SouthTech Blog

SouthTech Blog

SouthTech is southwest Florida’s leading technology solutions provider. Since 1994, we have combined advanced technology expertise with experienced management consulting to deliver measurable and significant improvements to our clients' business practices.

Your Technology May Fail, but You Can Still Succeed

Your Technology May Fail, but You Can Still Succeed

If you’ve been in business for a while, there are devices on your network that see little to no use. Even for the most frugal business, due to the fact that technology eventually winds up being arbitrary thanks to the continued development (and deployment) of more powerful solutions, there will always be situations where you have devices that do nothing but take up space. You can reduce the chances of this happening by finding the right IT for the job the first time, while sparingly implementing only IT solutions that will provide a return on your investment.

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How Technology Could Change the Classroom

How Technology Could Change the Classroom

Children are the future, as the saying goes, so do we really want the future to be taught using tools from the past? While some schools are still using technology that better belongs in the 20th century, others are embracing innovation and teaching in ways that better translate to the “real world.” Let’s take a look at how our evolving technology is transforming the classroom and explore some ways to get it to more students.

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Tech Term: Motherboard

Tech Term: Motherboard

A computer is made up of many parts, one of which is today’s Tech Term: the motherboard. We’ll discuss what the motherboard does for your computer and why it’s such an important part for its continued operation.

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Friday, May 12th: Device Recycling & Destruction Event

Friday, May 12th: Device Recycling & Destruction Event

Did you notice some extra tents and trucks in our parking lot on Friday?


 

SouthTech Recycling Event

In case you missed it, we hosted a device recycling and destruction event for our clients on Friday, May 12th, from 9am to noon! We were proud to partner with Quicksilver Recycling Services to bring free on-site destruction to our clients. Quicksilver Recycling Services has been offering environmentally sound and economically viable programs for retiring electronics and IT equipment for nearly 19 years.

Quicksilver Recycling Services

We understand the stress that comes with getting rid of old equipment -- especially when sensitive, private information is involved. It was a pleasure to bring this vital service to our clients in a convenient way.

We were thrilled with the turnout. We had a steady stream of clients from 9am to noon, with no lull in sight...

SouthTech Recycling Event

In fact, thanks to all of you, we set the record for weight collection - a whopping 16,944 pounds!

To say this event was a success would be an understatement. Your enthusiasm was felt and appreciated. We're happy to know our clients value reliable, environmentally friendly device destruction, and we can't wait to do it again soon!

SouthTech Recycling Event

From our clients to our SouthTech team to our partners over at Quicksilver Recycling Services, thank you to all who contributed to this event. Stay tuned for the next one...

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Tip of the Week: Here’s an Easy Way to Update Your Hardware Drivers in Windows 10

Tip of the Week: Here’s an Easy Way to Update Your Hardware Drivers in Windows 10

The average employee and business owner relies on various hardware solutions to go about their day-to-day duties. These hardware devices--think keyboards, wireless mouses, external microphones, and any USB devices--utilize drivers which allow for inter-device compatibility. What happens when these drivers aren’t installed or kept up to date? Your technology suffers, and so does your productivity.

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Tip of the Week: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB or More - How Much RAM Do You Actually Need?

Tip of the Week: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB or More - How Much RAM Do You Actually Need?

You can tell when a workstation might need an upgrade if it’s slowing down, or if the machine is so absurdly slow that you can barely accomplish your daily tasks with it. One of the easiest ways you can improve the quality of your workstation is by increasing the amount of RAM.

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Tip of the Week: How to Clean Your Monitor, Keyboard, and the Inside of Your PC

b2ap3_thumbnail_clean_computer_tips_400.jpgA clean computer is a happy computer. Just like any other piece of gadgetry, a computer requires regular cleanup sessions that allow users to get the most from them. In fact, January is known as Clean Up Your Computer Month, so what better way is there to ring in the new year than making sure your computer is in tip-top shape?

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Will the Surface Book Be Microsoft’s “MacBook Killer?” [Video]

b2ap3_thumbnail_the_surface_book_400.jpgOne of the most storied competitions in the technology industry comes from Apple vs Microsoft. For the past 35 years, they went back and forth by offering consumers their own twist on similar technologies. The latest chapter in this story comes from Microsoft’s new Surface Book, which aims to compete directly with Apple’s MacBook Pro.

