Digital Studio

What to do when you encounter Windows 3.11 and NT in the wild

I know, it’s 20 years old where on earth am I going to encounter Windows 3.1? That’s what i thought too, then we encountered the mother of all laser cutting machines (and not that old) being run on Windows 3.1. Once the prerequisite nostalgia had passed we were left with a rather large issue.

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Rapportive – Putting a Face to the Email

Rapportive connects to your social media accounts (LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ etc) to provide details on who is emailing you and their social media presence. With the faceless nature of email, this product allows you to put a face to the name and build that connection as you interact.

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Building a portfolio quickly

One thing new and expanding SME’s can need is a portfolio of commercial work to allow them showcase their talents. However in today’s competitive world this can not only be really tough it can also be near on impossible when even offering to do these things for free to get noticed.

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Choosing a Web Hosting Package

There are a hundred and one options when it comes to hosting packages and detailed below are the main ones relating to what most SME’s require from experience. What you’ll pay will vary from place to place and bear in mind if you’re moving provider then you will need to factor in the time and cost of moving the site and be prepared for some down time on the website and potentially email.

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Locking down your Firewall with Port Based Rules

It doesn’t matter what firewall you have, be it Cisco, Zyxel, Sonicwall etc you need to put rules in place to ensure that your network is properly protected.

There are a number of services you may also want to consider depending on your needs. These include content filtering, email filtering, anti-virus, and VPN licences. But the basics of a firewall require you to put rules in place that prevent / permit traffic to / from your network.

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One = None

When it comes to IT in your company (or most critical rolls for that matter) you cannot have everything hinge on one person. That goes for an internal company person or an IT systems provider.

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Keeping a Media Library

One thing we come across on a regular basis is the missing discs that are required when installing a new PC or indeed any operation that requires a program to be installed afresh onto a system. It also should be present for Disaster Recovery purposes.

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I Can See Clearly Now That The Spam Has Gone

A bit like a television advertisement for a certain anti-dandruff shampoo, when you tell someone you have email or spam filtering they will often say ‘but you don’t get spam’, to which you reply ‘exactly’.

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Beware the Bespoke Website

We often come across businesses asking us ‘do you do websites?’

The simple answer of course is yes we make and maintain websites but normally that’s not the end goal. They’ve normally already got a website that they like and are just looking for a few tweaks, contact name changes and the like but can’t get hold of the original designer who was insert: on work experience, temp, or family friend etc

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Helping Those in Need

Tis the Season of Giving and while times are tough for businesses there are ways and means that all companies can give back to the community from an IT perspective that will help those in need and also maybe keep those 3 Ghosts of Christmas from the bedroom on Christmas night.

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