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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.

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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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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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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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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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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What To Look For When Buying a New Smartphone

What To Look For When Buying a New Smartphone

Technology gets better and more efficient over time, and smartphones are one of today’s standout examples. Although their growth has stagnated a bit in recent years, it’s no small thing to say that smartphone innovation has taken off, providing extremely fast processors, data storage in the cloud, and so much more. Listed below: what you might look at when you buy a new smartphone.

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The Benefits Voice over Internet Protocol Provides

The Benefits Voice over Internet Protocol Provides

Communications are imperative for businesses of all sizes, including small businesses and their telephone systems. While the technology likely still plays some role in your office, other means of communication have likely come to the forefront. In some ways, the traditional telephone has been left behind…with Voice over Internet Protocol largely taking its place.

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USB vs. HDMI

USB vs. HDMI

When you look at the back of your computer, where the motherboard’s many, many ports are accessible, there’s a substantial variety of connection types available to do a variety of things, some of which may overlap with one another. One key example: the shared capability between USB and HDMI as a means of connecting your PC to many of its peripherals. Let’s consider which is likely to outlast the other.

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Three IT Support Options for Business Technology

Three IT Support Options for Business Technology

Business technology is a helpful tool, there’s no way around it. Unfortunately for businesses, technology has to be replaced every so often. Even if the technology doesn’t break, there are innovations made that can help your business do what you do better. The thing is: Technology does break, so you need to understand how to get the most value out of it when it is working. 

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Help Desk Support Can Aid Your Business

Help Desk Support Can Aid Your Business

Downtime is a killer for any company. When a business is forced into confronting its technology support deficits, it usually means that they’ve been dealing with too much broken technology and downtime, and the costs associated with it. One way your organization can avoid losing huge chunks of time to broken technology is to add a professional help desk to support your IT administrator. 

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Explaining What Actually Happens to Deleted Data

Explaining What Actually Happens to Deleted Data

Chances are, you’ve gone through some old files, deleting what is no longer required. This is especially critical when you are upgrading your storage and getting rid of your existing storage media or an old computer. Let’s talk about what really happens when you’re doing so—chances are, you may be overlooking a serious security problem.

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The Advantages of Solid State Drives

The Advantages of Solid State Drives

When it comes to drives for your computer or workstation, you have a few options available to you, one of which is the solid state drive, or SSD. What’s the difference between your typical hard drive and an SSD? Listed below is a break down some of the details about SSDs, including how they are different from your traditional hard disk drive, and why you might contemplate implementing one.

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What exactly is the Internet of Things?

What exactly is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things can be a tricky concept to comprehend, and it certainly doesn’t help that so many new smart devices are being added to it day-in and day-out. Listed below is a look at what makes up the Internet of Things and why it’s critical to know what it is from a business perspective.

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Modern Businesses Rely Heavily on IT

Modern Businesses Rely Heavily on IT

Is there anything in your office that doesn’t require technology in some way, shape, or form (the old coffeepot that makes the perfect cup doesn’t count)? Increasingly, the answer to that question is “no.” Let’s review how much the modern average business relies on IT to really reinforce how ubiquitous technology has become.

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Single Sign-On can Enhance Security

Single Sign-On can Enhance Security

Have you ever wondered how some platforms will only have you log in once for all of your numerous needs, even though they might be different applications, websites, or services? This is basically what single sign-on is, and it’s common in the modern technology world. What is single sign-on exactly, and what kind of security does it actually provide for companies that utilize it?

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Is there a Spot for Tablets in the Office Environment?

Is there a Spot for Tablets in the Office Environment?

Remember about 10 years ago when all of the tech experts were predicting that most work would be done on a touch-screen device, prompting many professionals to purchase the latest and greatest tablets? Although tablet sales have not kept up over the years, they are still perfectly usable for personal purposes—maybe just not in the workplace. Still, we have to ask, is there a place for tablets in the office environment?

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Virtual Workstations Can Help Your Business

Virtual Workstations Can Help Your Business

When you virtualize a software solution, you are basically storing it in an online environment where it can live. In other words, it remains in the cloud and is accessed via the Internet. This approach is helpful for many businesses, so why not flip this concept on its head and give hardware virtualization a shot? You might find that virtual workstations, for example, offer many benefits that can help your business be more productive and efficient.

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Communications Tools that can Help Your Business

Communications Tools that can Help Your Business

Digital communication is a critical part of running any business, so you need to do your part by equipping your employees with the tools they need to communicate effectively both in and out of the workplace. Listed below are three of the most effective tools that will enable your business to flourish.

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The Phenomenon of Technology Innovation During Hard Times

The Phenomenon of Technology Innovation During Hard Times

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. This is clearly demonstrated in the perceptible phenomenon of technology advancement and innovation being enhanced in tough economic times. Whys is this the case?

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Benefits to Using Chromebooks

Benefits to Using Chromebooks

Every organization wants to make smart technology decisions. For the small business looking to get their workforce the affordable workstations one modern option that you have is utilizing the budget Chromebooks that are available. Listed below is a discussion about what the Chromebook can bring to your organization and how it can help you reduce your hardware costs and get your staff the resources they need to be productive. 

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