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Essentials for Working from Mobile Devices
April 16, 2015


While working with a mobile device means you can get work done from anywhere, there is always a little set up that needs to be done to be able to do that.   Here are 5 tips for being able to work from your mobile device.

RAID5 is Dead
January 27, 2015

A few weeks ago, I asked if your backup solution was sufficient and David shared a bit about unrecoverable read errors."   

Is Your Backup Solution Sufficient?
January 13, 2015

As businesses store and create data, it becomes more and more likely to just, disappear.  Find out more about the odds of a data crash and find out if your backup solution is sufficient for your needs.   


Do You Need to Be HIPAA Compliant?
November 4, 2014


Lately, we have gotten a lot of questions and concerns from customers about HIPAA compliance.   Because security is a big piece of that and computers are central to the question, we are going to talk a bit about HIPAA compliance this month on our blog.

Social Media Shares - Best of 2014 For Medical Practices
October 28, 2014

We have found some awesome articles about how technology can help improve your medical practice.  Did you know we share the best articles about your business and technology on social media every day?   Check out the awesome that we've shared so far this year!

Social Media Shares - Best of 2014 for Small Businesses
October 23, 2014

I realized that it had been so long since I told you about some of the awesome business articles that we share on social media, that I decided to break it up.  These articles are great for all businesses, big or small, no matter WHAT you do.   Check them out below!

Social Media Shares - Best of 2014 for Law Firms
October 16, 2014

Did you know that we find the best information about running your law firm share them on social media?   Think of it as your own personal super efficient MBA taylored to your business :).

Server 2003 End of Life - Are You Ready?
October 14, 2014


Another Microsoft Product is reaching the end of it's life.  Instead of it being Windows XP, this time it's Microsoft Server 2003.   As of July 2015, Microsoft will no longer be providing support.   Are you ready?

3 Reasons to Pay for Business Email
October 7, 2014

Everyone loves Google. They are easy to set up, they are everywhere and you can access 20 things with one login.  But all that connectedness and "free" has a price. Here are 3 reasons why it's worth your money to pay for your business email instead of using Gmail.

3 Reasons You Should Do a Computer Audit
September 29, 2014

Everyone has a computer at their business.  It's nearly impossible to work without one!   Do you know what is on your computers?  Are you sure?  Here are three reasons to do an audit on all of the computers at your business.

When Managed Services May Not Be Right For Your Business
February 20, 2014

So you keep hearing about managed services.  You might have even talked to your IT company about it. But do you REALLY need it? Not every business does, you know. Here are a few flags that having managed services might not be a good fit.

4 Essential Business Documents to Back Up
January 23, 2014

You've heard it a million times -- back up your data. Well you have thousands of files.  You may even have terabytes of data.   So what do you really NEED to back up? Unfortunately, it greatly depends upon your business, but there are 5 essential business documents that you should back up regularly (i.e. daily).

Disaster Planning - What to Consider First?
January 21, 2014

Now that we know WHO will be helping your business recover, its good to have a plan about what needs to be done first.

Social Media Shares - December 2013
January 16, 2014

Do you participate in social media discussions?   If not, you are missing out on some great tips for running your small business, law firm or medical practice from ACS.

Top 10 Posts of 2013
January 14, 2014

We had a pretty fun year in 2013 at ACS as we got our blog rolling.   A lot of people foun

Small Business Backup for All Your Devices
January 9, 2014

For most small business owners, you are on call 24-7.   So how do you make sure that every devi

Disaster Planning - A Well-Written Game Plan
December 31, 2013

In November, we talked about how crucial having back-up's of your data will be in the event of a disaster.  This month, we will be talking about how to make write and distribute your game plan in case of emergency.

GTD & Goal Setting for the New Year
December 23, 2013

I have been knee-deep in setting goals for this year.   Let's be honest, they aren't lofty goals -- I have 3 under 6 years old including a baby. Without well-written goals that have an end and get me closer to what I want out of life, I won't get anywhere-- I'll just be treading water. 

Best of November - Social Media
December 12, 2013

Do you follow us on social media?   If not, you are missing some great articles from all over the web that will help you with technology and running your business.

