When users work on their workstations, some have trouble keeping the clutter off the desktop, some keep an icon for every application on their machine in their taskbar dock. 1UP Industries has developed a new solution called Bins that’s provides folders for the task bar. The cost of the solution is $4.99 and here’s some more information on the product:
||Restore sanity to your Windows 7 taskbar
Combine related icons on your Windows 7 taskbar with Bins™.
Reduce clutter, and get at your programs quickly.
Create a Bins container by dragging one taskbar icon on top of another, and dropping into the bubble that appears. Ungroup icons by dragging the icon back to the taskbar. No need to open a settings screen; Bins is simple and intuitive.
Once combined, your icons will appear instantly when you mouse over a group’s icon, for launching or for window-management. Move your mouse away and Bins will tuck back into the taskbar.
||Pin files and folders to your taskbar
Want a favorite folder or document more easily on hand? Bins allows you to pin any file or folder to your taskbar natively.
Bins also allows you to add spacers to your taskbar, as well as a fully functional Recycle Bin.
Check out the solution at www.1upindustries.com/bins
Backup’s are extremely critical for individuals and organizations to have in place. One solution I’ve found to be not only extremely cheap and affordable for any user, but also extremely safe and reliable is known as BackBlaze, a $4 dollar per month service that provides unlimited storage, end to end encryption, and integrates seamlessly with both mac and window’s based environments. Not only is this solution a great for anyone, it’s also extremely easy to use and setup, accessible anywhere through their easy to use website, and automatically keep’s itself in sync providing you reports of job success’s and failure’s.
- Unlimited Storage
- External Drive Support
- Military-Grade Encryption
- Continuous Backup
- Automatically Finds Files
- Automatic Throttle
- Locate Computer
- Free Web Restore
- Restore to USB Hard Drive
- Restore to Flash Drive
- File versioning
- 11 Languages
Here in recent months bva has been asked by more than one client for a reliable wireless solution that can cover an internal and external office area. There are several great products out there that are perfect but also become very expensive and can really rack up the cost after software, routers, and access points are purchased. It really ends up being a very complex system that requires a server and management. Of course that is one more unit to manage and patch, which can be painful. bva‘s goal here is to make things easier and reduce management time if possible. That being said we went out and tried to find a product that was hard-coded which was an appliance that really allows for easy management that is cost effective. This solution is under $700 which gets you a router and two external/internal wireless access points. This unit also comes with an easy GUI interface that allows easy management and control which is huge. It is important to perform an assessment that addresses the following questions:
- do you understand the architecture of the building; angles; materials (sheet-rock, block, metal, etc)?
- needed access point frequency?
- coverage area per square feet inside and outside areas?
- physical limitations/other signals present?
- what is power options for the proposed area?
- connectivity for the AP locations needed to occupy?
- do you have POE switches in that area or will each Access Point need it’s own power?
If you haven’t seen this yet, please note – LogMeIn Rescue makes it easy to push out mail profiles to iPads. Have the user go to http://rescuemobile.com in Safari on the iPad and enter the PIN code as usual. You can then fill in the POP/IMAP/ActiveSync info and push it to the iPad as a profile. The user is prompted to allow the config change, and then to accept the certificate. Works great and BVA certainly recommends it as a viable solution.