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Prosper Solutions has been serving the Chelsea area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Cable Modem Considerations

Cable Modem Considerations

For those of us that don’t have access to fiber-to-the-home or LTE Internet, the cable modem is a must-have. You can always rent a modem from your ISP or you can purchase your own, but no matter what your decision is, knowing what to look for when modem shopping is advantageous. Let’s take a look.

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Does Retail Finally Need Technology?

Does Retail Finally Need Technology?

Unlike the office environment, the technology used in retail has been relatively stagnant. The times are changing, though. It’s been a long time coming, but the technology used in the retail environment is finally evolving to meet the growing needs of organizations. Unfortunately, this has been met with the challenges of implementing said technology in the industry.

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How Service Offerings Can Save Your Precious Capital

How Service Offerings Can Save Your Precious Capital

Managing and maintaining the plethora of solutions your business depends on can be challenging, to say the least. For some businesses, however, the most difficult part of using multiple solutions can often be not just managing them, but paying for them. Thankfully, there is a great service out there that uses the cloud to make all of this easier for small businesses.

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Get the Technology Your Company Requires

Get the Technology Your Company Requires

The hardware that makes up your business’ IT infrastructure can be difficult to manage--particularly if that’s not where your specialty lies. While the first step to having a successful IT strategy is to have the proper hardware, acquiring it can be rather challenging at times, especially if your business doesn’t have an in-house IT department. Sometimes an outsourced approach is the best way to gain the best tech for your goals.

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Information Technology: How to Handle the Inevitable

Information Technology: How to Handle the Inevitable

Sometimes it might feel like your technology never works as you want it to. You might try to open up a software application only to find an error message that keeps you from being productive. The error doesn’t go away no matter how many times you reload the application. How can you eliminate these issues that threaten to derail your productivity throughout the workday?

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Chromebooks Deserve More Credit than You Might Think

Chromebooks Deserve More Credit than You Might Think

It can be easy to dismiss the simple Chromebook as a limited solution, a one-trick pony of technology. However, while this may have once been true of the devices, more recent models are capable of much more than their predecessors. We’ll address a few misconceptions people have about, and against, Chromebooks.

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Holiday Shopping Just Got Easier--Check out These Gadgets!

Holiday Shopping Just Got Easier--Check out These Gadgets!

It can often be difficult to figure out what to get someone for a holiday gift. Fortunately, there is almost always a new gadget or gizmo that can make someone with particular interests happy. In this blog, we’ll go over a few cool gadgets that make excellent special-interest gifts.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Running Cables in Your Office

A Beginner’s Guide to Running Cables in Your Office

Arguably one of the most important parts of running a business is the physical infrastructure of your office environment. This involves ensuring that the cabling of all network assets is properly implemented. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, as no two businesses will utilize the same setup. We’ll walk you through some of the variables that you’ll need to consider during the cabling process, and what you can do to make it easier to handle.

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When Your Business' Hardware Fails, You’ve Got Options

When Your Business' Hardware Fails, You’ve Got Options

With computing and networking hardware shown to be unreliable over time, businesses need to have a strategy in place to fix or replace their hardware. This is especially the case when it comes to servers. Replacing a server is expensive, but when it fails, you aren’t left with a lot of choices. What’s your plan for dealing with hardware failure? Here are three options.

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Tip of the Week: How to Get Wi-Fi in Your Car and Track its Whereabouts

Tip of the Week: How to Get Wi-Fi in Your Car and Track its Whereabouts

The Internet of Things is quickly becoming a major part of today’s consumer-based industry. One of the best examples of this is the use of smart car technology. A great example of this comes from a company called Zubie, which sells a handy device meant to provide car owners with tracking analytics, access to diagnostic systems, and even the capability to connect to Wi-Fi.

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Prioritize on End-Users for a Successful IT Strategy

Prioritize on End-Users for a Successful IT Strategy

Technology grows at an incredible rate, and businesses need to take advantage of new features to get ahead of their competition. But is simply adopting new technology enough to get ahead? After all, new technology solutions mean nothing if your end-users don’t know how to use them.

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4 Ways to Responsibly Take Care of Your Old Technology

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Tip of the Week: Find Out the Ideal Amount of RAM Your Workstation Needs

Tip of the Week: Find Out the Ideal Amount of RAM Your Workstation Needs

If your computer is underperforming, then it may not have enough RAM to do what you’re asking it to do. When selecting a PC, how do you know if you have enough RAM?

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The 3 Major Ways Managed IT Beats Break-Fix IT, Every Time

The 3 Major Ways Managed IT Beats Break-Fix IT, Every Time

Every business has crucial IT systems that are imperative to its continued functionality. Usually these systems are maintained by an internal IT department, but many small businesses don’t have this luxury. Therefore, they have traditionally relied on break-fix IT companies to handle their technology problems when they hinder operations.

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Unacceptable! Downtime Hits Businesses With Losses Totaling $700 Billion Per Year

b2ap3_thumbnail_downtimes_costs_400.jpgDowntime is a common problem that many organizations experience. Your business wants to ensure that its bottom line is maximized, but it’s hard to do so when you’re constantly suffering from downtime. This leads to losses that can easily be prevented, especially if you have IT solutions that are designed to keep downtime to a minimum.

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Hard Disk Drive vs. Solid-State Drive: What You Need to Know

b2ap3_thumbnail_solid_state_drive400.jpgCan you tell the difference between a hard disk drive (HDD) and a solid-state drive (SSD)? The average consumer probably wouldn’t be able to understand the intricacies of either, but the fact remains that the two different types of drives have various advantages and disadvantages over the other. Understanding them is an important part of being a technology owner, and you should know what to expect from both hard disk drives and solid state drives.

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New Wireless Technology Calls For a Reevaluation of Your Network Switches

b2ap3_thumbnail_your_network_switches_400.jpgYou know the old adage, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” This means that a chain can be as powerful as it wants, but if too much stress is placed on a weak point, it will snap and become useless. The same goes for your network switches. Businesses are growing more reliant on wireless technology, and as such, you’re going to want to upgrade your network switches, or risk your “chain breaking,” so to speak.

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Tales from the Haunted Server Room

b2ap3_thumbnail_shock_n_awe_it_400.jpgIt was a dark and stormy night, as it sometimes is on Halloween. It’s a time when kids and adults alike enjoy dressing up as scary monsters and partaking in some good old-fashioned trick-or-treating. You’re pulling a late night at the office, and you hear a sound emanating from your server room; an unsavory clicking sound that echoes through the recesses of your office. What do you do?

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5 Warning Signs that Your Hard Drive is about to Crash

b2ap3_thumbnail_broken_hard_drive_400.jpgIt’s nerve-racking when your hard drive begins to sputter and make unpleasant noises. Computing is a stressful endeavor when it feels like a crash is imminent and you’ll unexpectedly lose all of your precious data. Thankfully, a devastating crash like this rarely happens out of the blue. Instead, a troubled hard drive will first give you warning signs that something is wrong.

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What Happens to a Hard Drive When It’s Stored Away for Several Years?

b2ap3_thumbnail_cold_storage_for_server_400.jpgOne of the most common questions we are asked by our clients is, “What’s the best way to store my business’s data?” Questions like these are imperative to the survival of any business endeavor, as they force you to think in the grand scheme of things. So, what’s the best way to store your data long-term?

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