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Windows 7: To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade Continued from Page 1... 1. Windows 7 boots up and operates faster and more efficiently than Vista. 2. It is friendlier with lower powered computers. Compared to its predecessor, Windows 7 takes up less disk space and uses fewer processes, allowing lower powered computers to effectively use it with less instances of the system locking up, crashing and freezing. 3. It is lighter on laptops’ battery lives. Windows 7 also cuts the power to unneeded components when it goes into sleep/hibernation mode, increasing the battery life on laptops as much as 15%. 4. It makes it easier to find items saved on the hard disk. Windows 7 offers the new Libraries feature, which lets you see and access all documents within the Documents Library. 5. The improved desktop search engine provides results faster. 6. Windows 7’s improved interface makes personal and business computing more efficient. Specifically, it makes it easier to work with active applications and open files, using mouse over thumbnails and other desperately needed shortcuts: a. Thumbnails display on mouse over, with a single left click making the thumbnail the active window. b. A single right click over an icon bar displays a list of recently opened documents. c. The Snap Feature allows you to line up two documents side-by-side, by just dragging the windows to opposite sides of the desktop. 7. Windows 7 offers a new networking feature called 4 // Caloosa Tech Times

HomeGroup that is designed to offer some features of a local domain, but be easier for the average user to configure. Three Not-So-Great Features Offsetting some of the great features Windows 7 has to offer, three not-so-great features include: 1. The Problem Steps Recorder, which creates an automated illustration of a problem that can be emailed to tech support, is only available on the Professional version of Windows 7. 2. Not all hardware will transition when using the upgrade option. Many printers, scanners and other external devices must be uninstalled and then reinstalled after the conversion to Windows 7. These peripheral devices are not necessary included in the Windows Compatibility Report so each one should be checked at the manufacturer’s website. 3. An operating system upgrade can be a daunting task. The bad news is that, unlike Windows Vista, Windows XP requires a fresh install, which subsequently, requires that all hardware and software be reinstalled. Do you need help for your upgrade to Windows 7? Call us at: (239) 344-7574, or Email us at: info@itbythesea.com

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“As a business owner, I know you don’t have time to waste on technical and operational issues. That’s where we shine! Call us and put an end to your IT problems finally and forever!” - Christine Roux, I.T. By The Sea

Volume III, Issue 3 March, 2010 Fort Myers, Florida

Inside This Issue... Windows 7: To Upgrade Or Not to Upgrade....Pages 1 & 4 Social Networks: Five Easy Steps Will Get You Started….Pages 1 &2 Vita's Tips And Tricks….Page 2 Fun Facts About Saint Patrick's Day….Page 2 Meet Our Clients Of The Month: Jody and Mike, Owners of Hermione….Page 3 The What?... GeekTalk To English Dictionary... Page 3 Go Green Corner... Page 3

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The new Windows 7 Operating System is out and we’ve been asked by several people whether or not they should consider upgrading. Windows 7 is essentially a sleeker, trimmed down version of the Windows Vista operating system, although many computer users are still not sure if making the upgrade will be of benefit, especially those that made the transition from Windows XP to Windows Vista, only to find themselves with a heap of problems. So, is the transition for you? First, let’s evaluate the hardware requirements. The Windows 7 requirements are the same as Vista. It requires a 1 GHz or faster processor, 1GB of RAM (2 GB for 64-Bit) and 16 GB of hard disk space (20 GB for 64-Bit). You can check your system properties by right clicking My Computer and selecting properties. Alternatively, you can see that your system meets the minimum requirements by downloading and running the Windows Upgrade Advisor, available on the Microsoft website (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1B544E90-76594BD9-9E51-2497C146AF15&displaylang=en). In addition to The Windows Advisor checking your system’s available resources, it also offers a compatibility report that will check your installed software for compatibility. This helps to ensure that your programs will migrate to the new operating system without issue. As a rule of thumb, programs that will run on Windows Vista will run on Windows 7, but it is worth taking a moment to confirm. Some Impressive Features Windows 7 offers some impressive features compared to Windows Vista. The top seven notable changes are: (continued on page 4)

