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I haven’t blogged in a while, mainly because work has been busy and I have been administering new servers for a project going live soon.

Those servers have led to this quick blog entry, if you enjoy a good rant, read on.

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The mobile device revolution is in full swing. From Smartphones and Superphones that changed the mobile device game to Tablets that are threatening to effectively put Netbooks out of business save for a few niche applications, our mobile world is changing. This is having an impact on less than mobile computing – your large Laptops and also your venerable Desktop Computer.

Are we moving toward the death of the computer and laptop as we know it today?
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I thought I’d regale you with a tale of three hours spent sorting out a client’s home network.

One of the techs was sick this week, so I inherited this callout. I have been to this client before, and his printing has been an issue before – more on that later on. continue reading…

Right now I am staring at the screen of one of my colleagues laptops. It says “Operating System Not Found.” I take a moment, and while writing another DVD to boot Windows 7 from (we have a download license thanks…) I decide to reminisce about working in IT.

Do YOU want to work in IT?? Here are some of the things you have to keep in mind. Really, this is a guide for every kid who is good with computers, but thinks his skills will be enough to help him through a career in IT. Two words: STUDY. HARD.

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About a week ago I had the unmitigated pleasure of heading out to a client to do a routine harddrive swop for their backups to be transferred offsite. This is a weekly thing that gets done to keep their data safe.

As I walked in the door the owner of the company (a financial planning business) asked me to check why they had run through their local bandwidth so quickly.

What I found both horrified and amused me.

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A while back I did a quick install and tour of Windows 98, today it was the turn of Windows 95. Playing around with it I can see why so many companies where I did tech support used it in favour of Win98. continue reading…

Recently we quoted one of our larger customers to upgrade 25 of their workstations to Windows Vista and Office 2007.

After wading through the confusing Microsoft licencing options such as “Software Assurance” and “Volume Licencing” among other details we finally arrived at a quoteable price for the client. I was astounded, to say the least.

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Installing Linux and XP

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Ah, that old bugbear of anybody who has tinkered with their computer (read: “Most Gamers”), re-installing their operating system.

For the sake of brevity I will not get into too much detail unless needed, or dive too deeply into the technical stuff. My hardware in this case is an older machine: A Dell Latitude C610, PIII 1ghz, 256mb Ram, ATI Radeon Mobility M6LY 16mb.

Please note: This is NOT a step-by-step folks, it’s a first impressions type thingy… step-by-step MIGHT follow later on…

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