PC to Mac Migrations Made Simple by proVanceTek

MacMigrationMaking the switch from Windows to OS X can be a pretty daunting task, especially if you’ve grown up using one system for your entire life. But migrating across to OS X doesn’t have to be difficult. Given the range of Mac programs now available and the better compatibility with existing Windows peripherals, such as mice and keyboards, it is a lot easier to do than it used to be, especially since the switch over to Intel-based systems.

There are plenty of rumours flitting around that may swing you towards not switching over to a Mac. Of course, opinions are strongly divided between Windows and OS X users, but I can tell you now that most of these rumours are wrong, so don’t let yourself be swayed by them.

One of the main reasons people hold back on switching to OS X is the lack of compatibility with Windows, however this is mostly untrue. Most common Windows programs have a separate Mac version and a lot of external peripherals (such as mice, keyboards, external hard drives and monitors) are fully compatible with OS X.

We recently worked with a client to migrate two of their Windows machines over to Mac, one a Dell laptop to a MacBook Pro and the other a Dell desktop to a MacMini. The process is fairly simple and, generally, can be completed by the even the most novice user. Our client, however, typically ask us to complete these type of projects for them because it’s less hassle for them and because, on the off chance there’s any issues, we can resolve any problems that arise during the migration process.

 

We’re Happy To Help Support Local Organizations

We're Happy To Help Support Local OrganizationsYou know that special feeling you get inside when you help someone else out? We really like that feeling here at proVanceTek. We’re not just talking about helping out our customers by providing timely, quality, and friendly service. We do that because that’s what our customers pay us for. We’re talking about helping out charities.

We have a community oriented focus because we’re a local business and rely on the community to bring their business to us. But our community focus is also because it makes us feel good to know we’re helping other local organizations and because it’s the right thing to do.

Over the years we have provided donations to local school groups and community groups. But we’ve also made an effort to offset our carbon footprint by donating to several reforestation projects.

Our favorite charity, however, has always been St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The hospital provides life saving research and treatment for children. Their daily budget is nearly 1.5 million dollars and nearly 85% of the budget goes to patient care and research.

If you have a local organization that is looking for sponsorship or would be able to utilize an in-kind donation, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Welcome To Our New Website!

Welcome to our new company website!

We’re a Columbus, Ohio based company that also has customers located throughout the Mid-West. We primarily provide web design and hosting services to our clients. We have made it our focus to provide the utmost excellence in customer service.

So, we created a new website to showcase our products and services.

New Website, Columbus Wedding Videography

New Website, Columbus Wedding VideographyColumbus Wedding Videography is a Columbus, Ohio based company that also has customers located throughout the Mid-West and have a combined 20+ years of video production experience. They primarily provide Wedding Videography services to their clients and have made it their focus to provide the utmost excellence in customer service. They offer a wide variety of Wedding Video Production services, including: Engagement Films, Pre-Wedding Day Interview Films, Wedding Ceremony Films, Wedding Reception Filming, Same-Day-Edit Films, 8mm or 16mm Wedding Films, and Other Customized Services. They understand that each bride and groom have a different vision for their wedding day; and though they produce wedding videos, their real job is to accurately capture that vision on video for family and friends to share for lifetimes to come.

The Columbus Wedding Videography website was built on the WordPress platform. WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. Features include a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites.

For this particular web development project we chose WordPress because it is suited best for blog-style websites. However, for more complex projects, we often use a more configurable CMS, known as Drupal, which is another open-source CMS. It is used as a back-end framework for at least 2.1% of all websites worldwide, ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites including whitehouse.gov and data.gov.uk.

New ARTS Production Services Website

New ARTS Production Services WebsiteproVanceTek created a new website for ARTS Production Services, a small production company in Central Ohio. They’re located in Hilliard, but serve customers throughout the state, with a philosophy to keep cost low and deliver a quality product to our customers. The company started up with friends from high school, post college, and off working in various fields of the industry, who decided that we wanted to work together, instead of scattered all over the country working for other companies. Ergo, the creation of ARTS Production Services. ARTS specialize in audio, lighting, and video production for local live events.

The new website was built on the WordPress content management platform. WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.

proVanceTek also uses the Drupal content management system for various web development projects. Drupal is much more configurable and designed to be used for web development projects in a much larger scale. For this one, however, there was nothing too complicated involved that wasn’t achievable using WordPress. For blog-style websites, WordPress is perfect.

