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Posted 09/21/2015 09:00 am
Remote Support Upgrade:
Hello everyone, we are updating our remote connection solution.
OK so what is a remote connection solution for and why should I care? Our clients and we use remote connection solutions to connect to their computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones from remote locations. This allows access to files, programs, and the complete desktops from anywhere you have an Internet connection. This allows us to offer remote support in a quick an efficient manner. This saves all of us time and money. For years now, we have been able to save clients thousands of dollars in support cost by not having to travel to each location to provide support.
For some years, we now we used LOGMEIN to provided this solution. While not completely satisfied with this solution the cost was reasonable. Because of the past pricing, we were able to offer our clients the remote access program without additional cost to them. Unfortunately, LOGMEIN has made changes to their program this year and raised the prices by a factor of about 10 thus forcing us to charge our clients a large fee to stay with LOGMEIN. We then started our search for another solution that would at help control price increases for both our clients and us.
We found that our reseller association The ASCII Group had made a deal with a new product coming to the US from Canada and Europe called BeAnywhere. As it turns out BeAnywhere offers many more features than LOGEMIN at about ¼ of the price. It is still more expensive than the old LOGMEIN program but still a lot most cost effective. We will have to charge clients for access to their computers remotely if they need that type of access. However, it is only going to cost $10.00 Per Year per User. If we stayed with LOGMEIN, it would have cost about $100.00 per year.
If you have any questions or need remote access to your systems please let us know in case we may have missed someone.
Posted 07/31/2014 11:45 am
Mail Server Upgrade:
Today we upgraded the mail server with the latest version of the server software. There are many new features that have been added:
Email Exchange Services Outlook Conector (Share Email, Contacts, Calenders, Folders, and Documents with other users) **Now Included in your Annual Email Fee**
End users who want to use Microsoft Outlook as their preferred email client can do so when Outlook Connector for MDaemon is deployed. Outlook Connector provides groupware and collaboration functionality by connecting the MDaemon email server with the Outlook client to use Outlook's email, calendar with free/busy scheduling, address book, distribution lists, tasks, and notes.
Many MDaemon deployments utilize a mix of MDaemon's WorldClient for web-based email access and Outlook, depending on user preference. To ensure that Outlook Connector for MDaemon has optimal performance, please review and consider these guidelines before deployment.
Now supports Outlook 2013
Powerful Mail List Engine
Create and manage bulletins, discussions, and distribution lists easily to effectively communicate on multiple levels. Custom scheduling and mail queuing allow for more flexible outbound mail management.
Posted 07/31/2014 11:45 am
Internet Services Interruption
This morning between 7:30AM and 8:15AM, Computer Team suffered an internet service outage as a result of a fiber-optic line getting damaged between our facility and our internet provider. We applogize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you are still having trouble utilizing our services, please don't hesitate to reach out to our help desk at 563-355-0426 or 800-355-0450.
Posted 04/03/2014 2:47 pm
Changing Phone Systems
We are currently in the process of switching to a new phone system. Our main phone number (563-355-0426) and our Toll-Free number (800-355-0450) will continue to work with out any problems.
If you are dialing any of our other phone numbers, we ask that you update our contact number to be one of the above numbers so that you get in touch with us when you need to.
Posted 03/12/2014 10:30 am
Still Using Windows XP? Need to upgrade to Windows 7?
Is your place of business still using computers with Windows XP? If so, you should think about getting those computers upgraded before April 8th, 2014. Why? Well, on that date, Microsoft will end all support for XP & it will not be receiving any more updates… ever.
This means that the computer will be more prone to getting viruses or infections. Also, if your business is required to hold any form of compliance, you will be in violation come April 8th.
Here are some supporting articles
PC Pro UK
It’s not to late to take a pro-active approach on getting your business upgraded! Here at Computer Team we have done some of the work for you. We have an abundant supply of Windows 7 desktop computers for only $199 you can get a refurbished desktop computer with a 12-month warranty. Need quite a few? No problem, get in touch with us for bulk pricing!
Posted 02/20/2014 1:45 pm
Cougar Mountain is getting ready to release Denali Payroll! I can't believe it either.
Denali Payroll Built for Speed
Denali Payroll is built for speed. You’ll probably notice this speed the most when you process payroll. For example, consider a normal bi-weekly payroll run for a business with 10 employees.
As illustrated below, the CMS Professional process requires over 60 individual steps, while the same payroll process requires only 3 steps in Denali. That means more than 57 individual steps are eliminated, and the number of steps is reduced by over 90%.
From a time perspective, the CMS Professional process takes 13 minutes, which is nearly 4 times as long as the 3 minutes it takes to complete the same process in Denali.
