NCSmartGrowth.org http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org Business growth that works for everyone. Wed, 24 May 2017 15:56:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 EMailing, Used Responsibly, Can Be Fantastic http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/emailing-used-responsibly-can-be-fantastic/ http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/emailing-used-responsibly-can-be-fantastic/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:17:14 +0000 http://wanabo.com/?p=26 Used responsibly and cautiously, bulk e-mail can be a powerful addition to your marketing arsenal

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AS A COLLEGE SOPHOMORE, CHRIS PIRILLO OF Des Moines surfed the Web looking for cool Windows-related sites, sharing his finds with family via e-mail. As word spread that Pirillo was a resource, the care and feeding of his e-mail list grew into a full-time job.

Today, Pirillo’s free Windows newsletter, “Lockergnome,” goes out to more than 170,000 readers daily, and he’s written a book called Poor Richard’s E-Mail Publishing: Newsletters, Bulletins, Discussion Groups and Other Powerful Communications Tools (Top Floor Publishing).

“Everybody’s got a Web site,” Pirillo says, “but unless [yours is] collecting visitors’ names and e-mail addresses, you’re missing a great opportunity to e-mail news and reminders that keep your business in people’s minds. As long as you have quality content–something worth reading–people will be glad to see your message.”

This Isn’t Spare Results from focus groups conducted by the e-business consulting firm Cognitiative Inc. put spam “second only to …

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Used responsibly and cautiously, bulk e-mail can be a powerful addition to your marketing arsenal

emailing

AS A COLLEGE SOPHOMORE, CHRIS PIRILLO OF Des Moines surfed the Web looking for cool Windows-related sites, sharing his finds with family via e-mail. As word spread that Pirillo was a resource, the care and feeding of his e-mail list grew into a full-time job.

Today, Pirillo’s free Windows newsletter, “Lockergnome,” goes out to more than 170,000 readers daily, and he’s written a book called Poor Richard’s E-Mail Publishing: Newsletters, Bulletins, Discussion Groups and Other Powerful Communications Tools (Top Floor Publishing).

“Everybody’s got a Web site,” Pirillo says, “but unless [yours is] collecting visitors’ names and e-mail addresses, you’re missing a great opportunity to e-mail news and reminders that keep your business in people’s minds. As long as you have quality content–something worth reading–people will be glad to see your message.”

This Isn’t Spare Results from focus groups conducted by the e-business consulting firm Cognitiative Inc. put spam “second only to …

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Repair Your Dell PowerEdge RAID 5 http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/repair-your-dell-poweredge-raid-5/ http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/repair-your-dell-poweredge-raid-5/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:40:37 +0000 http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/?p=35 ra5If you are a computer savvy, you can perform a RAID 5 repair all by yourself. It is not difficult to fix this kind of computer concern as long as you are guided appropriately. However, you have to take note that when you start to repair a Dell PowerEdge RAID 5, you should be certain about what you are doing. Once you get into the guts of a Dell server, there is no turning back. So if you are not confident about it, look here for hard drive crash tips.

But you should ensure that the technician you hire can retrieve all the lost files within the redundant array of inexpensive disks. You’ll want to ensure that the company is Dell certified to work with PowerEdge RAID arrays.

Therefore, the best thing that you have to do first is to research well online and offline. You can ask referrals from your friends in order to figure out who works with these servers. You can also …

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ra5If you are a computer savvy, you can perform a RAID 5 repair all by yourself. It is not difficult to fix this kind of computer concern as long as you are guided appropriately. However, you have to take note that when you start to repair a Dell PowerEdge RAID 5, you should be certain about what you are doing. Once you get into the guts of a Dell server, there is no turning back. So if you are not confident about it, look here for hard drive crash tips.

But you should ensure that the technician you hire can retrieve all the lost files within the redundant array of inexpensive disks. You’ll want to ensure that the company is Dell certified to work with PowerEdge RAID arrays.

Therefore, the best thing that you have to do first is to research well online and offline. You can ask referrals from your friends in order to figure out who works with these servers. You can also search online so that you can have a number of sources for the services. But make no mistake: a RAID 5 repair should only be done by a computer technician who can truly manage the recovery of files.

Comparing The Outcomes

Here is a common scenario: you have been negligent when using your hard drive, or maybe you were just in a rush so you had to simply unplug the USB (universal serial bus) because you are out of time. Now, you have not been cautious or you forgot that you can possibly damage the hard drive’s contents or systems by not safely ejecting the USB. Right on the day that you need your files, you suddenly get a prompt that says you need to scan and fix your hard drive.

