Thursday, October 22, 2009

Busy day

Another busy day

Been to lots of customers this morning, I always enjoy spending time with customers and understanding where they are going with their businesses.

This afternoon was fun, or should that be funny. I went to a seminar about the changes to Company Law that came into effect on the 1st October. You have to stay up to date.

Finished that and now supporting a customer in Portugal, technology is wonderful, if used properly.

Windows 7

So it is here!

Windows 7 is here and yesterday we had endless emails regarding should I upgrade, what will I get?

So the marketing machine of Microsoft has finally got it self together and has produced a good marketing campaign for the Launch of Windows 7.

Some people, who shunned Vista, not because it wasn't any good or it didn't work, but because it was different to XP are going to concerned. The User Interface (UI) is obviously been tweaked from Vista, we would recommend that you get to grips with this UI as it isn't going to go back to the XP interface, which lets face it is the same as it was in Windows 95, and well past a make over. It works better with newer hardware in particular with the search functionality and the use of Hard Drives which may well be a terabyte or larger in size.

Our Recommendation is to get some training in how to use it.

One comment we have heard from people who did make the move to Vista is "We found nothing wrong with Vista as such – but absolutely nothing beneficial about it either" Please remember Windows is the Operating System it's job is to allow you to use the programs and access features to allow you to actually do the work.

Under the Hood

OK there are some good features under the hood, with the above now published, some of these new features just won't be found the home group could be a very good feature if you take your laptop home from work, it is a feature that has been mentioned to me from a customer who got his hands on a Release Candidate version of 7

All being well, and software running on it , our recommendation will be the same as it was to Vista, the changes from XP to Vista will only be built on. Likewise the changes from Vista to 7 will only be built on, keep on saying XP is the platform for me, will mean you end up with something to old to repair, and use effectively.

From the real world

For those who followed our experience of using 7 in the real world when Microsoft released it to partners, was far from inspiring. For the first week the systems would crash 2-3 times a day.
During the weekend, and just as we were going to uninstall it we had a whole stack of Windows Updates.
I took the decision to run it for another week, and it has been running ever since (Literally, I think I have turned it off once).

It works, it hasn't altered anything really we were running Vista before.

The last word is a warning don't forget if you are administering a WSUS installation then go and add Windows 7 to the products so you have the updates.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A week to catch up

We have finally caught up with all the work we have had in, over the last coupe of months.
Just 1 Laptop screen to be done, unfortunately there seems to be a lack of this size screen around at the moment, so I guess we will have to wait until next week.

Time to catch up on things in the business, We have a meeting tomorrow with a provider of backup services so we may well be able to offer even better prices on our online back up solution.

What do you look for in Anti-Virus Solutions, looking at a couple of new platforms, 1 of them uses 2 different scanning engines. Giving you double protection.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Been a while

Well it's been over a month since our last post, as we have been very busy, but have still managed to find time to post on twitter. Well lots been going on.

Laptop Repairs
We have been doing lots of laptop repairs including screen replacements, and replacement DC Jacks. We have also been told by our screen supplier that the prices will be rising, and they are already on the way up, an 8.9" screen we did recently had increased by over £15!

Data Recoveries
Also doing a lot of data recoveries, both physical, and logical. It is always better to have a copy of your data, than relying on it being recoverable. It might just no be recoverable.

Business Support Contracts
This has been growing rapidly, with a whole lot of new business support customers.

Coming Soon
Microsoft will be launching Windows 7 on us next week (22/10/09) We have been running it on some of our desktops for a month for so now. It was a little bit difficult to begin with, as we had issues with some of the drivers, but the platform has been stable for about 3 weeks now.