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difference between Intel's i3, i5 and i7 processors

What’s the difference between Intel’s i3, i5 and i7 processors?

By SandStorm IT | August 10, 2021
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If you’ve been shopping for a new PC recently, chances are, you’ve probably seen a lot of “Intel i3” or “Intel i5” stickers on the PC, or somewhere on the packaging. These are Intel’s current line up of processors, the i3, the i5, and the i7. It may be difficult to determine exactly what processor…

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What is ERP?

What exactly is ERP?

By Doyle Sanders | July 13, 2021
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You have probably seen ERP, the TLA (three letter acronym for us geek types) many times over the past weeks, months, and likely years.  But have you ever stopped to ask what “ERP” really is and why is it talked about and written about and showing up all the time? What is ERP and What…

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Protecting Data

Guide to PCI DSS – Part 3: Protecting Data

By Justin Oliver | June 21, 2021
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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? Part 2 – Building and Maintaining a Secure Network Part 3 – Protecting Data (You are here) Part 4 –…

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purchasing a printer

What should I look for when purchasing a printer?

By Jeff Fowler | May 25, 2021
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Deciding on which printer to purchase for your organization is no easy task.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed given the complicated technical specs and hundreds of models available. However, with a little research and groundwork, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration in the shopping phase and, potentially, save money in the…

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software licensing

How can software licensing affect my business?

By SandStorm IT | May 18, 2021
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One of the biggest, and sometimes costliest mistakes that we see businesses make today is failing to consider the cost of software licensing when purchasing new hardware or software for completing business tasks.  These days licensing costs, for many, are a cost of doing business.  But what is software licensing and how does it affect…

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Outsource Your IT Help Desk Support

5 Reasons to Outsource Your IT Help Desk Support

By Doyle Sanders | May 4, 2021
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I Have an IT Help Desk? Many of you may be asking yourself, “I have an IT Help Desk?”  Maybe you don’t have a number of people with headsets answering phones in the small cubby desks, but you likely have someone you call or look to when you have computer or technology issues.  Many times,…

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Hardware/Uptime Monitoring

What is Hardware/Uptime Monitoring?

By Robert Cleveland | April 20, 2021
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Hardware monitoring is a feature of the motherboard, sometimes as a separate chip on the motherboard, that monitors different aspects of the system. for potential issues. It can measure variables such as the output voltage of the power supply, the speed of the fans that are connected directly to the motherboard header, and the internal…

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Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

6 More Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Know

By Jeff Fowler | April 13, 2021
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Based on our first “6 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Know” post, we decided that it was time to do another one with even more shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts give you an easy way to accomplish certain tasks faster and more efficiently. In this post, we’ll be going over some of the keyboard shortcuts that…

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What is VoIP

VoIP – An Alternative to the Typical Land-line Telephone System Solution

By Doyle Sanders | March 16, 2021
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What is VoIP, or Voice Over IP? The odds are you have probably heard the term, VoIP or Voice Over IP recently.  Maybe you know what it is or maybe not. In a nutshell, VoIP is basically telephone service that uses an internet connection to carry the voice signals.  If the internet connection is functional,…

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Benefits and Risks of Software from the Internet

The Benefits and Risks of Software from the Internet

By SandStorm IT | March 9, 2021
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Got a flat tire? You will need a jack, a lug wrench, and a spare. Need to hang a picture? A hammer, nail, and level will set you straight. Almost any problem can be solved with the right set of tools. The same is true with your software on your computer. From writing an essay…

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