Spring's Here and so are the Wildflowers!

Groundhog Phil may have gotten it wrong this year, but the wildflowers are in bloom. Especially here in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! Lone Star Technologies recently launched WildflowerSightings.org, a fully interactive social website dedicated to wildflowers. The interactive, mobile friendly and informative site is filled with images, maps, and information for flower enthusiasts all over the world.

There are around 40,000 plants in the database and already 59 sightings posted this spring. Check it out and share your own sightings and discoveries. You can also help to identify unknown flowers, submit your photo galleries, discover new wildflower fields, and connect with other flower enthusiasts from all over!

P.S. Hey wildflower photographers! The new site is the perfect way to cross promote your business for free. Contact us to learn more.


Likes, Followers & +1's

Updating your social media content on a regular basis is a must if you want to stay viable in social media. It can mean higher Google rankings, more Twitter followers and more likes for your Facebook page. In addition to potentially falling behind the competition, if you don't regularly log in you could be targeted for a hack attack! So update frequently and change your passwords twice a year.

Need help? Lone Star Technologies can help with your website as well as showing you how to effectively manage social media.

Effective Password Management

Lone Star Technologies knows all to well how effective password management for multiple sites can be difficult. However, using only one password for multiple sites or a weak password can leave your data vulnerable to hackers. Read more for efficient ways to create and store strong passwords with effective password management tools.


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Hey 512! Make Room for Two

With an average 300 days of sunshine a year, miles of hike and bike trails, gorgeous lakes, events, festivals and a booming economy, it's no wonder that people are moving into Austin in record numbers. The population has increased so much so that the 512 area code that has handled Austin for over 60 years now has to make room for a brand new partner.

More people not only means more buildings and traffic, but also more digits. The ubiquitous 512 will soon be joined by 737 in July 2013. But don't panic just yet. Existing phone users who have 512 numbers will get to keep the 512 code. New landlines and new cell phone customers will get the 737 digits.

There will be a a public meeting where you can add your input on this change. It will be May 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room on the 7th floor at 1701 N. Congress Avenue.


Don't Want to Upgrade to Windows 8? Here are 5 Alternatives

Starting on the 8th of April 2014, Microsoft has announced that they will no longer be supporting Windows XP. This will leave many users and businesses with the daunting task of updating their computers' operating systems. Many do not want to update to the new touch screen friendly Windows 8 OS. This is especially true for those who do not have touch screen monitors.

So, to help those out who may find themselves in an operating System conundrum, Lone Star Technologies found the following article on Windows 8 alternatives to share with our readers.


Mobile Websites: A Must or a Fuss?

With the number of smart device users increasing each year, now more than ever a website needs to have a mobile friendly version. Many companies are reluctant to maintain two separate websites. Not ideal for most busy professionals and/or IT staff. There is an alternative however.

With a responsive design website, it's possible to have one website display properly and scale to fit both a large 27 inch desktop monitor as well as a 4 inch iPhone screen. The benefit is only one website to maintain when updating or making edits.

A responsive design website may be the best solution for your business or service. Lone Star Technologies can help get you up to speed with the latest and greatest in cutting edge web technologies. Check out the Lone Star Technologies site on your mobile device.


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