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“How To Connect To The Internet” rereleased.

In 1997 the best selling non-fiction title in Australia was a slim volume from Choice Books (at the Australian Consumers Association) aimed at people who wanted to know what this new thing called “The Internet” was all about. There are still copies in various libraries, but a slightly revised version is now available. As befits […]

That’s not how email works!

I recently spent time in a large public library which provides a free Wi-Fi service for people bringing their own computers or smart phones. This is totally separate, or should be, from the computers provided by the library for use by visitors. There is no reason to suggest that anybody using the Wi-Fi service has […]

Gebesse Newsletter – September 2014

Swiftpage takes over From October 1, distribution and vendor support for Act! will be performed by Swiftpage directly. ACTCRM have done an excellent job in these roles over the last few years and I will miss the people I have been doing business with, but I’m sure that nothing will change for the worse. Support […]

When the client doesn’t know any better

I’ve written here before about amateurs doing IT work and giving advice when a little investigation shows that they don’t know what they are talking about. In most cases they don’t know what they don’t know, and they only get away with what they do because the client doesn’t know any better. Sometimes, however, I […]

Weekly Buzz – September 23, 2014

Not next weekend There will be no Weekly Buzz next weekend because the regular monthly Gebesse newsletter will come out instead. This week’s issue is late because I had to change back to mail merge through Outlook while Swiftpage reorganises Act! distribution in Australia. Possible Android problem The Federal Government’s Stay Smart Online site has […]

More amateurs

I suppose I could be accused of being obsessed with amateurishness, but it is something that really irritates me. I constantly see people who claim expertise in some area charging large amounts of money to give advice on that matter when a simple check can show that they don’t even apply their own rules to […]

Weekly Buzz – September 12, 2014

It’s back The Weekly Buzz is back with your weekly roundup of important IT and business news. It should come out every weekend from now on. The iCloud debacle It would have been hard to miss the stories in the media over the last few days about pictures of naked celebrities being stolen after they […]

Product review – Acer Aspire E11 laptop

As I mentioned in the recent update to the article about my mobile office, I had to replace two laptop computers. The machine chosen to replace them was an Acer Aspire E11, model number E3-111-C9AR. The specifications of the machine were rather basic. It’s not my main computer so it doesn’t need to be super […]

Product review – SATA disk case

One aspect of computer security which is often overlooked is what you do with the hard disks in computers which are being scrapped. If you are sending the computer off to an e-waste site and you don’t clean off the hard disk you are allowing anybody with access to the computer to see anything that […]

No, I don’t want to get a Mac!

Let me start off by saying that the Apple Mac is a very fine computer indeed. It just isn’t the machine that I need for what I need a computer for. I recently announced that I needed a new laptop because my old one had suffered a disaster and I was of course given the […]

Gebesse Newsletter – August 2014

Swiftpage takes over In the latest stage in the absorption of Act! into the Swiftpage organisation, Swiftpage have announced that they will be taking over distribution of Act! in Australia from ACTCRM who have been fulfilling this role for the last few years. How this will affect both Certified Consultants and Act! users is currently […]

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