IT Certifications - Are They Necessary?
November 27, 2013

I recently read an article about the Top 10 Cloud Computing Certifications -- where they are and how to get them.    I wonder, though, how useful certifications really are. I've worked in the tech/IT field since I was 18 years old -- about 15 years now.   And I've gotten certifications.  In fact, I hold the CloudU certificate above. 

Disaster Planning - Protect Your Data
November 25, 2013

There are various aspects of business continuity plans (disaster planning) but the easiest to implement is backing up your data.   Having this aspect of your disaster planning completed will cover you in the case of both small disasters (computer theft or breakage) and large one (fires or natural disasters).  

Windows XP Will No Longer Be Supported after 4/2014. Are You Ready?
November 19, 2013

As of 4/8/2014, Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft.   Is your business re

The Best of October - Social Media
November 15, 2013

Do you follow us on social media?  If not, you are missing some great information to help your business succeed! Here is a taste of what we shared last month: 

3 More Mistakes Rookies Make In PowerPoint
October 29, 2013

Several weeks ago, I shared several mistakes rookies make when making presentations in PowerPoint.   I had come up with such a long list that I decided to write another post.   Here are 3 MORE mistakes people make in PowerPoint presentations. 

October 23, 2013

In my most recent newsletter from David Allen at Getting Things Done, I noticed that they releas

Instagram Guide {Social Media Tip}
October 16, 2013

Do you provide a product or service that lends itself to visual images?   Like maybe a hair dresser or nail technician?   Or how about classic car insurer or car condo provider?    A racer or a biker?     Would taking pictures of things in your industry get someone excited?  

Disaster Recovery Plan & Business Continuity - Intro
October 14, 2013

While there isn't much in the way of natural disasters in Michigan, we do get blizzards that can knock out power, even in the middle of the town, for a week or more.   Not only can snow or electrical storms damage your computers, the life-blood of your business, but fires or floods can bring your business to a screeching halt.   Do you have a disaster or business continuity plan in place? 

What Does Free REALLY Cost?
October 11, 2013

The other day, I read an article on FutureLawyer that I read to see if it was worth sharing -- The Frugal Lawyer- Free Software That You Can Use.   In it, he links to an article in PC World article listing free software for everything from malware & antivirus to recording software.  

Why the Cloud is an Essential Piece of Small Business Disaster Planning
October 9, 2013

Even though Michigan is not well known for it's natural disasters, we are frequent recipients of blizzards and thunderstorms which can wreak havoc on your computer systems. 

Top Social Media Shares {Summer 2013}
October 7, 2013

We were so blessed to have so much going on this summer that social media kind of fell off of our radar.   I (Jen) went on a quasi-maternity leave in June and so we really only had a few weeks of social media sharing all summer, but one was a really popular one

3 Mistakes Rookies Make in PowerPoint {Easy Office Productivity Tip}
September 30, 2013

So you have a presentation to make.  Maybe it's a new customer or maybe you've been asked to speak at a professional group or conference.   Since many people are visual learners it makes sense to have a PowerPoint presentation. 

Getting Back to Getting Things Done (GTD)
September 25, 2013

So you've been on vacation. Or maternity leave (ahem). Or maybe just out sick for a few days without notice. You've been accustomed to having a mind like water and now that you are back to work, you are in over your head -- pun intended. So how do you get back to getting things done?  

New Apple Announcements -- What they Mean for You
September 13, 2013

Earlier this week, Apple made several announcements that mean great things for your business.

The REAL Cost of Web Hosting
September 11, 2013

So you get or renew your business's internet contract and your sales guy tells you that for only x dollars more, he can host your website and email, too.   "Well, heck yeah, sign me up!" you think.  "That's way cheaper than paying for the service by itself." 

4 Ways to Set Up GTD
August 29, 2013

There are several different ways to set up a GTD system that works for you.  Since the whole premise behind GTD is that its a very fluid and very personal system, there are almost infinaite possibilities.

Social Media For Lawyers {Social Media Minute}
August 22, 2013

Is your law firm on social media?  Do you have an account on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+?   If so, do you have a plan? I ran across this great article -- Social Media for Law Firms.  

6 More Mistakes Businesses Make When Doing Their Own IT {SlideShare}
August 20, 2013

Do you have all the tools you need to do your own IT?   Are you sure?    Here is a short slide show we made titled 6 More Mistakes Businesses Make When Doing Their Own IT.

