How to Increase Productivity: Deep Focus vs Multitasking

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How to Increase Productivity: Deep Focus vs Multitasking

By Brian Droz 8 minute read

Deep work can be achieved during single or mono tasking. Deep work, as defined by Cal Newport, author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World “is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time”. Research shows that there’s no such thing as multitasking, our brains can’t do it. Instead we’re just switching from task to task really fast, giving us the allusion of working on multiple things at once. Multitasking can be attributed to a decrease in attention span, increased mental fatigue, and overall less productivity.

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5 Best Cloud Backup Solutions for Small Business

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5 Best Cloud Backup Solutions for Small Business

By Hari Subedi 8 minute read

Let’s begin with an important statistic. 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster. Scary isn’t it? Furthermore, the same article goes on to list that every week 140,000 hard disks crash in the United States. Given the risk loss of data poses, it is a no-brainer that every business should have a reliable backup solution.

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How To Build A Data Backup Strategy For Your Growing Business: 6 FAQs

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How To Build A Data Backup Strategy For Your Growing Business: 6 FAQs

By Hari Subedi 6 minute read

You see the term “Strategy” and may exclaim “not this again!”. But hold on just a moment. We do not want to scare you into thinking that you need something elaborate and complex to achieve an effective backup and recovery plan. Follow along and in the next 6-7 minutes you will be well on your way to building a backup strategy for your business.

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Upgrading Office WiFi Equipment? 5 Things You Need to Know

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Upgrading Office WiFi Equipment? 5 Things You Need to Know

By Hari Subedi 5 minute read

If you are part of the modern-day breed of small businesses, then it is very likely that your office is predominantly wireless. Wired hardware is giving way to wireless due to its flexibility. Like most startups and small businesses you probably began operations using consumer grade access points that are targeted at home users. When you are starting out, this setup works just fine but the problems start to arise when the number of users gets closer to double digits. The time to upgrade is ideally before you start experiencing network connectivity problems. These are the 5 things you need to know about upgrading office WiFi equipment.

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Small Business WiFi Networks & The 7 Things You Need to Know

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Small Business WiFi Networks & The 7 Things You Need to Know

By Hari Subedi 5 minute read

For most small to medium sized businesses, a wireless network has become the order of the day. Running cables throughout the office is not only time consuming but also expensive. A wireless network is cost effective and also a lot less cumbersome to set up. These are the 7 things you need to know about your small business wifi network.

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Repost: 5 Signs Your Business Needs A Wifi Upgrade

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Repost: 5 Signs Your Business Needs A Wifi Upgrade

By Evan Jones

If you’re one of the chosen few who can get your wifi to work well at home, that is one thing. However, when you get ten or more people connecting to a wireless network simultaneously, it can get a little tricky. Whether you have ten people in your office or over one-hundred, the commonality is that the wifi connection in your office is not getting any less important any time soon.

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5 IT Best Practices for Growing Businesses

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5 IT Best Practices for Growing Businesses

By Hari Subedi 7 min read

As a small business owner, IT can be a challenge, especially when you have little or no IT expertise. Even though we are surrounded by technology at work and most of your work depends on it, most small businesses do not treat IT as a business priority. Restrictive budgets and lack of expertise often determines if IT gets requisite resources, if at all. However, as the company grows so do the complexities of managing the IT operations grow exponentially. Fortunately, the picture does not have to be grim. A little planning and advance preparation can go a long way in ensuring that your IT becomes your asset rather than a liability. Here we breakdown some typical IT challenges that small to medium business owners face and share the best practices that can make your IT operations manageable.

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Digital Marketing 101 For Small Businesses: 3 Pro Tips You Can Start Today

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Digital Marketing 101 For Small Businesses: 3 Pro Tips You Can Start Today

By Hari Subedi

The world of digital marketing can be a scary one especially if you are new to it. Terms such as SEO, SEM, SERP, Analytics, AdWords, etc. can put you in a tizzy. Of course there are tons of resources available online that can help but you first need to filter through all of them and as a small businesses owner time may not be a luxury you can afford. Moreover, many of the resources are old and not curated so by the time you get to the end of the tutorial, you may find out that it does not work for you anymore.

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Community Service & Teamwork with Non-Profits Part II: dev/Mission and Jones IT, a Full Circle Experience

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Community Service & Teamwork with Non-Profits Part II: dev/Mission and Jones IT, a Full Circle Experience

By Marcell Urbina

Marcell Urbina, one the newest IT consultants at Jones IT, kick started his IT career with tech training from <dev/Mission>. They are a non-profit that aims to train untapped young adults for careers in technology in order to build wealth and prosperity in our local communities. This is the story of how he was able launch his career in tech with the help of the partnership between <dev/Mission> and Jones IT.

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Our New Year's Resolutions: Community Service & Teamwork with Non-Profits

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Our New Year's Resolutions: Community Service & Teamwork with Non-Profits

By Evan Jones

I’m a pretty lucky guy. I have been fortunate enough to have had many opportunities made available to me throughout my life; I just had to grab ‘em and work hard to achieve success. I believe our local San Francisco community holds a wealth of untapped potential. It is overflowing with people who have the desire and the ability to work hard, but may simply need someone to open that first door to get them barreling down the road to success. When it comes to giving back to the community, my primary focus has been through opening those doors.

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Phishing 102: The 8 Phishing Scams You Need to Know About

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Phishing 102: The 8 Phishing Scams You Need to Know About

By Hari Subedi

Keyloggers...trojans...session hijackers...Do these worry you? We cover the aforementioned phishing scams along with a couple others you should learn about with tips to avoid falling victim to these attacks. Find out what you can do to protect yourself by reading part 2 of our phishing blog series.

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Phishing 101: Top 5 Ways to Stop Phishing (Plus Google Docs Scam & ID Theft Prevention)

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Phishing 101: Top 5 Ways to Stop Phishing (Plus Google Docs Scam & ID Theft Prevention)

By Hari Subedi

Ever get an email that's too good to be true? An urgent request from your bank for private information? Message from a relative asking to wire some money? Click on link in your inbox you shouldn't have? These everyday examples of phishing & IT security breaches put your company data at risk along with the possibility of identity theft. Here are 5 things you can do prevent phishing from happening to you!

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Work Smart with These 7 Useful Websites

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Work Smart with These 7 Useful Websites

By Hari Subedi

The internet is a vast sea of information, tools, entertainment, news, and more. It is easy to get lost if you do not know exactly what you are looking for. Here are seven handy websites that I have found useful. Hope you will too!

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IT Stories: SFCD's Assistive Technology Lab

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IT Stories: SFCD's Assistive Technology Lab

By Marina Candela

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, but this is the first time I’m seeing mainstream technology have real applications for people with disabilities,” Karen of SFCD explains. She proceeds to show me how she is able to control just about everything in the room, from the fan to the lights, with her voice or the iPad she holds in her hand. The iPad is running several communication applications that allow her to type out simple sentences telling the room what to do. Karen illustrates this by tapping a few buttons on her iPad, causing it to say, “Amazon, turn on the fan.” Sure enough, the fan across the room turns on with a pleasing whir. This is what assistive technology is all about, and it’s pretty incredible.

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Security 102: Malware, Spyware, &amp; Ransomware

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Security 102: Malware, Spyware, & Ransomware

Written by Jason & Marina

If you use a computer, you need to care about malicious software. Malicious software is any piece of code designed to harm a computer system and it has been around for a very long time. Viruses have only become more sophisticated and costly, but there are many options for protecting yourself and your business from attack.  

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