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A Virtual Desktop is Good for your Health and your Company - Working from Home when You are Sick

Brianna Loftin - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Working remotely isn't just a great option for workers in various locations, but is a useful tool to keep your company in good health.  Most Americans don't call in sick anymore when they get a cold, or they go back to work while they are still contagious. A survey by Wakefield Research discovered earlier this year that 69% of working Americans don’t take sick days off, even when they’re genuinely ill. 

Many workers go to the office because they don't want to fall behind, or let coworkers down, however this actually cuts down on productivity. In a 2014 Staples Survey, found that 90% of office workers had, at some point, gone to work sick, and the study found that they were only 60% as productive as they would be under normal circumstances. Productivity is higher when employees aren’t being infected by sick co-workers and generating the whole company to work at 60 percent. 

Next time someone is under the weather, tell them to work from home if they feel up to it, so that everyone in the office can stay healthy and work at peak performance.  Stop spreading germs to individuals and families so that they feel healthy enough to have fun on the weekends, rather than just taking that time to recuperate. 

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Happy Thanksgiving - 10 Interesting Facts about Thanksgiving

Brianna Loftin - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving is loved by historians because it is a holiday that we celebrate that is actually celebrated in nearly the same way that it began.  Here are some interesting facts about Thanksgiving to get you started off on the right foot: 

1. The first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony in 1621, but it wasn't until more than 200 years later, that President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day became an official national holiday in 1941.

2. In 1939 President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the third week in November, hoping it would boost the shopping season during the Depression. It never caught on and was changed back two years later.

3. The first Thanksgiving was eaten with spoons and knives — but no forks! Forks weren't even introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later and weren't a popular utensil until the 18th century.

4. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.  (He was a brilliant man, but I'm glad we didn't take his advise on this one)

5. Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.

6. A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

7. The Guinness World Records for the largest pumpkin pie, weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. Baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust. :O 

8. Female turkeys (hens) do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.

9. Originally known as Macy’s Christmas Parade—to signify the launch of the Christmas shopping season—the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. It was launched by Macy’s employees and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Today, 3 million people attend the annual parade and another 44 million watch it on television.

10. Thanksgiving was almost a fast — not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and turned their fast into a three-day feast! That is definitely something to give thanks for!

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Virtual Ransom - Protecting Your Computer from Security Threats

Brianna Loftin - Monday, November 21, 2016

After visiting my new dentist, he informed me that their recent server was hijacked by hackers for a ransom, and once the ransom was paid, they would put everything back as it was originally. Fortunately the hackers have not built trust in this business tactic, and the deal was not accepted.  

The Dental Business was down for two whole months while they had to replace their server and set everything up again with a new company. This is an extreme case, but nonetheless it is a severe risk that is waiting to happen to anyone with sensitive information and a glitch in their security.

This happened because their server was set up by a friend that "knows a lot about computers." There are many companies that use the person in their company that is the most tech savvy to monitor their server, but not hiring a professional puts your system up against some serious security threats. Please don't risk your data, contact us to help host a server for you so your business is no longer at risk and you can focus on growth, not maintenance. Call (866)710-4228 or send an email.

Incredible Cats

Brianna Loftin - Thursday, November 03, 2016

We turned the TV on to watch the final game of the World Series and were immediately drawn into the already tuned in program, "The Story of Cats" a PBS Nature mini series.
These shots beat out all of the You Tube Cat videos that I've seen.  The first cat we were drawn to was the "Fishing Cat" which I have never even heard of, and then we were blown away by the beautiful images of the snow leopard running through the mountains in Nepal.  The stunning beauty and interesting information kept us glued to the TV until the program finally ended, and the Cubs won, (Congrats Cubs, finally!)  

I'm looking forward to the airing of the second part of the mini series "Into the Americas" on November 9, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS.  Of course you can watch it online, but watching it in real time is always more fun.  I didn't want anyone to miss out on such awesome cats! I swear, I'm not a cat person, but who doesn't love a good cat video?

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