CIO Solutions
November 2014 - Issue 47            
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CIO in the News: CIO Gives Back
What's Happening at CIO: Halloween Costume Contest Results
Check with the Tech: MicroSoft Excel Tips & Tricks
App of the Month: Adblock Plus
Employee Spotlight: Joe King



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Billy Godfrey - Nov. 10
Burt Ribet - Nov. 16
Hannah Sanchez - Nov. 18
Greg Goulart - Nov. 30




CIO Anniversaries


Peter Summers - 2 yr - 11/6

Mike Shinn - 9 yr - 11/7

James Lee - 1 yr - 11/12

Rich Beckett - 4 yr - 11/22

Mark Shramek - 2 yr - 11/26








 November is National
Novel Writing Month 



All Saints Day

November 1st





End of Daylight Savings

November 2nd 





Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th


CIO will be closed on
Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving. 
To receive emergency support please call 805-692-6709 and select option 3.
Holiday rates may apply.
For non-urgent requests
please email
CIO Solutions Gives Thanks



November in Santa Barbara can often feel like an extension of late summer. Other people in the US may feel the chill in the air, note changing leaves, or even grapple with snow, but here on the Central Coast we mill blissfully around in flip flops. The apparent seasonless-ness of the Central Coast doesn't reflect the change of seasons that occur on a deeper level. During November many of us are gearing up for the holidays, and wrapping things up for year end. At CIO we're preparing to give thanks with our families, and we of course want to extend that thanks to our family of clients. Thank you for making us a part of your day, thank you for continuing to have us support your business.



John Petote

CEO, CIO Solutions 

CIO in the News: CIO Gives Back


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CIO Solutions is committed to supporting local business and non-profits in the Central Coast. This month, Central Support Manager, Mike Shinn organized a unique team building exercise for the Central Support team. Working in conjunction with Santa Barbara's Unity Shoppe, Mike organized multiple volunteer days for his team. Team members working together stocking shelves in the Unity Shoppe's grocery store, and organizing food donations.


Established in 1983, but with a charitable history that goes back much farther in the Santa Barbara area, the Unity Shoppe emphasizes helping by encouraging self-reliance. By providing help with basic necessities Unity Shoppe seeks to help people get back on their feet, and back into the community. Their website describes their work thusly, "This is a community project of staggering proportions. We share what we have with everyone that needs our services. We believe in preventing serious problems for the families we serve and our community. By helping people before their problems escalate, they can retain their jobs and their homes. By supplementing their income with needed food and clothing, they can use their limited dollars to pay their rent. With proper support, they can avoid welfare dependency and homelessness while they work toward self-sufficiency." In addition to operating a "free" grocery and clothing store, Unity Shoppe also provides help with résumé creation, job interviews, and basic job skills.


The afternoons that CIO has spent volunteering for the Unity Shoppe have been rewarding. It's great to work together for such a wonderful and worthy cause. If you're interested in volunteering or donating to the Unity Shoppe please visit their website:


Additionally, we have a Toys for Tots donation box located at the CIO office. If you'd like to donate an unwrapped toy, or pantry item please let Michelle Baca know:




CIO Solutions has been providing IT management and design services to the Central Coast since 1986. CIO specializes in helping businesses focus on their core business by designing and managing their IT department. In addition to managing IT networks, CIO also provides consultation on Private Cloud Services, Enterprise Storage, Virtualization, VoIP Phone Systems and other solutions.




Marketing Contact: 

Michelle P. Baca
805-692-6700 x349


What's Happening at CIO:

Halloween Costume Contest Results

Here at CIO we sure do love a good competition! Thanks to all those who voted!

Third place: Mike Shinn as the Executive Horse

Second place: Hass as the Sexy Pizza

Winner: Michael Biancone as the Most Interesting Man

Congratulations Michael!!!

Check with the Tech: Microsoft Excel 2013 Tips & Tricks 

Check with the Tech 

Microsoft Excel:


How to turn off the slash screen (can be annoying)


1. Open a new window or existing excel spreadsheet

2. File - Options


3. Under general, un-tick "Show start screen when application starts"






Central Support Supervisor

Mike Shinn

805-692-6700 x122


App of the Month: Adblock Plus


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Employee Spotlight: Paul Duncan, Shipping/Receiving/Fleet/Sales

Full name:
Paul Anthony Duncan


Family info: 

I have a younger sister and my mother and father are SB natives as well still living in the area.


Where did you grow up?

 Santa Barbara, Shoreline are.


When did you move to Santa Barbara?

When I was born!


What you like best about the Santa Barbara area:
Our Channel Islands


When did you start working at CIO: 

Late June 2014


What you like best about working at CIO:

The collective feel of community.


Save up and back to school. Maybe something in IT, astronomy or biology.


What would you do if you won the lottery:

Invest it. Hire someone to tell me how and why. Start up such tings for family members as well to manage. After securing a steady income flow from this use the money to travel to ALL the places.


Favorite color: 



Favorite food: 

Slow BBQ cooked tritip.


Favorite book/movie: 

The Neverending Story, HP series (Books and movies), Matrix series, Willow. (Too many to have a favorite.) Short story: The Last Question

A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

Anything else that is interesting about yourself:

I was a painter for 15 years and did a lot of warehousing work before starting at CIO. I've been building my own PCs since the early 90s and I've self-studied several computer languages for fun. LUA, Python, HTML5, CSS3, MySQL, JavaScript and PHP I am familiar with. I used to do a lot of photography and digital art and hope to save up for a DSLR next year. I have gone to school in the SB area all my life starting at Washington elementary to LaCumbre middle school then off to San Marcos High and some SBCC.
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