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Burnt Orange Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts Talk About Windows End Of Life… Are You Ready?

The Trusted team at Burnt Orange Solutions are located in the Saskatoon computers Category.

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WINDOWS END OF LIFE…ARE YOU READY?

Our Saskatoon IT Tips are from the Trusted professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions.  We promise to have a one-hour response time for all your Saskatoon IT support needs. Honesty and respect are important to us. In our latest  IT Expert tip Article, we discuss the imminent Windows end of life and what happens if you aren’t prepared.

Windows End Of Life.

Let’s start off with the news that the much-loved Windows 7 operating system has now less than 1 year of life left in it.

On January 13th, 2020 Microsoft will cease to provide any further updates or security patches for Windows 7.

After this date, Windows 7 will become an ever-increasing security hole in your home or business network. As hackers and criminals find and make use of security gaps in the coding of Windows seven anyone who is still using it will be at greater risk of infection risking data being stolen or made inaccessible.

Saskatoon businesses need to plan for the change now. Depending on where you look for the figures, polls show that anywhere between 30% and 50% of businesses still use Windows 7.

Depending upon the number of PCs, the complexity of the network and the number of different programs used it could take months to plan and roll out new Windows 10 PCs to a business network.

Burnt Orange advice, contact your IT support company now to ensure you are fully secure and using Windows 10 before Christmas 2019.

Windows Server 2008 End Of Life Date Approaching

The much-used Windows 2008 Server operating system has now less than 1 year of life left in it.  Windows 2008 Server will become an ever-increasing security hole in your business network. As hackers and criminals find and make use of security gaps in the coding of Windows 2008 Server anyone who is still using it will be at greater risk of infection risking data being stolen or made inaccessible.

Depending upon the number of servers, the complexity of the network and the number of different programs used it could take months to plan and roll out new Windows 2019 Servers to a business network.

Burnt Orange advice, contact your IT support company now to ensure you are fully secure and using Windows Server 2019 before Christmas 2019.

Windows 7 and Server 2008 End Of Life – What You NEED To Do

This doesn’t mean that your Windows 7 PC or 2008 Server will suddenly stop working, what it does mean is that no more patches or upgrades will be released by Microsoft.  It means that every day after January 13th the Windows 7 computers and 2008 Servers will become less secure and more likely to be infect by a virus or become victim to ransomware or other hacking type code.

Recovering from a virus attack or ransomware infection is a very expensive operation, so what should your business be doing?

  1. Contact our team at Burnt Orange Solutions to discuss planning an upgrade to Windows 10 and Server 2019. Depending upon the age of your PC hardware it may not be necessary to buy new computers, but it will mean server hardware. Early investigation is a must as it can take months to plan and roll out an upgrade depending upon your individual needs.
  2. Contact all your software vendors, do the programs you use on a daily basis function in Windows 10 and Server 2019? If not, you are going to either need to upgrade or move to a new software package.
  3. This is going to cost your business money, there is no way to avoid it. New computers, new softwares, IT consultants and engineers, possible down time due to the upgrade process, possible business interruption.
  4. Plan on changes to your network if you need to keep any Windows 7 PCs or 2008 Servers in your office due to legacy software packages (fun fact – 7% of the worlds computers still run Windows XP), these PC must be kept separate from the rest of the network for security reasons.

Burnt Orange Solutions can help your business navigate this necessary evil, whether you have 1 PC or 500. The main take away here is to start the process sooner rather than later!!

As 2020 approaches expect many IT companies to be very busy and not have time to fit you in for an upgrade.

Don’t be offended if in December 2019 you call a computer support company to discuss the upgrade and all you hear is laughter from the other end of the phone.




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Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts Burnt Orange Solutions Top 5 Ways IT Adds Value To Businesses

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IT Adds Value To Businesses

Of all the reasons that a business doesn’t leverage IT, the one that makes the least sense to me has to do with their size. There seems to be a reluctance to adopt more than what – for whatever reason – is “enough” for a business of their size and or capacity.

There is definitely a disconnect here that needs addressing. We know that more technology solutions, designed to make a company’s tasks easier, are not going to make these tasks harder. If anything, adding the right technology will help to increase the business’ capacity and profitability.  Maybe it’s because the employees of a business are afraid that their jobs will be at risk if a machine can do them – and they’ve never considered that someone still has to tell the machines what to do.

