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need a website

Does your business REALLY need a website?

By SandStorm IT | February 2, 2021
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In today’s world, many consumers begin their hunt for products and services on the Internet. While it is not absolutely necessary for a business to have a website in order to thrive, there are many benefits to showcasing your business online. Also, the maintenance costs associated with owning a website are not very high, so…

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Fake Virus Warnings

How to Spot Fake Virus Warnings

By SandStorm IT | January 26, 2021
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You are browsing the web, minding your own business, when suddenly a screen like the following pops up: You find yourself unable to open anything else or even close the Window. Clicking on “OK” does nothing and, sometimes, you even hear a voice from your speakers telling you that your computer is infected with something…

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open source software

Free (No Cost) Software, Open Source Software, and Free (Copy-left) Software

By SandStorm IT | January 19, 2021
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Is free software really free? It is a simple question with a not so simple answer. While a piece of software may not cost anything to use, i.e. “freeware”, it still may not be completely free. Most software comes with an End User License Agreement (EULA) that a user must agree to before even using…

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stop spam

How to Win The War Against Spam!

By Josh Yarbrough | January 5, 2021
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What is SPAM? SPAM is junk mail that you receive that you didn’t sign up for. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “unsolicited usually commercial messages (such as e-mails, text messages, or Internet postings) sent to a large number of recipients or posted in a large number of places“. And none of us are immune…

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Serverless (Cloud) Applications

How do Serverless (Cloud) Applications work?

By Cristian Colón | December 22, 2020
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When a cloud application is offered as a solution to a business, it’s often presented as a hands-off solution, in which the customer will not need to put in a lot of effort to get up and running. While this is fairly accurate, understanding what you’re purchasing will always be beneficial, especially in terms of…

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How is Office 365 different

How is Office 365 different than the standard version of Office?

By Josh Yarbrough | December 15, 2020
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If you’ve ever wondered “What’s the difference between Office 2016 and Office 365?”, we hope to clear up that distinction and maybe even answer some questions you might have about the two products. It’s confusing. I know. And visiting Microsoft’s official website makes it even more unclear and can cause you to leave there feeling…

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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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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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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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