PC Rescue Newsletter September 2008
We've a busy month ahead with
the NSW Small Business Month just starting and the Victorian one just
complete so this month's newsletter is short and sweet.
The month has kicked off with
a few new products on the market. Google have a new browser and Apple
have released a new iTouch and an upgrade to iTunes.
Apple's new products
The industry generally goes
into a collective faint when Apple release new products and it's no different
with the latest iTouch and iTunes software.
So far the reviews have been
good, but we'd caution, as always, to be careful when buying the latest
model on the market. As we saw with the iPhone It's best to wait a few
weeks until the hype as died down and any bugs have been found. You'll
usually find it's a bit easier on your wallet as well.
a computer tech? We can get technicians to help you with your home
and office computer problems anywhere in Australia.
If you need a new computer
set up, a virus removed or would just like to make sure your computer
is running as it should be, we can help you.
Call 1300 798 957
and our call centre can arrange a visit or online service.
Another company that brings
out hot flushes with the tech crowd is Google. Their long rumoured web
browser was finally released last week with a
very unusual press release.
As experienced web surfers
know, leaving a web browser open all day slows down your machine and if
you have several pages open and one of them crashes, all of them go down.
Google Chrome has been designed
from the ground up to avoid all of these problems. Naturally it takes
advantage of all of Google's services.
While we're using it, and have
found it to be fast and efficient, we have discovered a few sites don't
play ball. The Australian is one that regularly crashes the browser.
This software is a beta and
our policy is not to recommend test products to users. If you do choose
to use it, be aware it may not have all of the bugs ironed out as yet.
Who says you can't get a
good computer manual? Our Dummies
books are available online. If you
want to learn more about your computer, we have the answers.
The current version of PCs
for Dummies covers Vista computers and the earlier version covers Windows
XP. So we can help you get the most from both versions of Windows.
Sydney's SecretNet is the latest
of a string of computers dealers who are failing. This is because the
industry is changing with consumers and business choosing either cheap
systems or top end, high powered units. The dealers in the middle are
getting cut out.
If you're looking at buying
a computer. Right now it's probably best to stick with brand names, it's
fine to buy them from the local small dealer.
One trap though are the warranties.
A store bought warranty is only as good as the store itself. Make sure
the warranty is provided by the manufacturer of the system
PC Rescue's Managing director,
Paul Wallbank, can help your business or community group get more from
their technology. Contact
us for more details
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What does it all mean? cutting through computer jargon.
Presentations almost always
have some tech hiccups, most are trivial but some are major catastrophes.
Whether youíre doing it in
front of 600 people at the Melbourne Town Hall or six of your nearest
and dearest, you donít want the computer distracting from your message.
Hereís 10 things to check before you stand up in front of an audience.
- Check the power: Is the
laptop plugged in and is the power on
- Disable power saving and
screen savers: A system kicking into sleep mode is irritating enough,
but Iíve seen a presentation stop when a password protected screen saver
came on and no-one in the room knew the word to unlock it.
- Turn off all the power saving
features or crank up the time settings to the maximum.
- Turn off updates and scans:
Run virus scans and system updates before the presentation. Turn off
all scanners or update tools while you are presenting.
- Donít run any unnecessary
programs: Constant ďyouíve got mailĒ type noises are distracting, also
you do not want an embarrassing instant message from your idiot brother-in-law
popping up as you give your call to action.
- Keep it simple: Exotic fonts
and rare graphics increase the likelihood something will go wrong. Watch
your image sizes too as well as many computers struggle with big graphics.
- Test your presentation:
Get to the venue early and test your show on the venueís system. Just
because it works on your computer doesnít mean it will on someone elseís.
This is particularly true if the venue uses a different presentation
package to yours.
- Clean up your system: If
you are using your own system, give it a good clean out the day before.
Clear out the browsing history just before the presentation.
- Test your equipment before
the show: If you are bringing your own technology such as mouse/pointer
combo device, install it before you take the stage. The famous
Bill Gates Blue Screen of Death when showing a preview of Windows
98 is the poster child for what can go wrong when you donít test beforehand.
- Check your connections:
Personally I like to avoid accessing the net during presentations, but
if you need net access, check you have it before putting your show together
and test it at the venue. Call for help: The moment you notice something
not working right, raise the alarm. If something starts beeping or spewing
toxic smoke, itís probably a good idea to let the organiser know about
it before the sprinkler system goes off.
Of course good old Murphyís
law applies whenever you stand up in front of an audience so you canít
anticipate every glitch that can happen. But at least with these points
you reduce the chance of something distracting the audience from that
killer presentation you worked so hard preparing.
Jargon of the
month: What is a blog?
We can't believe
we haven't mentioned the word blog in our jargon
buster. We've also added RSS, uPnP, port forwarding and updated a
few other tech terms
A blog, or web blog,
is simply an online diary. At first these were mainly sensitive souls
describing their love lives or their cat's strange behaviour. But blogs
have now evolved into a major news source.
The great advantage with blogs
is they are quick and easy way to set up and publish a web page. Sites
such as Wordpress
and Blogger give
everybody a quick and cheap way to get a web page running.
ABC Radio Spots
Our next Sydney 702 Weekend
spot will be at 10am on September 14 where we'll be looking at the costs
of a new computer. The next Nightlife is on Friday, September 19 at
10pm where we'll be talking about the new Internet domains.
If you'd like to offer any
suggestions about topics or improvements to the shows please contact
Next month on
In October, we'll be looking
at what you should be paying for a new computer and what specifications
you should be looking for. If
you have a topic you'd like us to discuss on the websites, Smart Company
blog or the radio spots please contact
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