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CRMs – Streamline your customer relationships

My first Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system was a box of 6 x 4 index cards, one for each client, and I recorded every phone call, visit, or letter sent to or from my customers. It worked well, but was labour intensive to say the least! Now it’s a different story, with an impressive array […]

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The Death of Windows Vista

If you thought that Windows Vista was already dead in the water and you wouldn’t throw it a lifeline, you can safely ignore this.  However, if any of your computers are still running on Visa – read on. The much-criticised operating system launched a decade ago, but it has been struggling along all this time, […]

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Microsoft Office 365 – What are you missing?

If you haven’t heard of Microsoft Office 365 – where have you been hiding? Basically, it’s the MS Office suite of applications you know and love, but hosted online, so you can access them from your desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile all on the same account. The best known applications are Outlook, Word, Excel and […]

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Are you in control of your data?

For most companies, the most important asset that you have is your data. However, members of staff need access to your data in order for them to do their job. Some employees may invest their entire career with your company, but some people only stay for a short period of time and every time someone […]

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What was that password?

After over 20 years in the industry, I am rarely surprised by the way people manage their passwords. We see clients with Post-it® notes attached to their screens with their passwords in plain view. Others have a half-hearted attempt to hide their passwords away by putting them under their keyboard, whilst some have little black […]

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Opportunity – Part Time Admin & Marketing Assistant

Part-time Admin & Marketing Assistant Required Location – Just outside Witham, Essex. 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. We are a small but growing IT company based just outside Witham, in Essex – and covering from Ipswich to Romford along the A12 corridor and out to Southend. We are looking for a part-time […]

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Office 365 and Skype for Business – Are you taking full advantage?

If you’re an Office 365 subscriber, you should be aware that it comes with Skype For Business to fully enhance your online communication tools. Many people will be aware of Skype as a consumer service, but it doesn’t support conference calls or screen sharing and is generally considered a home user product. However, when Microsoft […]

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Law Society, Windows XP and FIPS Compliance

With the recent flurry of information to move everyone away from Windows XP, the Law Society has made is position clear – you can’t store data on a system that is not FIPS compliant – and now Windows XP is not supported by Microsoft, it is not FIPS compliant. http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/Communities/Advocacy/articles/a-digital-revolution/ FIPS compliance basically sets the […]

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Deal to combat piracy in UK with ‘alerts’ is imminent

After years of wrangling, a deal between entertainment industry bodies and UK internet service providers to help combat piracy is imminent. BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media will send “educational” letters to customers believed to be downloading illegally. But a document seen by the BBC shows that rights holders are set to make do with […]

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How to get WordPress working again after a failed upgrade

Typically, you will see an internal server error (500) when you try to visit your site or admin page after upgrading a plugin or WordPress itself. First of all – don’t panic! All things being equal, it will be one of your plugins that is causing the problem – providing your site was working well […]

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