Posted by admin on December 7, 2009
This thing looks crazy cool…
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Posted by admin on December 7, 2009
This thing looks crazy cool…
Posted by admin on November 1, 2009
We are proud to announce that we are an official distributor of the all new Super Fast Mobile Internet devices and services know as CLEAR. If you have been looking for an alternative to expensive cable or dsl internet services we can help. CLEAR is new and it’s now here in San Antonio. Think of it like Wi-Fi that covers the whole city. Imagine being able to take your internet connection with you, you can do that with CLEAR. The future of the internet has arrived! What will you do with yours?
Call or contact us today and found out if CLEAR is available in your area.
Posted by admin on October 4, 2009
Well the folks at Microsoft have really put forth the extra effort to not have another VIsta on their hands. On the Official Microsoft blog today they have announced that Windows 7’s XP Mode will be available for official download on October 22nd and that the software is already available to MSDN subscribers.
We have begun our preliminary test of the Windows 7 OS and look forward to being ready for your tech question on launch day.
GLT Support Team
Posted by admin on October 2, 2009
Just wanted to drop a little heads up info to our readers: Windows 7 will feature a compatibility mode know known as Windows XP Mode.
Here is the official site if you want to check it out yourself:
It looks like Microsoft is making an earnest attempt to woo away small to mid size business adopters by adding this functionality.
Support Team GLT
Posted by admin on August 25, 2009
On a recent independent study of 10 different free antivirus products two software products one of which we have never heard of came out on top. As Managed IT providers not only are we looking on ways to cut cost but, many of our customers are as well. So when studies like this are conducted let’s just say where all ears. The top rated product is Avira Antivir Personal the second rated product was Alwil Avast Antivirus Home Edition.
The interesting part of the study was the comparison to each of these products non free counterparts. The study concluded that while each of the Free products offered good basic protection. The trade-off was sometimes not worth the cost. For instance, all of the tested free products did not include spam filters for email, even though many offered general email virus protection.
Our conclusion on the study… Stick with the protection one of our managed it solutions plan provides for you. In this very busy world it easier to just let us professionals handle the security management for you. If you haven’t done so already or have been sitting on the fence as to your pc’s upkeep, protection, find out what many small businesses in the San Antonio area have already discovered that GreenLinkTech is the premier managed it solution provider for you and your business.
The support staff at GLT
Posted by admin on August 21, 2009
Being a premier managed it solutions provider in San Antonio, TX I often find it interesting that we are sometimes heavily targeted by vendors peddling there wares to Green Link Tech.
These vendors always offer to help us for you ( our clients ) benefit.
More often than not the solutions are half baked to say the least.
Recently Green Link Tech was asked to join a beta test for the main support software we use to service the majority of our clients. Upon investigation into the new beta software I was pleasantly surprised to find that instead of being another half baked solution for managed it the company had put forth a solid effort to make our job for supporting you guys ( our clients ) a little easier.
We just wanted to take a minute to let you know that we are not standing still in our approach to best meeting your managed it solutions needs. We continue to test and evaluate many forms of software to keep your total cost of use of computer technology lower and to help eliminate as much of your daily computer operational headache as possible.
Thanks again for your continued support,
The staff at greenlinktech.com
Posted by admin on August 12, 2009
It has been our experience over the last few weeks that a higher number of email viruses have been prevalent.
These email viruses have been showing up mostly as trojans. If you have our security suite installed you are protected but, the blocked items need to be removed from the backup and quarantine locations. This will prevent them not only from spreading but also from being rediscovered during subsequent scans.
The GLT Team
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We are very proud to announce a major update to our website.
Posted by admin on March 16, 2009
With the tough economy, businesses are looking to cut costs wherever possible. Technology, specifically computer software, is one category that you can save yourself quite a bit of money without losing functionality. Thanks to the high quality of modern open-source projects, you can drive an entire office without paying high software prices. Most open-source software can be obtained for free. Don’t buy any office software before referencing this article!