Working With Client To Address Security Concerns

Working With Client To Address Security Concerns

Client’s security camera monitor before we worked with them to address concerns and develop a strategy for improving their system.

We visited a client recently who had some concerns about their existing security system – Are our cameras focused well, should we add more cameras, does our DVR need upgraded. We were happy to help them out and provide our expert knowledge on the subject.

proVanceTek works with their clients to evaluate their concerns, discuss their options, and develop a plan for resolving any disparities. Often times, people install their own security system or hire a company who doesn’t seem to have much knowledge in security systems. Let’s face it, ATT is a great alarm phone and internet provider, Time Warner is a great cable and internet provider, but neither really know anything about CCTV systems. You need to feel assured that you’re relaxed and safe in your home home and business. Let ATT and Time Warner help you relax, let us help make sure you’re safe.

Security camera systems don’t just help keep your home and business safe by discouraging criminals from taking advantage of your vulnerabilities, they are also there to catch brazen criminals in the act, but also are there for liability purposes. Forget about the criminals, what about a customer who trips over their own feet and then tries to sue you for tripping over a crack in the ground. Security cameras can capture those moments and prove such individuals are trying to cheat the system.

We utilize the latest in professional, quality, high-definition security camera hardware, not some webcam that’s taped to your wall. Our systems can store video for months, not days. We can integrate your security camera system in with your existing alarm system. Our security systems can be remotely viewed while you’re on the go, anywhere. We offer complete, quality, cost-effective security camera systems.

Working With Client With Virus Issues

Working With Client With Virus IssuesA computer virus is a type of malware that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive; when this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected”. Viruses often perform some type of harmful activity on infected hosts, such as stealing hard disk space or CPU time, accessing private information, corrupting data, displaying political or humorous messages on the user’s screen, spamming their contacts, or logging their keystrokes. However, not all viruses carry a destructive payload or attempt to hide themselves—the defining characteristic of viruses is that they are self-replicating computer programs which install themselves without the user’s consent. Virus writers use social engineering and exploit detailed knowledge of security vulnerabilities to gain access to their hosts’ computing resources. The vast majority of viruses (over 99%) target systems running Microsoft Windows, employing a variety of mechanisms to infect new hosts, and often using complex anti-detection/stealth strategies to evade antivirus software.

But enough about what a virus is. You care about how to get it off your computer. The answer is not simple, but the solution is, call us. You see, often times, virus software does not do the job. Which is why you find yourself in an endless cycle of quarantining files, then having additional issues, so you run the virus software again, which quarantines more files, and you’re good for a bit, but then you start to have issues again. It’s endless. Why? Because virus software, in our experience, seldomly remove a virus completely. This is because viruses often corrupt necessary system files that cannot be quarantined or bury themselves deep in files that the particular virus software you’re running overlooks.

The tried and true method we’ve used to successfully rid most of our clients from viruses is to 1) backup the clients hard drive completely, 2) take the backup, mount it on another machine, and then run several different virus softwares to clean up the drive, 3) reinstall a clean copy of Windows  on their computer, then 4) migrate their data back to the clean version of Windows we just installed on their machine. It may seem like a bit overkill, but it’s usually the end game anyway, which is why it’s just simpler to give us a call to begin with.

Bose Home Theatre Installation

proVanceTek Bose Home Theatre Installation in Columbus, OhioWe just completed a Bose home theatre installation. The home theatre system features seven Bose 100 speakers and one Bose Acoustimass 3 Series III subwoofer. Yes, that means the system is capable of producing Dolby Surround 7.1 audio. After some equalization for the room of installation, the system sounds amazing.

We love Bose. Their equipment is attractive, reliable, and sounds great. Bose speakers are really unmatched when it comes to the quality of the audio they produce. Well, that should be enough of a Bose pitch for the day. Contact us today for a home theatre estimate.

Kaela’s Creation’s Website

Kaela's Creations WebsiteproVanceTek finished setting up the new Kaela’s Creations website, to replace the former Jewelry by Kaela website. Kaela first started out making handmade jewelry, but she has since expanded her crafts to various other items. Her products can be found at the Simply Vague shop at Tuttle Mall in Dublin, Ohio.

Kaela wanted the website to automatically update her products based on what she had posted on the Kaela’s Creations Facebook Page. We designed the website so that it pulled the product information and photos of her products so that she could update her inventory from one, easy place – Facebook. Additionally, she wanted people to be able to purchase her items online and use PayPal to complete their payments. So her website is interfaced with her PayPal account so that her products can be purchased online.