Where do you Stand?

Sara Johns Blog, Computers and Networking

Personalization vs. Privacy. Where do you stand? Millennial users feel as if they don’t have privacy anymore and they are more willing to give up privacy for more features. While older users still tend to be less trusting and more wary. “If you trust Microsoft to protect your interests, and you trust the technical skill of Microsoft’s engineers to protect …

Watt’s up? Just a pocket of Energy, that’s WattUp.

Sara Johns Blog, Mobile

It has a charging radius of 15 feet. The transmitter will be just about the size of a wireless router. Instead of magnetic induction, radio frequencies will be used to charge the devices. A WattUp™ transmitter, or Power Router, works like Wi-Fi and sends energy via a radio frequency (RF) signal to your WattUp-enabled electronic devices when requested. A WattUp …

Free yourself from the USB umbilical cord

Sara Johns Blog, Mobile

This will make the wireless charging market explode. And I think that it’s about time. Even though the technology has been around for ages, (anyone own a Sonicare?), they haven’t found a way to make it easy to charge our devices. Phones, tablets, toys all have to be plugged in. It’s time to free yourself from the USB umbilical cord. …

Everyone talks about “The Cloud”, but what is it?

Sara Johns Blog, Computers and Networking

The cloud is where off-site data is stored. Off-site data is just that: off-site. Your data – images, music, backups, emails and email settings, eBooks, documents and spreadsheets – all of it that is not stored on your phone, laptop, desktop or server at work. Your data does not live in space though.  It is stored on a server at …

Be aware of your air with Awair

Sara Johns Automation, Blog

And it learns too! As it gathers your indoor air quality, it learns your routines and preferences. Tell Awair what is most important to you, from allergies to sleep.  The monitor will track the air quality levels and then send you recommendations through the app on your phone to help you change your behavior. Awair will be available early this …

Windows Server 2003 – End of Support

Sara Johns Blog, Support and Maintenance

The risk is not limited to the OS itself. With so much infrastructure built on Windows Server, databases, middleware, applications and other sensitive information can all be compromised by a single unpatched vulnerability. Windows Server 2003 doesn’t have the compartmentalization of the later versions, so once an intruder gains access to the OS, they will have free reign to move …

Motorized Shades and You

Sara Johns Automation, Blog

Before the introduction of electricity, buildings relied on daylight to illuminate interior spaces as a matter of necessity. Today’s updated building codes, new energy regulations, and a renewed emphasis on sustainability, are encouraging us to once again embrace daylight as a practical, aesthetic, and symbolic element of good building design. This is known as designing for Daylight Autonomy. The greatest …

Smart Carpet

Sara Johns Automation, Blog

Have you ever walked through the airport and had no idea where your departure gate was? Or after you get off the plane, where the baggage claim for your particular flight is? I have. Even though my eye sight is good and I know I will eventually figure it out, it would be much faster if the directions were easier …

10 add-ons to increase your security

Sara Johns Blog, Security Systems

Whether you are just starting to build your security system or already have one installed, here are 10 add-ons that will not only increase the security of your system, but will make life a little easier for you too. You can monitor your home or business from any device with a web browser, such as your iPad, smartphone or laptop. …

10 Tips for Choosing the right Security System

Sara Johns Blog, Security Systems

  First you need to figure out why you need security and what you are trying to secure.  Only then you can plan for what you need.   Doors, windows, driveways, office supply rooms, building entrances. Are you looking to catch a repeat intruder? Or just monitor who is coming and going? This directly relates to what you want to …