Deploying software systems to manage a growing organization

Most organizations use software to manage at least these items: Accounting – Perform vital bookkeeping and accounting functions Contacts – Organize and manage clients, prospects, vendors, etc. Operations – Match assets to organization’s need on a daily basis In organizations with funding limitations, deployment of a software-based system to manage specific functions often starts as […]

Comparing Cloud-based services – Part 2: Storage

Many Cloud-based services fall into one of these categories: Productivity suites – Applications that help you be more productive Storage – Storing, retrieving, and synchronizing files in the Cloud Backup and Recovery – Backing-up data and being able to recover it Prevention – Prevent malware, typically spam and related components Search – Find items from […]

Kids Companion Halloween Costume Shop a Great Success

Congratulations to Kids Companion on last weekends successful Halloween Costume Shop We would like to thank Olivia Banks, Jen Kallin, Samantha Johnson, Allyson Waddell, and Julia Frias, all students at Hudson High School, for allowing Bryley Systems Inc. to host their annual Halloween Costume Shop.  Through their effort, with over 70 costumes sold at an […]

Bryley participates in 25th Assabet Valley Chamber Downtown Trick or Treat

Bryley Systems distributed candy to approximately 1500 children who walked the streets of Hudson, MA on the Thursday before Halloween during the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Downtown Trick or Treat.  Shown are Cathy and Gavin Livingstone meeting trick-or-treaters at the door of Bryley Systems. For more information, please visit http://www.assabetvalleychamber.org/trick_or_treat.shtm.

Beware CryptoLocker

We have seen a rise in CryptoLocker virus attacks; these attacks can cripple the data files on your computer and on your computer network. CryptoLocker is a destructive, ransomware virus; once downloaded, it locates and encrypts data files, which renders them inaccessible.  CryptoLocker does not announce its presence until all data files (Microsoft Office files, […]

Upcoming changes to major Microsoft products

Microsoft Windows 8.1 released on October 18th The second iteration of Microsoft Windows 8, 8.1, occurred on October 18th.  Significant changes to this operating system include: Boot to Desktop – Yes, you can restore the Start button and bypass the tiles, but don’t expect the traditional Start menu to appear since pressing Start takes you […]

Comparing Cloud-based services – Part 1: Productivity suites

Many Cloud-based services fall into one of these categories: Productivity suites – Applications that help you be more productive Storage – Storing to and retrieving data and files from the Cloud Backup and Recovery – Backing-up data and being able to recover it Prevention – Prevent malware, typically spam and related components Search – Find […]

Bryley Systems receives SBIEC’s Massachusetts Excellence Award

Bryley Systems has been selected for the 2013 Massachusetts Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC). Bryley Systems has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values which is a trait seldom found in its industry. This recognition by SBIEC marks […]

The (near-term) future of computer technology – Microsoft versus Google

The crystal ball is still foggy, but here are my thoughts on Microsoft versus Google and (what I believe is) the battle for world domination.  (Microsoft sales are around $77B, primarily from Windows software (25%), business software (32%), and server software (25%); Google is about $55B with approximately 87% of its revenue from advertising.) Notice, […]

Bryley Basics (in 100 words): Mass. enacts sales tax on Computer Services

Massachusetts is now one of the few states collecting sales tax on services; the 6.25% tax targets specific computer system design services as of July 31st. The legislation was approved July 24th, 2013 with the intent to tax customization services; the relevant, broadly worded phrases: “’Computer system design services’, the planning, consulting or designing of […]

Jim Livingstone’s Retirement Party

Recently,  after 22 years of outstanding service, Jim Livingstone decided to retire from Bryley Systems, so we decided to throw him a surprise party.    We had such a good time that we wanted to share some of the footage from the party with all of you.

Why are QR codes failing?

Why are QR codes failing? QR (Quick Response) codes were developed over 20 years ago to track goods and inventory, but are now a marketing technique targeted at on-the-go cellphone users to easily receive information and promotions.  However, only 19% of US cellphones have ever tracked a QR code; plus, most QR codes are scanned […]

Jim Livingstone Retires

Jim Livingstone officially retired from Bryley Systems; he was a dedicated and highly productive employee for over 22 years. After a distinguished career in Engineering, Jim moved his family to Massachusetts in the early 1970s to run Data Technology, Inc., which he later purchased and grew before spinning off a new company, RoMec Inc. in […]

Bryley Basics: Getting you informed in 100 words or less

Tips on email attachments Most folk send attachments with their emails; it is a quick, easy way to share a file with the email recipient.  However, attachments can have a negative impact on your computer-network infrastructure: Emails saved with attachments consume storage. Large attachments slow performance and may be rejected by the provider. Attachments copied […]

Security concern with popular, home-based, Internet routers

Independent Security Evaluators, a Baltimore-based security firm, stated that 13 Internet routers sold for home use were vulnerable to attack if the hacker had network access and could obtain the username and password of the router.  These routers include: Linksys WRT310v2 Netgear’s WNDR4700 TP-Link’s WR1043N Verizon’s FiOS Actiontec MI424WR-GEN3I D-Link’s DIR865L Belkin’s N300, N900 and […]

The (near-term) future of computer technology – Part 1

The crystal ball is somewhat cloudy, but here are my thoughts on user interfaces and their adoption. User interfaces on computing devices Alphabetically, these are the practical computer-interface options we know today: Heads-up Display (HUD) – Military displays have been based on HUD technology for decades.  Basic concept is to provide see-through information that is […]

Bryley Basics: Getting you informed in 100 words or less

WARNING:  Exchange 2003 is not compatible with Microsoft Office 2013 Exchange 2003 was a very popular version of Microsoft’s email server; it was available separately and bundled within Small Business Server 2003.  It’s End-of-Life was in April 2009, but extended support will carry it to April 2014. Microsoft Office 2013, which includes Outlook 2013, does […]

How to protect yourself against cyber threats on an ongoing basis

In part five of his interview with The Cleaning Crew, Bryley Systems President, Gavin Livingstone, discusses how to ensure that you remain protected against cyber threats.  

How a small business can protect their online identity

In part four of his interview with The Cleaning Crew, Bryley Systems Inc. President, Gavin Livingstone, explains some of the steps a small business can take to protect their online identity.

What are the threats associated with cyber security?

In part three of his interview with The Cleaning Crew, Bryley Systems President, Gavin Livingstone, answers the question “what are some of the threats associated with cyber security?”