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February Edition 2019
Greetings from EZ MicroStarship robots will deliver pizza and coffee to George Mason students
 | EZ MICRO presents...Smart glasses design projects images right into the eyeGoogle's Doodle contest for kids returns with $80K in prizesWinter Science Ideas and Stem Activities for Kids
 | 3 steps to take immediately if your phone is stolen or lost  |  DISCOVER LEHIGH VALLEYPuzzleTip of the Month
How to Request Service From EZ Micro Solutions  |   Electronic Recycling Information
Greetings from EZ Micro

I don't know if you've ever heard people talking about having a "word" for the year. Basically, all it means is that someone has chosen a word that they feel is important for them to focus on for the upcoming year. Words such as "Discipline", "Joy", "Patience"—anything that will inspire and help you to grow (note: if you want more info on the one word concept, check out the book of the month section).

Some people believe it is a word God gives them and some just believe it is something they choose for themselves. Either way, it is a word that is on your heart, and probably important to incorporate in your life.

One of the things that I am focusing on this year is the word "slow". I am very much a "can't sit still" kind of person. If I am doing anything, I usually find myself trying to figure out how I can do it faster or more efficiently. While those can be great qualities to have, they can easily make you more stressed and lose track of the moments themselves.

What do I mean by that? Let's take something simple like driving. If I have a 20 minute drive and traffic is slowing me down, I have two choices. I can either launch WAZE on my phone and see if it's possible to shorten my travel time, or I can relax, stay on the route, and enjoy the scenery or listen to a podcast.

Yes, I might save myself 5 minutes of what I would normally consider "wasted time", but, let's be honest—will those 5 minutes truly make a difference? Maybe the real difference will be made if I slow down and enjoy that "wasted time".

I often find myself so involved in trying to improve a process or complete it faster that I lose the beauty of the moment of the activity itself.

HIllary Spear
Client Communications Manager

Starship robots will deliver pizza and coffee to George Mason students
By Jon Fingas

It just became that much easier for students to grab food without interrupting a study break. Starship and Sodexo have launched a robot food delivery service at Virginia's George Mason University, giving students and staff access to food within an average of 15 minutes or less. Pay $2 through Starship's mobile app and one of the more than 25 automatons will deliver pizza, coffee and other grub to a convenient pickup point on campus. It even ties into the school's student meal plans (the first such tie-in anywhere, according to Starship) and debit program.

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EZ MICRO presents...

Looking for some good reading?



One Word That Will Change Your Life

By: Jon Gordon

One Word explains how to simplify your life and business by focusing on just ONE WORD for the entire year. The simplicity of choosing one word makes it a catalyst for life-change. Clutter and complexity lead to procrastination and paralysis, while simplicity and focus lead to success and clarity.
 

Each month, we will feature one of our employees' favorite apps! If you're anything like me, you're always interested in knowing what's new out there.

Microsoft Planner

To help keep you organized!

Best fractals zoom ever

Best CES 2019 Smart Home Tech:
25 Awesome Gadgets

 

Smart glasses design projects images right into the eye
By James Holloway
Researchers have developed a new way to build augmented reality smart glasses that projects images directly into the eye rather than using lenses as a display. It's hoped the approach could shrink down smart glasses and AR headsets, potentially making them indistinguishable from day to day eyewear.

For now, this is theoretical and somewhat limited in scope. A prototype based on these methods would be capable of rendering texts and icons only. Projecting video into the eye wouldn't be possible at this stage.

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Google's Doodle contest for kids returns with $80K in prizes

By: Tristan Greene

The "Doodle For Google" contest is open for submissions from US children in grades K-12 again, this year with more than $80K in prizes for the national winner.

The annual contest kicked off earlier this week with a performance by everyone's favorite muppet... and a felt frog. If you're a kid, this happened way past your bedtime.

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Winter Science Ideas and Stem Activities for Kids

By: littlebins

Maybe you have snow and freezing temperatures, or maybe you don't. Whether you are shoveling the white stuff or lounging by a palm tree, there's still winter! When the weather turns chilly or not so chilly, why not try some playful Winter science ideas with your kids. Avoid cabin fever this season and keep the kids learning and playing with many great science experiments and STEM projects!

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3 steps to take immediately if your phone is stolen or lost
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

The loss or theft of a phone can be very upsetting. After all, you have a lot of important information on that device. But if you take the right steps the moment you realize it's gone, you may be able to minimize the pain.

What to do if your smartphone is stolen or irretrievably lost
If you've determined that your phone isn't just temporarily misplaced, it's wise to take more advanced steps to protect your information and identity.

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DISCOVER LEHIGH VALLEY
Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment

Enter the world of Disney magic LIVE ON ICE with four of your favorite stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, coming to PPL Center in downtown Allentown for seven shows between January 31 and February 3.

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Fabulous Fins of the 50s & 60s

America On Wheels is proud to showcase our new exhibit, "Fabulous Fins of the 50s and 60s: The Jet Age of Automobile Design".

This exhibit will be in our changing exhibit gallery from September 29, 2018 through March 23, 2019. Visitors will see an assortment of vintage automobiles and tailfins on display.

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Family Night Racoon Nation

Join a movie and craft night and a screening of "Raccoon Nation" from the PBS Nature series. This film investigates whether the increasing complexity of our urban/suburban habitat is advancing the brain development of our raccoon neighbors. Registration is required.

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First Friday

On the first Friday of every month, the merchants of SouthSide put on a showcase of gallery shows, food specials, drink deals, free samples, and live music! Each month brings fresh new themes and more reasons to come out and celebrate! Join the fun, check the page at Facebook.com/southsideartsdistrict for details or the website southsideartsdistrict.com.

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Puzzle
Riddle:

Frank's father has 5 sons. If the names of his 4 sons are Fefe, Fifi, Fofo, Fufu, respectively, then what would be the name of his 5th son?

Get the Answer!
Tip of the Month

 
How to Request Service From EZ Micro Solutions

We're nuts about
helping our customers!

Do you need support? Are you a new client, new employee, or just need a little reminder of how to request service from EZ Micro? Whatever the reason you are reading this article, here are the details for reaching us!

Service Desk
Our Dispatch Coordinator is the center of our support team. Any issues you experience should be reported here first by opening a Service Request using one of the following methods. Our service desk is available from 8:00 AM EST - 5:00 PM EST Monday through Friday.

E-Mail
Simply send an e-mail to support@ezmicro.com. The subject line of the e-mail will become the Summary of the Service Ticket. The body of the e-mail will be posted to the Detail Description section of the Service Ticket. Please provide as much information as possible so we can handle the request accurately and quickly.

Web Portal
If you do not have access to the EZ Micro Solutions Service Portal, please contact us and request access. The support portal can be accessed by going to www.myezmicro.com. This will show you all of tickets for your organization and the current status of those tickets. Additionally, new tickets can be created and information can be added to existing tickets. In addition, depending on your restriction level, you'll be able to view all of your past invoices with EZ Micro as well as view the details of all of your managed devices (servers, firewalls, PCs, etc.).

Standard Phone Support
To reach EZ Micro Solutions by phone, please call 610-264-3991. If you should need assistance after hours, weekends, or holidays, please press 3 to have the on-call engineer notified of your situation. Please note—our Emergency Rate applies after hours, weekends, and holidays.



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