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Written by Richard Oldman (owner)   
Lago Systems is a Florida-based provider of computer network services.  We offer the best in full service network integrating for your business computer systems. Specializing in small to medium-sized businesses (1-500 employees), it is our goal to provide you with the expert service you need so that your networking systems run smoothly and efficiently -- so that you can do your job! At Lago Systems, you and your satisfaction is paramount.  We pride ourselves on understanding your business needs and responding with the level of experience that successful businesses demand. We also believe in giving back to the community.  Lago Systems donates a portion of its annual revenue to many of the area's worthy non-profit organizations. Lago Systems services clients in Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties.

We are located in the Alafia Oaks Plaza @ 150 E Bloomingdale Ave, #160, Brandon, Fl 33511, 813-300-2875. On line at www.lagosys.com
 
You Won’t Believe What They’re Doing At Work! E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   

According to an article written by Workforce.com, 31.8% of publically traded companies in the U.S. were compelled to investigate a suspected violation of privacy or data protection because an employee of the company used the company’s electronic media (e-mail, the internet, instant messaging, ect.) inappropriately.

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How to Safely Dispose Of Old Computers, Storage Disk, And Other Data Carrying Devices E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   
There are two very important reasons why you don’t want to throw your old electronic equipment into a dumpster….
    
First, it’s an environmental hazard you could be fined for. Personal computers, Cell phones, and other electronics containing lead and a variety of other hazardous materials that are detrimental to the environment. And because electronics are becoming obsolete at an even faster rate, their volume is growing two to three times faster than any other type of waste. If you want to find a center that recycles old electronics equipment, go to the environmental protection agencies website: www. earth911.com.
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Do You Make These Mistakes With Your Company’s Critical Data? E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   
Most business owners play “Russian Roulette” with their data backups. While they may have an onsite copy of their data, they never check to make sure the data is being backed up every day OR the integrity of the data.
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4 Do’s & Don’ts Every Business Owner Should Know About Windows 7 E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   

Windows 7, Microsoft’s new operating system, just released last month, and with all the advertising buzz that Microsoft has created, many business owners are looking to know more about it. Here’s a list of Do’s and Don’ts for helping to determine whether or not a Windows 7 upgrade makes sense for you.

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3 Ways Technology Can Help Your Business “GO Green” And Save BIG E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   
1)    Have your network maintained remotely. Thanks to major advancements in virtual technologies, we can remotely access your computer network to perform regular maintenance and enforce sleep-mode settings, hard disk spin rates, CPU shut down schedules, and more, to keep idle equipment from sucking loads of unnecessary power after hours. Not having to drive to our clients’ offices to perform repairs and maintenance not only means faster support for them, but also a lot less gas burned!
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Windows Live Messenger E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   

Windows live messenger along with its many very useful applications is a free program to use for an alternative approach to Microsoft’s outlook. The mail feature is very similar to that of outlook with many easy to use features. Live messenger also gives you the ability to share folders and files locally with fellow users. Windows Live Messenger also serves up the standard emoticons, multiplayer gaming, free PC-to-PC calling, mobile phone messaging, and video chatting.

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USB Sevices E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   

USB short for universal serial bus is the most common way to transfer data back and forth. This technology is rapidly growing as many new uses for this device is being incorporated. USB ports found on all new computers  is a portal to thousands of devices. So what is a USB port and what is the difference between 1.0 and 2.0. Speed is the main difference, 2.0 USB ports are faster averaging  a data rate of 480 Mbps, while USB 1.1 only hits 12 Mbps. That's about 40 times as fast. USB 2.0 is the new standard installed on new computers, this is also backward compatible with 1.0.

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Urgent Warning To All Business Owners E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   

If You Can’t Answer “Yes” To These 6 Questions, Your Current IT Guy Has Too Much Control.

Most business owners would agree that you need to have a certain level of trust in your IT guy. After all, he or she does have access to all of your company’s data and systems. But what if you were no longer satisfied with their services and were looking into replacing them? Could you be sure that he or she wouldn’t do something to jeopardize your computer network and ultimately your business? Ask yourself the following 6 questions:

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Save Your RAM E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   

1). Start any application, say Word. Open some large documents.

2). Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to open Windows Task Manager and click Processes tab and sort the list in descending order on Mem Usage. You will notice that WINWORD.EXE will be somewhere at the top, using multiple MBs of memory.

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Power Protection E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   

UPS (uninterruptible power supply) also known as a battery backup, is typically used to protect computers, monitors, audio equipment, printers and other electrical equipment where an unexpected power disruption could cause harm to the device. UPS units come in sizes ranging from units which will back up a single computer, to units that will power entire buildings.

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Warning: If You’ve Downloaded Free Software From The Internet, Your Computer May Be At Risk For Viruses, Hackers, and Spyware! E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   
Is Anything In Life Really FREE?

We’ve all heard the saying that the best things in life are free, but I’m not sure they were referring to software. Freeware (free software, not to be confused with open source software) such as the AVG anti-virus free edition, Spybot, and Ad-Aware are all programs you can download for the ultimate discount: free. However, you get what you pay for.
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5 Reasons Why Companies Large And Small Are Rushing To Implement “E-mail Archiving” To Protect Themselves
Written by Tim Acevedo   

Are You Making This Crucial Mistake With E-mail?

Here’s an issue you may not have given much thought to, but that could become a major issue at some point: saving e-mail communications to employees and clients that contain company policy changes, contract changes, alerts or other critical communications.

So why not just save them in your inbox? Because eventually you’ll run out of space; and searching through hundreds of thousands of e-mails is not always a simple and easy task. Here are 5 BIG reasons why you need an e-mail archiving system:

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Are You Being Too Cheap About Protecting This Aspect Of Your Business? E-mail
Written by Tim Acevedo   

Think back to the last time your server went down or you weren’t able to get e-mail; remember how frustrating that was? Or perhaps you experienced a virus or other data-erasing disaster. Remember how painful that was to resolve?

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How To Ensure The Heat Doesn’t Fry Your Server (And Your Profits!)
Written by Tim Acevedo   
With the “dog days” of summer upon us, many business owners are looking for ways to keep their company’s sales and profits HOT, while keeping their IT expenses COOL. But if proper attention is not given to your server and network equipment during the summer, all that heat outside can actually bring your company’s growth to a grinding halt and increase your IT expenses significantly.
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The 3 Keys To Keeping Your Computer Network Virus-Free!
Written by Tim Acevedo   
With over 1,000,000 types of known viruses and thousands more threats not yet identified, it is clear that organized cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated, organized, and effective in their attempts to access your computer.
    
Viruses can do a lot more than make your computer “act funny.” They can steal confidential passwords and account information, wipe out your data, and destroy your system. Plus, recovering your system from a virus can get very expensive. The old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies here.
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