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Getting the most out of your bandwidth provider!

The following link is an article on the Computerworld site by author Mark Gibbs and highlights several tools that you might find helpful in estimating the bandwidth speeds you are getting from your provider. Nothing worse than paying for bandwidth you are not receiving, or user complaints about network service! An earlier post gave some basic tips on calculating basic bandwidth requirements for your own environment. Once you know what you need, and have purchased the necessary service, its important to occasionally check and see if you are getting what you paid for!.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237582/Four_tools_for_checking_bandwidth?source=CTWNLE_nlt_entsoft_2013-03-14

As the article headline suggests, a basic calculation of some bandwidth requirements that you may need to estimate for your own situation. As we add new cloud based services and telephony components to our application mix for employees the incremental demand on bandwidth can be easily overlooked, resulting in some very unhappy staff.

TeraGo Networks

Following our posts about choosing the right Internet Service Provider (ISP) and internet technology for your business, many of you had a follow up question; How do I know how much bandwidth my business needs? This is a great question because if you get too much bandwidth, then you end up paying for more than you need. If you get too little, your employee’s productivity can suffer, which can impact your company’s bottom line.

Although it’s a fairly straight forward question, the answer is somewhat complicated because every business has different needs. Also, those needs can be subject to change, depending on a multitude of variables. For example, if your business is seasonal, then you will require more bandwidth during the peak season and less during the off season. Other variables may include employee size, office location, or how your team uses the connection. If your employees are sending hundreds…

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The availability of apps in the Windows Store will continue to be an issue for Windows 8 as the inventory continues to grow. Here is another important additio

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TECHNEWS

Introducing the Twitter App for Windows 8

Twitter for Windows 8 brings you all the design, features and functionality of Twitter combined with the fast and fluid technology of Windows 8:

· The Discover (#) icon shows you new topics from people in your network and other information like Trends and Who to Follow suggestions.

· The Share charm makes it easier to tweet links, pictures and opinions to your followers from anywhere in Windows 8….

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Deleting a SharePoint Library

Sometimes it happens that we need to trim old libraries and delete them from our SharePoint site. Sometimes we are just looking to reorganize our site. In any case, the following video will help you learn how to delete a SharePoint library…

Win8 Hyper-V

In order to use the new virtualization service in Windows 8 your processor needs to support a feature referred to as Secondary Level Address Translation (SLAT). Without SLAT, you will not be able to add the Hyper-V service to your host, so it would be helpful to know if you have this available or not.

 

This article from How-To-Geek ( http://www.howtogeek.com/73318/how-to-check-if-your-cpu-supports-second-level-address-translation-slat/ ) will explain more about SLAT and how to download a great tool from Mark Russinovich called CoreInfo. This tool gives you the information you need to see if your processor supports SLAT. Here is the direct link to his download, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc835722.

 

In order to install Hyper-V on your Win8 machine you need to access the Programs and Features applet within Control Panel. (Same idea as in Win7). If you are using a mouse-driven version of Win8, hover your mouse in the far bottom left-hand corner and right-click while you see a thumbnail of the Start Page. A new menu will open from which you can select Control Panel. In Control Panel, select Programs.


 

After you have clicked on “Turn Windows Features On or Off” you will see the following:

 


 

Enable Hyper-V by putting a checkmark in the appropriate box. Notice in the above image that “Hyper-V Platform” is greyed out. This is because this host does not have support for the SLAT capabilities discussed above.

In order to manage Hyper-V you can access the Management Console via Administrative Tools, also in Control Panel. Go to “System and Security”

 


 

Once in Administrative Tools, you will see a choice to manage Hyper-V:

 


 

Open up Hyper-V Manager and you can start building your virtual environment. I recommend right-clicking on the shortcut and choose to pin to your Start Menu, and, if you like, pin to your task bar.

 


 
 

That’s all for today on WIn8 Hyper-V installation.

Tables and Spreadsheet improvements in OneNote 2013

OneNote is such a fantastic application, I could never understand why it lacked any power when it came to tables and calculations. While you could do some basic math in a table cell, there was no such thing as a cell reference when copying a formula, and formatting a cell, or group of cells was just problematic. Well, here comes OneNote 2013 and we now have a solution! A full bred representation of an Excel spreadsheet right within our OneNote notebook. And even tables get some polishing. 

So let’s see first what we can do with a table. Unlike earlier versions of OneNote you can now sort columns and format cells. 




You can create or import a live Excel spreadsheet. This means the full set of Excel features is now available to you within OneNote. When you create or import a spreadsheet in OneNote , the file is physically stored within the OneNote notebook. If you like, you can export or save the spreadsheet to another location. 
   

Creating a new spreadsheet within OneNote 2013 allows you to see a live version in OneNote and then activate a session within Excel to continue editing and using it’s powerful features. 




   The spreadsheet file is maintained within OneNote 2013 unless you choose to save or export it to another location. Exporting, in this case, means converting the spreadsheet to a PDF. This is similar to inserting a file into earlier versions of OneNote, with the exception that you now see a live version of the contents of the spreadsheet. Look what happens when you have two sheets in your Excel workbook! You can click on either sheet to begin editing within Excel.


Finally, here is an example of a spreadsheet within OneNote 2013 that has an embedded chart! 

 IDEA !: How about putting OneNote in a SharePoint Library with alerts set to changes in the file. How’s that for a dynamic update? 


More good news for OneNote 2010 users too! Even though you can’t create a new spreadsheet within the application, you can see the spreadsheet and edit it within the OneNote 2010 app.

 That’s it for now, but I hope you enjoy using the new table and spreadsheet features within OneNote 2013.. 

Android apps on Win8

Looking to get access to Android apps on your Windows 8 machine? Here is link that may get you on your way!
http://www.windows8core.com/how-to-run-all-the-750000-android-apps-on-microsoft-surface-p
ro-easily . Got that new MS Surface and feel limited by the MS App store?

 
 

This project involves some software from a company called BlueStacks. The MS App store will continue to grow, but in the meantime if you need the familiarity that you have with these apps on other devices, this solution may help.

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