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Is It Time to Cut Your Business's Phone Cord?
50 Ways to Use Your Thumb Drive
Cybertary Sponsors the 2007 IVAA Summit
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April 2007

Dear Client,

Welcome to INNOVATE!, an administrative resource for small business owners. INNOVATE! is a product of Cybertary, a professional Virtual Assisting company. In these monthly emails we will be giving you numerous resources and tips you can use in your business, your home, your office and your life!

Read INNOVATE! this month to learn more about Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology.  We also provide an extensive list of innovative ways to use your thumb drive as well as our monthly "Quick Tip"!  Lastly, look  for us at the 2007 IVAA Summit as a Platinum Sponsor.

Is It Time to Cut Your Business's Phone Cord?

By Don Lipper & Elizabeth Sagehorn - Technology Writers

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By now, you've seen the commercials, corporate white papers and telecom salespeople telling you that you and your business can save lots of money by ditching your phone company and making calls over the internet. Costs range from literally zero to hundreds of dollars a month.


Whether it is Skype, Vonage or a high-end enterprise system from Cisco, all these providers are using the same technology Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP). Instead of using the old phone system that hard wired calls through expensive mechanical switches, VOIP uses computers (at some point in the process) to make telephone calls. The technology breaks up your conversation into digital packets to more efficiently and cheaply send those packets along the network. Whether you make calls using a new IP phone, a computer with a headset, a PBX exchange or your old Mickey Mouse phone, depends on the system you buy.

50 Ways You Can Use a USB Thumb Drive

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No doubt, by now you've heard of USB thumb drives and have probably even used one along the way. In any case, thumb drives-also called flash drives, jump drives, pocket drives, key drives, USB drives and pen drives--provide today's best in reliable, removable and portable memory storage.


Thumb drives fit into any computer USB port, are rewriteable and hold memory for up to ten years without a power supply. In fact, by the end of last year, the memory capacities of new USB thumb drives on the market had grown to a whopping 64 gigabytes! 
USB thumb drives are very affordable, and you can pick one (or two or three) up at any computer supply store.


To get you thinking about the ways USB thumb drives could improve your work or home life, we've outlined an array of practical and creative uses for your USB thumb drive.*


Cybertary is a Platinum Sponsor at the 6th Annual IVAA Summit

San Francisco, CA ~ 4/25 - 4/28 

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Cybertary is a Platinum Sponsor at the 6th Annual IVAA Summit in San Francisco, CA.  The IVAA Summit is being held from April 25th - April 28th at the exclusive Sir Francis Drake hotel. 


Becoming a Platinum Sponsor makes it possible for Cybertary to reach a larger audience that uses our services every day and to demonstrate how others can benefit from those services.  We also hope to introduce the Cybertary franchise model to other independent Virtual Assistants so that they can better understand how the franchise system can help them grow their business and serve their customers better.


We look forward to seeing you at the IVAA Summit!


Cyber-Quick Tip

 Idea keyboardHave Your Outlook Message Reply to an Alternate Email Address

Microsoft Outlook can be set up to send email replies to a different email address than from which they were sent. For example, if you are sending out a mass email but do not want to personally handle the replies but instead send them to a secretary; or you'd like the replies to be sent to an alternate email address belonging to you.

Here's another practical tip for using Microsoft Outlook:

  1. Compose the email message just as you would normally. Before sending it, click on the Options icon in the Standard Toolbar.
  2. Under Deliver options, select the checkbox next to Have replies sent to; and fill in the corresponding box manually with the desired email address(es). You can also click on Select Names and choose from your Address Book. Just select a name, and hit Reply To for each name you wish the email message to reply to. 
  3. Then click on Close and send the message. Every time a recipient replies to that email message, the To: field will show the designated email address.

Remember to include a note in the email specifying the change so there is no confusion on the recipient's end if they happen to reply to your email message. Also, if the replies are going to someone other than you, be sure to notify that person with the alternate email address of the change.

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Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter. I do hope that you found the articles informative and useful. If you have a topic that you would like to see explored in a future newsletter, or if you know of someone who can benefit from our services please let us know.

Patricia Marketing

Patricia Beckman

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