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“The Importance of National Cyber Security” by Anissa Castro-Stopher on August 3, 2015

I took an interest in Information Technology mid –January of 2010 when I was stationed in Doha, Qutar on an overseas assignment for the Air Force. I became accustomed to the IT Cyber Security sect associated with the U.S. Military and U.S. National Defense agencies in only 5 months.  So what does it take to keep our nation safe from cyber-attacks and threats? Securing our nation’s technological infrastructure involves comprehensive actions to help blanket and monitor our nation’s information from potential cyber-attacks. These actions include extensive technology to help combat those potential threats.   The Cyberspace Policy Review was set… Read More

“The Proof is in the Pudding” by Gabriel Majalca on August 3, 2015

If you’re looking to simplify and automate datacenter hardware management but not sure which virtual appliance is best, look no further than the cold, hard facts. In April 2015, an independent technology assessment lab known as Principled Technologies, released a report detailing the performance benefits of the Lenovo XClarity Administrator on a Flex solution to the Cisco UCS Manager on a UCS solution. A smooth running data center will have reduced complexities and saved valuable administrator time and labor. In the four case scenarios PT tested, Lenovo XClarity proved superior in all categories by providing significant time saving advantages over… Read More

“How well are you arming your customers?” by Marlene Gonzales on August 3, 2015

What would you do if you lost all of your data from the work you did today? What about all you’ve done this week, this month or even this year? We don’t think about those things on a daily basis until something unfortunate happens to us. Every business needs a backup plan and scary enough, I’ve learned only about 48 percent of business have a plan in place. And of those 48 percent, only 10 percent have actually tested the recovery plan for a real life disaster. Most people think of only natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Read More

“Demanding Deep Dive” by Joe Estok on August 3, 2015

I recently decided to jump into the deep-end and came over to Better Direct. And I am glad I did so… Have you ever felt like not getting up and coming to work in the morning? I don’t! Have you ever felt like your ideas are not be entertained? I don’t! Have you ever felt like another sheep in the herd? I don’t!   My hard work and effort here at Better Direct does not go unnoticed. My ideas will always be entertained and the endless questions I have will always be answered “Chelsea”. Here we work as one to… Read More

“PC in a Dongle for Less Than $130?” by Scott Kane on August 3, 2015

Just when you thought “What’s Next”? Lenovo is making it easier for the traveler. Lenovo is releasing its Ideacentre Stick 300 that plugs into the HDMI port in your television. It is a personal computer in a dongle. This new device can be used while traveling by plugging into the HDMI ports of televisions.   The device comes with a Z3735F Processor and is pre-installed with Windows 8.1. This will be available soon from Lenovo.com, which offers web browsers and desktop applications. The Ideacentre stick has one up on competition, because it is a complete PC in a stick.  … Read More

“Welcome to Life Changes” by Marlene Gonzales on August 3, 2015

Through tough times in life, we realize that we have to make changes, or continue beating ourselves down. Some do it with a simple move, and others take a leap of faith going in to the unknown. I’ve gone to the unknown, but have done so defiantly. I learned quickly that doesn’t always work out as we hope.   In my career I’ve learned that what matters most, is building relationships and trust with my clients. I always remember the person who took care of me best. Building on prior business relationships, I decided to pursue a career at Better… Read More

“Cell phone faltering?” by Scott Kane on August 3, 2015

I recently began having problems with cell phone coverage after moving into a home with a radiant barrier. The radiant barrier helps keep the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, however, it dramatically impacted my cell phone reception. I couldn’t take it anymore and I decided to do something about it.   I looked into resolving this issue by installing a cell phone booster for the home and ended up buying the zBoost. This will work if you are already getting some sort of a signal. I was getting 1 bar on my cell phone. After… Read More

“Changing the World One Student at a Time” by Gabriel Majalca on August 3, 2015

How well is instruction being delivered in today’s classroom? It wasn’t that long ago that the success of schools and educational organizations were measured by how well they retained teachers. Tenure was the lay of the land. Today, that is no longer the case. Modern education is based off the abilities and test scores of the students and information technology (IT) plays the most integral part of raising the next generation. In the past, IT funding for schools wasn’t very popular, but children of today live in technology. IT in modern education is the future. Super intendents and school boards… Read More

“Exam Fear, its Alive!” by Gabriel Majalca on August 3, 2015

Test phobia, is something I think most of us go through at some point in our lives. No matter how old I get, I still experience this dreadful feeling on some level. The night before, bad sleep. The morning of, no appetite. In this industry you can pretty much count on this feeling once a quarter. In my new role as account manager at Better Direct, the position requires me to become proficient in key areas of the business. In my latest bout with test phobia, I tackled the Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing exam (DCUCI) in my journey… Read More

“Internet Predators and the Importance of Virus Protection” by Anissa R. Castro-Stopher on August 3, 2015

Having been new to the technology world in 2010, I decided to purchase my first desktop [PC] through the Apple website online.  The assigned sales representative made it a point to provide me with an effective solution that covered all the requirements I had including work, study, and everyday functions. He then stated that Apple had top notch data encryption that made me less acceptable to data breaches and viruses, without the purchase of security software. That got me convince that I would be protected and I was sold.   It held up like a champ for about 4 year,… Read More

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