Now, the beauty of this is that if you are actually running a Dell PowerEdge RAID array as a backup server, you are probably going to be safe. The reality is that RAID arrays give you the ability to lose a drive or two, and the parity information available on the remaining drives allows you to safely recover that data. For this, you don’t even need to have any data recovery expertise; instead, you can use Dell’s DSET to determine what exactly the fix should be. It’s easier than you think, to be sure.

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Getting Organized Is Key To Your Business http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/getting-organized-is-key-to-your-business/ http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/getting-organized-is-key-to-your-business/#respond Sun, 13 Dec 2015 17:48:56 +0000 http://wanabo.com/?p=35 gokEVERYONE KNOWS A MESSY WORKSPACE is a nagging distraction; but what about a chaotic computer desktop? Or an e-mail inbox jammed with 5,000 messages? “You don’t see the clutter, so it just builds and builds,” says Ken Diebold, president of the Long Island, N.Y., Corporate Learning Group, which helps clients organize both paper and electronic files. And the trouble this mess causes is not just cosmetic: A glut of files, folders, and applications can slow your system and waste your precious time by making it difficult to find anything when you need it.

If you’re an electronic pack rat, the good news is that you can create work-friendly order from unruly overflow. Follow this three-week plan to find your way out of the maze.

WEEK 1

Establish a Simple Filing System

Jeff Jacobs, marketing manager for Launchscore.com, a small business planning tool site with proprietary regional data that helps entrepreneur target their niche, recommends setting up three main document folders–working files, reference materials, and archives–and …

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gokEVERYONE KNOWS A MESSY WORKSPACE is a nagging distraction; but what about a chaotic computer desktop? Or an e-mail inbox jammed with 5,000 messages? “You don’t see the clutter, so it just builds and builds,” says Ken Diebold, president of the Long Island, N.Y., Corporate Learning Group, which helps clients organize both paper and electronic files. And the trouble this mess causes is not just cosmetic: A glut of files, folders, and applications can slow your system and waste your precious time by making it difficult to find anything when you need it.

If you’re an electronic pack rat, the good news is that you can create work-friendly order from unruly overflow. Follow this three-week plan to find your way out of the maze.

WEEK 1

Establish a Simple Filing System

Jeff Jacobs, marketing manager for Launchscore.com, a small business planning tool site with proprietary regional data that helps entrepreneur target their niche, recommends setting up three main document folders–working files, reference materials, and archives–and then appropriate subfolders as required. For example, you could subdivide working files by client or by project.

Once you’ve completed a project, move it from “working” to “archive.” The trick is to use broad categories so you don’t have to hunt in many places to find anything. “Ask yourself: What is the easiest way to retrieve something?” Diebold suggests. To make your life even simpler, use the same filing method for all your documents, whether they’re paper or electronic.

Organize Electronic Files Once you’ve established your system, put electronic files in order. Barbara Hemphill, author of Taming the Paper Tiger at Work ($15; Kiplinger Books, 1998), advises purging drafts or working versions of documents from completed projects (saving only the final versions), as well as any files that contain duplicate information or are too old to reuse. Decide what to keep, and whether electronically or on paper, but don’t save any file in both formats.

Do you need help figuring out what’s buried on your hard disk? Symantec’s Norton CleanSweep 4.5 ($40; www.symantec.com, 800-441-7234) uncovers redundant documents, cleans up extraneous Internet files such as cookies and browser plug-ins, removes outdated applications, and allows you to schedule future disk cleanups.

Get Acquainted With Your Software It would take a lifetime to master all the features of all your programs, but it’s worth spending an hour or two to seek out the ones that will keep you organized and save you time. “People don’t know what their software can do, or they’re afraid it will be hard to learn,” says Diebold.

Set aside some time to scan your manuals. You may discover that your contact management software has a handy calendar function, or that your word processor has sophisticated search tools you haven’t been using.

WEEK 2

bpSet Up E-Mail Folders

Tired of hunting for old e-mail? Create folders that mirror the system you use for paper, and be diligent about routing incoming messages to proper folders. Start organizing current mail first, says Hemphill, then sort through old mail whenever you have some spare time.