57 fewer steps. 10 fewer minutes. 90% fewer chances to make errors.
That’s the speed of Denali Payroll processing. Quicker payroll processing means less stress. Click the images for a closer view the process comparisons...
Posted 10/30/2013 10:45 am
Computer Team Email Server Attacked by Spammers
We apologize for the short outage of the email server this morning. We were under attack from a spammer and had to shut down and block the attack to prevent it from taking the server down completely. All statuses are normal now and well continue to monitor in case they attempt another attack. If you have any questions please contact Dave Smith or Dave Belville.
Posted 07/15/2013 10:00 amNew Computer Team Integrated Scales Systems for Cougar Mountain & Others!
We completed a project that now allows our clients to have integrated scales for weighing, products, shipments, or just about anything else into their accounting solutions and beyond. For More information click here...
Posted 06/25/2013 8:43 am
Last Thursday we upgraded the mail server to version 13.5. There are a number of new features provided by this version of the mail server. For a complete list click here. One the most important features is the attachment feature. Improved Attachment Linking
MDaemon - Mail Server - Attachment Linking:
Attachment Linking is a feature that makes it possible for MDaemon to remove all attachments from incoming email messages, store them in a designated location, and then place URL links to the files in each message from which they are extracted. The recipients can then click those links to download the files.
Beginning with MDaemon 13.5, attachment linking is now supported for outbound messages.
Attachment Linking enabled on a per-user or domain basis on client-by-client request. When the user sends an email, Attachment Linking will extract the file, store it, and replace it with a URL that you can customize.
Another new option allows you to specify a minimum size extraction. Using this, you can configure MDaemon to ignore small attachments and only pull out larger ones.
I have already configured groups and rules to add this feature to any of clients email accounts. Currently the rule states that any attachment that 5MB or large will be linked rather than sent with the email. This avoids the attachment limits of most email servers. This new feature is now active for the following clients: QCA Spas, Inc. and Petersen Plumbing.
Posted 05/01/2013 2:46 pm
Cougar Mountain Releases Denali Service Pack 12!
Cougar Mountain released an update to Denali version 3.2 with it's service pack 12 today. This should be installed as soon as possible to take advantage of all of the updates. More Information...
Posted 03/01/2013 6:10 pm
Cougar Mountain Releases Denali Service Pack 11!
Cougar Mountain released an update to Denali version 3.2 with it's service pack 11 today. This should be installed as soon as possible to take advantage of all of the updates. More Information...
Posted 02/05/2013 12:30 pm
Email Server Back to Full Power!
COMPUTER TEAM, INC. has corrected the partial email server failure from this morning.We are reviewing changes to the mail servers to see if we can improve the response time to any future issues like the ones that occurred today. Again we apologize and any inconvenience this caused.
Posted 02/05/2013 09:30a
Email Server Hard Drive Sub System Failure 6:14 am Today!
COMPUTER TEAM, INC. has had a partial email server failure this morning at 6:14 am. While the server is running this error has caused the server to slow down. Currently it is having issues keeping up with the normal volume of email. We are going to bring it down to fix the problem. No email will be lost because outside servers configure properly will continue to retry sending. We hope to have it back up and running with the hour. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.
Email Spam Filter Changing
COMPUTER TEAM, INC. is about to make some major changes to the way we handle spam email. For years now, COMPUTER TEAM, INC. has filtered your e-mail for spam messages. As some of you may know, we sometimes get false positives. A false positive is an e-mail marked as spam but is not spam. We then spend considerable time searching through our logs and history to find those false positives to ensure our clients get the e-mail they are expecting.
Going forward we are going to mark the spam messages as spam and deliver them to you in case of false positives. This will give you the opportunity to review spam messages. This will help to ensure that you are getting messages even though they may look like spam to our leading edge spam filters. The spam messages will be available for review for 14 days. We will then delete spam messages that are 14 days or older on an ongoing basis. Read more...
Windows 8 is coming and you can get for only $14.99!
Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for $ 14.99. You must purchase a qualified Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 to be eligible for this offer. Read more...
Source: From Gerry Kelly-Brenner, IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison
Quickbooks may not be the best choice for accounting software anymore! The IRS can demand Quickbooks & Peachtree data files!
There have been some substantial changes in the last six to twelve months regarding the issues raised. The IRS has purchased 1500 to 2000 licenses from Intuit and will have one agent trained and licensed per group to assist others in the examination of taxpayers who use QuickBooks. Agents are instructed to obtain a copy of the taxpayer’s data base for the year under examination only when it is necessary. This examination tool will not be used in all cases – it is the judgment of the examiner. Contact Computer Team for a consultation about this matter if you find that you are locked into a QuickBooks or Peachtree Accounting Solution. Read more...
