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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.

Hardware Challenges and Questions Your Business Could Encounter

Hardware Challenges and Questions Your Business Could Encounter

There will come a time when your organization will need to acquire hardware like monitors, server units, workstations, networking components, and other technology. It is your responsibility as a business owner to make educated decisions about how you go about upgrading your gear, but it’s not always immediately clear what the correct path forward is.

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The Process Our Clients Follow When They Need IT Support

The Process Our Clients Follow When They Need IT Support

You’re busy working, when suddenly your computer crashes…what do you do? Of course, your first response should be to reach out for support. Listed below is an explanation about how your acquisition of support may go, even if your problem cannot be resolved remotely.

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Headphone Cleaning Tips

Headphone Cleaning Tips

A lot of people spend the modern workday with headphones on or earbuds in, listening to music as they work or communicating via a headset; it's inevitable that these devices will get dirty. Listed below are tips on how these devices can be safely cleaned to get rid of the grime that nobody wants to be wearing on their head.

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How Old is the Technology Your Business Relies on Every Day?

How Old is the Technology Your Business Relies on Every Day?

When was the last time that you took a hard look at your business’ technology? How old are some of the devices that you rely on each day? These are important questions to answer if you want your business to succeed. Listed below are some reasons why upgrading is so critical, and how to determine when the time to upgrade comes.

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The Difference between Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives

The Difference between Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives

When you’re looking for some new technology, you have to sort through the options available to you to find what’s best for your use case. One of these decisions is what type of hard drives are installed in new workstations, laptops, and servers. Listed below are the two main types of hard drives and what they are good for. 

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How to Keep Your Computer Clean

How to Keep Your Computer Clean

If you are like many others, your desktop computer just sits there, day after day, allowing you to run your business. Alas, like any other machine, it will fail. One way to prolong the lifespan of your computer is to keep it clean. Listed below are some pointers on how to do so. 

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Server Hosting Options to Consider

Server Hosting Options to Consider

Modern technology offers businesses more options than they’ve ever had, including where they want to host their imperative infrastructures. This decision will often boil down to between an onsite hardware implementation or utilizing the cloud. Listed below is a consideration of the differences that your decision needs to reflect.

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How Critical Is It to Keep Your Devices Charged?

How Critical Is It to Keep Your Devices Charged?

Nintendo Switch owners should know that, as per an announcement from Nintendo, the battery life of their device could be negatively impacted if the device isn’t charged up at least every six months. While this may not be the type of news you’d expect to find on a business technology blog, it does open the door to a bigger, more pertinent topic: should devices that aren’t used very often be kept charged up?

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Best Practices for Keeping Your Computer Clean

Best Practices for Keeping Your Computer Clean

As your employees go about their workdays, it is critical that they do so with the resources they’ll need to remain optimally productive… and that those resources are in the best condition for them to do so. While this is usually an overlooked consideration, this means that their computer needs to be clean and fully functional. Listed below are a few best practices to follow when it comes to keeping a workstation clean enough to work optimally.

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How an Inventory Strategy Can Help Your Business

How an Inventory Strategy Can Help Your Business

How many times have you traveled to the store and purchased items that you already had? Alas, this happens all the time, but fortunately it’s usually a carton milk or a loaf of bread. When it happens in your business, it can be much more costly. Listed below is a recommendation for an inventory strategy that will stop you from spending tons of cash on redundant investments. 

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An IT Medical Industry Vulnerability You Should Know About

An IT Medical Industry Vulnerability You Should Know About

Connected devices are undeniably convenient in the medical industry. Alas, recent news would suggest that connected devices should be avoided as the BlueKeep vulnerability is still able to attack medical systems… for an unfortunate reason. 

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How to Properly Dispose of Old Computers

How to Properly Dispose of Old Computers

Time passes, and things grow old; this is especially true of technology, as new and better options are developed and released all the time. Sooner or later, you’re likely to need a new system… The only question left is how to get dispose of the old one.

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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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Server Options for Smaller Companies

Server Options for Smaller Companies

Small Businesses don’t always have the financial resources (or the need) to purchase a server. Lots of small organizations will have a few workstations connected together via a wired or wireless Local Area Network (LAN), but when your business gets to a point where it needs more effective means of collaboration, running that LAN through a server can result in quite a few benefits. Below is a look at why a server-based LAN is an improvement and what your company’s server options are. 

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The Challenges that Arise When IT and OT Work Together

The Challenges that Arise When IT and OT Work Together

Businesses have two different types of technology to contend with: their information technology, and their operational technology. As these categories have become less distinct with the arrival of the Internet of Things and other similar advancements, a couple of new challenges to maintaining security have become apparent. These challenges are listed below, as well as what you need to do to overcome them.

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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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All You Need To Know About Chromecast

All You Need To Know About Chromecast

The Chromecast is a convenient, easy-to-use device, even in a business setting. Yes, it is a consumer device, but some of its abilities directly translate to professional use. Below is a guide on setting up your Chromecast, four useful-for-business features, and the process of resetting your Chromecast if it ever requires it. 

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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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Macro Systems can Help Your Business Find the Best Solutions

Macro Systems can Help Your Business Find the Best Solutions

Businesses require hardware and software to keep an infrastructure running, but not all businesses specialize in the management and acquisition of these systems. Moreover, some organizations don’t even know what their specific needs are, which is shocking to think about. Macro Systems is here to help you make the best decisions possible with your hardware and software acquisitions.

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