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So You Want to Build Your Own PC? Tips for the Beginner

Friday, May 26th, 2017

In this post, we invited a guest blogger, Jackie Edwards to write about the idea of building your own PC.  This is a surprisingly popular past time.  It’s a great way for you or your children to learn much more about what makes that PC on their desk actually tick and is a way to build a much more powerful ‘rig’ at lower cost than the pre-built machines often sold by Dell, or at retail stores which have alot of the purchase price in marketing and shelf space versus premium components.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of powering up your new PC after you assembled it with your very own two hands. Building a home PC will not only give you an extreme sense of pride and a can-do attitude towards technology, but it is also a great way to save money on buying an expensive pre-built model.

Whether you are building your PC for business or pleasure, there are a number of techy tips that can prevent you from committing common mistakes and costing yourself money, time, and stress. Whether you are a first-time builder or an experienced computer maker, you can always learn more about your budding machine to make the process unfold evermore seamlessly.

Foolproof Tips As You Begin

Sometimes, we trust too much in the power of Google and our devices and forget that you should return to the basics as you begin the build. Though this might seem trivial, it is crucial that you have cleared a large enough space to actually build the PC. If your space is cramped and wires from other speakers or lamps are getting in the way, you are more likely to mess up the PC’s cables and cause yourself a lot of confusion.

Also, if you have purchased a variety of new components for your PC, you will probably have a mass of those ancient-seeming white manuals lying around your construction site. Tip: read them. Oftentimes, manuals will include simple tips that you might miss on your own, such as listening for a ‘click’ when you connect your RAM. It is also helpful to keep a list of all of your steps in the building process, so you can easily retrace each action you took along the way if you run into problems down the line.

Now That You’re Ready…Pay Attention

Again, something that might seem basic, but you should be extremely aware of every step you take in your entire PC-building undertaking. Buying incompatible components is a common mistake, as you may have purchased all of the cheapest options to save money. Compatibility is obviously essential to your PC running correctly, so you should consult an online compatibility check before you go ahead and confirm an order.

Once all of your components are in order, you are well on your way to success if you manage to bypass the ambiguities of installation. Jamming cables into parts that seem to fit will most likely lead to you damaging needed wires. Consult your manuals, or Google, before you go on forcing things into places at random. Many of your cables and components are equipped with a nice clicking sound if you have plugged something in correctly, so be aware of that as you build.

It is also important that you treat each installation as its own project. Though it may seem simple to install RAM, your motherboard’s standoffs, memory, and even the outside fans, these are steps that can go terribly wrong. As stated, pay careful attention to the task at hand and make note of it on your step-by-step list before continuing onto the next phase.

Once you have your PC built and start using it, make sure you have a premium disaster recovery solution to address the disasters that can happen like fire, flood, or even Ransomware.  One such solution, EverSafe will ensure you can fail over to an almost identical clone of your server or desktop within 5 minutes.

Keeping in mind all of these pointers as you tackle the nitty-gritty process of PC-building will ensure that your machine functions like it was assembled by a pro. Before you know it, you’ll be your very own tech-support with your working PC and new best friend.

RansomWare Attacks Up 50% in Last Year

Monday, May 1st, 2017

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According to ZDNet, in THIS article, Ransomware attacks are up a whopping 50% over the last year.  They are now the #1 source of data loss and business downtime exceeding all other reasons.

This article gives you the details and even history of RansomWare which actually dates all the way back to 1989.

Ransomware creators are now working with criminal enterprises where instead of selling the Ransomware to the criminals, they take a 50% cut on all proceeds.
On average, Ransomware takes a victim offline for at least a week.  That alone could shutter many small businesses.

The rise of BitCoin has helped Ransomware.  In the earlier days, credit cards were used for payments but most major credit card processing companies banned the use of credit cards for this purpose leaving no way for the creators of Ransomware to get paid for the unlocking keys.  With BitCoin, they have a completely untraceable way of getting paid, although its orders of magnitude harder for the victim to figure out how to buy and transfer BitCoin versus using a credit card.
The best way to avoid Ransomware is via vigilence around your users Internet activities.  The usual warnings of never clicking unknown links in email or web pages.   However, its almost inevitable that someone may not be careful, or may be in a rush and it only takes one person in your office to unleash Ransomware on every computer.

