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Cool idea! A hamsterwheel desk!

If you are not reaching your current productivity potential - rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.

​I love this idea...I wonder if there is a holder for my krispy kremes?

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Top 5 Reasons to use a MSP for IT

5 Reasons to Use a Managed Services Provider

One of the questions that I get over and over again is, “Why should we use your, or any, managed services provider?” Typically they ask this because they perceive that it would be better and more cost effective for them just to contact us as their technology issues arise (Break/Fix).

Unfortunately there is a common misconception that having their technology under a managed services agreement is like buying insurance… that they would be paying for something they may or may not use. Not so.

Here are 5 compelling reasons to use a Managed Services Provider.

1  A Managed Services Provider (MSP) will take a proactive approach to managing your tech infrastructure. No more break/fix putting out fires. While you can’t fix everything proactively a MSP worth their weight in salt will proactively identify most , if not all, issues and correct them prior to being a problem. Much easier on the nerves with employees being more productive. Ultimately, this will save your company time and money. A good thing.

2  One of the most important pieces of managed services is the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The SLA explains and promises how and when the MSP will respond to the customized needs of your company. On the other hand, with break/fix services there is not an SLA and typically no guarantee of when the service will be provided. You can easily see that not having a managed service agreement with a SLA could cost your company time and money in lost productivity.

3  This is where the rub is with most companies as a typical managed services agreement is based upon a consistent monthly fee. With that said, in reality, this helps your company keep costs in line and makes budgeting much easier. With an MSP, dealing with unexpected expenses goes away. They now can be handled and dealt with in a timely budgeted manner. Let’s face it the unexpected always happens at the worst time. An MSP can help you get that under control.

4  Partnering with a reputable Managed Services Provider can be far less expensive than hiring, training, and retaining your own IT staff. For the companies that do not have IT staff, do you really want your bookkeeper as the IT “go-to-person”? Really? Using managed services allows that staff member to focus on your company’s business, instead of IT, which is always better for the bottom line.

5  Even if your business has an existing IT staff it can still benefit from managed services. An MSP can complement the internal IT staff by off-loading some of the day to day operations and management of the network and software. What a benefit to your company by allowing your IT staff to focus on other needs. Another big bonus is it can eliminate the necessity of making a large investment in infrastructure management tools since the Managed Services Provider already has these in place typically.

To learn more about the benefits of managed services to your company, email me at bryan@mcneesolutions.com

By Bryan McNee at

YouTube Offering Live TV Streaming

YouTube is finally getting into the skinny bundle wars, competing against Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Netflix and a host of others looking to grab consumers who want great television, but don’t want to pay for what they don’t watch.

At $35 a month, consumers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and two other cities (with more to come down the line) can now get access to 50 channels of all different kinds of content -- news, sports, entertainment and more -- to whet their whistles and cut down on expenses or grab people who would never have paid for television in the first place.

Even though the service doesn’t have as many channels in its bundle as its competitors -- something Pacific Crest Securities analyst Andy Hargreaves said “would have appealed to a much bigger portion of the U.S. population” it does have something going for it that some of its competition doesn’t have -- access to the major broadcast networks.

Aside from Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC, Youtube has more than 1 billion people watching videos on the platform, something its competitors also can’t match.

But what else does it have?

For $35 a month, consumers can get channels like ESPN, USA, Fox News, FX, NBCSN, SEC Network and a host of others. (For every channel available, click here.)

After looking at the channels offered by the service, YouTube TV appears as if it is trying to appeal to sports enthusiasts, but there are some glaring omissions. There are no deals with Turner properties such as TBS or TNT, which have the MLB and NBA playoffs, March Madness and other sports coverage.

There are also channels that can be added on to the service, like Showtime for $11 a month or Fox Soccer Plus for $15 a month. Currently, YouTube TV doesn’t offer HBO as an add-on like other over-the-top streaming services do, but YouTube and Google said in early March they were hopeful they would get access to it.

It also comes bundled with unlimited DVR, the ability to share your membership with up to 6 accounts, no cancellation fees and perhaps most importantly, the ability to watch on any device (including a free Chromecast for signing up).

At $35 a month, it’s far less expensive than the traditional $100 a month cable bundle offered from companies like Comcast, Spectrum, Charter and others, who are working on offering their own skinny bundles as well.

It’s still early days for these over-the-top services, but YouTube is hoping that by appealing to sports fans and making it easy to get access to the broadcast networks, it will differentiate itself from the competition enough to hold onto subscribers.

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