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Virtual Reality – The Future of Telecommuting

April 8, 2016 Articles

The picture above may look like a scene from a futuristic movie, but rest assured you are looking at a human from planet Earth in the year 2016. The product you see attached to the young lady’s face is called Oculus Rift. This device is a virtual reality headset and was first introduced back in 2012 as a Kickstarter campaign.

Something NEW: Thunderbolt 3 is Here!

February 1, 2016 Articles

- Author: GabrielTechnically, it was announced in June of last year (2015). However, it’s officially starting to gain traction in the marketplace! What is Thunderbolt 3 and why is it a big deal? Here’s a quick history lesson for those in need..

In the late 1990s, computers were starting to standardize their choice of peripheral plugins with USB by replacing PS/2, serial, and Apple hub legacy ports.

Is your Server Taking Advantage of TotalDefense 2.0?

November 5, 2015 Articles

- Author: Jamie
What is a “platform upgrade”?

SWAT recently undertook a major project to upgrade our Backup Disaster Recovery systems, aka, BDRs, to a NEW enterprise-grade virtual machine backup system that we have so cleverly named TotalDefense 2.0. TotalDefense 2.0 takes far less resources and management than the previous solution.

Refer SWAT and Get Paid!

November 5, 2015 Articles

At SWAT Systems we believe referrals are the greatest form of flattery. Since 1999, our business has been built solely on recommendations from happy clients. Not only do referrals bring in new business, they are a good indicator of how we are doing in our customers' eyes!

If you know someone who is worried about any aspect of their business technology, do them a favor and put them in touch with us! It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN:
Your friend’s IT headaches are resolved
SWAT gains a valuable relationship
You will receive $500 cash!
Follow this link to learn how: $500 Cash for Referrals

Be Wise. Splitwise

September 29, 2015 Articles

Here is a fun (and free!) tool that is sure to come in handy. Sharing expenses between a group of friends, family members or roommates can be tricky. This may happen every month (ie. a rental situation) or sporadically (ie. during a fun weekend trip). How do you solve the puzzle of who owes who what? Back in the day, you would need a certified accountant to add it all up, but now you have Splitwise!

Fast forward to today.

Is Windows 10 Ready? Yes!

September 25, 2015 Articles

New software releases are EXCITING! …however, there can be hiccups. The question is, “Is it worth upgrading to Windows 10”

Slow PC? Try an SSD!

September 9, 2015 Articles

Slow computer performance can be caused by a multitude of issues. One of the quickest fixes to hardware-related slowness is to upgrade to an SSD (rather than RAM). Here’s why:

RAM upgrades provide about 14% performance gains* ($40-$100 upgrade)

SSD upgrades boast performance gains of 50-180% depending on program usage* ($100-$200 upgrade)

Processors still take the cake at providing performance gains of up to 340%* (New computer)

*Statistics based on upgrading an a 4-year-old PC

Performance is something that constantly changes and we need to change our frame of mind.

Business vs Consumer: 8 Things Before You Buy!

September 1, 2015 Articles

As a virtual CIO for most companies, we are often tasked with putting together the right equipment for the right people. We’re talking servers, switches, Wi-Fi and workstations. However, our quotes may appear slightly higher priced than something from Best Buy or Fry’s.

The difference is in both the software and hardware.

Hop Aboard the SSD Train!

June 3, 2015 Articles

In this age of Internet and interconnectivity, the faster something is, the better it is. Whether it’s your car, your download speed, or how quickly you get your coffee at Starbucks, SPEED IS KING! The question is, “Why are you limiting your speed potential and sticking with that old spinning hard drive?”

“Well, Charles, I really like how stable my spinning hard drive is.

What is Safe Mode?

June 3, 2015 Articles

Windows Safe Mode is a boot option that only loads the most basic drivers to run the operating system. There are several different packages of drivers that may be loaded depending on the specific boot option you choose, but you will almost always choose “Safe Mode with Networking”. Safe Mode with Networking only picks specific sets of drivers this can prevent malicious software from running.