Establish a Routine

Virtual clutter piles up when you check e-mail frequently but don’t deal with it immediately. “We suggest people check e-mail [only] two to three times a day and process it,” says Gleeson. “If you look at it, you do it.”

Dispatch with each piece as you look at it. Add items that require an involved response to your to-do list. “A lot of people don’t want to admit they print out e-mail,” says Hemphill. “But if you print it out, delete it from the computer.”

Purge Old Mail

After you’ve set up folders and established an e-mail routine, attack the message backlog. Start with your oldest e-mail and work your way up, tossing and filing as you go. Remember, file things either electronically or on paper–but not both. “Begin taking the risk of deleting things,” Hemphill urges. “Learn to practice the art of wastebasketry. What’s the worst that can happen if you toss something?”

Reroute Traffic

When it comes to computer clutter, “e-mail is the biggest culprit, especially for telecommuters,” says Diebold. “People end up with all these e-mails that they don’t need to read.” His recommendation: Set up filters to screen out junk, whether stupid jokes or unneeded courtesy copies. If an employer’s e-mail system doesn’t allow you to create filters, politely ask colleagues to remove you from unnecessary routing lists, such as after-hours activity updates if you, say, telecommute from another state.

Do you prefer to communicate by e-mail, voice mail, or cell phone? Choose the mode that works best for you and divert traffic to it, suggests Stephanie Denton, president of Denton & Co., an organizing consultancy in Cincinnati: “Maybe you want to be more judicious about giving out your e-mail address, cell phone, and pager numbers.” Consider using a universal messaging service such as Onebox.com (free; www. onebox.com), which funnels voice, e-mail, pager, and fax communications through one local phone number (currently available in Northern California, New Jersey, New York, and Texas).

WEEK 3

Delete Programs You Don’t Use

Is outdated software dogging your hard disk? Dump it–but to avoid a mess, use the program’s own uninstall routine or a utility such as UnInstaller 5.1 ($40; McAfee, a division of Network Associates, www.networkassociates.com, 800-338-8754), rather than deleting files yourself. While you’re at it, trash the boxes and manuals, too.

Choose a Personal Information Management System

This serves as your main to-do list, contact manager, and scheduling tool. If you rely on a handwritten system, it’s time to upgrade to an electronic one, especially if colleagues need access to your schedule, says Denton.

You may already have what you need as part of an office software suite. Diebold favors Microsoft’s Outlook ($109; www.microsoft.com; 800-426-9400). Another oft-recommended tool is Lotus Organizer 5.0 ($74; www. lotus.com; 800-343-5414). For maximum mobility, Consider a PDA such as one from 3Com’s Palm series ($249 to $599; www.palm.com; 800-881-7256).

Set Up an Automatic Backup System

The more you rely on electronic filing, the more important it is to protect data with regular backups. You can use a high-capacity disk or tape system, but Diebold favors off-site backup via the Internet. For example, Safeguard Interactive Inc. (www.sgii.com; 412-415-5200) offers unlimited off-site storage for about $10 a month, with a 30-day free trial.

Give It Time

You’ve spent three weeks purging electronic junk and organizing what’s left. Now allow yourself a month to adapt to using your new system full-time before you can expect it to become second nature, says Diebold.

WEEK AFTER WEEK

Keep Up the Good Work

Once you’ve cleared out virtual debris and arranged your files, you’ll feel pretty good. But don’t stop now, or you’ll wind up in the same mess a few months down the road.

“People think organizing is a onetime event, but it’s an ongoing process,” says Denton. Fortunately, she adds, “as long as you have an underlying system in place that works for you, it’s very easy to get back on track if things pile up.”

In addition to maintaining good daily habits, experts recommend clearing out old documents for completed projects every six months and archiving stuff you don’t need every week or month. And continue to fine-tune your system, urges Denton, until staying organized is a seamless process.

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Anti Snoring Devices Ensure A Sound Sleep http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/anti-snoring-devices-for-sound-sleep/ http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/anti-snoring-devices-for-sound-sleep/#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2015 18:28:53 +0000 http://wanabo.com/?p=55 asdfssThe fact that sleep is an important part of a human beings health need is unquestionable. Apart from sleep being responsible for mental alertness, it also offers children the opportunity to grow. In fact, benefits of sleep are numerous. However, not everyone has sufficient sleep due to snoring problems. It has been discovered that the snoring problem has wreaked havoc in several households, with some relationships ending in divorce. This has prompted medics to work round the clock to come up with anti-snoring devices that when properly used, are able to solve this overbearing problem.

