Need A Unique Gift Idea?

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giftcertHere we are on December 4 and many of you have not even begun shopping for your Christmas and Holiday gifts yet.  Even if you have started, there are likely people on your list that you are still struggling with in your search for unique and practical gifts.  Well here is one idea you likely have not thought of – tech support! Yep, you read that right, you can give the gift of tech support to someone you love by ordering a tech support gift certificate from Tech Caddie.

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2009 Holiday Giveaway

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snowflakeIn the spirit of the holidays, and to celebrate all we have to be thankful for, Tech Caddie is launching its Holiday Giveaway for 2009.  The contest will be open from December 3, 2009, right up until the end – December 31, 2009.  Just like last year, entering is easy and no purchase is required.

There are two big changes to this year’s giveaway.  First, the items to be given away are different – this year the focus is on service and support.  Second, this year’s giveaway is open to residents of all 50 United States.   Here are the prizes up for grabs:

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Build A Green Computer – Not A Wimpy, Slow Computer

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wimpy cartoon characterThe idea of a “green computer” conjures up different ideas to different people, but one of the more common associations is that a green computer is a boring, ugly, wimpy, and slow computer. That used to be a fair assessment as many of the designs for green computers were built upon low-end or low-energy systems that essentially sipped electricity due to their limited computing abilities. That is no longer the case and one can certainly build a high-performance green computer using the following “greenprint.”

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Netbooks: Best Practical Uses

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intel_atomAs an IT support specialist, I have an arsenal of software and hardware tools at my disposal which I use to help solve specific client problems.  When working with clients, I always try to “use the right tool for the job.”  This maxim was instilled into me by my father, an engineer, who in turn had it instilled in him by his father.  Recently I had a chance to apply this maxim to my own work when I jettisoned the trusty Dell Latitude E6400 laptop I had been carrying in the field and replaced it with a ‘custom’ netbook from OCZ – the Neutrino.

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Improving Computer Physical Security

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police_lightsI recently received a call from a client whom I have worked with on prior occasions.  Their business is growing and they wanted me to draft a series of options that could be implemented to prevent employees from damaging critical computers in the workplace.  Simple – control access via group policy settings and other OS safeguards.

During the conversation, however, I could not help but think about what could be done to prohibit physical access and threats to critical computers.  Here is what I came up with – much of it is off the wall, but it should get you thinking nonetheless…

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