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ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                                           May 2015


In This Issue
ABC Computers
 Services & Solutions


Quality Backups  


Creating HotKeys in Windows 8


Why the Windows 8 Start Screen is better than old fashioned menus

ABC Computers
 ABC Computers
Customer Comment
"The culture you created at ABC makes it a true gem and to have the founder of ABC make appearances at Caplugs multiple times speaks to the importance of a great business relationship and how you value us as a partner and we will always be appreciative of that.  We are not a number to you - that couldn't be any clearer."
Tony Darden

Read and watch more testimonials  

 Shiny New Gadget
of the Month:

Sound Splash Bluetooth Waterproof Shower Speaker



 This handy speaker streams music from your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Android device right to you via Bluetooth, and because it is waterproof you can use it anywhere from your shower to the pool.


 Learn more about it here

May Quick Quiz

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



  Which key will allow you to search in Windows 8?

a. F7

b. Windows Key


c. Ctrl+Alt+S


d. Any of the above


Submit your answer to [email protected]

A winner will be drawn from the correct responses. 

Last Month's

Quick Quiz



 What is the 'sprinting' that the ABC Management Team has been doing each month?


a. A charity run

b. An employee exercise program

c. An aspect of agile approaches to work

d. Meetings about ABC's new wireless provider



c. An aspect of agile approaches to work


Congratulations go to

Amy Pearson


Ortho Molecular Products, Inc.

who won the

USB Thermoelectric Cooler & Warmer



Ah...spring is here! It is great to see the sunshine and the flowers. This only wets my appetite for what is going to be a busy summer. As we plan for all the family activities, I had to take a minute and think about how ABC works into the equation! Planning is tricky sometimes. Lots of moving parts, lots of changes to schedules, not just in our personal lives but also in our businesses. 



This month ABC is featuring a partner that has helped one of our great customers solve at least portion of their scheduling dilemma. Netronic is a visual scheduling tool for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and holy smokes is it amazing! We have reviewed many visual scheduling tools over the years and nothing comes close to Netronic. If you are interested in learning more about how this tool can help scheduling in your business, attend our webinar Thursday, June 4th. I am confident that you will find that this tool not only provides solid scheduling features, but you will be blown away at the low cost of getting this into your live system to help you get a handle on your schedule.
As always, thanks for reading and thanks for being an ABC customer. Everyone at ABC appreciates your business!


Tom Short Signature


Tom Doran 

Customer Engagement Director

ABC Computers, Inc. 


The Art of Visual Scheduling: the What, the Why, and the How

By Martin Karlowitsch of Netronic

We all know the truth behind the saying 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. This is also true when it comes to dealing with time-related and resource-oriented planning data, especially when scheduling production orders, managing projects, or dispatching service orders. I want to share what visual scheduling means in the context of Dynamics NAV, why it is important for NAV users, and how it can be implemented and achieved in not only a very slick, but also seamless way. 


Week 1 with the new Surface 3

By Ben Bolte


I've been a HUGE fan of the Microsoft Surface since the first one I got back in October of 2012. I started out with the Surface RT. I loved the device but it had limitations. They were the same limitations that have plagued the Windows Phones: apps. Or should I say the lack of? In 2013, the first "Pro" version of the Surface came out. It could do everything but it also had issues, including a poor battery life and heavy device weight. 


The Importance of Reading your Weekly Status Report

By Emily Schmidt


When selecting a solution to process credit cards, do you know what to look for? There are a few solutions that integrate with Dynamics NAV, but there are three key things that can help save your business money and keep your credit card data secure. 


Quality Backups        

By Craig Rogne


The importance of a quality backup cannot be stressed enough in today's information driven society.  Each day thousands of documents, e-mails, files, pictures, and more can be deleted, edited, overwritten, and damaged, making the information they once contained inaccessible.  This is where a quality backup system comes in. These damaged, changed, deleted, overwritten files can be restored if a quality backup system is in place.


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By Christopher Bartelt


I recently found myself missing a feature I often used in Windows 7 for tagging hotkeys to the start menu icons. This allows for someone like myself, who prefers the keyboard, to open applications with a simple keyboard command.

The trouble is, I would like to do this with Windows 8 and don't have the same option for properties under the new start menu. I do, however, have an option for OPEN FILE LOCATION. So here is how you do this in Windows 8...

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Why the Windows 8 Start Screen is better than old fashioned menus

By Dan Lee



As a Systems Administrator I am often an early adopter of technology. But not with Windows 8. I didn't like it when I first saw it and I didn't like it when I first tried it.

Let me tell you why I was wrong.



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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."