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November 10th, 2014

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Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: 300 Satellite Blvd, Suwanee, GA

If you are the CEO or Executive of a company who wants to introduce mobile or cloud computing to make it easier to work while out of the office and wants to see a world class data center, this is a must attend event. Spacing is limited to 10 people AND due to the security of the facility, you must register NO LATER than November 30th.

To register:

    1. Call Jennifer or Becky at 678-745-5109 OR
    2. Email: jennifer@mis-solutions.com or bjoubert@mis-solutions.com
November 10th, 2014

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On behalf of the MIS Solutions family, we would like to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. One of the main things we are thankful for is each and every one of you, our loyal customers and friends. Your commitment and support of our business fills our cornucopia with success and strength.

As we pause and count our blessings, it is the perfect time to say Thank You for your continued business. We appreciate it very much and look forward to another bountiful year working and growing together.

— Team MIS

November 10th, 2014

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Once, in a seminar of about 50 people, the speaker decided to change his presentation to prove a point. He decided to do a group activity. He gave each person a balloon and asked them to write their names on it with a marker.

All the balloons were gathered up and put into a small room. The attendees were all let into the balloon-filled room and were asked to find the balloon with their own name on it within 5 minutes. As expected, everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and creating utter chaos. At the end of the 5 minutes, no one had found their own balloon.

The presenter then asked the attendees to randomly pick up one balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes, everyone had their own balloon. “This is what is happening in our lives,” the presenter explained. “Everyone is looking frantically for their own happiness, not knowing where it is.” Our happiness lies in the happiness of others. Give happiness to other people, and you shall find your own.

November 10th, 2014

Screen Shot 2557-11-10 at 12.00.32 PMWe’ve been awarded funds based on our sales and we want to pass those savings to YOU! We know it’s time for budgets, forecasts, and analyses of your needs for the coming year. Let us help you be prepared for 2015 and save money in the process. After all, no one wants to pay MORE for services and products than they have to — we all work way too hard for that!

If you are one of the 1st ten customers to contact us to purchase more than one desktop, laptop or server in the month of November – we’ll take $100 off your order.

All you have to do is contact Ruth Ann by phone or email so we can schedule a time to discuss exactly what type of upgrades, licensing, and support you will need for 2015. Remember, we don’t have to do the actual full installation before the end of the year, but you must purchase before December 30, 2014 or the IRS won’t allow for a Section 179 deduction.

Call or email Ruth Ann at: 770-945-5487 ext. 2712 or ramoore@mis-solutions.com.

November 10th, 2014

Recently at the airport, I noticed a lady walking around with her cell phone tucked in the side pouch of her purse and the charging cable attached. However, it seemed like it was just plugged into the main pocket of her bag. Strange, right? Not these days.

Universal USB chargers allow you to revive your devices while you’re on the move. You can go shopping on Black Friday or take in a new movie at the theater while charging your cellphone. These handy tools come with a variety of capacity options to charge handheld devices like cellphones and laptops so make sure you know what you need.

What should you look for in a travel charger? Sometimes size and versatility are the two most important factors for a technology purchase.

  1. Battery capacity. For portable chargers, their lives are measured in milliam-pere-hour (mAh). Look for something that charges just beyond the capacity of your battery to ensure a full charge; somewhere between 2500 and 3500 will work for most cell phones.
  2. Consider a charging case. It’s a travel charger built right into a cell phone case. This type of charger is incredibly useful when you need to be able to use the device for phone calls or navigation while it charges.
  3. Portable charging dock. Another great solution to avoid the bulk is a portable dock. For example, the PhoneSuit Flex XT gives you a travel charger that plugs directly into your phone so you don’t need the cable at all.
  4. More power than you will ever need. EC Technology offers a the only portable solution you will ever need. Their new 22400mAh high density external battery pack is amazing. This baby can keep your cell phone, iPod and laptop alive for almost a week.
  5. Give the gift of life. Battery life that is. This holiday season, consider this great gift for the teenager in your life who just can’t seem to keep their cell phone charged or that special lady that loves to shop till she drops at the Mall of Georgia, North Point Mall or Phipps Plaza.
November 10th, 2014

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Pebble Steel does more than just tell the time — this smart watch displays e-mail, text messages, caller ID and other notifications from your favorite apps, reading them straight from your iPhone or Android phone. Pebble cleverly vibrates on your wrist to alert you of incoming calls, meeting reminders or approved notifications. Leave your phone in your pocket as you go about your day-to-day activities.

