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Think Network Technologies Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

March 29th, 2017 Posted by Awards, Best Practices, Cloud, Community, Data, Desktop, Hosted Services, Services, Staff 0 thoughts on “Think Network Technologies Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®”

Durango, CO, March 29, 2017 – Think Network Technologies announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has added Think to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size.

To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Solution providers that have obtained these elite designations—which enable them to deliver premium products, services and customer support—are then selected from a pool of online applicants.

Technology is evolving at lightning speed and to stay competitive, businesses and organizations require partners that are not just current, but cutting edge.  It is a top priority for Think to ensure staff maintain a strong command on the latest IT solutions. The company illustrates a dedication to training with a technical team rich in certifications from leading IT vendors.  The company encourages its technical team to follow an elite learning path that will continually enhance their skills and knowledge.

“This exclusive, ambitious group of solution providers boasts some of the most advanced IT certifications available from top technology suppliers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “They have adapted impressively to major changes in the IT channel, especially the shift to a more services-driven market, by expanding their skill sets and sharpening both their technical and customer service expertise. Congratulations to our 2017 list, whose robust investment in their organizations has earned them yet another elite designation—the CRN Tech Elite 250.”

“We are grateful to be recognized by CRN and The Channel Company,” says Melissa Glick, CEO of Think Network Technologies. “Our growth and success over the years continues to be fueled by the talented team we have here and their commitment to their craft.  This award validates our promise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.  Our team’s deep level of expertise is a differentiator for Think, and we will continue to invest in training and education that enables our consultants to deliver leading edge solutions to our clients.”

Coverage of the Tech Elite 250 will be featured in the April issue of CRN, and online at www.crn.com/techelite250.

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About Think Network Technologies

Think Network Technologies is a provider of on-premises and cloud solutions for both the private and public sector.  Think excels at delivering technology solutions that optimize productivity, strengthen customer relationships, enhance data sharing and drive profitability.  Since 2002, the family-owned business has become the outsourced IT department and trusted advisor for hundreds of businesses.  With offices in Durango(CO), Denver(CO), Farmington(NM) and Scottsdale(AZ), Think is strategically aligned to better serve the greater Four Corners region. www.thinknettech.com

Copyright ©2017. Think Network Technologies, LLC. All rights reserved.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

Copyright ©2017. The Channel Company, LLC. CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

Let the Think specialists help you and your company! Please contact our sales team at sales@thinknettech.com if you would like our recommendations or a quote.

Think IT Town Hall Helps Locals with Tech Advice

March 17th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Data, Desktop, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Microsoft, Networks, Newsletters, Operating System, Security, Services 1 thought on “Think IT Town Hall Helps Locals with Tech Advice”

Matt Glick and Prudencio Dimas from Think have over three decades of experience in the IT world working side by side with organizations, both large and small, to understand and resolve ongoing IT challenges.  Their understanding of network infrastructure, design and implementation was offered to participants of the TechKnowledge 2017 Conference in a Town Hall forum.  Topics such as servers, backups, disaster recovery, cloud storage, Office 365, virus protection, malware, ransomware, and security best practices were all discussed.  Matt and Prudencio fielded a range of questions but it was obvious what was the most concerning topic among the group.

Ransomware and backups.

The duo talked about best practices when it comes to backups and ransomware for almost an hour with the group. It was a very productive session and their favorite question came from Diana Murray, Manager for ASAP Accounting & Payroll, Inc.  Ms. Murray asked “What are the three most important elements of IT when talking about small business?”  We thought we would summarize their answers below.

1. A layered approach to security:

Matt brought up an older Blog post Think published entitled “Is Your Security Layered Like Your Bean Dip?”  It says you should layer your security like a seven-layer bean dip.  Just one layer at the bottom, and it just not as enticing.  But when you get all those layers, working together, it’s an explosion of excellence!  And even more important, the layered security approach tells us the more hoops a hacker has to jump through, the less likely they are to be successful.

