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If you don’t follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, you missed all of these items we thought were interesting.

Crotchety Olde Geek #6: Why mobile apps are free; you’re probably no more careful with your data than Target is:

Wait up, #Google! Now thanks to #Atlas, #Facebook advertisers can follow you everywhere, too. Oh, goody!:

Adorable robot cheerleaders have a ball. Until their eyes are replaced with lasers and they turn on us:

Free Webinar from Simplex-IT! Managing Your Email in Outlook 2013:

Make your cloud safer: How to enable two-factor authentication for the most popular cloud services:

Ok, so a tiny robot learns to fly a real plane. But can it do it to a Kenny Loggins soundtrack?

First chapter of Groups in #Office365:

Simplex-IT’s Sept Lunchinar: Servers in the Cloud – Buying Service vs. Buying Boxes now online:

Threat from within: Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says:

Best Practices for Windows #Server2003 End-of-Support Migration: Part 3:

Is it *really* such a bad idea to use a password twice?

Office Lens: Free #WindowsPhone App Lets You Capture Notes, Paper Documents, save them in #OneNote:

Home, yes…Kansas, no: #Microsoft Introduces the New #Office365 Home Page:

New Record!! Home Depot breach totals: 56 million credit cards exposed, $62 million in losses:

Microsoft Dumping ‘Office on Demand’ for #Office365 . Is #Azure Remote App coming soon?:

Free Simplex-IT Lunchinar: “When Do You Know Your IT is Obsolete?”

The Art of #SQL Performance Tuning:

#Microsoft To Unveil #Windows9 ‘Technical Preview’ 30 September:

#Apple adds two-step verification for #iCloud (sorta), effective immediately:

#Office365 news round-up:

Best Practices for Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Migration: Part 2:

Thar’s Gold in them thar old servers! Man buys old servers, accuses Ernst & Young of data breach:

Jeff Buskirk, Simplex-IT tech, featured in National College’s news:

I run Windows…just…Windows: Report: Microsoft Dumping ‘Windows Phone’ and ‘Nokia’ Branding:

Microsoft Boosts OneDrive with 10GB File Uploads, Folder Link Sharing:

Brandon King returns to Simplex-IT after a 3 month hiatus as a Google apprentice:

Seriously, Tim Cook says #Apple *does* care about #iCloud Security. But is that enough? [POLL]:

This is your brain. This is your brain on social media. Any questions?:

How far would your sysadmins go to fix a problem? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]:

Best Practices for Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Migration: 

Grasp the Business Value of a Complete SQL Server Health Check:

Free deployment of #Office365 by #Microsoft for new customers with over 150 seats:

#Microsoft is finally beating itself!! Yea!! Windows 8 Use Overtakes #XP Worldwide:

Free training, Windows 9, lunchinars, webinars and ice water.  Simplex-IT’s September eNewsletter is now online:

Faster Cat videos!! Google Ratchets Up Quantum Computing Efforts:

Game of drones: Google readies Project Wing against Amazon’s Prime Air:

If you don’t follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, you missed all of these items we thought were interesting.

Ok, you didn’t exactly miss all of these items (after all, we’re listing them here).  But you had to wait an entire month.  Wow.

Bits Blog: Police, Pedestrians and the Social Ballet of Merging: The Real Challenges for Self-Driving Cars:

Google, Europe told you to remove my wicked past…A Legal Right to Be Forgotten? It’s Easier Ruled Then Done:

Why did #Microsoft buy #Skype? How about Real-Time Translation during a call:

The Garage Series for Office 365: Achieving the ‘impossible’ to extend SharePoint using the new app model:

Oh, goody. iPads and iPhones are vulnerable to Ransomware too:

5 tips to make your Facebook account safer [UPDATED]:

Google’s vision: ads on cars, refrigerators, watches, thermostats, and yes, glasses. Anyone surprised?:

The Apple-ization of Microsoft’s New Surface Pro 3:

New take on Smart Fashion: My T-Shirt Told Me to Take a Chill Pill:

Microsoft’s 15 minute Office webinar next Tuesday: 5 steps to a better PowerPoint:

10 reasons businesses need a strategy for the Internet of Things now:

The Garage Series for #Office365: Under the Hood with Information Security and Compliance:

eBay’s turn to confess having suffered a password breach:

Another excuse not to work out: Fitness apps are a “privacy nightmare”, shedding personal data to the world:

Some chest beating (somewhat deserved) from Microsoft about #Office365 progress:

Yup, ransomware for your #Android. “police warning” ransomware – how to avoid it, and what to do if you get caught:

Finally! #Lync App Arrives for Android Tablets. #Office365

Google opens up Glass to the US masses for $1,500 a pair…Oh, goody…or not?

The Garage Series for #Office365: Updates for admins and first look at upcoming shared computer support:

Simplex-IT’s Bob Coppedge quoted in CRN article about Sophos Phasing Out UTM Appliances For New Platform

Ransomware. It’s not just for unprotected PC’s. Android’s can share the love, too.

