Here’s to You, Mr. Do-It-Yourself Entrepreneur

b2ap3_thumbnail_we_salute_you_400.jpgTotal Networks presents to you “Real Men of Brilliance.” Today, we salute you, Mr. Do-It-Yourself Entrepreneur.



When you struck out into the workforce, you had two choices: Work for “The Man,” or to become “The Man.” Making good on your childhood promise to never again let someone, “Be the boss of me,” you achieved boss status by starting your own business.


Savings. Health insurance. Retirement. Financial stability. Most people eagerly take on a steady job just to have these benefits, but you scoff at these “creature comforts” and gamble your future on a startup company.


Putting in 70 hours of work per week, you think a 40 hour work week is a vacation. In fact, it’s been so long since you took time off, that the photos from your last vacation were taken with a Polaroid.


Because of you, men and women have jobs and can support their families. That’s something to be proud of. Just don’t analyze your own salary by how many hours you work or you will become very, very depressed.


Technology; you know that your company needs it, but you’ve got so many irons in the fire that you’ve lost track of what’s new, like, four iPhones ago.


So give Total Networks a call at (602)412-5025 oh “Keeper of the Company Vision,” because you deserve a technology company that works just as hard as you do.


This is designed as a parody of Bud Light’s “Real Men of Genius” commercials.

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Tip of the Week: How to Change the Size of Your Desktop Icons

b2ap3_thumbnail_desktop_icons_400.jpgThere seem to be thousands of different ways a user can customize their desktop experience. Almost every nook and cranny of a system can be adjusted, even right down to the icons on your desktop. For this week’s tip, we’ll show you how to adjust the size of your desktop icons.

“Change the size of my desktop icons, why would I want to do that?” We’re glad you asked. This isn’t a well-known tip, and it’s not as personal of an adjustment to make as say, changing your desktop wallpaper image, but it can come in handy. Here are three examples:

  • Your eyesight isn’t good and you need to enlarge the icons to see them better.
  • Your desktop is too cluttered and you need to make some quick space by making every icon smaller (this isn’t a best practice).
  • Or, you need to pull a quick prank on a co-worker who has just stepped away from their PC and left it unlocked by quickly changing the size of every desktop icon.

Here’s how you do it: Simply left click the desktop to activate it and then, while holding down the [Ctrl] Key, move your mouse scroll wheel forward or backward in order to make the desktop icons larger or smaller. Go ahead and try it. You will notice that doing this simultaneously adjusts the size of every one of your icons, and it gives you a generous range of sizes to choose from.

Alternatively, you can adjust the icon sizes by right clicking the desktop, going to view, and then selecting Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons.

resize desktop icons

After messing with the sizes of your desktop icons, using this desktop menu is an easy way to return the desktop icons to their normal size. To do this, select “Medium icons.”

What’s your preferred desktop icon size? Are you going to sneakily change the size of every desktop icon in the office and earn the title of Prank Master? Do know any other cool ways to customize your desktop? Let us know in the comments.

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How Long Can You Go for Without Your Smartphone?

b2ap3_thumbnail_smartphone_addiction_400.jpgYour smartphone is, without a doubt, a valuable business asset. It keeps you connected to your business at all times, even when you’re home; but is this a good thing? Have you ever considered what your significant other might feel if you answer your phone while out to dinner? Thanks to the indisputable power of social science research, it’s been proven that smartphones are bad for our personal relationships. Gasp!

This revelation, albeit somewhat obvious, was the result of a test led by Virginia Tech’s Shalini Misra. 100 pairs of strangers were set up to have 10-minute conversations in the Washington D.C. area. Half of the pairs were told to make small talk, while the other half discussed more personal, feeling-oriented topics. During the duration of the test, the research team recorded when, and how often, participants took out their mobile devices.

Following the survey, the participants were asked to complete a survey commenting on the quality of the conversation experienced. The results show that people feel smartphones reduce the quality of conversation, which in turn produces weakened relationships. Here are some of the observations that were made:

  • Pairs who frequently used their mobile devices during conversation had a decreased sense of “interconnectedness,” which was determined by the survey with answers like “I felt close to my conversation partner.”
  • Even the simple act of placing the device on the table worked against the test participants.
  • Feelings of “empathetic concern,” which were measured by whether or not the conversationalists really understood the feelings of each other, also decreased.

