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ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                                           July 2014


In This Issue
ABC Computers
 Services & Solutions
ABC Computers
Offices in Waupaca, Rhinelander and
La Crosse, WI, as well as South Bend, IN.
Staff located throughout the Midwest including Akron, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
1990 Godfrey Drive
Waupaca, WI  54981
Technical Support 

General Inquiries


 ABC Computers
Customer Comment


"If anyone asks anything about computers we will say ABC Computers!"


Libby Talady


M&G Trucking, LLC

Read and watch more testimonials  

Distance Learning for Dynamics NAV Users


Live instructor, NAV training at your desk!

NAVUG, the independent Dynamics NAV User Group, has developed an awesome lineup of training classes for 2014.
 Shiny New Gadget
of the Month:
Captain America Shield 16G USB Drive


In honor of Independence Day we're giving away some America - themed tech. And what's more American than America's own superhero: Captain America? This 16G USB Drive will protect your data with the strength of Captain America's mighty shield. You'll be the patriotic envy of the office when you show up with this bad boy! 


June Quick Quiz

Enter our Quick Quiz drawing for your chance to win this month's Shiny New Gadget. 




What is Office Lens?

a. An app that acts as a scanner

b. An app that magnifies documents

c. An app that posts photos to social media


  Submit your answer to [email protected]

A winner will be drawn from the correct responses. 



Happy summer!


I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable July 4th as well as enjoying summer (which finally arrived).  Once again our family was able to enjoy the Waupaca July 4th parade. For those of you who have not heard of this, it looks like a Norman Rockwell picture.  Years ago, Donavan Lane (our founder and owner) built a train from recycled barrels and pulls it with his riding lawn mower, delighting the kids that get to ride! 


Even though our staff are spread out across a few states, enough of us attend each year that we fill the train with our kids and help hand out candy and freezee pops to the crowd.  My kids all had a chance to ride when they were younger but have graduated to walking and helping with the candy and freezee pops - and plenty of help is needed. We have 800 pounds of candy and 3,000 freezee pops!



It is quite a sight and such a neat experience - a great reminder that small efforts can have big impact.  I, personally, have seen how excited the children are to ride in the train, as well as even being in a parade.  The camaraderie amongst the staff, many of whom are spread out and don't typically see each other, is a great benefit.  The impact on the community is so rewarding - seeing the excitement in the kids' eyes with all the candy being thrown to them, and especially the "older" kids (parents and grandparents) so thankful for a freezee pop on a hot day.  Simply showing our patriotic support for our country is an honor for us to do.


I'd like to say thank you to Donavan for beginning this tradition, as well as encourage anyone reading this to look for opportunities to give back to your community.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!





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Mark Christie, CEO

ABC Computers, Inc. 


Beyond Cortana: My Favorite Features of Windows Phone 8.1
By Jeffrey Pergolski
Since signing up as a Windows Phone developer and getting the bits to upgrade my Nokia Icon back in April, I've had plenty of time to decide if I like Windows Phone 8.1.  If you read my previous post, you know I'm a real fan of the added functionality and productivity enhancements that Cortana offers. But what about the rest of Windows Phone 8.1? Is there anything else there? Of course the answer to that question is "Yes" and here are my favorites:  Read More.
The Business Case for Windows Phone

By Ben Bolte



Let's face it, if you've had a Windows Phone historically you've been the red-headed step child of the smart phone family that's filled with iOS and Android siblings.  While the Windows phone is gaining some success globally the US market seems to have blinders on and is completely focused on Apple and Google.  Ironically, Microsoft was one of the first to the phone market but they were there before the users were.  When the adoption of users came Microsoft was late to the game and struggled to get anyone to take notice.

Read More.



An App that Could Replace the Scanner
By Kristina Nor 
OneNote has introduced an app that could replace the scanner in offices around the globe. I admit that that was a slight exaggeration, but this new application will definitely prove to be a great alternative when a scanner is not readily available.
Office Lens, which acts as a small scanner using nothing but the camera on your phone, is now available in the Windows Phone Store (the same functions are on the OneNote app for Windows 8 and iOS7). Read More.


Avoiding a Credit Card Data Breach: 5 Tips for Securing Your Data
By Karen Tran, ChargeLogic
The news of data breaches is a regular occurrence, raising concerns not only among consumers but among businesses that process credit cards. The Identity Theft Resource Center reports that there were 614 breaches in 2013, an increase of 30% from 2012. Of those breaches, approximately 15% exposed credit or debit card information. Included in that report are recognizable names like Target, Adobe, and Travelocity.  Protecting your business from a data breach takes a comprehensive approach. You can avoid the biggest vulnerabilities (as identified by Visa) by achieving PCI compliance and by following these tips. 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).  

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."