In this issue
2010 - Love at First Sight!
3 PC Ways to Get Rid of an Old PC
These Scams - Now
a Web Meeting?
Scams - Now
Reprinted with permission from
Microsoft Small Business Center
How's this for amazing:
A Michigan woman got a request via e-mail from someone billing
himself as a Nigerian to help him steal $18 million. All she had to
do was set up a bank account in the United States. And she needed to
help pay some bribes and fees.
Pay she did. She is
accused of embezzling more than $2 million from her employer between
February and August of 2002 to finance the scheme. She planned to
pay it back when she received her promised $4.5 million from her
Nigerian business partner.
Holding a Web
Meeting? 5 Pitfalls to Avoid
reprinted with permission from the
Microsoft Small Business Center
Think hard now. Can you
remember your first virtual meeting? For many of you, it was in the
latter decades of the 20th century, and you likely called it a
"teleconference." If so, chances are you can recall how simple — but
expensive — the technology used to be.
meetings aren't expensive anymore.
But they're still
relatively simple, even if you're talking now about meetings held via
the Internet instead of by phone.
Quote of the Month
I like to see a man proud of the
place in which he lives. I like to
see a man live so that his place
will be proud of him.
Capitol Way, Suite 102
Bismarck, ND 58501
Welcome to the summer edition of the NRG
newsletter. I hope you are enjoying this
time of year!
Many of our clients have started their 2011
budget process and Steve Kelsch (NRG Account
Manager) is traveling the state helping to
plan IT budgets. He has a wealth of
information to share and will help you plan
your budget for 2011 and beyond. If you have
not already been contacted by Steve, and
need to meet soon, please call him at
701-250-9400 x 217 to schedule an
appointment. It is our plan to have all the
client budget reviews completed in the next
Speaking of budgeting, did you know that
older equipment can significantly increase
your costs? Older PCs and servers can cost
more to maintain once they exceed their
expected lifecycle. When equipment is out of
warranty, replacement system boards and/or
power supplies often exceed the value of the
entire PC. Also to be considered when
scheduling equipment replacements, is
employee productivity. Many times new PCs
can speed up processes, making everyone more
efficient. So it is not just the original
price of the equipment to be considered, but
also the costs involved in maintaining older
equipment. NRG provides replacement
schedules to help with the planning of
we move forward in 2010, please contact us
if you are considering any major projects.
The next few months typically become our
busiest time, and we want to ensure that
your projects are scheduled in a timely
Until next time, have a wonderful rest of
Chris Brown, NRG Vice President
2010 – Love at First Sight!
Cage, COO, HTS
As your trusted
technology partner, we feel duty bound to try before you
buy. How can we make recommendations to you about products
we don't know how to use? It's a dirty job, and sometimes
risky, but someone has to try stuff first – so we do. Our
experiences at being early adopters are sometimes
frustrating. We figure our pain is your gain. I have a
confession to make – it's not that way with Office 2010.
Office 2010 is love at first sight!
Our IT manager had
us install the advance release version of Office 2010 last
week. Usually there is a little pushback on new releases
from our staff because "things are different". That has not
been the case this time. Every user has been thrilled with
the new features in 2010. The single most appreciated
element has been the ability to group email by conversation.
It's true that you could make that choice in Outlook before
but this is a huge leap forward from that early sorting
ability. Now, when I choose to view my email by
conversation, the 10 email messages that went back and forth
on a topic while I was at lunch are suddenly rolled up into
one single entry in my inbox with a right-pointing triangle
next to it. When I click on the triangle, there are all the
emails that have been sent, replied all and replied again in
perfect order for me to follow the thread. It almost seems
revolutionary that I can have such organization in my inbox.
In a funny way, I feel better about myself because my inbox
is actually "neat". But, as the infomercial says, wait –
that's not all. Once I realize that the email string is not
relevant to me, I can click on the IGNORE CONVERSATION button
and the string disappears along with any future emails that
hit my inbox related to that topic.
Vacation Checklist: Prepare
with permission from
Microsoft at Work
leaving the office for the holidays, going on vacation, or
taking a business trip, there are a number of things you can
do to prepare your computer for your time away. Canceling
appointments and letting people know you'll be gone are just
a few of the things you can do to make sure your
responsibilities are covered and people aren't trying to
meet with you. Here are some best practices to make sure
your work goes on smoothly, even when you're gone.
Decline or cancel any upcoming meetings that are scheduled
while you're gone. Co-workers will not expect you to be at
meetings and will know not to attend recurring meetings you
run. To decline a meeting using Microsoft Office Outlook
2003 and 2007, simply complete the following:
the meeting occurrence and click Decline.
2. If you're the organizer of the meeting, either
send a cancellation or arrange for a co-worker to run
◦To cancel the meeting in Outlook 2003, open the meeting
occurrence and in the Actions menu click
◦To cancel the meeting in Outlook 2007, simply select
the meeting tab and select the Cancel Meeting
PC Ways to Get Rid of an Old PC
by Kim Komando
with permission from the
Microsoft Small Business Center
Are you getting a
new PC, or a set of new PCs for your business? If so, the
question becomes: What do I do with that old clunker?
Don't just cart it
off to the nearest dumpster and help clog up some landfill
with electronic waste. There are better, more
environmentally-friendly options to consider.
First of all,
someone could use your old computer. Or maybe you could
trade it in on a new one. At the least, you could pay a
small fee to a recycler to take it off your hands.
Let's look at
three ways to dispose of an old computer.
1. Give it to
charity. Many charities would love to take your old
computers. They refurbish the machines and give them to
people for whom a new computer is just a dream. True,
they're a little picky about what they'll take. If you have
a museum piece that's been sitting in the basement 10 years,
they don't want it. The machine has to be able to run modern
software. But if your old clunker is no more than three or
four years old, someone will want it. Virtually all of these
organizations take Windows machines; some also take Macs.
Obviously, running machines are preferred. If yours is
broken, ask. It may still be wanted. Finding the proper
organization is the key. To do that, contact the National
Cristina Foundation, which has affiliates in all 50 states.
Both PCs and Macs are welcome. Another good place to start
is Gifts in Kind International (http://www.giftsinkind.org).
It specializes in distributing used business computers to
charities. If you can't find a charity, ask around your
neighborhood. Last year, I gave an old computer to a
neighbor who lost her job and her computer. It was too slow
for me, but she was very pleased. She's still using it.