December 2009
In this issue

> Tips for Web Search
> Get Off My Cloud
> Virtualization Saves
> Replace Technology
> Just for Laughs

Replace your Old Technology Now and Save
reprinted with permission from the HP Small Business Center

It can be tempting to avoid new purchases when dealing with a tight budget or a need to cut costs. When it comes to your office's computer equipment, however, delaying a PC refresh can actually increase your operating expenses. Maintenance and support costs go up significantly over time, and productivity goes down.

Learn about the major costs associated with maintaining and supporting PCs and the six ways in which a PC refresh can benefit your business.

1. Save on repair costs
For most businesses, it's best to replace aging equipment rather than repair it.  Maintenance costs on PCs more than three years old can run nearly two and half times higher than on a new PC [1]. From software crashes to hard drive failure, a lot can go wrong as a computer ages.

2. Increase productivity
When your computers work more efficiently, so do you and your employees. Faster processors, such as the Intel€ Core 2TM Duo and Intel€ vProTM  technology (available on select HP notebook PCs and HP desktop PCs can operate up to six times faster than a three-year old Intel€ Pentium€ processor. In the case of an Intel€ VProTM  PC, users experience 32 percent less system downtime.

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Everyone at Databranch wishes you a happy holiday season! We would like to thank you for your business, and we look forward to serving you in 2010.

Ultimate Tips for Web Searching in Less Time
reprinted with permission from the HP Small Business Center

Most of us use search engines every day, but few know how to make the most of those searches. Given the enormous amount of information on the Internet, almost any search you do will yield thousands, or even millions of results. But if they aren't the right results, they don't do you any good. And who has time to spend trawling through loads of "sort of useful" information?

Fortunately, there are a few tricks to help you better focus your searches so you get the information you need in less time. Here are five search engine best practices to try next time you need to search.

1. Use quotes to find a specific phrase
In order to find an entire phrase in a search, enter quotation marks (" ") around the terms. For example, the search query butter apples orange will yield results containing any mention of those words, whereas "butter apples orange" returns only results where those words appear together and in that order in either the title, the URL of the website or the keywords in the document.

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Get Off Of My Cloud
by Mike Gonsalves, StrateticFusion

Who can forget the 60's hit Get off my Cloud by the Rolling Stones? If this was written today by any of the tens of thousands of Cloud providers, they would be singing PLEASE get on MY Cloud. Cloud computing is about as hot as things get in IT. When you combine it with the other super hot technology, Virtualization, you get a Perfect Storm scenario, where we the people (the ones who use computing every day to make a living) ultimately win.

There is no doubt that the Cloud concept along with Virtualization are the two biggest items in IT right now; and rightfully so. Done correctly, either of these technologies can save a company money, sometimes lots and lots of money. Who could argue with that, given the American business mantra of do more with less?

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4 Reasons 'Virtualization' Saves Money
by Heather Clancy
reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center

Most articles about virtualization discuss the technology in the context of "big" business. They are glowing about the potential for "data center consolidation" or "reduced system maintenance expenses." Or they rave about the prospects for a better disaster recovery plan, better security and extra flexibility for employees.

What about small business? The good news is if you are a small business owner, there are plenty of short- and long-term benefits from virtualization-and you don't need a big budget. (That makes virtualization attractive in a brutal economic climate.)

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Just for Laughs


Quote of the Month

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.

- Vince Lombardi

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