Microsoft is no longer going to be supporting Windows XP on April 8th 2014. This means there will be no security updates released after this date for Windows XP so you will be leaving your company/computer open for attack.

Just In Tech can provide various options to help you move on from Windows XP and as always we’re about providing the best option for our clients as you all have different requirements/needs. (SBS 2003 support is also ending on April 8 2014 which I will cover separately)

Some of those options including pros and cons are:

  • Upgrade your current computer(s) to windows 8.1
    + Lowest Cost option (under $250)
    + Files are automatically copied across
    –  Need a suitably spec’ed machine (Dual Core CPU and 2GB RAM)
    –  Need to reload applications
  • Purchase a refurbished Computer which will typically come with Windows 7 Pro
    + Still a low cost option (under $550)
    + Upgrade your hardware
    + A lot of businesses would prefer to go with Windows 7 than Windows 8 and this is a cheap way to get an upgraded machine and Operating System
    – Still older hardware, but generally reliable as business grade machines
    – All applications and files need to be re-installed and copied accross
  • Purchase a new computer ($1000 +)
    + Getting the latest technology
    + Prices of computer have come down, so you do get more for your money
    + Up to 3 years next day on site warranty so gives you peice of mind
    + Most vendors give you the option of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
    – All applications and files need to be re-installed and copied across

For more information please contact us or visit the Microsoft website here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

Looks like us Kiwis are going to be the first to get Windows 8.1 by a whole 4 hours, 12:00am on October 18th. Now New Zealand has another claim to fame… L&P,  Pineapple Lumps and best buddies with Microsoft 😉

Anyway here’s a few screenshots from the preview I have just installed

Starting up – Now we have a nice fish to watch as Windows loads up

Start Screen – Still looks the same as Windows 8

 

Start Menu – They have brought back the familiar Start Menu button to your standard desktop, but clicking on it just takes you back to the Start Screen so still not ideal

Finally a useful addition to the start menu – If you right click on the start button you can access some useful options, namely “Shut down”

Internet Explorer upgraded to 11 – Seems pretty quick, the browsing experience is better than on my Windows 8 and 7 machines

 

For as little as $180 Excl GST per month we can actively monitor and maintain your computers and network.

Our SMB plan is ideal a big proportion of Hawkes Bay Businesses as it is tailored towards companies with a single server (or cloud based services) and up to 5 users.

The plan includes the following:

  • Updating of Operating System, 3rd Party Applications I.e. Java, Adobe and your Anti-Virus.
  • Health Check on computers – Defrag of Hard drive, un-install any unwanted applications.
  • We actively monitor your server so we can prevent issues before they happen.
  • Any recommendations that require additional time we would provide a quote – For example this may include the likes of upgrading of any hardware or software or any end user support
For further information please contact us at info@justintech.co.nz or call us on 06 843 8363, to see what services we provide please see here.

Google Play Music all Access is now available in New Zealand for $10.99 per month, this is great news (for me anyway). They have a 30 day trial and they say that it will be $10.99 if you sign up by the end of August (unsure of price if you sign up after that date).

I’ve already downloaded 10+ albums to my device so that I can play in my car on my way to work.

Cheers j

Is your Business ready for the unexpected? From time to time it is unavoidable that systems do go down, this could be caused by a power outage, natural disaster or fire/theft. By using a combination of our services you can have peace of mind that you are fully prepared for anything that may happen.

We will help you through all the steps

  1. Know your Business
    We will help you to identify the key areas in your business so we can prioritise areas to focus on when we formulate the plan.
  2. Assess the Risk
    What are the most likely events that could interrupt your business operations, what plans are already in place? For example backup solutions, SLAs with key service, hardware and software providers.
  3. Formulate the Plan
    Using the information gathered in steps 1 and 2 we will formulate an easy to understand plan that can easily be followed even in stressful circumstances.
  4. Test the Plan
    Even the best laid out plans can fall flat when under pressure, so we will work with you key staff members to ensure that they are comfortable with the BCP and can run through scenarios.

Hope you all have a great holiday and we look forward to helping you out in 2013. We will be closed over the Christmas/New Years period but will still be available for any emergencies should they arise.

2013 will bring some exciting changes to Just In Tech as we are moving premises and we will be getting more Techies on board… So watch this space.

Stay safe and have a merry Christmas.

Cheers
Justin

Just In Tech is a Hawkes Bay owned and operated ICT company that provides high quality support and solutions to Hawkes Bay businesses.

We are currently looking for a part time technician to help expand our technical capabilities and provide an excellent service to our customers. This technician will need to have a passion for everything techie and most importantly have a drive to provide awesome customer service.

### Key responsibilities ###

Computer Support
• Client site administration
• Computer/Server Maintenance
• Troubleshooting
• Phone/Remote Support

Networking
• Network design
• Wired and Wireless support
• Connectivity Troubleshooting

Customer Service
• Confident and presentable
• Great communication skills (in-person, phone and written) with a knack to get across techie concepts to not so techie end users
• Excellent time management and organisational skills to ensure that all jobs are completed to a satisfactory level
• Work with and develop relationships with partners and suppliers
• An eye to detail

### Technical Experience & Skills ###

This role will require variety of skills; experience in some or all of the following:
• Microsoft Windows Server 2003 to 2012
• Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 to 2012
• Microsoft Exchange 2003 to 2010 and Office 365
• Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 8
• Microsoft Office 2000 to 2010
• Troubleshooting Microsoft Technologies
• Networking – Switch and Router management
• Managing and integrating mobile devices ( “i” devices, Android and Windows Mobile)
• POS (Point of Sales)

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.

Please apply via trademe: http://www.trademe.co.nz/jobs/it/systems-engineers/listing-544303503.htm