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windows 7 logoWe announced a couple months ago that Microsoft is going to require computer manufacturers to bundle only Windows 10 with computers after September, making Windows 7 all but unavailable. Dell has recently announced that they’re going to extend a downgrade option to Windows 7 or 8.1 Professional edition for another year, but are going to charge an additional fee for it (likely via a Microsoft volume license agreement of some sort). They also have firmed up the date: They’ll kick this in after October 31, 2016.

We are not sure how much the additional fee will be, but we’d recommend that if you’re shopping for a business computer and need Windows 7, you do so now to avoid the headache. And be sure to follow the tips in our article: Things to Consider When Buying a Computer for your Business

apc surge recallThe surge protector: One of the most underappreciated yet most important things you use with your computer. Think about it: When was the last time you replaced it? You’ve changed your computer and various other things, you’ve moved offices, but have you ever changed your surge protection? Now is a good time to take a peek at what you have everything plugged into, as your surge protector might have been recalled as a fire hazard.

computerconfusion 1Shopping for a new computer can be a confusing process. We’ve worked with businesses long enough (over 20 years!) to know there is no one-size-fits all computer option that will work for all business uses. We are a certified reseller of many of the popular brands (Dell, HP, Lenovo, to name a few) and will happily work with you to quote out a computer to fit your needs for you and your business (just email to get the conversation moving). If you’re shopping or considering a new computer at all for your business, there are several things you need to consider.

Editor’s Note: I’m publishing this next sentence in the hopes it will warm up soon. It’s (nearly) Spring time! With Spring time comes Spring cleaning, and while you don’t think generally about Spring cleaning on your computer and your workspace, this is the perfect time of year to do so.

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Assorted miceThe little wheel on your mouse has been a standard feature on mice for nearly two decades, with Microsoft’s Intellimouse bringing it to the mainstream in 1996. But are you using it to its fullest potential? We’ve seen lots of folks use it for scrolling up and down documents, web pages, and spreadsheets, but there’s so much more that wheel (and the button underneath) can do.