2. Backups are key:

Matt posed a few questions business owners should consider when it comes to their backups.  What kind of backup you have is just as important as what is being backed up.  Is it file level backup?  Do you have a full image?  And, what is your expectation of downtime in the event that you do deal with a server crash?  And, he reminded everyone there to be realists.  Emergencies happen.  So, anticipate that they will happen and be prepared.  Practice.  Exercise your backup recovery process; test and retest it, so you have time to work out the kinks.

3. Standardization:

Prudencio explained IT standardization is a strategy for minimizing IT costs within an organization by keeping hardware and software as consistent as possible and reducing the number of tools you have that address the same basic need. It may take the form of ensuring that every computer has the same operating system, or of purchasing hardware in bulk so that every PC in your office is the same make and model. By streamlining your IT infrastructure, you can simplify decision­ making and minimize purchasing and maintenance costs.

Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for organizing this event for our community and for asking Think to be involved.

Tech Knowledge Conference 2017

February 22nd, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Data, Desktop, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Microsoft, Networks, Newsletters, Operating System, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “Tech Knowledge Conference 2017”

The Durango Chamber of Commerce will host its 3rd Annual Tech Conference on Wednesday, March 15th at the DoubleTree Hotel featuring keynote speaker Jeff Walker.

There will be a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day which include topics about cyber security, email marketing, makerspace, web policies, digital marketing, facebook marketing, hackathon, and much more. Think Network Technologies is a sponsor for the Tech Conference, but they will also be a presenter for one of the breakout sessions.

Matt Glick(CTO) and Prudencio Dimas(Solutions Architect) will be holding an “IT Town Hall” on March 15th from 2:30 – 3:20p in the Silverton/Purgatory room at the DoubleTree Hotel. You’ll be able to ask Think’s senior engineers all your business tech questions about servers, backups, disaster recovery, cloud storage, Office 365, virus protection, malware, ransomware, security best practices, and IT policies.

As CTO of Think Network Technologies, Matt manages network operations, business development and provides guidance to the technical team.  He brings more than 18 years of experience delivering technology solutions to regional private and public sector accounts. Matt has a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology and Environmental Science from Fort Lewis College.  He started his career in Seattle, where he worked for a corporate consulting company and got his start in systems administration.  He pursued further education at Colorado Mountain College for Microsoft Server OS, Directory Services and Architecture; completing MCSE, MCSA and MCP certifications.  He also completed the Cisco CCNA, CCDA and CCNP certification coursework while being employed as a network administrator for a school district in Roaring Fork Valley, CO.  In 2002, Matt returned to Durango to start his own venture, thus the inception of Think Network Technologies.  His understanding of network infrastructure, design and implementation has benefited Think’s customers in finding solutions to fit the business requirements in both smaller and larger environments.

As a Solutions Architect at Think, Prudencio plays a role in nearly all phases of the IT service delivery life cycle, from the initial consultation and needs assessment, to implementation and ongoing solution support. Prudencio got his start as an intern while earning an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology. Prudencio is well rounded with experience ranging from small computer repair shops to networks of five thousand plus endpoints.  His primary focus is on windows systems administration and he carries certifications in Microsoft and Cisco technologies. In 2012, Prudencio left the IT world behind for 6 months of world travel. When he returned, an opportunity with Think brought him to Durango where he works side by side with businesses large and small to understand and resolve ongoing IT challenges.

Please contact Think’s IT specialists at sales@thinknettech.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Technology Disposition

January 17th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Data, Desktop, Devices, E-Waste, Newsletters, Operating System, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “Technology Disposition”

Donate or Recycle Your Electronics, But Don’t Throw it Away!

Donating and recycling your electronics is the best way to help the environment by conserving resources and natural materials. It is critical to make sure you are donating and/or recycling electronics safely and correctly.

Computers, printers and other electronics contain a variety of unsafe and toxic substances, that when discarded improperly can pose risks to our health and the environment. These products are also made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

Contribute your old computers and phones to groups that will fix and clean them and put them back into circulation. Even the oldest computer—something you consider the most obsolete of digital dinosaurs—can probably be used by someone.