Using our EverSafe! solution, you will get an immediate notification if Ransomware is detected on your network.  At that point, you can remove the Ransomware. Without EverSafe!, removing Ransomware usually leaves your data that has been encrypted, now forever destroyed.
With EverSafe!, you can just restore all of your data how it appeared only minutes before the infection, and you are back up and running with virtually no downtime or data loss.

Clients First Named Gold Partner by Epicor

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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Clients First Business Solutions today announced that it was awarded with Gold Partner status with Epicor for 2015/2016. This title is awarded to companies who have met the highest annual revenue goals and certification requirements set forth by Epicor for their channel partners. Clients First was recognized as one of only a handful of Epicor Gold Partners worldwide at the Epicor Ignite partner conference held this month in Boca Raton.

“Achieving Gold status is an important distinction that reflects our partners’ experience, and expertise as it pertains to Epicor products. Clients First’s performance over the past year places them among the elite tiers in our partner ecosystem – they are an example that separates the best from the rest,” said Matt Bauer, Channel Director, Americas for Epicor.

Clients First Business Solutions continues to rapidly grow its Epicor practice and now supports over 60 Epicor customers in manufacturing, distribution and services.  Our www.erp-demos.net video demonstration website and our Epicorner  information site continue to be among the most highly trafficked and utilized site in the Epicor Partner ecosystem.

“Epicor 10’s deep product functionality and industry leading technology combined with Clients First’s substantial distribution and manufacturing experience and award winning support were instrumental in achieving significant sales success in a challenging market,” said Jeff Warwick, Vice President of Sales. “Epicor has been a great partner to work with, and we are proud to achieve Gold Partner status.”

Clients First Selected as a “VAR Star” again for 2014

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

2013AIWe are proud to announce that Clients First Business Solutions was once again selected for this prestige award and membership in an elite group of the top 100 VAR’s in the United States.  This is the 8th year in a row we made the list and again are in the top 20 of the 100 members.

Clients First was selected as a member of the Bob Scott’s VAR Stars for 2014, a group of 100 organizations honored for their accomplishments in the field of midmarket financial software

Members of the VAR Stars were selected based on factors such growth, industry leadership and recognition, and innovation. Selection is not based on revenue and those firms chosen represent a wide range of size and many different software publishers of accounting software.

“Each year, 100 VAR Stars are picked from the best organizations that market financial software. It is always an honor to recognize those who contribute to the development of our business,” Bob Scott said.

About Clients First

Clients First Business Solutions has been a top tier ERP VAR (Value Added Reseller) since 2003 and who’s founders each have over 25 years of industry experience.  Clients First sells, supports, implements, customizes and trains on Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Epicor ERP, SAP Business One, Sage ERP 100,  Sage ERP X3 and Accumatica.  Clients First specializes in the distribution and manufacturing business sectors.

About Bob Scott

Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community via his email newsletters for 15 years. He has published this information via the “Bob Scott’s Insights” newsletter and website since 2009. He has covered this market for 24 years through print and electronic publications, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and has continued to address that market as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant since 2009.

When Shipping Goods to Customers Leads to Audit Risk

Monday, January 13th, 2014

 

Most small and medium sized businesses are always on the lookout for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency through outsourcing tasks to specialized providers. You may already be outsourcing functions like payroll and IT. Another area where companies are finding ways to shift responsibility to third party providers is order fulfillment and shipping.

Commonly referred to as “drop shippers”, these businesses (often a manufacturer or wholesaler) receive an order from a retail vendor, bill the vendor, and then ship the product directly to the retail customer. The retail customer pays the vendor, and the vendor pays the drop shipper. This model seems to be a win-win. The vendor gets to expand their geographic and time boundaries, and the drop shipper can increase sales without dealing directly with customers.

Whatever your role in the equation, you need to be aware of the sales tax implications of the relationship.

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In the Dropship Model diagram, when is there a sales and use tax obligation? Here are three possible scenarios with different answers to the question of who is responsible for collecting/remitting the sales or use tax:

1.       The retailer has nexus in the state where the transaction takes place.

2.       Neither the retailer nor the shipper has nexus in the state where the transaction takes place.

3.       The retailer doesn’t have nexus, but the drop shipper does.

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