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Are you missing the hidden costs of Free Open Source software?

Business often consider Open Source software to be free due to it being free to download, install and use. But is it really free? What is Open Source Software? Open Source software is software developed under a licence that prevents charging for the software and requires the distribution of source code. Anyone can take a…Continue readingAre you missing the hidden costs of Free Open Source software?

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IT Microsoft Office Productivity

Frustrated with Document Formatting in Word?

Millions of people use Microsoft Word daily, but only a fraction of users exploit more than 5% of the functionality available. This is sometimes because trying to use the functionality without understanding it can lead to frustration as it doesn’t behave as intended. Use tutorials to learn more and reduce frustration Although an IT professional,…Continue readingFrustrated with Document Formatting in Word?

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Cyber Security IT

LastPass – Does it improve your security?

For those of you that are not familiar, LastPass is an online service to securely store your passwords. The service stores all your passwords online, accessible with a single master password you set. The range of plugins for web browsers mean you can automatically fill in your login details on websites easily. But is it…Continue readingLastPass – Does it improve your security?

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Cyber Security IT

Cryptolocker / Gameover Zeus: 5 steps to stay protected!

Yet again the news is full of warnings over the latest security threat. I don’t know about you, but the number of warnings are beginning to get a bit old…  Well this time, we are being warned about backing up and ensuring our anti-virus is up-to-date. I know you are fed up with all this…Continue readingCryptolocker / Gameover Zeus: 5 steps to stay protected!

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Life

Do you take the Internet for granted?

I am one week into a nice relaxing holiday in the North of Scotland and enjoying every minute (now I have sorted out my internet). I am staying just above Inverness in a town called Rosemarkie, popular with tourists and commuters alike. I have stayed here about 3 years ago and knew the mobile phone…Continue readingDo you take the Internet for granted?

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Business Life

The death of local shops – is it avoidable?

After reading about a local music shop closing after starting up in 1945, it got me thinking; if the death of local shops is something that will be inevitable as more and more of us buy on-line and from supermarkets. I was saddened by the news of the local music shop closing, for many it…Continue readingThe death of local shops – is it avoidable?

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Business IT

Cloud Computing – Caution!

This week you may have heard about Adobe Creative Cloud having a 27 hour outage and the chaos it caused businesses. Everyday our lives become more dependant on cloud services, I don’t just mean our personal email, but also the companies we use and depend on. Cloud computing is changing the landscape of business and…Continue readingCloud Computing – Caution!

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Do we expect too much from IT Systems?

There is no denying that IT is a huge part of our business today and is offering new opportunities and improvement we hadn’t even considered 10 years ago. The way businesses have changed is leading to IT becoming the default port of call when an issue needs a solution, but is this leading to businesses overlooking more obvious solutions?Continue readingDo we expect too much from IT Systems?

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IT Life

Is Technology bad for us?

I watched a video caused me to reflect on technology and the impact it has on our lives. Technology is changing our lives at a rapid pace with music, video, social media and shopping all in the palm of our hands. I am in my 30’s and staggered at the speed of change, I remember…Continue readingIs Technology bad for us?