Microsoft released the 17th major version of Office today, Office 2016. It is 25 years since Office came from nowhere to dominate against the incomparable Wordperfect 5.1 and Lotus 1-2-3. Office adoption was rapid and near universal, exploding alongside Windows and becoming so strongly associated with Windows that many believed they were part of the same product.
Over those 25 years, each new version of office included major improvements and new features. Each release was a big deal, though on average less so as Office matured. Office 2016 again offers significant improvements over 2013, though with evolutionary improvements rather than a radical overhaul.
Too often I see our techs consoling a despondent customer, in tears, having irretrievably lost precious files. Family photos. Business records. Blog articles (!). All gone. Yet some of those people have been “Backing up”.
A simple definition of “Backing Up” is a process that makes a copy of data onto a second device that can be used to restore that data if your primary copy is deleted or damaged. A broader definition is any process that reduces your risk of losing data (files) or your system state (windows, settings). I prefer to use a more global term, Backup System, a collection of backup processes or other elements working together to reduce risk of data loss and related harm. Read more
Ransomware is a type of malware that will lock you out of your files, device, or other resources, and demand a payment to regain access. Even if you choose to pay up, most often the payment will not result in gaining back access, and your files are permanently lost.
The threat posed by ransomware is serious, with recent infections more devastating than any malware or virus we have seen in years. The infection rate increased throughout 2015 with a range of new variants attacking customers across PC and other platforms. Read more
Over the years, we receive the same questions from customers, and sometimes its difficult to communicate a complete answer in shop. We decided to start this blog to help provide in depth answers to those questions.
What sort of computer do I need?
How should I backup?
Should I upgrade to Windows 10?
How can I protect myself against viruses?
Do we really need a $1000 video card so Little Johnny can do his homework? (err, good one Little Johnny. No.)
We will add new articles answering these questions, and more. If there are any particular guides or questions you would like us to address, please leave us a note on Facebook or as comments in this post and I’ll see what we can do!
Earlier last month Intel released the first two Generation 6 desktop processors, supported by the Z170 chipset and technology such as DDR4 RAM.
Today Intel extend the range with the release of new processors starting under $300.
With these new processors, Intel have a Generation 6 processor appropriate for most mid to high range PCs.
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