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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 due to local weather knocking out the power supply. This took out Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram and other high profile consumer cloud services but has no doubt also affected any smaller businesses... 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 they are offering an upgrade to Windows 8 on release for $19.99 for any Windows 7 PC purchased... 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 similar ban since 2009. This can cover a lot of electronic devices – laptops, phones, tablets,... 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 European Court of Justice ruled in SAS v World Programming that; “There is no copyright... 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 will get the following benefits – some of which are a radical departure from Microsoft’s... 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 “reliability and stability” improvements will be made from today unless you are a large enterprise... 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 years we have been telling clients that the Cloud is also a business option, but the ability to get... 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. Watch and enjoy! 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 slow but steady move to 64bit Windows for people that need more memory for CAD and photo editing.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... more...

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Are your employees up to date on their security awareness?

Cyberwarfare is a part of a new reality as evidenced by the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks targeting the websites of the Ukrainian defence ministry, army, and two of the country’s largest banks several days before the Russian invasion. These were the most significant attacks of this kind the country has ever faced, according to government officials. The U.S....  more...