How The Cloud is Vital to the Success of YOUR Small Business
August 15, 2013

A few months ago, I read this article on how The Cloud is Vital to Small Business Success.  It's a really great article outlining all the ways that the cloud can be useful to your small business, but it doesn't really tell you WHAT exactly those things might look like for you.   Here are some articles we have previously written on some of the various areas.

53 Useful Excel Tips for Businesses
August 13, 2013

Microsoft Excel is such a powerhouse for small business that I find two things happen when I try to share tips on it.  First, that everyone uses it differently because it is so versatile.  Second, that because there are so many ways to use it, I have a hard time narrowing down what I want to share.   So today, I've decided to share a round up of the best tricks and tips from around the web for Microsoft Excel.  

Web Productivity Tip - Using Your Domain in Gmail
July 18, 2013

I don't know if you are like me or not, but I like to keep things in separate boxes as much as possible.   I don't like to make business phone calls when I'm playing with my kids and I don't like to answer business email when I'm talking to my sister-in-law. 

Opening A New Office - Software in the Cloud
July 16, 2013

When opening a new office, it seems obvious that you need software.  But, do you really?   Do you really need to go to Staples and buy a bunch of CD's to install on your machine?   How will you keep track of all th0se CD's and license codes?   And what if you are not at the office? 

5 Steps to Effective Document Management
July 11, 2013

While it's common for people to say that you can be more efficient and save space by storing your documents electronically, there are a few steps you need to take to make your document management work for you. 

Opening A New Office - Postage & Faxes
June 25, 2013

Of all the things that are considered when setting up a new office, postage and faxing are probably near the bottom of the list of things to think about.  So why am I mentioning it?   Well, there are more efficient and technology-based ways to handle all both of these common tasks.

Social Media Quick Tip - BufferApp
June 20, 2013

A few months ago, in our social media tips for business series, I shared how using RSS feeds can help you in social media with Hootsuite.   And last month, I shared how you can use IFTTT to help, too.    Here is a third way to share items on your social media sites -- Buffer. 

ABA TechShow 2013 Review {PowerPoint}
June 18, 2013

Last month, we held a seminar recap of the 2013 ABA TechShow.  If you were unable to attend, here are the slides from our presentation of that event. 

5 Tips for Creating Budgets in Excel
June 13, 2013

Budget season may be long gone, but if you work for a large, corporate environment, you are probably already starting to think about next budget season already.   If you are working for yourself, or are in a smaller business, this is probably a good time to review and rework the budget for the remainder of the year. 

Three Questions To Determine Whether You Need a Security Audit
June 11, 2013

Nearly all businesses have a computer these days, but not enough of them have them properly set up.   While having a computer helps you keep core aspects of your business running -- correspondence, accounts payable & receivable, and more -- it needs to be working for YOU as well.   

GTD for Evernote {Book Review}
June 6, 2013

While researching different ways to Get(ting) Things Done (GTD), I stumbled across a book that struck my interest since we are big fans & users of Evernote:  Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Capturing Everything and Getting Things Done.   I emailed Mr. Gold who was gracious enough to send a copy so that I could review it and share it with you.

Cloud Computing - Are You More Prone to Attack on the Cloud or In Your Office?
June 4, 2013

Do you think your data is more likely to be hacked on the cloud or on your local office computers?   While security has long been cited as an obstacle of adopting more cloud computing services, this article shows that cloud data is actually attacked less than your local computers.

Top 5 FREE Android Apps for Working Anywhere
May 30, 2013

With the coming of summer, Albert & I are working hard on getting our own mobile & work anywhere solutions set up and running.   I am preparing for the arrival of a new baby which has an impact on both our schedules and productivity.  Not only that, but one of the benefits of being an entrepreneur is that during the summer, we can take a random day off. 

Easy Office Productivity Tip - 5 Tips for Long Word Documents
May 28, 2013

Many times you are just creating short documents in Word.  But what about those longer documents, like multiple page quotes or even books or manuals? Here are 5 tips for navigating in long Word Documents easier.

The Cloud Doesn't Equal Zero Maintenance
May 16, 2013

To a lot of people, there is a perception that putting your data on the cloud means you don't have to do anything to it or with it unless you need it. 