Find your computer's serial number fast
Go to a command prompt. This is done by selecting start then run and typing CMD. Once at the command prompt type the following: WMIC BIOS GET SERIALNUMBER and hit the enter key. If your computer's serial number is documented in the system BIOS, it will appear on the screen like the one below.
Posted: 4/18/2012 Source: WWW.IRS.GOV
How long should I keep business documents for the IRS
There are very specific rules that you should follow when determining how long to hang to business documents. This what the IRS says you should do. Note: Keep copies of your filed tax returns. They help in preparing future tax returns and making computations if you file an amended return. For seven specific rules Read more...
Posted: 2/08/2012 Source: Zdnet blogs
Windows 8 on ARM: The desktop is still there
A new Microsoft blog post strongly implies that both Metro-style and Desktop apps will be supported on Windows 8 on ARM, as Microsoft originally promised.....Read More
Posted: 2/08/2012 Source: Zdnet blogs
Google's Android+Chrome likely a winning combo
The marriage of Android and Chrome -- just as the union of Android code for smartphones and Android code for tablets were merged -- will give Google stronger ammunition as it battles Apple?s iPhone and iPad in the market.....Read More
Posted: 2/08/2012 Source: TG Daily
Ford Shelby GT500 convertible packs 650hp
Ford has officially rolled out its sleek 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible at the Chicago Auto Show. As you may recall, the coupe version of the GT 500 debuted several months back and packs in a 650hp 5.8L V-8 engine producing 600 foot-pounds of torque. .....Read More
Posted: 2/07/2012 Source: Zdnet blogs
FTC issues warning to marketers about certain mobile apps
The Federal Trade Commission took a stand and warned the marketers behind six mobile applications with background screening features that they may be violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act.....Read More
Posted: 12/02/2011 Source: Zdnet blogs
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | December 1, 2011, 10:53am PST
Finding and cleaning out your smartphone’s Carrier IQ poison
Millions of iPhones, Android and other smartphones have the Carrier IQ spyware rootkit in them. Here's how to find it and try to zap it. This article also includes links to the origins of finding the Carrier IQ root kit....Read More
Posted: 11/02/2011 Source: AVG Anti Virus
AVG Anti Virus Online Protection 100 Million Strong
Deep in tiger country, two people are in a cage made of millions of toothpicks. Is it enough to protect them?...See More..
Posted: 10/31/2011 Source: Computer Team Staff
Cougar Mountain Professional Payroll SUTA Report Issue for Iowa and Illinois:
For complete details on the issue and fix...Read More..
Posted: 10/31/2011 Source: Zdnet Technology News
Microsoft delivers service for integrating social Web data into business apps
Project "Vancouver," Microsoft's new cloud-based social-analytics service, is available to testers interested in the idea of integrating social Web data into business applications...Read More..
Posted: 10/31/2011 Source: Zdnet blogs
Google suffering from widespread Gmail service disruption
Google is currently working to resolve a widespread Gmail issue, with many taking to social media sites to vent their frustrations
Posted: 10/31/2011 Source: Zdnet blogs
Commercial version of Kinect for Windows development kit due in early 2012
Microsoft is planning to launch a version of its Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) licensed for commercial use in early 2012...Read More
Posted: 07/29/2011 Source: Zdnet blogs
Microsoft's latest Google-compete weapon: The Gmail man
Microsoft managed to keep its 12,000 or so attendees of its annual Microsoft Global Exchange sales conference from tweeting and blogging company secrets last week. But at least one enterprising...Read More
Posted: 07/20/2011 Source: Zdnet blogs
Google warning users of malware infection
Google has identified traffic patterns consistent with a certain malware infection, and it's letting users know that they need to take action. Read More..
Posted: 07/07/2011 Source: Zdnet blogs
Social engineering in action: how web ads can lead to malware
One of the great myths of security is that if you're infected with malware it's your own fault, because you were visiting dangerous web sites. Read More..
Posted: 06/22/2011 Source: Cnet News
Fretlight makes learning to play the guitar easy with LED lights
Fretlight's founder Rusty Shaffer visits the CNET studio to demo a guitar that can light up the fretboard using tablature with popular songs. We learn how to play Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water and AC/DC's Thunderstruck. Read More..
Posted: 06/10/2011 Source: Zdnet blogs
Google Voice numbers can be made permanant for $20
Do you love your Google Voice number so much that you want to make it permanent? Well, now you can for a fee. Read More..
Posted: 04/11/2011 Source: CNET News
IE9: Microsoft is back in the browser game
After a three-week IE9 immersion, I've concluded that Microsoft once again has a competitive Web browser. And even though Internet Explorer remains the most-used browser on the Net today, convincing me that Internet Explorer 9 is a real browser was quite an accomplishment. Here's why.
