• QUESTION: Master of small OR Cog in BIG

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    I’ll try and make this a basic question. If you had the choice of being master of a class c 254 host network OR being a cog in a class B network which one would you go for? Forget money and assume you do the same hours, forget budgets, they cannot be compared. Just think from […]

  • What’s your basic build for a PC ?

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    I have settled on the following basic build for PCs. Windows 7 SP1 (32bit but increasingly 64bit- reasons for 32bit are numerous so no suggestions on this please) ESET AV Malware Bytes (Free) CCleaner (Free) Eusing Registry Cleaner (Free) UltraVNC Logmein Remote access Adobe Reader X + Foxit Reader IE9-11 + Chrome + Opera (Gave […]

  • Stay cool – get out the vacuum…

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    Once a year I try to remove dust from my companies PCs. Not the most glamorous of jobs but someone’s got to do it  – or do they? Last week I vacuumed out a Fujitsu Esprimo – this PC is used 24/7 so the dust/fluff build up around the PSU and CPU was around 1/2 […]

  • BT launch One Phone – Cloud based system to replace office PBX

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      Today BT launched BT One Phone, a cloud based system that replaces the traditional office PBX. BT One phone is aimed at the SME/SMB sector. BT One Phone combines a fixed line (Leased Line/EFM/ADSL) and the Mobile phone network. You therefore have a system with built in backup connectivity. In a nutshell an user […]

  • “I’m a HP boy – always have been – always will”

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    Actually I started as a DEC guy then Compaq and so I just sort of fell into the world of HP.  PC wise for SMBs I’ve been buying HP for the past 10-15 years and kinda got into a rut. A few years ago I had trouble sourcing a particular model so was offered an […]

  • Will Smart Meters and M2M devices kick start IPv6

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    In the UK some 47 million Smart Meters could be deployed by 2022. Across Europe the members states have already committed to roll-out 200million electricity meters and 45milllion  gas meters. The estimated cost, at the moment, is 45 BILLION Euro – I’ll let you do the conversion,  but that’s a lot of work and money for […]

  • WSUS Offline

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    Having used MS WSUS Server for a number of years there are many positives but also a few negatives. Your experience of WSUS is situational and dependent on many factors.  For large corporates some form of MS Patch/update service is a must, that’s a given however in smaller networks there maybe times when you need […]

  • Outlook 2013 asking for account logon credentials every 10 mins

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    3 weeks ago one of my companies hosted exchange account was upgraded from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2013. After requesting some DNS additions from the ISP the migration seemed to go perfectly. No downtime, just one “Allow” box for the users to tick and all was good.  However, after a few days 2 users reported […]

  • Synology DS414 Diskstation 4 Bay NAS 12TB

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    Took delivery today of a Synology DS414 preloadd with 4 x 3TB WD Red NAS -WD30EFRX. First impressions of the physical enclosure are that it’s virtually all plastic, apart from the inner drive slot cradle, but overall it’s good enough – I would personally prefer an all metal enclosure but that’s just me… not sure on […]

  • You’re only as good as that little plastic clip

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    How many network cables do you own that have a broken retaining clip ? The choice of RJ45 patch cables may seem simple but take the cheap option and you will regret it.  Try to buy snag free cables with boots, the ones with raised edge profiles or centre ridge providing protection for the clip. The plugs […]

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