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5000 Reasons to Sell Speakeasy Hosted VOIP October 29, 2008

Posted by Jim Locke in IT Business, Partners, SMBTN, VOIP.
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If you haven’t yet taken a look at Speakeasy’s hosted voice-over-ip telephone system, I strongly encourage you to do so before the end of the year. Why is that? Well, SMBTN and Speakeasy are currently running an exclusive promotion for our business members that will result in one member earning an extra $5000 this year. For each new Speakeasy VOIP deal sold, you earn a one time $250 commission, receive 10% comission on customer billing revenues each month (until service is cancelled) and are entered into a drawing for the $5000 SMBTN/Speakeasy VOIP promotion. Each time you sell a deal, you are entered into the drawing again, so your chances of winning improve with each deal sold.

SMBTN Business Members are already making hundreds of dollars each month in recurring revenue on Speakeasy DSL, T1 and VOIP services. It is a great insulator to the recent issues with the economy. As a Speakeasy reseller, you are also entitled to discounts of up to 50% on DSL, T1 and VOIP services for your business. Not a bad way to cut costs and “eat your own dog food” at the same time.

Want more information about this opportunity, contact MemberServices@SMBTN.org or (888) GO-SMBTN and we will put you in touch with our Speakeasy representative.

New SMBTN Membership Kits Available Online October 29, 2008

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I am pleased to report that we have new membership kits posted to the SMBTN Member Portal. To get your .pdf copy of our membership kit, please click on one of the following:

The membership kit includes information on all the benefits and programs that SMBTN has to offer and provides information on how to connect and get started with these programs.

If you have any questions or comments about the membership kits, please contact SMBTN Member Services. You input is greatly appreciated.

Repair Windows XP in 30 minutes with ReImage October 21, 2008

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As we head into a tougher economy, it makes more sense than ever to work smarter not harder. With this in mind we have partnered with ReImage, a software tool provider that promises to repair broken Windows XP installation in as little as 30 minutes.

But don’t confuse this with some of the freeware or end user tools you have seen before, this software was designed as an expert system for the IT professional. It gives good feedback on problems found and repairs most of them within about 30 minutes. But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself or read the case study about the experience that Computer Troubleshooter’s franchisees have had with the product.

Reimage has been dubbed the “Domino Pizza of PC repair” (repair in 30 minutes or less) by NetworkWorld. Reimage provides online operating system repair automation in minutes while safeguarding user data. Reimage has developed the first ever technology that offers software that repairs XP operating systems automatically (Vista coming soon). eWeek raves: “Reimage works like magic to repair problems with XP“.

ReImage:

  • Provides automated, online, repair which fixes a damaged XP OS.
  • Works remotely, on site and on multiple PCs, simultaneously
  • Takes about 30 minutes, per fix.
  • Safeguards all user data, settings and applications.
  • Requires no set-up (we download a 3MB ActiveX).

By using a remote access tool an automatic repair can be initiated from any workstation. The old fashioned practice of an onsite or manual online repair for software problems is now history. Reimage is all about saving you time.

After a few mouse clicks and 30 minutes you get:

  • A PC that is as good as new no viruses, malware, software clashes or blue screens.
  • Saving you hours of guess work, or having to reload the OS.
  • No loss of any applications, settings or user data.  

To learn more about how ReImage works, please click here or join SMBTN on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at 11:00am PST for an online webinar about the product.

Off Topic: Meet my Shredder! October 21, 2008

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Vote for me at DeanGuitars.com/Shredder!

If you think I am going to discuss the shredding of documents, you’re wrong! My off topic item today is intended to introduce you to the art of shredding on guitar (no paper necessary)

Shredding \Shred”ding\, n, a unique style of electric guitar playing that focuses on quickly executing advanced techniques to increase the speed of the playing, often being utilized in the above-mentioned neo-classical metal. 

Some of you may have met my little shredder, Brian, at last year’s SMB Summit conference. He was helping many of our members learn to master Guitar Hero in the HP booth. So if you were wondering who that kid was, he is mine.

Brian’s life is all about the guitar and needless to say I am very proud of him. He began teaching himself how to play at 8 years old by watching YouTube videos and slowing them down to figure out the chords. At 10, he won a $1000 custom Minarik guitar at a music camp called Day Jams. Which leads me to where we are today, his entry in the Dean Guitar’s Shredder Search. If you appreciate electric guitar, I would like you to check out my son’s video and vote on it, fairly and honestly. He spent nearly two months putting it together and even I have to admit that it is pretty amazing (but then again, I am his Dad).

Thanks in advance for checking out his video.

Vote for me at DeanGuitars.com/Shredder!

