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Inserting Special Characters in Your Documents Quickly and Easily

Posted by VNS Staff

January 30, 2015 at 11:10 AM

inserting special charactersWhen you're working on a document in a word-processing or page layout program, oftentimes you'll need to insert special characters such as copyright symbols, trademarks, bullets, accented letters and other symbols that are not available via a standard keyboard.

Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, and other programs offer a means of inserting these non-keyboard characters; however, the process is fairly laborious and time-consuming. For example, in Microsoft Word, you must open the Insert tab, select Symbol, search for and select the character you need, then click Insert again. Some software, such as Word, will maintain a top-level quick-access list of symbols you use frequently, but you are still required to access the list from the Insert tab.

Fortunately, there are a number of shortcut methods for inserting special characters that save time and allow you to continue working with much less interruption. 

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Topics: Tech Tips, Microsoft Office

3 Signs Your Server is Dying a Slow (and Expensive) Death

Posted by VNS Staff

January 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Server_Network_DyingAsk not for whom the bell tolls!

Why? Because, well...it tolls for your server. Sorry.

Here are a few tell-tale signs of impending server death…

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Topics: Backup & Disaster Recovery, Network Security

Why IT Consulting is Critical to Business Growth

Posted by VNS Staff

January 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

IT consulting los angelesSo you want to grow your business. That’s awesome news!

Unfortunately, just adding a new set of computers isn’t quite going to cut it. Sure, those computers will be handy. But have you really anticipated everything you need to consider before you take your business to the next level?

It sucks to say it, but growing a business is hard and complicated work. And when things get bigger, they only get more complex. You might think you’ve got all the smarts to stay on top of it all and sort it all out – but trust us, sometimes you need a helping hand.

Here’s why IT consultants might just be the perfect partners to help your business grow:

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Topics: IT Consulting, Computer Consulting, Network Consulting

3 Types of Outsourced IT Services for Los Angeles Businesses

Posted by VNS Staff

January 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM

it outsourcing los angelesLooking to make dealing with IT support for your business a little easier? 

If you're like most small to mid-size businesses in Los Angeles, there's one word to cure all your woes: outsourcing.

But not all outsourcing is the same though. To help you figure out which is right for your business, we've put together a quick and simple overview of your options below.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Managed IT Services

Are Managed Services Right for Your Los Angeles Business?

Posted by VNS Staff

January 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM

managed services los angelesWho wants the hassle of wasting time (and cash) trying to find a dozen different IT services when what you really want is something fast and hassle-free?

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Topics: IT Support, IT Services, Managed IT Services

Phishing Scams: What They Are & How to Avoid Them

Posted by VNS Staff

January 19, 2015 at 11:04 AM

phishing scamPhishing scams are among the most common security threats found on the Internet, and around thirty percent of Internet users have fallen victim to them on occasion. Every day, thousands of people fall for these scams, and they invariably end up having their personal or financial information stolen. Phishing scams are most commonly encountered in spam email, and it is extremely likely that there are at least a few lurking in your spam mail folder right now. While phishing scams are often quite obvious, some of them are quite good at hiding their tracks and making themselves out to be trusted websites.

Let's take a look at how these scams work and provides some essential tips to help protect yourself from them.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Network Security

The Basics of Network-Attached Storage Systems

Posted by VNS Staff

January 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM

NAS network attached storageNetwork-attached storage (NAS) systems address a common issue which many small businesses have: data storage and sharing.

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Topics: Backup & Disaster Recovery, File Storage

9 Things to Consider Before Cloud Computing Implementation

Posted by VNS Staff

January 8, 2015 at 8:00 AM

cloud computing implementationFor many positive reasons, cloud computing has caught the attention of many business owners. Unfortunately, literature on the subject is full of confusing and unfamiliar technical terms, such as multi-tenancy and virtualization, which make finding helpful information extremely difficult. While the cloud has revolutionsized the way we do business, it is important to understand some key issues and concerns before you invest in it.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, File Storage

3 Simple Ways to Turn Your Tablet into an Office Workhorse

Posted by VNS Staff

December 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Tablet Work TipsMore and more businesses are equipping their workers with tablets.

And why not?

Today's "office" is changing and tablets fit right into this newer definition better than any desktop could. These tiny but powerful computers are making their way into medical offices, retail establishments and warehouses, and they are helping employees get more done and be more productive. 

Of course, while tablets are fine for a growing number of tasks, sometimes workers need a full-fledged computer instead.

The good news is companies do not have to double up their IT budgets or buy extra equipment. It possible that a few smart accessories can turn a humble tablet into a fully functional laptop computer.

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Topics: Mobile Devices, Productivity, Mobility

10 Cool Browser Tricks for Google Chrome

Posted by VNS Staff

December 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

google chrome browser tipsWe can all agree Google Chrome is pretty awesome, but do you know how powerful it is?

Google Chrome is the most popular browser today for a number of reasons. It's user-friendly, fast, and rich with apps and plugins (more on that here). Using some tricks mentioned in this article, you can get a number of things done easily on Chrome. Some of these tricks work on other popular browsers, such as Firefox and Safari, as well.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Google Apps for Business