Too Much Sitting Linked to Disabilities

As your go-to IT consultants, we have a greater responsibility to not only bring you up-to-date products and increase your businesses productivity, but also to make sure you and your employees don’t develop bad habits at the computer. Articles about sitting too long in front of the computer have been around, but have you ever read them? If not, start with this one from the Baptist Health News Blog.

Sitting at the computer, watching television and playing video games are habits at both the workplace and at home that contribute to a sedentary lifestyle — or simply too much sitting.

New research suggests that this “sitting disease” increases the likelihood of developing physical disabilities after the age of 60 that include conditions affecting mobility and coordination.

The evils of a sedentary lifestyle have been well chronicled. But this recent research delves deeper into “too much sitting” as its own risk factor. This means that even individuals who exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight can feel the detrimental impact of too much sitting over the years.

READ MORE HERE

We also circulated through our ranks Heal@Google: Deskbound by Kelly Starrett. With this mandatory video viewing/training requirement, we’ve all learned how sitting too long is a real problem.

Heartbleed Explained

There has been a lot of media attention given to a new computer exploit, nicknamed “Heartbleed”.

Heartbleed is not a security flaw of a business network, or a users workstation, but of a website. Heartbleed is a security flaw discovered in OpenSSL, used by a vast majority of websites on the internet, including Google (including Gmail), Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, & Yahoo (http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/). Many more effected sites are surfacing every hour, and the ramifications of this security issue will be around for a long time. But, this is a server side issue, and can only be dealt with at the server level. There is no update for a user’s machine to fix this, thus nothing for a user to do but wait.

Most of our clients servers do not have a web interface, and thus are not effected. Microsoft Exchange, including Office 365, Sharepoint, and Remote Desktop Services all use IIS, which uses Microsoft’s SChannel technology, which is not effected (http://blogs.technet.com/b/erezs_iis_blog/archive/2014/04/09/information-about-heartbleed-and-iis.aspx).

As per usual, St. Aubin Technologies is committed to supplying accurate and relevant information to our customers and clients, as well as providing excellent and timely service. If you are a client, and have further questions about the Heartbleed security flaw, please don’t hesitate to call us.

St. Aubin Technologies NOW Good Old Boy’s Networking!

In a mid-life crisis sort of way, Joseph St. Aubin has decided to change the name of St. Aubin Technologies to Good Old Boy’s Networking!

“While sitting outside the office, I counted the amount of pickup trucks and vehicles the company uses with good old American V-8 muscle.” Joe said in this morning’s interview. “It dawned on me that we spend way too much time handling the problems of the IT world, saving one office at a time, instead of enjoying ourselves. I renamed the company to remind us of who we are, and that we like to have fun too. The name applies to all of us, except Victor.”

Trucks, Trucks, and More Trucks. It looks cold out there, too.

Trucks, Trucks, and More Trucks. It looks cold out there, too.

We caught up with Mike, during a remote support session this morning. He was too busy comment but mentioned he likes the name and hopes it’s not just a phase, like Joe trying to be nicer to employees the other day. More on that in a minute.

I asked Joe if he was planning on redesigning the SAT logo. He started to talk about it to himself before he was side tracked when a new marine related email hit his email inbox.

We’ve opened the comments section for this post, tell us what you think! (After writing this post, I’ve been notified comments are against company policy and you should email Joe with questions or comments)

Tips & Tricks: Conference Call Etiquette

Conference calls can be a quick way to hold meetings, and conferences, no matter where attendees may be. But, whether your are the host or an attendee, certain behaviors can make the call unbearable, inefficient, and unproductive. Here are a few things to do, or avoid, while on a conference call.

  • Make sure you have a good connection. Conference attendees won’t find it funny that you have to call back every few minutes. Most conference systems play a tone or announcement every time a caller connects, even if it is the 5th time.
  • Announce yourself. When you first enter the conference, and every time you speak thereafter, be sure that everyone knows who you. Even your best friend might not recognize your voice on the telephone.
  • Eliminate background noise. If you are not muted, others can hear everything you do. Talking to other people, eating, burping, yelling. And if you have something not so nice to say, be sure to check that mute button twice.
  • Don’t put the call on hold. Many phone systems have on-hold music, or beeps, or something to denote the call is still alive. These can be very distracting. On-hold music can actually grind the conference call to a halt until you return since nobody can talk over it, and many hosts will just boot you from the call to maintain their schedule. DON’T DO IT!
  • Speak loudly and clear. This may be a no brainer, but every conference call I’ve participated in, someone always forgets. Also, if you are using a speaker phone, including those nice conference room phones, remember, the farther away you are from the phone, the louder you need to speak.
  • If you don’t have anything to add, don’t add anything. Silence is golden, especially if someone else has something to say/ask.

If you are the conference host, make sure you follow the rules of being a good host:

  • Have a good agenda before hand. Be sure that everything you need to cover in the conference is listed on the agenda before it is sent out to attendees. It is imperative because every listed item may bring questions or comments. A lot of questions asked after the conference has ended pertain to nearly the whole group, and should have been handled in the conference.
  • Send out the agenda, connection information, and pass codes in advance. Numerous mailings are always good to make sure all who need to attend receive the information.
  • Start the call on time. A conference call was made to be efficient, and to make it easier for attendees to schedule around. If you are late, and not timely, it quickly negates all the nice things about a conference call.
  • Keep track of the agenda. Make sure you follow your schedule, and don’t allow the meeting to get sidetracked. These also can make the meeting longer than needed.
  • Introduce yourself & other team members. Just like you were starting an in-person speech, don’t just assume every one knows who you are.
  • Clearly state when the call ends. Conference lines are tricky that way, and attendees can actually sit on the line well until after the call ends. Some conference systems bill by the minute, and a user left in the room leaves the room open, generating a hefty bill.

For further tips & tricks on telecommunications, checkout some of our previous articles:

http://www.st-aubin.com/index.php/category/communication/

Following these recommendations can lead to a better experience for all. Here’s to a productive conference call!