Case Study: Miami Law Firm

A Miami Law firm with a high employee turn-over. Millions of dollars in accounts receivables. Fear of moving to the cloud and trouble sharing case files with two office locations in the State.

The problem: Too much bookkeeping work for one person. One office not having access to case files of the other office. Not being able to quickly cut off ex-employee email access when they left the company.

The solution: We split up the bookkeeping work among a few people in the company by migrating from QuickBooks desktop to Quickbooks online. Quickbooks online allows for easier access to collecting outstanding payments while not being at the same location. We installed 2 network-attached storage devices to host the company files in each location. This gave them the speed of access and a sense of security knowing that the files were hosted locally instead of the cloud. We migrated the email to gsuite which allowed a one-click freeze to any email account at any time.

NerdSkills #003 Make Windows 10 USB install disk

Required tools: At least an 8gb Usb flash drive https://amzn.to/2QQ2OjR

Step 1.  Download Windows Media Creation tool (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10)

Step 2. Run MediaCreationTool.exe

Step 3. Click “Yes” to allow this program to make changes to your computer

Step 4. Click Accept to Applicable notices and terms

Step 5. Click on Create Installation Media and Click Next

Step 6.  Click Next on the Language, Architecture, and edition. (This should be fine for most cases)

Step 7. Click USB flash drive then click Next

Step 8. Insert USB Flash Drive. Click on USB flash Drive. Click Next. (Disconnect all USB Flash drives except for the one you will use for Installing Windows. )

Step 9. Click Finish once it says your USB Flash drive is ready.

Step 10. Insert your Windows 10 USB flash install disk into the target computer

Step 11. Boot into USB flash drive by pressing the corresponding function keys for your make & model computer when you power on the computer.

Hot keys for BootMenu / BIOS Settings

You may get your Boot Menu How or your BIOS settings by using special keys.
Below is a list of PC brands with their corresponding hot-keys.

ManufacturerTypeModelsBoot MenuBoot OnceBIOS KeyChange Priority
ACER  Esc, F12, F9 Del, F2 
ACERnetbookAspireOne, Aspire TimelineF12 F2 
ACERnetbookAspire v3, v5, v7F12The “F12 Boot Menu” must be enabled in BIOS. It is disabled by default.F2 
APPLE After 2006Option   
ASUSdesktop F8 F9 
ASUSlaptop Esc F9 
ASUSlaptopR503CF8 DEL 
ASUSnetbookEee PC 1025cEsc F2Boot Tab, Boot Device Priority, 1st Boot Device, Removable Device, F10
COMPAQ PresarioEsc, F9 F10BIOS “Advanced Tab”, Boot Order
DELLdesktopDimension, Inspiron, LatitudeF12Select “USB Flash Drive”F2 
DELLdesktopInspiron One 2020, 2305, 2320, 2330 All-In-OneF12Select “USB Flash Drive”F2 
DELLlaptopInspironF12Select “USB Storage Device”F2Settings->General->Boot Sequence->”USB Storage Device”, then up arrow, [Apply]–[Exit]
DELLlaptopPrecisionF12Select “USB Storage Device” from boot menuF12 
EMACHINES  F12 Tab, Del 
HPgeneric Esc, F9 Esc, F10, F1 
HPdesktopMedia CenterEsc F10BIOS “Advanced” tab, Boot Order, Move “USB Device” before “Hard Drive”
HPdesktopPavilion 23 All In OneEscSelect boot media from the menuF10BIOS “Advanced” tab, Boot Order, Move “USB Device” before “Hard Drive”. For non-UEFI media, disable secure boot and enable legacy support
HPdesktopPavilion g6 and g7Esc F10BIOS “Advanced” tab, Boot Order, Move “USB Device” before “Hard Drive”
HPdesktopPavilion HPE PC, h8-1287cEscThen F9 for “Boot Menu”Esc F10Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HPdesktopPavilion PC, p6 2317cEscThen F9 for “Boot Menu”Esc F10Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HPdesktopPavilion PC, p7 1297cbEscThen F9 for “Boot Menu”Esc F10Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HPdesktopTouchSmart 520 PCEscThen F9 for “Boot Menu”Esc F10Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HPlaptop2000EscSelect “Patriot Memory” on the Boot Option MenuEsc 
HPnotebookPavilionEsc F10BIOS “Advanced” tab, Boot Order, Move “USB Device” before “Hard Drive”
HPnotebookENVY dv6 and dv7 PCEscThen F9 for “Boot Menu”EscF10 Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
INTEL  F10   
LENOVOdesktop F12, F8, F10 F1, F2 
LENOVOlaptop F12 F1, F2 
LENOVOlaptopIdeaPad P500F12 or Fn + F11 F2 
NEC  F5 F2 
PACKARD BELL  F8 F1, Del 
SAMSUNG  F12, Esc   
SAMSUNGnetbookNC10Esc F2Boot Tab, Select “Boot Device Priority”, Press Return, Up/Down to Highlight, F6/F5 to change priority
SAMSUNGultrabookSeries 5 Ultra and Series 7 ChronosEsc F2Boot Tab, Select “Boot Device Priority”, Press Return, Up/Down to Highlight, F6/F5 to change priority
SHARP    F2 
SONY VAIO, PCG, VGNF11 F1, F2, F3 
SONY VGN EscF10 F2BIOS “BOOT” section, “External Device Boot” enabled
TOSHIBA Protege, Satellite, TecraF12 F1, Esc 
TOSHIBA Equium F12F12 F12 

Case Study: Miami Boutique running out of time

A Miami boutique owner has a 10-year-old point of sale system that is no longer supported. Her computers are so old that they might not turn on for the next shift. She is faced with trying to “fix” her current system or invest in a new $10k point of sale system that she will have to learn how to use and do $200,000 worth of inventory from scratch.

The problem: Old technology starting to fail. Expensive upgrades. The high learning curve with a new point of sale system.

The solution: Nerskills IT consulting. Take a complete backup of the server, workstation(POS), and QuickBooks computer. Clone old hard drives to new inexpensive solid-state drives. Upgrade 2 machines from Windows 7 to 10. Move Point of Sale program from the old machine to new. Take server which only works on XP and virtualize it. Savings of $10k and possibly bought 3 to 5 years of time.

Nerdskills IT consulting. A case study of a Miami Boutique

Case Study: Home office (one computer for personal & business)

A client moved his business to the home office to cut down on overhead costs. He eliminated all computers except for one. His computer began to be used for his kid’s video games, his home business, and even personal “entertainment”.

The problem: Pop-ups, potentially unwanted programs that appeared out of nowhere, phishing emails asking for his passwords to bank accounts, freezing, nonresponsive pages, and ads everywhere making it virtually impossible to get work done.

The solution: NerdSkills Virus / Malware Removal & Optimization Service