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February 2013- Issue 35       
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Check with the Tech: Keyboard Shortcuts
CIO Tri-County Cloud Giveaway - VOTE NOW
Review: Windows Surface Pro
App of the Month: Vine
Employee Spotlight: Mark Shramek
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An Oldie but a Goodie

Dear ,  


Happy Birthday CIO!

CIO is celebrating its 27th year in business this month.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our team for their significant contributions to making CIO Solutions one of the most successful IT Solutions Providers on the Central Coast and to our fantastic clients who have helped us get to where we are today.


Here is to another 27 years! 


John Petote
CEO, CIO Solutions


Check with the Tech: Most Common Keyboard Shortcuts
Check with the Tech
Q: What are some of the most common keyboard shortcuts?

Here is a list of the top 10 keyboard shortcuts (for both Windows and Macs) and we have included a link for the top 20 shortcuts as well. This was adapted from LifeHacker, click here to read the full LifeHacker article.

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Top 20 Keyboard Shortcuts - Click Here



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Voting is now open for the CIO Solutions Tri-County Cloud Giveaway Contest!

Visit to vote for your favorite local non-profit organization.

Voting will end on February 28, 2013 and the winner will be announced in early March.

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Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 

With the release of the Surface RT, Microsoft showed the world that it was serious about breaking into the tablet market. The Surface Pro is the follow-up to the RT and it was designed to be Microsoft's flagship product, incorporating its fresh hardware design and including the new Windows 8 software. At $899 the Surface Pro is quite expensive when compared to its major rivals; however the premium price seems more appropriate when you uncover the Pro's Ultrabook roots.


When holding the Pro for the first time your impression will likely be that it is a bit thicker and heavier surface prothan the other tablets on the market, and you'd be right. Inside of its magnesium shell the Surface Pro hosts some pretty impressive hardware for a tablet; with its fast solid state hard drive and Core I5 processor the Pro boots up quickly and is very responsive even when multitasking. Running a full version of Windows 8, the Pro can pull double duty as a pen-enabled tablet and a fully functional laptop (with the expensive keyboard attached).

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However, when you really look at each of those functions the Surface Pro falls short in some categories

. As a tablet it is heavy to hold and the battery life is much shorter than an equivalent device, and as a laptop the quirky keyboard and kickstand can make it difficult to work anywhere other than at a desk.


The Surface Pro is a good first try for Microsoft. However, its compromised design and expensive, necessary accessories make it difficult to outright recommend.

App of the Month: Vine 


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Employee Spotlight: Mark Shramek, Sr. Solutions Consultant 


Full name:  Mark Dewayne Shramek, Jr. mark


Family Info: Married with one child


Where did you grow up: Riverslime (aka Riverside) 


When did you move to Thousand Oaks: November 2012  


What you like best about Thousand Oaks: I like that it has a small town feel but a lot of big city entertainment.    


When did you start working at CIO: November 2012    


What you like best about working at CIO:

I love that the entire company is a team and that we have the best talent in the industry.  


Dreams/aspirations: To install confidence, motivation, self-reliance, drive, compassion and determination in my child.    


What would you do if you won the lottery: 

I would continue working to teach my son to have a strong work ethic and once he graduated school I would become a philanthropist and retire. 


Favorite color: Blue 


Favorite food:  Steak paired with a great beer! 


Favorite movie:  Caddyshack 


Motto/quote:   "All right Mister, let me tell you what winning means... you're willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else."- Vincent Lombardi


Interesting Facts: :I love mountain biking, electronic music, fine dining and beer tasting.



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