Anti-snoring devices come in several forms and shapes. Most of them are oral or nasal devices; meaning they are inserted inside the mouth or nose. There are others however that are strapped on the jaw to keep it firm when one is asleep. For the mouth pieces, they come in many forms and sizes. For better results, it is recommended that a user seeks a doctor’s advice before picking on one. …

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asdfssThe fact that sleep is an important part of a human beings health need is unquestionable. Apart from sleep being responsible for mental alertness, it also offers children the opportunity to grow. In fact, benefits of sleep are numerous. However, not everyone has sufficient sleep due to snoring problems. It has been discovered that the snoring problem has wreaked havoc in several households, with some relationships ending in divorce. This has prompted medics to work round the clock to come up with anti-snoring devices that when properly used, are able to solve this overbearing problem.

Anti-snoring devices come in several forms and shapes. Most of them are oral or nasal devices; meaning they are inserted inside the mouth or nose. There are others however that are strapped on the jaw to keep it firm when one is asleep. For the mouth pieces, they come in many forms and sizes. For better results, it is recommended that a user seeks a doctor’s advice before picking on one. When a qualified practitioner prescribes a certain device, the advantage is that they first of all find out the causes of the problem before giving a prescription. They also check out snoring mouthpiece reviews before recommending the ideal anti snoring device.

Which Is The Best Snoring Pillow?

People tend to sleep whenever they are tired and they usually do that after cumbersome activities during the day. Inadequate sleep is said to cause other ailments and disorders and one main cause of that is a snore. By eliminating snore one would have eliminated a nightmare to give way for a peaceful and comfortable sleep. One snores after air ducts are blocked and this happens for due to some factors like; slacking of neck, relaxation of the tongue and jaws that will cause blockage of the throat leaving one having a hard time with breathing. A snoring pillow would be effective in minimizing totally eliminating this disorder.

Not all of them however are efficient, as some do not meet quality and desired function. The snorer has to choose the best snoring pillow to ensure the disorder is no longer a matter to worry about. It should be made of quality material like foam to increase comfort of the user. Usually they are augmented so that the upper section; head and neck are able to fit so that one can sleep naturally. They should also raise the neck and head to an appropriate position to open the air ducts as required. Also, the sheets cover should be washable to allow regular cleaning. Having bought the best snoring pillow would do you wonders hence if you are a victim you should buy one and choose the best.

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Communication (And Cash) Is King! http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/communication-and-cash-is-king/ http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/communication-and-cash-is-king/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:27:47 +0000 http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/?p=8

Phone, fax, and E-mail have made it easier to keep in touch, but haven’t done anything to help us communicate more effectively. If anything, there’s more confusion, especially about which methods of communication are most appropriate for different situations.

We asked experts about the best way to talk to clients, chat with coworkers, or write to customers, and all of them gave the same basic advice: Home-based workers should know their medium’s ground rules and express themselves accurately. Follow these tips and you’ll be heard and read more clearly.

E-MAIL

When to Use It E-mail is best used for conveying key information, confirming appointments, documenting decisions, or contacting a decisionmaker directly, says Nancy Flynn, a Columbus, Ohio-based consultant and author of Writing Effective E-Mail ($11; Crisp Publications Inc.).

How to Get the Most From It Choose Your Words Carefully

E-mail combines the immediacy of a phone call with the permanence of a letter, so don’t write something that might be misconstrued as sarcastic or insulting, cautions

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Phone, fax, and E-mail have made it easier to keep in touch, but haven’t done anything to help us communicate more effectively. If anything, there’s more confusion, especially about which methods of communication are most appropriate for different situations.

We asked experts about the best way to talk to clients, chat with coworkers, or write to customers, and all of them gave the same basic advice: Home-based workers should know their medium’s ground rules and express themselves accurately. Follow these tips and you’ll be heard and read more clearly.

E-MAIL

When to Use It E-mail is best used for conveying key information, confirming appointments, documenting decisions, or contacting a decisionmaker directly, says Nancy Flynn, a Columbus, Ohio-based consultant and author of Writing Effective E-Mail ($11; Crisp Publications Inc.).

