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    ISSUE

    13 | JANUARY 2012

    1 Wadleigh Place South Boston, MA 02127

    Know Your Citys Trees! Holiday Contest

    Where in South Boston is this tree? Account

    Manager David Tenofsky is standing by a Christmas tree

    somewhere in Southie. The first reader to guess its

    location will receive a free gift.

    A staggering 33 million trees are sold in North America

    every year for Christmas. Today, as a carbon-neutral

    practice, one to three new seedlings are planted for every

    tree that is cut down. On the other hand, while artificial

    trees may appeal to us in terms of price and convenience,

    many of these trees are non-recyclable and destined to

    centuries in a landfill.

    The most environmentally responsible Christmas tree

    option is a small, organically grown natural tree, recycled

    into mulch after use.

    Tech Networks of Boston Leads in Charitable Giving

    Did you know that many nonprofits receive half

    their donations at the end of the year? The

    holidays are a wonderful time to practice

    charity and social responsibility.

    At TNB, as we focus on providing the highest

    quality technology services at the best possible

    value, we donate more than one percent of

    revenues to environmental causes. Here are

    the organizations to which we made major gifts

    in 2011.

    Orangutan Founda-

    tion International is

    leading an effort to pre-

    serve the Rawa Kuno

    Legacy Forest in Borneo, Indonesia. This vast,

    biologically rich forest is home to hundreds of

    orangutans and other endangered wildlife

    species. As the centerpiece of TNBs Hutan

    Project, we contributed the first $11,060 to

    preserving this valuable habitat. To purchase

    your land, see bit.ly/rawakuno.

    In this issue

    TNB Leads in Charitable Giving

    Preventing Spam and its Dangers

    Roberto Gets a New HP All-in-One PC

    Meet Joe Codi, Help Desk Technician

    Free TNB-Microsoft Webinar, 2/6/2012

    Holiday Schedule

    Know Your Citys Trees

    Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper

    350.org founder

    Bill McKibben is a

    renowned writer

    and climate activist. This group spreads the

    message that high levels of atmospheric CO2

    are causing drastic changes in our oceans and

    climate. TNB has helped plan 350.orgs annual

    climate awareness day and other advocacy

    activities for the past three years.

    The annual Wild

    & Scenic Film

    Festival put on

    by e inc was

    the inspiration for TNBs Hutan Project. Its a

    testimony to the power of film that a six-

    minute documentary shown at the 2009

    festival motivated our President to tackle the

    planets most serious deforestation issue.

    Tech Networks of Boston tries to practice

    the ethic of service every day, in supporting

    the needs of all our clients.

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    Meet a Boston Techie

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    When you call our office, theres a good chance youll find

    Joe Codi on the other end of the line ready to help. Joe is

    responsible for fielding tech support phone calls, handling

    server and network outages, and finding solutions to our

    clients computer and network problems.

    With years of experience in electrical and electronic

    repair, telecommunications, computer graphics and

    electro-mechanical assembly, Joe offers quality assistance

    to all our end users. And his experience doesnt stop at

    computer and network repair. He studied audio

    engineering and music industry at UMass Lowell and

    received a degree in Sound Recording Technology.

    Outside of work, Joe spends his time playing keyboard and

    writing music, hiking, camping, and indulging in the

    occasional video game.

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    Joe Codi Help Desk Technician

    TNB Holiday Schedule

    As we prepare for the holiday season,

    please note that Tech Networks of Boston

    will be closed for business on the following

    two days in observance of the holidays:

    ! Monday, December 26, 2011

    ! Monday, January 2, 2012

    Our emergency service will be operating

    during these two observed holidays. Should

    you require immediate assistance, call our

    Help Desk on Demand at (617) 269-0299

    and select emergency support.

    TNB will be open for business as usual at all

    other times. Happy holidays from all of us

    at Tech Networks of Boston!

    Learn about Office 365 direct from a

    Microsoft trainer! Microsoft has teamed up

    with Tech Networks of Boston to offer a

    free webinar about the Office 365 software

    accessible over the Internet. Share files and

    work collaboratively with ease.

    In the webinar, well show you the Office

    365 product line, with a focus on integrating

    Sharepoint. Its a great way to increase

    skills and just learn about new technologies

    that are now available. Save the date!

    More details to follow.

    Free TNB-Microsoft Webinar:

    Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, 4-5pm

    Save the Date: Office 365 Webinar

    Spam filters and antivirus software are

    essential, but you can no longer rely on

    them for safety. Ten years ago, spam was

    merely annoying, while today it is a major

    vehicle for criminals to obtain your

    personal information to commit fraud.

    Remember these tips to avoid danger:

    Todays spam arrives in clever

    new disguises. It might look like a bill

    from your gas company, a bank account

    alert, or a package delivery receipt. Often

    these fraud messages slip right by

    automated filter software. Be careful with

    any e-mail alert you were not expecting.

    No bank, utility, or delivery

    service will ever e-mail you an

    attachment to open.

    Check links before clicking them

    to ensure theyre forwarding you where

    you expect. If you expect a link to

    fedex.com but it actually links to fedex-

    package-info.biz, do not click it!

    Even the best antivirus package wont help

    after youve been duped into entering

    your account number online and a thief

    has stolen your identity. Call us at Tech

    Networks of Boston if you have questions

    about data safety or fraud prevention.

    Recently Livia Gonzalez called us to find a

    computer for her son Roberto, who lives

    with muscular dystrophy. The family has

    been on a limited income since Livia quit

    her job to care for Roberto full-time. We

    offered the family an HP accessible All-in-

    One PC free of charge. That made my

    day, Livia said, because Id do anything

    for him. Now Roberto can study history,

    his favorite subject, at home on his new

    accessible computer.

    Roberto Gets a New All-in-One PC from TNB

    From left: Roberto and Livia Gonzalez, Yves Dehnel, Susan Labandibar, and Robertos new PC.

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    Meet a Boston Techie

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    When you call our office, theres a good chance youll find

    Joe Codi on the other end of the line ready to help. Joe is

    responsible for fielding tech support phone calls, handling

    server and network outages, and finding solutions to our

    clients computer and network problems.

    With years of experience in electrical and electronic

    repair, telecommunications, computer graphics and

    electro-mechanical assembly, Joe offers quality assistance

    to all our end users. And his experience doesnt stop at

    computer and network repair. He studied audio

    engineering and music industry at UMass Lowell and

    received a degree in Sound Recording Technology.

    Outside of work, Joe spends his time playing keyboard and

    writing music, hiking, camping, and indulging in the

    occasional video game.

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    Joe Codi Help Desk Technician

    TNB Holiday Schedule As we prepare for the holiday season,

    please note that Tech Networks of Boston

    will be closed for business on the following

    two days in observance of the holidays:

    ! Monday, December 26, 2011

    ! Monday, January 2, 2012

    Our emergency service will be operating

    during these two observed holidays. Should

    you require immediate assistance, call our

    Help Desk on Demand at (617) 269-0299

    and select emergency support.

    TNB will be open for business as usual at all

    other times. Happy holidays from all of us

    at Tech Networks of Boston!

    Learn about Office 365 direct from a

    Microsoft trainer! Microsoft has teamed up

    with Tech Networks of Boston to offer a

    free webinar about the Office 365 software

    accessible over the Internet. Share files and

    work collaboratively with ease.

    In the webinar, well show you the Office

    365 product line, with a focus