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Stop Ignoring Unneeded Applications That Take Up Space on Your Network

b2ap3_thumbnail_trash_apps_to_improve_performance_400.jpgThere’s a value to having a neat and tidy office where everything is where it’s supposed to be. In addition to seeing a boost in productivity because you’re not having to fight clutter, you just feel good about working in a space that’s clean and orderly. These same principles of organization apply to your company’s network.

If you’ve been in business for more than a few years, then your system has surely accumulated files and programs that you haven’t touched in a long time. This can make locating a needed file difficult and even slow down the performance of your PC. If every employee on your network is having to navigate a maze of unneeded programs just to do their jobs, then your system is leaking a lot of productivity.

If your network is facing this kind of disorganized dilemma, then you will want to call Total Networks at (602)412-5025 for some organizational solutions. We’ve got just the technology for your virtual mess with our application management service. At Total Networks, we’ll take the time to work with you to find out which programs are the most used by your business and which ones are just taking up space. We will then rid your system of any unnecessary applications remotely, meaning that a visit from a tech isn’t required.

By taking advantage of our application management service, your business will experience all of these benefits and more:

  • Increased flexibility: When your employees aren’t fighting with a system that’s cluttered, they’ll become a workforce that’s more flexible to handle the changing demands of your business.
  • Cut operational costs: When it takes longer than it needs to for your employees to complete a project because unwanted software gets in their way, then operational costs increase on all fronts. When your company’s network is organized, operations are streamlined and the expense of doing business decreases.
  • Increased productivity: With our application management service, we’re able to do much more than simply delete unneeded programs; this service can also be used to organize network files and applications in such a way that productivity is maximized. At Total Networks, we consider ourselves to be productivity experts. We have an eye to organize your systems in such a way that you will get the most out of your technology.
  • Increase customer service quality: Naturally, if employees are able to more efficiently do their jobs, then customers will receive better service thanks to increased response times and quicker access to needed data.

Don’t let a few unwanted programs get in the way of your business being the best it can be. Reach out to Total Networks at (602)412-5025 to take advantage of our application management service and other time-saving managed IT solutions. Now, as far as cleaning up a messy office goes, you’re on your own for that one, but in the quest to get your business organized, sorting out your digital mess is a great place to start.

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Tip of the Week: How to Automatically Reboot Your PC

b2ap3_thumbnail_reboot_automation_400.jpgIf you were asked to recall the last time you restarted your PC or smartphone, could you? Too many people don’t take the few minutes required to promote quality efficiency and productivity with their machines. In fact, rebooting can be very much like a full night’s sleep for a computer, and without it, its performance might not meet your business’s expectations.

Why is Rebooting So Important?
Even if your desktop is brand new, the very nature of technology makes it prone to software bugs or even memory leaks. Memory leaks occur when your system’s RAM becomes overloaded, causing your PC to move at a sluggish rate. You might notice this in the form of drastically reduced performance speed, or even freezing. By simply resetting your computer, you’re allowing the overloaded data to reset, essentially giving your computer a fresh start.

This is generally the reason why your computer must restart after installing a new piece of software, application, or even an operating system update. Installing or updating new or existing software takes up a lot of resources. If the system isn’t properly restarted, it’s like leaving dishes in the sink after a big meal; they get in the way when you need to use the sink, and your productivity suffers as a result.

Additionally, your computer will reap the benefits of longer battery life. When your computer doesn’t have to strain its RAM, which allows it to process disorganized data, your device will consume less power. Longer battery life equates to more productivity.

You might have some workers who neglect to reboot their computers due to being in the middle of working on something, and it would hurt their continuity to close out of everything and restart. This is generally due to having several different applications and Internet browser tabs open all at once. In some cases, these workers will leave all of these tabs and applications running when they take off from the office at the end of the day. Closing out of everything would be these workers’ equivalent to dropping all of the work they’ve accomplished throughout that day and reopening all of it after the computer is back online.

Granted, rebooting isn’t something which takes forever. In fact, it’s a best practice that your workers reboot their PCs at least once a week, or even at the end of every day. If this is done right before your workers leave the office, they won’t be wasting any time or interrupting their workday by restarting their computer. This helps keep your system happy and healthy, making unexpected hardware crashes unlikely. Even a mobile device can benefit from a regular reboot.

