“Can I Automate That?” Kitchen Control

Sara Johns Automation, Control4, Promotions

If you haven’t had the pleasure of being introduced to the “Good Morning” feature by Control4, let us introduce you. This fun and functional feature allows for you to decide how you would like to start your day. Not only can you start your day off with your favorite music, toasty warm house and have your coffee ready, you can …

7 Tax Tips – Tax Tech Safety and You

Sara Johns Tech Tips

Are you ready? I am, almost. As tax season comes around the corner, we are all beginning to prepare for filing. While some of us are prepared, some are not. Some are dreading the whole ordeal. And if you’re a small business owner, even if you are prepared, it can be very stressful. Did you save all of your business …

New Processors and Microsoft

Sara Johns Blog, Computers and Networking

For all of you PC users looking forward to the new Intel processors Kaby Lake and AMD’s Bristol Ridge, make sure you have Windows 10 installed. Any Windows OS older than 10 will not work with them. So why would Microsoft do this? Microsoft said: “Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform …

Smart Glass

Sara Johns Automation, Blog

Are smart shades a thing of the past? I don’t think so. However, there are other options. For those who like the clean industrial look, or who just don’t care for shades, there is smart glass. What is smart glass you ask? Read on to learn about two different types of smart glass. The first type of smart glass is …

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 …