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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.

Not All Updates are Perfect

Not All Updates are Perfect

While we cannot express how critical it is to update your software and hardware in a timely fashion, it is imperative to keep in mind that some of these updates aren’t going to be perfect. An upcoming update to Google Workspace serves as the perfect example, as the company has recently released an alert to inform users about an issue affecting Google Drive.

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Basic Technology Maintenance Practices

Basic Technology Maintenance Practices

If you are one of the many small businesses out there that does not have reliable technical support for the numerous devices on your network, it might be hard to imagine a world where your technology gets the maintenance it needs to thrive. Fortunately, you’re not alone. Here are some basic technology maintenance tips that anyone can implement, plus one at the end that we think small businesses, in particular, will benefit from!

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Blockchain

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Blockchain

The blockchain has made quite an impact, beginning as the technology that powers Bitcoin before branching out into different use cases that many businesses are already taking advantage of. Listed below are the benefits and shortcomings of the numerous varieties that blockchain now comes in, and how they are commonly utilized.

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How to Find the Right Productivity App for your Business

How to Find the Right Productivity App for your Business

Businesses need to maximize productivity however they can. Some look to software to make this happen. When looking for productivity software, it may seem like you are looking at the same thing over and over again. While we admit that many productivity programs are similar, it’s critical that you acquire the software that will give your organization the tools it needs to succeed. Listed below is a look at how you can find the right productivity apps for your business’ needs.

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The FCC's New Speed Test App

The FCC's New Speed Test App

Broadband Internet access is an imperative consideration for today’s world, considering how much of daily life and business is now conducted online. That being said, Internet access is still far from a given. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission wants to work to fix this; however, to do so, they need data. To help collect this data, the FCC wants you to install a speed test application on your smartphone.

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Modern Tools and Solutions that can Help Your Business

Modern Tools and Solutions that can Help Your Business

With every business having at least some revenue generation as a priority, it is critical that businesses comprehend how technology can help eliminate inefficiency via improved collaboration and productivity. Consider a few modern tools and solutions that can help a business as it strives towards its goals.

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Artificial Intelligence Can Help in Business

Artificial Intelligence Can Help in Business

Some of the topics discussed here may seem to be inaccessible to modern small and medium-sized businesses, bordering on science fiction. For example, consider the topic of artificial intelligence in business.

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How A Document Management System Can Help Your Business

How A Document Management System Can Help Your Business

Do you know how much paper you use each year? Do you know how much paper you have stored in your office? Do you realize that none of that is necessary? Modern digital filing systems as a part of a document management strategy can stop you from wasting your business’ resources on paper, filing, and printing. 

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The FCC is Giving Internet Service Discounts, But is it Enough?

The FCC is Giving Internet Service Discounts, But is it Enough?

Whether you’re referring to someone's personal needs or their work-related responsibilities, the Internet has become a required component to most processes. Alas, financial limitations often make sufficient connectivity unattainable for many, which is why the Federal Communications Commission stepped in last month to provide some assistance.

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Data Recovery Strategies You'll Need if Disaster Strikes

Data Recovery Strategies You'll Need if Disaster Strikes

Most people are aware that data backup is critical, and when things go wrong, you’ll be glad your business has it. However, it’s not enough to have a copy of your data when you need to restore it, you’ll also need a recovery strategy. This is because getting your data back working for you is arguably as imperative as any other part of the process. Listed below is a look at data recovery strategies that will get your business back on track after a disaster.

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How Evolving Technology is Affecting Human Resources Departments

How Evolving Technology is Affecting Human Resources Departments

Human resources (HR) may not get the attention that many other areas of your business do, but it remains critical. HR plans and coordinates most of the administrative issues of a business, deal with onboarding and offboarding personnel, are a big part of a business’ strategic planning, and function as a bridge between a business’ workers and its decision makers. With all that responsibility, HR can sometimes get bogged down with work, putting a business behind. 

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How to Write Emails Faster with Gmail Templates

How to Write Emails Faster with Gmail Templates

With so much work time being spent involving email, and Gmail holding a 33.7 percent market share, it shouldn't be a surprise that many companies wouldn’t mind it if a little less time were spent in Gmail. As it happens, rewriting similar emails over and over again, one of the most irritating expenditures of your time, can be eliminated by creating Gmail templates.

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Explaining IT Buzzwords

Explaining IT Buzzwords

Nothing will irritate tech-savvy people more than listening to someone that essentially doesn't know what they are talking about, but uses technology jargon to seem like they do. It’s confusing for the non-technical too. This annoyance is largely due to the gap between using words and understanding complex and detailed technology processes. So, while there is some respect given to people who work to comprehend the terminology, most of the time, it’s just too much.

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How Blockchain Technology can Change Healthcare

How Blockchain Technology can Change Healthcare

Healthcare is a heated issue regardless of where you live. As a result you’d think that the industry would be one of the first to implement new information technology. Alas, the healthcare industry has sometimes lagged behind other industries on the deployment of new IT tools. One technology that is being used in the development of new IT tools for healthcare is blockchain. How blockchain technology is being utilized and how it can change the face of healthcare going forward is listed below. 

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Apple Devices May Not Be As Secure As You Think

Apple Devices May Not Be As Secure As You Think

For a very long time, Apple has been asked to share a workaround for their platform security with law enforcement, which the company has refused to do. Apple's argument has been that doing so would inherently undermine their lauded security. Well, the feds have given up asking, because they went ahead and developed a workaround themselves; in doing so, have revealed that iOS isn’t quite as secure as it was purported to be.

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Enhancing Society Via Technology

Enhancing Society Via Technology

Ask someone what they think social media has accomplished for society, and you will probably hear a series of complaints about how it is the driving force behind the most divisive period in our history. While their perspective is interesting, it is also incorrect. Below is a look at how some of today’s most controversial technologies are working to enhance society. 

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Some IT Changes Can Have a Negative Impact on Your Company

Some IT Changes Can Have a Negative Impact on Your Company

The past year have made some organizations look to adjust their operational strategies and look to technology deployments as a way to make these adjustments. However, If the deployments don’t go as planned, it can have a significant effect on business operations.

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How Businesses can Benefit from Automation

How Businesses can Benefit from Automation

While a lot of the focus on any organization's use of technology may be on its front-facing solutions, there’s a lot to be said about the technology solutions that power these organizations behind the scenes. Listed below are a few ways that companies are benefiting from automating some of these background processes.

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Google Docs' Handy Features

Google Docs' Handy Features

Within Google Workspace is Google Docs, a helpful word processing solution that can be accessed via your web browser. In case you’re new to using Google’s productivity software, we have decided to assemble a short introduction to some of Google Docs’ most useful tools and features.

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How Going Paperless Can Save Your Business Money

How Going Paperless Can Save Your Business Money

Printing is costly. The charges come from nearly every direction: paper, ink, machines that seemingly always need some type of maintenance, the list of costs goes on and on. Some businesses, looking to get away from rising printing costs, and from paper files in general, are starting to do their best to eliminate printing and filing costs. Listed below is a brief look at how going paperless can save your business money in the long run.

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