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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.

What You Need to Know About Blue Light

What You Need to Know About Blue Light

Every day it seems like there’s a new threat to be concerned about. Clearly, there’s the Covid-19 threat that the whole world’s been dealing with, but there’s also the smaller things that we’re supposed to be worried about, such as “blue light”, for example. What is that, and what can it really do?

As it turns out, blue light is more than just a marketing gimmick, and can potentially impact your health. Listed below are a few tips to help you filter it out, and why you may want to do so.

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Is This the Era of the Desktop Computer Ending?

Is This the Era of the Desktop Computer Ending?

Is the era of the desktop computer coming to an end? Is it time to rip the bandage off and trash the traditional bulky tower, cables, and monitors for something sleeker, lighter, and more specialized?

Maybe!

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Options for Turning Off Windows

Options for Turning Off Windows

While your attention is probably more dedicated to how you use your computer while it’s on, it is just as critical to consider the different ways that you can turn your computer off, in a manner of speaking. The varied options present in the Start menu will each have their own effect, so it is imperative to be aware of what these differences are. Listed below is review what each option does so that you’ll be able to use them more appropriately.

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The Difference Between Shutting Down and Restarting Your Computer

The Difference Between Shutting Down and Restarting Your Computer

You might be familiar with a situation where your technology is malfunctioning and someone says to you “Why don’t you turn it off and turn it back on?” What you have no way of knowing is that by turning it off and turning it back on, you aren’t getting the same result you would if you simply restarted the machine.

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Everything Your Business Needs To Know About Bloatware

Everything Your Business Needs To Know About Bloatware

For the individual, it is thrilling to open the box that your new computer arrives in. However, for a business, it can result in a slew of issues. A hardware refresh can be an exciting time for a business, especially if it has been required for a while; one problem, though, is that some new hardware comes with unwanted software. 

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Part Five: Other Considerations to Finalize Your New Device

Part Five: Other Considerations to Finalize Your New Device

In the final part of our guide we'll review some other assorted considerations to be aware of as you finalize your new device.

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Part Four: Display

Part Four: Display

No matter how well your new computer operates, you aren’t going to be able to accomplish much with it if you can’t see what you’re doing; you will need a display. Naturally, there are a lot of considerations to make when selecting one, which are outlined below, along with some of the options you’ll come across.

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Part Two: RAM

Part Two: RAM

The second part of our desktop buying guide will focus on RAM, or random-access memory. The primary goal is to clear up misconceptions about what RAM actually is; many users don’t comprehend the difference between storage and memory. 

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Part One: The CPU

Part One: The CPU

When you looking to purchase some new computers for your business, making sure that you are targeting the right hardware is critical. To educate people on what they should be looking for in a new computer, we have created a multi-part series detailing the different parts of a computer. In part one, we will take a look at the CPU.

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An IT Business Budget Can Benefit Your Organization

An IT Business Budget Can Benefit Your Organization

Budgeting can be hard, but with many business’ organizational reliance on information systems, locating the money to get your IT initiatives off the ground can be a challenge. That hasn’t stopped the IT sector from rapidly growing, though. In fact, IT spending in business is at its highest levels since 2007. Below is a look at how your IT budget actually helps keep your business technology initiatives moving forward.

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Tips on Organizing Your PC's Files

Tips on Organizing Your PC's Files

If you don’t take care of your PC’s files, you will soon discover that it’s easy to lose track of where exactly everything is. You have many, many file types, folders, and applications sitting around without any real sense of organization or continuity. Below we'll focus on how to help you better organize your files in a way that is simple to comprehend. You should be able to do so in either your operating system file explorer or in your cloud-based file storage.

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Signs that Your Computer is Failing

Signs that Your Computer is Failing

An unfortunate but true fact: no technology you implement will last until the day you close up shop for business. To reduce the costs of your technology failing, you need to take measures now, including proactive monitoring for the various signs of failure. Be on the lookout for the following symptoms, listed below. 

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Why is Your Computer Slow?

Why is Your Computer Slow?

Slow computers are one of the minor annoyances that can indicate a much more significant problem is hidden. The frustration arises from not being able to get anything done, whether it’s because the computer isn’t responding or it’s so slow that you just can’t accomplish anything important. Fortunately, you can take some steps to check the speed of your computer so proper action can be taken when it’s not working at expected.

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Tips on Managing Your Windows Arrangement A Little Faster

Tips on Managing Your Windows Arrangement A Little Faster

The contemporary worker spends a significant amount of their time looking at a computer screen. Considering this, it only makes sense that their screens and the items displayed on them are arranged in a way that they like. Listed below are a few shortcuts to help you arrange and view the items on your workstation a little faster.

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How to Determine Your Organization's Computing Needs

How to Determine Your Organization's Computing Needs

The computer is a viral tool In most businesses these days. Taking this into consideration, you need to make sure that your staff is equipped with the right tools for their given job; but which tool is the right tool? Below let's review the determinations that will help you make the best choice of workstation for your employees’ needs.

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Examining the term CPU

Examining the term CPU

A computer is a complex device and needs something to help it “think.” Because of this responsibility, the component that serves this purpose is perhaps one of the most important of all a computer’s pieces. Known as a CPU (or central processing unit), this tiny chip is essential to the computer’s function. Let's examine CPUs a little closer below.

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What Exactly is RAM, and What Does it Accomplish?

What Exactly is RAM, and What Does it Accomplish?

The Term 'RAM' can mean a number of different things, but in computing, there is only one true definition: Random Access Memory, and it’s a significant component in your computer. But what exactly does it accomplish, and what role does it play in ensuring that your business stays productive and efficient? Let's examine below.

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Did You Know: You Can Use Your Android Device As An External Hard Drive

Did You Know: You Can Use Your Android Device As An External Hard Drive

Does your business have trouble keeping data on the company network? This can be an issue if your employees use their mobile devices to do work while on the go. In order to keep this from becoming an issue, you should encourage your employees to not keep sensitive data on their mobile devices, and establish policies that give you control over your data and email on personal devices. That said, let’s show you how to get your data off of your Android device and back on your network where it belongs.

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What’s the Secret to Engaging Gen Y Workers?

What’s the Secret to Engaging Gen Y Workers?

Fact: Millennials are entering the workforce en masse. Therefore, employers and workers from earlier generations shouldn’t be so quick to write off the generation that now makes up the largest segment of the workforce. In order to properly leverage this differently-thinking group, managers need to understand a few things about how Gen Y thinks, behaves, and what they value.

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Tip of the Week: ClipDiary is Like an Undo Button for Your PC’s Clipboard

Tip of the Week: ClipDiary is Like an Undo Button for Your PC’s Clipboard

Woops! Have you ever made the mistake of accidentally copying over content on your PC’s clipboard that you were planning on using? How do you go back and retrieve the old, copied-over content? Unless you already have a third-party tool installed, you’re probably out of luck.

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