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Windows 10 Tip: Modify sleep settings

Is your Windows 10 computer going to sleep and showing a black screen too quickly? It can be frustrating if it goes to sleep and locks after only 10 or 15 minutes of idle time. Here's how you can modify your Windows 10 sleep settings. Go to Start. Type "sleep". Choose Power & sleep settings when it appears. Under the Screen and Sleep sections, choose how long you want your computer to wait before turning off or going to sleep. You can have different times depending on whether your computer is on battery power (not plugged in) or plugged in.…
OXEN Technology
June 12, 2017
Tech Tip

Counting in Excel with COUNTIF

Maybe you have a list in Excel and you want to know the number of times repeating items appear. Say you have a list of contacts with their company names, and you want to know how many times a company appears (which is the number of contacts from that company on your list). There's an Excel formula for that, called COUNTIF! Create a Legend First, you need a list of unique company names only to create a "legend". You can get this by copying the Company column and pasting it into another column. Then select the new column and go…
OXEN Technology
May 29, 2017
Tech Tip

Blue Light Exposure and Windows 10 Creators Update Night Light

Exposure to blue light from digital devices, such as your phone and your computer screen, can have harmful effects. You may want to lower the blue light coming from your computer. The effects of blue light This is not to say that blue light is inherently bad all the time. In fact, you are naturally exposed to blue light by the sun. It helps regulate your circadian rhythm (your natural sleep and wake cycles), boost your alertness, aid with memory and cognition, and elevate your mood. But prolonged chronic exposure to unnatural blue light can have a negative effect. Because…
OXEN Technology
May 15, 2017
Tech Tip

Changing a Word document’s style set

Have you ever wanted to switch the formatting of your Word document? Maybe you have a style set applied but need to switch to your company’s style set to match your branding. This is how you can quickly find the style sets and choose the one you want to use in Word 2016. Click the Design tab on the Ribbon. In the Document Formatting Group, choose a style set by clicking on it.To see all the options, click the More down arrow on the right. Style sets are grouped into 3 categories in this expanded list: This Document (what is…
OXEN Technology
May 1, 2017
Security

First Quarter 2017 Update on Cybersecurity

Bob Gentzler, President, OXEN Technology I want to give you a short update on what OXEN Technology is doing on the cybersecurity front and the capabilities we have built to improve our security efforts. It seems like every day we read about another cybersecurity breach. Lost credit card information, hacked emails, corporate or national security information stolen by insider or external actors. Cyber espionage and security attacks have become sophisticated and big business. We have reluctantly learned a new language: ransomware, “phishing”, malware, HIPAA (in healthcare), PCI (for credit card protection), and PII (personally identifiable information) to name a few.…
OXEN Technology
April 18, 2017
Tech Tip

Windows 10 Tip: Customize Your Start Menu

The Windows 10 Start menu has a new look from previous versions. Specifically, it uses tiles when pinning your favorite apps to the Start menu for quick access. Here, we’ll explain how you can customize your Start menu: pinning and removing apps from the Start menu and resizing and rearranging pinned tiles. To access your Start menu, hit the Windows key on your keyboard, or click the Windows icon in the lower left corner of your screen. On the left side of the Start menu, you will see a list of all apps installed on your machine. At the top…
OXEN Technology
April 11, 2017
TestimonialsVideos

An OXEN Strong IT Partner for an Internal Team

Woodruff Construction has been an OXEN Strong client for many years. A neighbor, really. In our previous location, Woodruff was right next door. So, you could say we got to know them pretty well. Christian Cryder, IT Technical Support for Woodruff, explains in this video what it's like to be a "Tech Guy" for a company and work with the OXEN Team. He explains how our expertise complements his own and how he is able to focus on the needs of Woodruff Construction staff, his clients, because he can count on OXEN Technology to manage the servers and keep the…
OXEN Technology
April 7, 2017
BackupSecurity

Data backup is a must

March 31st is World Backup Day, an independent initiative to encourage people to back up their data. This initiative is great! We want to remind you to look beyond your personal data and consider efforts to back up and preserve your business or organization’s data as well. Why does a business need backup? Honestly, there are many reasons, practical and legal! Here are five top reasons you need backup for your business. Cybercrime Backup can protect against malware and ransomware. If your data becomes corrupted, infected, or taken hostage, you can restore your data from a backup quickly and without…
OXEN Technology
March 27, 2017
Announcements

Windows Vista End of Life Approaches

Windows Vista's lifecycle comes to an end on April 11, 2017. This date is the end of extended support and end of life.1 We strongly recommend that you upgrade or replace any personal and business Windows Vista machines to Windows 10. Mainstream support for Vista ended in April 2012. Mainstream support includes requests to change product design and features, non-security updates, and complimentary support. Extended support for Vista ends on April 11, 2017, which means there will no longer be security updates, any non-security updates, and paid support available.2 With no available updates (complimentary or paid), continuing to use Windows Vista after…
OXEN Technology
March 15, 2017
Tech Tip

Modifying Windows 10 Notifications

In Windows 10, application notifications appear in the Action Center in the bottom right corner of the screen, on the toolbar. Notifications pop up and then minimize to the Action Center. Clicking on the icon on the toolbar brings up the full Action Center panel on the right side of the screen. You may decide that you want to turn off or change Windows 10 notifications from some apps. How do you do this in Windows 10? Here are instructions. Click the Start When the Start menu appears, begin typing "Notifications". The "Best Match" option at the top will say…
OXEN Technology
February 20, 2017