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Didn’t prepare for Brexit? Don’t make the same mistake twice: create an IT disaster recovery plan

It’s official: the UK will leave the European Union. The result of June’s referendum was shocking for everyone, as many believed that Britain would remain and nothing would ever really change. There have been strong reactions and widespread panic ever since Brexit; everyone is wondering what leaving the EU will mean long term, and how it will affect them.

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Windows 10: yes or no?

Businesses across the UK only have a few days left to upgrade the operating system they use from Windows 7 to Windows 10. “Should we or shouldn’t we?” is likely to become a hot topic during meetings, as staff members give their views on why their company should or shouldn’t make the switch. In this blog post we run through some of the main issues to take into account when considering each side of the debate.

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Why an IT support contract can work for your business

A modern day business faces many pressures – from continually striving to improve the bottom line, to attempting to cut overheads while still making sure employees are provided with the best tools with which to do the job.

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The lowdown on Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Exchange is an email, calendar and contacts communications solution, commonly used by businesses. For anyone seeking more features, functions and usability than basic email, it represents a more advanced level of communications system, enabling users to collaborate and share information with each other.

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5 things to consider when buying a new laptop

If you’re planning to buy a new laptop, choosing the correct one to suit your needs doesn’t have to be complicated, as long as you follow a few simple steps. There are hundreds of laptops out there to suit all budgets, so here are some tips to narrow them down:

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Don’t crack under pressure – ways you might be damaging your laptop

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Whether you use a laptop for business or pleasure, if you don’t look after it properly, it could easily get damaged. Here’s what you need to know.

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Changing your company’s email habits to increase employee happiness

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It’s estimated that around 205 billion emails are sent every day, so as the main form of communication for businesses, email plays a pivotal role in our daily working lives.

Yet as we have quickly embraced email with open arms – thanks to its ease of use and speedy delivery – it may not always be the communication hero we have heralded it to be. For some workers, it can seem hard to escape the clutches of the onslaught of incoming emails. Like an invisible messenger constantly perched on your shoulder, emails can be demanding, distracting and disruptive. When your inbox is pinging away with one new notification after another, it may even affect your productivity, creating frustration and lowered morale.

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How to boost productivity in 3 steps


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It’s a new year, we have new resolutions, and we’re all determined to be more productive. Technology can save us time and make us more efficient in so many ways, and at Absolutely PC we have a few favourite productivity enhancing techniques that we think you may find useful this January.

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Can your business cope with winter disruption?

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Thanks to the unseasonably mild weather we’ve enjoyed this autumn, it’s easy to forget that winter, and all the potential havoc it can wreak, is soon to follow. It’s hard not to feel that our weather has become more unpredictable and freak storms just aren’t, well, freakish any more. As a small business owner, you already know to expect the unexpected and will have contingency plans to cope with all sorts of emergencies, but it’s important to make sure this includes effective back-up for your IT processes.

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Seven reasons to engage your IT company before you buy

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With so many IT products now available to businesses, from printers and photocopiers, to new technologies such as mobile devices, content management systems and business apps, navigating the IT landscape can be a challenge.

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Solid State Drive – Why would my business want one?

A Solid State Drive (SSD) will improve the the speed of your computers and laptops by a considerable amount.  I’m not just talking about shaving a few seconds off your boot-up time I am referring to the speed of everything that you do on your computer could be speeded up by a factor of 2 or 3. No really, the difference is very noticeable and this is one upgrade that will save you noticable amounts of time. Forbes wrote an article about the performace of using solid state drives and the figures speak for themselves

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How can a UPS battery help my business?

←Read Previous – Why do I need an uninterruptible power supply (UPS)?

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a battery that sits between the mains electric and your equipment. It supplies the power to your equipment and continually charges itself to ensure it has maximum charge when you need it.

In the case of a complete power failure your equipment uses the battery to run which means you can safely keep working for a while and more importantly your computer, server or NAS can be safely shut down.

In the case of a spike, surge or sudden fluctuation in the power supply the UPS will protect the equipment and continue to supply power at the correct voltage. This is very important and protects your equipment during lightning storms.

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Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) – Do I need one?

An uninterruptible power supply, commonly known as a UPS, is essentially a battery that can be used to run your computer, server, NAS, screen, router, switch or anything else that would normally use mains electricity. So why exactly would you want one?

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App of the Moment – November 2014

This month’s ‘App of the Moment’ is Evernote.

As one workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, Evernote is the place you write free from distraction, collect information, find what you need, and present your ideas to the world.

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Business Networking Tip: Business Card Exchange

Business Networking is about building relationships and it all starts with exchanging business cards.  Watch this video from business networking expert and founder of BNI Ivan Misner on how to make an impact with your business card exchange:

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