 

While it’s great to recycle parts, your old and unwanted gadgets can be incredibly useful to someone else. These non-profits and programs work to refurbish and deliver cellphones and other electronics to those in need.

Call2Recycle: Call2Recycle program is a free and easy way for earth-conscious folks like yourself to get rid of your old batteries and cellphones.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: You can donate your unwanted cellphones to the NCADV, which partners with Cellular Recycler for the collection of used electronics and uses proceeds from refurbished gadgets to help stop domestic violence.

Many local non-profits would be happy to take your old computers, devices, printers and other electronics. The La Plata County Humane Society Thrift Store is one of those non-profits that would gladly take your electronics off your hands.

Another concern is the destruction of all data on any hardware you are disposing. Obviously you do not want any of your data or your customer’s data getting in the wrong hands. Think can wipe sensitive data from your hardware before you choose to donate or recycle it.

Where to Recycle Your Old Electronics?

Can you bring your electronics to any recycling facility? Before you do, you should check to see if your recycling facility has a E-Steward Certified as well as IS14001 Certified because that means they comply with e-waste recycling standards as well as being environmentally responsible. The Durango Recycling Center holds both of those certificates and that’s where Think Network Technologies recycles all of their computers, monitors, devices and other electronics. They only accept e-waste on Saturdays or if you’re a business you have to call to schedule a drop-off.

If you are a client of Think and located within city limits we will pick up your recyclables. We’ll make all the arrangements for you. Please call us at (970)247-1885 if you would like to hear our prices.

Here are some more articles and websites about recycling e-waste.

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

Mashable – 4 Ways to Recycle Your Old Gadgets

PC Mag – How to Recycle Your Technology

E-Stewards for Recyclers

Durango Recycling Center

Let the Think specialists help you and your company! Please contact our sales team at sales@thinknettech.com if you would like our recommendations or a quote.

Volunteering at Manna Soup Kitchen

January 17th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Newsletters, Services, Staff, Volunteer, VTO 0 thoughts on “Volunteering at Manna Soup Kitchen”

Think Gives a Helping Hand

Recently, the ladies at Think Network Technologies put on their aprons, so they could help out the less fortunate at Manna Soup Kitchen. It was a wonderful experience for them, but also an eye opener because we found it really takes a village to make Manna work so well.

The moment you walk into Manna you feel welcomed by everyone. You can tell that the staff truly have a passion for the work they do, especially when you see their clients with big smiles on their faces. It’s a very busy place at Manna, but also warm and pleasant.

 

Chop, Stir, Whip and Mix!

McKenzie is the culinary manager and she was the lead chef while we were there. We all made our introductions brief since we had to get started right away! Kitchen duties were split between the four of us which consisted of slicing onions, cleaning and cutting cauliflower, prepping the salad and mixing the roux for the sauce. There were a few tears (thanks to the onions), some bloodshed (somebody cut their finger!) and a lot of laughter!  It took us a few hours, but we finally finished preparing lunch for the hungry folks waiting in the dining area.

 

Today’s Menu is Brought to you by…

The ladies at Think along with the other volunteers were able to make the following thanks to McKenzie’s guidance:

•Apple Cider Pork

•Blue Cheese Au Gratin Cauliflower

•Power Salad with Lemon Creamy Dressing

•Banana Chip Cake

•Lemon Brownies

After we were done serving everyone, we got to sit down and eat the food that we had prepared… and it was DELICIOUS!

Manna Soup Kitchen Isn’t Just a Soup Kitchen

Manna is so much more than a soup kitchen in our community. In collaboration with The Salvation Army, Manna Soup Kitchen provides vouchers for people in need. Services offered include; thrift store vouchers, haircut vouchers, eye exam referrals,  bus passes, and more.

Solving the immediate problem of hunger is only half of the battle, so in addition to serving wonderful meals seven days a week, Manna is getting to the root cause of hunger by providing a Culinary Job Training program. They are collaborating with SCCC to prepare unemployed, underemployed, and homeless adults for careers in the food service industry.