The long-lasting battery life and the easy-to-use design makes this watch both stylish and necessary in this day and age, and its e-Paper screen makes it easy to see in both direct sunlight and even underwater.

Pebble Steel is available on Amazon for $149.99. With this gadget, whose battery can go for a week without charging, the integration of technology in your life will be smoother and much more hands-free.

November 10th, 2014

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  1. To get back to the top of a page, tap once on the status bar at the top edge of the iPhone or iPad screen, and you’ll jump to the top. It works for websites, e-mail, contacts and many other apps.
  2. Switch from numbers to letters and back with ease. Tap and hold the “123” key, then drag it to a number you select. When you lift your finger from the number, the letter keyboard will appear again.
  3. Autofill email addresses: When entering an email address, hold down the period key to see other address endings. Add emoticons to your keyboard by choosing: Settings, General, Keyboard, International Keyboards, Add New Keyboard, Emoji.
  4. Saved drafts: Tap and hold the “Compose New Message” button in Mail to bring up all your saved email draft,” says Katherine Boehret of The Wall Street Journal.
  5. Split the iPad’s on-screen keyboard in two so you can grasp the iPad with two hands and type with your thumbs. Just spread your two thumbs from the center of the keyboard or tap and hold the keyboard icon and select Split. This is on by default, though you might not know it. To check, go to Settings, General, Keyboard and Split Keyboard.
November 10th, 2014

Microsoft has announced that as of July 14, 2015, it will discontinue support for its 11-year-old server operation system, Server 2003. This follows in the wake of its recent discontinuation of support for Windows XP this past spring. Failure to upgrade your server off of this operating system dramatically increases any company’s cyber-security risks.

With server migrations taking on average 200 days from planning to completion (industry average), if you still have a server running this software active on your network, now is the time to start planning. End of support for Windows Server 2003 means:

  • No further updates or security patches released. 37 critical updates were released for Server 2003 in 2013 alone. No updates will be released after 7/14/15.
  • Loss of compliance. Various industry regulations and industry standards will no longer be able to be achieved if you are using Server 2003 actively on your network.
  • Increased security risks. Any server running this operating system will be completely exposed to serious hacker attacks aimed at taking control of your network, stealing your data or crashing your systems.

To discuss your needs, call your lead engineer or Derek Wynegar at 678-730-2706 to get started with planning today.

November 10th, 2014

Please forgive me for the headline if it seems a bit “sensational,” but I really needed a way to get your attention about a perfectly legal way to save quite a bit of money on taxes while updating outdated computer equipment that is going to quickly pass you by if you don’t act soon.

Thanks to the recently updated tax deduction titled “Section 179 Election” (see www.section179.org for details), the Federal Government allows you to buy up to $25,000 in machinery, computers, software, office furniture, vehicles or other tangible goods and take the full expense deduction in the current year, thereby REDUCING your taxable income on your current year’s tax return.

It’s important to note that this is significantly less than the 2013 deduction allowances, but is still real money in your pocket! But you have to act now, as once the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, Section 179 can’t help your 2014 profits anymore.

But Here’s How I’m Going To “Sweeten The Pot” And Help You Save Even MORE Money

In the spirit of saving you money, I’ve decided to “sweeten the pot” and make the following offer to anyone looking to take advantage of this end-of-year deduction:

Call Jennifer at 678-730-2703 before December 15, 2014, to discuss potential hardware purchases in your business, and not only will we provide you with a full action plan to implement your new technology before December 31st, we will also send you a FREE copy of the book 1001 Deductions And Tax Breaks 2014: Your Complete Guide To Everything Deductible – a smart business owner is always looking for more ways to save money!

November 10th, 2014

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We’ve noticed an increase in the spread of the “Ransomware” virus known as Cryptowall and wanted to bring this to your attention. A virus, CryptoWall 2.0, comes through as an email attachment often claiming to be an invoice, purchase order, bill, complaint, or other business communication. Thus it disguises itself as a credible email attachment to entice the user into downloading it. Once downloaded, it renders the data on your computer inaccessible, leaving no easy way to recover your information.

If you receive any unusual emails containing ZIP or PDF attachments, do not open them without first confirming with the sender that they are legitimate files. If you think your computer may be infected with this threat, contact us immediately at our 24/7 support line: 770-945-5487. Recommendation: alert your entire staff to be on the look out and avoid being enticed to download and start an infection.