Cross Platform GTD App -
May 14, 2013

Last month, I shared with you a view of my favorite personal productivity book - Getting Things Done.    Prior to sharing that book with you, I had decided to get back on the full GTD bandwagon -- reviews and all.   I just had TOO MUCH to do and keep track of and things were falling through the cracks.  I tend to work everywhere and anywhere I find a few spare moments, leaving me with quite the problem. 

Opening A New Office - Computers & Mobile Devices
May 9, 2013

Among the least forgotten items to consider when opening a new office, are computers and mobile devices.   While they are the easiest to remember because they are used daily, it is a component that is often overlooked as to its importance.   Buying a new computer is not as easy as running down to the nearest big box store and picking one off the shelf.  

7 Mistakes Businesses Make when Doing Their Own IT {PowerPoint}
April 30, 2013

We decided to do something different this month and so we made a short PowerPoint presentation about 7 (Common) Mistakes Businesses Make When Doing Their Own IT.  

Opening Your New Office - Your Minimum Online Presence - Web & Email Hosting
April 23, 2013

Whenever you are opening a new office or business, it is essential that you remember to include your online presence when planning your business needs.   The two most important pieces of your online presence are a website and email account. 

IFTTT - The King of Social Media Automation
April 18, 2013

I took a blogging course a year or so ago and someone shared this awesome little web app with me -- IFTTT.   IFTTT stands for IF This Then That.    It utilizes 60 different channels -- or online applications -- and allows you to automate things between them.

Easy Office Productivity Tip - Make Your Own Business PowerPoint Templates
April 16, 2013

At some point almost every business will need to make a presentation & most of the time, it's best to have slides.  It can be incredibly easy to get sucked into spending more time on the design of the presentation than the content that you put into it. 

Exchange Migration Tips - From Your Own Servers to Hosted Exchange
April 9, 2013

The dollar for dollar benefits of switching from having your own MS Exchange Servers to a hosted exchange solution may appear to be easy.    You could spend $1000's for new servers and updated software every few years in addition to needing someone to maintain it.   Or you could spend a fraction of that monthly and not have to worry.  

Great Articles We've Shared on Twitter & Facebook - February & March 2013
April 4, 2013

Every week, we share the best articles around the web that relate to your small business, legal technology and cloud computing on Twitter and Facebook.   In February & March, these were your favorites: 

Mobile Access For Lawyers
April 2, 2013

Over the last month or two, Albert & I have been discussing specialization of mobile access & devices.   So we have a question for you --   As a lawyer, which type of mobile OS are you more likely to want to use?

How Using RSS Feeds Can Help You on Social Media
March 21, 2013

In order to regularly participate in social media outlets, you need to have something to say.  

Easy Web Productivity Tip - Open Multiple Tabs on Startup in Google Chrome
March 12, 2013

Recently, I was set up with a new computer to do my work on.  Since I do all my work on the cloud, each time I go into my office to get ready to work for the day, I have to open up at least 5 different tabs on my web browser just to get started. 


Getting Things Done - Business Classics Book Review
March 7, 2013

I'm not sure if you know this, but Albert & I are both business majors.   Our passions are business and technology and helping making your business better through the use of technology. 

How to Keep Up on Social Media in an Hour a Week {Social Media Minute}
February 28, 2013

Most marketing experts say that social media is not something you can ignore, but as you probably know from using things like Facebook and Pinterest at home, it can be a real time sink. 

Small Business & The Cloud
February 26, 2013

I found this gorgeous infographic from Microsoft Office365 & Jess3 about small business and cloud computing.

Miller Emury PLLC {Customer Spotlight}
February 21, 2013

We are extremely pleased to be able to introduce one of our newest clients, Miller Embury P

Secure Your Data In Case Your Smartphone is Lost or Stolen
February 14, 2013

In this age when people have gotten rid of traditional telephones, losing your phone can be devastating, especially since many have photos and other information on them.   It's even worse, however, when you lose the smartphone that you use for work!   There are many apps on your phone and while most have some level of security, the finder has all day to try to hack into to everything -- your email, bank accounts, work computers, and more! So how do you secure your data in case your smartphone is lost or stolen?  

