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Information Technology (IT) is a critical part of the business process that can require technical competence beyond the scope of the current management. In this case, a third party should manage the IT function.

Here are some of the reasons why outsourcing is a better choice for managing the IT department, rather than maintaining IT internally:

-IT costs become more visible as all billable hours must be accounted for

-Outsourced services are utilized as needed, and organizations pay only for what services are actually used

-An outsourced IT department can reduce costs by utilizing its extensive knowledge base of various IT specialists, as opposed to an organization maintaining a comprehensive in-house staff

-Outsourced companies make performance reports and measurements available to their clients

-Communications between business functions improve at all levels and ensure that IT resources are not being misused

-Outsourced companies can provide 24×7 support at a fraction of the cost

-Staffing levels can be adapted quickly to client requirements, thereby avoiding gaps due to attrition, business growth or economic downturns

-Retention of technically qualified in-house personnel is more difficult when external job opportunities are rapidly changing

-IT consultants are fully trained on the latest technologies

-Continuous IT support coverage without having to rely on only one or two key people

-Outsourced services use established standards for equipment and software requirements, saving time and money

Client management can concentrate on core competencies and revenue generating activities, while leaving technology management to IT professionals

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    Dell’s Alienware comes out swinging yet again with their recent update on their already amazing M11X.  Some basic specs on this computer are that you can now get this computer with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7.  This effectively breaks down all conceptions of what a netbook is able to do.  The original model came with a Core 2 Duo 1.6 (SU7300 / 1.3GHz) which is more than enough for your typical user.  But who are we kidding, you don’t buy an Alienware to perform normal computing duties.  This recent upgrade is the answer to many current users pleas that the CPU is the main bottleneck in the system.  A Core i5 or i7 removes said bottleneck, and lets you get your game on with little to no limitations.  The screen has an 11.6 diagonal at a resolution of 1366X768 with a 16:9 aspect ratio.  Also included is an A/B/G/N wireless card, and you can get it on a 3G network if you want to go in that direction.  Dell also is reported to have included Nvidia’s Optimus on their GPU which seamlessly switches between using the CPU for graphics, to the discrete graphics card when you are gaming or using applications that would tax the CPU to hard.  The original design only allowed you to switch between integrated and discrete with a keystroke combinations and other tweaks, for a general clumsy experience.  But Optimus removes this problem and lets the system do the work for you.  Combine that with the choice of dropping in a 256GB SSD and up to 8GB of memory, and you have yourself one lean mean machine.  You also have a HDMI,VGA, and Display Port if you want to output video to a TV or monitor.

    All this can be had for under $1000 if you go with a i5 and slightly over that if you go with a i7.  There is a big jump in price once you add a SSD to the configuration, but my recommendation would be to give this upgrade a try yourself.  You can save a lot of money and probably wont void your warranty.  So the hardest part about this machine is not the limitations on games your throw at it, but convincing your wife that this is a worth while investment of about $1200.  Just eat Ramen noodles for a few months.  Simple.

    -Marcus Espenlaub

    This is a easy way to make Windows 7 (or Vista) to install from a USB Drive.  A great feature is that you can get Windows installed in 15 minutes, or if you are a technician you can carry these around in the event of a System Reinstall.  Or for those of you with netbooks that do not have optical drives then this is a great solution to the problem of installing Win 7 without a CD.

    I have tried tested this out on all systems and I know that everything works properly.  Email me if you are having any problems.

    First off,  from inside of Windows make sure that the Operating system can see your drive.  It should look something like this

    You are going to need to verify that your motherboard is capable of supporting USB boot up.  To check this press the button that loads the BIOS when starting the system usually [Delete] or [F2] or etc.

    After you have verified that your system supports USB boot up.  Make sure to change the Boot Sequence so that USB or Removable Media is set to the first device.  This will be in the boot sequence option in the BIOS.

