450+ smiles...just in time for the holidays

Remember how awesome it was to get new toys for the holidays when you were a kid?Socket donation to Toys for Tots
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program makes that joy and excitement possible for even more families, delivering toys to needy children throughout the holiday season.
It's a great program. So instead of sending our clients yet another tin of holiday popcorn, we   bought toys for needy children in their names.
In all, more than 450 toys were donated to the program, including puzzles, board games, dolls, cars and more.
Program volunteers worked with local social welfare agencies, church groups and other community agencies to ensure that the shiny, new toys were delivered to local Missouri children in time for Christmas.
To view more pictures or to find out more about the donation, visit www.WheresMyPopcorn.com.

Call us. Soon. Please.

Socket Techs assembled another paper clip man over the holidays.Sometimes things get a little slow here at Socket Technical Support. Especially during the holidays.
You might recall the same thing happening a few months ago on a warm, sunny weekend.
Our techs took the opportunity to tap into their creativity a bit further, creating a companion (or enemy?) for our friendly little mascot.
Meanwhile, no one around here can find their staple removers.
In any event, if you are having problems with your phone or Internet, please call us at 1-800-762-5383. We've got plenty of local techs ready to help you seven-days-a-week.


How to connect your new gadgets to the Internet

Thanks to Santa, you might be playing with a new gadget this week. Perhaps a Kindle, iPhone or Roku? Or maybe an Xbox or Wii?
If so, chances are you’re going to want to hook it up to the Internet. And it’s easier than you might think.
Our local tech support folks have been getting calls about it all week. These guys love gadgets, so they also love helping people get them online so they don’t just sit in the box!
Plus, we’re offering some great holiday specials with a wireless router built right in, for all your multiple-computer-connecting, gadget-hook-upping needs.
Just give us a call at 1-800-762-5383 to set up your new gadget on Socket’s network. 
And don’t forget: the more devices you have online at a time, the slower your Internet will be. If you’ll be using multiple devices often, ask about upgrading your speed to make sure all of them run smoothly.  
Enjoy your new toys!

Not Your Average Day at the Office

Ugly Sweater Day at Socket
Techs Mike and Joe - whose sweater is better (or worse)?

It's Ugly Sweater Day here at the Socket office, and we've got some doozies.
Yep. Nothing says holiday cheer like ice-skating Santas, crocheted pigs and kissing snowmen.
Luckily, we can hide most of our folks behind the phones. But if you're planning to come to the office today, you might want to bring a pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sequins, glitter and reflective ornaments.
See more of our tacky best on Socket's Facebook Page.

12-16-11 Splicing Begins

Crews have begun splicing fiber on the project route from Clark Lane to the Millersburg hut. This process connects smaller segments of fiber into one continuous path for information to travel over.

Meet Dave Sill, Inside Network Operations Manager

Every month, Socket employees nominate and vote on a co-worker who best exemplifies our Core Values and BeliefsDave Sill, Socket's You-Make-the-Difference Winner for December 2011.
This month, we picked Dave Sill, inside network operations manager.
Dave's been around here since January 1999 (all the way back before Y2K!). So he's been involved with everything from splicing fiber to writing software.
Currently, we've got him managing our servers--email, hosting, authentication, etc. And our internal equipment and environmental systems (read: "air conditioners"). And our security systems.
Yeah, Dave's pretty involved around here. And he knows a lot of stuff.
"You can go to Dave with just about anything and he knows the solution," said a co-worker who nominated him for the award.
Congratulations, Dave!
Read about other You-Make-the-Difference-Award winners. 

Spend Local on Saturday, November 26

This Saturday, November 26 is Spend Local Day.

On this day, shoppers across the country are encouraged to visit local businesses and see what they have to offer.

Businesses in your community pay local taxes, provide jobs for local workers and support local causes. In fact, for every $100 spent in locally owned, independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures (according to small-business advocacy group The 3/50 Project).

So this weekend, take time to visit a local retail shop or have dinner at your favorite local restaurant.

You'll likely find some great deals right in your own neighborhood.

3 energy-saving myths

As the temperature drops and the heating bill soars it is time to start evaluating your energy consumption to help save money on your energy bills.

Here are a few myth-busters you can use to save energy all year round while sitting right there at your computer – at home or at work.

Myth #1 – It is a waste of time to change all my computer settings to save energy. It is only going to save me a few pennies anyway. I should focus on other major appliances.

It is true other appliances use more energy and may be a better focus for energy savings, but you can save up to $75 per computer (sometimes even more) according to Energy Star.

Myth #2 – I should use a screensaver to save energy when I'm going to be away from my computer for a while.

Nowadays, most screensavers actually use more energy than other settings. Most computers now come with a monitor-dimming option or sleep mode that can save more energy and should be used if you will be away from your computer for at least 15 minutes.

To adjust the energy setting on a windows computer you simply navigate to the start menu and search “powercfg". From there you can change your energy plan settings.

Myth #3 – I should leave my computer on because every time I turn my computer on there is a power surge that uses more electricity.

While there is a power surge when a computer boots up, it is so miniscule that it actually shouldn't affect your energy bill. In this case, it is more about personal preference to use a sleep setting vs. turning the computer off.

BONUS TIP: Are you gifting a computer this holiday season? Consider a laptop. Laptops often suit the average person’s needs and consume about half the energy of most desktop computers.


Who is Socket

Founded in 1994, Socket is a Missouri-based telephone and Internet service provider with the largest service area in the state.

Socket is a privately held company that provides families and businesses a choice for local and long-distance phone and Internet service. We combine the highest quality customer service with in-depth technical knowledge.

Our network serves more than 20,000 residents and businesses in more than 400 Missouri cities, and our customers enjoy simple billing and quick, friendly service.

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