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247 Managed Network Solutions has been serving the Iowa City area since 2014, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: Simple Changes You Can Make to Make Work Easier

Tip of the Week: Simple Changes You Can Make to Make Work Easier

Waking up and going to work is the inevitable reality for billions of people, and sometimes people have a hard time acclimating to a new job. If that job is an office, there are some particular issues you will have to confront in order to get the most out of your time at work. Today, we look at five simple things you can do to make your life easier inside your office.

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Tip of the Week: Overcoming the Hurdles of New Solutions

Tip of the Week: Overcoming the Hurdles of New Solutions

As you have likely realized, the technology solutions that power your business today aren’t going to be effective forever. This means that you will at some point need to upgrade this technology - but this isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Here, we offer a few tips to help you make it over some of the hurdles that a change to your technology can bring.

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How to Restore Data You Didn’t Mean to Delete

How to Restore Data You Didn’t Mean to Delete

Whoops! Didn’t mean to delete that, did you? We’ve all found ourselves having accidentally deleted something important. Below, we’ll review how - with any luck - you might be able to restore this data.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Handy OneNote Features

Tip of the Week: 5 Handy OneNote Features

On the surface, Microsoft OneNote seems to be a pretty basic program - it’s just a quick place to jot notes, right? In actuality, OneNote offers functions far beyond that of a digital scratchpad. For this week’s tip, we’ll review some of these functions.

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Tip of the Week: How to Keep Your Files Properly Organized

Tip of the Week: How to Keep Your Files Properly Organized

Now that we have access to better file storage and management than the file cabinets that we’ve historically utilized, our capabilities have increased exponentially… assuming, of course, that our better file storage and management solutions are kept organized. As this organization is so crucial to successfully undergoing your operations, we’re offering a few tips to help you keep your files in order.

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Build a Comprehensive Bring Your Own Device Policy

Build a Comprehensive Bring Your Own Device Policy

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is a wonderful alternative to a business investing in high-end workstations. On one hand, it can save your business thousands of dollars by having your employees bring their own devices to the workplace. On the other, it could expose your network to untold risks. How can you strike a balance between the two and help your business prosper?

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Tip of the Week: Figuring Out Why Your Sound Isn’t Working

Tip of the Week: Figuring Out Why Your Sound Isn’t Working

Do you know what’s just as jarring as your computer’s volume suddenly being way too high? Suddenly not having any volume at all. Sound problems on your computer can be a real pain, especially if you have something important you need to listen to for one of your responsibilities. Here, we’re offering some tips to help you do some basic sound troubleshooting.

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Tip of the Week: Build Your Business’ Cloud

Tip of the Week: Build Your Business’ Cloud

Many businesses have already used the cloud to great success, but others might not even know where to start. The thing is, the cloud has so many features and potential solutions that organizations who don’t know where to start might be overwhelmed by the possibilities. Today, we’ll look at some specific benefits offered by cloud-hosted solutions and services.

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Does Your Business Have a Sufficient Backup Plan?

Does Your Business Have a Sufficient Backup Plan?

Is your business prepared for any disasters that come its way? If you haven’t considered which threats could cause your operations the most trouble, you need to devise a strategy that takes all possibilities into account. Here, we’ll help guide you through these considerations.

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Tip of the Week: This Is What Should You Do When Your Smartphone Gets Wet

Tip of the Week: This Is What Should You Do When Your Smartphone Gets Wet

Mistakes happen, especially with smartphones. Whether you’re dropping it on the floor, in the toilet, or in a puddle, there’s no shame in making this mistake. Granted, when this does occur, you need to act fast. Any water in, on, or around your device isn’t recommended, but let’s talk about what happens when you’re thrown into a worst-case scenario.

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Tip of the Week: Create Useful Email Subjects

Tip of the Week: Create Useful Email Subjects

If you’ve ever received an email without a subject line, chances are you’ve never felt inclined to open it as soon as possible. The email subject line is critical to capturing the user’s attention, as it helps to ensure they understand what they can expect from the email’s contents. Here are a couple of pointers on how you can create more effective email subject lines to increase the chances of them being read.

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How Good IT Makes It Seem Like You Don’t Need It

How Good IT Makes It Seem Like You Don’t Need It

As a business owner, I’m sure you’ve reviewed your business expenses… but have you ever gone through them and wondered just what it was that you had spent your money on? It’s an understandable feeling to have. The many different IT expenses that show up on the standard invoice can add up quickly, and might inspire you to reconsider how you’re investing them… besides, how much do you really need an IT provider that you never seem to call?

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Social Media Can Be a Great Business Tool, So Long as It’s Secured

Social Media Can Be a Great Business Tool, So Long as It’s Secured

There is no denying that social media is one of the most powerful communication tools of our time, especially for businesses trying to communicate with their clients and customers. However, while you will want to have an account for your business on social media, you might not want a presence of your own. Today, we’ll discuss this quandary, and how you can resolve it.

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Get Faced by FaceTime

Tip of the Week: Don’t Get Faced by FaceTime

Sometimes threats come from the most unlikely places. One such threat came in the form of Apple’s FaceTime app, which gives users the ability to spy on others without their consent through group FaceTime calls. Even though a patch has been issued that solves the problem, it’s still worth reflecting on.

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Tip of the Week: Are You Using the Right Software?

Tip of the Week: Are You Using the Right Software?

Businesses that have been around the block a time or two may have discovered specific software titles that yield little-to-no results. Some might even be security risks that you simply aren’t willing to expose your data to. The free or cheap software found by some organizations to make up for operational deficiencies don’t always cut it, and some can even put your business at risk. This week’s tip is dedicated to finding the best software for your business.

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Tip of the Week: Identifying Your Virtualization Needs

Tip of the Week: Identifying Your Virtualization Needs

Virtualization has opened a world of opportunity for businesses seeking a more flexible business computing system, rather than a disparate and occasionally wasteful collection of computing components. For this week’s tip, we’ll walk through the process of adopting virtualization and what that will entail for your business.

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Let Downtime Stop Productivity

Tip of the Week: Don’t Let Downtime Stop Productivity

There’s nothing more irritating in the morning than booting up your computer and having to wait for updates to finish applying before getting to work. Sure, it gives you a chance to settle down, make a cup of coffee, and catch up with your co-workers, but there are other productive ways to spend your technology-related downtime. Here is how you can be productive even when your computer seems to be making it impossible.

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Tip of the Week: Use These Practices to Boost Your Business’ Efficiency

Tip of the Week: Use These Practices to Boost Your Business’ Efficiency

For every business, revenue generation is the name of the game. The more money your company brings in, the more it can spend, the more effective it can be. The problem many small businesses have is that they have a good business model, but they don’t produce enough fast enough to see solid revenue growth. Today, we will provide a few easy tips on how to build operational efficiency, and thus, generate more revenue.

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Tip of the Week: Check Out These 4 Android Shortcuts

Tip of the Week: Check Out These 4 Android Shortcuts

Android devices might be highly customizable, but to get them to this point, there might be a sacrifice of user-friendliness. If you can figure out how to configure them properly, these devices can benefit from all kinds of useful shortcuts that can help you get more out of your devices. Here are four of the easiest ones to set up.

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Make Excel Data More Exciting

Make Excel Data More Exciting

Microsoft Excel is an extremely useful program for visually displaying data. Having said that, these spreadsheets aren’t exactly the most attention-catching things on their own. Fortunately, Excel has some options built-in that can allow you to display your figures in a more engaging, more expressive, and more meaningful way.

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