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SpireTech to exhibit at Interface Portland 2015

On March 17th, SpireTech will join many other tech professionals and vendors exhibiting at Interface 2015 at the Oregon Convention center! If you only go to one IT trade show this year, Interface is the one to see. As a bonus, lunch is provided for registered guests.

SpireTech will be presenting our solutions for IT management, CTERA appliances, and our PortlandCloud.com services. Stop by and say hi!

If you are involved in your company’s IT decision making process, you are invited to attend. Click here to learn more, and please register by Friday March 13th.

By | 2015-03-02T11:46:39+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|Business Technology, Newsletter|Comments Off on SpireTech to exhibit at Interface Portland 2015

A Preview of Windows 10

windows10[1]Windows 10 is the next generation of Microsoft’s device OS that adapts to the devices you’re on and what you’re trying to get done, with a consistent, familiar, and compatible experience that enables you to be more productive.

Future Features

Here is a quick introduction to the first highlighted key features of Windows 10 that are included in the released Technical Preview. This is a sneak peak, and not an exhaustive list of final product features. But what might we be looking forward to?

  • Expanded Start Menu: The familiar Start menu is back, providing one-click access to the functions and files that people use most, and includes a new space to personalize with favorite apps, programs, people, and websites.
  • Apps run in a window: Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do. They can be resized and moved around, have title bars at the top allowing for maximizing, […]
By | 2016-11-11T17:41:51+00:00 February 12th, 2015|Business Technology, Newsletter|Comments Off on A Preview of Windows 10

How to Remove Duplicates in Excel 2013

duplicates_thumb_newsletter[2]Very commonly you may be dealing with a spreadsheet of data, with many duplicates that you want to remove quickly. This happens often if you are dealing with mailing lists with repeated information (names, email addresses, zipcodes, etc.), an export of data from a system, or a report.

Instead of manually deleting duplicated data to trim down your spreadsheet, use the Remove Duplicates feature!

To demonstrate this feature, we have a simple two column spreadsheet.

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You can see that the codes in Column A are duplicated, as well as some of the items in Column B. Note, however, that when codes are duplicated, not all the items are (e.g. the code for Strawberries is the same, but one is Strawberries – 1 pack and the other is Strawberries – 2 pack).

We’re going to quickly eliminate all rows that are duplicated in both columns.

  1. Select one of […]
By | 2016-11-11T17:41:51+00:00 February 12th, 2015|Business Technology, Newsletter|Comments Off on How to Remove Duplicates in Excel 2013

How to Detect Malware Symptoms

used with permission from Microsoft Safety & Security Center

malware_symptomsIf your computer starts to behave strangely, you might be experiencing spyware symptoms or have other unwanted software installed on your computer. Here are a few tips on how to detect malicious software:

  • I see pop-up advertisements all the time. Some unwanted software will bombard you with pop-up ads that aren’t related to a particular website you’re visiting. These ads are often for adult or other websites you may find objectionable. If you see pop-up ads as soon as you turn on your computer or when you’re not even browsing the web, you might have spyware or other unwanted software on your computer.
  • My settings have changed and I can’t change them back to the way they were. Some unwanted software can change your home page or search page settings. Even if you adjust these settings, you might find that they revert back every time you restart […]
By | 2016-11-11T17:41:51+00:00 February 12th, 2015|Business Technology, Newsletter|Comments Off on How to Detect Malware Symptoms

The taste of satisfaction sure is sweet.

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We love our customers and the things they do for us, even more so when it fills our bellies!

SpireTech was contacted by a client who was unable to resolve their problem through their normal support contacts, and really needed someone who knew their stuff and would be able to solve their problem. SpireTech stepped up to the plate and after we were through, they were so satisfied with our work that they sent us home with a free box of Voodoo doughnuts, one of Portland’s most iconic treats.

We would like to take this chance to thank our clients and all of the compliments they have given us over the years. We take pride in our work and that our customers are satisfied with our service!image2.jpeg

 

 

 

By | 2016-11-11T17:41:53+00:00 June 26th, 2014|Business Technology|Comments Off on The taste of satisfaction sure is sweet.

APC recalling 15 million surge strips

APC is recalling 15 million computer surge strips due to fire hazard. These were very popular and there is a very good chance you own one! If you have one that looks like this, turn it over and check the model number and year of manufacture from this table and submit your recall request today. They are supposed to be removed from service immediately. https://recall.apc.com/en

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Update 12/6/2013:  Being the curious types we are, we decided to dissect one that was removed from service in our office.  Here are some pictures of what we found:  the board and a resistor got hot in a couple of places…

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By | 2016-11-11T17:41:53+00:00 December 6th, 2013|Business Technology, Newsletter|Comments Off on APC recalling 15 million surge strips

Microsoft Announces New Office

MS-Office-2013-logoMicrosoft announced the release of Office 2013 at the end of January. The new productivity suite is the first built to use on Windows 8. Also announced was the release of Office 365 for the home user. Office 365 has been around for a while, but only available to corporate clients. This new licensing level opens up Microsoft’s cloud based service to a wider audience at a monthly price that is competitive with the one time charge consumers are more familiar with. Being able to store documents in the cloud and access them anywhere pales next to one shocking feature – the ability to use Office 365 on up to 5 devices. It’s a smart move on their part, as the ability to access files over the cloud when you have to license your desktop, laptop, tablets and or smart phones individually.

Office Mobile is in development and rumored to be […]

By | 2016-11-11T17:41:54+00:00 February 7th, 2013|Business Technology, Newsletter|Comments Off on Microsoft Announces New Office

The Mystery of Touchscreen Technology

It seems like touchscreen technology just came into our lives, yet we already take it for granted that when we touch an icon on our device a very specific action will be preformed. We expect the device to get it right, each time.

By | 2016-11-11T17:41:58+00:00 December 21st, 2011|Business Technology|Comments Off on The Mystery of Touchscreen Technology

Digital Currency in a Digital World

Consumer spending heavily relies on digital currency and perhaps someday paper money will be obsolete.  It might sound fantastic but consider how often you yourself use a credit card to buy things, go online to shop, or receive gift cards preloaded with a specific amount of money.  Most likely you pay your bills via internet banking, pay-at-the-pump with a credit card, and even purchase movie tickets online.  Once you consider the frequency of which you actually use digital currency on a day-to-day basis, we aren’t really that far off from going fully digital with our currency. The Bitcoin revolution

By | 2016-02-01T21:54:09+00:00 December 16th, 2011|Business Technology|Comments Off on Digital Currency in a Digital World

High Tech Green Solutions at The Tokyo Motor Show

This year’s Tokyo Motor Show showcased some interesting, wild, and green concept cars. With efficiency in mind, companies unleashed these eco-friendly designs that are both innovative and rather unconventional. Here are just a few

By | 2016-11-11T17:41:58+00:00 December 14th, 2011|Business Technology|Comments Off on High Tech Green Solutions at The Tokyo Motor Show