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How Samsung Going With Non-Removable Batteries May Cause Injury to Idiots [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_battery_safety_400.jpgIt’s been confirmed that Samsung is getting rid of both its removable battery and MicroSD slot for its newest line of Galaxy Note devices. This is a sad day for Galaxy fans that have always preferred the Android device over Apple’s iPhone for its customizable options such as these. For Samsung, it’s too early to tell if this will affect sales or not, but one thing’s for sure: a lot of phones will be destroyed before users “get it.”

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Nanotechnology Holds the Key to Doubling Computing Power

b2ap3_thumbnail_ibm_processor_400.jpgEarly in July, IBM announced that they have developed an ultra-dense computer chip that has roughly four times the computing capacity of today’s most powerful chips. These prototype chips, and ones they will develop to fuel computing into the next decade and beyond, are the result of the evolution of 21st century informatics.

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Why You Should Think Twice about Throwing Away Working Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_ewaste_becoming_a_major_issue_400.jpgWhen it comes to getting new technology, it’s typical to spend a significant amount of time agonizing over which product is the best. All the while, little regard is given to the disposal of one’s old tech, which often gets tossed in the trash. You may not have realized it, but haphazardly disposing of our old technology is wreaking havoc on the environment.  (SouthTech is a participant in the Sarasota County Green Business Partnership Program)

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The Best Way to Take Advantage of New Tech is With a Long-Term Replacement Plan

b2ap3_thumbnail_technology_strategy_400.jpgNew technology is meant to improve upon its previous design. This is technology 101. Despite this well-known fact, many business owners are hesitant to adopt new technology, choosing instead to continue using older equipment in an effort to save money. A better approach to technology for your business is to have a long-term replacement plan.  Contact us to arrange a free consultation to discuss your technology needs.

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A Teenage Girl’s Phone Explodes! [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_burned_up_phone_400.jpgAny user of the latest mobile technology may have noticed their device running a little hot. In normal circumstances, a device that's warm to the touch is nothing to be concerned about. Although, there are documented cases where a device in perfectly good working order overheats and goes kablooey!

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Is Your PC Picking Up Bad Vibrations?

b2ap3_thumbnail_onoff400.jpgFrom the outside, your computer looks like a standard piece of office equipment; but on the inside, there are fragile components that make up the hard drive, which means that you should take extra care when moving it.

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Innovation Doesn’t Stop

b2ap3_thumbnail_ideas400.pngConsider for a moment the computer you're using right now. Does it have wires? If so, how thick is the monitor you're using to view this? How many gigabytes is your hard drive? How many Microsoft Works documents could you have fit on your trusty 16-gigabyte USB thumb drive?Computing has certainly come a long way in the last four-plus decades; and it's getting exponentially better by the day.

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4 Things to Look for When Buying a New Server

b2ap3_thumbnail_server400.pngAs your business grows, so does the need to expand your network. If your IT infrastructure is not meeting your company's growing needs, then shopping for a new server is in your future. Servers are highly configurable and customizable to meet the specific needs of your business. Here are 4 things to consider when shopping for a new server.

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Take the Time to Safely Remove Your Device

b2ap3_thumbnail_flash400.jpgAt the end of the workday you may be in a hurry to leave, and as you start tossing your belongings into your bag, you come across your USB drive plugged into your PC. You're now faced with a tough decision; do you take the time to safely remove the device, or do you save 30 seconds and just unplug it?

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Have a Backup for Your Backup

b2ap3_thumbnail_BackupBackup400.jpgWe often talk about the need to back up your data, but did you know that it is also a best practice to back up your hardware? Backing up your hardware works differently than data backup; whereas data backup involves network devices and a cloud, backing up your hardware is a simple matter of having extra computer components on your premise.

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Leave PC Maintenance to the Pros

b2ap3_thumbnail_ComputerIT400.jpgComputers have been designed to be easy and intuitive to use. Just about anybody can figure out how to open files and browse the Internet, but PCs are still complicated machines that require technical knowledge to fix and maintain. When it comes to the technical stuff, it's better to leave it to the pros.

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3 Benefits of Using Server Racks

b2ap3_thumbnail_ServerRack400.jpgThe largest and most important components of your network is your servers. Technically, you can line up your servers on a big table and they will work, but if you want to get the most out of your servers, then we recommend using a server rack.

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