Monthly Archives: March 2013

Microsoft Lync

TRI has used VoIP for more than a year.  That is telephony over the Internet.  However, we just recently switched to Microsoft Lync.  We have done away with telephones.  We have cordless headsets connected to a base station connected to our desktop computers. When away from the office, we can still use Lync on our home computers or laptop or Microsoft Surface with a headset wired or wireless.  Some of the great features of Lync are:

  • Interoperability with Microsoft Outlook
  • Voice to text emails; that is an email is sent when a message is received that converts the voice message to text within an email.
  • Scheduled multi-party conference calling
  • Video conferencing
  • Online meetings
  • In-house instant messaging

Please know that TRI can help with the configuration of Lync.

Microsoft details many of the features like this:

Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from nearly anywhere with an Internet connection. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio‐, video‐, and web‐conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.

Get More Done in Less Time The powerful collaboration tools in Microsoft Lync help you get more done in less time, so you can be present where and when you need to be most.

Contacts Microsoft Lync makes it easy to keep all your contacts in one place, so you can communicate more easily. Contacts can be sorted by groups, presence status, and relationship.

Presence Microsoft Lync helps you stay connected, but it also gives you the flexibility to choose when and how you can be contacted.

Understanding Presence Lync provides an immediate, visual representation of a contact’s availability, or presence. By simply looking at the contact list, you can find everything you need at a glance. For example, a green icon means a contact is available, red means a contact is busy, and yellow indicates that a contact is Away from the computer. Wherever a contact’s name appears—in an e‐mail message or on a team site— status and contact information also is displayed. Presence information can be set by the contact manually, or selected based on available calendar information.

Changing your Presence Status Changing your presence status helps coworkers know when you are and aren’t available. Presence is enhanced in Lync with pictures, location information, and additional states such as “Off Work” to provide more granular information about availability and communication preferences.

Instant Messaging Starting an instant messaging (IM) session is as simple as double‐clicking a contact name from your Contact List. This opens the Conversation window where you enter your IM and view responses from others.

Be at the Center of Your Network Microsoft Lync helps connect with your network of friends, colleagues and partners so you can stay in touch. It enables you to communicate with contacts from federated networks, including Windows Live, AOL, and Yahoo! And picture‐enhanced presence information, automatic contacts lists, and activity feeds let you add your personal touch.

Setting Your Location Microsoft Lync makes it easy to let others know where you are and how to reach you. Microsoft Lync can automatically determine your location when you login again from places you frequent. To set your location.

Conferencing Options Microsoft Lync offers robust conferencing options, including IM, audio‐, video‐, and web‐conferences giving you many collaboration tools to be more successful. Lync is all you need for all types of meetings, both scheduled and spontaneous. And simple “water‐cooler” IM conversations can be escalated to an audio conference with desktop sharing among members instantly, easily, and without interrupting the conversation flow. Plus, video conferencing with Lync you can integrate video into your conferences by using a webcam.

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WordPress has become the standard in web-based site development for a very simple reason, it can be edited on the web instead of using advanced web development tools like Adobe Dreamweaver. We have used WordPress for a number of years for our blog, but now have decided to use it for our web site as well. As we move further and further into the cloud, WordPress affords us the flexibility to develop on the A Team Meetingweb for the web. It will allow us to be more current and timely. It will allow us to be more content oriented because after all, WordPress is a content management system first and foremost.With WordPress, we can use images, photos, referenced documents and other media to embed into the site to make the information more valuable to our clients and our prospects.

It will also help make our site more personal because we believe business is personal. Our business is based on personal relationships that have been strengthened over many years of working closely together. We believe that using WordPress will allow our website interact with our clients in a more personal way. we hope you enjoy the new look and feel of and get value from the insights we make available.More posts are available on our blog.

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Organizing Photographs

I had a meeting with a local photographer (Everett Heller) and as we were talking about photography (a hobby of mine, a passion of his) he mentioned that photohe used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for managing and developing his digital images.  So I downloaded a free 30 day trial and began to play with it on my Mac.  I love working on my Mac because it has a wonderful 24″ display but I don’t have any software for it that I regularly use.  This may change things.

As you can see on the left, there are hundreds of things you can do with Lightroom including create a catalog of photos, organize them into clean folders, importing in batch and adjusting as you import, create custom filters or use the defaults that come standard.  If you click on the picture, you will see it full size.  It is a very powerful resource for professionals and amateurs alike. It will even upload to your social media sites like Facebook and Flickr.

Download a copy and watch some of the videos available on Adobe which will show you everything you need to know to get started in less than a half an hour.  If you are like me, you need instant gratification.  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom will deliver that and more for a mere $149.  A very good investment.


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Travel Insurance

Is travel insurance worth it? You really can’t tell until you try to file a claim or you read the 14 to 30 page insurance policy (or have your attorney read it on your behalf). If you do file a claim, make sure it is not due to an illness resulting from a pre-existing illness of any kind. In most cases, these will not be covered. Unfortunately this will be in the very fine print. Is it reasonable that a travel insurance policy should be as long and as complicated as they are? Of course not.

Also know the difference between an insurance policy and a protection plan. An insurance policy is regulated. A protection plan is not. Buyer beware; do not purchase a protection plan.

Massachusetts Insurance Commission does offer some assistance. As they say, “The Division of Insurance exists to serve you. The Division can be a source of unbiased information and assistance to you…”
“The Consumer Service Section can be contacted at 617-521-7794, Monday – Friday 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or visit the Section on the Division’s web site at You may also contact or send in a consumer complaint by writing to the Consumer Service Section at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Insurance, One South Station, Boston, MA 02110. For your convenience, a consumer complaint form may be printed from the Division’s web site. ”

None of this replaces the need for you to read and understanding the policy.

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