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ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                              December 2011

In This Issue
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Offers Expire TODAY!
The Top 5 Worst High-Tech Habits to Break
1/18 Webcast: Pivotier Reporting for Dynamics NAV
Keys to Being Excellent at Anything
The Magic of Shortened Billing Cycles
ABC Computers Receives 2011 VAR Stars Award
ABC Holiday Hours

In observance of the upcoming holidays, our offices will be closed on the following days: 

  • Friday, 12/23 (at Noon)
  • Monday, 12/26
  • Monday, 1/2
However, staff will be on call for emergencies. 
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"Since 2005, ABC Computers has been a valuable asset, enhancing our law firm's productivity and ability to successfully serve our clients.  We rely with confidence on ABC's IT expertise, timely resolution of our computer hardware and software problems, assessment of our current and future technology needs, and implementation of new technology." 
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Tips & Tricks
Shiny New Gadget of the Month:
Need to meet someone halfway between two locations, but not sure where?
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December Quick Quiz

Enter our monthly Quick Quiz drawing for your chance to win a $25 Culver's gift card. 


On December 3rd, 1967, what medical breakthrough took place?


a) The first successful Siamese Twin separation

b) Artificial insulin was first produced

c) The first successful heart transplant

Submit your answer to
[email protected].

A winner will be drawn from the correct responses on
January 6, 2012.

November Quick Quiz Winner! 


In addition to Thanksgiving and Veteran's Day, what else takes place in November in the United States?


a) National Beard Month

b) National Tobacco Awareness Month

c) National World Kindness Day

d) All of the above


d) All of the above

Congratulations, Shawna Masterson from JK Findings! 

You won the shiny new gadget that was featured in our November newsletter, a Cobra Tag.



Every once in a while you hear a story that stops you in your tracks and really makes you reflect.  I read one of those powerful stories recently and it's a perfect time of year to share it.


The story has been circulating for a couple of years, so you may have already heard it.  If that is the case, I encourage you to read it again and let it serve as a reminder. If you haven't, I think you'll find it very telling...


A Violinist in the Metro 


"At the Metro Station in Washington, DC, on a cold January morning in 2007, a man wearing jeans, a baseball cap and t-shirt began playing a violin. Over Violinist in a Metrothe next hour, he played 6 Bach pieces. It was rush hour, and during that time, an estimated 1,100 people passed by on their way to work.  


A few minutes after he began, a middle-aged man noticed that a musician was playing.  He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, but then he hurried on.


About four minutes into his performance, the violinist received his first donation.  A woman threw money in the case without stopping. 


At six minutes, a young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At ten minutes, a three-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to watch the violinist again, but the mother pulled harder and the child continued to walk, looking back the whole time.  

At forty-five minutes, the musician played continuously for 15 minutes. Only six people stopped and listened for a short while. About twenty gave money, but continued to walk at their normal pace.


After one hour, he finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all. The man had collected a total of $32.

No one knew this, but the musician was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest violinists in the world.  He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written on 300-year-old Stradivarius worth $3.5 million dollars.


Two days earlier, Joshua Bell had sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100."

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in a D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.  It's easy to verify.  In fact, Gene Weingarten won a Pulitzer Prize for the article he wrote about it, "Pearls Before Breakfast


The experiment raises several eye opening questions: 

  • In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
  • Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
  • If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made...How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

During this busy holiday season, and throughout the coming year, let this story serve as a reminder to slow down; take time to recognize and appreciate what really matters.  Resolve to be more observant and engaged.  It will do you and the world, a world of good.


Wishing you happiness and prosperity in 2012! 

Donovan's Signature 

Donavan Lane, CEO

ABC Computers 


How to Organize E-Mail Using Conditional Formatting

Concerned about missing an important email from a customer or your boss?  Looking for a more effective way to manage the sea of email in your inbox?


Try color coding with Conditional Formatting in Outlook.

NAV Customers: Last Chance to Save 20% on Additional Users and 15% on Additional Modules. Microsoft Year-End Offers Expire TODAY! 

Microsoft Dynamics NAV logo - shortIf you are a Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) customer and plan to add users or modules in the near future, don't miss the opportunity to save up to 20%. Microsoft's discount incentives expire TODAY, 12/22/11. 


Call us at 800.834.7700 immediately if you want to take advantage of these and other Microsoft offers 

The Top 5 Worst High-Tech Habits to Break

No Smoking SymbolBack in January, we published a short, but very important list of bad habits that everyone should try to break when it comes to maintaining the security and "health" of the high-tech tools you depend on. 


How did you do?

1/18 Webcast: Pivotier Reporting for Dynamics NAV

Learn how you can empower all your Dynamics NAV users to generate their own reports -- regardless of their programming skills!  Attend our January 18th webcast

Keys to Being Excellent at Anything

Capital BuildingDo you often think that a person's ability to excel in a given pursuit is largely determined by their genetic inheritance? 


Tony Schwartz has written a book, The Way We're Working Isn't Working, which lays out a guide, grounded in the science of high performance, to systematically build your capacity to excel.


If you are not genetically enhanced, consider his six keys to developing excellence.

The Magic of Shortened Billing Cycles

Billing cycles don't receive a lot of press or attention, but have a direct impact on an organization's cash holdings.


Slow and erratic billing schedules can leave a company in a rut of unpredictable cash ebb and flow, making it difficult to budget and forecast.  Read on...

ABC Computers Receives 2011 VAR Stars Award

2011 VAR Stars LogoPlease join us in celebrating some exciting news!  On December 12th, ABC Computers was selected as a winner of the 2011 VAR Stars award. Only 100 value-added resellers (VARs) are honored with the award each year.


Unlike other accounting software industry awards, revenue is not a factor in selecting the VAR Stars, and there is no ranking. Instead, this one is about recognizing firms that focus on quality. Factors taken into consideration included growth, industry leadership and innovation.  Read more...

About ABC Computers 

ABC Computers has been providing a unique blend of business software solutions and computer support services to businesses - small and large - since 1984. Over the last 25+ years, we have earned a reputation for exceeding clients' expectations and developing lasting relationships by first listening - learning about your business - and only then suggesting solutions to help you achieve your objectives. 


With 3 locations in Wisconsin (WI), 1 location in South Bend, IN, and staff throughout the upper Midwest, ABC offers business consulting and IT services through two distinctly related teams. Our business management systems group specializes in financial management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) and Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains). ABC's computer support services team specializes in troubleshooting IT problems that disrupt business operations and transforming technology from a burden into an asset.

Donavan Lane, as well as each team member of ABC, is dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Thus our commitment to implementing "Business Solutions...Your Way."