    Now back to Windows.  The USB drive needs to be at least 4GB in size or all of the Windows Media will not fit.  I would also state that the USB boot drive should not be used for storage as it could confuse Windows during the install process.  You are also going to need the media files of Windows 7/Vista that are from the original DVD or a mounted image of the files.  NOTE ** An ISO or other image file can not be read by the installer, it needs to be all of the media files (Folders with files etc in them.

    Now for the Steps

    1. Insert the USB flash drive if you have not already done so.
    2. Backup all the data on the drive that you want saved.  The formating of the drive will clear all of the files if they are not backed up properly.
    3. Open up a command prompt that has Admin Rights. This can be done by either typing “cmd” in the search box in windows and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.  OR go to the Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Right click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
    4. Once inside of the command prompt type “DISKPART” **NOTE** for the sake of simplicity you should leave the CAPS LOCK ON through this section.  I figured it would be easier to understand this guide if everything was done in caps.
    5. This will take you to the above screen
    6. Then type “LIST DISK”

    Now type each of the following lines one at a time

    SELECT DISK 6       (6 Is the drive number that you can see above as the 8gb flash drive)

    CLEAN                      (This will remove all of the existing partitions as well as hidden sectors that might be on the disk)

    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY                   (This will create a new partition and set it as the primary for the USB Drive)

    SELECT PARTITION 1                         (This tells diskpart to focus on the new partition that you just created with the above line)

    ACTIVE                                 (This tells the computer that this is a valid system partition)

    FORMAT FS=NTFS                (This will format the disk with the NTFS File System(FS)  Please note that this can take 10 min or more depending on size of USB and speed of computer etc.)

    ASSIGN                                      (This command tells windows to assign it a drive letter)

    EXIT                                         (This will cause the DiskPart tool to exit back to windows)

    Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.

    Now insert your copy of Vista 32,64 or Windows 7 32,64 bit into the optical drive.

    Go to My Computer then open up your Windows 7 Disc

    Now you are going to want to go back to the Command Prompt, or restart it by running cmd in the start button.

    D:CD BOOT          (You are going to want to make sure that your optical drive has the letter D, or change it if yours if different.)

    CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.

    7. Type another command given below to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.


    Where “H” is your USB drive letter. Once you enter the above command you will see the below message.

    8. Copy your Windows 7/Vista DVD contents to the USB flash drive.

    9. Your USB drive is ready to boot and install Windows 7/Vista. Only thing you need to change the boot priority at the BIOS to USB from the HDD or CD ROM drive. I won’t explain it as it’s just the matter the changing the boot priority or enabling the USB boot option in the BIOS.

    Or you can always use the Windows USB Tool that creates it for you here

    In order to get the GodMode control panel in Windows 7 first you are going to want to create a new folder that has the exact name of


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    This is a quick guide on how to bring a window that you have misplaced off of the screen back to your primary display.  This happens if you are working with a multiple monitor setup and then take away one of the monitors that was in your combined display.

    First step that you should take is to make sure that the application is running.  If you click on the link for it in the start bar and see that it is pressed, but cannot see the data for this window then you have likely placed it on another monitor which is powered off or removed from your available monitors.

    One option that you might notice is that if you right click on the start menu button you get the option to ‘move’ the window and get a strange pointer with four arrow built into it but still are unable to move.  Don’t panic a reboot is not necessary to get you back to work.

    The simple trick to this problem is to first press the Alt-Tab until you have selected the window in question.  Once you have the window open right click back again on the button in the start bar and choose the Move option.

    At this point, you should notice that your cursor changes to the “Move” cursor, but you still can’t move anything.  You may still see the strange four arrowed move button but it probably wont seem to be much use to you.  Instead of moving the mouse around to move the window use your Up,Down, Left, Right arrow keys to bring back the windows.  You should see the window make its way to where you want it back on the screen.

    Another method is to Alt-Tab to the window, use the Alt-Space bar, then press the letter M, and then your arrow keys.

    Another quick method is to right click on your taskbar and choose to Cascade your windows.  This will stack them all up on one screen and should sort the windows on your primary screen.

    These tricks will work on any version of Windows and should save you some head ache if this problem comes back again.  Simple

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