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MERIT Solutions has been serving the Chesapeake area since 1982, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How risky is unplugging a USB device without ejecting it?

We’ve all seen the frightening warning icon that pops up on an iPod when you plug it into your computer. It warns that if you disconnect it, something dreadful will happen. So, just how dangerous is it to unplug a USB device without unplugging it first?

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Small Business Server 2011 is here!

As many of our loyal clients know, MERIT Solutions has been providing installation and support of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) since before it was even known by that name. When it was initially released in 1997, it was known as BackOffice Small Business Server 4.0 and it would support only 25 users. Seeing the value in the combination of features, we started using it internally, then began promoting it to our clients, many of whom had never even owned a server. Since then, our company has grown along side of this great software package.The newest release began shipping this month to Volume License clients and should be shipping soon for OEM manufacturers such as Dell, HP and Lenovo. Along with some changes in the licensing of the Premium features, most of the differences between the new version and the previous SBS 2008 version are subtle. Microsoft has also announced a new version called SBS 2011 Essentials that is limited to 25 users and does not include the on-premise Exchange and SharePoint services. If you have any questions about either of these product, feel free to call our office or leave us a note on the contact form on our website.Our first SBS 2011 installation will roll out sometime in the next two weeks and we look forward to upgrading many of our clients, especially those who want to keep and control their data and email in-house, to the latest version of this popular package.
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How to find the ideal desk height

If you’re in the market for a new desk, there is one key factor you should consider before buying: desk height. Many people overlook this but keeping it in mind may be the key to your everyday comfort.

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How to effectively conserve your smartphone battery

Imagine you’re in the middle of an important phone call when suddenly you hear the dreaded beep. Your battery is warning you that you have one minute until it dies completely, cutting off your call and leaving you lost for the rest of the day. This is something we all hate running into. Fortunately, taking these steps may help prevent that unfortunate situation.

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Cloud computing: what it really means

Cloud computing is a tricky thing. It’s something we all hear about, and think we should be informed about, but most of us aren’t quite sure what it is. There are lots of conflicting views out there, which only add to the confusion.

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