Cougar Mountain Earns 4 3/4 Stars Rating from The CPA Advisor! (Click Here For More Information)
The November issue of The CPA Technology Advisor included a review of 2010 Review of Not-For-Profit Accounting Systems, where Cougar Mountain Software received 4 ¾ stars. The review covered six criteria: Basic System Functions, Core NFP/Fund Acctg Features, Management Features, Financial Statements & Reporting, Import/Export/Integration, Help/Support, and CMS received outstanding scores in each area.
Click here to read the entire review written by Mary Girsch-Bock.
The November issue ALSO included an column about At-A-Glance Dashboards and CMS was also mentioned there.
Click here to read "Dashboards: Business Intelligence At A Glance" by Lisa Kianoff, CPA.CITP.
AccountMate Software Corporation today announced that it is releasing AccountMate 8 for SQL and Express software which incorporates over 100 enhancements and an entirely new module. AccountMate 8 gives users added functionality such as the ability to drill down on the details in the Executive Summary Report, the ability to temporarily hold or increase customer credit limits, combine electronic payments during bank reconciliation, allocate quantity updated during work order explosion and support multi-step processing of work orders.
An entirely new module, The Custom Field Manager, is also being released. This optional module allows an authorized user to add custom fields to new tabs within all the accounting modules. These fields can also be added to the database. Custom fields can be read-only or editable in select screen forms. This makes it easier to customize the software to capture additional information that the client may require, without having to modify the source code.
AccountMate products are supported by a global Solution Provider Channel that can also modify the software system using optional source code. This added capability plus the functionality in AccountMate 8 for SQL and Express further allows unlimited growth and competitive advantage for the thousands of AccountMate clients.
The CPA Technology Advisor awarded Cougar Mountain Software another 5-star review for in their 2010 Review of Small Business Accounting Systems. This review focused on products that are installed on users’ computers only, and cost no more than $5,500 for the core accounting system. Cougar Mountain Software was the only company to receive a perfect review.
Mary Girsch-Bock wrote, “CMS Professional 2010 is ideal for small to mid-sized businesses that desire a feature-rich environment at a very reasonable price. With an extensive array of add-on modules, as well as the availability of the more powerful Denali system for future system upgrading, users will never outgrow this vendor’s powerful product line.”
Read this 5-star review in full from CPA Technology Advisor’s April/May 2010 issue and you can find reviews for all our products on our Awards and Reviews page.
Cougar Mountain Denali Version 2.9 Released!
Cougar Mountain Software will release Denali 2.9, Thursday, April 22nd, 2010. At that time, your customers can download it from the Denali Full Version Installations page of the Customer Service Center site. Due to the size of the application as a result of the additional new features, beginning with this version, Denali will be released in DVD format. Please make your customers aware of this change.
We will announce the availability of this release to customers shortly following this notice to you. This update offers your customers the following:
- A one-window solution to import their completed AP, BR, and GL payroll transactions from any payroll service (e.g. ADP, Adecco, etc.) that matches the universal bridge format, including our CMS Professional Payroll software. Integrating payroll data into Denali has never been easier.
- Cougar Dtails, A Financial Dashboard.This financial dashboard provides a visual representation for your customers of their company’s financial performance. This dashboard also gives the ability to drill-down into the account specifics.
- The ability to print customized checks in Accounts Payable using Create-A-Check®.
- Enhanced General Ledger report groups.
- All recent improvements to the Denali software application.
Call Steve or Dave Smith to schedule your upgrade today! (563)355-0426 or (800)355-0450
Get Office 2010 Free with the purchase of Office 2007!
You don’t have to wait Buy Office 2007 today, get Office 2010 free* Purchase, install, and activate a qualifying Office 2007 product between March 5, 2010, and September 30, 2010, and you’ll be eligible to download Office 2010 at no additional cost. Receive an e-mail reminder when Office 2010 is available for download. For More Information Click Here!
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
After 23 years in business, Computer Team Inc. expanded our normal business hours from 9:00am to 6:00pm to 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. We have discontinued our Saturday morning hours except by appointment. To schedule a Saturday appointment please click here for Computerteam contact information.
Tired of slow internet connections?
Posted 09/01/09 - COMMSpeed High Speed Internet Services Now Available! (1 client increased speed by 10 times and decreased the price by more than half.)
This is a great service that we have now installed for several clients that did not have any good choices before. One client was paying $100.00 per month for 144K of service. We moved him to COMMSpeed with a speed of 1.5Mbps for only $41.98 per month. That's an increase in speed of over 10 times and at less than half the price. More details...