Thank you for everything you do Manna Soup Kitchen! You help make our community be a wonderful place to live!

Give a Helping Hand and Volunteer

January 9th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Services, Volunteer, VTO 0 thoughts on “Give a Helping Hand and Volunteer”

Volunteering at a Local Non-Profit Can Make a Big Difference

Giving your time to service others is not only beneficial to your community and to the less fortunate, but it can also make a better and happier YOU! There have been many case studies and research about volunteering and how it improves your health and happiness.

Below is a list of local non-profits in the Durango area, but this is only a fraction of the wonderful non-profits within our community. Please give a helping hand to make a difference in someone’s life.

 

Manna’s Soup Kitchen

Manna Soup Kitchen was founded in May, 1985. The previous winter, a woman died from starvation in a horse stall at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango, Colorado. Scrawled on the wall beside her were the words, “nobody cares.” This tragedy resulted in a small group of Christians organizing to provide food for the hungry. In 2015 Manna served over 65,000 meals per year including breakfast, a hot lunch, and hot and cold to-go dinners. With its mission statement of feeding the hungry still the top priority, Manna has expanded its services to the homeless and less fortunate in our community.

Manna Soup Kitchen is appreciative of all our volunteers. We would love to get you on our calendar! To help cook, serve and clean-up from 9-1 seven days a week or to aid Manna in food pick-ups from various establishments, please contact Jason via email, at volunteers.mannasoupkitchen@gmail.com or 970-385-5095 ext. 5., (c) 541-274-1226

 

Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center in Durango, Colorado, advocates for the personal empowerment and economic self-sufficiency of women and families in La Plata County.

Since opening in 1987, the Center has grown from helping 200 women in our first year to expanding the scope of our services and programs to assist more than 1300 individual women and their families each year. Join WRC’s committed corps of volunteers. You’ll meet new people, make new friends and feel great about helping an organization that helps other women. There are a variety of ways you can help. If you have a special talent to offer, please let us know so we can help you find the perfect opportunity.

  • Volunteer at fundraising events such as Men Who Grill or Girls Night Out
  • Become a presenter at the “Girls to Women, Women to Girls” Conference
  • Help out with mailings and provide other office support

To volunteer please contact Christy Schaerer at 247-1242 or email her programs@wrcdurango.org.

 

Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club provide a fun, safe place that kids can call their own, where they are inspired to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Being a member of the Boys & Girls Club satisfies the age-old desire of young people to have a “club” of their own. The Club’s door is open to girls and boys when they need a fun, safe place to go.

The Club has full-time professional leadership supplemented by part-time workers and volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club, please contact Kelsey Bonar at 970.375.0010 (ext. 4) or email: kelsey@bgclaplata.org

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

Play sports or games together. Go on a hike. Read books. Help with homework. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?

Think you want to be a Big Brother or Big Sister in either our Community-based or School-based programs? Please contact our office at info@bbig.org or 970-247-3720

 

Adaptive Sports Association

Join Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) and our extensive team of volunteers for another winter season on the snow working with people with disabilities. We will train intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders to teach adaptive snow sports. No previous experience with ski/snowboard instruction or with disabilities is necessary. The benefits of volunteering are significant, including:

  • FREE ski improvement clinics
  • Improved skills to help people with disabilities enjoy the experience of winter snow sports
  • Discounted skiing at Purgatory Resort
  • Generous discounts at a number of local businesses
  • Pro (discounted) deals on ski equipment.

Come and help ASA offer adaptive programs and outdoor summer programming to individuals with disabilities, as well as their friends and families.

We also include adaptive sports for kids! During the summer season, volunteers are needed to assist with regularly scheduled whitewater rafting, flat-water canoeing, lake kayaking, cycling and camping. Other activities will include rock climbing, water-skiing, and sailing. No experience is necessary and we provide all training.

For more information, please contact our office at 970-259-0374 or e-mailing program@asadurango.com.