It might seem inconsequential, but even the sight of a mobile device can make a situation feel less social. This can be detrimental to building new relationships, and maintaining previously-existing ones. If you think your smartphone is hampering your ability to be social, it might be time to examine your phone etiquette.

Challenge: Attempt to Go a Single Day Without Your Phone
A 2012 study from Time magazine asked nearly 5,000 smartphone users to judge how reliant they were on their smartphones. The results revealed that society certainly does have a problem with smartphone addiction.




Take a Smartphone Break
Whether or not you’re using your smartphone for work or for sheer entertainment, you need to take a break from your smartphone once in a while. Unfortunately, the business owner might feel reluctant to separate from their mobile device. The important thing to remember is that a break from technology now and again is beneficial to your overall health and mental state. According to Scientific American, a certain amount of downtime is required in order to replenish productive, creative thought capabilities.

Instead of relying on your smartphone all of the time, it might not be a bad idea to let go and see how much you can get done without it. Andrew Smart’s book titled Autopilot: The Art and Science of Doing Nothing details how it can be beneficial to do this. According to Smart, this can lead to a better understanding of what your unconscious self wants, and can lead to you using that knowledge to your advantage.

Do you think you can keep the productivity up without being tethered to your device at all times? What are some of your tips for dealing with smartphone addiction? Let us know in the comments.

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3 of the Most Common Misconceptions About the Cloud

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_confusing_business_owners_400.jpgDespite the clear advantages that cloud computing offers to modern businesses, some organizations are hesitant to incorporate it into their IT infrastructure. Due to the cloud’s fairly recent insurgence, it’s natural to feel some sort of anxiety toward cloud integration. However, these fears aren’t necessarily warranted, and some can directly influence your ability to grow and expand.

According to Thomas LaRock of NetworkComputing, there are generally three reasons why some business owners are concerned about the cloud:

  1. They don’t understand it.
  2. They feel they don’t have enough control over their data.
  3. They fear the cloud might grow obsolete.

Total Networks wants to help your business get over its fear of the cloud, so we’ll begin by explaining why these three common misconceptions are understandable, yet unnecessary. This is made especially true by our managed cloud services.

If People Don’t Understand It, They Fear It
This is something that most people struggle with on a daily basis. Why not take a different route to work? You might get lost and arrive at the office late. This fear is why people avoid the unknown, and the primary reason that some businesses tend to avoid the cloud. It might just feel too risky. These business owners seem to have forgotten what it means to run a business; taking risks. Not being open to change can negatively affect your business when it comes time to integrate new solutions and policies.

Unlike other companies that might not explain things thoroughly, Total Networks provides complete transparency. We can walk you through the numerous cloud solutions out there and equip you with the one that best suits your unique needs.

If Business Owners Can’t Control It, It Must Be Unpredictable
Some business owners might be hesitant to integrate a cloud solution because they feel that they’ll be relinquishing control over their data. This isn’t necessarily true. Depending on the cloud solution implemented, the business owner can have as little, or as much, control over their cloud solution as they want. For instance, the public cloud handles hosting and security, and there are private clouds which can be hosted in-house which give you much more control over your cloud in exchange for responsibility. If neither sound optimal, a hybrid cloud can be integrated that takes advantage of the efficiency of the public cloud and the security of the private cloud.

Total Networks knows all about the various advantages and disadvantages of the different types of cloud solutions. We’ll work with you to find the best solution that meets the demands of your business.

It’s Just a Fad That Will Fade with Time
Then, of course, there are the business owners who don’t quite see how revolutionary the cloud is, or think that it’s just a fad that will eventually go out of style without significantly affecting the business world. The problem with this theory is that it already has significantly benefited businesses around the world by allowing for easy, affordable storage, application access, and computing in general, that can be accessed by a variety of different devices.

It’s safe to say that cloud computing isn’t going anywhere, and it can only grow more impressive as time goes on. It’s still a developing technology that continues to expand and improve. If increased access to corporate data is wrong, we don’t want to be right.

So, as you can see, businesses have no reason to be concerned over the cloud. In fact, they should embrace it and use it as a chance to expand and grow their bottom line. To get started with cloud computing, give Total Networks a call at (602)412-5025.

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