Microsoft is serious about expanding #Lync functionality for #Android Devices #Office365:

Is Apple finally getting real about security? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO] from #Sophos:

#Microsoft cybersecurity report: 70% decline in severe security vulnerabilities, but it’s not all good news:

“Office for Android Beats Google Drive Hands Down” – and It’s Free!

Device Security: “The Internet of (unsecure) Things”

The unsung hero of #Office365: Microsoft #Lync: 10 Ways To Do More

Tech support scammers replacing Nigerian Princes:

The Garage Series for #Office365: Enhancing online file sharing and storage with OneDrive for Business


Bob CoppedgeBob here.  I was corralled into taking part in an online discussion about using LinkedIn for Business purposes.

As you know, we here at Simplex-IT rely on LinkedIn (and other methods) to get our message out.  And I think we’ve been pretty successful at it.

It won’t just be me.  I’ll be joined by Chuck Hester (Chief Connections Officer, Chuck Hester Enterprises) and Jim Ray (President, Neuse Networks) as presenters.

This will happen on Thursday, May 22nd from noon to 1pm (Eastern).  It’s free, online (you’ll need Skype), but you’ll need to register.

Interested?  Click here.

If you’re not paying attention to our FaceBook, Twitter or LinkedIn account, here’s what you missed in the past month:

Yeah, Office365 is mentioned. But the key ingredient here? Jet Packs. Freakin’ Jet Packs.

OneDrive Storage increases to 1TB per user!

Is Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Catching Up?:

A Clear ad for Dell and Intel, but a decent overview of Flash and SSD storage technologies.

Latest in a nice Series about advanced use of Office365: New user experiences with Groups, attachments and mail

Office365 News Round-Up

A behind the scenes of Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri (links in article go deeper)

Cool article from new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about “Data Culture.” Gives some insights where MS is heading.

Nice article about new Office Online features:


Yup, and hopefully for the better.

We’ve been putting out our eNewsletter for about 6 years or so.  And I gotta confess, I’m pretty proud of it.  We haven’t changed it a lot.  The content is almost all generated by Simplex-IT folks, and we try to steer clear of the sales-heavy propaganda stuff (except where we think there’s a good value).

It’s worked pretty well.  I think we’ve got one of the best eNewsletters in the business.

So let’s make it better.

We knew that by generating everything ourselves we were ignoring content that we thought would be valuable, even if it wasn’t (gasp!) created by us.

But we didn’t want to load the eNewsletter with that stuff.

So we started something new this month.  And I’d really like to get some feedback about this.

We started posting on various social media, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn articles and pieces from various sources several times a week (almost daily, actually).

We posted an additional 12 or so articles (or links to articles) that we thought were interesting.  Some were product specific (new Office Online features  Some were marketing pieces that we thought were still interesting (Dell/Intel’s overview of Flash/SSD storage technology  Still other articles were more about business changes (Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella’s article about “Data Culture”

Most of these never hit our blog.  If we just wanted to point to the article, we just pushed it via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  A couple articles we actually added a couple of paragraphs as an introduction and then the article summary in the blog (with full permission by the original authors, btw).

So if you want to keep up with us (and seriously, who wouldn’t want that<g>?!), you should Follow, Friend and Like us.  And encourage your friends to do the same.

Hey, that’s what friends do, right?

This year’s presentation from Simplex-IT on Social Media features Amanda Kleinhenz from Akhia Public Relation and Marketing Communications, experts at successfully delivering corporate messaging through innovative idea generation.

Facilitated and assisted by our very own Bob Coppedge, Amanda discusses how to align your organization’s Social Media strategy with business goals, key audiences, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Mobile and Digital Strategies. If your company uses, or is thinking about using Social Media, this is one presentation you won’t want to miss!

So click on the link below, get some popcorn, put your feet up and enjoy the show! Have any questions? Contact our presenters directly at Akhia – 330.463.5650 – or Simplex-IT – 234.380.1277. We look forward to hearing from you!

Unless you just crawled out from under a rock you are undoubtedly familiar with Social Media. Chances are you are already engaged with at least some of the major ones – Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, just to name a few. But are you maximizing your investment in Social Media by fully integrating it with your traditional marketing? Learn the answer at Simplex-IT’s next free Lunchinar!

In today’s fast paced, media-filled world it’s imperative that we take every opportunity to capture our clients’ attention and interact with them in ways that constantly reinforce our marketing message. No one knows this better than our co-presenter, Amanda Kleinhenz, Social Media Strategist with Akhia Public Relations and Marketing Communications. In business since 1996 with marketing campaigns whose responses regularly number in the millions, Akhia has their finger firmly on the pulse of both Social Media and traditional marketing. This will be an invaluable presentation for anyone wanting to maximize the effectiveness of their messaging!

As always, there will be plenty of time for questions.