How to Set Your PC to Automatically Reboot
If remembering to reboot isn’t the first thing to cross your mind in the workplace, you can set your PC to reboot automatically by using the Windows Task Scheduler. In Windows 7 and later versions of Windows, you can set these functions up by following these steps:

Open your system’s Control Panel. Type “schedule” in the search bar in the top right corner.

 

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Upon searching for “schedule, under Administrative Tools, click on Schedule Tasks.

 

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Inside the Task Scheduler, click on Create Task.

 

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Once the Create Task window has opened, navigate to the General tab. Your new task will need a name, like “Daily Reboot,” and select Run whether user is logged on or not,” and Run with highest privileges.”

 

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In the Triggers tab, click on the New… button.

 

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In the Triggers tab, you can then select how often you want your PC to reboot, and when it will take place. We recommend that you choose a time that is after-hours. Finally, click OK.

 

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In the Actions tab, select New

 

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Select the action toStart Program.” Under Program/Script, select the program called shutdown.exe. Click OK.

 

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You should be all set, and your PC will restart automatically after-hours. You’ll never have to remember to restart your PC again. Just don’t forget to save your work before you leave the office at the end of the day.

Total Networks’s remote IT maintenance service includes scheduled rebooting times for your company’s workstations after-hours. We set everything up properly so you don’t have to. You can reap all of the benefits of a rebooted PC without dealing with any of the troubles associated with it. We can even perform remote PC maintenance on your systems to ensure that they are in tip-top shape and operating at maximum efficiency. Call us at (602)412-5025 to learn more.

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Tip of the Week: How to Automatically Reboot Your PC

b2ap3_thumbnail_reboot_automation_400.jpgIf you were asked to recall the last time you restarted your PC or smartphone, could you? Too many people don’t take the few minutes required to promote quality efficiency and productivity with their machines. In fact, rebooting can be very much like a full night’s sleep for a computer, and without it, its performance might not meet your business’s expectations.

Why is Rebooting So Important?
Even if your desktop is brand new, the very nature of technology makes it prone to software bugs or even memory leaks. Memory leaks occur when your system’s RAM becomes overloaded, causing your PC to move at a sluggish rate. You might notice this in the form of drastically reduced performance speed, or even freezing. By simply resetting your computer, you’re allowing the overloaded data to reset, essentially giving your computer a fresh start.

This is generally the reason why your computer must restart after installing a new piece of software, application, or even an operating system update. Installing or updating new or existing software takes up a lot of resources. If the system isn’t properly restarted, it’s like leaving dishes in the sink after a big meal; they get in the way when you need to use the sink, and your productivity suffers as a result.

Additionally, your computer will reap the benefits of longer battery life. When your computer doesn’t have to strain its RAM, which allows it to process disorganized data, your device will consume less power. Longer battery life equates to more productivity.

You might have some workers who neglect to reboot their computers due to being in the middle of working on something, and it would hurt their continuity to close out of everything and restart. This is generally due to having several different applications and Internet browser tabs open all at once. In some cases, these workers will leave all of these tabs and applications running when they take off from the office at the end of the day. Closing out of everything would be these workers’ equivalent to dropping all of the work they’ve accomplished throughout that day and reopening all of it after the computer is back online.

Granted, rebooting isn’t something which takes forever. In fact, it’s a best practice that your workers reboot their PCs at least once a week, or even at the end of every day. If this is done right before your workers leave the office, they won’t be wasting any time or interrupting their workday by restarting their computer. This helps keep your system happy and healthy, making unexpected hardware crashes unlikely. Even a mobile device can benefit from a regular reboot.

How to Set Your PC to Automatically Reboot
If remembering to reboot isn’t the first thing to cross your mind in the workplace, you can set your PC to reboot automatically by using the Windows Task Scheduler. In Windows 7 and later versions of Windows, you can set these functions up by following these steps:

Open your system’s Control Panel. Type “schedule” in the search bar in the top right corner.

 

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Upon searching for “schedule, under Administrative Tools, click on Schedule Tasks.

 

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Inside the Task Scheduler, click on Create Task.

