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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.

Want Proof that You Need to Monitor Your Solutions?

Want Proof that You Need to Monitor Your Solutions?

When discussing the practice of monitoring solutions to prevent threats, it isn’t uncommon for many businesses to put these concerns on the back burner. However, every so often, an example comes around to help inspire businesses to take their monitoring seriously. This time, the example was the arrest of 24 spammers in October for scamming American citizens by impersonating Microsoft support staff members.

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How to Order the Items on Your To-Do List

How to Order the Items on Your To-Do List

Being in business today means that you have a lot on your plate, it’s as simple as that. Yet, with so many tasks piling up, it can be challenging to prioritize them all so you can figure out where to start. Below, we go over some strategies you can use to make sense out of all the tasks you have on your day and reach a point of productivity.

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Does Messaging Actually Slow Down Productivity?

Does Messaging Actually Slow Down Productivity?

While email remains an important facet of professional business communications, the instant message is of rising importance in office environments everywhere. While any one of many factors may contribute to this shift, it provides those businesses that adopt it great advantages to their internal processes, and might even aid in their cybersecurity.

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Mr. Wolfdog Teaches You to Dominate the Competition With a Giant, Honking Computer [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_wolfdog_tips_400.jpgApril 1st is a day for jokes and laughter. Therefore, we thought we’d lighten the mood and consult the funniest and the furriest CEO we know for computer advice; that’s right, Old Spice’s wolf-dog hybrid, Mr. Wolfdog!

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5 Mistakes to Avoid with Your IT Budget

b2ap3_thumbnail_tossing_out_money_400.jpgPutting together an IT budget that’s a recipe for success is much more difficult than it sounds. Every year you run the risk of encountering crippling technology issues if you don’t take the proper precautions. If your budget isn’t prepared for problems with your IT infrastructure, it could have disastrous results. Here are five ways you can avoid skipping a beat when planning for your business’s IT budget.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Reasons Why Skipping Your Breaks Can Hinder Productivity

b2ap3_thumbnail_take_a_break_400.jpgWe live in an age where productivity is at its peak, but as you might be aware, this often leads to a stressful work environment where anything less than your best can be considered slacking. You might have several tasks that need to be completed today, but we’re sure you can take the time to read this blog about giving yourself a break once in awhile. You might find that breaks are absolutely crucial to both your creative and physical well being.

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4 Easy Ways to Take Control of Your Network’s Cables

b2ap3_thumbnail_cabling_your_technology_400.jpgUntil we’ve reached a day where wires are obsolete and every device connects wirelessly to its needed network, wires and cables will always be an integral part of your company’s IT infrastructure. Since you’re stuck having to deal with wires, you might as well know how to effectively manage your cables so that they’re not slowing you down.

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Tip of the Week: How to Prevent “Needing a Vacation from Your Vacation”

b2ap3_thumbnail_post_vacation_blues_400.jpgImagine getting back on the plane home and remembering that you have to go back to work in less than twelve hours. It might feel draining and just plain awful, but you might be relieved to know you’re not alone. Returning from a vacation doesn’t have to be as painful as it sounds. In fact, it can be easy if you approach it the right way.

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Tip of the Week: How to Attract and Keep Quality Employees with Workplace Flexibility

b2ap3_thumbnail_workplace_flexibility_400.jpgWith each new generation comes a new group of workers, and attracting good, quality help can be difficult. Even if you can find good help, it can be a challenge to keep. A study at Cornell University has proven that workplace flexibility can greatly improve the odds of finding good employees - and keeping them around.

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Why Your Team Should Have A Basic Understanding of Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_troubleshoot_your_own_pc_issues_400.jpgWhat separates the average PC user from the IT technician who routinely takes care of your technology issues? In essence, the only difference is the amount of technical training. Our years of technical expertise have given us the ability to diagnose and resolve varieties of problems, but we don’t hold our knowledge close to the chest. Rather, we want to share it with you.

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Tip of The Week: 7 Communication Mistakes to Avoid

b2ap3_thumbnail_angry_workplace_400.jpgIf you feel like you’re having trouble communicating with your team, it’s probably because you are. In fact, it may be because you’re communicating with them the wrong way. By overhauling the way you approach small talk and office chit-chat, you can improve office intercommunication and your own public image.

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6 Reasons Working from Home Isn’t Ideal

b2ap3_thumbnail_distractions_at_home_400_20150109-204201_1.jpgIf you asked any of your employees whether they would prefer to work at home or in the office, we think it’s a safe bet that they would answer “at home.” Working remotely has several well-known benefits, including less commuting expenses, spare office space, and increased employee satisfaction. Despite these advantages, many employers are hesitant to let their staff work from home. Why is this the case?

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Tip of The Week: Stay Comfy With An Ergonomic Workplace

b2ap3_thumbnail_ergonomic_workplace_400.jpgHow do you feel while you’re reading this article? Are you straining your eyes just to see the screen? Does your back feel like it has a knot in it? Is carpal tunnel destroying the nerves in your wrist? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to look into switching up your workstation.

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Can’t Keep Things Smooth in the Workplace? Try an Intranet

b2ap3_thumbnail_workplace_internet_400.jpgYour goal as a business owner should be to optimize the amount of productivity your office can achieve during regular operation hours, but sometimes that's a lot more difficult to accomplish than it seems. There are all sorts of variables that must be taken into account, but one big theme is always inter-office communication. In order to usher in a new era of communication in the office, try a company intranet.

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Jumpstart Office Productivity with these 3 Tips

b2ap3_thumbnail_business_needs_high_productivity_400.jpgSome businesses like to promote casual workplaces, while others are strictly professional. But regardless of what sort of office you have set up for your business, the fact remains that it is a place of work and productivity. There is always room for improvement, even if it only means a few extra moments of productivity every day, but it adds up quickly.

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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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It’s Too Loud! 3 Solutions to Remedy Server Noise

b2ap3_thumbnail_server_noise_400.jpgIt's no secret that businesses often have limited space and resources. The problem is that you need your IT infrastructure in order to do business, and when you don't have a dedicated server room, you have to house your server in a common area. This presents an annoyance since a running server sounds like an air conditioning unit on full blast.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Company’s Twitter Presence

b2ap3_thumbnail_boost_your_twitter_400.jpgIt's no secret that social media has become an integral part of any business' marketing strategy. Twitter, being one of the top social media outlets, should certainly not be avoided. There is much potential to be unlocked by your business by using Twitter.

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5 Ways to be a Better Business Leader

b2ap3_thumbnail_crane400.jpgHowever you got there, your leadership position is vital to the success of your business. As a leader, you are influencing your business in obvious ways. You set the standards, influence office culture, and model what an exemplary worker looks like to other employees. Here are five ways to be better at what you do.

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4 Easy Ways to Make Your PC Last Longer

b2ap3_thumbnail_tippy400.jpgWithout proper upkeep, computers will eventually breakdown, and when a computer crashes, it will take your data with it to its silicone grave. Even a not-quite-dead-yet computer running poorly will cost your business money by freezing up and causing downtime. To prevent downtime and crashes, you will want to make sure you're doing these four easy PC maintenances.

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