help keep temperatures in check, opt for a lap desk or a laptop cooling pad that won't conduct heat or block your laptop's vents.

 

Back Up Everything

Constant movement puts computer components at risk, and because of their portability, laptops suffer a lot more wear and tear than desktops. All of that on-the-go use increases the risk of hard drive failure, so make sure you back up the data on your laptop to an external hard drive, thumb drive, or home server on a regular basis.

 

Cover Your Keyboard

Keep liquids away from laptops at all times. That rule often gets broken, of course, and accidents happen. Should that accident end up on your laptop's keyboard, however, you could end up with more than just a mess: Liquids that seep through your notebook's keys can fry its components. 

 

Buy a Bag

If you plan to carry your notebook with you, the most useful accessory you can buy is a laptop bag. They're available in a number of styles and prices; for maximum protection, we recommend investing in a model with a built-in padded sleeve. If you want something less conspicuous (thieves have been known to target obvious-looking laptop bags), cover your laptop in stand-alone sleeve and stow it in your backpack or briefcase.

 

Let It Accumulate

When you move your laptop from a cold to a warm environment, and vice versa, don't boot up until your system reaches room temperature. Sudden temperature changes can cause condensation to build up inside the notebook case; turn it on too quickly, and the moisture could damage your system's inner components.

 

-Borrowed from

Computer Shopper

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The Soul of
3 Sōl
This section highlights one of
3 Sōl's employees each month.

  

As you know, Doug Schiano is our COO and one of 3 Sōl's founding members. Here are some things you may not know about Doug:

  

He's married and has an 8 month old son.
 
An avid runner, he has run 4 marathons.
 
He is fascinated by economic theories, and has considered getting a doctorate in economics.
 
He's a big college football fan. Don't hold it against him, but he's a Gator!
 
Computers fascinate him, which is great for the company!
 
He's always keeping up on advanced technology.
 
He's an avid fan of sci-fi and futuristic tv shows and movies.(Star Trek over Star Wars, but we won't hold that against him either)
 
Thanks for sharing, Doug!
 

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Happy New Year! We hope you had a great holiday season. Winter is here and we have suffered through the biggest cold streak in decades. Hopefully this streak will thaw soon and start a hot streak for our companies to start off 2014.

 

Keep warm this winter and keep up-to-date with your technology and network news with this month's newsletter.

Happy 

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Data Backups
8 Things to Review, Refine and Refocus for Any New Year 
 
Sometimes we need to look back before we can move forward. It's good to review what you've done over the past year before you start working on the new year's plans. Here's a review of what you can learn from your past.
 

Your New Year Business Review 

 

Work Life Balance

All work and no play, or too much play and not enough work, definitely impacts our happiness and success.

Trying to put into place your best balance is an effort whose value we should never underestimate.


Health and Wellness

It is ultimately your responsibility to take care of yourself. Employee wellness is a top priority now, as it can cost companies $23 billion each year, according to the Wall Street Journal, and impacts hiring and retention.

Healthier employees make more productive workers. 

 

Coping Skills

How are your coping skills?

 All of us go through uncertainty, health issues, sudden change and other life events that we must be able to work through. What are the best coping activities and mechanisms you have in place and what do you need to do to refine them?

We can never have too many coping skills.


Skill Gaps

Career retention and job search change are ongoing. Make sure you are qualified for the jobs you want and the one you currently have. Don't fall behind, stay ahead.

Upgrade both your hard and soft skills, especially if you are in technology, healthcare, medical and professional services. Develop more likeability, be more of a team player and take more initiatives to develop leadership.

People who show thoughtful initiative will be rewarded.


Relationships

Networking and making quality connections both online and in person are the most non-negotiable part of standing out as an employee or small business owner. Focus on the pillar social media marketing tactics including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogging and eMarketing and go out and meet people in person and at local and national events.

Show up, connect, engage and grow relationships daily. Find the time, make the time, invest more time and be selective.


Resentments

Get rid of them, work through them, resolve them and let them go. They are not productive or good energy to hold onto.


Intentions

What do you want to see happen in your life this year? What do you need to do to make them happen?

