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Computerware has been serving the Vienna area since 1976, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

What’s the Oldest Piece of Tech You Use?

What’s the Oldest Piece of Tech You Use?

The good old days, the timeless oldies, there’s no school like the old school… A lot of us fondly look back on the simpler times, but technology typically pushes forward. In fact, if we look back at what we were collectively doing with computers back in the 80’s and 90’s, it’s practically embarrassing. Sure, the music and television shows of our formative years will never be topped, but less can be said for the technology. Unless you are a Boeing 747...

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Our Comprehensive Guide to Purchasing a New Computer, Part V

Our Comprehensive Guide to Purchasing a New Computer, Part V

You might think you have all the information you need to make the best decision possible for your business’ computers, but there are a few other odds and ends you should think about. This final part of our computer buying guide will focus on topics that didn’t seem to fit in other parts of our guide.

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7 IT Myths We Hear Too Often

7 IT Myths We Hear Too Often

When you work in the IT space, you get to hear some funny things - technology myths, conspiracies, and other rumors that are shared around the water cooler. We’ve heard it all, and we wanted to share some of these myths so you don’t get tripped up by them.

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A Brief History of Data Backup

A Brief History of Data Backup

While data backup is a necessary component to any modern business’ success, the idea itself certainly isn’t modern. The act of protecting information dates back to before dates were even an inkling, when humanity was still writing data on cave walls to preserve it and notching animal bones to aid in primitive mathematics. Let’s review the history of data preservation, and how we’ve gotten to our current point.

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Is the Internet Changing Your Business as Drastically as it is the Publishing Industry?

Is the Internet Changing Your Business as Drastically as it is the Publishing Industry?

Publishers have long provided authors with outlets to share their work. However, just like many other industries, technology has changed publishing over the years. Is this a positive change, and are there lessons that the modern business owner can learn from this shift in the way technology is handled and managed?

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Arguably the Most Important Computer in Star Wars

b2ap3_thumbnail_death_star_may_the_fourth_400.jpgToday is known the world over as Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you). We want to take this opportunity to look at the technology of one of our favorite movie franchises. Given how much exciting technology there is in the fictional Star Wars universe, picking just one technology can be difficult. Since we work with computers, let’s look at one of the most important computers in the film, the X-wing targeting computer.

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Challenge: Can You Go a Single Day Without Your Phone?

b2ap3_thumbnail_smartphone_addiction_400.jpgYou’re at an important lunch meeting when your phone goes off. Do you answer it? It might be a prospective client responding to an email, or it might be an employee needing help. Smartphones might have made every other aspect of business more mobile, including communication; but now, thanks to the power of science, we know that smartphones are indisputably bad for our personal relationships.

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Watch Simon Pierro, the “Wizard of iOS,” Perform Digital Magic Miracles [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_tricks_using_an_ipad_400.jpgWe all need a little magic in our lives now and again. For some, this means card tricks, or optical illusions that are designed to trick the eye into seeing something that isn’t there. For German magician Simon Pierro, dubbed the “Wizard of iOS,” it means taking a piece of consumer technology and turning it into a catalyst for his magic acts.

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Information Technology and the Movie Making Process

b2ap3_thumbnail_it_at_the_movies_400.jpgMovies capture the imagination of the creative and project them to the masses with seamingly relative ease. Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes hundreds and sometimes thousands of people to make most movies. Simply sit through the credits next time you go to the cinema or watch a movie at home.

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Blast from the Past: Prepare for Solar Flares

b2ap3_thumbnail_electrical_failure_400.jpgIn 1859, before global violence and warfare of the Twentieth century wrought havoc around the world, another pseudo-apocalyptic event took place in the form of a colossal solar storm. This solar storm, known as the Carrington Event, is the largest flare recorded to date. Did you know that there’s a chance that our planet could be struck by a solar flare of this magnitude again in the near future, and that its results could spell the end for society as we know it?

