Android vs iOS vs Windows vs Blackberry! Who will reign supreme?


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Let’s compare size: you know that size sometimes does matter.

According to a Gartner, a leading information technology research company, Android OS phoned finished 2013 with a 78.4% market share, Apple’s iOS accounted for 15.6 %, Microsoft Windows phones were at 3.2%, Blackberry at 1.9 %, and other operating systems came in at just .9 %. So if size matters, then Android is the way to go. Check out the pretty chart:

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So here is my take on the whole situation:


  • I have an Android phone, currently Samsung Galaxy s3.  Aside from the fact I like the virility of the operating system, I really like the phone hardware. I will be upgrading to a Galaxy s5 when it comes out later this year.
  • Majority of the apps are free, and Android has the second largest app market, behind Apple (but you have to pretty much pay for everything on Apple).
  • Good advantages for remote management and has very good integration with Google Cloud and other cloud products.
  • Overall I find the Android OS to be the most well-rounded for both personal and business uses.
  • Android is a really cool name.

 Apple IOS: 

  • My wife has an iPhone 4 or 5 ( not really sure).
  •  If you own various Apple products you’ll have easy integration with them.
  • It has the largest app market, but you pretty much have to pay to play anything good (in my opinion).
  • If you are looking for some bells and whistles but still want grandma to be cool, this is it.
  • I am biased on Apple products. While I think they are great, they can be challenging for integration as well as management in a business environment.
  • It seems all the kids on the playground (and their grandparents) have iPhones nowadays.

Windows Phone: 

  • I am going to buy my parents a Windows phone, due to some very low cost of entry on certain models. Also the fact the tile screen icons are huge and easy on the eyes.
  • I do not think this is ready for business, it really gears towards multimedia and connecting to the web. If you are in the social media space I would really recommend to check it out.
  • Great integration with Office 365, Skype, Facebook and other mainstream cloud products.
  • Small app market, but there are huge pushes already in progress to close the gap.
  • I am a fan of the hardware on some of the phones but I get really annoyed by the Tiling feature of the OS.  Think Windows 8, but on a mini-screen.


  • I have some old relics and I plan to keep them. When I did have the old Blackberries I loved them: they were fast, light, had a great battery, and the keyboard was just great. I could respond to an email on the phone at the same speed it would take me on my laptop keyboard.
  • It has the best security and integration if you have a Blackberry Enterprise Server.
  • Fastest handle time from when an email gets sent to its delivery on any phone I have seen.
  • Some of the phones that have recently been introduced are not really that great.
  • Blackberry’s app market is not really good. I was on it one time, and I just gave up.
  • Right now there is just no reason to go with them unless you are in banking, government, or really need specific security requirements.

Keep in mind that these are just my personal thoughts. The best way to decide for yourself is to play with the operating system to see what your personal preference is and go from there.

How Secure is your password in an insecure word?


We hear in the news all the time of credit card fraud and retailers being hacked. Or we get snail mail informing us of how we may have been compromised and all of the new protections in place to protect us.  Well, the easiest way to protect our online accounts is to have a good password.  So… how secure is your password?

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If you are using “Password,” or any combination such as Password1 or Password123, it’s time to stop! This easy-to-hack password is the third most-popular from among 38 million hacked from, according to a report from October 4th. This report showed how easy most passwords would be to guess with any brute force attack. Even though these were from a consumer based site that does not mean that business users today do not fall under this category.

Most average users today choose passwords that would be easy enough for friends to guess. They usually involve everyday phrases or names of their children or pets. The addition of numbers can make this a little more secure but not by much. Most system admins today do not set up password policies for their domains either, which will allow users to be able to implement these same passwords into their everyday logins in the office. It is also not uncommon for a system admin to assign the default password “Password” to a new user and just expect the user to reset it.

So how do we get around this? While most of us have the bad habit of creating easy-enough-to-remember passwords it is always a great idea to start incorporating a password policy to log into your domain/cloud set up. Microsoft recommendations are a great base point for creating such policies and will add the extra layer of protecting the integrity of your password.

-        Enforce password history – setting should be to minimum of last 5 passwords

-        Maximum password age – average age should be no more than 90 days. This will allow peace of mind that users are changing their passwords regularly.

-        Minimum password length – longer passwords are harder to crack than shorter ones. Passwords should be set to a minimum of seven characters for a safer environment. This way users cannot have blank passwords (which should never be allowed).

-        Password complexity – require users to have to add a number or capitalize a letter. These make passwords trickier to guess or hack.

There is also a new trend with system admins that allow for more complex passwords. Passphrases are becoming the norm with some companies looking to get beyond the “Password123” realm. Passphrases look like they would be easy to get beyond but add more complexity and are extremely difficult for password hacking programs to get past.