Jim Locke from SMB Technology Network speaks with Aaron Booker of Varvid.com – SMB NATION 2008 October 18, 2008

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Jim Locke from SMB Technology Network speaks with Aaron Booker of Varvid.com – SMB NATION 2008 from Mike Simmons on Vimeo.

Windows Mobile Tools for Consultants October 17, 2008

Posted by Jim Locke in IT Business, Mobility, Productivity, Tools.
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I am always on the lookout for tools that will make me more productive in the field. As my Windows Mobile device is my main connection to the outside world, I have selected a Samsung i760 with Windows mobile 6.1 and several specific application to give me an edge. Here is what I have on my device:

  • Autotask LiveMobile – Permits me to access my Autotask information from the field. Well worth the minimal $10 fee I pay each month for access to it. If you haven’t tried it, call your Autotask sales rep and have them set you up with a trial.
  • mVisualVoicemail – connects me to my VOIP voicemail system. It downloads my messages using Outlook and Activesync and places it on my SD card for payback. Cost is $25.
  • Google Mobile – My favorite Google Mobile apps are Google Maps and Google Reader. Google Maps helps me to get where I need to go. I use Google Reader to keep me up to date on industry and technical news.
  • LogMeIn – I am still shocked at how many people I meet that don’t know that LogMeIn works over a Windows Mobile device. All you need to is logon to your account and access the computers in it. Use your stylus to manuever the desktop, etc. It is simple. It works. Really comes in handy some times when you need to use a Windows Mobile device to access a computer. Best of all, its free.
  • Sprite Backup – You are backing up your Windows Mobile device, right?
  • Spb Communication Pack – Includes the Spb Mobile Shell, Spb Phone Suite, Spb GPRS Monitor and Spb Insight (RSS reader). The Mobile Shell and Phone Suite are the strengths of this package. I really don’t make much use of the other products in the package because I don’t care about how much GPRS data I am transferring and I prefer Google Reader for RSS feeds. Still a great value at $49.95. Depending on your needs you may also want to take a look at the Spb Business Pack for $69.95.
  • Windows LiveSearch – While I am still partial to Google Maps, Live Search is great for mapping, as well and offers manyother freatures. (Free)

I am still looking for a few more apps to perform some of the mundane tasks I dont like to do like expense reporting, phone logging and mileage logging. Still testing a handful of apps in tis arena. I report back on what I find.

Still playing with a number of other

Member Sharepoint Portal Maintenance October 11, 2008

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Our Sharepoint portal at http://members.smbtn.org will be down for maintenance from 10/11/2008 until 10/13/2008 to permit our vendor some time to perform server upgrades.

We apologize for any incovenience this might cause you and encourage you to contact us with any immediate needs that you might have at MemberServices@SMBTN.org or (888) GO-SMBTN.

Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Jim Locke, President
SMB Technology Network

Introducing ContractEdge for IT Professionals October 4, 2008

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I am pleased to announce a new alliance with ContractEdge for IT Professionals. I don’t know about you but I have always found contracts to be somewhat of a pain to produce and ContractEdge just seems to make it that much easier.  As part of its alliance with ContractEdge, SMBTN members can save $50 on ContractEdge Gold, a software application that helps members draft their legal documents such as consulting, non-compete, software development, hosting and other types of contracts. For a member-discount, one-time fee of $99, ContractEdge Gold provides a complete set of 20 contractual, customizable agreements. ContractEdge Gold is designed for any technology firm that provides the following services:

  • Computer consulting
  • Software and application development
  • Software licensing
  • Web site development and hosting
  • Application services
  • Network installation and maintenance
  • Other technology-related services

ContractEdge’s sophisticated interview format walks the user step-by-step through the drafting process, automatically inserting the appropriate legal clauses and project data into the document. A typical document can be completed in about 10 minutes.

 

 

New SMBTN Medical Insurance Program will Save Members Up To 40% October 4, 2008

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For years now, I have asked members what benefit could SMBTN provide them that would really make a difference in their lives. The answer was usually the same – medical insurance coverage. We tried negotiating with carriers and brokers but got no where until I met Stuart Pase at Association Health Programs. Hence, I am incredibly happy to announce a new partnership with Association Health Programs to provide SMBTN members with health insurance benefits for up to 40% off. I hope it makes a difference in the lives of you and your family members, as well as, your employees. Look for an update and link to this benefit program next week.

SMB Books Recognized as the “Official Bookstore” of SMBTN October 4, 2008

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Beginning October 1, Karl Palachuk’s SMB Books will become the official bookstore for the SMB Technology Network.  This will be a great opportunity for SMBTN members to expand their knowledge of their trade and the SMB industry. SMB Books will offer a 10% discount to all SMBTN members on purchases over $25.00 when they utilize discount code SMBTN2009.