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September Edition 2018
WelcomeFirst foot on the field, last to leave  |  10 Phone and Laptop Problems You Shouldn't IgnoreEZMicro presents... Electronic Recycling InformationWhat Would You Do With a Third, Mind-Controlled, Robotic Limb?THINGS TO DO | The best drone photos from around the worldBracketron Xventure Xolar 3000: Power your iPhone with the sun | EZ Micro Lunch and LearnsRiddleHow to Request Service From EZ Micro Solutions
Welcome
Back to school is for everyone

It's that time of year again - back to school! Whether you find yourself waiting at the bus stop or not, all of our lives change a bit in the fall. We go from vacations, getaway weekends and BBQ's to structure, project deadlines and responsibilities.

Everyone's focus seems to change as September rolls around and the feeling around the office is different. Life inevitably becomes more structured as we struggle to find our focus again after beaches, mountains and Disney trips.

In the fall, instead of planning a beach weekend I am balancing work and football games, band practices and cheer practices. Don't get me wrong, I love watching my kids participate in sports and in all their activities, but it takes much more organization to keep everything on track!

While technology can get sometimes get a bad rep, one of the things that I've realized is how much easier it makes my life when it works well. There is so much out there that is available to help us stay motivated and be more productive.

Just a small example of how technology can help is Siri (or Cortana, or Alexa) putting things in my calendar. Although it's not difficult to enter something, it can be time consuming when you are in a hurry and it is easier to think “I'll just enter it later”. And then of course is the dreaded apology when you miss the appointment because you realize you never actually did open your calendar! With Siri I don't worry about that anymore.

One of my other favorite time savers is having 3 screens on my desk. To be honest, I never even thought about 3 using screens at once. When I first walked into my office here, it seemed like something from a movie scene. Little did I know how much more productive it could make me. Thankfully EZ Micro is filled with tech savvy geniuses who did know and are always trying to make life simpler and more efficient!

So, as we adjust to the colder weather and our more productive selves, I'd love to hear what helps you the most - or even better what frustrates you the most! Send me your stories (hspear@ezmicro.com) about how technology helps or hinders you as you find ways to get back to productivity in the fall. We will feature the best stories in next month's newsletter and everyone who emails will get a surpise gift.
First foot on the field, last to leave...
Clover Life Consulting Group

Leadership. In today's landscape of social pontificating about every possible sensitivity to just about every sect of human existence, the concept of leadership seems to be getting a small resurgence as a concept in the social media landscape... but ya gotta look for it... to that end, this post will give a quick breakdown of the basics that every leader should work to embrace in both the work place and personal life. Let us begin.

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10 Phone and Laptop Problems You Shouldn't Ignore
By David Nield

If you own a phone or a computer (and we're assuming you do) there are bugs and annoyances that you just have to learn to live with. On the flip side, there are also problems that hint at something much more serious going on with your device—issues you shouldn't learn to live with, but should address at the earliest opportunity.

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EZ MICRO presents...

Looking for some good reading? The first is a business read, and the second is a fun read.


StrengthsFinder 2.0

By: by Tom Rath

Strategic, Maximizer, Communication... that is who I am based on the Gallup Strengths Finder! You'll have to read the book to see exactly what that means. I read StrengthsFinder and took the test a long time ago but I still find it to be helpful today. The theory is that everyone has strengths they should capitalize on and this process will identify those characteristics so that you can excel in your job and who you are as a person.
 

 
 
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering

By: David Gregory


It's a quick read and a different twist on a dinner date. I highly recommend this book.
 

Ebru Painting

Ebru technique consists of sprinkling colours containing a few drops of ox-gall onto the surface of the bath of water mixed with kitre (gum tragacanth) in a trough. By carefully laying the paper over the bath, the floating picture on top of it is readily transferred to the paper; thus each ebru is a unique print. To obtain beautiful ebru results, one needs to have a light hand, refined taste and an open mind to the unexpected patterns forming on the water. Patience and a good knowledge of traditional culture are characteristic of ebru masters.



Each month we will feature one of our employees favorite aps! If you are like me you are always looking to see what is out there.

Cozi App


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What Would You Do With a Third, Mind-Controlled, Robotic Limb?
By Carl Engelking
Just imagine what you could do with a third arm.

You could sip coffee and type an email. You could scratch your nose and play Call of Duty. You could solve the Rubik's cube and conduct a symphony. You could play Ping-Pong and knit a sweater. Clearly, we could all use a third arm.

Fortunately, giving us a hand with a third arm might be a promise science can deliver on, like, soon. That's because engineers at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute in Japan recently showed off a brain-machine interface that allows them to complete two different tasks using their fleshy arms in concert with a third, mind-controlled robotic arm.

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THINGS TO DO
The Great Allentown Fair

 

The Great Allentown Fair, running August 28 - September 3, 2018, celebrates its 166th year offering a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Fair Hours

August 28 - 4 to 11 PM
August 29 thru September 2 - Noon to 11 PM
September 3 - Noon to 10 PM

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LEHIGH VALLEY FESTIVALS & MAJOR EVENTS

Check out this list of festivals and events happening in the Lehigh Valley.

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The best drone photos from around the world
By Parker Hall

 

Drones, once primarily the domain of professionals and well-to-do hobbyists, have slowly become more accessible to even the biggest penny-pinchers. Costs have dropped substantially over the past few years, and during this span, we have seen the technology advance exponentially.

While early designs were more of a backyard novelty (and often a nuisance) than anything else, the latest drone models are loaded with advanced cameras and stabilization technology that allows for more practical outdoor uses.

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Bracketron Xventure Xolar 3000: Power your iPhone with the sun
By Steven Sande
 

External battery packs are wonderful for giving your iPhone a boost when it's running low, but what about those situations where you're nowhere near a wall outlet to plug the battery pack in to top it off? Fortunately, Bracketron thought of those situations and is now selling the US$49.95 Xventure Xolar 3000, a 3000 mAh external battery pack that also features a solar panel to charge the battery.

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Puzzle
Riddle: A farmer has three fields. One of them has 3 bundles of hay, another has 4, and the last has 5. How many bundles would he have in the first field if he combined all of them in the that field?

Get the Answer!
Tip of the Month
Have you ever wanted to copy something into your document but it brings all the formatting with it and messes everything up?

Here is a simple tip to bring over your copy as plain text: Try Ctrl +Shift+V (use command instead of Ctrl for Mac) instead of Instead of hitting Ctrl and V
 
How to Request Service From EZ Micro Solutions

We're nuts about
helping our customers!

Do you need support? Are you a new client or a new employee of a client or do you just need a little refresh on 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 the EZ Micro Solutions call 610-264-3991. If you should need assistance after hours, weekends, or holidays, please press 3 to have the Engineer on-call notified of your situation. Please note, our Emergency Rate applies after-hours, weekends and holidays.



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