Regardless of the reason, it is important that anyone in charge of making decisions for a business understands the true benefits that modern IT solutions can deliver to all parts of their operations.

For instance:

IT Benefit 1. Money Management

Let’s face it, without money coming in, no business can operate for long. So the ability to properly manage incoming and outgoing cash flow is pretty crucial. A simple spreadsheet can be used to accomplish this, but that requires many hours to be invested to keep this document updated.

On the other hand, the right IT solutions can eliminate a considerable portion of this requirement. This allows you to save time, reviewing your finances and looking at future growth, instead of constantly micro-managing them.

 

IT Benefit 2. Team Work & Collaboration

One of the problems with most ‘tried-and-true’ business solutions, like paper files in a cabinet, is the fact that they make teamwork more difficult. With paper files, people need to be involved and often gathered in the same room. This makes life difficult and risks papers getting mixed up or lost, and perhaps crucial insights that won’t make it out of meetings.

However, there are IT solutions, like cloud computing, that not only keep these kinds of documents secure, they also allow your team members to easily work together on a document, wherever they happen to be. As a result, all insight and progress are saved in one place, accessible to any who needs to work on it as a team.

 

IT adds value to businessesIT Benefit 3. Efficiency

Businesses have a huge amount of work to attend to, regardless of their size. Anything that can help that work be done faster should be a welcome addition. Whether that speed comes from analyzing how time is being spent and optimizing it, managing tasks through digital tools to ensure that all responsibilities are filled, or any other way, should be motivation enough to adopt the solutions that enable these benefits.

 

IT Benefit 4. Mobile Work and Telecommuting

Remember how technology solutions were able to enable collaboration, wherever a user happened to be? This is due to the mobility that many solutions can provide. Smartphones are more and more able to communicate with those devices, making it possible to work from effectively anywhere.

Other solutions can allow an employee to work from home, offering some additional productivity benefits and perks for employees.

IT Benefit 5. Customer Service

Finally, the right technology solution can assist your business with its all-important customer service needs. You could apply a method to assist customers in need of support automatically, saving time, as an employee can step in with a clearer idea of the situation – assuming the employee needs to interrupt what they were doing at all. If you run an appointment-based business, you can put the ability to schedule a time in your client/customer’s hands if you want, establishing availability and automatically having it update as it changes.

Of course, this is but a brief sampling of what the right solutions can do if properly leveraged. Make sure you read some of our other blogs and service descriptions to learn more about what we do.




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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Shop Superior Auto Body Share 5 Driver Conditions Related To Accidents

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

CONSIDER THE 5 DRIVER CONDITIONS

Improving and maintaining a good attitude towards driving is a key component in enhancing the safety of our roads.

To qualify as a safe motor vehicle driver, you must not only respect the law but also understand the need for traffic regulations. All drivers must observe the laws and regulations, realizing that there may be other drivers who do not know or always obey these laws.

CONSIDER YOUR EMOTIONAL ATTITUDE

Certain conditions such as worry, anger or anxiety can upset you and distract you from driving. Safe driving demands your full attention at all times.Arguments at home, annoyance with other drivers and illness or financial problems are some of the things which can distract you from the important job of driving.

Safety demands your complete and constant attention to changing driving situations. You can’t control your vehicle if you’re not in control of yourself.

The 5 Driver conditions refers to your physical, mental and emotional fitness to drive. It is important because a driver in top physical, mental and emotional shape can adjust to all the other conditions and to the errors of other drivers as well.

WHAT MAKES A DRIVER UNFIT?

1. DISTRACTED DRIVING:

The greatest number of traffic collisions are caused by drivers not paying attention. Any driver is a potentially fatal hazard. Careful observation and visual scanning of the entire traffic scene ahead, behind and to either side must be part of your driving. Your eyes look at countless things you do not really see at all. Your mind concentrates on only a few details and excludes others. You see only the things your mind selects.