Social Networking: Five Easy Steps Will Get You Started

Now that you have learned about social networking and investigated the benefits that these sites have to offer, it’s time to jump in and get started! Step 1: Carefully Create a Complete Profile First you need to register for an account. This is easy and usually just a matter of completing a short form, posting your email address and selecting a password. Once this is done the website will send you an email with a confirmation link. Click on that link and jump in with both feet! Once your account is established take a few moments to complete the different profile fields that each site makes available. Be sure to add your website address in, along with a short biography about you, your products or your services. These profile fields appear when someone views your profile or performs a search. Next, upload a photo of yourself, your office or your company logo. This picture will be present each time you make a post or comment on a post. Step 2: Join Groups Search each website for groups that are similar in nature to your product or service. When you find groups of interest click the link to become a fan or to join the group. This is the start of (continued on page 2) I.T. By The Sea

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Vita's Tips And Tricks

Hi, it's me, Vita, discovering world's sayings. This month: "Boire ou conduire, il faut choisir (drinking OR driving, you need to choose)." Even on Saint Patrick's Day, folks! Get the Quick Launch toolbar back in Windows 7: 1. Right-click the taskbar, choose Toolbars / New Toolbar 2. In the folder selection dialog, enter the following string and hit OK: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch 3. Turn off the "lock the taskbar" setting, and right-click on the divider. Make sure that "Show text" and "Show title" are disabled and the view is set to "small icons". 4. Use the dividers to rearrange the toolbar ordering to choice, and then lock the taskbar again.

Social Networks: Five Easy Steps Will Get You Started Continued from Page 1... of your networking. After you are accepted into each group, go back and post comments within it and correspond with others that have posted comments. Step 3: Make The Most of Targeted Advertising Options Research the advertising options that each site has to offer. Many will offer free trial or low cost advertising options. The great benefit from advertising within the social network sites is that the ads are targeted per user, based on the users profile or recently used search terms. Step 4: Play Games With Your Neighbors If you have a little extra time on your hands, participate in some of the games available on each site. Many of the game applications provide perks for players that have “neighbors” (friends)

that join the game with them, but they have a requirement that you cannot be a neighbor without having made friends with the person first. With this incentive, many people will befriend you, therefore building your network base even more. Step 5: Add Your Friends And Meet Their Friends Finally, once you have everything in place, you should begin locating friends and coworkers. As you make friends and post on your friends page, their friends will see you, become familiar with you and the networking begins to come full circle. Make sure that your posts are consistent and genuine. Remember that your goal is to build a network without vigorously selling your products and services. Aggressive sales oriented posts are quickly dismissed so it is vital to structure your posts carefully.

Meet Our Clients Of The Month! Jody And Mike, Owners of Hermione Meet Mike Wright and Jody Reynolds owners of Hermione, a 1925 56 and1/2 ft. wooden motor yacht. Mike: She has been owned by US Ambassadors of England, Industrialists, a NASA Scientist and finally fell into our lonely hands. Ro: Now what do you do with her? Mike: We charter, we do photo opportunities, weddings fund raising and we do boat shows.. She’s just a joy to ride on and she handles wonderfully. Jody: We would love to invite people to come visit Hermione. She travels between south Florida and the incredibly beautiful Thousand Islands. She’s open and she’s like being on a sailboat. You don’t feel like you are on a condo when you are on this boat. You are on a moving part of history, she is timeless. She takes you back to the roaring twenties. She’s not ornate and garish looking, she’s cottagey looking. That is another thing about traveling on boats, when you have a problem with a boat and we required some maintenance which was something we didn’t plan, we met so many cool people. Like you, you guys were a find.

Fun Facts About Saint Patrick's Day Get More Free Tips, Tools, and Services At My Web Site:

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Legend has it that St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes by ringing his bell from the top of Croagh Patrick. St. Patrick is also supposed to have rid Ireland of a fierce lake monster. The lake is now known as Red Lake or Lough Derg since the blood of the dead monster turned it red. The first St. Patrick's Day parade was in Boston on 17 March 1737. Since 1962, Chicago has a tradition of dyeing the Chicago river green with vegetable dyes. On St. Patrick's Day, you can bring yourself good luck by finding a four-leaf clover, wearing green, and kissing the Blarney Stone. You can also bring yourself prosperity by "Drowning The Shamrock," i.e. floating the shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it. Nine of the people who signed the Declaration Of Independence were of Irish origin. Nineteen Presidents of the United States claim Irish heritage. On St. Patrick's Day, 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world. 36.5 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2007, more than eight times the population of Ireland itself. www.ITByTheSea.com

