News And Case Studies

Five Programs You Seriously Need To Stop Using

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

If you have kids you’ve probably explained to them, time and time again, that “everybody else is doing it” is not a good reason to do something. And yet, if you look at the software you use every day on your computer, can you really explain why it is that you use it? Probably not. If you’re like the vast majority of computer users you’ve stuck with the software you know simply because it’s familar. That’s okay, but you’re not necessarily getting the most out of your technology. With this in mind, we a Altitude Integrations wish to present you…

Google Apps Gets Even Better

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

We have been implementing Google Apps as an online collaboration solution for almost 2 years now.  It allows companies and organizations of all sizes to access their business email in the Gmail interface, collaborate on documents and spreadsheets in Google Docs, share calendars with Google Calendar and create internal or external web sites with Google Sites.  Emails are sent from name@yourdomain.com and not a gmail address.  While this platform is very powerful for business, Google Apps users have not been able to access the many other tools that Google offers such as Google Places, Picasa, Blogger and YouTube. This has…

Cloud Computing Reduces Carbon Footprint

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

We love cloud computing.  There are so many ways that cloud computing improves a business.  Businesses can expect to lower their power usage when not hosting their own server environment.  There is also the cost saving associated with not purchasing or leasing server hardware.  Servers do not take care of themselves, so businesses get the added benefit of lower IT admin costs.  For now, we’ll focus on the environmental sustainability aspect of cloud computing. We wish there were more studies on this topic.  That being said, we are thankful that Accenture, Microsoft and WSP Environment and Energy have done a…

Our iPhone 4 Repair Has Arrived

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

When Apple first released the iPhone, the lcd (that produces the image) and the digitizer (that detects your finger movements), were fused together.  That means that if you cracked the digitizer glass, you still needed to replace the whole assembly.  When the 3G/3GS came out, Apple computer, in their infinite wisdom, made these two parts separate.  The real winner of that decision is the iPhone owner who cracks the outer glass.  Because the cost of the part is lower, the cost of that repair is far more reasonable. Now enter the iPhone 4 in all its glory.  The fantastic retina…

Get Your Business on the Web

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

When we are curious about a business, what do we do…. we look them up online.  If we find nothing, the inquiry stops there.  That could be a lost client.  If the web site is old and clunky, we think the business is old and clunky (generally not a good thing).  Here at Altitude Integrations, we work to ensure that your business has a positive representation online through an effective and visually stunning web site. One of the biggest challenges that have faces business owners up to this point has been how to make changes to a web site.  In…

Vista to Windows 7 Upgrade…. Only $199!

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

Here at Altitude Integrations, we work to speed up lots of computers.  These computers run XP, Vista and Windows 7.  There are many things that we can do to increase the performance of an XP or a Windows 7 computer.  We can also attempt to speed up a Vista computer.  The problem is that it’s a bit like putting new shoes and saddle bags on a slow, grumpy donkey with the expectation that the donkey will turn into a stallion.  We would rather not waste our time or our client’s money. Therefore, we are offering a special to turn that…

Wondering how your PC got infected?

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

NetworkWorld.com has a great article on where the majority of malicious software infections are coming from.  You’ll be surprised when you learn how new tactics are taking advantage of many parts of the computer you may not have considered vulnerable. The 17 Most Dangerous Places on the Web Threat 1 >> Malicious Flash files that can infect your PC The Place: Websites that use Flash Threat 2 >> Shortened links that lead you to potentially harmful places The Place: Twitter Threat 3 >> E-mail scams or attachments that get you to install malware or give up personal info The Place:…

10 Ways to Increase Efficiency on a Mac (OSX)

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

Spaces– By using spaces, you can increase the total screen real estate that is available for multiple projects.  Be aware that it is possible to slow down your computer by having applications running that are hidden in faraway spaces. Dock– The dock takes up space on the screen.  Therefore, I always recommend that Mac users enable ‘Automatically hide and show dock’.  This frees up a significant amount of screen real estate for the windows containing your active projects.  Another tip is to disable dock animations in order to save processor cycles and RAM. Get External– I love my Macbook.  I…

10 Reasons Why Google Apps is the Perfect Solution for Your Business

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

Three years ago, if a business wanted to have a central location for email hosting, calendar sharing and document collaboration, they needed to invest in a server.  So you might ask… why should I get onto the cloud?  Let me count the ways: A company of 10 users would save about $30,000 a year by using Google Apps to host their email, calendars and documents The average employee will be 2.8 times more productive while using mobile computing solutions Email mailboxes in the Google Apps Premier platform have 50 times the average storage space of other email hosts Each employee…

Put Your Business On The Web

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

We love WordPress here at Altitude Integrations. We built our own site with the platform, for example, and we love setting it up for others. This week the website of Michael Silbert, Boulder Architect went live, and we think it looks pretty good: The home page, a collection of houses designed by the brilliant Boulder architect, is automatically generated every time Michael adds a new house to his portfolio. Best of all, because Michael now knows how to update the site himself, he doesn’t need to pay a web manager once the site is set up. We can build a…