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August 20, 2012

Network documentation: Why you shouldn’t just rely on memory!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hallie @ 11:08 am

I wanted to post a quick reminder about storage of network documentation.  Last week I ran out to help a larger client who was experiencing a full-network outage.  This is a sophisticated client with a small internal IT department and they call on us for project and emergency help when needed. (more…)

August 3, 2011

Latitude 34 Technologies named “Small Business of the Year”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hallie @ 4:00 pm

Latitude 34 Technologies is proud to have received the 2011 Spirit of Small Business Award.  Recognized as the Small Business of the Year for South Santa Barbara County, this prestigious award is presented by the Pacific Coast Business Times and the Small Business Administration. (more…)

November 8, 2010

What would Emily Post say about Email?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hallie @ 10:44 am

In today’s fast-paced world, we find ourselves emailing, texting, blogging, tweeting and using social networking sites to communicate with each other.  It almost seems “old-fashioned” to actually use your cell phone to place a call.  So, if we are going to communicate most often through writing, it is especially important to follow a few simple rules of etiquette so you can maintain a happy co-existence with those whom you message. (more…)

October 12, 2010

Power Surges

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 7:01 am

Wow have we been busy lately.  Not that that is any excuse for not keeping up with our blog 😉

Today’s entry is a response to a question from one of our readers.

Calla asks: “What about electrical outages? A friend of mine had a surge protector but the electricity did something weird and she had to get a new computer. What happened there?”


August 5, 2010

Windows 7 – Part 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Paul @ 3:43 pm

A lot of people have been asking me about Windows 7.  How is it?  Do you like it?  Is it stable?  Is it like Vista?  This is a quick entry to tell you about some of the feelings and experiences we have had with Windows 7 in our office and with our clients since Windows 7 came out.


July 6, 2010

Around the world with the iPad!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Paul @ 12:46 pm

My good friend Karen just returned from a trip across the pond.  She took her 3-day-old iPad with her, leaving her MacBook at home (a very bold move that was not without apprehension for her).  She just returned and I asked if she would pen a guest blog entry about her thoughts on traveling with her iPad.  Here is what she had to say:


June 25, 2010

Solid State Drives (SSDs)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Paul @ 8:55 am

The first computer I used was a Texas Instruments TI99/4A.  It was a keyboard with a brain that plugged into our little black and white TV and you plugged cartridges into it to do different tasks.  These cartridges were “Solid State” devices, meaning they had computer memory chips in them used to hold their data.  This was a very fast and stable way of storing data, however as computer programs grew in size it became too expensive to store everything this way.  So entered the floppy disk drive (and the cassette drive) and eventually the hard drive into the consumer PC marketplace.  This is all still in the early to mid-eighties.  Fast forward a few decades and hard drives are still where it’s at for data storage.  There is one in almost every new PC purchased. I say almost because there is a new contender on the block looking to get into your computer: the Solid State Drive. (more…)

May 19, 2010

Multiple Monitors

Filed under: Uncategorized — Paul @ 10:41 am

I work at computers all day long.  Often I am sitting at other people’s desks fixing their computers, but more often than not I am at my own desk.  Whether I am remotely helping a client or working on a project I am always happier when I have more than one monitor.  My second monitor is the one thing I wish for when working from home on the weekend or after kids are in bed (I try to not work too much from home, but sometimes emergencies need to be handled).  My laptop is great, I love the freedom it gives me, but the lack of a second monitor (or even a larger monitor) is a noticeable slowdown to my productivity.


May 10, 2010

Wireless in the workplace

Filed under: Uncategorized — Paul @ 8:01 am

Wireless is one of those double edged swords: it can serve a great function, but if it is not done right it can leave your systems open and vulnerable.

The upside of wireless networking is  eliminating one more cable.  You also have certain conveniences like working from a conference room without having to hunt for a data cable, working from a coworker’s desk on your own laptop while they work from their computer or even working from the outdoor patio for a bit so you get to see at least a little sunshine during the day.  And all of this without having to string cables for people to trip over.


“White box” vs. Name Brand PCs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Paul @ 8:00 am

A question we are often asked is: “Why do you only sell name brand computers? Why don’t you build computers?”  While we do occasionally build PCs for select applications (for instance, network video recorders for video surveillance systems we install) in general we have found the practice of building custom PCs for our clients not to be the best option.  I will explain my thoughts as to how we came to this decision.  The term “white box” is defined by Wikipedia as “a personal computer or server without a registered brand name”. This applies to any custom PC built by either a home hobbyist or a computer sales and support company.


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