• July 18, 2024

    Loneliness and Tech

    Whether an introvert or extrovert, human beings are wired for connection. Study after study has shown that new born babies thrive when touched, held, talked to; and don’t when left physically alone. Historically, we live(d) in tribes, communities, neighborhoods, and of course the core family. We’ve identified ourselves with others in worship communities, colleges, social […]

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  • July 03, 2024


    Chris and I were driving to an event sponsored by Professional Women in Construction. He received a solicitation, to his cell phone related to our industry. Chris was polite but said it was his personal cell phone. He also asked how the person got his phone number. That’s where it got interesting. Turns out he […]

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  • June 28, 2024

    Book Review: No Ego

    This book was recommended by one of our clients (thanks Bill). The focus is how leaders can cut the cost of workplace drama, end entitlement, and drive results; something we’re all looking for! The opening chapters talk about the conventional wisdom which says you should have an open-door policy. This was a huge time drain […]

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  • June 20, 2024

    Laptops – Cameras

    There are a growing number of laptop users out there. As more and more of us have hybrid work options, we’ve seen a lot more laptop purchases, often to replace a desktop, or consolidate an office desktop and the traveling laptop. With the great Microsoft 365 SharePoint and OneDrive tools, this is easier than ever! […]

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  • June 13, 2024

    Book Review: The Power to Change

    As the opening speaker of this August’s Global Leadership Summit (GLS), Craig Groeschel shared another encouraging, and challenging message. I decided to order his latest book. When I first started reading it, I thought it would be a ‘repeat’ of books by Darren Hardy and  James Clear, good reminders, but the same. There is some […]

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  • June 06, 2024

    M365 Monitoring

    For about a year now, our programming team had a project on the ‘wish’ list regarding our Managed Microsoft 365 offering. How could we determine a baseline that included backups, MFA setup, and a host of our standard configurations across all our M365 customers? Then with that baseline, write a monitoring tool that would tell […]

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  • May 30, 2024

    Tech Status Quo

    A few definitions: Status Quo: the existing state of affairs regarding social or political issues; the way things are now; an existing state of affairs. The existing order of things; present customs, practices, and power relationships. Oxymoron: a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction; two words or phrases used together […]

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  • April 24, 2024

    The Collaborative Way: Book Review

    This book was recommended to me by a fellow C12 member. Scott has all new hires read this book, and they reference the terminology and structure as they interact with each other. The book is set up as a story; there are the ‘current’ events and ‘three years ago’ to show the original introduction of […]

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  • April 18, 2024

    Accruing Use Tax

    Many contractors purchase materials under a retail sales tax certificate. It’s presented to your suppliers, and the supplier does not charge sales tax. It’s your company’s responsibility to pay the Use Tax on the materials. Great for cash flow, but lots to consider here. This is when I usually hear that quite a bit of […]

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  • April 10, 2024

    File Length & Data Limits

    With more and more clients in SharePoint and OneDrive, we’ve seen a small bump in the number of users calling in with issues. They are having trouble opening files. When we log on and take a look, more often than not, the file length is too long; there is a limit. When we move a […]

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