Skype For Business: Frequently Asked Questions

Lync is Now Skype for Business If you already use Skype to stay in touch with friends and family in your life away from work, you’ll appreciate the power and simplicity of Skype for Business where it’s easy to find and connect with co-workers. And you can use the devices you already have to reach…

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Unemployment Rate Dips For Tech Pros

  It’s good times for tech pros, according to the latest burst of unemployment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as analyzed by Dice. Not only did the unemployment rate for the tech industry hit 2.3 percent in the first quarter of the year—the lowest rate recorded in nearly seven years—but unemployment rates also…

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One reason to disable an unused DNS server

Often, router configuration files may contain legacy lines or settings originally copied and pasted from somewhere else. Even if everything seems to be working fine, unnecessary lines could cause hidden problems. One problem that’s easy to overlook is ports that are kept open for no reason. While these may have no immediate symptoms, they could…

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Put mathematical equations at your fingertips (2007/2010)

When you’re dealing with complicated mathematical equations, trying to duplicate them in any Office program is a challenge. Excel is no exception. The symbols used in mathematical equations can often make it difficult to include them in a spreadsheet. Fortunately, Excel offers a few common equations at the click of a button. These equations don’t…

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Recover unsaved workbooks (2010)

We’ve all done it before—either you forget to save a workbook, you accidentally save it when you should have saved it as a different name, or maybe you lose work because of that rare power outage. Whatever the cause, there’s no need to panic when you think you’ve lost your work in Excel 2010. You…

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Add dynamically linked Excel data to your Word document

(97/2000/2001/2002) Many of us create numerical reports using Excel worksheets. Unfortunately, numbers don’t always speak for themselves. To make complex numerical data easier to understand, you may present your workbook’s key figures along with descriptive information and analyses in a written report, saved as a Word document. You can print your Excel data and your…

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How to Create a Chart in Word from Table Data

1. Select data within the table to chart. Copy the data – not the totals. Click outside the table where the chart will be placed. 2. Insert > Illustrations command group > Chart. 3. A chart gallery appears. Select a chart type. Click OK. 4. A sample series spreadsheet “Chart in MS Office Word” appears.…

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A useful stepping stone to Cisco certification

If you’re thinking of getting Cisco-certified but find the task daunting, you might consider getting a Network+, Security+, or other CompTIA certification as a stepping stone. CompTIA certifications are considerably easier than Cisco certifications, so you can get an early success under your belt in as little as a few weeks. According to Cisco, people…

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Finding the most hassle-free data import approach in SQL Server

When importing or exporting data to/from Microsoft SQL Server, you have many options: bcp, .NET’s SqlBulkCopy class, SSIS, linked servers, OPENROWSET, and BULK INSERT. Each of these solutions tends to perform faster than other approaches that are further removed from SQL Server. Nevertheless, choosing the right solution from this list depends on your situation. In…

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Save money on credit card transactions with Level 3 Processing

If your company processes credit card transactions online through shopping cart software or an internal application for keying in data, you may be paying more than necessary. While only the essential fields needed to process a transaction are required, sending the bare minimum is called “level 1 processing” in the payment card industry and generally…

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Top causes to check in case of IP conflicts

When using DHCP, sometimes you may get a message such as “Windows has detected an IP address conflict.” There may be no obvious problem, or the affected machine may be unable to access the network. Here are two common causes of this problem: 1. Laptops or tablets may be carried to different places and hence…

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