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Why do I care about IoT?

By Jeff Fowler | June 28, 2021
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Welcome to SandStorm IT’s 6-part series about the Internet of Things. In this series, we’ll shed some light on the basics of IoT. Part 1 – What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? Part 2 – Why do I care about IoT? (You are here) Part 3 – What are some real-world applications of IoT? Part…

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Mobile Websites Versus Mobile Applications

Mobile Websites Versus Mobile Applications

By Jeff Fowler | August 18, 2020
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Mobile Websites vs Mobile Applications A strong mobile presence, whether it be a mobile friendly website or dedicated mobile app, is vital to the success of your business online. In this post, we’ll cover some of the differences between mobile websites and mobile applications. The two can look almost identical at first glance, but have…

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Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet

6 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Know

By Jeff Fowler | June 29, 2020
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Shortcut key combinations are designed to make it easier/faster to do certain tasks. As far as shortcut keys in Windows are concerned, almost everyone knows about CTRL + ALT + DEL (Interrupt), CTRL + C (Copy), ALT + F4 (Close program) and the more common shortcuts. In this blog post, we’ll be covering some of…

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Design Tools

4 Awesome Design Tools for the Aspiring Digital Artist

By Jeff Fowler | May 18, 2020
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When getting started in digital art, there are several different programs out there that are attractive to new users. A few are completely free, but most of the software is premium (paid). Having the correct software can greatly increase the quality of the output and efficiency of the artist. For example, you “can” technically use…

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File Format Guide for Graphics

File Format Guide for Graphics: JPG, PNG, EPS, etc.

By Jeff Fowler | February 24, 2020
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As the internet and technology changes, it’s tough to keep up with the different types of files. In this post, we will try to clear up the various differences between file types and when you should use each type. The type of file you use for your purpose can have a huge effect on the…

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Got a popup on your Windows 7 PC

Got a popup on your Windows 7 PC? Here’s what it means and what you can do.

By Jeff Fowler | January 17, 2020
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So, you have the “Your Windows 7 PC is out of support” popup? Rest assured, it’s not some kind of malware or false warning, it’s legitimately from Microsoft. Around 29.7% of the PC’s in the world still use Windows 7. The message that pops up on boot is pretty ominous but it’s exactly what will…

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Data Breach

Data Breach: Macy’s customer data stolen after its online store was hacked

By Jeff Fowler | November 21, 2019
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According to Macy’s, their e-commerce website was breached in October. Hackers managed to steal information from unknowing customers as they shopped online. Overall, it’s a very scary situation that proves that data breaches can happen to anyone. Last year, online tech store Newegg was hit with a data breach that skimmed the payments page for…

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Windows Defender good enough

Security Alert – Microsoft warns of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Defender

By Jeff Fowler | September 24, 2019
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Microsoft is urging users of Windows 10 to update immediately. The flaw lies in Internet Explorer and allows an attacker to potentially install software, modify/view/delete data or even create new accounts. The vulnerability was found by a security engineer with Google’s Threat Analysis Group. The update is for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows…

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USB4

USB4 is coming in 2020 – What’s the difference?

By Jeff Fowler | September 23, 2019
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Earlier this month, the USB Implementation Forum (The industrial group that helps standardize and implement USB technology) finalized the specs for USB4. This means that it’s just a matter of time before you begin to see USB4 devices rolling out, which are expected in 2020. While a lot of the features already exist today, such…

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Is Biometric actually more secure?

Is Biometric actually more secure?

By Jeff Fowler | September 9, 2019
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With the latest in face recognition and other biometric technology coming to the consumer level, biometric security may begin to cross your mind. You may wonder “Is biometric actually more secure?”  The short answer is that it’s stronger than using a weak password, but not as strong as using a strong password. For more info…

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