Good office ergonomics

Recently a friend of mine developed repetitive strain injury.  His work of developing written language for a people group in Cambodia requires extensive use of a computer keyboard.  This constant keyboard work exacerbates his injury & requires significant changes to resolve it.  Like most things in life, prevention is better than cure. What are the […]

Creating more secure passwords

Strong passwords are usually at least eight characters, include a combination of letters, numbers, & symbols and is easy for you to remember, but difficult for others to guess.  The easiest way to create a strong password that you won’t have to write down is to come up with a passphrase.  A passphrase is a […]

Policies that can protect your organization from Viruses, Worms & Internet Scams

Viruses & Worms are small but destructive programs that are commonly spread by e-mail. They come in the form of cleverly disguised attachments to messages that trick unsuspecting users into clicking on them. Once installed, viruses infect programs & files and can destroy your data. They can self-replicate across your network & spread by e-mailing […]

Handy Keyboard Shortcuts

  Keys Action F2 Rename F3 Find F5 Refresh F6 Switch between panes in Windows Explorer ALT+ENTER Properties CTRL+X, C, or V Cut, Copy, or Paste CTRL+Z Undo CTRL+A Select All CTRL+drag a file or folder Copy a file or folder to new location CTRL+SHIFT+drag a file to the desktop or folder Create a shortcut

Future Trends in IT; Virtualization

Virtualization is a technology that has been around for years, but it’s application is now filtering down to the everyday computer user. It is the creation of a virtual, rather than actual, version of something, such as an desktop computer, a server, a storage device or network resources. By creating a virtual environment we can […]

Future Trends in IT; Hosted Services

Hosted Services seems to be a concept that is starting to come to the fore. Rather than purchase the software & hardware outright, you “rent” the service from someone else. In certain circumstances, particularly organizations with small to medium networks, it can be very cost effective. Hosted services include technologies such as hosted anti-virus & […]

Two Monitors are better are One!

Gone are the days when a computer monitor the size of a large microwave sat on your desk. Today, flat screens are the product of choice. Because they have a much smaller footprint, options become available that we may have never considered before. Extra large monitors (which can be expensive), or even two computer monitors […]

Batch renaming files

When you download files from a scanner, digital camera, or other peripheral device, they often have meaningless names. You can rename several similar files at once with the following procedure. Open the folder containing files that you want to rename. Select the files you want to rename. If the files you want are not adjacent […]

Save your work early & often

Many of us create a new document, spend considerable time & effort updating it, but only save our work at the very end. A system crash or other computer problem can render our hours of work lost forever. A simple trick employed by the pro’s is to save your work early & often. As soon […]

Consider creating a Standard Operating Environment

A Standard Operating Environment (SOE) specifies the software that is to be consistently used on all computers within an organisation. It is common practice for large organizations to use a SOE because it reduces their total cost of setting up, managing & supporting their computer infrastructure. An SOE simplifies technical support by minimising the number […]