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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

The Concept of a Four-Day Workweek

The Concept of a Four-Day Workweek

The idea of a four-day workweek has been popular for a while now, to the point where it is actively being tested in practical settings. Below is a discussion on how successful this approach has been (spoiler alert: it’s been quite successful indeed).

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How Database Management Systems Helps Your Business

How Database Management Systems Helps Your Business

For the average business, the database plays a large role. How large of a role? Your business won’t function the way you want it to function without it. In order to manage your databases correctly, you need a solid database management system (DBMS). Listed below is a discussion about the DBMS and how it works to assist your business computing.

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How to Save Some Time Using Google Chrome

How to Save Some Time Using Google Chrome

If you want to optimize productivity, then you’ll want to take a look at the startup page for your Google Chrome web browser. If you change this setting, you can shave off countless minutes every week while you fumble around trying to find your favorite or most frequently visited page.

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Why the Price of Data Privacy is Worth It

Why the Price of Data Privacy is Worth It

We aren’t going to pretend that the investments required to preserve your business’ data security are small ones. Especially at first glance, you may very well start to question if such an investment is truly necessary.

The fact of the matter is that, compared to the costs that a breach of privacy will incur, the investment you put into your security measures will suddenly seem like a real bargain.

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How to Better Communicate With Your Team

How to Better Communicate With Your Team

Have you ever gotten a message that just makes your heart sink in your chest? Chances are good that your team members feel that way whenever you send them a particular message, especially during certain times. Below we consider why this may be the case, and how you can better manage your communications to more effectively communicate with your team.

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New Technologies That Your Organization Could Soon Be Using

New Technologies That Your Organization Could Soon Be Using

Every piece of technology we regularly use these days was once earth-shakingly innovative, regardless of how mundane and common it seems now. Think about it: people once had endless questions about the Internet, about computers…even about electricity. Listed below are some modern innovations that we have many questions about now, but may someday be just as much of a given as the other tools we so commonly use today.

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A 'Truth is Stranger than Fiction' Apple Story

A 'Truth is Stranger than Fiction' Apple Story

Even though today's workplace tends to be PC-centric, Apple has had a major impact on technology and computing. It’s undeniable that Apple is pretty consistent with producing sleek, high-end hardware and efficient operating systems. Apple’s former CEO, Steve Jobs, was known to be a visionary and a perfectionist. That’s what makes this story even more bizarre.

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Are You Sharing Your Employees with Another Company?

Are You Sharing Your Employees with Another Company?

How many of your employees do you think have a second job? This isn’t a particularly outlandish concept, but one thing that has come about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its surge of remote work is that some employees hold two jobs at the same time, and not in the way that you might expect.

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How to Translate an Email within Gmail

How to Translate an Email within Gmail

How often do you receive emails from someone written in another language? We bet the answer is “not usually,” but you never know when being able to translate an email might come in handy, especially if you ever do business overseas. Listed below are some facts about the built-in translation functionality that comes with Gmail.

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Why IT Costs are Rising

Why IT Costs are Rising

No matter how big your company is, you’ll always have technology expenses. It’s just a fact of the current workplace, and your profits will be inexorably tied to how well your IT works for you. Moreover, the more IT costs rise, the more impact small and medium-sized businesses will feel from them. We wanted to address this problem and how you can limit the frustrations that stem from seemingly uncontrollable technology costs.

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Microsoft Office Merging into Microsoft 365

Microsoft Office Merging into Microsoft 365

In what seems to be the final stage of a plan that Microsoft has been moving towards for years, Microsoft Office will apparently be phased fully into the Microsoft 365 brand. Consider what we know so far about this change.

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Helpful Google Chrome Shortcuts

Helpful Google Chrome Shortcuts

When working in your browser, we know how efficiency is imperative. Like many other pieces of software the developers at Google have baked some keyboard shortcuts to make getting around their browser easier for the average user. Listed below is a look at some of the most useful shortcuts. 

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The Legend of the Tell-Tale Hard Drive

The Legend of the Tell-Tale Hard Drive

If Edgar Allan Poe worked in an office, here’s what one of his works would sound like:

True!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I have been and am, but why will you say that I am mad? The office had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them. Above all was my sense of hearing. I heard all things in heaven and on earth and many things in…the other place. So, how then am I mad, especially when I can so healthily and calmly tell you this story?

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Some Cybersecurity Statistics to Inform Your Business

Some Cybersecurity Statistics to Inform Your Business

When it comes to your organization's cybersecurity, it can be tempting to operate under the assumption that the few cybersecurity events you hear about on the news are all that happen. Alas, this is far from actual fact. Listed below are some of the statistics that might change your impressions, especially if you hold the aforementioned assumption.

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Microsoft Included AI in Many Apps

Microsoft Included AI in Many Apps

Artificially-intelligent image generation has become a hot topic lately. Not too long ago, an artist created a stir for winning a competition with an image that he largely created using an artificially-intelligent tool. Now, Microsoft has announced that similar AI-powered image generation tools will be integrated into many of their applications.

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Network Segmentation can Help Protect Your Business

Network Segmentation can Help Protect Your Business

As Miguel de Cervantes wrote in Don Quixote, “...is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.” It was wise advice then, and it’s wise advice today, especially when it comes to your business’ network and your data security.

Below we explore the concept of network segmentation, and how it can help to protect your organization.

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What You Need to Know about Business Email Compromise

What You Need to Know about Business Email Compromise

Sometimes the most dangerous scams out there are the simplest ones. Hackers don’t require a fancy or complicated malware or algorithm to create chaos for your business; all they have to do is convince you that the email you’ve received in your inbox is from someone of authority within your business. Listed below: how a business email compromise is pulled off and why you need to be wary of threats like these.

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How to Save Your Documents as PDFs

How to Save Your Documents as PDFs

Being able to download something is a great feeling, but so is being able to download it as a PDF file. In cases where you want to save something as a PDF rather than its original image or web page file, you can do so relatively easily in order to make printing and other tasks simpler. You can do all of this right from your web browser.

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How to Limit Vulnerabilities for Your Business

How to Limit Vulnerabilities for Your Business

No matter how well you protect your network, chances are you’ll suffer eventually from some vulnerability or another. However, you can take considerable measures toward protecting your business so you don’t have to worry so much about it. Listed below is how your efforts today can protect your business now and in the future.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Command Prompt

Everything You Need to Know About the Command Prompt

While using your computer, you have probably seen a black box pop up with a blinking cursor in it. This is what is commonly known as the command prompt, which is a helpful tool for IT administrators to perform certain tasks, but you probably won’t use it much yourself. Having said that, it’s fun to know what it does and what it’s used for!

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