7 Smart Phone Photography Tips

If you’re like most people, you’re more likely to have your smart phone with you in the moment than your camera.  Here are a few tips to get good results using your smart phone’s built-in camera.

Keep it clean—the lens, that is.  Fingerprints and smears on the lens can be an issue.

Save Time in Outlook, SimplyFile

At our last Lunch'n'Learn, we heard some great strategies to improve our productivity with Outlook.  Here's one more: 

I've been using an Outlook add-in called SimplyFile for several years and simply can't live without it.  It watches your email filing habits and learns where would typically file an email message from a particular person or with a common subject line.

I Want My MTV

So, what are some of the technical ramifications of the proliferation of video?  I’m glad you asked! We covered just the topic in our joint Lunch’n’Learn with Grey Sky Films in April. 

The faster Internet speeds available to today have fueled the explosion of new ways of using video.

3 Important Things to Check on Your Computer Network After Hurricane Sandy

As many of you are returning to business as usual we would strongly recommend a quick but thorough check of your internal IT systems.  In particular, we recommend: 

Hurricane Sandy from Space

Verifying your backups are working properly by doing an actual restore
Reviewing your server error logs, especially the Windows System log and the hardware manufacturer logs, for any potential hardware problems that may be lurking as a result of inconsistent power or hard server shutdowns
Testing your power strips and UPS units to ensure that they are still able to protect your computer equipment through future power events.

5 Quick and Easy Outlook tips

I'm always looking for ways to use my software, especially Outlook, more effectively.  Here's a few of my favorites:

Outlook Tip #1: Was an important message sent to the Junk E-mail folder? If an item gets moved to your Junk E-mail folder by mistake, select the message, and then press CTRL+ ALT+J.

Outlook Tip #2: Keep track of messages that require action.

Let your search engine work for you

Do you Google all the time like we do? Don't like clicking the Next button to see the next 10 results?  You can bypass this limit by using Google's advanced search feature and increasing the number of results per page (choose between 10, 20, 30, 50, or 100 results per page).

Cut your search time in half!

Fair warning:  If you clear your browser cache, it will reset to the default 10 results per page.

Excel Tech Tip

Recently, a colleague sent me an Excel spreadsheet with the first column (Column A) hidden.

It took me a few minutes to realize what was going on--I could see a partial word in Column B and simply thought I needed to adjust the column width.   After fiddling with it for a few minutes, I realized that Column A was hidden and that the partial word was simply a word in Column A that continued into the Column B cell which didn't happen to have any data.

Give your colleagues your two cents!

Have you ever needed to gather the opinion or responses from some of your colleagues for an activity, event or other that is going on at work?  If so, then check out the "create poll" feature in Outlook.  It requires that you have an Exchange server to work but what a time saver it can be.

Double up and save time

Save time packing power equipment for your phone or laptop,  but two identical adapters or consider an iGo as your traveling companion.  I have an iGo tip set that I keep in my car and one that I carry with me to charge my laptop, phone, and a variety of accessories such as Bluetooth headset, wireless headphones and more.

IT Radix SPAM Tip of the Month

Our computers are being hijacked, and we may not even know it!  The term “hijack” means to illegally seize in transit and force to a different destination or use for ones own purpose, which is exactly what is being done right under our fingertips.