What are some ways to get more relevant and accurate internet search results?

Let’s face it; searching the internet can be a frustrating endeavor. In some ways it’s almost a struggle between you, searching for the exact information you need, and the millions of advertisers trying to entice you into looking at what they want you to see, namely their products or services. This may seem like a losing battle, but there are some ways to effectively narrow down your results to sites that are far more likely to take you to the information you seek. You just need to know how search engines like Google “think”. Although most search engines are trying to employ a more human element in the way they structure and display results, the fact remains that they are still very logical in their approach to providing results to queries, and you can use that to your advantage. Here … READ MORE »

Why did I get malware even though I have AntiVirus?

There are actually a number of reasons this can happen. First, although the lines are blurring, it helps to have a better understanding of the different objectives that viruses and malware typically have. Malware is traditionally designed to gather and extract personal information or to cripple a system and demand money to “fix” the problem. Most malware is contracted through either clicking on a link / attachment in an e-mail, or inadvertently allowing its installation when attempting to download what is thought to be a trusted update or application. A virus is generally designed to wreak havoc and cause destruction of data. Most AntiVirus applications do provide at least some protection against malware, but the people who develop malware rely on it for revenue, so they’re always looking for new ways to exploit systems. This immediately prompts the security companies … READ MORE »

Why a Blog?

Recently, I was shocked to realize how much writing and documenting I’ve done over the years. Many of the topics were for articles or talks that I was giving at technology industry events or local chamber meetings. Others were more focused on implementation documentation or overviews of client situations, issues, or events. Still more were technology solution recommendations. I’ve created this blog to refresh and share some of these items, and provide a little insight into some of the current IT trends that are affecting small business owners. My primary goal is to educate a lot, entertain a little, and hopefully help business owners understand how they can leverage technology to help them grow. There’s a good chance that I’ll provide occasional insight into some of my interests beyond technology here as well, so feel free to share your comments … READ MORE »

We’ve launched our new Blog, TECHLINQ Talk, as an integral part of our website…

For those of you who don’t (or do) know me, here is a brief professional bio: I’m Anton Ruighaver, President and COO of AHR Consulting / TECHLINQ in Riverdale, NJ. I began my technology “career” at the age of 15, when I authored, copyrighted, and sold my first software application to a software publisher. It was a program written for the Atari computer platform called “The Math Machine,” which was designed to make learning everything from basic math to algebraic equations fun. This passion for computers led to a progression through several technology positions in the banking industry and elsewhere, during which I earned a reputation as a highly effective problem-solver specializing in operations efficiency. With the inception of AHR Consulting (TECHLINQ’s parent company) in July of 1989, I developed a unique (at the time), “service-centric” IT philosophy which focused … READ MORE »