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The Benefits of Flat-Rate IT Services

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One of the things that makes TechQuility different from other IT providers is our mission — to bring enterprise level technology solutions to small businesses so that they can increase their overall productivity and efficiency without having to incur

a huge expense.

That’s why we offer true Flat-Rate IT services, so that small businesses can utilize the solutions they need, at a price they can afford.

What is Flat-Rate IT?

Flat-Rate IT is a predictable, reliable, and budgetable way to provide monitoring, maintenance, and services to small businesses for an affordable monthly fee.

How is Flat-Rate IT Different?

The traditional IT model is called break-fix. That is, the IT company is only profitable when their client’s systems are broken and need fixing. This means there is no incentive to keep the client’s computers up and running properly.

With Flat-Rate IT, we are only profitable when you are up and running smoothly. It is in our best interest to ensure that your IT solutions are working properly, the way they should be, so that your business is always productive. In this way, our goals are aligned with your goals, instead of the other way around.

Predictable

Since it is in our best interest to keep your business up and running, we monitor your systems and network which allows us to be aware of any possible issues and predict major problems before they occur. This means we can often fix major problems before they grind your business to a halt, and we can do so after hours, so that it doesn’t impact your productivity.

Reliable

Aside from monitoring services, with Flat-Rate IT we also provide routine maintenance, so that your systems are always running at their best. We optimize your solutions for your business, so that you’ll always know what to expect from your computers.

Budgetable

Flat-Rate IT services allow you to reduce the stress and burden of worrying about your IT bill. With a set monthly fee, you’ll always know what to expect, making your IT expenses manageable and budgetable. You don’t have to worry about being nickled-and-dimed, or about how much extra your support calls will cost. It’s all covered with Flat-Rate IT.

If you are tired of being at the mercy of your technology, contact us today. We can show you how your business can take advantage of the many benefits of true Flat-Rate IT services.

Find Free Computer eBooks Online

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Have you ever wanted to learn more about computers – like learning about basic computing, or maybe something more in-depth, like programing – but you didn’t want to plunk down the money for a book or a class?

Don’t worry about putting off those dreams of acquiring knowledge any longer. Now you can learn about whatever you want to about computers

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So how do you accomplish this task? With free eBooks!

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internet is full of great information, if you know where to look. Instead of taking the time to sort through sites to find what you’re looking for, we did the hard work for you. Below is a list of sites where you can locate and download free technology eBooks on just about any subject imaginable.

FreeComputerBooks.com: A website full of free computer, mathematics, and technical books, along with lecture notes, in-depth online tutorials, and other types of information.

BookBoon.com: A site full of free eBooks and textbooks. Their IT & Programming section has a large number of books to teach you how to use software, learn programing, and more.

E-BooksDirectory.com: A list of books for reading online or downloading. They have a robust Computer Science section, along with other computing sections such as Programming, or Computer Mathematics.

2020OK.com: A directory of free online books and free eBooks with listings on many subjects, including Computers & Internet.

Free-eBooks.net: Another directory of free eBooks, however this one lets users rate books, allowing you to determine whether or not a book is good before you download it.

SocialMedia.biz: This article about a free eBook titled “Identity in the Age of Cloud Computing” gives links to several interesting technology eBooks, including the one listed in the title.

OnlineProgrammingBooks.com: A place to find free computer programming eBooks and downloads.

These are just a few of the sites we found when looking for free computer and technology eBooks. Hopefully, one or more sites will yield exactly what you’re looking for.

Do you have a favorite eBook site? Leave us a comment and share where you like to go to get good, free books online.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who enjoys helping you learn more about technology. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website:www.mybusinesswriter.com.

Which Version of Windows 7 Should You Choose?: Part II

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Welcome to the second part of our discussion, Which Version of Windows 7 Should You Choose?

If you haven’t already done so, please read Part I for some great reasons to upgrade, before continuing.

How to Choose

Maybe you’re ready to upgrade, but are daunted by all of the different editions of Windows 7. Here is a quick rundown which will hopefully help shed some new light.

First off, it is important to note that the features for all editions of Windows 7 are included, regardless of which edition you are using. Your license key type is what determines which features you can actually access.

Windows 7 Home Premium: This edition is geared toward home users and contains some basic Windows 7 features, like Windows Media Center. Home Premium can join a basic home workgroup, but not an actual server run domain (like a business domain).

Windows 7 Professional: Created for high-end users and small-business, this edition provides all the features of Home, but with additional business features, like being able to join domains, run programs in XP mode, activate Software Restriction Policies and more.

Windows 7 Enterprise: This edition is only sold to companies with a Software Assurance contract with Microsoft. Enterprise is is packed with even more business and enterprise level features, like data encryption with BitLocker, Unix application support, the ability to run virtual machines, and more.

Windows 7 Ultimate: Contains all features of the previous editions of Windows 7. If you want to use Windows 7 without limitations, this is the version to purchase.

Which Bit is Best?

On top of all the editions, there are also two different versions of Windows 7 – 32-bit and 64-bit. However, determining which version is for you depends on your computer.

There is no point in getting a 64-bit operating system, if you don’t have a processor capable of running 64-bit.

You can test your computer’s compatibility before upgrading with Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

Other Reasons to Upgrade

Just in case you’re still on the fence about upgrading, here are a few other reasons to think about.

Installation is so fast, you’ll be amazed. Finally, Microsoft came out with a version of Windows which doesn’t take forever to install. Typically you can be using your computer again, after a fresh install of Windows 7, in as little as 30 minutes (or less).

Student pricing allows you to purchase Windows 7 for cheap – under 75 dollars, depending on edition and school deals. Microsoft also offers student discounts for other Microsoft programs, but you must actually be a student, and your school has to participate in Microsoft’s program. Check out Microsoft’s student discounts.

It’s just better. Windows 7 is simply a superior operating system. While it might look quite different from Windows XP, it is an easier system for users to navigate, making your time on the computer enjoyable. (Writer’s note: trust me on this one; I wasn’t a big Windows or Microsoft fan until Windows 7 came onto the scene, and I’ve used all of the other versions of Windows.)

Hopefully this post gave you enough information to finally consider taking the plunge, and upgrading to Windows 7. Once you finally do, you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

Are you in love with Windows 7 because of a recent upgrade? Leave us a comment and tell us about your experience.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help make your technology easier to understand. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website:www.mybusinesswriter.com.