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Technology New Year’s Resolutions 2015

December 30, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

1. Clean your devices. In Italy, old brooms and dishes are tossed out the window on New Year’s eve. While tossing your keyboard and phone out the window could be done, why start the new year with clean devices. Flip your keyboard upside down and give it a few shakes. Then wipe the keys and […]

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Security, small business,

Holiday Update

December 19, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

The Arkansas SBTDC will be closed from Friday, December 19, 2014 until Monday, January 5, 2015. We’ve scheduled a few posts to appear during the holiday period in our physical absence. As the ASBTDC is a university sponsored program, we are closed when the university is closed. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you are […]

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Small Business Saturday 2014

November 11, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

Save the date! Small Business Saturday 2014 will be on Saturday, November 29. That’s just two days after Thanksgiving. Are you ready? Small Business Saturday Tips 1. Develop a Holiday goal. What do you most want to accomplish this Holiday season? Increase sales? Increase customers? Build your email list? Decide on your goal and how […]

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marketing, online marketing,

Cryptolocker Ransomware Protection

August 5, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

The one-year anniversary of the nasty Cryptolocker ransomware’s release into the wild is just weeks away. Cryptolocker is still encrypting and ruining many people’s hard drives with the resultant losses of cherished photos and important files. For the uninitiated, Cryptolocker is Windows malware which encrypts your hard drive and then offers to unencrypt your files […]

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Microsoft, Security,

Disposing of Point-of-Sales (POS) Systems

July 29, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

A few weeks back I posted on disposing of Android phones. This week brings news from security researchers on the hazards of improperly wiped point-of-sales (POS) systems. As with the used phones, a researcher bought a used POS and went to town exploring it. You aready know what happened, right? Yep! He extracted employee Social Security […]

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hospitality business, Security,

Microsoft Ending Windows 7 Support On Jan. 13, 2015

July 15, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

Woah! Deja vu! Didn’t Microsoft just end support for Windows XP? Yep! And if you upgraded to Windows 7, you may just get the opportunity to upgrade again. Microsoft is ending mainstream support (patches and fixes) for most users of Windows 7 on Jan. 13, 2015. Business users who purchased an extended service agreement will […]

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Microsoft, Security,

Convert PDF to Excel: Tabula Table Extraction Tool

April 15, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

Adobe’s Portable Document File or PDF is one of the most popular means of publishing complex documents on-line. The PDF format is so common that business software, such as Microsoft Word, incorporates the ability to export their documents to PDF. The problems arise when one wants to reverse the process and export the PDF back […]

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Chip and PIN credit cards coming

February 18, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

Did you know Visa and MasterCard have set a deadline of October 2015 for when all banks and merchants must use chip and PIN (EMV standard) credit cards? Europe has already switched and India has set June 2014 as their target date for switching over to chip and PIN. Compared to magnetic stripe credit cards, […]

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Mobile Payments, Security,

Google Chromecast

February 6, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

Google recently released a software development kit to the greater world of developers and programmers. This will likely result in the announcement of new and novel uses for Google’s new $35 screencasting stick. Not familiar with Google Chromecast? Watch this one-minute introductory video: Pretty swift, huh? Simply plug the Chromecast stick into a nearby TV, […]

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Android, Google, hardware, mobile technology, tablets,

System rescue disks: make one today!

December 17, 2013 Timothy Uncategorized

Computers fail. Every day, somewhere, someplace, several computers have failed. Are you prepared? One key step in being prepared is to have a system rescue disk on-hand and ready for immediate use. A system rescue disk is an optical compact disc (CD) or digital video disc (DVD) that can be inserted into a computer and […]

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