Normally, your eyes shift automatically about every two seconds as you drive – provided your attention is on the road. When you are preoccupied, however, this automatic eye shift does not occur. Only by conscious practice to force your eyes to move every two seconds, until it becomes a habit, can you avoid the serious danger of a blank stare in traffic when your mind is not on your driving. Most collisions occur near home and on familiar roads or highways that the driver fails to concentrate on seeing. A moment’s lack of attention behind the wheel – whether from poor scanning habits or common distractions such as cell phones, worry, daydreaming, impatience, tuning the radio, talking to a passenger or casually gazing at billboards and storefronts – can bring about a collision and possibly death.

Holding, viewing or manipulating a hand-held cell phone or mobile device is prohibited in Saskatchewan. Experienced drivers, who are no longer in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program, can use hands-free cellphones if they’re activated with voice commands or one-touch, and are dashboard, visor or cradle mounted.

 

2. DRINKING, DRUGS AND DRIVING:

In Canada, it is a Criminal Code offence to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

2016 facts about drinking and driving in Saskatchewan1:

  • A drinking driver is involved in four out of every 10 fatal collisions.
  • There is a drinking driver in one out of 7 collisions where someone is injured.
  • Of the 54 people killed, 35 were drivers, 10 were passengers and 9 were pedestrians.
  • Of the 54 people killed, 28 were killed on provincial highways, 14 on rural roads, six on urban streets and six on First Nations roads.
  • Those aged 25-34 are involved in the most alcohol-related collisions.

Alcohol and drugs affect everyone differently. Contributing factors for impairment include age, gender, physical condition, amount of food consumed, medication and other factors.

The brain functions first affected by alcohol or drug consumption are not only important to our ability to drive safely but are the same ones required to make rational decisions about not driving after drinking. For this reason, you must make the decision to separate drinking and drug use from driving. Make the necessary alternate transportation plans before your activities begin.

Prescription, over-the-counter, and illegal drugs affect your brain function. Some will directly affect your driving. Brain and body activity may be slowed, directly impacting a driver’s reaction time; vision may be blurred or doubled, or there may be inaccurate depth perception. Some drugs cause hallucinations, paranoia, disorientation, anxiety or over-confidence which may result in aggressive behaviours.

Many people think that driver impairment is caused exclusively by the ingestion of alcohol. However, if that person already has another drug in their system, the impairing effect on the functioning of the central nervous system (brain) is far greater than the impairing effect of the alcohol and the impairing effect of the other drugs combined; it is not a simple adding together of impairment, but rather a multiplier effect!

Do not drive while under the influence of any amount of alcohol or drugs.

The impaired driving legislation is applicable to impairment by alcohol, as well as impairment by any other drug.

For additional information on drinking, drugs and driving, please visit the Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook.

3. FATIGUE:

Driving requires constant alertness. It’s tiring. Even if you’re just out driving for fun, fatigue can creep up on you before you know it. You become irritable. You make bad driving decisions. You take longer to react to changing conditions. When this happens, it’s time to take a break.

Extreme fatigue may lead to a dream state or to dozing behind the wheel. Your vehicle is not equipped with an automatic pilot control. So don’t drive when you’re dead-tired. You could end up dead.

In Canada, a driver can drive a commercial vehicle under the National Safety Code up to 13 hours a day, but it is recommended the driver not drive more than two hours without stopping for a rest. Beware of highway hypnosis – that condition of fatigue and boredom that causes your senses to become dull, your eyes to become fixed and makes you unable to react to traffic around you.

4. STRESS:

You drive not only with your head, hands and feet but with your personality as well. Don’t drive when you’re so angry or upset that you can’t concentrate on driving.

5. ILLNESS:

Being sick can put added stress on you when you are driving. Even a mild cold can cause enough discomfort on a long trip to make you tired and distracted.

Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Shop Superior Auto Body Shares Selling Your Vehicle For The Best Price

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

SELL YOUR VEHICLE FOR THE BEST PRICE!

If you are thinking about selling your vehicle, you want to get as many offers as possible and have those offers be good ones. A few simple fixes to your vehicle can drastically improve its quality, and make it more appealing to prospective buyers. Here are some tips for getting your vehicle ready to sell.

FIXING VISIBLE ISSUES

 

Sell Your Vehicle For The Best PriceThe first thing you will want to look after are any visible issues. These are going to trigger a prospective buyer the moment they look at the vehicle. If the windshield is cracked and paint chipped, for example, they might think the car hasn’t been well cared for.

