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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Windows XP: RIP 2001 - 2014

It is with great sadness that we pause for a moment to mark the passing of Windows XP.  The child of Windows 2000, XP is survived by 7 and 8.1 (Vista and 8 never really lived).

Windows XP, you were a titan, a software god among insects.  You convinced many to buy their first computer, but you weren’t satisfied.  You introduced the masses to the Internet, email, clear type, and blissful green grasses and blue skies. We trusted you with our most valuable data.

When Microsoft tried to replace you with Vista, Justin Long scratched his head while world laughed Vista to scorn.  Yes, we had some good times, XP…good times.

But then 7 came out, and suddenly you were looking more outdated than a powder blue leisure suit.  After 9 long years of making money for Microsoft, they sent you into retirement.  But legends die hard.  Technically and financially challenged people everywhere held on when the rest of the world abandoned you.  But all good things come to an end.

On April 8th, 2014 Microsoft pulled the plug. The virus men seemed to hold back their attacks long enough to see you put in the ground.  But now we know their real intent: to wait until Microsoft quit patching vulnerabilities and turn the XP boxes of the world into an army of virus spewing, data corrupting zombie monsters.

We couldn’t let it end like this, XP.  We value all the data we’ve gathered together too much.  So we had to put you down.  After migrating our data, we nuked the hard drive, and sent the machine off to be recycled. 

Now we are living life in the fast lane with 7 and we never knew it could be so good.  When Microsoft comes ‘round to peddle its latest 8.1 wares, we’ll remember you, XP. Come back in 2022, Microsoft, and take Windows 7 from our cold, dead, virus spewing, zombie hard drives.

hh2 Web Services officially ended support for Windows XP along with Internet Explorer 8 on April 8th, 2014.  We highly recommend to all our customers to upgrade to at least Windows 7.  For those of you who are still holding on, it’s time to let go.  Let XP rest in peace.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Time Keeping with hh2 and the iPad

With the advent of the tablet, your field supervision can now be more productive than ever.  They can send email, take photos, record daily logs…all while walking the jobsite.  Why shouldn’t they be tracking the time of their employees?

With high-end tablets, such as the iPad, you are only limited by the software available.  With hh2 Remote Payroll’s new iPad App, we have provided two methods of entering in Time.  The first method, Add Time, is where time records are added individually or in batches for your employees.  This method is quick, easy and it works well for companies who frequently change which codes they need to work on.

hh2 Remote Payroll, Add Time

The second method is called Timecard.  For companies that work on the same codes week after week, like on jobs that last for a year or more, this method is simply the fastest way to record time.  You add codes to the timecard, and each week you type in the number of hours in each code that the employee worked.

hh2 Remote Payroll, Timecard

The best part about hh2 Remote Payroll’s iPad app is that the time entry methods are interchangeable! You can go back and forth if you like. The app synchronizes data from your Sage accounting system in the background while you work. If you ever lose your connection…no problem!  The app works offline and syncs up automatically when your Internet connection is restored.  It’s a beauty to behold.

hh2 Remote Payroll, Approval Screen

And when you are done each week, we have a host of options along with approving your payroll. You can have your employees sign off on their time, submit comments for the payroll manager, specify start, stop, and break times, copy time, prefill time, move time…and much more. Don’t have iPads yet? You’ll also have access to an equally impressive iPhone app and a state of the art website to enter and approve your time.

hh2 Remote Payroll, Signature Screen

With hh2 Remote Payroll, you’ll be using the most cost effective, and elegant time keeping solution on the market today. There are more Sage 300 customers using hh2 Remote Payroll than any other time keeping solution. Visit us online ( or call us today at (1-877-442-9327) and we’ll set up a customized demonstration to show you everything. Or call your Sage Business Partner and ask them how effective and reliable hh2 Remote Payroll is.