Technology Solutions Articles Feed http://www.techs.co.nz/articlelist This is a selection of articles from Technology Solutions Darryl's guide to the best mobile OS http://www.techs.co.nz/article/1/darryls-guide-to-the-best-mobile-osWindow, Apple, Android, which is best? Which should I get? In the not too distant past, if you had asked this question in regards of a PC, tablet or phone there would have more than likely been a clear winner. I think those days have gone and the more important question is which device will suit ... Windows, Mac and Linux – Can I have it all? http://www.techs.co.nz/article/16/windows-mac-and-linux-can-i-have-it-all Windows, Mac and Linux – Can I have it all? Well in a word…yes. If you have the need or want to be able to successfully use multiple operating systems at once then you will be running into words like duel boot and virtualization. There are many different ways to achieve... Lloyd's benefits of being a Technology Solutions client http://www.techs.co.nz/article/22/lloyds-benefits-of-being-a-technology-solutions-clientBenefits clients get when coming to Tech Solutions I.T. is like other businesses – there is competition and the customer has choice. So why do our customers consistently use us? Aside from our humour and indisputable good looks (according to our mothers anyway!), the main reason is we are ... Internet Speed: Graham Saves you Heartache! http://www.techs.co.nz/article/21/internet-speed-graham-saves-you-heartacheBusiness internet: are you the best internet plan? I had an issue this week where a business client that normally had a good internet connection was experiencing really slow service and timeouts. The router was saying it was connected, however tried another router just in case this was at fault, ... Simons Guide to Security Cameras http://www.techs.co.nz/article/23/simons-guide-to-security-camerasMAKING BEST USE OF SECURITY CAMERAS Security cameras are no longer the big old clunky things that you see pointing at you when you are getting some cash from the bank, who goes to the bank these days anyway? They are small, hi-def, clever and also affordable units. Network (or IP) based cameras ... Ian talks Facts for Figures http://www.techs.co.nz/article/20/ian-talks-facts-for-figuresFACTS FOR FIGURES Most businesses reach a point where their accounts need to be processed by a computer. Selecting an appropriate package can be bewildering and many businesses become ingrained with systems with disparate purposes - the software package only performs basic accounting and a ... Zac's Guide to Search Engine Optimisation http://www.techs.co.nz/article/18/zacs-guide-to-search-engine-optimisationSEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION WHAT IS SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is getting your website, not only into Search Engines, but at the top of results in Search Engines. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Having your business at the top of search results is really becoming an ... SSD vs HDD, Paul's Insight http://www.techs.co.nz/article/19/ssd-vs-hdd-pauls-insightSSD or HDD Solid State drives and why they are the biggest upgrade for your pc or laptop. Are you the sort of user who finding simple things like starting your pc or laptop seemly tend to take too long? How... Nick tells you how to avoid Scams http://www.techs.co.nz/article/24/nick-tells-you-how-to-avoid-scamsPhishing, Social Engineering and Online Scams ... 5 Ways to spot a scam email http://www.techs.co.nz/article/25/5-ways-to-spot-a-scam-email5 WAYS TO SPOT A SCAM EMAIL Sign 1: Does that link really go where it says it does? More often than not an email fraud message will ask you to click a link to verify your account or some other call to action. A quick way to spot a scam is to hover your mouse over the link and see if it really points... Microsoft end of life products http://www.techs.co.nz/article/26/microsoft-end-of-life-productsEND OF LIFE MICROSOFT PRODUCTS Is your computer still running Microsoft Office 2003 or Windows XP? Both Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 have been around for 10+ years no... Three things to know about choosing a UPS http://www.techs.co.nz/article/27/three-things-to-know-about-choosing-a-upsProtecting your PC - Three things to know about choosing a UPS With all the stormy weather lately we thought its important to ensure you are protected from power surges and even power outages with the right UPS. A UPS is a Uninterruptable Power Supply, which will power your equipment when there is ... Should you provide free Wifi? http://www.techs.co.nz/article/28/should-you-provide-free-wifiShould you provide Free Wi-Fi to your Customers? In an ever more connected world is there an advantage to offering wi-fi to your customers? To answer that you need to ask yourself a couple of questions: Would you have the opportunity to gain more sales by having your clients spend more time at your... How to choose a Good Domain Name http://www.techs.co.nz/article/29/how-to-choose-a-good-domain-nameCHOOSING A GOOD DOMAIN NAME