 

Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels Program helps sustain dozens of home-bound seniors and their caregivers within our communities. Thanks to our hundreds of volunteers, hot meals are delivered to the homes of seniors within the delivery zone Monday through Friday.  Frozen meals are also available for the weekends or to those people outside of the delivery boundaries.  Monday through Friday Meals on Wheels are the same meals served at the Senior Centers in each community.

 Durango Meals on Wheels Delivery Areas:

Durango City Limits

South: Bodo Park/Colorado Hwy 3

West: Intersection of Wildcat Canyon Rd.West Hwy 160

East: Florida Road/Timberline Drive

North: Hermosa/where the tracks cross the highway

Call the Food Service Manager at (970) 382-6435 for more information or to sign-up for Meals On Wheels delivery.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat helps families of low and moderate incomes become homeowners by building and partnering in the creation of affordable housing. HFHLPC also builds community partnerships that promote spiritual values and individual responsibility. The Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County is proud to be a local builder for 20 years, securing affordable homes of 39 since 1994. Join us as we celebrate 20 years of existence serving our local community and economy.

If you’re interested then fill out their online form here.

Four Corners Alliance for Diversity

To create a safe, welcoming and empowering community for all LGBTQ+ people.
The Four Corners Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Diversity works to promote equality and social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people in the Four Corners area. We provide education, information, support, community outreach as well as special events and activities for the community.
Four Corners Alliance for Diversity is always looking for volunteers who would like to contribute their time and talents. Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, are a local business leader/organization and would like to present a workshop/seminar, become a champion and advocate who would like to campaign for a local issue, or you would like to volunteer for an upcoming event. And, we love new ideas, so let us know what inspires you and what you’d like to share with the group!

Call 970-385-7202 or fill out the online form to start volunteering!

 

Durango Trails 2000

Trails 2000 is your local trails non profit connecting you to the outdoors. We plan, build and maintain trails, educate trail users and encourage connectivity on road, path and trail. The leaders behind the Silver and Gold Levels Bicycle Friendly Durango; the Commuter Challenge, SMART 160 trail and the Chapman Hill Bike Park Project, we are involved in all elements of connectivity. But your support is vital as all of our trailwork happens only due to the generous help of volunteers. We care for all types of trails: hike, bike or horse and we encourage everyone to join in. Our group is very involved in the community and in trail planning from singletrack to bike paths. We’ve been working on planning connections for over twenty years!

Please call (970)259-4682 or go here.

Music in the Mountains

For over 30 years, Music in the Mountains has produced an exceptional summer music festival with musicians of the highest caliber. We have entertained, educated and delighted audiences with the richness of classical music, and complemented concerts with year-round educational programs for youth.

Join the thousands of music enthusiasts who support the performing arts by becoming part of the Music in the Mountains summer festival. You will meet wonderful people, make new friends and share in our mission to entertain, educate and delight audience with the richness of classical music. We appreciate our dedicated volunteers and have opportunities available throughout the year.

Click here for an application

 

The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado

The Garden Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has been growing a healthier community in Southwest Colorado since 1998. We provide resources and services to schools and organizations interested in starting or enhancing a garden program. Services include program facilitation, on-site consultation, sharing tools and educational materials, and general support services. Garden programs include building raised beds and compost bins, transplanting seedlings, mending the soil, companion planting, and integrating the garden with school curriculum.

Volunteers are an integral part of The Garden Project.  Every year volunteers provide over 1,500 hours of time at our school and community gardens. Volunteers are welcome at upcoming garden dayscommunity events, or are welcome to create their own volunteer opportunities.

Fill out the online form here!