Move yourself in the direction you want to go. Your career path is your responsibility. Set the tasks, timelines and tone, which will impact the outcome.


Optimism and Kindness

These two assets are capable of changing anything and everything and building so much good faith and good will.

Be willing to uncover everything  you need to know about yourself to get your house in order, inside and out and continue to refine your who, what and why.

 

Big commitment - but even bigger payoff.

 

-from from SmallBizTrends.com

 

 

Just Because

 

It's January. What is January? Who is January? Let the ancient Romans tell you:

 

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, thence also of gates, doors, passages, endings and time. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. The Romans named the month of January in his honor.

 
Janus presided over the beginning and ending of conflict, and hence war and peace. The doors of his temple were open in time of war, and closed to mark the peace. As a god of transitions, he had functions pertaining to birth and to journeys and exchange, and in his association with Portunus, a similar harbor and gateway god, he was concerned with travelling, trading and shipping.
 

 

 

Computers fill our life and our work.  They faithfully accumulate our wedding pictures, our company's books, and the ceaseless emails we get and send.  But, unless you back it up, all that data can be gone like a flash of lightning.

 

Backups protect you from hardware failure

Computers are more reliable than ever, so its easy to forget or put off backing up your data. We've all done it.

But, computer drives still fail, and usually they give no advance warning.  One minute they're working fine, and the next minute they're toast. And usually, when they fail, it's impossible (or very expensive) to get any data off of them.

 

Backups protect you from viruses

Some computer viruses will corrupt your data.  Some computer viruses will bog your machine down so much that you can't login. If you ever "lose" a computer to a virus, most technicians will advise you to wipe the drive clean and reinstall everything. Backups can be a life-saver in these extreme cases.

 

Backups protect you from theft

Thieves are more likely to steal high-tech items such as your laptop or home computer.  These items are in high demand and can be sold quickly and easily. If you have backups, it's simple to restore your files to a new computer.  Without backups, your honeymoon pictures may be gone forever.

 

Backups protect you from accidental deletion

Every computer has a Delete key, and sometimes it works too darn well. Have the kids ever deleted things from the family computer so they could make room for the latest zombie killing game?  You know, things like last year's tax filing or your Quicken folder. Backups can let you save and organize the really important things, so you don't have to worry about what the zombie lovers might do with your data.

 

Backups protect you from fires, floods, and other disasters

We buy insurance for our homes and businesses, because disasters happen.  Think of your backups as data insurance. We don't like to think about what might happen, but good backups can make any disaster a little more survivable.  All you'll have to do is setup a new computer and restore your backups.

 

-from Backazon.com

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Small Businesses Resolve to Grow Bigger, Get Faster in 2014
 
Forget personal resolutions! You know you're going to quit the gym next week anyway. Work on your business. Resolve to change things that you know you'll stick with.
 

 

While individuals may resolve to slim down in the new year, many small business owners say they are all about getting bigger in 2014.

 

New data from Constant Contact suggests just over half of U.S. small business owners set company resolutions each year, and the top goal is unsurprisingly to grow annual revenue. The second most popular resolution, according to 18% of respondents, is striving to run the business more efficiently.

 

The good news? Keeping business resolutions may be easier than getting to the gym five times a week. Fifty-three percent of business owners surveyed say keeping their professional resolutions is easier than sticking to personal goals, with only 27% saying business resolutions are more challenging.

"Business resolutions can be easier to measure, as can the rewards if you stick to them, so I think staying focused on them can feel a bit easier," said Constant Contact senior VP Christopher M. Litster in a statement released Monday.

 

Resolutions That Lead to Success

However, while growing revenue and becoming more efficient are worthy goals, business owners seem to find even greater success with more specific, targeted resolutions.

 

When asked what resolutions they kept in the past that actually helped their business, survey respondents said resolutions like "Blog more frequently," "Create a marketing plan," and "Ask for more help" led to actual improvements. As a result, setting smaller resolutions that are more easily achievable may help business owners reach more overarching goals like growing revenue.

 

Constant Contact surveyed 1,305 small business owners in Nov. 2013. All of the survey respondents were customers of Constant Contact, an online marketing company targeted to small businesses.

 


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