One of the largest expenses for business software is an “office” suite of products. The most popular is Microsoft Office, which includes a word processor, spreadsheet, database, slide presentation maker, email and calendaring.
You can have all those applications and more, with the same robust features as the Microsoft product, without spending a dime. Give OpenOffice a try. It’s absolutely free, available for download at www.openoffice.org and can do everything you need.
For email, calendaring and tasks that looks and works just like Microsoft Outlook, try Evolution, another completely free open-source product. It works just like you may be used to with the big brand software but without any price tag! Download it today at http://www.dipconsultants.com/evolution/
Many are familiar with the Mozilla Firefox web browser, a free, fast, and full featured browser that is much more secure than the one included with Windows. Well, the Mozilla project also has Thunderbird, an email client. It is free to download and use and can be made to work just like Outlook, by installing a Thunderbird Add-On called Lightning. See http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/ for more information.
If you are comfortable using the internet, Google provides an extensive suite of software and services, all free of charge. Google Docs is an office software suite (word processor, spreadsheet and presentation) available through your web browser. Create new documents, import your existing documents and edit them. They are saved securely on Google’s server, in your Google Docs folder or you can download them into your computer again. Between OpenOffice and Google Docs, both of which can open Microsoft Office documents and save or export into Office formats, there is just no reason to pay for office software again. Free is better.
Google also features a great web email system, Gmail, and a calendar system that virtually eliminates your need to buy and install office software. All of Google’s products sync well with handheld devices, like Windows Mobile, iPhone and the new G1(Google phone) from T-Mobile.
Google has even released their own free web browser, Chrome, which has great features and offers even better speed and security over Firefox and Internet Explorer.
If you are tired of paying money into the big software companies, you may want to take the plunge into using a free open-source operating system. If you buy a computer with Windows installed, from a big brand like Dell and HP or custom built, it adds $50 to $100 on to the price.
Linux is a very popular, completely free operating system that, thanks to several companies, is just about as easy to use as Windows. Linux comes in many varieties but one of the most popular and easy to use is Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu comes with a very friendly interface and loaded with the free software mentioned above and so much more. You can even buy a new computer from Dell loaded with Ubuntu Linux. The prices for those Dell computers with Ubuntu are noticeably cheaper than their computers with Windows.
The Bottom Line
Let’s talk numbers. If you want to buy Microsoft Office Small Business Edition, the best price available at the time of writing is $270 per computer. For a small office with 2 to 5 computers, that’s $540 to $1350. If you have 10 to 20 computers, $2700 to $5400 dollars. Yes, there may be a bit of a learning curve to switching to one of the free products, but at those kind of savings, isn’t it worth it?
The world of free open-source software for Windows, Macs and Linux is growing by leaps and bounds. The next time you need a new computer or its time to upgrade software, talk to a computer professional about your free software options because there are many!
(As seen in the February 2009 issue of Today’s Builder magazine)
Posted by admin on January 16, 2009
What’s Your Backup Strategy?
The end of the year is upon us, and if you haven’t yet, it’s a good time to ponder your data backup strategy.
A backup strategy, you ask? Whether you have a single computer running your business or two dozen workstations and multiple servers, you need to have a backup strategy. The size of your business is directly related to how much data you have and how fast that data will change and grow. The rate of growth and change in your data determines how often you need to backup.
In this digital age, letters, proposals, bids, contracts, plans, licenses, invoices, bills and more are increasingly found in your computers, and not on your desks. But what if your hard drive goes belly up and the data is unrecoverable? What if a virus attacks and you lose key documents or information? Some will shrug and say that they can rebuild or re-enter that information in a reasonable amount of time. While this may be true for some of your information, every company has one set of data that is irreplaceable: your accounting data. For most small business owners your books are your LIFE. Having to re-enter years worth of data is not an acceptable or reasonable choice. How long can you afford to be without key documents for your current or upcoming jobs? Can you afford to pay your office staff to stop doing their jobs and begin recreating your essential documents and accounting data? Probably not, which is why a backup strategy is essential.