 

Durango Fire & Rescue

In 2015, Durango Fire Rescue responded to 4831 calls including a vast array of medical emergencies, structure fires, vehicle accidents, water rescues, hazardous materials spills, automatic fire alarms, wildland fires, and technical rescues and searches. Our organization provides these services through the work of 160 dedicated members, comprised of volunteer firefighters and medics, full-time firefighters and medics, part time and contractual employees, and an administrative staff; all who are focused on providing the quickest, most effective, and best service for our community.
In addition to emergency call response, our fire prevention bureau provides many services for the community. Our members interact with thousands of La Plata County citizens from the very young to the elderly, and everyone in between through programs and services such as: code enforcement, inspections, plan reviews for construction, fire alarm and fire suppression system inspections, burn permits, and community education and fire prevention. Our goals are simple: provide high quality public safety and community service, to improve the quality of life in our community and help make it a safer place to live.

Click here for more information on volunteering.

Click here to fill out the volunteer application.

 

La Plata County Search & Rescue

La Plata County Search & Rescue is a non-profit organization under the direction of the La Plata County Sheriff’s office. They are run by an elected board of officers and the county emergency services director. Since they are a non-profit, nearly all of their funding comes from grants, donations, and fund raising (primarily our annual pancake breakfast during the Snowdown festival).

LPCSAR mission is to provide unpaid professionals who are trained and dedicated with necessary equipment, knowledge and resources to assist the La Plata County Sheriff’s Department in search and rescue operations and public safety in back-country and technical settings.

You must submit legible copies of your current First Aid, CPR, and CORSAR card or Hunting/Fishing license and $12 dues with your application in order to consider your application complete.

Click here to become a member/volunteer.

 

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

In 1972 a group of 36 riders decided to celebrate the first run of the train in the spring by accepting the challenge. It’s been all up hill since then. In 41 years the Iron Horse has become one of the classic bicycle events in the West. Durango is centrally located between Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. The Iron Horse is an ideal early summer meeting of the riders from each of these cycling centers as they attempt to bring home the glory to their own communities. In recent years the participants have come from every state and many foreign countries to ride the famed Iron Horse course. Each year hundreds of riders will feel the thrill of descending into Silverton and looking to see if the train has arrived. And familiar faces will be there, as many people come back year after year to the “best race we have around.”

If you want to volunteer e-mail us at volunteer@ironhorsebicycleclassic.com

 

Friends of the Durango Public Library

“The purpose of this organization shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in books and libraries; to focus public attention on library services, facilities and needs; to accept donations of books, magazines, desirable collections, endowments, bequests and money; and to engage in fundraising activities on behalf of the library.”

The FRIENDS sponsor year-round programs for adults, children and teens.  We provide funding for the annual Literary Festival and its guest authors.  We help the Durango small business community through workshops. We have purchased toddler-friendly computers for the Children’s library. Everywhere you go in our library you’ll encounter FRIENDS’ contributions, big and small!

Would you like to be a FRIENDS bookseller at our Book Store? Or maybe volunteer at one of our quarterly book sales?  Contact Rose at 970-382-0875 or rosen@bresnan.net

d*cat (Durango Community Access Television)

DCAT can always use volunteers. You’re needed because you have a skill. Whether it’s organizing a show, helping with a fundraiser, community outreach, editing or running a camera, you can do something others can’t.   You have abilities that community groups and charities need.

You provide a unique experience and insight to a group or organization. Offering your thoughts and opinions can be as useful as any technical expertise. At DCAT, one of our strongest features is the diversity of our people -volunteers, board, and staff.  Non-Profit organizations and community groups rely on help from the community to achieve their goals.

Contact us at dcat@dcat.tv or 259-2802

 

La Plata County Humane Society

LPCHS is a nonprofit organization created to enhance the quality of life in our community by encouraging the humane treatment of animals. Our philosophy is to preserve the lives of the animals entrusted to us.

The Humane Society was created to provide shelter for homeless animals, to rescue animals in distress, to assist in the investigation and prosecution of reported cruelty and abuse, to attempt to find homes for unwanted animals, and to encourage kindness and responsibility toward all living things through humane education.

Please contact Carolyn Bollinger, Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@lpchumanesociety.org or call (970) 259-2847 x.109

 

Spring Creek Horse Rescue

Spring Creek Horse Rescue is celebrating its 40th year. We are a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization located near Durango, Colorado, in the beautiful southwest corner of the state. We are dedicated to providing a second chance for abused, neglected, outgrown and unwanted equines of all breeds. We are a 100% anti-slaughter rescue that emphasizes the rehabilitation and placement of horses into loving, forever homes.

