• July 14, 2023

    Scam: Cell Phones

    Scam to Collect Cell Phone Numbers Mike received this one—it said it was from ‘Catherine Wendt’ but it was someone’s Gmail account as the sender. The message asked Mike to send his cell phone number because I needed an assignment done quickly, and asked him to watch out for my text. This would be a […]

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  • July 06, 2023

    Indirect Cost/Equipment Tracking

    Equipment Module—Indirect Costs We’ve seen a renewed interest in tracking indirect costs, sometimes focused on owned equipment, other times focused on the cost of running a shop and keeping equipment in good repair. The Equipment Module in Sage 100 Contractor is pretty powerful. Some clients are only using it to track equipment and shop costs; […]

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  • June 22, 2023

    Lead Like it Matters: Book Review

    I’ve heard Craig speak on several occasions, and each time, I was challenged and inspired. In this recent book he focuses on leadership principles for a church that lasts. However, many of these concepts, thought-provoking questions, and examples have a direct correlation with our businesses, organizations we serve, and even our families. First of all, […]

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  • June 13, 2023

    Password-Protected Files

    Several of our clients use password-protection on various files, especially Word and Excel. Also, many of our clients have the Autosave feature turned on for these documents. This brings up several interesting questions when editing these files, and some interesting logistics when someone tries to open the file. Let’s start with the call we received. […]

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  • May 17, 2023

    Windows 11 Auto-Upgrades

    All new computers ship with Windows 11, and quite a few of our clients have upgraded from Windows 10 to 11. At Syscon, all of our laptops and workstations are Windows 11 (even mine!). In addition to the stunning screen savers, there are a few differences you’ll notice; nothing drastic, but a few changes that […]

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  • March 30, 2023

    The Focus Project: Book Review

    Erik was a featured speaker at the CFMA Annual Conference in Atlanta GA. He was engaging and clearly loves his topic. You might know him by his signature bright green glasses. He shared the story of how this became associated with him and how he eventually embraced it as his brand. The heart of his […]

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  • March 22, 2023

    Tech Tips

    Guest Wi-Fi—QR Code Here’s an interesting and creative idea—we recently helped one of our clients with their internal and guest wi-fi segmentation. When our tech left, he shared how to get to each of them and what a guest would need to log on. On our next visit, they had turned that logon info into […]

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  • March 15, 2023

    Enigma: Book Review

    This book was written in 1984 and is one of several on the topic of the Enigma encryption machines used during World War II. As I read the book, I was constantly reminded of things happening right here and now in 2022. The story focuses on the contribution of a Polish cryptology department and three […]

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  • February 17, 2023

    Microsoft Authenticator MFA Changes

    I remember when ‘day lamps’ were a new thing for cars. We were encouraged to have our headlights on during the day, and new cars were coming out with an ‘auto’ feature for day lamps. At the time, the insurance industry cited many studies where this small change had a huge impact, reducing accidents! Then […]

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  • February 10, 2023

    Adding/Removing Staff

    Adding/Removing Staff Many years ago, we realized we needed a check list for all incoming and departing employees. There are so many things to consider on both sides of the relationship, so these checklists have been invaluable! How about you? Do you have a checklist to on board new staff? Next question – do you […]

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