 

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Once the Create Task window has opened, navigate to the General tab. Your new task will need a name, like “Daily Reboot,” and select Run whether user is logged on or not,” and Run with highest privileges.”

 

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In the Triggers tab, click on the New… button.

 

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In the Triggers tab, you can then select how often you want your PC to reboot, and when it will take place. We recommend that you choose a time that is after-hours. Finally, click OK.

 

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In the Actions tab, select New

 

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Select the action toStart Program.” Under Program/Script, select the program called shutdown.exe. Click OK.

 

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You should be all set, and your PC will restart automatically after-hours. You’ll never have to remember to restart your PC again. Just don’t forget to save your work before you leave the office at the end of the day.

Total Networks’s remote IT maintenance service includes scheduled rebooting times for your company’s workstations after-hours. We set everything up properly so you don’t have to. You can reap all of the benefits of a rebooted PC without dealing with any of the troubles associated with it. We can even perform remote PC maintenance on your systems to ensure that they are in tip-top shape and operating at maximum efficiency. Call us at (602)412-5025 to learn more.

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5 Obscure Phone Chargers on the Market

b2ap3_thumbnail_charge_your_phone_with_these_400.jpgA lot of people have a car charger for their smartphone, and it’s easy to understand why. A smartphone can be the link between you and your business. But did you know that you have a lot of other, more obscure (and more interesting) choices for phone chargers?

The truth of the matter is, whether you need it or not, technology has been producing some absolutely fantastic, and strange, things. Among them are many different types of chargers that run off of kinetic energy, hydrogen, bike pedaling, and more. Here are some of the more interesting ways to power your mobile technology.

PowerPot: Smartphone Power, Thermoelectric Style
Have you ever gone on a camping trip and needed to use your smartphone? The PowerPot can be used to heat food or water, all while charging your smartphone. The key is using thermoelectrics, which take advantage of the difference in power between the heat on the outside of the pot, and the substance on the inside. This contraption is capable of outputting five watts within a few seconds. Sure, it might cost you an arm and a leg, but if you’re stuck in the middle of the woods and need to get a hold of your office, it’s sure better than nothing.

EverPurse Clutch: One Powerful Wallet
The Everpurse Clutch takes advantage of everyone’s need for their wallet. Now, it can charge your other necessary possession, your smartphone, while on the go. It has a specific compartment for your smartphone, which it charges with a 4,200 mAh battery. It also has plenty of room for your credit cards and even your car keys.

Tigra BikeCharge: Integrating Exercise and Smartphone-charging
Biking is a great way to exercise, and if you do a lot of it, this smartphone charger is just for you. This device uses kinetic energy from your bicycle to charge your phone. It can be attached to your bike’s wheel, and converts pedals to power. Once you get up to speed, about three miles per hour, it can charge most smartphones in around two or three hours. The device also works as a light if you enjoy riding in the dark.

Smartphone Charging Emergency Lantern
For an impromptu camping trip, the Hammacher Schlemmer emergency lantern is a great choice for a phone charger. The lantern can operate on low power for up to 48 hours, six hours on high power, and has lights that can act as emergency beacons in the event disaster strikes. All you need to do is use the hand crank on the top of the lantern to produce energy. One minute of cranking allows the lantern to light up for ten hours. At full charge, the lantern can provide your smartphone (depending on brand) with up to two full charges.

Horizon MiniPak: Hydrogen-Fueled Phone Charging
We’re not quite sure we can harness nuclear fission to power smartphones yet (although we’re sure that someone is working on it), but Horizon has figured out a way to use Hydrogen to power them. The Horizon MiniPak works by using a fuel cell which contains a metal alloy to absorb hydrogen from water. It then generates power by recombining the hydrogen with oxygen from the air. It might not be the most conventional method of phone charging, but science enthusiasts might find the chemical reactions fascinating enough to give it a whirl.

Will you use these new methods of charging for your phone? Maybe, or maybe not. But either way, the point stands that these new technologies can teach the technology industry a lesson in innovation. All of these ideas are fairly new and original. Innovation provides your company with a niche that you can use in the increasingly-competitive market.

Which one of these five new phone chargers is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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