Volunteering for a horse rescue can be both physically and emotionally difficult but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. Helping a horse go from near starvation to a happy, healthy home can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. And, the best part is you only need two things help, a big heart and a willingness to help. Our organization has an on-going need for volunteers with a variety of skills. Opportunities range from tasks like cleaning out stalls and office work to professional marketing and horse trainers.

Ph: (970) 884-4425
Email: springcreekhorserescue@yahoo.com

 

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

10 trends to watch for in 2017

10 trends to watch for in 2017

January 5th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Data, Desktop, Devices, Newsletters, Operating System, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “10 trends to watch for in 2017”

Smart machines are getting smarter, and a new IT reality has dawned.

The machines are rising. Artificial intelligence (AI) has proven it’ll be no fun at a party, having taken down the world’s best player at the difficult strategy game Go. If that makes you anxious, good news: virtual reality (VR) is being used by doctors to help patients with anxiety. We live in interesting times, so what’s going to be especially interesting to watch this year?

so what’s going to be especially interesting to watch this year

So what’s going to be especially interesting to watch this year

 

1. Security concerns increase

The only novelty in this prediction is where the danger is coming from: increased reliance on IoT means more breaches of security and privacy.

2. AI and consumer experience

Even big players are only scratching the surface when it comes to using machine-learning to improve customer service. Look for:

  • Much more personalized customer interaction
  • More social presence
  • Immediate answers to consumer queries

3. Better cross-browser compatibility

Less sexy than AI but fundamental, W3C (world wide web consortium) specification, and (maybe) better JavaScript libraries could see cross-browser compatibility issues become a thing of the past. Good news if your business does business online.

4. Increased VR activity

Who doesn’t want to be in VR when it’s new and shiny and has applications as far-ranging as therapy and gaming? Microsoft, Facebook, and Google have put a waterfall of money into VR, but it’s the startups you want to watch. Will VR be the cornerstone of the next Microsoft or Apple?

5. Mobile grows

By 2020, 70% of the world’s population will have a smartphone. If you’re still asking mobile browsers to pinch and squeeze, it’s time to act.

By 2020, 70% of the world’s population will have a smartphone

By 2020, 70% of the world’s population will have a smartphone

6. No more money for IT

You can watch the rise of AI and VR, but this might not be the year you get to invest in them. Spiceworks, a network of IT professionals, -has surveyed the IT world and confirmed that IT budgets will be flat (or down) in 2017, and they’re not expecting to take on new employees, either.

7. Laptops eating desktops’ narrow lead

Consumers have long bought more laptops than desktops. Now, companies are budgeting more for laptops, bringing the budgets for both to par according to Spiceworks’ network data and surveys.

8. Windows 10 business adoption to exceed 70%

Over 10 weeks in 2015, 11% of organizations said yes to Microsoft’s offer of a free Windows 10 upgrade. By halfway through last year, 40% were onboard. The trend line suggests 73% of organizations will be using Windows 10 by July.

9. “Cloud first” strategies will drive adoption of Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 offers improved virtualization features, better security, more advanced software-defined storage functionality, and better integration with popular cloud services. That will drive adoption, although it won’t be until Windows Server 2008 reaches end-of-life in 2020 that its successor will dominate.

10. Don’t hold your breath for OS upgrades

Flat budgets will mean delays in upgrading operating systems. More than half of businesses are running at least one copy of Windows XP somewhere, despite it reaching end-of-life in 2014.

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Start the year on a secure note

Start the Year on a Secure Note

January 5th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Data, Desktop, Devices, Newsletters, Operating System, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “Start the Year on a Secure Note”

9 hardware and software vulnerabilities you should address now.

