CST Newsletter – Feburary 2017

CST Newsletter – Feburary 2017

CST News

What a long time since I wrote a newsletter – seems we have been so busy that I just have not had time to put pen to paper (do we do that today?).

However, hopefully things are all on an even keel again now and life will march on. It seems ridiculous to be saying that it is now less than eleven months to Christmas. Where has the year gone – already?

Sue and I had a great Christmas break. We went to Christchurch and spent Christmas with Sue’s family – quiet as we all get older. Then off to Kaikoura for a couple of nights. We thought it better to go to Kaikoura and spend money in motels and restaurants rather than just give a donation.

I was blown away at how much had been done – given the shake we thought the roads would be a mess but the road works gangs had obviously worked huge hours and the roads were in remarkable condition given the severity of the shake. Sue and I never felt a quake the whole time we were there (fortunately). We went north via the coast road and came back via the inland route which was more damaged than the coastal route but still amazingly well patched and repaired. Obviously the most apparent feature was the coastal vertical movement. The high tide now is where the low tide used to be. So now the area does smell a bit of rotting seaweed etc but I guess that will disappear over time.

We came home via Waiau and stopped to see a niece who farms at Rotherham. Her old farmstead lost 6 chimneys and had 1000 litres of water spilt from a ceiling tank. Some doors either now will not open or not close but at this stage the difficult bit dealing with insurance companies has yet to come. Once again with amazing local tradespeople, they are at least back in their home with temporary fixes to make it liveable while someone deals with the paperwork.

The other important news is that Brad has resigned and is off to pastures new. We wish him all the best and thank him for all he has done in his three stints working here at CST. We have replaced Brad with a new technician – Craig Screen. Craig is a “semi local” from just over the Southland border but I am sure he will fit in here and get on well with our customers. Craig has a wide knowledge of “things IT” and obviously has the support of the Dunedin team if he needs it. We wish him well for his time with us.



A Sale Item.

We have a  “cheapie” sale item at present:

HP 1102 Laser Printer and toner cartridge.

This laser printer comes with laser reliability and low running costs. Our laser here has been in since we opened in 2002 and has done over 70 000 sheets without missing a beat. This is only black and white but will do so reliably and cheaply.

These retailed for about $140.00 and a 1600 page toner for about $170.00. This one has a minor damage which does not affect printer use and I will sell both a cartridge and the printer for $100.00!



As I Get Older I Realise:

  • I talk to myself because sometimes I need expert advice.
  • Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud.
  • I don’t need anger management, I need people to stop pissing me off.
  • My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance of idiots that needs work.
  • The biggest lie I tell myself is “I don’t need to write that down. I’ll remember it.
  • When I was a child I thought nap time was punishment. Now it’s like a mini vacation.
  • The day the world runs out of wine is just too terrible to think about.
  • Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound.
  • Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the drier for 10 minutes and come out wrinkle free and three sizes smaller.
  • “Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering why I am there.



Computer Security and Small Businesses.

We have had a real rash lately of locals being scammed by fake callers and bogus “technicians” and sales people. I also know of a few local businesses that have had problems with this. This article deals with three simple security tips for small businesses but is easy enough to read to transpose into the home situation.

Please do not be afraid to call me to discuss your home or business security. It is a threat and an ounce of prevention is better than a ton of cure!




Bike Route

Sue hears me get angry often enough with cyclists who seem to think they own the roadway. But this sign might have them a bit confused.



Asus F556U

These are a REALLY good value mid range laptop suitable for business or home use. The one we have in stock in the shop has a traditional hard drive but if a customer wants an SSD we can always get one in. Most other i5 laptops – especially7 of this quality – are at least $100 more expensive.


  • Intel i5 2.3 GHz processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1000 GB Hard Drive
  • Wireless
  • Webcam
  • Windows 10 Home

$1099.00 inc GST



Why We Do Not Sell Refill Ink.

An interesting article from HP about genuine ink compared to after market ink. Make of it what you wish.



Home Is …

Our amazing office admin has a sign in her home which I thought was funny and so much represents today’s world.

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