Security

“Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”  Helen Keller

In life there are not certainties, but in technology there are certainties.  Keeping your identity and personal information secure online is a very important.  If you do not have the correct security credentials in place, hackers and even people who don’t know what they are doing can take your information and just destroy your reputation and your credibility.  Below are some ways to keep your information safe by keeping the security tighter.

  • Longer passwords are harder to crack, so go big and go random.
  • Don’t reuse passwords.  Create different passwords for each entity (e-mail, social media, etc.)
  • Don’t use personal information for password reset questions.
By |2016-11-03T10:15:24+00:00May 30th, 2013|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Security

Almost paradise…

“I don’t like paradise, as they probably don’t have obsessions there.” ~ Alda Merini

I do enjoy paradise and my paradise is a combination of education and technology.  I love it when people come into my office and say “Hey Kari, can we/I do this?”  I would say 8 out of 10 times I would say “sure”.  This is my paradise because I have taught the individual a little bit about technology and I have made their day a little bit easier in the process.  Now another great thing that I enjoy doing that makes me in paradise, is the ability to promote Therap and show how it can make the staff and the people that we support make their lives a little bit easier.  Just yesterday I was answering questions about Therap and I said “Yes, it can be done.”  What can be done you ask, well, what can be done is the ability to track a person supported’s finances, and their personal inventory.  Educating individuals about such modules makes my time a lot more enjoyable and it makes the day go a little.  Need to know how to make technology and Therap to work together let me know and I will be happy to show how to make magic.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke

By |2016-11-03T10:15:29+00:00April 11th, 2013|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Almost paradise…

Catch my breath

Tom Welling stated, “I have so much chaos in my life, it’s become normal.  You become used to it.  You have to just relax, calm down, take a deep breath and try to see how you can make things work rather than complain about how they are wrong.”

Chaos is everywhere, it is how you deal with it what determines how it gets handled.  There are people that react and then think about the situation, then there are others that think then react.  I would say I am little bit of both there are times that I react and don’t think and then think about it later.  I would say that we are all a little bit of both; but hey I could be wrong.

Hope you all are having a great day.

By |2013-03-06T22:38:23+00:00March 6th, 2013|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Catch my breath

Tables in Microsoft Word

Just another; “Cool, I did not know I could do that” moment.  Sometimes it is necessary to place a table into a word document.  Here are the instructions to do that and also where you can find the “tools” to edit the table or make the table look pretty.

 

  1.      Open a new Word document
  2.      From the ribbon on top click on the “Insert” option
  3.      Find the “Table” section and click on it
  4.      A grid will appear.  This will assist you in determining the number of rows and columns that you will need.
  5.     Your table will appear in your document
  6.     Enter in the data you want into the table
  7.    Once you have selected the table or a cell in the table up in the ribbon you will see a colored tab called “Table Tools”.  Here is where you will find options to make your table different colors, shapes, and designs.  Also you will also have the option to make “header rows” appear on the next page

 

That is it.  That is how you work within a table.  If you want more information about working within a table or how to format the table don’t hesitate to give me a call and we can work through it together.

 

Fun Facts

  •          The IRS employee tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war.
  •          The UN declared the Internet a basic human right in 2011
  •          Plants that are not cared for will cry for help.  A thirsty plant will make a high-pitched sound that is too high for us to hear.
By |2016-11-03T10:15:40+00:00June 6th, 2012|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Tables in Microsoft Word

Decision Making

Bring on those May flowers. Gardens and fields are being plowed and planted in anticipation for the wonderful summer season that is fast approaching.  Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner; time for camping, cooking, and family gatherings.  I hope you all have a great time and be safe.

 

A couple of days ago, I read a wonderful article from Microsoft At Work.  The article talked about how to take control of your e-mail in different ways.  There were two areas that I really liked within this article that I would like to share with you.

 

First, it talked about setting up a reference system.  All you do is take your e-mails and categorize them by two different ways; Reference Information or Action Information.  With Reference Information e-mails, these are e-mails that just provide information to you as the receiver and they are e-mails that do not require action.  An e-mail that is notated as an Action Information e-mail, you the receiver are required to perform some type of action.

 

The last thing that this article talked about was the “Four Ds for Decision-Making”.  When dealing with e-mail, there are four things you should consider when trying to figure out what to do with the e-mail. “Delete It.  Do It.  Delegate It.  Defer It.”  By using this model for decision making, you as the receiver of the e-mail will be able to go through the e-mail quickly and effectively.