Research from Spiceworks, a network of IT professionals, highlighted more than 70% of respondents rated security as their top concern for 2017. Here are nine things that should be keeping you up at night…

70% of respondents rated security as their top concern

70% of respondents rated security as their top concern

 

Aging hardware

Sure, software is the greater risk, but many hardware vulnerabilities are software-based. Older equipment is often without built-in security features like:

  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) with Secure Boot
  • Self-healing basic input/output system (BIOS)
  • Pre-boot authentication (PBA)
  • Self-encrypting drives

That’s why you should be auditing and planning to remove:

  • Computers with conventional BIOS, because they can’t run Secure Boot, which helps to prevent malware loading during the boot process.
  • Computers without pre-boot authentication or a trusted platform module (TPM), which stop the operating system from loading until the user enters authentication information, such as a password.
  • Old routers, which can have serious vulnerabilities.
  • Drives that don’t self-encrypt. Self-encrypting drives (SEDs) need a password (in addition to the OS login password), and the technology automatically encrypts and decrypts data on the drive.

On a side note, old drives leave you vulnerable in another way: you could lose data when they fail, which they will.

you could lose data when they fail, which they will

You could lose data when they fail, which they will

Tired software

Getting your hardware straight will almost always involve spending money, but fixing up software could be as simple as running those free updates you never got around to. Here’s what to look at:

  • Unpatched or out-of-date operating systems: Windows XP has been beyond its support period for nearly three years but is still running all over the world despite there being no updates, no technical assistance, and limited efficacy with anti-virus. And old operating systems always have fewer security features than new ones.
  • Unpatched or out-of-date productivity software: It’s highly risky to run unpatched versions of Microsoft Office, especially older versions like Office 2002, Office 2003, and Office 2007. They can give a hacker access to the rest of a system, with particularly catastrophic consequences if the user has administrative privileges.
  • Legacy custom applications: If running an old version of Office is a risk, imagine the danger of running legacy custom software, particularly if you’re no longer doing business with the vendor (or the vendor is no longer in business). When your legacy software was being coded, the vendor probably wasn’t thinking of the sort of security attacks that are common today.
  • Unpatched web browsers: No browser is entirely free of security vulnerabilities. Common vulnerabilities include URL spoofing, cross-site scripting, injection attacks, exploitable viruses, buffer overflow, ActiveX exploits, and many more. Always, always run the most recent version.
  • Out-of-date plug-ins: Everybody loves a plug-in, but they have a high potential for disaster, especially if you’re not running the latest versions.

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Specialists vs Generalists

December 16th, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Data, Hosted Services, Internet, Networks, Newsletters, Operating System, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “Specialists vs Generalists”
The best IT services providers are specialists, not generalists.   Whether their specialty is an industry or a type of service, specialization gives them the knowledge to serve as experts in the field.  Their expertise gives credibility and confidence to the customer, immediately.  Specialists, are experienced, usually identify the issues faster and anticipate problems better, and bring a wealth of knowledge they’ve gleaned from similar clients. (Swift, 2016)

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No more passwords in 2017?

December 8th, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Data, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Newsletters, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “No more passwords in 2017?”
Yahoo!’s disclosure that hackers might have vacuumed up the passwords of as many as half a billion users lit the floodlights on two gaping issues in IT:

  1. Passwords run out of steam well before they cross the goal line of today’s security needs
  2. Sometimes you don’t even know they’re gone, which means you’re vulnerable without realizing it

Wakefield Research recently surveyed IT decision makers and found out that 69% will probably do away with passwords completely in the next five years.

The finding of the report wasn’t surprising, nor were the insights that IT professionals are despairing of evergreen problems:

  • Users “securing” their accounts with passwords a child could guess, let alone a script kiddie driving any of a dozen tools available for free download
  • Users recycling the same password for different accounts so that one crack exposes many systems. And it’s especially galling for IT when the breach of its system is the result of a breakdown of a system beyond its control, such as all the systems now at risk because Yahoo! customers used the same password for Yahoo! as for their work access.

Time and place a user is requesting access and deciding if it’s in keeping with that person’s usual behavior

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