Author Archives: Admin

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What is this Cloud thing everyone is talking about?

It is the fashionable term in computing at the moment. “Cloud Storage”, “Cloud based Software”.  Many major software houses are “Moving their services to the Cloud”. Do you really know what it means and is it something you should be using? These simple tips aim to try and explain in everyday language what all this is about.

In the beginning…
In the business environment most people are now used to the familiar Server and Computer type of environment. Your Server holds your files and may run your software. The most common service your Server may run is Microsoft Exchange – Your email. At home you may use a USB stick to backup your files.

This type of environment is quite robust and totally under your control (Well as much as computers can ever be under control). There are of course costs associated with keeping your server and network devices up to date and working. Not forgetting the start up costs, you have to buy the hardware in the first place.

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HELP – The laptop fell down the stairs!

ICT and computers in general are one of the most undervalued resource in a business – that is until they go wrong. When they do go wrong the repercussions can be catastrophic, productivity is halted and your business is affected.

One way you can protect yourself, at work and home, is to make sure you are backing up your data. By data I mean things like documents, spreadsheets and photographs.

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On inkjet printers and the perils of generic ink…

Most people have some type of inkjet printer in their home. They are cheap, easy to use and can produce quite stunning results.

The Biro and the soldering iron
A clever person, not that long ago, was sitting working with a soldering iron and set it down a bit too close to his Biro. The ‘nib’ heated up and the ink shot out. This was the birth of the inkjet printer. Another interesting snippet: the ink itself used to be more expensive than Chanel No.5.

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“Someone’s been on the phone saying there’s a problem with my computer”

Firstly if you have fallen for this type of thing in the past, don’t be ashamed, they are masters at what they do and can be very convincing.  There are some very nasty people out there and they will do anything to make some money out of you. Next time you get a phone call from anyone telling you that there is a problem with your computer or your internet connection we would recommend you hang up the phone and don’t give it a second thought.

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Simple Tips #3 – Changing Your Broadband

Changing your home internet service provider is a fairly simple process. Changing your business broadband is a different matter.

Planning ahead can help you avoid potentially costly issues.

Unlike a home network, business networks usually have servers and company email domains.  Poor planning can leave your business with no email or internet access for several days. Here is a quick list of things to think about before you make the change.  

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10 Weeks to go. Countdown to Payroll Year End

If you would like us to help you with your Payroll Year End now is the time to get your appointment booked. It’s a very busy of time of year, make sure you get us booked nice and early so as to avoid disappointment or delays.

Check List

  • Do you need help with your Payroll Year End? Book an appointment now.
  • Have you checked your Sage Payroll Version?
  • Do you need an upgrade or a Sage Cover contract?
  • Do you have all the P60 Stationary you need?
  • How many employees do you have?
  • What processing periods do you have (Weekly, Monthly)?
  • Do you have a week 53?

This is the last week for extra discount on your Sage Stationary order – please contact us for a quote.

We are happy to help you every step of the way. Please get in touch if you need help or advice.


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Simple tips – Why you should try switching it off and on again!

Let me debunk a myth, “Have you restarted your computer?”  Most people think that’s what IT companies say when they have no idea what’s wrong. It’s not true. The reason we say it to you is because it’s often the quickest way to get you running normally again.

Computers get confused too.

Imagine you were playing Scrabble. Ten minutes into the game you notice all the E’s and T’s are sitting on the sideboard. You could just try and add the letters back into the bag, but it would mean the game wasn’t quite right from the beginning. Your best option is to clear the board and start again. That is very much like a computer crash or software issue. Something went wrong and to fix it you need to start again. You could try closing the program (application) and re-opening, but just keep in mind that’s a bit like adding the missing letters half way through the game and may not solve the problem.

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Payroll Year End – only 12 weeks to go

It’s that time of year again when you need to be preparing for your payroll year end. Only 12 weeks to go.

IMPORTANT
If you have Sage Payroll, but don’t have a Sage Cover Contract you won’t get the legislation changes and year end pack you need for April.

Now is the time to check you have the latest version of Sage Payroll. 2016 is the biggest year for companies staging.

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Simple Everyday Computer Tips

To kick off the New Year we thought we’d introduce a series of everyday computer tips to help take away some of the headaches of owning and using a computer.

The first one in the series looks at the problem of a slow computer.

If there are any specific IT or computer problems you’d like us to include in this series, drop us a line and we’ll see what we can come up with.

Your Operating System (Windows) is a like a soup! A thick minestrone.
One of the most common complaints people make about their computer is that it’s slow. If your computer is over a year old it will start to slow down, but it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it and you can speed it up again – a bit anyway!

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Countdown to Payroll Year End

It’s that time of year again when you need to be preparing for your payroll year end, only 18 weeks to go.

We can be here to help you every step of the way.  We can take care of your year end software updates we can even visit onsite and help you through the whole process. To keep up to date with what you need to do next visit our website Blog or Facebook Page.

We have an offer for all you early birds on Sage Payroll Stationary until the end of January 2016: 10% discount off RRP.

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