I was just driving by and Mike’s computer had been wiped out… Ro: Didn’t you see me waving? Jody: I didn’t see you waving, but I said, “Ah Ha, computers!” I walked in and little did I know that we were going to set up a relationship that was going to build up and do a website. But also, way more than that, really a marketing plan that is going with the website. I have been in marketing for thirty years and it is nice to have people whose input and judgment I respect. Ro: Okay, so let’s get the contact information so people can charter and go back in time. Jody: The contact information for Mike is: KISMarine@msn.com and the phone number is: (410) 725- 0221. I am at: (315) 415-2826 or Jodyreynolds2@gmail. com. The website is: www.myhermione.com Listen to Jody and Mike's Full Interview and see the beautiful Hermione at: http://itbythesea.com/testimonials/hear.html

The What?... GeekTalk To English Dictionary If you're using a computer or a network for work or pleasure, you have most certainly heard lots of strange words and acronyms that you don't fully understand. The purpose of this new section is to explain those terms in plain English to help you become an empowered user. Each month, we will explain one or more of those terms. This month our acronym is: VPN i.e. Virtual Private Network. A VPN is a direct connection between one computer or network and another computer or network through a special tunnel created specifically for you on the Internet. We can compare the Internet with the national railways. Using the Internet to send an email or visit a Web site, is like using a public train: anyone can see the data you are transmitting. Using a VPN is like using a private train. You are still using the same Internet but your data can be seen only by other users of the same VPN. 239-344-7574

Go Green Corner By default, Windows Vista disables automatic sleep when sharing media. You can turn that setting off in the power settings. Windows Vista has built-in power management features that can reduce a company's energy use by as much as 30%. With Windows 7, organizations can take advantage of additional efficiencies that reduce power consumption and can help lower energy costs. Install Windows 7 on virtual machines and reduce energy use by up to 90%.

Got any green tips you’d like to share with our readers? Email them to TechTimes@itbythesea.com I.T. By The Sea

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Vita's Tips And Tricks

Hi, it's me, Vita, discovering world's sayings. This month: "Boire ou conduire, il faut choisir (drinking OR driving, you need to choose)." Even on Saint Patrick's Day, folks! Get the Quick Launch toolbar back in Windows 7: 1. Right-click the taskbar, choose Toolbars / New Toolbar 2. In the folder selection dialog, enter the following string and hit OK: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch 3. Turn off the "lock the taskbar" setting, and right-click on the divider. Make sure that "Show text" and "Show title" are disabled and the view is set to "small icons". 4. Use the dividers to rearrange the toolbar ordering to choice, and then lock the taskbar again.

Social Networks: Five Easy Steps Will Get You Started Continued from Page 1... of your networking. After you are accepted into each group, go back and post comments within it and correspond with others that have posted comments. Step 3: Make The Most of Targeted Advertising Options Research the advertising options that each site has to offer. Many will offer free trial or low cost advertising options. The great benefit from advertising within the social network sites is that the ads are targeted per user, based on the users profile or recently used search terms. Step 4: Play Games With Your Neighbors If you have a little extra time on your hands, participate in some of the games available on each site. Many of the game applications provide perks for players that have “neighbors” (friends)

that join the game with them, but they have a requirement that you cannot be a neighbor without having made friends with the person first. With this incentive, many people will befriend you, therefore building your network base even more. Step 5: Add Your Friends And Meet Their Friends Finally, once you have everything in place, you should begin locating friends and coworkers. As you make friends and post on your friends page, their friends will see you, become familiar with you and the networking begins to come full circle. Make sure that your posts are consistent and genuine. Remember that your goal is to build a network without vigorously selling your products and services. Aggressive sales oriented posts are quickly dismissed so it is vital to structure your posts carefully.

Meet Our Clients Of The Month! Jody And Mike, Owners of Hermione Meet Mike Wright and Jody Reynolds owners of Hermione, a 1925 56 and1/2 ft. wooden motor yacht. Mike: She has been owned by US Ambassadors of England, Industrialists, a NASA Scientist and finally fell into our lonely hands. Ro: Now what do you do with her? Mike: We charter, we do photo opportunities, weddings fund raising and we do boat shows.. She’s just a joy to ride on and she handles wonderfully. Jody: We would love to invite people to come visit Hermione. She travels between south Florida and the incredibly beautiful Thousand Islands. She’s open and she’s like being on a sailboat. You don’t feel like you are on a condo when you are on this boat. You are on a moving part of history, she is timeless. She takes you back to the roaring twenties. She’s not ornate and garish looking, she’s cottagey looking. That is another thing about traveling on boats, when you have a problem with a boat and we required some maintenance which was something we didn’t plan, we met so many cool people. Like you, you guys were a find.

