How to Replace All the Computers in your Office, Without Breaking the Bank: Hardware as a Service

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How much do you think it would cost to replace every computer in your office, including your servers, all at once? If you had to replace everything, could you do so without taking out a sizable loan? Then, could you afford to turn around and do it again three years later, to keep up with technology?

When faced with a challenge like this, many companies would not be able to afford to replace everything in their office at once. As it stands now, most businesses don’t have the kind of capital it takes to stay on top of constantly changing technology demands, and as such their business suffers.

How much time and money wasted on slow computers, or computers that just don’t work right? How much more productive could your staff be if they had the proper tools available to them?

Luckily, there is one solution that allows you to accomplish all this and more – hardware as a service.

Hardware as a Service (or HaaS) is a business solution that allows you to upgrade your entire office to the latest technology, including: hardware, operating systems, and common business software like Microsoft Office, for one affordable monthly fee.

With Hardware as a Service you also receive ongoing monitoring and maintenance of your computers. In the event that something breaks or needs to be replaced, it is done so quickly and easily, at no extra cost to you.

Ongoing monitoring also has additional benefits, as many times parts can be replaced before they go bad, allowing computers to be conveniently fixed on your schedule, instead of your schedule being disrupted by the outage.

Additionally, your technology is upgraded every three years, ensuring that your business is always current with the latest, greatest technology, so that your employees have the best tools available to them.

Instead of creating some crazy schedule outlining who gets the new computer in the office and when, or stressing over where you’re going to get the money to replace the eight computers that are slow and breaking, consider a better solution– hardware as a service. It’s the budget friendly alternative that allows you to get your office technology back on track, so that you and your staff can get back to running your business.

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Windows 7 Shortcuts

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Want to navigate Windows 7 faster, with less hassle? Now you can, with this list of Windows 7 shortcuts.

ALT + Tab: Allows you to switch between multiple windows. Hold down ALT, press Tab, until you locate the window you want. Release and the window will be pulled to the front, as the active window.

CTRL + Period (.): Rotates a picture clockwise.

CTRL + Comma (,): Rotates a picture counter-clockwise.

CTRL + SHIFT + ESC: Opens Windows Task Manager.

CTRL + SHIFT + N: Creates a new folder.

CTRL + SHIFT + Click: Runs program as Administrator.

SHIFT (5 times): Turns on / off Sticky Keys, which is a feature that lets you press SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, or the Windows keys key one at a time, instead of having to hold down several keys at once. Great for people with a handicap and/or accessibility issues.

SHIFT + Right Click (on a file): Gives you an enhanced Send To menu, so that you have more options and locations to “send to”.

SHIFT + Right Click (on a folder): Gives you an option to open a command prompt.

SHIFT + Click (on a taskbar item): Opens a new instance of that application.

WIN + D: Shows desktop by minimizing all active windows.

Win + Down Arrow: Minimizes the active window.

Win + Up Arrow: Maximizes the active window.

Win + Left or Right Arrows: Moves the active window to the left or right side of the screen.

Win + Home: Clears all windows but the active window.

(For Dual Monitors) Win + SHIFT + Left or Right Arrow: Moves active window to the left or right monitor.

Win + L: Locks PC, allows you to switch users.

Win + Plus Sign (+) or Minus Sign (-): Zooms in or out on screen. Great for small text on webpages, or checking out something small in a photo.

Win + F: Search for files or folders.

Win + F1: Brings up the Windows help menu.

Win + G: Cycles between Windows Gadgets on desktop.

Win + R: Opens the run dialog box.

Win + E: Opens Windows Explorer. Great for quickly browsing to network file folders.

Win + Space: Previews the desktop.

Win + T: Selects task bar items, use your arrows to flip through to the task bar item you want to use.

Win +1, Win +2, Win +3…: Quickly opens task bar items. The first item is the item closest to the start button.

Win + P: Connect a laptop to a projector or screen.

Win + Pause: Opens the System Properties window.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who is interested in making technology easier to understand. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.

6 Fantastic Free Smart Phone Apps for Business

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Make your smart phone work for you, and save you time and money with these 6 fantastic free smartphone apps, guaranteed to streamline your business and your life. These apps will save you money and time, and will allow you to track and manage your life better, freeing you up to focus on more important things.

1. Dropbox  is a cloud-storage service which gives you a place in the clouds to save your files. Think of it as a jump-drive you never have to carry. Store photos, documents, presentations, videos, etc. in your dropbox, and then access them where ever you have internet access. You can even stream videos from your dropbox.

2. Wunderlist Task Manager is a productivity app that organizes all your various to-do lists. With apps for your smartphone and web browser, it’s easy to stay on top of all the things you have to do. You can also email your list to colleagues, family, or friends, to share and collaborate on projects.

3. Evernote is a cloud-based capturing system allowing you to sync virtually anything (photos, voice recordings, videos, etc.) and save it, so that you can access it later for processing. Evernote also OCR’s images, so that everything stored in the app is searchable, even your own handwriting.

4. TripIt is a travel-management app that helps organize your reservations, itineraries, and more. Forward your travel confirmation emails to an address provided by TripIt, and it will gather the information and organize it all in one place. You can even share your trips with others.

5. Read It Later is a cloud-bookmarking service that allows you to organize your webpage bookmarks, so that you can read them at a later point in time, from any device. Integrates with your phone and browser.

6. TextPlus is a group texting program which allows you to communicate with up to 20 people at the same time. A great tool for office and team communication.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who is interested in technology and finding ways to help people work smarter, not harder, with their software. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.