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TechSoup Canada Case Study: North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

North Kootenay Lake Community Services SocietyNorth Kootenay Lake Community Services Society is a nonprofit, multi-service organization that responds to local needs, serving members of the community at all ages and stages. Their programs and services range from activities for kids to parent support, outreach and counselling, a food cupboard and an emergency call button for elderly or ill people living alone. For the Society, keeping technology up to date is more than a matter of efficiency; it’s an important part of protecting their clients.

How to Format a Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7

There are many reasons why we need to format a hard drive. For example, you may have bought a new computer and would like to give your old hard drive to a friend or colleague, and as a result, you need to format the hard drive to protect your privacy. Or perhaps your PC got infected with malware or a virus, rendering your hard drive  inaccessible, and Windows says it needs formatting to access. Or, you installed a new drive, it needs to be formatted before we can use it. The reasons to format are plenty!

Hasta La Vista, Baby

On April 11th, 2017 Microsoft ended support for Windows Vista, as well as Microsoft Office Suite 2007. This means Vista and Office 2007 products will no longer receive updated security patches or receive online content updates from Microsoft, but will still be able to function. If your organization is currently using Vista and/or Office 2007, we highly recommend that you upgrade your Windows operating system and Office products in order to stay protected!

How Providing Access to Technology Helps the John Howard Society of Durham Region Connect with their Community

John Howard Society of Durham Region ThumbnailIt’s easy to assume everyone has access to the Internet in a first-world country like Canada, but in reality 17 per cent of Canadian households don’t have internet at home – including 58 per cent of households with incomes of $30 000 or less.

That’s millions of Canadians falling behind in the digital age where almost every aspect of our lives is tied to the Internet, including a vital one: employment.

Windows 8.1: Bridging the Gap Between Keyboard and Touchscreen

Looking for a leaner, faster, and more modern-looking operating system? Try the latest version of Windows. Windows 8.1 bridges the gap between touchscreen and keyboard, making the operating system more versatile across all devices. 

I Installed Windows 8 and Lived to Tell the Tale...

I feel like I should upgrade to Windows 8. I hear it is faster, has better performance and those tiles look so pretty!  I also want the latest version of Microsoft Office. The ability to edit PDF’s in MS Word is exactly what I need. But... I don’t like change. I don’t want to learn a whole new operating system or interface. I am also not sure where to start with the upgrade process. And did I mention I don’t have time for this?!

Despite all that, I am going to give it a try and blog about the whole process. Hopefully you can learn from my own mistakes and evaluate if upgrading to Windows 8 is the right move for you.

Should You Upgrade to Windows 8? Questions to Consider

Windows 8.1
offers some new features that may help your staff's productivity as
well as the performance and longevity of your organization's computers.
To help you decide whether Windows 8.1 is a good fit for your
nonprofit's or library, we've come up with four questions for you to

Accidental Techie: Do I have a 32 or 64 bit system? How can I find out?

One of the most common questions I run into is "will this program run on my system?" I thought I'd take a minute to explain how to check what kind of system you have, and explain how the 32-bit and 64-bit systems are different.

First of all, let's find out what kind of system you have!

Six Steps to Adopting Open-Source Software at Your Org

Practical ways to deploy and use open-source software

This article was adapted from TechSoup

By: NonProfit Open Source Initiative

August 16, 2006