Deadline for XP Sales
Email on the Head of a Pin
Sit Straight and Keep Your
Wrists in Neutral
Make Documents Look Great
in Word 2007
We are excited and proud to highlight UCP of
Pittsburgh, a client of synergIT�s for over five
years. During this time synergIT has assisted UCP of
Pittsburgh with a variety of professional services
projects ranging from Unified Communications with
the Cisco VoIP implementation, Network Support,
Customized Application development, Microsoft
SharePoint Intranet deployment and terminal
server/thin client deployment.
UCP of Pittsburgh services individuals with severe
disabilities, a segment of the population that is
particularly vulnerable to neglect and community
isolation. Through Community Living and Support
Services (CLASS), UCP Pittsburgh serves more than
200 individuals daily, with all types of
disabilities, including acquired brain injury,
mental retardation, spina bifida, spinal cord injury
and cerebral palsy. UCP is driven by organizational
values that foster inclusion of people with
disabilities. UCP of Pittsburgh offers a progression
of services from independent skills training in the
classroom, to community-based case management for
social/recreational and residential supports.
Based upon the growing needs of the organization,
synergIT worked closely with UCP of Pittsburgh to
design and deploy a unified communications solution
that provided the organization with the valuable
tools to streamline and enhance their level of care
and service. UCP focuses heavily on the use of
Microsoft integration tools such as Unified
Messaging and directory integration. This
implementation has been a tremendous productivity
tool and continues to provide UCP Pittsburgh with
ease of administration and improved call flow
routing while providing a solid foundation for
organizational growth, satellite offices and remote
"The partnership that we have with synergIT is one
of great trust and confidence as we look at future
technology for our organization as well as the
continued support in our mission of supporting
people with disabilities on a day to day basis."
said Dan Rossi, Associate Executive Director at UCP
Al Condeluci, CEO of UCP of Pittsburgh stated,
"synergIT's ability to provide quality service and
support to UCP Pittsburgh is extremely important to
our service delivery system."
To learn more about UCP of Pittsburgh, please go to
Bit of Humor
Microsoft sets 6/30/08
deadline for sales of XP
to be sticking with its announced deadline of 6/30/08 for sales
of their Windows XP O/S. There is a grass-roots effort to
convince Microsoft to extend that deadline, and despite
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's comments in Belgium that "If
customer feedback varies we can always wake up smarter, but
right now we have a plan for end-of-life for new XP shipments,"
the company has yet to budge on the June 30th deadline. (see
link for more details.)
What does this mean
for you? synergIT will be able to order PCs for
clients with XP Professional for some months to come. If we see
any change in that policy, we will send out an alert to our
client base immediately.
The deadline does
seem to indicate Microsoft's determination to phase XP out in
favor of Vista, but with a little planning, businesses can time
their equipment refresh schedules to keep XP as their
predominant PC O/S for long enough to ensure they won�t need to
switch to Vista until it�s a more mature product.
Email on the Head of a
It's now to the point you are never absolutely
certain your important communication will actually get
read. While spam and the volume of email are culprits,
your missive now has another hurdle to jump -
handheld devices. Itty bitty screens and ittty bitty
keyboards are not the perfect formula for reading and
responding to email.
for sending email to wireless devices are focused on one
thing � brevity. Ignore the realties of using one of
these wonderful tools and you are increasing the odds
that your email will get stuck in a spam
filter or tossed into the virtual trash, unread .
How do you know when they are using a wireless
device? When folks send you a very short email with
abbreviations, chances are your recipient is picking up
their email on the fly. Blackberries offer a nice
feature that let you know when you are receiving an
email from one of their devices. Most often just knowing
the person uses a wireless should be enough to alert
you. But relax. There's a way to at least heighten your
awareness of the fact that you're dealing with wireless
recipients. In Outlook you can create a rule to move
messages from a user who you know is on a wireless
account, or based on keywords such as "Blackberry," to a
Don't over-abbreviate - Abbreviation is a
good way to accommodate your wireless user, but only if
they can understand it. Be brief, but also be clear. It
sure beats having to resend the message in order to
Use the subject line only - Want to get on
the good side of a wireless email recipient? Keep your
message so short and to the point that opening the
actual message is unnecessary. If your message is
longer, be sure to give an appropriate header that's
concise and can't be confused for spam.
Ask before you attach or get long winded - Before you send an attachment, find out if the receiver
can handle the file. With wireless email, if you're
thinking of sending more than a paragraph, check first
to make sure the recipient can deal with the
Cut the funny stuff - Emails that contain
animation, graphics, or anything else. Many
devices immediately truncate the email.
Skip your signature - Just include your name.
Signatures tend to get so big and lofty that they clog
up the pipeline.
Put yourself in the receiver's shoes - If you
violate any of these rules, be prepared to have your
Sit Up Straight and
Keep Your Wrists in Neutral
By Monte Enbysk
Reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center
is not a four-letter word � even though many business owners may
That's because when
business people hear the word ergonomics, they immediately think of
dollar signs � as in what it will cost to outfit employee
workstations with new setups to prevent sometimes crippling
But the money needed
may be minimal, and your employees' health should be the overriding
concern, says Dan Eisman, vice president of marketing and product
development for HealthyComputing.com, an ergonomics consultant.
Painless simple adjustments to a computing environment, such as
getting a better chair or raising a monitor, may cost little but
makes a huge difference in injuries and employee absences.
Understanding how poor
positioning combined with no breaks can lead to musculoskeletal
disorders (MSDs) should be a priority for anyone who works at a PC
and/or employs others who do. (No, you don't have a federal law
threatening you with liability anymore if you don't.)
"Businesses very often
don't have to spend $1,000 or more on equipment � or completely
overhaul the workplace," Eisman says. "But if you have the
knowledge, you can better know what to do and what to spend."
Employers should learn about what triggers wrist pain and other
repetitive-stress injuries, and spend time watching and training
their employees, he says.
Because people come in
different shapes and sizes, solutions to ergonomic problems differ.
However, there are some generally accepted guidelines when it comes
to sitting at a computer for several hours a day, day after day.
Here's a look at some.
Make Documents Look Great in Word 2007
With Microsoft Office Word 2007, you
can quickly and easily turn a plain-looking document into one that
looks professionally designed.
Use styles to quickly format major
elements in your document, such as titles, subtitles, and headings.
Start with predefined, coordinated designs and then customize to
suit your needs. As you work, you don't need to apply formatting and
then do it again until you have what you want � just point to a
style in the dialog box to see a preview in your document. Not quite
right? Point to a different style and see what it looks like.
Watch the demo to see how easy it is to give a plain document a
professional-looking makeover, and then give it a final polish with
headers and footers and a cover page.