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When you have the cable guy in…

With today’s modern WiFi offices we sometimes forget that cable in most cases is still king. While the technology has come on in leaps and bounds with the advent of ‘n’ and now ‘ac’ we still see that assuming your cable goes directly to a switch (i.e. you don’t have a daisy chain of hubs and switches) you will get much better response times and speeds from the old fashioned twisted copper cable.

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Spill Water on your Laptop? What to do…

So aside from the panic, prayers and assortment of 4 letter words how am I typing this blog post 2 days later on the very same MacBook? Below are my tips from this experience and the 10 years + I’ve had to help others who’ve done the same

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IT a Cost Centre or Business Enabler?

IT has a habit of being looked at as a cost centre in most companies. A necessary evil so that the accounts can be entered, reports run, till systems totaled, and emails sent. This is also evident in the fact that in most SME’s IT comes under the remit of the finance department.

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The 5 Most Common ways your Network can be Hacked…and how to prevent them

I’ve had the unfortunate experience of helping a number of companies to overcome security breaches in the past and it’s doubly unfortunate when the breaches could have been prevented with a minimum of fuss and a little bit of effort.

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Heartbleed – What passwords are at risk?

While the extent of the damage is unknown the list below is the of common sites and whether you need to change you password. Bear in mind that if one of these sites says Change Password and you use the same password on other sites (bad idea to start with!) then you need to change the passwords on the other sites too, even if they don’t require it (hence the bad idea statement above).

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It’ll be great, we’ll get rid of the laptop and get a Tablet…

You’re a very modern office, want to live in the clouds and be free to work anywhere. Unfortunately what you get isn’t what you hoped, or at least for most people it isn’t. I could go on for hours about how laptops and desktops are better for office work but at the end of the day if you spend more than an hour typing per day then you’ll learn the hard way that for most people it is not the way to go.

Colin   Advice . Digital Studio
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5 Alternatives to Microsoft Word

When replacing a computer there’s few expenses that come close – outside of the physical hardware – to that of updating the Office application if you were using an OEM Office product (or if the version you have is too old to bring across)

If you want to avoid the costs there are a few options (mostly free to boot) for your Word Processing Needs

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Avoiding Screen Fatigue or Twitchy Eye…

This post is more as a reminder to myself than most as I’ve once again joined the twitchy eye brigade and need to practice what I preach when it comes to screen use. Much is made of ergonomics in the workplace, chairs with support, feet flat on floor etc, however screen use in general can be detrimental to your eyesight and leave you needing glasses or lenses to fix the issue.

Colin   Advice . Digital Studio
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What to do when you Accidentally Delete a File

We’ve all been there, it’s not nice when the penny drops and you realise that the file you’ve been working on for days has disappeared. Where has it gone, how do you get it back, will the client give me an extension? All questions that need answering and with the wonders of computers you may find that you get a more positive outcome than expected (except for the extension…sorry!)

Colin   Digital Studio . How To
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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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