CST Newsletter March 2017

CST Newsletter March 2017

CST News

A big thank you to Craig. He has had a good period with us and is settling into the job well. I hope he is enjoying it! Our customers enjoy Craig’s easy manner and broad knowledge of the problems he deals with each day.

We have been really busy. I normally try to get the newsletter written a few days before publication on the 15th of the month. However, the 15th has rolled around and today I just make a start!

Sue and I had a trip to Christchurch over the weekend for a family wedding – a really pleasant occasion and good to catch up with family again. A long drive home in the rain on Sunday – turned the wipers on as we left Sunday morning and turned them off when we pulled into the garage in Clutha. But interesting to see the blackened Port Hills not too far away. It must have been an incredibly scary time. I am certain that we sometimes do not think how lucky we are in South Otago – no droughts, no fires, no earthquakes, super people and the list goes on.

I must be getting old – I find I am losing patience with those amongst us who continually slag off New Zealand and its people. We live in a fantastic part of the world and should cherish every day here. It really is godzone – South Otago especially (though I might not be saying that in a couple of months as winter bites!)

New Laptop

We have a new laptop available which is a really good deal.

Asus A541UA            $999.00 inc GST

  • Intel i5-6200 CPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 TB hard drive
  • 15.6” screen
  • Windows 10 Pro

1 year global warranty

We will add a bag to this deal too to sweeten it even further. Where else can you get an i5 of this quality with Windows Pro for this money? This would be suitable to use a work machine if required.

Twenty One-Liners That Are Pretty Good


  1. I threw a boomerang a few years ago. I now live in constant fear.
  2. You don’t need a parachute to go skydiving. You need a parachute to go skydiving twice
  3. What do you call a cheap circumcision? A rip-off
  4. My teacher accused me of plagiarism. His words, not mine.
  5. What do you get when you cross the Atlantic with the Titanic? About half way.
  6. A man in New York gets stabbed every 52 seconds. Poor bastard..
  7. I, for one, like Roman numerals.
  8. Why does a chicken coop have two doors? Because if it had four doors it would be a chicken sedan.
  9. Working in a mirror factory is something I can totally see myself doing.
  10. There is no “i” in denial
  11. I broke my finger last week. On the other hand, I’m okay.
  12. You’re not completely useless, you can always serve as a bad example.
  13. What’s the difference between a well-dressed man on a bike and a poorly dressed man on a unicycle?     Attire.
  14. You can never lose a homing pigeon – if your homing pigeon doesn’t come back, what you’ve lost is a pigeon.
  15. How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints.
  16. I didn’t believe my dad was a construction site thief until I got home. All the signs were there.
  17. And the Lord said come forth and receive eternal life. But John came fifth and won a toaster.
  18. I have a stepladder, because my real ladder left when I was a kid.
  19. Why are deer nuts better than beer nuts? Beer nuts cost $1.50 but deer nuts are under a buck.
  20. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Neither, the rooster did.

Improve Your WiFi Access – 5 Easy Tips

An easy to follow simple movie to help you improve wifi access.

Employing Staff

We have just been through a process employing staff – suddenly a number moved off at once and so the process has been well tested. We have been lucky with the staff we have employed but I thought this advert was great.

Time To Put In A Self-Interest Item

The computer swallowed Grandma,
Yes, honestly  it’s true!
She pressed ‘control and ‘enter’
And disappeared from view.
It devoured her completely,
The thought just makes  me squirm.
She must have caught a virus
Or been eaten by a worm.
I’ve searched through the recycle bin
And files of every  kind;
I’ve even used the Internet,
But nothing did I  find.
In desperation, I asked Mr. Google
My searches to refine.
The reply from him was negative,
Not a thing was found  ‘online.’
So, if inside your ‘Inbox,’
My Grandma you should see,
Please ‘Copy, Scan’ and ‘Paste’ her,
And send her back to me.

This is a tribute to all the Grandmas & Grandpas, Nannas & Pops, who have been fearless and learned to use the Computer………
They are the greatest!!!

We do not stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing …

NEVER Be The First To Get Old!

Buying a Business Laptop

This article is about buying a business laptop but much can be translated into just buying a laptop. It also explains why we sell mostly only a couple of brands. We can get others but for a variety of reasons, prefer not to sell other brands. On the basis of experience we have stuck largely with HP and/or Asus.

With laptop prices reaching all-time lows, it’s easy for businesses to take the cheaper option by purchasing a number of streamlined, consumer notebooks, rather than notebooks that are built for business. Choosing the right notebook for your business could mean the difference between success and failure. Here are some of the essential features to look for—and questions you should ask—when purchasing a business notebook.

Spend your money wisely

Cost is always an issue when purchasing new technology, and that’s especially true with notebooks and their variety of features and add-ons. While the final cost of your new notebook should always be a deciding factor, it’s important to first take the time to see what you’re getting for your money. Because there isn’t a specific price range that ensures you’re getting the right notebook for your business, know what features you need and what features you can live without.

Don’t strain yourself

Depending on the size of the screen, notebooks can become quite heavy and cumbersome to carry around. If you’re using your notebook as a desktop replacement in your office, size and weight probably won’t matter, but it’s a different story if you’re a business traveller. As notebooks become thinner and lighter—without sacrificing quality, screen size or performance—road warriors now have choices that won’t break your back.

Have the power

Most notebooks have the capability to handle everyday business tasks like document creation and email, but what about more intensive tasks like audio and video presentations? When it comes to RAM, the right amount of memory will determine how many programs you can work on at once without slowing down your computer. As a general rule, 4 GB of RAM is most likely all you’ll need to handle multiple programs simultaneously.

Keep on running

When working for long periods of time without downtime is important, it all comes down to battery life. Most business notebooks come with a variety of battery options, so the more “cells” (4-cell, 6-cell, etc.) you buy, the longer your battery will last. But keep in mind: the bigger the battery, the more weight that’s added to your notebook. However, being able to run your notebook for a long period of time without a power cord could be worth the added weight.

Store more

You’ll be surprised by how quickly your hard drive fills up with videos, multimedia presentations, and photos, so a spacious hard drive is always a good idea. You typically have two types of storage to choose from: Solid State Drives (SSDs) and optical drives. SSDs don’t have any moving parts, making them more durable and better suited for the road, but their storage capacities aren’t as large as optical drives, and they’re more expensive. A 250 GB hard drive should be enough for most people, but you can certainly buy more for a minimal cost.

Don’t forget about the other options

Do you do a lot of work in spreadsheets or work with a lot of numbers? Many notebooks come with a 10-key number pad feature than can save you a lot of time, but keep in mind that it does make the rest of the keyboard a little smaller. Another good feature to look for or add is an HDMI output. This allows for greater video quality over the standard VGA port, making your presentations look even better.

Businesses are expected to keep up with the increasing demand to be able to work—quickly and efficiently—no matter where your “office” may be. Choosing the right notebook and features will help you meet those demands.

The Cloud

I am sure we have all heard of “the cloud” now – most will have some difficulty getting their heads around what the cloud actually is. This little article – though aimed at businesses – should make the cloud seem a slightly less fearful place. Well worth a read.


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