Christmas Quiz Answer Page

Christmas TV and Movie Special Quiz - ANSWER PAGE 1. What did Alvin of the Chipmunks say he wanted for Christmas? Hoola Hoop 2. What does the dad on a Christmas Story win from the Major Award? Leg Lamp 3. In the Simpsons Christmas Special, what gift does Homer pick out for Maggie when they... Read more »

Computer Support in Santa Barbara by IT Professionals

A question often asked by perspective customers is to verbalize CIO Solutions’ differentiators as an IT Support firm in Santa Barbara. This question stated another way, i.e. bluntly, is “There are a lot of people who claim they can provide computer and/or IT support in Santa Barbara so why should we consider engaging in your... Read more »

Local IT Support in Santa Barbara

Your Local lT Community? Santa Barbara – I love it here. Let’s face it – Santa Barbara is a small town by almost any standard, and that’s what makes it special, at least amongst countless other reasons such as its natural beauty, relaxed culture, delicious farmers’ market produce and world-famous restaurants, so on and so... Read more »

IT Support Tips for Santa Barbara

The first job that I got in Santa Barbara was doing IT support at UCSB. Students could buy a network card for their computers for about $150 and I would help them get it connected to something new called “the internet.” A lot has changed. Now, the internet is commonplace. People typically have multiple computers... Read more »

Review of Microsoft Security Essentials

Review of Microsoft Security Essentials Near the end of September of 2009, Microsoft released its free anti-malware all-in-one software solution to the public. It is the successor to their previous commercially available security solution - Microsoft Live OneCare; which was discontinued in June 2009. In this article, we will discuss the advertised features of Microsoft... Read more »

Windows 7

Windows 7 By: Chase Christian As you probably have already seen via their recent marketing blitz, Microsoft recently released their newest OS, Windows 7, towards the end of October. It comes in a time where Microsoft had more users still running Windows XP than running Windows Vista. Vista suffered from serious performance issues at its... Read more »

Microsoft’s Direct X11: Coming Soon to a PC Near You

Microsoft's DirectX 11: Coming Soon to a PC Near You By: Ryan Popke, CIO Solutions With the launch of Windows 7 we are seeing Microsoft's latest API (Application Programming Interfaces): DirectX 11. In this article I will discuss what new features DX11 adds to the Windows 7 experience, as well as a new product that... Read more »

Online Holiday Shopping

Online Holiday Shopping By: Allison Bolger This holiday season, lessen the hassle of finding gifts by shopping online. In a time where green is good and frugality is key, the internet proves to be a favorable resource for consumers. Shopping on the net allows buyers to browse an endless amount of options, compare prices, and... Read more »

CIO Infrastructure Up to Date with vSphere (VMware ESX 4.0)

By Andrew West, CTO CIO Solutions has just completed its upgrade to VMware vSphere, aka ESX 4.0. In addition to the new benefits and features we are enjoying including native Storage vMotion, Distributed vSwitches, the ability to expand VMFS volumes on the fly, Fault Tolerance, simple host patch management with Update Manager, and others, we... Read more »

Netbooks vs. Laptops

Netbooks: From the Third World to the Third Cloud on the Left The story of the netbook began in 2005 with the One Laptop per Child non-profit organization. Its mission was "To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software... Read more »