Category: IT Support Advice

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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...

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The End of the Microsoft XP World is Nigh

So it is official.  The world according to Microsoft XP will end on April 8, 2014.  Ok so maybe that is a bit extreme… but Microsoft have officially announced that they will cease all support for Windows XP on that date.  Whilst this is not really a massive thing what is of concern is that...

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World Backup Day… who should care?

March 31st 2013 WAS World Backup Day.  Hands up if you knew that and keep your hand up if you did anything about it.  I thought not!!!!  It is quite scary that we need to have a day specifically for this simply because most people and companies do not have sufficient backup policies in place....

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What is Big Data and how does it affect my Business????

It seems the latest buzz word everyone is talking about is Big Data.  Ok technically that is two words but you know what I mean.  More and more articles on the internet are talking about this and it seems everyone is trying to sell businesses of any size a Big Data strategy. So just pause...

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9 Mistakes You’re Making on LinkedIn

“Foreword by Phil Aldridge, Technical Director of FunctionEight Limited.  This is quite a good article I found which covers best practice for LinkedIn from an ethics perspective rather than the usual technical best practice.  I feel 1,2 3,6, 7,8 and 9 are the most important ones and really do add value in your approach to...

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Google unveils its first touchscreen Chromebook Pixel

“Foreword by Phil Aldridge, Technical Director of FunctionEight Limited.  I can see what Google is trying to do here but I do feel they have missed the point.  They obviously want to get into this market but they either need to do a laptop or a tablet.  A combo is just not something consumers are...

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Your company should follow its instincts

Foreword by Phil Aldridge, Technical Director of FunctionEight Limited.  Not the usual sort of article I would blog due to its lack of technical content but it is something we at F8 come across on many occasions.  Projects where shall we say is “designed by committee” are often the hardest projects to get across the...

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How to View Full Profiles of Your 3rd Degree LinkedIn Network

Just a short while ago I posted a piece on how some people are no longer able to view full profiles of their 3rd degree LinkedIn connections when logged in and searching withing LinkedIn. At the time of the article, I had not been affected, and I kept checking daily to see if and when...