Redundancy is not backup: Redundancy, such as having a computer with two hard drives that mirror each other, is what you need to ensure that your computer stays running in the event one of the hard drives fails. Your computer (or server) stays running with data intact while you buy and install a new hard drive; your business keeps running. That, however, is not a backup system. Backups are made to protect you from worst case scenarios, like a nasty virus wipes out important files (with mirrored hard drives if files are wiped out they are wiped off of both drives), your computers get stolen or your office burns down. It’s also not a bad idea to have previous years of data ready when the tax auditor arrives.
Backup Media Options: There are a variety of different ways and different media upon which you can backup your data, from flash drives and portable USB hard drives, to burning a CD or using digital tape, and each presents their own pros and cons. While tape backups are traditionally the most common backup method, it can also be the most expensive option. That being said, if you are a medium to large sized business with servers, the tape backup method will still be your best option. With tapes you set a schedule of daily incremental, and weekly and monthly full backups. This makes your data secure from loss and highly available if older copies are needed. Those tapes can be rotated which will help keep some costs down. Tapes are not cheap and neither are the tape drives so smaller businesses will want to closely examine their business needs. Tape backup systems require backup software. Backup software can be expensive for the top of the line but for small businesses there are cheaper, easier to use software packages that will be a better fit. Talk to your computer expert for recommendations.
All of the backup media discussed in this article have varying life cycles. You can burn CD’s or DVD’s, which will hold 700 megabytes and 4 gigabytes respectively. I recommend the more expensive “archival quality” discs because your average CD-R has a life expectancy of 7 years at best. Portable hard drives can be a convenient backup storage medium, but they should not the only part of your strategy. You will want to use a tape or DVD at least once a month and take it off site, which we will discuss more in a moment. Flash drives are cheap easy storage from 1 to 64 gigabytes but I do not recommend backing up to flash drives especially for vital, long term storage. The very nature of flash drives is such that an error or accidental “zap” can wipe it clean of all data, like turning off a light switch. Flash drives are great for short term storage, like moving files between computers or keeping a copy of your proposal on your key chain. But this is not for long-term archiving. One final option is paying for an online backup service. You pay a monthly fee and they backup your data over the internet. If you can deal with the monthly fee, this can be a great solution for your business.
Put simply, you need to plan for the eventual replacement of your backups if you plan on keeping them for longer than the media’s life span. The way tax laws are, the longest you will need to keep your accounting data is 7 years and most businesses rarely have a need for other documents older than 5 years.
Get that thing out of here! Imagine if the worst case does happen and you need to restore from your backups, but the office burned down and you kept your backup media in the office. There went a whole lot of work for nothing. One vital piece to a good backup strategy is moving your backups off site. It’s best to find a safe, dry place like a safe, fireproof box or safety deposit box to store your backups in, preferably not in your office. Getting your backups out of the office will give you a better chance of keeping them safe in the event of disaster.
What’s right for me? I’ve laid out here a number of guidelines that you will need to examine for your business. To review: How vital is your data? How much data do you have to backup? If you lost your data today, how recent of a backup would be acceptable for you to restore from? A day? A week? A month? If you know the answers to these questions, you are on your way to establishing a good backup strategy. The next step is to talk to an experienced computer consultant. Having a good backup strategy is one part of a Disaster Recovery Plan that every business should have in place. A trustworthy consultant will help you put a Disaster Recovery Plan in place that fits your business and your budget. Do not get suckered into buying the most expensive backup system. Many businesses do not need the “Cadillac” of backup technologies, for most the “Ford” will do the job you need it to do. May next year prove even more successful and give you greater peace of mind, knowing that your data is safely backed up.