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Smooth Sailing with WorryFree IT for Smooth Trucking

In late 2017, we met with Smooth Trucking in Logan, IA, and began working with them to address their technology pain points. Their workflow wasn’t working, computer issues were beyond their capability to fix, and their network needs had grown to the point that they needed a server environment. As they reported, all of these issues were holding back the company’s growth. OXEN jumped in to help them acquire new hardware, install a server, and add a firewall and backup solution to their network. We also set them up with ongoing proactive management and monitoring of their workstations, server, firewall,…
OTWAdmin
September 10, 2018
Tech Tip

Fighting images in Microsoft Word

Remember this? You're working on a Word document – maybe it's a report for your sales meeting, a set of instructions for a client, or a promotional flyer – and you are trying to place an image. You bump it down a few keystrokes at a time to situate it perfectly at the bottom of the page... when suddenly it goes flying off, jumping to the top of the page or disappearing completely! What happened?! Anchored Images in Microsoft Word Images in Microsoft Word are finicky. They are always placed in relation to a paragraph or an "anchoring object". The…
OTWAdmin
September 3, 2018
Testimonials

Strong IT for a Family Oriented Financial Institution: Liberty Savings Association

The Liberty Savings Association is a family-oriented financial institution that offers personal and commercial banking services in the Fort Scott, KS and Bourbon County area. Liberty Savings was established in 1919. OXEN Technology has been working to support Liberty Savings’ technical needs since 2011 through a wide range of infrastructure solutions, managed services, and IT planning and consulting. Liberty Savings’ predominant need has been technical remediation in response to their annual IT audits. OXEN performs a cost/benefit analysis of their annual IT audit results, recommends priorities, and rectifies vulnerability issues. Liberty Savings is very proactive in routinely assessing and reducing…
OTWAdmin
August 20, 2018
Assessments

Eyes on Tech: The Technology Consulting Process

We frequently consult with prospective clients and long-term clients about the state of their current technology and their needs for the future. We’ve talked about the importance of assessments before, and technology consulting does involve assessments – but there are other steps. At OXEN, we value listening to our clients. As an IT provider, it could be overly easy for us to recommend all the latest hardware, the most innovative solutions, and every cool device that’s currently on the market. That would be a huge mistake though. Every organization has a custom set of technological needs: IT infrastructure has to…
OTWAdmin
August 13, 2018
Tech Tip

Batch renaming files in File Explorer

Have you ever wanted to change the names of a bunch of files at once? Rather than laboriously renaming them one by one, it would be nice if you could change all the file names in large batches. A situation where you really might need batch renaming is if you're processing a lot of pictures and you want them to have more descriptive names. For example, if you have a bunch of images that are named "DSC_0001.jpg, DSC_0002.jpg...", you might want to rename them to "Retreat (1), Retreat (2)..." and so on. If you have a Windows computer, then you…
OTWAdmin
August 6, 2018
Testimonials

HIX Corporation: Upgraded IT for Growth

When any business or organization has been growing for decades, it’s common for technological sprawl to become an issue. Technology additions, upgrades, and expansions build on each other, oftentimes under the direction of different administrators and multiple generations of IT staff. IT infrastructure may feel like it’s getting out of hand – and consolidation and simplification are in order! At OXEN Technology, we’ve seen this many times after decades in business ourselves. Getting IT organized, updated, and proactively managed is possible, no matter how daunting it might seem at first. As an example, we want to present HIX Corporation, based…
OTWAdmin
July 23, 2018
Managed Services

What you gain with Managed IT Services

We could talk about the benefits of managed IT services all day, every day. Managed IT services is also referred to as outsourced IT or remote network management. Letting an expert team remotely monitor and manage your IT infrastructure for you is, in fact, a huge win for your business and your staff. Today we want to focus on five major advantages you gain when you have managed IT services. #1 You can control technology costs much better Managed IT services use the recurring services model where you pay a set, predictable monthly cost. You know exactly what you’re going…
OTWAdmin
July 16, 2018
Business ProductivityTech Tip

Naming files by date for sorting

Are you trying to organize and sort documents with dates in the title? For example, say you want to always have a list of newsletter files or meeting notes sort in chronological order. You may have started out naming files like this: Newsletter-June-2018.pdf Newsletter-July-2018.pdf Newsletter-August-2018.pdf But when you try to sort the file names, they are out of order like this, which is alphabetical and never chronological: Newsletter-August-2018.pdf Newsletter-July-2018.pdf Newsletter-June-2018.pdf What’s a better way to do this so that they actually sort in chronological order? Always use YY-MM-DD or YYYY-MM-DD format when naming files for this purpose. This means your…
OTWAdmin
July 9, 2018
BackupManaged ServicesTestimonials

SEK-CAP Is OXEN Strong: Supporting Community Action with Secure, Reliable Technology

Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) is a non-profit social service agency created in 1966 to combat poverty in Southeast Kansas. Their services address specific community needs such as housing, utilities, transportation, employment, medical care, child care, education, nutrition, and more. Over the years, countless SEK-CAP employees, volunteers, and partners have demonstrated commitment and dedication to serving the people and communities of Southeast Kansas. Since 2015, OXEN Technology has been pleased to assist SEK-CAP with their technological needs, in support of their mission. OXEN stepped in to help SEK-CAP after an infrastructure refresh project was approved. The project needed to…
OTWAdmin
July 2, 2018
Office 365Tech Tip

Inserting a video in PowerPoint

Do you have a video file that you’d like to include in your PowerPoint presentation? You can link to a YouTube video or exit your presentation to open up a file somewhere else… or you could embed a video file that’s in the presentation itself! So if you have video file on hand, here’s how you insert it and get it to automatically play. And you don’t have to bring the separate video file with you. We’ll start with a blank slide in PowerPoint. Insert a Video into a Blank Textbox In a new slide, with a blank text box,…
OTWAdmin
June 25, 2018