November 23rd, 2010
We have made some updates to the webmail interface for our business hosting options. Features include:
- Modern sleek interface
- Drag & drop messages
- Auto-save messages while writing to avoid losing your work
- Rich formatting of message composition (fonts, colors, lists, etc)
- … and much more
Please contact us today to activate or learn more about this new webmail for your business email, if you haven’t already. We look forward to hearing from you!
March 2nd, 2010
Learn how to:
- “Package & Spin” your work experience so it is a perfect fit for the job
- Increase your confidence, easily calm nerves or fear
- Be more likeable
- Use professional words and phrases that will impress them
- Position yourself as the BEST candidate for the job
- Tell them exactly what they want to hear — so you get hired!
Newly updated for 2010, the Guide is 81 pages long (over 25,000 words) and includes over 137 intelligent and effective job interview answers, 11 closing “power statements” for when you ask for the job, 43 questions for you to use to uncover the interviewer’s hidden needs, 13 desirable behavioral competencies hiring managers look for, how to create and use your own winning S.T.A.R. statements to “package & spin” your work experience, how to do a S.W.O.T. analysis, how to show you know how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals, a quick and simple 9-step exercise you can do that will calm your nerves every time, 10 crucial job interview “don’ts”, a special section on behavioral interviewing and surviving harsh “stress” interviews, and 9 free bonuses that are a huge value in their own right. Download this guide and carve out some time to dig in!
Everything you need is here for you in one easy place, you get instant access right now.
GET YOUR COPY HERE
February 27th, 2010
Let me ease your frustrations on this one…you have the Confiker virus and there is no fun way to get rid of that crap because confiker blocks all the websites that house the tools for this! However, we are here to help you get rid of this one easily because we will include the Symantec tool here for you for FREE and confiker CAN’T block this!
DOWNLOAD CONFIKER REMOVAL TOOL
February 19th, 2010
The dreaded interview is where the rubber meets the road! Even with a killer resume, you still need to perform like a pro face-to-face. While the Interview can be a super stressful encounter, a few simple tips can give you a leg up on the competition.
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February 19th, 2010
Everyone knows we are facing the toughest job market in years, if not decades! So what can the average guy or gal do to get a leg up on the competition? It all starts with a killer resume.
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February 10th, 2010
Portbridge Internet now offers fixed low cost Hosted Exchange to all small and medium sized businesses in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »
October 28th, 2009
You are probably pulling your hair out wondering WHY ON EARTH ARE THESE PDF’S PRINTING SO SLOW!!!
If you own the old and trusty HP Laserjet 4000 series then I have a solution for you that you wouldn’t believe…USE THE WRONG DRIVER!
Here are the steps for setting up a network printer (let’s assume you have a computer dedicated for this or a server:
1. Setup a new printer and add as usual (either network or locally depends on your situation)
2. When you arrive at the “Select Printer Driver” Select the HP Lasterjet 4 driver
This is an older driver, but it forces the printer to use PCL5e and your PDF’s will work much faster.
October 23rd, 2009
Windows Vista users may experience an issue with obtaining an IP address via DHCP when starting their computers. For Windows Vista users who are on a Active directory domain (Either SBS 2003 or any standard Active Directory domain) may experience the “Welcome” message on their screen for long periods of time and sometimes it may never get past that point.
We at Portbridge have noticed that there is one common fact about these computers that have this problem, they all have had McAfee Security Suite installed and once removed. This horrible software somehow causes problems with Winsock and other TCP/IP files on the Windows Vista machine.
We have listed the proper steps to properly remove McAfee as to avoid these issues:
1. Go to Control Panel and Select Programs
2. Uninstall ALL McAfee related programs
Now that you have uninstalled all these programs please download the following tool:
1. Download this to your Desktop or wherever you wish.
2. Rick click the downloaded file and select “Run as administrator”
The program will now start removing all the files associated with McAfee. This should PREVENT the issue from ever happening. HOWEVER, if you do run into this program where DHCP won’t start and you can’t get online do the following:
1. Go to: C:\WINDOWS\System32\cmd
2. Rick click on CMD and select “Run as administrator”
3. Enter the following command: Sfc /scannow (This may take a few minutes, go have a snack and a drink)
4. Once this is done enter the following command: netsh winsock reset
September 2nd, 2009
Notice the title of this blog posting carefully. I didn’t use the word “Shrinking” because that is a statement that isn’t necessarily true and it only serves to create a “doom and gloom” aura that does not encourage growth. Let’s take a stroll down old memory lane and the times that our economy has changed. Read the rest of this entry »
August 14th, 2009
So there is new hype about the release of Windows 7 these days and there are plenty of fanatics lining up to get a copy. Microsoft promises better security and stability in this release of Windows 7 that is based upon Windows Vista. While this sounds great on paper few businesses take into consideration the cost of upgrading their machines to Windows 7. Here are a few of the costs that you will experience along with the estimated downtime.
1. Migrating all your current data from Windows XP is not easy and will require that you move all of this data onto an external hard drive and then manually move it all back over once the installation is complete. This is due to the fact that there is NO upgrade path from Windows XP, only a clean installation option. There are third party software tools and Microsoft has even released tools to assist in migrating your information over. (downtime ~2hrs per pc) (cost ~$150/external drive + time)
2. Possible hardware upgrades may be needed to utilize windows 7. If you purchased all of your office PC’s in bulk then it is possible that you may have to perform the upgrades on all the computers or possibly replace them (which is very costly). (downtime ~1hr per pc) (cost varies on equipment or new computer purchase)
3. Cost of new licenses can get expensive. $220 for a license for Windows 7 for your business use. If you have 10 computers that is $2,220! That is someones monthly salary and you get nothing in return for it except a new taskbar. (downtime varies with installation speed) (cost $220/license)
4. The cost to train your employees to use the service is monumental if your employees are not comptuer savvy. This cost can rise beyond belief if you have to hire someone to come in and train them. You now have downtime, loss of productivity and the cost to bring someone in to train your staff. The costs keep rising (downtime varies with competency of employees) (cost varies greatly)
5. Reloading all drivers and software is needed and then you have to upgrade all of this. This can be a major killer in the downtime area! Some hardware may no longer work and that means the purchase of new hardware peripherals. (Downtime unknown, depends on situation) (Cost depends on hardware and software upgrades needed.)
We recommend the use of Windows XP Pro until it reaches it EOL (End of Life). This will at least give the newer versions of Windows more time to mature and hopefully the price may come down. This will also give your business more time to prepare for the eventual switchover so it does not come as a surprise to you.