How to Get the Most From It Choose Your Words Carefully

E-mail combines the immediacy of a phone call with the permanence of a letter, so don’t write something that might be misconstrued as sarcastic or insulting, cautions

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The Art (And Science) Of Sharing An Office http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/the-art-and-science-of-sharing-an-office/ http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/the-art-and-science-of-sharing-an-office/#respond Sun, 22 Nov 2015 14:22:55 +0000 http://wanabo.com/?p=44 saoTHE VIEW FROM JIM AND MICHELE FOY’S HOME office is bucolic. Located in Highland Park, Ill., one of Chicago’s North Shore suburbs, their house is tucked well away from the street in a thick grove of trees. Baskets of bright pink fuchsia sway in the breeze just a few feet from the couple’s small conference area. And their workspace features a huge picture window overlooking a glen of bushes and ferns.

It’s a peaceful scene these days. But 19 years ago when the Foys started Dynamic Alternatives Inc., a home-based business that advises small companies on strategy, information systems, marketing, and management issues, it was no bed of fuchsia trying to share their professional space as well as their personal lives. For the first four years, the pair were office mates who couldn’t see eye to eye, literally–their desks were positioned at right angles to one another, so each stared at a different section of the wall. Here’s how they made the transition from “yours” …

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saoTHE VIEW FROM JIM AND MICHELE FOY’S HOME office is bucolic. Located in Highland Park, Ill., one of Chicago’s North Shore suburbs, their house is tucked well away from the street in a thick grove of trees. Baskets of bright pink fuchsia sway in the breeze just a few feet from the couple’s small conference area. And their workspace features a huge picture window overlooking a glen of bushes and ferns.

It’s a peaceful scene these days. But 19 years ago when the Foys started Dynamic Alternatives Inc., a home-based business that advises small companies on strategy, information systems, marketing, and management issues, it was no bed of fuchsia trying to share their professional space as well as their personal lives. For the first four years, the pair were office mates who couldn’t see eye to eye, literally–their desks were positioned at right angles to one another, so each stared at a different section of the wall. Here’s how they made the transition from “yours” …

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The “Good Ol’ Days” Of Web Video? http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/the-good-ol-days-of-web-video/ http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/the-good-ol-days-of-web-video/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2015 02:12:27 +0000 http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/?p=6

Almost anything is good enough for the Web, and that lets almost anyone play with Web video. By accepting small windows for the video, the massive amount of bandwidth required for video goes away. A 160×120 video window at only 5 frames per second (fps) requires a mere 100,000 bps for video. With only a 2:1 compression, that fits comfortably into the bandwidth provided by a cable modem.

The high compression ratio of many of the current video compressors means that either the frame rate can be increased or the size of the window increased. Or sometimes both. The trick is always to create the best video, given the constraints.

CyberTainment CyberMail AV VIDEOemail

veFortunately, playing with video for the Internet has never been cheaper or easier. For around $150, CyberTainment  sells Cy-berMail AV. This is a product designed to make it easy to send video e-mail to anyone on the Internet, and CyberTainment takes an interesting approach with this package.

It comes with a PCI

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Almost anything is good enough for the Web, and that lets almost anyone play with Web video. By accepting small windows for the video, the massive amount of bandwidth required for video goes away. A 160×120 video window at only 5 frames per second (fps) requires a mere 100,000 bps for video. With only a 2:1 compression, that fits comfortably into the bandwidth provided by a cable modem.

The high compression ratio of many of the current video compressors means that either the frame rate can be increased or the size of the window increased. Or sometimes both. The trick is always to create the best video, given the constraints.

CyberTainment CyberMail AV VIDEOemail

veFortunately, playing with video for the Internet has never been cheaper or easier. For around $150, CyberTainment  sells Cy-berMail AV. This is a product designed to make it easy to send video e-mail to anyone on the Internet, and CyberTainment takes an interesting approach with this package.

It comes with a PCI

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Building A Tax Accounting Website Can Be Simple http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/building-a-tax-accounting-website-can-be-simple/ http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/building-a-tax-accounting-website-can-be-simple/#respond Thu, 05 Nov 2015 19:58:43 +0000 http://wanabo.com/?p=6 The objectives for a specialized taxation/accounting Web site should be aligned with the business needs of the entity developing the Web site.

Flow charting Initial Web Site Design

batawsA flowchart of the initial Web site design should be prepared to document the intended structure of the Web site. Once the Web site is placed in operation, it wall be under continuous development, as discussed later in the article, but, the initial design flowchart does show the original intentions for the information content of the Web site. The initial design flowchart for the greentaxes Web site is shown in Figure 2. A few recommendations for Web site design would include, to the extent possible, keep it simple, accentuate appearance, and use some humor if possible.

