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Windows LogoIn just two short months support for Windows XP comes to a final conclusion on April 8th, 2014.  Windows XP will stand as Microsoft’s longest running operating system at *12.5 years and most commercially successful. It is estimated that just under a quarter of all computers in the United States still operate Windows XP. According to figures from Gartner at the end of 2013 the global install base of XP was approximately 1.6 billion units and installed on approximately half a billion computers. Businesses that choose to remain on Windows XP may be putting themselves at more risk than they realize. The benefits are obvious in that companies save on capital expenditures, however, the potential risks may result in more costs.

guy touching cloudYou'd think the Snowden revelations about NSA spying and the steady drumbeat of data leaks over the past year would have technology companies tripping all over themselves to encrypt everything they put on the web.

Yeah, well, they're not.

AdobeOn January 3rd, Adobe Systems announced it will be retiring Workspaces effective January 6, 2015. This includes all services associated with Workspaces including Buzzword, Presentation, and Tables. Adobe made a corporate decision to move out of the document authoring business for word processing, spreadsheets and presentation files. Cloud storage and document services through Adobe will still be available through other Acrobat.com services such as Adobe PDF Pack and Adobe ExportPDF.

Fotolia ! XSSymantec plans to close down its Backup Exec.cloud service, saying it lacks mobile and content-sharing features and wouldn't be the right platform for delivering them.  Backup Exec.cloud is a pure cloud-based offering designed to make it easy for small businesses and remote branch offices to back up their data. It was announced in February 2012.

Cybercriminals are attempting to create a “ransomware creation kit” in order to mass produce new variants of malware designed to extort money from PC users, reports security firm Sophos.

lifepreserver dataseaAccording to Bitdefender Labs, CryptoLocker hit over 10,000 systems in one week.  In case you have not heard, CryptoLocker is a Trojan that encrypts documents on victims' computers and holds them ransom for $300. If you don't cough up the money, CryptoLocker threatens that it will delete the decryption key, rendering the infected files unreadable.  In our experience, paying the ransom does not always work. More info can be found in this PC Mag article.

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Thank you for assigning Don to handle our myriad of computer tasks throughout the year. His expertise and friendly can do personality are a cherished resource within our firm. Whenever the screen goes blank or freezes up we always think "Have no fear Don soon will be here" which he is and things…

I worked with Nims when at another company ... you don't have to tell me what a fantastic company Nims is.

We have been a client of Nims & Associates for over ten years. Chris has implemented and maintained our network for all of those years. As our network and our needs have changed and grown, Chris has provided excellent support to move us forward. Over the years I have come to know several of the…

Since our bank told us we need to become PCI compliant, we found lots of holes and “open doors” on our servers, hosting, website etc. Chris closed up them and Tim has helped with the all the other annoying daily problems we have had, and they both do it with a smile and a reassuring, calming tone…

I have been extremely happy with your service. Michael is truly devoted to his clients and has been great about working with our current vendor to get our issues resolved. The MXLogic transition was seamless. Our users barely noticed the change, which is always a plus. 

We’re getting rave reviews on the new e-newsletter. I just want to let you know how grateful we all are for your help on this project—your great direction, patience and support are invaluable.

We would NEVER have gone this far without you!

Can I tell you how we feel about Chris? He is the greatest. He goes way beyond the norm. We can't ask for better service and support. Chris has taken the time to teach me additional things to not only help him but us here which cuts the time we need him here to fix something I can do. Not many…

Nims and Associates are the best support company I have ever worked with. They get back to my every problem or question in record time. They have been able to help or fix every problem I have come up with. Bill and or Bob are very knowledgeable with all my MASS 200 problems. I would and have…

I’ve sent more than one shining Michael endorsement. The whole company kicks ass.

....and, thank you for all YOU do. We are able to actually breathe easier knowing you're taking care of people. We have trusted you from the get-go because of your high intelligence, your ease at taking in and integrating huge amounts of new knowledge, and your grace and calmness in taking care of…

We are impressed with response times and the general aptitude of your support group. This stands in stark contrast to some of the experiences with other IT resources we’ve patronized in the past.

We are so pleased with the installation of our Shoretel system. The phones work great and James was able to customize the system to suit our somewhat unusual need of combine live person answering and automation. Both the phones and the software are user friendly and required little training. James…

Our Yardi conversion was challenging. Hiring Nims and in turn working with Marco was the smartest thing we did to assist in this transition. His contribution was priceless. My staff and Board both agree it would have been a nightmare without Nims (Marco).

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Thank you for explaning what you did in an understandable way. You're very patient working with such a small company and treating us as though we were a huge corporation.
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Again, we’re really impressed with josh and would not hesitate to recommend Nims to anyone.

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