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Which Office 365 Plan Is Best For My Business?

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What is Office 365?

Office 365 refers to Microsoft subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud service) such as Skype for Business web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive for Business. The first version came with Office 2013 and the latest version now comes with Office 2016.

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The DOs and DON’Ts of Working with a Designer

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  1. DO: Communicate
    DON’T: Expect a mind reader
    Communication is an integral component to any project, be it design related or otherwise. No communication or miscommunication can tank an entire project. From the first meeting with the designer, work together to create a clear project vision. One of the most helpful pieces of information you can provide during this meeting is a selection of examples of other similar works that you like. Collaboration with the designer during the entire project is also necessary. Establish a communication schedule so that the project remains on track. Ensure that this schedule is adhered to. If a designer doesn’t hear anything throughout the project they assume that everything is going well. No designer is going to be happy if presented with a laundry list of changes at the end of a project.
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Does your personality type affect your paycheck? Maybe.

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The Ultimate Project- My Wedding

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A couple weeks ago, I took the big plunge and married my partner of 4.5 years. When we got engaged last year, as excited as I was, the business analyst within knew the amount of work that was now ahead of us- but mainly, ahead of me (let’s be real, most grooms just show up to the party). Shortly after our engagement, being the diligent business analyst that I am, and to my then-fiancé’s utter dismay, I shifted to project mode. Planning a wedding is no different than planning an intranet redesign or building a new timesheet application system. The same fundamentals apply:

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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut Keys

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With Windows 8 there is some adjustment in getting around to find common things that you were use to in Windows 7. Here are the keyboard shortcuts you can use:

Windows  – Toggle between Desktop and Modern
Windows + I  – Settings (Restart, Shutdown, Network, etc.)
Windows + X – Common administrative tasks menu
Windows + (number) – Opens the (nth) application on the taskbar in desktop view
Windows + Ctrl + Shift + (number) – Opens the (nth) application on the taskbar in desktop view with elevated privileges
Windows + C – Charms bar
Windows + D - Desktop
Windows + B – When in Modern, shortcut to notification area
Windows + M – When in Modern, shortcut to Desktop and minimizes all apps
Windows + Q – Shows Apps with search
Windows + W - Settings search
Windows + E – Opens Windows Explorer
Windows + R – Opens Run Window
Windows + T – Display thumbnails of open apps for each Taskbar icon, repeat to cycle through
Windows + U – Ease of Access Center
Windows + P – Projector, extend display options
Windows + = – Zoom
Windows + F – File Search
Windows + H – Share options
Windows + K – Share devices
Windows + , -  Preview desktop
Windows + L – Lock Computer
Ctrl + Shift + Esc – Task Manager

What the Zombie Apocalypse Really Looks Like

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‘Seinfeld’ Is the Most Popular English Password?

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This is fascinating. The most common passwords in North America are:

  • seinfeld
  • password
  • 123456
  • princess
  • peanut
  • shadow
  • ginger
  • michael
  • sunshine
  • tigger
  • bailey

This is according to I.T. expert, Troy Hunt, who analyzed the hacker results of the recent Sony Pictures and Sony Playstation network attacks. Troy’s results are very interesting as he lifts the hood on what people use for passwords. Read more about Troy’s analysis here…

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Canada lost a great leader this week.

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Going beyond our information technology world for a few minutes: our country lost a great Canadian this week. As a patriot with no taste for politics, I am compelled to repost this letter by Jack Layton. This missive was penned in his final days of his fight against cancer, and I challenge you to read this with dry eyes. Mr. Layton’s goodbye message transcends politics, and is a powerful reminder of our identity as Canadians.

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