Domain Names and Professionalism

Why do you advertise someone else’s business each time you pass out a business card, send a letter or even pay to have their business incorporated into the signwriting on your vehicle or business premises? Yes every time you pass out a business card with mybusiness@theirbusiness.co.nz you are advertising their business – for free. Why not take that next step and start promoting your own business with me@mybusiness.co.nz. I know it’s hard to get your customers to update their email addresses or maybe you still have a huge pile of business cards that will last you for the next two years. Stop making excuses and make the move. You will achieve ISP independence; this means that you can change ISP’s to get the best deals without worrying about your customers not being able to contact you or having to update email addresses. If you are worried about how difficult it
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Microsoft Ends support for Internet Explorer and Windows 8

As of yesterday Microsoft has stopped support for all versions of Internet Explorer up to and including version 10 and will no longer be supporting Windows 8 operating system. What does this mean? Any computer running Windows XP is unsupported. Any computer running Windows Vista is unsupported. Windows 8 is also unsupported. To be able to use a supported version of Internet Explorer 11 a computer needs to be running Windows 7 Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Anyone who is running Windows 8 needs to install the update to Windows 8.1. The alternative is if you have a qualifying operating system, update to Windows 10. For those that don’t upgrade or update their systems those users become solely reliant upon their antivirus product and firewall to provide security when using Internet Explorer. Should you wish to upgrade to a new machine we can provide you a quote to custom build
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Document not printing as expected!

Have you ever received (or sent) a document that when printed just doesn’t resemble what you typed? You send a document or form to a client (or receive one), click print and you end up with something that looks like it was typed on a mid century typewriter using a font that your parents called Times Roman. So why does this happen?  If you, or the recipient of the document has an old printer or a printer that isn’t compatible with the more modern fonts you will get a document that is printed using the default settings of the printer on which it has been printed.  This will make the document look quite different because it has forced the font, the page margins and page length to change. Understanding why is one thing, stopping it from happening is quite another. If you are using a more recent version of Microsoft
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SEO Spam

A number of our clients have recently been contacted on the email (and phone) by SEO Experts with offers to increase organic search engine traffic, improve online campaigns, fix major issues with websites and with a promise to increase profit by guaranteeing a 1st page Google ranking. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, that’s because it is too good to be true.  But I know you secretly want someone to come along and take care of all things internet, as do the spammers – so you’re tempted!   The primary goal of these spammers is to get you to commit to a lengthy contract at a set fee each month for search engine optimisation services.  The fee is anything upwards of $300 a month.  Very lucrative if they can get you to sign up.  Because these people are usually located offshore it can be a very difficult situation to unravel.
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Windows 10 Operating System

The Windows 10 operating system looks like Windows 8.1 with some significant usability updates. Microsoft has addressed some of the bigger PC user issues from Windows 8, for example Windows 10 will have a start menu similar to Windows 7 and Windows XP. The icons you see on your desktop will look slightly different to the current Windows 8.1 icons, however, the look of the interface still remains vastly different to Windows 7.
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Kiss your Google Ranking Goodbye? Really?

There’s been lots of chatter on the internet about the change in Google’s algorithm for mobile sites, it even hit the news last night.  The change physically took place 21st April 2015, that’s today (22 April) NZ time. So does this matter or is this just giving the SEO experts another reason to spam call me? What does it mean? While Google themselves never tell us the importance of each factor in their algorithm the SEO experts are telling us this the biggest change in the algorithm for 3 years and as a result there are a tonne of headlines like “Kiss your Google Ranking Goodbye?” splattered across the internet. In my view this is the biggest game changer since since Google included social media presence in the algorithm.  If your serious about your web presence and the future of your business, this matters, a lot. Should you be concerned
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Calendar’s – Syncing Thunderbird and Google

A few months ago I decided to stop using Outlook as my mail client, there were 2 reasons for this, firstly I don’t like the Outlook 2013 interface, seriously, even with my glasses on I’m squinting to read it on my 22” monitor and then there’s a limit of being able to add 6 email addresses – yes I have 8, and that doesn’t include the multiple pop3 accounts that converge to one gmail account and – the number is growing every month! I now use Thunderbird to manage multiple email accounts. This means I’m not constantly switching between Outlook and my browser to check emails. Thunderbird has taken a little getting used to after years of using Outlook, however, 6 months later I’m loving it and will never go back. Bonus – I can read everything due to Thunderbirds clean and tidy interface. Thunderbird is freeware, it’s maintained really
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Net Neutrality for Dummies

So what is net neutrality, and who cares anyway?  Do I really care about what Google is and isn’t doing?  Who the heck is Verizon anyway?  If you don’t know what net neutrality is and have no idea how it impacts you then this video from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is for you. – Anne        
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