This doesn’t just apply to the Holidays. Time to make America strong again.

Birth of a New Tradition?

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.

This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Oh…. Yes there is! It is time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese-made flat-screen TV? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a gazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.
Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.

And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community.

If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US (We the People), encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we could not imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition!!
Please pass this around. We can make a difference. Can’t we?

Data protection. Access from virtually anywhere. A simplified path to the cloud.

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With Windows Server 2012 Essentials, we have a powerful and affordable new way to help our small-business customers protect their data, enable anywhere productivity, and take advantage of cost-effective cloud services.

It’s a cost-effective, all-in-one system that offers:

• Robust data and computer protection.
Tools like automatic backups, built-in disaster recovery, and a single IT dashboard help you secure your business without a lot of hassle.

• New collaboration tools—and workplace freedom.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials makes it easy for you and your team to get things done from virtually anywhere, on almost any device. With Windows Server 2012 Essentials, you have a central hub that connects your data, mobile devices, their apps, and the cloud in a single, easy-to-use solution.

• The efficiency and flexibility of the cloud.
Access to a broad range of cloud-based services and solutions helps reduce infrastructure investment costs and increase business agility.

Please contact us today to learn more about Windows Server 2012 Essentials. We’d be happy to give you a demonstration of what it can do, and discuss whether it is a good fit for the specific needs of your business.

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You Already Pay for Data why Pay to Use Your Phone as a Hotspot?

It used to be in order to use your Android device as a mobile hot spot you had a couple of options root or pay an extra $15 a month to your provider. I’m not advocating abusing your data plan if you have limits. But you pay for a certain amount of data whether it is 2,5,10 or Unlmiited you shouldn’t have to pay for tethering if you do not go over your alotted data plan. And really whats the big deal if you do they throttle your unlimited plan down to a crawl and make your smartphone worthless till your next bill cycle. Enter FoxFi wifi tethering without root. If you install it and you get the nice little message I did from tmobile saying blah blah blah buy our tethering plan you are not out of luck. Install the FoxFi add-on. It lets you enable a proxy server which gets you around that pesky nagware wanting you to pay more to actually use the data you are already paying for.

You can download Foxfi from the Android market.

If you can’t find it there since some providers have removed it you cand download it from http://foxfi.com/bin instead.

Migrating Exchange to the Cloud.

Whether you are migrating to Office365, Google Apps, Or another cloud based email service you should take a look at Migrationwiz.com. Their online service provides an excellent way to easily migrate your mail to a new exchange server in the cloud or on a different domain. It works great with other mail servers as well using Imap and other popular transport features.

With Exchange it migrates all mail, folders, calendars, task and notes. Its very simple to configure and there is no software to install.

MigrationWiz - Cloud Based, Zero Deployment, Easy to Use, Self-Service Migration Solutions

Click Here to Try out Migrationwiz.com

Imagine Simplified IT

Imagine an IT system that can help you make the best use of your resources, manage your data effectively, and reclaim time.

At Netropic Networking, we can show you how core technologies from Microsoft can help you simplify your IT system—so you can have more time to focus on your business.

Reduce IT maintenance requirements

Standardize software versions, move collaboration capabilities online, and reduce the need for servers.

Easily protect—and share—your information

Automate backups, encrypt sensitive material, and store your data in one central location.

Simplify system administration

Keep systems and security patches up-to-date by managing all your computers from a single console.

We’re excited about how these tools can improve IT. Contact us at (503) 330-3108 or contact@netropic.net to learn what these technologies can do for your business.

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LG Users Get 50 gig of online storage free on Box.net

LG mobile device users you got to March 31st to claim a free 50 free upgrade to box.net. It saves you $19.99. Go to the Android Market and download box You can map a network device simply through its webdav support http://www.box.net/dav. LG has been getting a lot of flack from the Android developer community for its support on its Tegra 2 devices particulary the G2X maybe this is a peace offering

 

Google Music Moves out of Beta

If you haven’t tried Google Music now is your chance.

“Dear Music Beta user,
We’re excited to announce that Music Beta by Google is officially graduating from beta today! Google Music will remain a free service, and you can continue to store up to 20,000 songs in your personal music library. Please see the revised Terms of Service for this product update.

Google Music also comes with a number of new features. We’ve launched a new music store on Android Market that works seamlessly with Google Music. Shop on the web or your Android device for millions of tracks and hundreds of free songs for your music library. All of your purchases are automatically stored on Google Music for free (and don’t count toward your 20,000 song limit). You can even share a free full play of any purchase with your friends on Google+.

For Google Music users with Android phones and tablets running version 2.2+, you will automatically receive an updated version of Android Market with the music store over the next few days. You should also receive a system notification with the Music app update sometime today, but you can always download it immediately.”

Netropic Networking Brings you Techs Direct

Netropic Networkng Llc is proud to bring you Techs Direct.  A service aimed at providing support to home users with all of their technology needs.

Our Shield Services include the following and more!

Onsite and Remote Support: We come to you.  We complete your hardware or software support at your place.  If you prefer and are able to access the internet we can most likely perform the repairs remotely.  It’s up to you.

• PC and Peripheral Installation.
• Hardware Upgrades
• Virus/Spyware Removal
• Software Installation
• Data Recovery
• Wireless Router Configuration
• Android Phone Rooting and Flashing of Custom ROMs

 

Check us out on Thumbtack

I’m always looking for ways to help market my Technology consulting and Computer repair services in Beaverton, OR 97006. Thumbtack is a good way for me to help me show off my expertise in Networking and Computer Repair. Check out my listing to learn even more about what I do!”

Windows Server 2012 Essentials: It’s Built for You!

Windows Server 2012 Essentials can be the ideal server for companies with up to 25 people. It’s an affordable, easy-to-use solution that gives you the IT capabilities you need now and while your business grows. Help protect your data with advanced, automated backup features. Organize and access information from virtually anywhere, with centralized storage and remote access. Support the applications you need. And quickly connect to optional cloud services for increased functionality while your needs change.

Windows Server 2012 Standard also brings new possibilities to small business like virtualization and offsite disaster recovery. Helping when your small business outgrows your existing IT infrastructure.

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