Top 5 Tips for Microsoft Excel
February 12, 2013

Looking to be able to use MS Excel more efficiently?   The Office Blog has compiled a list of the Top 5 Posts about Excel in 2012.    Among the tips you can learn?

7 Reasons Why Clio is Better For Legal Billing Than What You Use Now
February 5, 2013

Most law firms run their billing systems on their desktop computers.    Once upon a time, I had gotten training in using Timeslips and was helping a lawyer get his monthly billing out.    It was SLOW.   The database that a time-based billing system uses is HUGE!    There is a much more effective way to bill for your time -- enter Clio.   

Three Easy Ways to Reduce Computer Downtime
January 30, 2013

Your computers are the backbone of your business and without them, your business stops in its tracks.   Now that the holidays are over and everyone is back in their productive groove, it's a great time to take stock of your computers. 

Great Articles We've Shared on Twitter & Facebook - January 2012
January 23, 2013

Do you follow us on Twitter or Facebook?    If not, you could be missing out on some great articles!  We compile the best of the web in regards to operating your business, running a law firm and being on the cloud.   Here are a few articles we shared this month: 

What Did YOU Miss in 2012?
January 9, 2013

There was so much going on in technology in 2012 that it's nearly impossible to keep up on it all while you are trying to run your business!   Luckily, end of the year posts abound in December and January and Harry McCrackin at Time Magazine

Top Business Technologies of 2012
January 3, 2013

 The past year has been quite a year for technology and it's no surprise.   Technology permeates nearly aspect of our lives -- and our businesses! 

Opening a New Office - What Do You REALLY Want?
December 5, 2012

One of the great things about opening a new office is the ability to start from scratch.   You are no longer limited by the way things have always been done!    Here are some things to consider when researching your technology needs for your new office.

Look! I just patented a rectangle with round corners!
November 28, 2012

I've always wanted a patent!   Had I known that all I had to do was patent a SHAPE, I would have done it years ago. If you haven't already heard, Apple just received a patent for a portable display device with rounded corners.

Getting an Online Presence for Your Small Business - Part II
November 14, 2012

A few weeks ago, we looked at ways to get your small business online via a website, Facebook and Twitter and I promised to share a little about Pinterest, FourSquare and online business listings.

Windows 8 - The Lowdown
November 7, 2012

Windows 8 is the latest and greatest release of the Windows OS and it seems to be generating a buzz that hasn't been seen since the release of Windows XP.  

Advanced Computer Solutions Specializes in Technology for New Michigan Law Offices
October 31, 2012

Advanced Computer Solutions Specializes in Technology for New Michigan Law Offices TRAVERSE CITY --

The Simplest Thing You Can Do To Secure Your Data Online
October 24, 2012

The simplest thing you can do to secure your data online is to have a GOOD password.   Unfortunately, having a great password takes some thinking.   And you need more than one.   Luckily for you, we have provided 6 tips for creating passwords that can help secure your data online. 

Getting an Online Presence for Your Small Business
October 17, 2012

Is your business online?   Can you be found in a Google search?   Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Four-Squared?   If not, you could be missing out on a big source of customers for your company. 

How Can Cloud Computing Improve YOUR Business?
October 10, 2012

I read a great article on Five Ways Cloud Computing Can Speed Up Your Projects last week and it got me thinking...

Three Things to Think About Before Opening A New Law Office
October 3, 2012

Opening a new office or moving to a new location is a LOT of work.   There are so many bits and pieces to keep track of!   Here are some tips to think about before you open a new law office or decide to move.

Customer Spotlight: Ringsmuth Wuori PLC
September 26, 2012

Customer Spotlight: Ringsmuth Wuori PLC We are excited to share with you one of our n

Would You Know if You Had a Backup Failure?
September 19, 2012

So you've had a backup for years.   But is it working right?    Would you know if it failed? If you haven't been periodically checking up on it, it may not be working properly, especially if you've been doing the same old tape backup for years! 

So Just What is the CLOUD Anyway?
September 12, 2012

 Everyone talks about the cloud.   Why it's good to be on the cloud, why it's bad to be on the cloud, why the cloud is secure, how it's not.   But that still doesn't answer the question: What is the Cloud?