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Windows 7 - 32-bit or 64-bit

Windows 7 - Should I choose 32-bit or 64-bit? People often ask if they should install Windows 7 in 32-bit or 64-bit versions.  There are three main points to consider: Driver support for... more

Cloud Computing - QuickBooks off the air

Report from "The Times" 18 June 2010: Sage shareholders were totting up the potential benefits of a serious problem with the technology of one its main rivals. Like Sage, the Californi... more

SBS2008 and Exchange SP2

If you run Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 (SBS2008) you should be aware that Windows Update will NOT prompt you to install Microsoft Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2.  To obtain Exchange 2007... more

Serviced offices - internet access

If you are thinking of moving into serviced offices, first make sure that you will be able to do all you need for your computer network at reasonable cost.  Some serviced office providers pre... more

Windows Mail is no more

If you're upgrading from Vista to Windows 7, and you presently use Windows Mail, you need to find another eMail application to use under Windows 7.  Pre-release versions of Windows 7 includ... more

Unexpected benefit of disaster recovery planning

A customer has an old piece of computer-controlled equipment, originally purchased second-hand. Preparation of a disaster recovery plan led to questioning about how this equipment might be re-instat... more

Internet Access Lost

A local company lost internet access for more than 3 days, due to some issue with the local phone connection and exchange. Brings to mind the importance of standby methods of internet access should ... more

Expensive server crashes

We are aware of two businesses that lost their SBS servers due to hardware failure over the Christmas period. Both had to be re-installed. In neither case was there effective backup in place, and th... more

Data Security

Two calls out of the blue last week from people with security issues – both involving suspected theft of data by employees. One wondered about a full forensic examination of a PC to find evide... more

Backups save the day

Came across a company that produce plastic components for the motor industry. They had a major fire that destroyed the factory before Christmas. Fortunately, regular off-site backup had been taken a... more