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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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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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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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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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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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SandStorm IT

SandStorm IT Response to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic

By Doyle Sanders | March 18, 2020
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To All Customers and Friends, In response to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic and the nationally and state-declared state of emergency, SandStorm IT wants to share the plans and precautions we are taking.   We remain committed to continuing to provide the necessary services and support to all of our customers while maintaining a safe…

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