Start by fixing any major issues like a cracked windshield or dented side panelling, and then move onto smaller visible issue such as worn-out tires, and cracked headlight covers.

Touching up a small scratch on your car with a little bottle of touch-up paint is pretty easy. Before you start the job, mask the surrounding area well and use even, sweeping strokes to apply the paint. (Follow the directions on the can carefully.)

The techniques used to paint the body of a vehicle can vary depending on the size of the area you’re working on and the original paint and finish. Unless you have an experienced and steady hand (and the car’s original paint hasn’t faded or changed colour since it was new), it’s almost impossible to conceal the fact that you repainted anything larger than a small area

FIXING PERFORMANCE ISSUES

Whoever buys your vehicle wants to make sure it performs well. If the acceleration is jumpy, the braking isn’t smooth. or the handling is out of whack, the buyer may look elsewhere or offer a lower price.

Make sure you have new or close to new brake pads on, replace any spark plugs that are giving you issues, and get a wheel alignment if the handling is off.

GETTING ENGINE MAINTENANCE DONE MAKE SELLING YOUR VEHICLE EASIER!

A savvy buyer is going to look under the hood. If it looks like a war-zone under there, they aren’t going to be too keen on buying.

Replace any cracked hoses or exposed wiring. If the air filter is dirty, replace it with a new one. It’s a good idea to have your fluids (oil, transmission fluid, washer fluid, coolant) at a good status as well.

If you are getting a vehicle ready to sell and need auto body work in Saskatoon, you can count on the Trusted experts at Superior.

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Trusted Saskatoon Autobody experts at Superior Auto Body Share Driving Tip On Seatbelts

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

Superior Auto Body Shares A Driving Tip On Seatbelts And Child Restraints

Superior Auto Body Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and we have been an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons we have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that we offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require our services. We offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for our clients..and to help out we will also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In our latest blog post, we discuss …In our latest accident prevention tips, we share a driving tip about Seatbelts and Child Restraints

 

DRIVING TIPS SEATBELTS AND CHILD RESTRAINTS

SEATBELTS

A safe passenger compartment is an important part of vehicle design. The front and rear of a car are designed to collapse on impact while the passenger compartment remains undisturbed. Your chances of survival are, therefore, greatly increased if you remain in the passenger compartment.

Your seatbelt will keep you in your seat and will reduce the forces your body experiences in a crash.

In Saskatchewan, every vehicle occupant must wear a seatbelt where they are provided in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner. Obey the law and increase your chances of surviving a collision. Put on your seatbelt every time you ride in a vehicle. To be most effective, seatbelts must be used properly. First, put the lap belt on, adjusting it to fit over your pelvis, and pull it snug. The lap belt is designed to take the force on your pelvis – not your stomach. Keep the lap portion low.

Next, adjust the shoulder portion of the seatbelt over your chest area. How you do this will vary from vehicle to vehicle. Some adjust automatically, others work as a window blind. Adjust your shoulder belt to make it snug, yet comfortable.

Shoulder belts should never be worn behind your back or under your arm. Drivers are legally responsible to ensure that passengers under 16 years of age use seatbelts where available and child safety seats, when appropriate. If not, the driver may be charged. Passengers aged 16 years and older are responsible for buckling themselves up.

Seatbelts


CHILD RESTRAINTS

In collisions, children can acquire severe injuries by being thrown about or completely out of the passenger compartment. This can happen more easily than with adults because they have heavy heads in relation to the rest of their bodies. Their necks and bodies are not strong enough to withstand the impact of a collision or sudden braking.

 

In Saskatchewan, small children must be properly fitted into approved child restraints that are correctly installed. Children who weigh less than 18 kg (40 lb.) must be buckled into proper child safety restraints that are fastened to the vehicle by a seatbelt and any other straps specified by the manufacturer no matter who is transporting them – parent, grandparent, caregiver.

Children under seven years of age, weigh less than 36 kg (80 lb.), and are less than 145 cm (4’9″) must be properly fitted into an approved booster seat, used according to manufacturers’ instructions.

Driving Tips seatbelts and child restraints

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CHILD RESTRAINTS, CONTACT SGI TRAFFIC SAFETY PROMOTION AT 306-775-6042 OR 1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744) OR EMAIL TRAFFICSAFETY@SGI.SK.CA


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