Fun Facts About Saint Patrick's Day Get More Free Tips, Tools, and Services At My Web Site:

www.ITByTheSea.com

2 // Caloosa Tech Times

Legend has it that St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes by ringing his bell from the top of Croagh Patrick. St. Patrick is also supposed to have rid Ireland of a fierce lake monster. The lake is now known as Red Lake or Lough Derg since the blood of the dead monster turned it red. The first St. Patrick's Day parade was in Boston on 17 March 1737. Since 1962, Chicago has a tradition of dyeing the Chicago river green with vegetable dyes. On St. Patrick's Day, you can bring yourself good luck by finding a four-leaf clover, wearing green, and kissing the Blarney Stone. You can also bring yourself prosperity by "Drowning The Shamrock," i.e. floating the shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it. Nine of the people who signed the Declaration Of Independence were of Irish origin. Nineteen Presidents of the United States claim Irish heritage. On St. Patrick's Day, 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world. 36.5 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2007, more than eight times the population of Ireland itself. www.ITByTheSea.com

I was just driving by and Mike’s computer had been wiped out… Ro: Didn’t you see me waving? Jody: I didn’t see you waving, but I said, “Ah Ha, computers!” I walked in and little did I know that we were going to set up a relationship that was going to build up and do a website. But also, way more than that, really a marketing plan that is going with the website. I have been in marketing for thirty years and it is nice to have people whose input and judgment I respect. Ro: Okay, so let’s get the contact information so people can charter and go back in time. Jody: The contact information for Mike is: KISMarine@msn.com and the phone number is: (410) 725- 0221. I am at: (315) 415-2826 or Jodyreynolds2@gmail. com. The website is: www.myhermione.com Listen to Jody and Mike's Full Interview and see the beautiful Hermione at: http://itbythesea.com/testimonials/hear.html

The What?... GeekTalk To English Dictionary If you're using a computer or a network for work or pleasure, you have most certainly heard lots of strange words and acronyms that you don't fully understand. The purpose of this new section is to explain those terms in plain English to help you become an empowered user. Each month, we will explain one or more of those terms. This month our acronym is: VPN i.e. Virtual Private Network. A VPN is a direct connection between one computer or network and another computer or network through a special tunnel created specifically for you on the Internet. We can compare the Internet with the national railways. Using the Internet to send an email or visit a Web site, is like using a public train: anyone can see the data you are transmitting. Using a VPN is like using a private train. You are still using the same Internet but your data can be seen only by other users of the same VPN. 239-344-7574

Go Green Corner By default, Windows Vista disables automatic sleep when sharing media. You can turn that setting off in the power settings. Windows Vista has built-in power management features that can reduce a company's energy use by as much as 30%. With Windows 7, organizations can take advantage of additional efficiencies that reduce power consumption and can help lower energy costs. Install Windows 7 on virtual machines and reduce energy use by up to 90%.

Got any green tips you’d like to share with our readers? Email them to TechTimes@itbythesea.com I.T. By The Sea

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13102 Palm Beach Blvd, Suite A Fort Myers, FL 33905 Phone: 239-344-7574 Fax: 239-236-0389 Email: info@itbythesea.com Office Hours: M-F 9am-6pm, Sat 10 am—6pm

Be Sure To Visit Us At: ITByTheSea.com FloridaInventoryServices.com

Services We Offer • Network Design • Network Support • Network Maintenance • Local and Remote Data Backup • Data Recovery • Upgrades and Repairs • Website Design and Hosting • Assets Inventories

Windows 7: To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade Continued from Page 1... 1. Windows 7 boots up and operates faster and more efficiently than Vista. 2. It is friendlier with lower powered computers. Compared to its predecessor, Windows 7 takes up less disk space and uses fewer processes, allowing lower powered computers to effectively use it with less instances of the system locking up, crashing and freezing. 3. It is lighter on laptops’ battery lives. Windows 7 also cuts the power to unneeded components when it goes into sleep/hibernation mode, increasing the battery life on laptops as much as 15%. 4. It makes it easier to find items saved on the hard disk. Windows 7 offers the new Libraries feature, which lets you see and access all documents within the Documents Library. 5. The improved desktop search engine provides results faster. 6. Windows 7’s improved interface makes personal and business computing more efficient. Specifically, it makes it easier to work with active applications and open files, using mouse over thumbnails and other desperately needed shortcuts: a. Thumbnails display on mouse over, with a single left click making the thumbnail the active window. b. A single right click over an icon bar displays a list of recently opened documents. c. The Snap Feature allows you to line up two documents side-by-side, by just dragging the windows to opposite sides of the desktop. 7. Windows 7 offers a new networking feature called 4 // Caloosa Tech Times