 

The full article can be viewed at http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/productivity/email.aspx.

By |2012-05-15T20:17:52+00:00May 15th, 2012|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Decision Making

Using flags in Outlook

Today’s helpful hint is how to place reminders on e-mails that you will need to follow up on.  Sometimes it is necessary for you to come back to an e-mail for various information or for a reminder about a meeting that you need to attend.  You can “flag” the e-mail and set up an alarm so you will get a pop up reminder that you need that information or reminder for the meeting.

 

  1.  From your inbox you will have a list of all your e-mails.  Look to the right of the name of the e-mail and you will see an outline of a flag
  2.  Right click on that flag and a list of options will appear
  3. Select the option that you wish to use.  That is it.  Then you are done setting your flag and your reminders.
  4. If you need to set it for a specific date then you will select the “Custom” option
    1. “For a custom date.” A new window will appear and here is where you can set your specific date for a reminder.  Just click ok when you are done

 

Fun Facts

  • Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot
  • Right handed people live on average nine years longer than left handed people do
  • Babies are born without knee caps.  They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
By |2012-03-20T18:00:24+00:00March 20th, 2012|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|Comments Off on Using flags in Outlook

Dealing with difficult people

Janice Davies stated, “Difficult people are your key to self empowerment, you need to learn how to cope with them, not let them dominate and affect you.”

Difficult people are everywhere.  At work, at home, and even a person you meet on the street.  Learning how to deal with them and even avoid them will help you get through your day.

  1. Always be calm.  Losing your temper can cause more damage within the situation.
  2. If technology is available use that.  Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is a great tool to collaborate with others and you don’t have to be in the same room as them.  Plus there is e-mail as well.
  3. If the person is extremely emotional and/or even combative, just ignore that person.  The person is looking for attention and when you do not give the attention that they are requiring they will just walk away.
  4. Lastly, if you just cannot come to a solution to the problem escalate the situation to your manager or a supervisor.  Only use this situation when both sides cannot come to an agreement.

Dealing with difficult people is an art form.  Once you have developed the ability to work with difficult people you will be successful within your organization and you will be able to keep your stress level down.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:49+00:00January 30th, 2012|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|Comments Off on Dealing with difficult people

Certificate of Appreciation

Good Afternoon everyone.  It has been a busy past couple of months in the Fraser, Ltd. IT world.  Yesterday I was given the Executive Director’s Certificate of Appreciation for all my hard work and exemplifying the value of “service above self” within the Fraser, Ltd. organization.  Along with the certificate I was awarded a dozen colorful roses.

Now for some IT helpful hints.

Today’s helpful hints have to deal with security.  Each of you is responsible for keeping information confidential within your organization.  By following these simple steps you will be able to keep your information confidential and the information of the people that we support.

 

  1. Use strong passwords.  A strong password is a word or a combination of letters and numbers that are (a) at least 8 characters long (b) does not contain your name, your company or your user name (c) is not a dictionary word (d) contains a character such as $@! Or numbers.  An example of a strong password would be tg34uwU!
  2. Do not enable the “Save Password” option
  3. Don’t save files to your computer, save them to the network
  4. Lock your computer when you leave for a short period of time.  To lock your computer press Control Alt and Delete all together and then when the screen prompts you select Lock Computer
  5. Do not open questionable e-mails

 

Fun Facts

 

  • The Tonle Sap River in Cambodia flows North for almost half the year and then south for the rest of the year.
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  • The brain operates on the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb.
By |2011-10-26T20:11:57+00:00October 26th, 2011|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|Tags: |2 Comments

What is a computer?

“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lost of rules and no mercy.” ~ Joseph Campbell

I have new staff come in and some of them have never used a computer, and when I tell them that they have to complete all their documentation on this machine via Therap, they go into panic mode.  Using a computer is nothing to panic about.  If you know what you need and how to get to it that is all that matters, so here is what I use when teaching someone about what a computer is.

  • A computer is a device that maipulates information.  Computers have the ability to store, retrieve and process various types of information.
  • Parts of a computer include the Central Processing Unit (CPU) or the Brain, a mouse, monitor, and keyboard
  • Operating system such as Windows XP or Window 7, tells the computer how to act
  • Internet Explorer is a program that allows access to the world wide web.  This is the program to use when accessing Therap

By giving the new employees that opportunity to “play” with the computer they get more comfortable using it and they also are more willing to work with the computer knowing that they are not going to break it.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:52+00:00August 16th, 2011|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|2 Comments
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