October 2012

In this issue. . .

~ Upgrading from XP
~ Recycle your old phone
~ Engineer Certifications
~ Halloween Party in Salem

Engineer Certifications

Congratulations to Mike D'Angelo for obtaining the Cisco CCENT certification!

Congratulations to Anthony Kim and David Perez who passed their SonicWALL CSSA exam!

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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

~John Quincy Adams

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Still working on a Windows XP system?

It's time to dust off the cobwebs on your old XP system! It's hard to believe that Microsoft's Windows XP is more than a decade old, but it's true and the clock is ticking on XP end of support. Now that Windows 8 is here, Microsoft is turning its attention to supporting its newer operating systems and XP will soon face End of Life status. That means no automatic fixes, security patches, updates or technical support. Furthermore, new hardware is not providing drivers for XP. If that's not enough, here are a few more reasons why you should think about budgeting an upgrade to Windows 7 in the near future:

According to data gathered for this IDC Whitepaper - May 2012 "Why Sticking with Windows XP is a Bad Idea"

  • By moving from Windows XP to Windows 7, organizations saved $1685 per PC in reduced IT labor support and lost productivity over three years.
  • The payback period for a new deployment of Windows 7 is calculated at 12 months.
  • The migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 yields a 137% return on investment over a three-year period.

Please visit our website to see the many other benefits of moving away from your XP system or call your sales rep for a budgetary guide.

Recycle your old phone!

So you got the new iPhone 5. What did you do with your old one? Please don't throw it away, recycle it! The rapid obsolescence of gadgets combined with the crazy demand for new technology has created mountains of e-waste. E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream our society produces.

Not all of the companies who dispose of electronics handle waste in the most responsible way. Lately, we have read reports of US companies exporting hazardous electronic waste to developing countries (where it is often just burned) or using prison labor to handle electronic disposal. If e-waste is not handled properly, it could cause health risks to those exposed to it, not to mention the environmental effects.

Apple has a recycling program where they recycle your old iPhone or Mac responsibly and in return you will receive an Apple gift card or 10% discount. Also, many retailers such as Walmart and RadioShack will dispose of your consumer electronics safely. We encourage you to learn more about the e-waste problem on the e-Stewards program site, which certifies companies and services that prove to be globally responsible recyclers.

Halloween Party in Salem!

One of our longtime clients, Salem Waterfront Hotel, invites you to join them on Saturday, October 27th from 8PM - Midnight for a Wicked Night on the Wharf! Hosted by KISS 108's Billy Costa, there will be a Cash bar, DJ, Dancing, Prizes and a night of Halloween-themed fun.

Tickets in advance are $30, or $40 at the door.

This event always sells out, so get your tickets today. Call 978.619.1120. 21+ only. 225 Derby St, Salem, MA.