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Cogitate Inc Blog

Our company blog, full of information about Cogitate.


Holiday Greetings to all of you!

Holiday Greetings to all of you!

We here at Cogitate Inc. would like to advise you of our holiday work schedule for December and January.

 

We will be closed Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 through Friday December 26th, returning to work on Monday, December 29th, 2014.

We will also be closed on Thursday, January 1st, 2015, returning to work Friday, January 2nd, 2015.

 

Merry Christmas to all of you and a Happy New Year!

How to Take Screenshots On an Apple Mobile Device

For those of you who own an Apple mobile device, you may at times need to take a screenshot of whatever app that device is running.
This short tutorial will explain how to take a screenshot of anything on an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod.

  1. To take a screenshot of any app running on your Apple device, press the Sleep button which is usually located at the top right hand corner of the device and the circle Home button at the same time.
  2. The screenshot is then saved in your device's camera roll, so you can make use of the image.

Taking screenshots on an Apple mobile device is pretty easy.
If there is another tutorial that you would like to see posted on this blog, feel free to leave a comment and we will do our best to post that tutorial.

Thanksgiving Deal for 9G Backup

Thanksgiving Deal for 9G Backup

We are pleased to announce that to help you celebrate Thanksgiving, we are offering a 20% discount on an annual subscription to 9G Backup, our awesome cloud backup software!

To receive this great offer, please complete the following steps:

  1. Please sign up for a FREE 9G Backup Trial at
    www.9gbackup.com/trial
  2. You should receive an email with the password for your FREE 9G Backup online account
    If you don't receive the email with your account password, please check your junk mail folder and add alerts@9gbackup.com to your whitelist
  3. Once you sign in for the first time, you will be presented with a series of basic questions which you will need to answer
  4. After you answer those questions, you will be taken to the Dashboard part of your online account
  5. From the Dashboard, you will need to click on the Payments tab
  6. Once you are on the Payments tab, click on Make a Payment
  7. Now please choose which 9G Backup subscription you would like and then choose the length of the subscription
  8. Here comes the most important part, please type the word thanks into the Promo Code box and you will see 20% taken off of the total purchase price after you click on Calculate Total
  9. Then click on Proceed to Checkout. On the next page, please choose which payment method you want to use and then fill out the appropriate payment form to make your payment

This offer for 20% off of 9G Backup is good until 11-30-2014, so you will need to act soon to get your discount!

IRS W2 Forms Approved for 2014

Cogitate is excited to announce that the IRS has approved both our W-3 and W-2 forms!

These forms are currently available as part of our last Pro Fund Accounting update. If you haven't applied the latest update to our fund accounting software, please go to Help>Check For Updates in your Pro Fund Accounting software package. 

These forms make it so you don’t have to buy W-2/W-3 forms from your local printer. You can, however, still buy the perforated forms with the instructions on the back if you so choose.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact one of our staff.

New Calculator App for Windows 8.1!

New Calculator App for Windows 8.1!

We are pleased to announce that we have just released a simple Windows 8.1 calculator application!

This simple calculator provides basic calculating functions with large, convenient buttons.
The user-friendly layout and design make this calculator the best of its kind.
Calc Free also makes calculating look cool with a chalkboard themed backdrop and font.

Give Calc Free a try today and see what you have been missing with other basic calculators!

Some of the features of Calc Free that make it so good are:

  • Tap color theme buttons to change chalk appearance
  • Easily subtract, multiply, divide, and add numbers
  • Cool chalkboard backdrop and font
Download Calc Free from the Windows Store

New Update to Domino Scorekeeper Deluxe!

New Update to Domino Scorekeeper Deluxe!

We are pleased to announce a new update to Domino Scorekeeper Deluxe, our premium Windows 8.1 app for keeping score during a game of dominoes!

Here is a list of the changes that were made to Domino Scorekeeper Deluxe during this last update:

  1. Made the app free! Yay!
  2. Added support for ads in both the Windows version and the Windows Phone version.

To learn more about Domino Scorekeeper Deluxe, please visit us on the Windows Store at the following link:
Domino Scorekeeper Deluxe

Hipaa Cloud Backup Solution

9G Backup is fully HIPAA compliant, so it can backup medical information.

To learn more about 9G Backup please visit 9G Backup for Medical Professionals to learn more about how 9G Backup can keep your medical information safe and secure.

Our HIPAA business associate agreement can be found online at 9G Backup HIPAA Business Associate Agreement.

If you would like to learn how Cogitate Inc became HIPAA compliant, you can view our story at 9G Backup Road to HIPAA.

Chasing Rainbows

Chasing Rainbows

I actually do chase rainbows. The weather patterns where we live are very conducive to their creation and we’ve become practiced at knowing beforehand that the odds of a rainbow occurring are high. Usually a stormy east sky and the sun setting clear in the west. We must see over a dozen rainbows a year and about half of those will be double rainbows. We love them, and when they show their stripes we will go on a chase to find the best vantage for a photograph or to just enjoy them.

Of course, rainbows are ephemeral. They’ll shine, they glow, they’ll wax and wane and finally their gone. Something that grows from almost nothing, becomes amazing and beautiful and then disappears. They are something to be enjoyed while they’re between the wax and the wane.

Not everyone gets to see rainbows, but everyone should have rainbows to chase. An impossible dream, a goal, something that’s in reach, if not quite within grasp, but worth striving for. It’s best if that rainbow cannot be grasped, but only chased, for it’s the pursuit of rainbows that makes each of us what we are.

Rainbows are worthy of being chased and I’m still chasing!

-- By Jim Harlan

Spin

I remember when I was a little kid encountering ‘spin’ for the first time. I was playing ping pong with an older friend and he would put ‘english’ on the ball each time he returned or served the ball. The resulting spin would make my return go to the left or right or dive down into the net or fly long, It didn’t take long for me to figure out what was happening, but even then I could do little to counter his skill in manipulating the spin on the ping pong ball. I distinctly remember thinking that he was somehow cheating!

Of course I wanted to learn to ‘cheat’ too, but try as I might, I had a most difficult time coming up to his level of skill. I never did get very good at it and my friend always crushed me in our ping pong games. Over time I encountered spin or english in just about every physical activity and slowly came to appreciate it and realize that it was not cheating, but was the essence of many games of skill. A bowler, a baseball pitcher, a golfer, a soccer player, a billiard player and many others all employ spin to excel in their sports.

But everyone knows that the most prolific use of spin is in politics. A real world event happens that is not to some politician’s liking and he will spin the explanation of what happened in way that favors his actions or point of view. Indeed they can just about turn anything on its head in order to be viewed on the right side of things and curry favor with potential voters. Major political players will have a “spinmiester” on staff who specializes in the craft. These wizards of spin will also try to unspin the spin of their opponents in an unending back and forth.

It’s kinda like ping pong played by masters of spin. Amazing skills, but I still think they’re cheating!

- - - by Jim Harlan