Important news at CST this month is that Jackie has decided to go to part time and will be replaced by Anri who will work with us on Fridays and other days as needed.
Winter has hit with a vengeance since the last newsletter. The frosts are more like the frosts I remember when we arrived in Balclutha a long time ago! Having said that we have missed the worst of the weather yet again. I see that Tekapo was -11 recently and Dunedin and points north got lots more rain than we did in the recent rain event. It is not so bad when we get a nice day after the frost! Mornings are lighter and evenings drawing out so not all bad.
We have been incredibly busy in Dunedin at ProSouth with a change in business direction and a change in location. ProSouth is moving from a break/fix operation where we fix stuff when it goes wrong to an operation where we take responsibility for the customer’s IT and repair before failure. Amazing software lets us monitor all sorts of processes and events to help us.
Add to that a move from downstairs in the premises on Midland Street to upstairs where there is more room, and the time has been amazingly busy. Hopefully all the changes have improved our service even further and allowed the team to do more.
Have a look at our new web page. I am sure a number of our clients will recognise some of the team – James leads the team. He lived at Kaka Point for a period and his wife worked at Telford, Dave is a local lad I taught at SOHS, David and Gregg have worked here at CST for a period of time. An amazing team working really hard to provide the best deal for our customers.
A Good Second Hand System
We have just taken into stock a number of refurbished computers. These are all ex lease computers which have been thoroughly checked before we buy them. They will be about 4 or 5 years old and perfect for the home user who wants a great machine at a good price. We have also put them into the cowshed environment which is a tough environment anyway – no problems!
HP Elite 8200
- Intel i5 processor
- 8 GB RAM
- 320 GB Hard Drive
- Windows 10 Pro
- Keyboard and mouse
$599.00 inc GST
With the 8 GB RAM in these ones they really fly – amazing performance. If you wanted to improve performance even further, talk to us about supplying and fitting an SSD (see below). We will do this at cost.
Don’t forget we can also get refurbished laptops. If we have not got what you want in stock, ask and we can look at supplier stock while you wait.
Updated Technology – SSD
SSD stands for Solid State Drive. This is the “latest and greatest” technology to replace the hard drive in the computer. This is the thing that stores the data. So when you save a document or picture or piece of music it will be stored permanently on the hard drive or SSD. These work on exactly the same technology as the card in your camera.
The SSD has two major advantages:
- No moving parts so they are really quick at retrieving data – my laptop boots in about 10 seconds! A traditional hard drive could take 40 or 50 seconds to boot.
- No moving parts so less likely to break down.
If you are interested in finding out more, pop in and we can look at prices for you.
- I tried to catch some fog. I mist.
- When chemists die, they barium.
- Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
- I know a guy who is addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
- A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
- How does Moses make is tea? Hebrews it.
- I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Ten it dawnwd on me.
- I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.
- The girl said she recognised me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.
- They told me I had Type A blood but it was a Type O.
- A dyslexic man walked into a bra.
What Happens When You Respond To Spam Email?
Have you watched a Ted Talk? Check this one out. It is about 10 minutes long, but well worth the time. Not all serious.
An Interesting View
We often get into discussion with parents about the role of technology in the classroom and whether kids should be using all the techno stuff out there. I found this article which is worth a read. It is short and sweet but quite thought provoking. It would be great to get some feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel so moved.
Talking Of iPads…
I was visiting my daughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.
“This is the 21st century Dad” she said. “We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, use my iPad”
I can tell you this… that fly never knew what hit him….
Stretch Your IT Budget
This article is aimed at the workplace but the ideas are applicable also to the home situation. This explains why we sell basically only business level equipment – a little more expensive in the short term but a wise investment over a period of time.
- Understand the total cost of ownership (TCO) – Many business owners suffer from sticker shock when contemplating the upfront costs of buying new equipment. Unfortunately, they don’t see how much higher the overall price tag is for holding onto old, outdated machines when you factor in maintenance, resale value, and energy consumption.
And, don’t think that buying cheaper equipment is necessarily better for your wallet. While consumer PCs and printers may take a smaller initial bite out of your budget, they don’t offer the same robustness or security standards that make business equipment worth every extra penny. I tell people frequently of my little HP Laser printer – bought in 2002 when we set up the business, now done 72000 pages and not been off the shelf.
- New vs. nearly new – While investing in new technology can mean a big difference in maintenance and energy costs, it doesn’t mean you have to pay the inflated price of driving it straight off the lot. The constant overturn of new technology forces many companies to sell off their slightly used equipment at steep discounts. That means there are great deals to be found in refurbished equipment — much of which comes with warranties or return policies.
- Go green, save green – “Going green” may seem like a new-age buzzword that has little ROI or true business value, but that’s not the whole truth. Some green initiatives not only reduce your impact on the environment, but can also positively impact your budget.
Save trees and printing costs by moving paper forms online, which will also allow you to share documents and information easily between co-workers. Or invest in ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment that uses HP Instant-on technology to cut your energy bill and put less of a strain on the power grid.
- Take advertising into your own hands – One of the major benefits of the digital revolution is the democratization of information publishing. No longer do you have to spend millions of dollars for traditional advertising. With a little creativity, you can use simple technologies such as a corporate blog and YouTube to create word-of-mouth marketing and open up room in your budget.
Don’t think you have time to self-advertise? Of course you do. Just use your smartphone or tablet to update Twitter or Facebook feeds on the fly.
- Support – Do not forget that we are the HP Support agents for Otago. This means that we can help and lead you through the entire process. Our staff have an extra knowledge of HP gear and the full support of the HP team. No-one in Otago will have better access to the HP system than us.
For more information
HP Products Pic
Some Stunning Night Photos
Some heavy duty stuff in this newsletter so I will finish with something a little less taxing. Well worth a look.
There is a link at the bottom of this page to his own portfolio – also worth a look.
One More To Get You Thinking.