HomeGroup that is designed to offer some features of a local domain, but be easier for the average user to configure. Three Not-So-Great Features Offsetting some of the great features Windows 7 has to offer, three not-so-great features include: 1. The Problem Steps Recorder, which creates an automated illustration of a problem that can be emailed to tech support, is only available on the Professional version of Windows 7. 2. Not all hardware will transition when using the upgrade option. Many printers, scanners and other external devices must be uninstalled and then reinstalled after the conversion to Windows 7. These peripheral devices are not necessary included in the Windows Compatibility Report so each one should be checked at the manufacturer’s website. 3. An operating system upgrade can be a daunting task. The bad news is that, unlike Windows Vista, Windows XP requires a fresh install, which subsequently, requires that all hardware and software be reinstalled. Do you need help for your upgrade to Windows 7? Call us at: (239) 344-7574, or Email us at: info@itbythesea.com

We Want Your Input!

Network Design • Network Maintenance • Data Backup/Recovery • Assets Inventories • Upgrades/Repairs • Website Design/Hosting

Windows 7: To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade

“As a business owner, I know you don’t have time to waste on technical and operational issues. That’s where we shine! Call us and put an end to your IT problems finally and forever!” - Christine Roux, I.T. By The Sea

Volume III, Issue 3 March, 2010 Fort Myers, Florida

Inside This Issue... Windows 7: To Upgrade Or Not to Upgrade....Pages 1 & 4 Social Networks: Five Easy Steps Will Get You Started….Pages 1 &2 Vita's Tips And Tricks….Page 2 Fun Facts About Saint Patrick's Day….Page 2 Meet Our Clients Of The Month: Jody and Mike, Owners of Hermione….Page 3 The What?... GeekTalk To English Dictionary... Page 3 Go Green Corner... Page 3

Do you have an idea to make this newsletter better? Would you like to submit a story, article, or green tip? We’d love to hear from

you!

Call us at: (239) 344-7574 Or Email us: TechTimes@itbythesea.com www.ITByTheSea.com

239-344-7574

The new Windows 7 Operating System is out and we’ve been asked by several people whether or not they should consider upgrading. Windows 7 is essentially a sleeker, trimmed down version of the Windows Vista operating system, although many computer users are still not sure if making the upgrade will be of benefit, especially those that made the transition from Windows XP to Windows Vista, only to find themselves with a heap of problems. So, is the transition for you? First, let’s evaluate the hardware requirements. The Windows 7 requirements are the same as Vista. It requires a 1 GHz or faster processor, 1GB of RAM (2 GB for 64-Bit) and 16 GB of hard disk space (20 GB for 64-Bit). You can check your system properties by right clicking My Computer and selecting properties. Alternatively, you can see that your system meets the minimum requirements by downloading and running the Windows Upgrade Advisor, available on the Microsoft website (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1B544E90-76594BD9-9E51-2497C146AF15&displaylang=en). In addition to The Windows Advisor checking your system’s available resources, it also offers a compatibility report that will check your installed software for compatibility. This helps to ensure that your programs will migrate to the new operating system without issue. As a rule of thumb, programs that will run on Windows Vista will run on Windows 7, but it is worth taking a moment to confirm. Some Impressive Features Windows 7 offers some impressive features compared to Windows Vista. The top seven notable changes are: (continued on page 4)

Social Networking: Five Easy Steps Will Get You Started

Now that you have learned about social networking and investigated the benefits that these sites have to offer, it’s time to jump in and get started! Step 1: Carefully Create a Complete Profile First you need to register for an account. This is easy and usually just a matter of completing a short form, posting your email address and selecting a password. Once this is done the website will send you an email with a confirmation link. Click on that link and jump in with both feet! Once your account is established take a few moments to complete the different profile fields that each site makes available. Be sure to add your website address in, along with a short biography about you, your products or your services. These profile fields appear when someone views your profile or performs a search. Next, upload a photo of yourself, your office or your company logo. This picture will be present each time you make a post or comment on a post. Step 2: Join Groups Search each website for groups that are similar in nature to your product or service. When you find groups of interest click the link to become a fan or to join the group. This is the start of (continued on page 2) I.T. By The Sea

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