Internet Explorer Walks the Plank

June 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Lough

Internet Explorer Walks The Plank - Micro Visions, Inc.Despite years of cruising around the cyber seas, Internet Explorer is going the way of a romanticized, mutinous pirate—off the plank. Its glory days (hello, late ‘90s) came to a rather unfortunate end with the five year tenure of IE6, and there was no saving its reputation. With the majority of the market share before the advent of Firefox and Chrome, by the time people began defecting to new browsers, there was nowhere to go but down.

IE6, disaster that it was, became infamous for its security flaws and incompatibilities, and the versions that followed it were less than spectacular solutions. Read the rest of this entry »

When Does It Make Sense to Outsource Your IT?

June 16th, 2015 by Pamela Michael

Determining Your IT Needs

You work very hard to differentiate your company from your competitors. Therefore, it only makes sense that your IT needs would be unique as well. Likewise, the amount of IT personnel required to effectively manage your IT needs has many variables;

-How much does your company rely on technology?

-How many users do you have?

-How many devices per employee? These days it’s not uncommon for an employee to have a laptop/workstation, iPad, and a smartphone.

-How much “hand-holding” does your staff require in regards to technology?

In ordtech to computer ratioer to effectively manage and proactively support an organization’s technology, the industry standard is that you will need one full-time IT Systems Administrator for each 50 users.

But let’s say you only have 20 computer users at your company. Read the rest of this entry »

Michigan Masters the Miniscule – The M3

June 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Lough

The M3 shown on the edge of a nickel.

After ten long, arduous years of research and labor, the University of Michigan announced that it has accomplished a whole lot of not much. More accurately, they have made a significant advance, but since it’s about the width of the side of a nickel and shorter than a grain of rice, the University’s computer project isn’t much to look at (mostly because it looks like a piece of scrap unless everybody squints). Still, upon further investigation, the Michigan Micro Mote (M3), as it’s called in higher circles, is an impressive bit of byte.

The M3 operates through interactions between stacked layers. Read the rest of this entry »