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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.

Warning Signs that Your Business is Relying Too Much on Technology

Warning Signs that Your Business is Relying Too Much on Technology

While we have a lot to say about the advantages of the right IT solutions, even we can acknowledge that there is a point of diminishing returns. Thus, how much technology is too much technology, specifically in terms of the software your team relies on? Listed below are some of the warning signs.

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Explaining the Konami Code

Explaining the Konami Code

If you’re familiar with the combination
Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-Select-Start, you probably grew up in the 80s. This is because this combination of buttons is the infamous Konami Code, a cheat code that video games (and others, including some websites and software) have continued to reference since it first appeared in 1986.

Listed below the Konami Code’s origins, as well as the various ways it has been used since.

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What Your Business Should Know About the Collaboration Platform Discord

What Your Business Should Know About the Collaboration Platform Discord

While it isn’t officially a business solution, the collaboration platform Discord has seen some popularity as a means of facilitating a business’ internal communications. Listed below are some tips to enhance your use of the platform, in case you are part of a company that does so. 

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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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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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Document Sharing in Google Drive

Document Sharing in Google Drive

Collaboration is something that no modern business can do without, which is why so many modern applications feature it so heavily. Below is a look at Google Drive and one of its collaborative capabilities that so many businesses are now utilizing: Document Sharing. 

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Privacy Concerns About Messaging Apps

Privacy Concerns About Messaging Apps

If you asked most people if they are okay with their personal information being taken and used by businesses, you’d probably get a lot of "No" responses. Ironically, it seems that people will give it right over to social media programs, but you are beginning to see some pushback when using apps. WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook, known for end-to-end encryption, has told users that they will soon be forced to share their personal data with Facebook.

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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 to Utilize Google Drive

How to Utilize Google Drive

For the business looking for a comprehensive cloud-based content management and collaboration solution, Google Drive is an option that warrants serious consideration. While we don’t want to recommend it over another one of your options, per se, we did want to offer a brief beginner’s guide to putting it to use. That way, any business that does elect to utilize Google Drive and (the associated solutions it comes with) has more information going in.

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Three Apps that can Boost Your Team's Collaboration

Three Apps that can Boost Your Team's Collaboration

Boosting collaboration is a central theme to many businesses' operational strategies. The more that people can do as a team, the less expensive operations have to be. That is a sound business strategy. Many modern businesses are looking to software to build a successful collaborative situation. Listed below are three such apps that, if utilized properly, will help any business enhance their team’s ability to work together. 

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Adobe Flash is about to be Retired. Will it Impact Your Business?

Adobe Flash is about to be Retired. Will it Impact Your Business?

Once December 31st ushers in 2021, support for the once-popular Adobe Flash Player will officially end. Naturally, it isn’t every day that a 24-year-old software is taken out of commission, so it only makes sense to wonder how much this will impact businesses.

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What Has Zoom Done to Enhance Its Security?

What Has Zoom Done to Enhance Its Security?

As a communication tool, the video conferencing app Zoom saw a significant bump in its popularity with both personal and business users as the coronavirus pandemic made other means of meeting no longer viable. Nonetheless, this sudden increase in its user base also revealed some serious security problems with the platform. What has Zoom has done to resolve these problems since then?

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How Blockchain Can Enhance Your Business

How Blockchain Can Enhance Your Business

Blockchain is one of the most powerful new technologies, but up until recently, there hasn’t been a lot accomplished in the way of creating viable distributed software titles. In reality, the most practical technology created with blockchain is cryptocurrency. This says quite a bit. Below is a look at blockchain-enhanced software and how it’s only a matter of time until it is a mainstream addition to most businesses.

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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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How CRM Can Boost Your Business

How CRM Can Boost Your Business

There are a lot of organizations that rely on their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform. It’s not just utilized to manage their customer relationship; it helps with production, invoicing, operations, human resources, and more. Below is a look at the CRM and how strategic use of this platform can help build your business. 

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What You Need to Know About Software as a Service

What You Need to Know About Software as a Service

The cloud has offered businesses exceptional remarkable capabilities and opportunities, but let's take a moment to focus on one in particular: software as a service (SaaS). What exactly is SaaS, and how can it assist you in your operations? 

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2 Rare Microsoft Patches

2 Rare Microsoft Patches

To keep your organization's network secure from threats your software working effectively, patching the software it uses is absolutely imperative. The reason is that the threat landscape is constantly evolving. Recently, Microsoft announced that they have released an emergency out-of-band security update to fix two security issues, an atypical act for the software giant. 

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All You Need to Know about G Suite

All You Need to Know about G Suite

Google is an absolute behemoth in computing; it moved from web search functionality to a much wider variety of applications. These applications now make up the G Suite, and are utilized by many, many businesses to accomplish their goals. Listed below are some of the G Suite features and how they can benefit your business.

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All You Need to Know About Line of Business Software

All You Need to Know About Line of Business Software

Modern businesses depend on software to help them fill in the gaps. For certain businesses, though, not just any piece of software will do. If your business is dependent on specific software to properly run your business, or if your business functions in an industry rife with regulations, you might be looking for a line of business software.

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