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Jake Ortman

Jake is the Communications Manager for Weston Technology Solutions. He's lived in Central Oregon his entire life. When he's not tethered to a computer screen, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, lazy days at the lake, and performing as a percussionist with local groups. Read more about Jake.

Upcoming Eclipse May Cause On-Site Delays

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last year or so, you’re probably well aware that a total eclipse is hitting the US on August 21, 2017. Weston’s main office is in Bend, Oregon, which is very close to the path of totality. Central Oregon is expected to get a massive influx of visitors, possibly hundreds of thousands of folks or more (depending on which news story you read).

Weston’s offices will be open normal office hours throughout August. However, if your company is in Central Oregon and we need to make an on-site visit to your offices, there will likely be a delay on the days leading up to, during, and after the eclipse (August 17 through August 23) because of congestion on the roads. If it’s a regularly scheduled appointment, we may need to reschedule because of traffic delays (we will contact you to reschedule). Traffic is already starting to get busy within the city limits of Bend, likely to only get worse as we approach August 21.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you already know that your office is going to be closed during the eclipse, please contact us at or giving us a call at (541) 383-2340.

Friday Fun: The History Of the IBM PC

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Happy Friday! Today, we have a little tech history for you.

  • The IBM PC, which was the basis for all modern Windows PCs, has a fascinating history. Ars Technica goes into great detail on how the modern IBM-compatible PC came to be, with an in-depth two part article. 
  • And on the other side of the aisle, Macs have their own varied history. While for many years, they had proprietary innards, they now share many of the same internal components that PCs have. So how come you never see an Intel Inside sticker on a Mac like you do on most PCs with Intel processors, even though Macs have used Intel processors for years? That's a very interesting story as well.
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HelpButtonWe are big believers in prevention being much less costly than the cure when it comes to technology. Here are five common things that can turn into emergencies for your business but are pretty easily avoided.

Need to be able to easily control two computers but only have space on your desk for a single mouse, keyboard, and monitor? Or maybe you have room for two monitors, but only a single mouse and keyboard but want to see and control two systems? You’re in luck: There are a few ways you can solve your problem.

Mobile Device ManagementAs a business owner, you’re likely familiar with locking down the data on your corporate-owned computers. With technologies like disk encryption and strong password policies and other security measures, you can assure that it will be pretty difficult to access data that shouldn’t be accessed.

But what about those computers in your employees’ pockets, the fancy smartphones they carry around? Have they ever used them to access company email, files, documents, calendars, or contacts? It is certainly very convenient and can increase productivity to have access to that data with you at all times. What would happen if they were to lose that phone or if the employee left? Would your data or access to your company’s data fall into the wrong hands?

Not if they were secured by WestonSecureMobile, powered by IBM MaaS360. Previously, if you wanted full control of your employee’s mobile access, you’d have to buy them all phones and lock them down. With WestonSecureMobile, you can allow them to bring their own personal devices and you won’t have to worry.

WestonSecureMobile uses industry-leading technologies to allow your employees to access company resources on their mobile devices securely without putting their personal or your corporate data at risk. WestonSecureMobile is a suite of secure applications that gets installed on your phone that keeps your corporate data access secure and separate from the personal data on your phone. It provides centralized management of the devices, allowing you to selectively control access to corporate data, much as you would with your Windows Server back at the office.

If a phone is lost or an employee leaves, you can wipe and lock down portions of the phone that were accessing that data so the user’s personal data is left alone. It also allows tracking of the devices if they are lost or stolen.

It’s certainly cheaper to allow your employees to bring their own devices. With WestonSecureMobile, you can be assured that bringing their own device won’t compromise your company’s data or put it at risk. Contact us today for more information and pricing.