Technical Considerations

Web site technical considerations include: (1) selection of an appropriate name, (2) registration of the name with Network Solutions, Inc. or other related company, and (3) selection of an Internet host site.

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The objectives for a specialized taxation/accounting Web site should be aligned with the business needs of the entity developing the Web site.

Flow charting Initial Web Site Design

batawsA flowchart of the initial Web site design should be prepared to document the intended structure of the Web site. Once the Web site is placed in operation, it wall be under continuous development, as discussed later in the article, but, the initial design flowchart does show the original intentions for the information content of the Web site. The initial design flowchart for the greentaxes Web site is shown in Figure 2. A few recommendations for Web site design would include, to the extent possible, keep it simple, accentuate appearance, and use some humor if possible.

Technical Considerations

Web site technical considerations include: (1) selection of an appropriate name, (2) registration of the name with Network Solutions, Inc. or other related company, and (3) selection of an Internet host site.

* A good Web site name should be …

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Outlook Migration: A Royal Pain In The… http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/outlook-migration-a-royal-pain-in-the/ http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/outlook-migration-a-royal-pain-in-the/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2015 17:08:21 +0000 http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/?p=13

For an established copy of Outlook this is simple: find the OUTLOOK.PST file that Outlook wants (right click at the top of the folder tree where it says Outlook Today, and go to Properties). Once you find that file, close Outlook and go rename the PST file to something like OUTLOOK.PSO. Now, invoke Outlook, and it will complain that it can’t find its PST file. There will be a dialog box, and you can use that to find any PST file on the network. It’s quite easy.

With a new installation of Outlook, it is not simple at all.

First, when you install Outlook, invoke it, and close it. It does not create a PST file, so there’s nothing to rename or delete. Your first move is to open Outlook, create a folder or two, move the “welcome” mail message from the Inbox to one of the folders, and exit. Now, it will have created a PST file that you can delete, and the next time

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For an established copy of Outlook this is simple: find the OUTLOOK.PST file that Outlook wants (right click at the top of the folder tree where it says Outlook Today, and go to Properties). Once you find that file, close Outlook and go rename the PST file to something like OUTLOOK.PSO. Now, invoke Outlook, and it will complain that it can’t find its PST file. There will be a dialog box, and you can use that to find any PST file on the network. It’s quite easy.

With a new installation of Outlook, it is not simple at all.

First, when you install Outlook, invoke it, and close it. It does not create a PST file, so there’s nothing to rename or delete. Your first move is to open Outlook, create a folder or two, move the “welcome” mail message from the Inbox to one of the folders, and exit. Now, it will have created a PST file that you can delete, and the next time

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VM, 24/7 On The QT http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/vm-247-on-the-qt/ http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/vm-247-on-the-qt/#respond Sat, 24 Oct 2015 20:18:38 +0000 http://www.ncsmartgrowth.org/?p=15

Naturally, the early adopters of this hot (or should we say cool) new technology tend to be big companies with big bucks to blow on the latest telecom software. But some small and midsize firms are also jumping on the UM bandwagon to solve internal and external communications problems and get a quantum leap on their competition.

Without going into all the geekspeak, UM basically refers to the ability to access all your messages–voice mall, e-mail, and faxes–in one place, from either a phone or a PC.

According to Ken Myer, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Active Voice, one of the leading providers of this new technology, there’s no time like the present. “People are inundated with messages, with e-mails, voice mails, and faxes. It’s wonderful we can communicate in a variety of ways. But we’re using different devices and different systems–some automated, some manual–to retrieve these messages. People want to get all the kinds of messages that come to them wherever they

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Naturally, the early adopters of this hot (or should we say cool) new technology tend to be big companies with big bucks to blow on the latest telecom software. But some small and midsize firms are also jumping on the UM bandwagon to solve internal and external communications problems and get a quantum leap on their competition.

Without going into all the geekspeak, UM basically refers to the ability to access all your messages–voice mall, e-mail, and faxes–in one place, from either a phone or a PC.

According to Ken Myer, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Active Voice, one of the leading providers of this new technology, there’s no time like the present. “People are inundated with messages, with e-mails, voice mails, and faxes. It’s wonderful we can communicate in a variety of ways. But we’re using different devices and different systems–some automated, some manual–to retrieve these messages. People want to get all the kinds of messages that come to them wherever they

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