• October 26, 2023

    Text Message Phishing

    This scam came as a text message to Larry’s personal cell phone. He’s been very diligent about robo calls, blocking the numbers and reporting them, but this was a text message. You may not pick up a phone call, but if you check your text messages, you can’t help but read the beginning of the […]

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  • October 18, 2023

    If You Want Something Done: Book Review

    Before anyone gets mad at me, I’d like to state for the record that Larry recommended this book to me! This isn’t a ‘complaining’ or an ‘I’m better than you’ book. The women featured include many names from history, as well as a few ‘everyday’ heroes. The book’s title is a take on a Margaret […]

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  • October 11, 2023

    Firewalls: Hardware vs Software

    Hardware: A physical firewall works independently from the computer(s) it’s protecting as it filters information and traffic coming from the internet into the network or work group. The unit will protect the entire network and devices, not just one computer. These business-class units provide deeper and more advanced protection from a broader range of threats. […]

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  • October 05, 2023

    FIT System: My Day

    Quite a few of our Sage 100 Contractor clients use our Field Integrated Time (FIT) System to electronically collect time, approve it, and pull it into payroll for processing. Thanks to those of you who have shared such nice comments about the program and the time-savings you’ve experienced! We’ve also had some suggestions to streamline […]

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  • September 27, 2023

    AI Tools from Microsoft: Changing the Way You Work!

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is popping up everywhere you look these days. New tools like ChatGPT are powered by Large Language Models (LLMs) that are trained on mountains of data so they can respond to your requests almost as well as a person. There is no doubt that these tools are incredible! The first AI tool […]

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  • September 27, 2023

    Windows Defender

    When we setup a computer for our clients, we turn this off. Our Anti-virus/Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) tool is MUCH better, providing all the protection you need. You might see a prompt that Windows Defender is not enabled; please do NOT enable it. When a computer has two AV programs, they ‘fight’ each other […]

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  • September 20, 2023

    Temp Labor; Job Costs

    Sticking with this month’s Payroll theme, thought I’d mention the Temp Labor trend. Usually these are individuals through a Temp Agency to whom you pay an hourly fee that covers all expenses. Since these folks are usually working on specific jobs or projects (including the Shop), it’s important to capture hours by person, by job […]

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  • September 13, 2023

    Positive Pay

    This seems to come in waves. Last year at this time, and this year too, more and more clients are experiencing bank fraud. Checks are presented against their accounts and cashed. In many cases, our clients lose a lot of time, but they were not responsible for the stolen funds. We have a couple of […]

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  • September 08, 2023

    Two Conflicting Truths

    I’ve often said we have amazing clients, and I’ve never been more convinced this is true than I am right now! I’ve also heard some of our client owners and senior staff wondering if they’re an island as they boldly move forward with their initiatives and businesses. As I mentioned last month, it’s a crazy […]

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  • August 24, 2023

    MS Server 2012 – Bye!

    In October 2023, this server operating system will reach it’s final conclusion. No longer supported, all extended support will end. If you’re running this server operating system (OS), it needs to be upgraded, equipment replaced with a new operating system, or you need to consider a move to the cloud. Just in time, we’re holding […]

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