Simplex-IT’s popular monthly Lunchinars are always free, open to all and focused on sharing information. And, as a bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of Microsoft Office 2013 and Windows 8 to two lucky attendees. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that?

Where:                Hattie’s Café, 164 N. Main Street, Hudson

When:                  July 17, 2013, from 11:30am-1:00pm


Seating is limited! To reserve yours, call 234.380.1277, email, call 234.380.1277 or go to . Come join the fun!­­­

Extra! Extra! Extra!

We will once again be webcasting this LIVE event using Microsoft Lync. It’s free and it’s easy. If you can’t make the lunchinar in person but would like to listen in from the comfort and convenience of your office, contact us at the above numbers and we’ll send the details on how you can connect.

Since FaceBook’s near-disastrous initial stock offering last year, the social media giant has been struggling to regain its supremacy in the social media world.  Simplex-IT has just uncovered what their “next big thing” is, and their secret plan for introducing it to the world using a hit NBC show.  And we’ve got the audio proof (see the links below)!

And it’s, well, it’s unusual.  At first glance FaceBook is actually moving back in time with their offering, and getting into the publishing service.  They’re essentially going to be offering a hard copy subscription edition of FaceBook.

fb^2Yup, that’s right.  The new service, tentatively titled “FB^2” or “FB Squared” (for “FaceBook Book,” get it?) will deliver each month a hardcopy-magazine style copy of all of the updates added by the subscribers and their “friends.”  This magazine (we tried getting our hands on a prototype but couldn’t) will include advertising similar to ads found online with FaceBook, but with a QR code, allowing the reader to use their mobile phone to quickly look up the ad.  Companies already advertising on FaceBook will get first crack at FB^2 ads for free, although we’re sure there will be a charge added before too long.

Our first thought was “who in their right mind…?” but after a while it became clear.  Think about it for a moment:

  • No risk of virus or lost or corrupted data
  • No hacking
  • No identity theft
  • Finally a FaceBook that appeals to the Amish!

How’d we hear about it?  Without going into details Simplex-IT got a hold of the audio of one of the final online meetings detailing the final details of the product.  Here’s the lifted audio of an unnamed Product Manager making his pitch:

Product Portion of FB Discussion

And then we thought about the “retro” appeal.  Think of all the things that are “out of style” that find their way back.  Music, fashion, hairstyles to name a few.  Think technology is immune?  Think again, the LP industry is making a mini-comeback, with many industry artists putting out their works on vinyl.

And if you’re ever offline or without power, you can sit down and open up your FaceBook.  Excuse me, your FB^2.

And that’s where NBC comes in.  NBC, which is desperate for anything even approaching good ratings, has the closest thing to a hit in the series “Revolution.”  The basis for the show is pretty simple.  From NBC’s web site:  What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure…a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology – computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights – has mysteriously blacked out forever.

(Big Spoiler alert for those watching the show!)

A big part of that show is how one of the characters, “General Monroe,” went from being a Marine soldier to leader of one of the country’s largest militias.

In an upcoming episode (scheduled to be broadcast Monday April 8th) it will be revealed that Monroe has a subscription to FB^2 and recognized the importance of maintaining the “fabric of the social media that once made this country great” (a line from the show).  In the show, Monroe and several of his Marine friends raided Post Offices throughout the area and grabbed all of the FB^2 issues that were just about to be released.  Having controlled the market of the now-hardcopy only social media updates, they essentially became the only social media game in town.  And with knowledge comes power.

Here’s the part of the discussion dealing with how that will work:  Part 2 of discussion dealing with FB Squared and NBC

It seems the placement won’t end there.  It looks like the rebels seeking to end Monroe’s tyranny are going to fight fire with fire, and will be developing their own Facebook (FB^3, anyone?) as a counter to Monroe’s monopoly.

We’ve also heard about an audio book version, with William Shatner (TV’s Star Trek) being the narrator.

Once again, as he has done at the beginning of every year, Simplex-IT’s Bob Coppedge dusted off his magical crystal ball and peered into the future. Nearly 30 attendees of our January Lunchinar listened as he discussed his prognostications of the emerging IT technologies  he believes will have an impact on small-to-medium businesses in the coming year.

We are pleased to report that presentation is now available on our YouTube channel for you to enjoy from the privacy and comfort of your office.  Just click on the thumbnail below, kick up your feet and take a magic carpet ride with Bob. It’ll be just like you were there – except you won’t get to enjoy the free lunch! Enjoy!

The next time you get a notification from Facebook that says a friend has tagged you in a picture, be careful. It could be a trap!

Normally, Facebook’s email notifications tell you which friend has tagged you in a picture. In this particular case, you are prompted to view the photo in an attachment to the email. Don’t do it! It’s a ZIP file containing malware that allows hackers to gain your control over Windows-operated computers.

Get the whole story, including an image of the fake email, here. Forewarned is forearmed.

Be careful. It’s a jungle out there!