CST – July 2017 Newsletter

CST News

Winter is well and truly here! The days have been cold with our back garden being almost permafrost. Reminds me of “the old days” when we arrived in Balclutha and got six or seven frosts in a row heavy enough that the previous one did not have time to thaw. These are never so bad when these is a clear blue sky afterwards and the day at least looks warm. As I write this, we are waiting for the latest polar rodent to arrive – will be interesting to see what if anything it brings. From where I am sitting, the weather forecasters have called it wrong more that right over the last wee while. So let’s just wait and see what happens.


Sue and I have been our normal busy selves. We are having a change around in Dunedin (for those who know us there) and the computer guys (ProSouth) are going upstairs while In2Learning is coming downstairs. We have not long appointed another staff member to ProSouth and are running out of useful space downstairs. So the decision was made to swap around. As well we want to keep ProSouth running with as little disruption as possible. However when it is all done, the improvements should be amazing for the staff.

Watch out for some big news happening here over the next few weeks (well big at least for us).

New Laptop at CST

We have sold a lot of these over the last 10 days. They are incredibly well priced and look to fill a niche for us – those who want the Hewlett Packard brand without the expense of their business model.

HP 250 G5

Core i3 processor
15.6” screen
4 GB RAM
500 GB Hard Drive
DVDRW
Wireless
Bluetooth
Card Reader
Webcam
Windows 10 Home

All for only $915.00 inc GST and we will add a bag also.

This Is An Amazing Pic of an A380.

Those who know Christchurch might be able to help me work out where it was taken in Christchurch. I assume it is the southern end of the runway but run out of ideas then. Christchurch has changed so much since we went out with Mum and Dad to look at the planes on a “Sunday drive”.

Fix Bad WiFi Reception

Some of this article is too technical – but it is easy to “pick the eyes out” and find a couple of points we can all learn from. We can certainly help with range extenders and routers if that is the problem.

How To Keep Your PC Functioning Smoothly

PC users have at least one thing in common—we’ve all experienced the distracting error messages, load time lagging, buzzing and whirring that alert us to double-check our backup system just in case the dreaded “blue screen of death” appears.

While these signs don’t necessarily mean your PC is going to quit on you anytime soon, they are symptoms of a straining hard drive and an overworked machine.

Hoard no more
Just because you don’t have old newspapers piling up in your living room doesn’t mean you’re good at letting things go. Remember those photos you downloaded last year or that game that you never play anymore? Those are still on your PC if you haven’t deleted them, and they’re using up valuable space.

Go through all of your programs and files and delete (or back up before deleting) the ones you don’t need or use anymore. Remember, deleting a program from your desktop does not mean it was deleted from your computer—make sure you go through the Start menu to uninstall each of the programs that you want to get rid of. And if you accidentally remove something you need, all of the recent versions of Windows have System Restore, which allows you to restore your PC back to an earlier time to retrieve the deleted information.

Get organized
Now that all of those unnecessary programs and files are out of the way, it’s time to organize the ones you still have. Organizing your files will speed up your productivity by helping you find what you need a lot faster.

While you’re at it, you might also want to use spring cleaning time to get rid of unnecessary paper files by archiving them to digital files.

Back it up
Everyone knows how important it is to back up your data, but it’s easy to get lazy about it. While you’re organizing your files, it’s a good idea to check and make sure that all of your important information can be recovered in the unfortunate event that your hard drive crashes.

After you decide what to back up, the next decision is how. Your options include cloud storage, an external hard drive or some other method. No matter which method you use, be sure to schedule backing up your data on a regular basis.

Make it a habit
Just as you should practice spring cleaning once a year, the process of purging, organizing and backing up data on your PC should also be a regular occurrence. The longer you put it off, the more you’ll pay for it later. Stay on top of your organization and your PC will thank you by working better and lasting longer.
If You Need Help
If you need help. Give us a call – we are only too happy to help you make the best decisions about backups etc. Remember backing up is only important when you need it – moreso if you have not done it. With the recent splurge of ransomware out there, don’t become a “too late” customer.

Idiot Alert

My daughter and I went through a McDonald’s driveway recently and I gave the cashier a $10.00 note. The total was $9.40 so I also gave her the 40 cents.

She said “you gave me too much money.”

I said “Yes, I know. But this way you can just give me a $1 coin change.” She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request.
I did so, and he handed me back the 40 cents saying “We are sorry but we don’t do that sort of thing here.”

The cashier then proceeded to give me 60 cents change.

The moral of the story: Do not confuse the people at McDonald’s.

Animal Pics

This is for my daughter in India and my sister in law Carol in Christchurch (who is an incredible photographer). Paula is right into cats and we find even in India has that magnetism for animals that she had at home.

Carol can make the most mundane animal seem like it has just stepped off the pages of a high quality photo magazine.

Idiot Alert Number 2.

We had to have the garage door repaired. The repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a large enough motor on the opener.

I thought for a minute and said that we had the largest one available at the time – a ½ horsepower. He shook his head and said “You need a ¼ horsepower.”

I responded that ½ was larger than ¼ and he said “No it’s not. Four is larger than 2.”

We have not used that repairman since.

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