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Sometimes when you’re working in Word, you’ll need some sample text – for example, you’re trying out a new template or you need placeholder text for a report you’re writing. In these situations, you just need some filler material so that you can assess the overall “look” of a document. Instead of...
Sometimes, technology that's unreliable is worse than no technology at all. This entrant into our technology makeover contest laments a finicky wireless network, hit-or-miss antivirus protection, and computers that may (or may not) fail at any moment... "Our in-store system is a hybrid of a 'new'...
What happens when your computers outlive the makers of your business-critical software? The answer isn't pretty ... "In 2008 my wife and I purchased a local business. The company, which had been operating for 18 years, relied on a proprietary software application. A single e-Machines PC provided...
This entrant in our technology makeover contest proves that you can't always buy your way out of technology problems. In addition to good equipment, you need a reliable expert to install it, show you how it works, and keep it from breaking. "Oh my word ...where to begin. We have a web of cords...
Sometimes the monster in an IT horror story isn't a bad tech guy -- sometimes it's the equipment. This contributor sent chills up our spines with a tale of equipment gone bad ... "The back room where the gruesome 'Wall of Wires' resides keeps most of the employees of our non-profit at bay. The...
Has your computer been running slowly lately? Are you getting strange error messages when you try certain operations? Don’t wait for the dreaded Blue Screen of Death to start thinking about patches, updates, and other routine maintenance tasks. If you're waiting until something's broken until you...
Here’s a quote from a real company that tried advertising on Google and saw disastrous results: "We tried using Google about a year ago but it simply didn’t work for our business. We ended up spending $10,000 and didn’t get a single sale. I guess the only good news is that Google sent us a pen at...
Have you ever encountered an IT support person who was sloppy, unprofessional, or just plain irresponsible? You're not alone. A recent entrant into our technology makeover contest wrote about an IT guy who was having a little bit too much fun on the company dime ... "Where to start? One day, our IT...
It's a classic case of a haunted system: computers disappearing and reappearing like ghosts on the office network. If you've got a slow network, this recent entry into CMIT's technology makeover contest might sound scarily familiar ... "My computers keep 'dropping out of sight' on my network; I...
One of the niftiest new features in Windows 7 is Libraries, which allows you to gather and view the contents of folders from various locations on your computer without actually moving any of those folders. For example, you can create a Library that contains folders stored on your desktop, your C...

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