Category: IT Support Advice

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Still Running FRAILware in your environment?

It is over 12 months since Microsoft officially stopped providing any support for Windows Server 2003.  Its End Of Life (EOL) was the 14th July 2015.  Of course, there are many companies who still pay US$600 per server to Microsoft per year to keep their environment protected and some, namely government departments, are paying millions...

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Broken Windows and Unlocked Doors – The simple truth behind the security of your firewall and server

Are your firewall and server really secure? Is your Infrastructure locked up tight thus making your data perfectly safe?  Read further for a Layman’s guide on the subject.  Written by FunctionEight Ltds COO Phil Aldridge and recently published by both the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore as well as the British Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong....

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Singapore Government changes to PIC grant benefits

A quick blog mainly for the benefit of our Singapore clients.  However, this information is of relevance for anyone with a registered business in Singapore.  FunctionEight would like to alert you to the fact that there is a change in the PIC grant amounts scheduled for end July, that has been announced by the government. ...

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SSD vs HDD – Why Solid State Drive

This is an excellent visual article about Solid State Drives compared to traditional Hard Disks. I’ve personally used a Toshiba laptop with an SSD now for almost 4yrs. I don’t want to suddenly jinx my laptop – always a risk when you start saying it’s great – but it really does still startup each morning...

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More than a year after Microsoft ended support for the aging OS, some high-profile organizations are still using Windows XP – and putting themselves at risk.

This article originally appeared on CIO’s blog by Rich Hein. It is quite fascinating to read what governmental organisations, global MNC’s and utility companies are paying out to Microsoft for ongoing support of their legacy WinXP O/S. The message from us at F8 is quite simple – if your company is still using WinXP on...

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Google now uses ‘mobile-readiness’ to rank websites. Is your website ready?

With Google’s recent change to its search algorithms which factors in a website’s “mobile-friendliness” as a ranking signal, it may be time to check if YOUR website lives up to Google’s new standards. You can go here and enter your website’s URL to see if your website is ‘mobile-friendly’: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly If your target audience often...

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My Waterproof Mobile Phone Lets Prove It !!!

Recently I saw an article on the BBC Tech website reporting on a new technology that can waterproof your phone.  There was a video demonstration as well which all worked and it looked amazing.  Too good to be true you may think…  Well obviously no one deliberately drops their phone in water do they?  Or...

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How to tell whether an IT vendor sells ‘solutions’ or just products

“Foreword By Chris Young, Sales Director of FunctionEight Limited :-  I am often asked by new staff why FunctionEight do not sign exclusive agency agreements with hardware providers and this article clearly shows the reasons.  At FunctionEight we want to be free to make sure we have the flexibility to review a problem and then...

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7 Ways to Manage Email So It Doesn’t Manage You

“Foreword by Phil Aldridge, Technical Director of FunctionEight Limited.  So I follow a few Thought Leaders on LinkedIn… Sounds impressive doesn’t it… Anyway on of them is Jeff Weiner who is the CEO at LinkedIn itself and he writes some excellent articles.  This one struck a particular note with me, mainly because my inbox is...