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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 slow but steady move to 64bit Windows for people that need more memory for CAD and photo editing. The downside is that some applications will not work properly, or at all. So you have 64bit... more...

Password foolishness

Splashdata has released its annual list of most popular, and therefore most hacked, passwords.  No prizes for guessing the overall winner: PASSWORD I have seen some other outstanding displays of silliness in my time. Passwords which repeat the username. Passwords which are the... more...

Skype integrated into Facebook!

Recently Skype integration with Facebook has been rolled out across New Zealand. I’ve been using it to chat to my Whanau in the UK. It’s easy to use and works a treat. Open up a regular chat session, then at the top right of the chat box you’ll see a little camera icon.... more...

I hate the new version of “X”

It seems every time Facebook changes you get a mass of “I hate the new look” posts. This eventually settles down as users realise new features might be useful. The same can occur with desktop applications so if you are doing a business wide upgrade it is worth finding useful new... more...

Are patent wars harming the development of future products?

Patent wars have been raging recently, especially over technologies used in the newer smart phones and tablets. One to note in particular is the battle between giants Samsung and Apple – with Apple having successfully pushed the ban of sales of Samsung’s popular tablet the Galaxy Tab... more...

Some sensible reportage on the future of cloud computing in NZ

Juha Saarinen has generally been the voice of reason on computing matters. This article in the NZ Herald's Technology section makes for some interesting reading. However article lacks any challenge of the assertions made by Microsoft's Paul Muckleston. I suspect NZ based general-service ASPs... more...

Stop Shouting!

Well the last post inspired a storm of controversy over the age of the Cloud. Various arguments date it back to the 70's and Bureau Computing, or the 90's/early 00's and Software as a Service. So for clarity, and to relieve the burden on my inbox, I was referring to the named concept of the... more...

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Norman Johnston
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Norman Johnston
Think I.T. Team

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SCAM ALERT: COVID-19 Maps Used to Deploy Malware and Scrape Credentials

Scam linked to COVID-19 infographic map used to invade your computer and steal your data. Recently Cybersecurity company Reason labs released a threat analysis report, detailing a new attack that takes advantage of internet users’ increased appetite for information about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, that has now been categorised as a pandemic worldwide. This...  more...