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Animals Don’t Laugh

Animals don’t laugh.  Funny, isn’t it? No pun intended.  I never really thought about it until I heard a comedian say it recently.   Since I started to write this month’s column, I did a little research and found out there is some debate about whether animals laugh or not.  But that is a whole different…

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What is Bandwith?

Today’s Topic – What is Bandwidth? This morning, two of your kids were on their Chromebooks doing schoolwork on a math website.  Your spouse was logged into his work PC and taking calls on the VoIP phone he hooked up, and your dog was planted in front of your wide-screen TV, streaming cat videos from…

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Is Cloud Computing Secure? And Other Frequently Asked Questions

Before a business starts deploying their assets into the cloud, it is natural that they will question if cloud computing is secure. The truth is that cloud computing is just as, if not more secure than a traditional server if it is configured properly with a reputable company. In fact, most security breaches that occur…

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How to Change Your Zoom Background

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Communicating through email can be difficult (part one)

Communicating through email can be difficult (part one) By: Hillary Spear, Client Communications Manager I stink at proofing my own writing; I always have and probably always will.  What do I do to fix this?  I have an amazing process that works almost flawlessly.  My process even has a name – Chris and Ben.  For…

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Bits, Bots and Bytes April Newsletter: No one is right…

I am struggling this time with what to write.  What is appropriate to write when we are in the middle of a pandemic that has left the country feeling a mix of emotions? Personally, I have a sister-in-law who is a surgeon in NYC, a good friend who has to go in and clean up…

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Is this E-mail Dangerous? We would like to send a special word of warning about how criminals may be trying to use the coronavirus to scam you. How better to get your attention than to send out an email that looks like it’s from the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Center for Disease Control…

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Every Day Moments and Technology

It finally happened…okay, to be honest, it’s probably been happening a lot, but it hit me in a whole new way. My 17-year-old daughter asked me a question and I kind of half answered her, because I was busy doing something else.  She didn’t seem to notice, so I guess I answered sufficiently enough for…

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What is an SSL?

If you don’t know your IP from your URL or your VLAN, this column is for you!  Welcome to In Plain English, where you’ll learn some techie stuff from a non-tech person who just so happens to have worked with a bunch of computer geeks for the last 25 years. Today’s Topic – What’s an…

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What a difference a note can make!

For those of you who don’t know me, my father was a college professor. Of course, to me, my dad is one of the smartest people I know and I have immense respect for him. Being his daughter, I get the benefit of his personal counsel and can see the many ways he enriches my…

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