NEWS AND CASE STUDIES

Bad Capacitors

By Brett

We deal with a number of systems here at Altitude Integrations.  Many of our clients bring in older systems that they’ve had for several years.  Often a system optimization or malware scan & clean will resolve  issues with system reliability or performance. When our diagnosis and troubleshooting moves beyond software issues, we have to open up the computer and take a look inside. Heat can be a major contributing factor to system instability.  Dust and pet hair are common finds inside of fans, heatsinks and all of the other nooks and crannies inside a desktop PC.  One client brought in…

IT in Education: How to Make Sure the Teacher Knows More About IT than the Student

By Brett

Technology has grown so fast over the past couple of decades that there seems to be more experts outside of the IT field than within it. Some would go so far to say that students (in and out of school) seem to have an innate ability to navigate their way around software that even challenge programmers. So how can we make sure that today’s teachers stay ahead of their savvy students? Altitude Integrations aids teachers with direction from our experts in network management, servers, desktops, and phone systems. If you’re in the position of fielding questions from smart and fast…

Google Apps Gets Even Better

By Brett

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…

Altitude Integrations Now Offers Computer Recycling

By Brett

With the help of Eco-Cycle we are now offering recycling services for your used computer equipment. Here’s how the process works: Drop Off: Drop off your items at our shop. For a list of equipment we accept and pricing information, see our price sheet. Test Item: We test the item to see if we can refurbish or repurpose any of the parts. Wipe Data: We wipe all data before refurbishing, repurposing or recycling any electronics. Refurbish/Repurpose Parts: If possible, we refurbish or repurpose parts for use in our shop. Recycling: Everything else will be sent to Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard-to-Recycle…

A New Hack Might Leave Your Secured Router Vulnerable

By Brett

Think your wireless is secure? Think again. We’ve always advised our customers to use WPA2 encryption for their wireless networks, and with good reason: with a good password WPA2 encryption can take millions of years for hackers to crack. There’s a new loophole, though: WPS, a system that makes it easier to set up devices wirelessly, also makes it easier for hackers to get your wireless password. Those with geeky inclinations can check out the initial research, but everyone else should simply know this: WPS is not secure. Here’s what we recommend: if you’re currently using WPS on your router,…

State of the Google Apps Ecosystem

By Brett

Ever wondered about how Google Apps can help advance your business?

Statistics are in on WordPress and the results may surprise you

By Brett

Since WordPress started in 2003 it has been steadily growing in popularity. In the last year we’ve seen a huge spike in 2011-2012 where it is estimated that 1 in 4 new websites are being built on a WordPress platform. With the endless amount of customization and the ease of editing, WordPress is the preferred platform for Altitude Integrations. And with the recent surge of new WordPress projects coming in it makes sense that the rest of the industry is feeling it too. Just check out some of these statistics below, taken from the Yoast.com, a popular WordPress plugin and…

New File Types Supported by Google Docs

By Brett

We think that Google Docs is great.  While it’s an excellent platform for viewing and editing most files, there are some files that have been a challenge for Google Docs.  Most of these file formats are Adobe files such as Adobe Illustrator (.ai), Photoshop (.psd) or Postscript files (.eps). The following files are now able to be viewed in a browser through Google Docs: Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX) Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX) Apple Pages (.PAGES) Adobe Illustrator (.AI) Adobe Photoshop (.PSD) Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF) Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG) PostScript (.EPS, .PS) TrueType (.TTF) XML Paper Specification (.XPS)…

20 years of Linux: a video retrospective

By Brett

We love Linux. We can’t imagine what fixing computers would be like without a plethora of quality Live CDs, and pretty much every web site we’ve built is hosted on a Linux server. But we’re not naive. We know our clients don’t necessarily know what Linux is. That’s why we were so excited to find this video, which explains everything nicely: In summary: Linux is an amazing piece of software written by volunteers. Even if you don’t know what Linux is you probably use it every day. And we use it here all the time. Want to learn more? Stop by the…

The Cloud: WorkSurf

By Brett

Increase Productivity Remote access is key in company productivity. Altitude Integrations provides this service to its clients using cloud computing services through our Business IT Services department. We ensure clients can increase productivity with accessibility to apps and data from any place, easy communication and a strong security system. Altitude Integrations along with our partner VirtTerrus, promote an efficient work environment the cloud solutions.   Workplace flexibility or WorkSurfing Is a concept and strategy based on getting work done in the right place by the correct people at the ideal time. It is made possible through virtual computing, a model…