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Europe’s Great Debate: The Right to Be Forgotten

b2ap3_thumbnail_do_you_have_the_right_to_be_forgotten_400.jpgOne of the hot topics in recent news is a concept in European courts about the "right to be forgotten." The ruling, passed in May 2014, suggests that search engines must consider requests for removal of content that is, according to ZDNet, "inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant." In some circles, this ruling is seen as controversial.

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Crowdfunding Done Right: Make Money (and Potato Salad) with Crowdfunding

b2ap3_thumbnail_kickstarter_potato_salad_400.jpgWhen trying to raise money for a big startup or product release, it can often be outside of your budget. One solution is crowdfunding, or taking your endeavors public in order to inspire others to donate money to your cause. Unfortunately (or fortunately - take your pick), not many of these campaigns succeed.

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That’s Hot! A Portable Solution to Cool Off Your Office

b2ap3_thumbnail_portable_air_conditioner_400.jpgOh man, it's so hot outside! When the summer heat is at its worst, car door handles become like glowing irons removed from the fire and it feels like nature is one big oven. Summer heat is especially hard on your office building's air conditioning unit. Consequently, the heat can put your computer equipment in danger. Portable cooling to the rescue!

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Do Pets at Work Improve Productivity?

b2ap3_thumbnail_kitties_and_puppies_at_work_400.jpgDo you have pets at home? You might find it painful to leave them behind when you head to the office. You might find yourself wishing that you could bring them to your workplace with you. Well, why not? We're hearing about more companies that have implemented a pet policy that lets them bring their furry friends to the office with them.

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A Game of Words: George R. R. Martin Finds Use For Old Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_grrmartin_400.jpgThe latest technology can provide your business with increased productivity. However, not everyone sees it that way. George R. R. Martin, one of the most well-known authors of our time, would disagree. He prefers to work in the ancient realm of 1970s word processing.

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Dogecoin Hacked! Such Loss.

b2ap3_thumbnail_docecoin_wow_400.jpgDoge, the Internet meme of a grammatically-challenged Shiba Inu dog that prefers comic sans, is so popular that it has its own online currency called Dogecoin. The fact that Dogecoin exists may be news to you, but it's also news that Dogecoin is temporarily stopping its service after its database (the Doge Vault) was hacked.

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Technology Repair… In Space!

b2ap3_thumbnail_millennium_falcon_400.jpgDue to the overwhelming success of George Lucas's science-fiction film franchise Star Wars, fans all over the world will be celebrating May 4th as a holiday (May the Fourth be with you). Star Wars wouldn't have been nearly as successful if it weren't for its fascinating space technology, something that was previously only imagined by the most creative of minds. X-wings, blasters, and hyperdrives seem really neat, but they can break down just as easily as present-day space technology. There's something about the unknown void that is space which draws our attention, even if it's "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

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Your Technology Hates the Cold Too

b2ap3_thumbnail_technology_in_the_cold_400.jpgIn the midst of one of the coldest and most grueling winters the U.S. has experienced in years, millions of Americans are growing impatient for the arrival of spring. As subzero temperatures spread across the country, the cold weather and snow has become a hazard not only to humans, but to their technology. How cold is too cold for your gadgets?

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Downtime, Nobody’s Waiting for You

b2ap3_thumbnail_uptime400.jpgVisiting downtown is a fun and magical experience. Having your computer break down and then experiencing downtime are completely opposite. The only thing downtown and downtime have in common is that each cost you money, and they both make for one catchy song. The best way to prevent downtime is to have your technology professionally managed, here's how it works.

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Sleep Better To a Rhythm

b2ap3_thumbnail_zzzz400.jpgDo you have trouble sleeping at night? While there may be many sleep solutions available out there such as ergonomic pillows, medications, or sleep apnea mask that help you breathe, a new study has found that your brain may be the culprit. The University of Tubingen, in Germany, found that syncing sounds, while you sleep, to the rhythmic pulse of brainwaves helps people sleep.

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