So what is passphrase? It is essentially a string of words to create a password rather than a single word. An example would be “This Is My Login Password” rather than just “Password.” All brute-force-attack software will do is to just start looking for alpha-numeric passwords starting with 1 character, up until it finds one that works. It does not take into account strings of words and would make it virtually impossible for it to be guessed. These can be implemented with a common denominator, such as 1st word is an object, 2nd word is a color, 3rd word is a planet, etc. Most hackers would not guess “staple cyan Jupiter” to be used.

Get creative with your password policies and you will find less and less users reporting some kind of comprise on their accounts. Once you have pick your password you can check out this site to see how long it would take to get hacked!

Outlook 2010 : Spring/Summer Email Clean-up


Every once in a while we need to do some spring cleaning for our mailboxes.   We tend to forget that we live in a world full of nonstop emails and the clutter can actually hurt our efficiency.  Notwithstanding the fact we are causing added costs in space requirement on our email servers.   Below are some instructions that all of us can do to lighten our email load.

1.) Review Inbox to delete any unneeded Emails Received.

2.) Review Sent items to delete any unneeded Emails Sent.

3.) Delete all emails in Junk Folder.

4.) Purge all emails from Deleted Items Folder.

5.) Right click Deleted Items and choose Empty folder.

6.) Archive older emails that you would like to keep.

(Archive instructions are below)

Tips on setting up search folder to look for large emails with attachments:

1.) Click on Folder then click on New Search folder

New search folder window will pop up

2.) Under Organizing Mail choose Large Mail

3.) Click on Choose button and enter 2000 or above  ( each 1000 represents 1 MB in size). This will now present to you with a folder on your left hand side with A search folder Larger than 2000KB.


4.) Delete or Archive emails as needed

Archiving email guide lines and tips:

  • Once an email is archive, it will remove that email from the mail server.
    • That email will no longer be accessible in webmail or on any mobile device.
    • To access archive emails you will need outlook and the location of the archive file.
  • Archive email files should be store locally on your computer or in a network location if its related to work emails.

Manual Email Archiving Option One:

1.) Creating a Manual Archive file:

2.) Click new Items drop down:

3.) More Items then Outlook Data File

4.) Choose the Name of the Archive you want to create (i.e. Personal or Archive or Archive with Date)

5.) Choose the location where the Outlook Archive will live and then click OK

This will create your Archive File on your left hand navigation pane base on the name you selected. You now can create folder or structure as you desire. This is an empty file, to move any emails manually all you have to do is highlight emails right click and select move to this file. (As a tip you can simply click and drag to this file.)

Option 2: Archiving using the Automatic Archiving tool in outlook:

  • Using this method outlook will automatically create the same folder structures currently in place under the archive file you choose to use or create.
  • Please be warned that once you choose to Archive, outlook will become unavailable until this process is finish.  The only way to stop this is to close outlook but you will have to repeat this process again.

1.) Click the File tab

2.) Click Cleanup Tools.

3.) Click Archive.

4.)  Click the Archive this folder and all subfolders option, and then click the folder that you want to archive. Any subfolder of the folder you select is included in this manual archive.

5.) Under Archive items older than, enter a date. If you do not want to use the default file or location, under Archive file, click Browse to specify a new file or location.

6.) Browse to find the file that you want, or enter the file name, then click OK. The destination file location appears in the Archive file box. The Typical locations should be save under Documents or My documents in Windows XP. Do not save your Archive file on the network unless specifically ask to.

7.) Select the Include items with “Do not AutoArchive” checked check box to include any items that might be individually marked to be excluded from automatic archiving.

8.) Once you hit OK, this will start the Archive process, Outlook will be unusable until this process is complete.

 Turn Off Auto Archiving:

  • By default auto archiving is turn off.  This will confirm that it is.
  • In outlook click the File Tab.
  • Click Options.
  • On the Advanced tab, under AutoArchive, Click AutoArchive Settings.
  • Clear the Run AutoArchive every n days check box.

Happy email cleanup!


How fast is your internet?


Ever wondered how fast your Internet connection actually is and if you’re getting what you’re paying for? 

Here’s a way to find out: is a free broadband speed analysis tool provided by Ookla. You can check the performance of your own connection and even compare your results to others in your immediate area. measures three things to determine the performance of your Internet connection:

  • Download Speed: The speed at which data is sent from the Internet to your computer
  • Upload Speed: The speed at which data is sent from your computer to the Internet
  • Ping (Latency): The time it takes in milliseconds for a small piece of data to be sent from your computer to the Internet and back

Curious?  Check out your own Internet connection performance!

Free Office 2010 and Acrobat 9.0 training


Ever wondered how to make fancy tables in Excel or how to merge 2 PDFs together for professional look just before a sales meeting?   Figuring out how to use the fancy features in Microsoft Office and Acrobat applications can be daunting, so good training is important.   

I was really tempted to pay for courses that promise to teach you everything for $499, when I stumbled across free training direct from the creators of Windows Office and Acrobat 9.0

For free video tutorial training for all your Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007 products check out:

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