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When should your business migrate to a Managed Print Service (MPS) provider?

 Managed Print Service (MPS) What is a managed print service (MPS)?   Managed Print is a service to help you optimise and manage your organization’s print infrastructure and document output. What does a good MPS provider do?   We have listed a... more...

What are macros and how are they being used to hack into your system

What is a Macros virus? A macro, fundamentally, is an action or set of actions that can be run repeatedly. It is widely used in Microsoft applications, such as Excel and Word to record mouse clicks and keystrokes to help automate tasks. Hackers convert macros into viruses by embedding... more...

New Microsoft Teams features will help you communicate better at work

New Microsoft Teams Features - May 2018 1. Mobile voice with video calling on Android: Now you can join meetings from the Microsoft Teams mobile apps on iOS and Android. You can join your private and channel meetings right from the app with one-touch and... more...

Vodafone Email Termination

You have less than three months to get your email changed before you lose it all. Vodafone feel their email service is no longer delivering a substantial experience for their customers. Therefore, Vodafone have decided to discontinue their email services from 30th November 2017.... more...

Think IT uniform shirt rollout

Getting brand awareness out can be a tricky task for any business.  One initiative we've employed is providing all our staff with uniform shirts. Don't we all look smart :) Now you'll immediately know who we are when we turn up to your site which also helps you with security.  ... more...

No more Adobe licenses

Well I reported earlier that the options for Adobe licenses and maintenance had shrunk.  The options have shrunk still further as there is no longer going to be any updates to Adobe licensed products and, ongoing, Creative Cloud is your only long term option. Is this a good or bad... more...

Xtra & Yahoo spam problems resurface

Yahoo provides email services for Telecom's Xtra. Way back in in the old days of February Telecom admitted that email accounts had been hacked and asked 60,000 users to change their passwords.  The hackers had gained access to email users address books (at least) and had sent out spam... more...

Adobe Boxed Product to be discontinued

Adobe has released a statement today that it will shortly cease to supply boxed product and such software will only be available while stocks last. This is not as worrying as it sounds as, for some time,  we have recommended licenses instead of the box product for ease of license... more...

Autodesk upgrade changes

Autodesk (AutoCAD etc) has 3 purchasing strategies to get latest releases. Buy a new license each time you want a new version, have an annual maintenance plan (which is pretty good value) or pay to upgrade an existing license to a new release. With option 3 the... more...

Adobe release cycles, upgrade and maintenance

Although we can never be truly certain about software release dates Adobe is likely to release new Creative Suites software each year with whole numbers in even years and “x.5” numbers in odd years. This may not apply to individual products such as Acrobat - their version releases are... more...

Windows 8 Reimagine event

Microsoft recently held its Windows 8 and Office 2013 “Reimagine” events for customers and partners in Auckland and around the country. Some of you took time out to attend, but for... more...

Cloudy with a chance of rain....or silence

Twice in June Amazon's Data Centre in North Virginia was knocked out of action. The first outage was on 15th June and caused by a generator fan failure and the second time was over this weekend... more...

Why should I consider Software Assurance on Windows – Part Deux

Run up to Windows 8 time and as usual Microsoft is keen not to stop sales of current machines with boring old Windows 7 while users wait with bated breath for the new Operating System release. So... more...

No fly for LIon batteries

From May 16th the United States Postal Service (USPS) will no longer ship any item with a Lithium Ion battery due to the danger of in flight explosions on cargo planes. Australian post has had a... more...

Yet another Copyright battle

Yet another Copyright battle, and boy are we sick of the Testosterone fuelled fights by major manufacturers as this just makes our new toys cost more. However this one is different. The... more...

Why should you put Software Assurance on top of Windows 8 Pro?

Microsoft has hinted at the Software Assurance benefits for the Windows 8 platform. If you have a 2 or 3 year renewable Software Assurance agreement on top of an existing Windows Pro license you... more...

Vista Business and Office 2007 retire

Vista Business and Office 2007 retire today – 10th April. What does this mean for you? Security patches will be supplied for another 5 years but no more product development or... more...

So how safe is that data in the Cloud?

For home use most of us have data stored in the cloud: Gmail/Hotmail and possibly a GoogleDocs, Skydrive or icloud account for file storage and backing up settings for our mobile devices. For... more...

Shameless 1

Here is a little gem I stumbled across. With the innocuous sounding title of What is Cloud Computing? this has to be the most shameless piece of one-sided pro-cloud propaganda I have seen yet.... more...

If I have 64bit Windows 7 does that mean I should install 64bit Office?

If I have 64bit Windows 7 does that mean I should install 64bit Office? We have been telling clients for years that 32bit Windows can only see about 3.3GB (on average) of memory and there is a... more...

Password foolishness
Skype integrated into Facebook!
I hate the new version of “X”
Are patent wars harming the development of future products?
Some sensible reportage on the future of cloud computing in NZ
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Kerry Wilson
"It isn’t about the technology, it’s about the information you need to expand your business."

Kerry Wilson
Think I.T. Team

News

Critical recall of some Zebra printer power supply units

It has come to our attention that Zebra has initiated a critical recall of some label printer power supplies manufactured between 2006 and 2012. There have been cases where these power supplies have caught fire putting people and property at risk.As you may have obtained Zebra printers from other sources, and we may not be able to accurately identify printers sold by us prior to October...  more...