Introduction One of the basic web fundamental is selecting a good domain name. This usually takes nothing more than a little common sense and thought, however this is often overlooked. Many companies overly complicate their domain name and thus run the risk of ... Picking a good Web Designer http://www.techs.co.nz/article/30/picking-a-good-web-designerSELECTING A WEB DESIGNER Everything you ever wanted to know about hiring a Web designer but were afraid to ask Before starting it's important to determine the purpose of your site. Do you want to sell products online? Are you planning to improve brand loyalty, provide information or perhaps just ... How to set Secure Passwords http://www.techs.co.nz/article/31/how-to-set-secure-passwordsUSING SECURE PASSWORDS Many individuals look upon the requirement to use and change passwords regularly as an evil inflicted by the Information Technology (IT) industry. What users should be aware of is that a password is no different than the combination to a safe and should be protected in the ... Facebook Security Settings http://www.techs.co.nz/article/32/facebook-security-settingsFACEBOOK SECURITY SETTINGS The Facebook Settings You Should Check This year (2013) Facebook have made several changes to it's privacy policy and your settings, if you haven't looked at your profile settings lately then now would be a good time to do it. If you're like the most of us here, you ... Can I benefit from using dual monitors? http://www.techs.co.nz/article/33/can-i-benefit-from-using-dual-monitorsBenefits from using dual monitors Utilising a second monitor is proven to improve your productivity. First of all what is a dual monitor setup? Computers & laptops these days can support more than one monit... Email: When size does matter! http://www.techs.co.nz/article/34/email-when-size-does-matterEmail size does matter Email size when sending and receiving may have a limit, it all depends upon who you send your email through. We hit this issue from time to time, customers asking for assistance when their email seem to stop. It will often present itself as "I can receive email but I don't ... Developing an IT Strategy http://www.techs.co.nz/article/50/developing-an-it-strategyDeveloping an IT Strategy Why? Developing an IT strategy sounds like it’s probably a fair amount of work and perhaps for little tangible benefit in the short term, so why bother? Because having an ad-hoc approach to IT systems means things are not usually as efficient as they could be when ... Password 8-4 Rule http://www.techs.co.nz/article/52/password-8-4-ruleHow to Make a Strong Password A.       Two essential password rules: Following two rules are the minimum that you should follow when creating a password. Rule 1 – Password Length: Stick with passwords that... How Google Analytics Works http://www.techs.co.nz/article/53/how-google-analytics-worksGoogle Analytics what is it and how can it help your business? Google analytics is a service offered by Google to measure and report on visitors to your website. The service can generate detai... Lost a Device? http://www.techs.co.nz/article/54/lost-a-deviceTracking a Lost or Stolen Mobile Device You have misplaced your mobile device; your phone or iPad or tablet is gone! Stolen! Lost! TIME TO PANIC! Yes? No, it is not time to panic (yet) as there are se... Data Sharing at Home? http://www.techs.co.nz/article/55/data-sharing-at-homeData Sharing at Home Today computer networks are no longer limited to business and corporate environments. In fact if you have two or more computers in your home and they are both able to connect to the internet, you have a computer network running. One major advantage in having a computer ... Viruses are getting smarter! http://www.techs.co.nz/article/56/viruses-are-getting-smarterViruses are getting smarter What would your first thought be seeing the above on your computer, laptop or cellphone? Would you start to wonder "What has my family been looking at?" ... Create a Professional email signature for iPhone http://www.techs.co.nz/article/57/create-a-professional-email-signature-for-iphoneHow to create a professional email signature onto your iPhone/iPad Today's email signatures contain a lot more than just your name and contact details. Links to websites, Facebook, Twitter account and the ubiquitous legal disclaimers a... Tablet vs Laptop http://www.techs.co.nz/article/58/tablet-vs-laptopTABLET VS. LAPTOP Many people wonder if a laptop or a tablet will serve their needs. After all, tablets are easy to use, very portable, and internet-capable just like a laptop. However, not all tablets share the same functionality. Depending on your needs, a laptop may provide a better computing ... The power of two http://www.techs.co.nz/article/59/the-power-of-twoThe Power of Two A one-time password (OTP) is a password that is valid for only one login session or transaction, on a computer system or other digital device. OTPs avoid a number of shortcomings that are associated with traditional (static) password based authentication; a number of implementations...