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business on spreadsheets

Are you still running your business on spreadsheets?

By SandStorm IT | December 8, 2020
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Are you using spreadsheets to run your business? Frequently, we are consulted to improve upon business processes with automation and integration through custom software only to find out they are running everything from accounting, payroll, inventory management, BI reporting, daily diaries, and project management through spreadsheets.  The truth is, there is a better way and…

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mobile-friendly website

Why is a mobile-friendly website important?

By SandStorm IT | December 1, 2020
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In 2016, worldwide, more users accessed the Internet through a mobile device, such as a phone or tablet, than they did with a desktop or notebook computer. This is the first time in history this has happened, and there are no signs that this trend will stop anytime soon. In the US, mobile Internet usage…

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Windows Update that removes Adobe Flash Player

How does the latest Windows Update that removes Adobe Flash Player affect me?

By John Hammett | November 10, 2020
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Adobe Flash, originally released by Macromedia in 1995, is a once widely used and vastly capable web application platform.  In 2005 Flash player was installed on more devices than any other internet-based media application, including Java, Quicktime, and Windows Media Player.  Flash media player still exists today but has been widely deprecated over the last…

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Wireless Access Points versus Wireless Network Repeaters

Wireless Access Points versus Wireless Network Repeaters

By SandStorm IT | October 27, 2020
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When building an extended Wi-Fi network, there are two methods to extend coverage to areas with poor signal quality: Wireless Access Points and Wireless Network Repeaters (also called Wireless Network Extenders by some manufacturers). In this post, we’ll cover exactly what each device is and how each one works. What is a wireless access point?…

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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

By SandStorm IT | September 8, 2020
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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)? (You are here) Part 2 – Why do I care about IoT? 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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Popular Open Source Software Licenses

The Purpose and Scope of Popular Open Source Software Licenses

By Jordan Sanders | August 4, 2020
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What is a Software License? Software is an interesting thing.  Whereas we can touch, move, give, and generally interact physically with most useful things, software is different.  It’s intangible.  However, the benefits it brings are clear and make a huge impact on our daily lives.  Commonly, there are no special agreements entered into when we…

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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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Starting Out Programming

5 Things You Should Know If You’re Starting Out Programming

By SandStorm IT | June 8, 2020
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Programming. To some, it’s an art where, with a few (thousand) keystrokes, magic can happen. To others, it’s a job that can pay lots of money. Many call it the future, with hundreds of programs and gizmos designed to teach programming to children and thousands of people seeking retraining or education to enter the field.…

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Protecting Data

Guide to PCI DSS – Part 1: What is PCI DSS?

By Justin Oliver | June 1, 2020
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Welcome to SandStorm IT’s 6-part series about Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). In this series, we’ll cover what PCI DSS is and the various requirements: Part 1 – What is PCI DSS? (You are here) Part 2- Building and Maintaining a Secure Network Part 3 – Protecting Data Part 4 – Further…

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