Microsoft tones down Windows 10 upgrade prompt following ‘user feedback’

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Yesterday (28th June), Microsoft announced that due to ‘user feedback’ it was updating it’s much maligned Windows 10 upgrade prompt. The new design will feature clearer options to either upgrade now, schedule a time to upgrade or decline the free offer entirely. This is a response to criticism from users that the old prompt behaved differently to long established windows … Read More

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ends Soon

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As you may be aware the Free Windows 10 Upgrade will end on 29th July 2016. Once this ends the approximate cost of the Windows 10 software will be around £170.00. If you have any questions, please feel free to give call us on 01293 562 700.

AI & Android Considerations – Who Cares?

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It has long been an accepted tenet that most important IT developments (not simply academic ideas, important though they are) have been led by the oldest twin drivers of our human civilization – war and sax(ophone)**. The former driver of course is represented by the ‘military-industrial complex’ and targets the key military requirements from each service of carrying, searching, guarding, … Read More

Do Not Pass ‘Go’ – AI Considerations

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You would all have seen the recent news items which followed the world championship “Go” contest in South Korea, won – for the first time ever – by an AI system vs a human Grand Master. This is significant as ‘Go’ is pretty much to chess in complexity what chess is to checkers…and so I thought it time to add my own observations. As the science and technology of AI develops, smart artefacts are increasingly being deployed and their widespread deployment will have profound ethical, psychological, social, economic, and legal consequences for human society and our planet. Here we can only raise, and skim the surface of, some of these issues – but as builders, as well as citizens, it is our duty to think on and act responsibly.

How to stop Windows 10 Automatic Upgrades

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Upgrading to Windows 10 can be of benefit to a lot of people. However, if you are running a small network with various bits of 3rd party software you may not want the upgrade to take place. Microsoft have created a small program that now sits in the Taskbar (see above image) asking you to upgrade and it is this … Read More

Tech Roundup 19th February 2016

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Adobe pulls update that deletes unrelated files without warning https://t.co/9ZTgkS89Yn — Optima Systems (@OptimaSystemsuk) February 15, 2016 Jay says: ‘Be careful when updating Adobe on a Mac as it may delete unrelated files without permission.’ How to get more life from your laptop or tablet battery https://t.co/HbOfWTo6JF Jay says: ‘There are many ways of saving battery life on your mobile … Read More

Tech Roundup 12th February 2016

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Dell’s new BIOS security tool makes its laptops harder to hack https://t.co/GRhSaeTx4b — Optima Systems (@OptimaSystemsuk) February 8, 2016 James says: ‘Dell’s new BIOS security tool is a handy new feature that will prevent ‘root kit’ virus’s from gaining control of your BIOS. This is the part of the computer you see before Windows starts up so protecting this is … Read More

Tech Roundup 5th February 2016

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Microsoft starts downloading Windows 10 automatically through Windows Update https://t.co/v0y1onKLzZ — Optima Systems (@OptimaSystemsuk) February 3, 2016 Sam says: ‘Automatic updates to start downloading Windows 10 for you seems like it could upset a lot of people wishing to remain on Windows 7 or 8. My advice would be if you aren’t too opposed to trying out something new, give … Read More

How do you merge Google Calendars?

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As a regular user (and I’m not afraid to say a fan of) Google Calendar, I thought that I knew a lot about what features it could offer. I was wrong. It seemed that there was one extremely helpful feature that eluded me and that was calendar merging. The question was, how can we combine this public calendar with our … Read More

Tech Roundup 29th Jan 2016

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Microsoft is working hard on Edge browser – and wants your feedback https://t.co/nAPP1sqFQ8 Jay says: ‘If you ask any group of people that use a computer their thoughts on Internet Explorer you are almost guaranteed a mixed bunch of answers full of controversial justifications and heated loyalty to their browser of choice. Your browser is often your most used software … Read More

Tech Roundup 22nd Jan 2016

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Comment from Sam, story via Techradar. Comment from Jay, story via Techradar.. Comment from Jay, story via Techradar. Friday 22nd January is national hug day, so to honour this we have this story from The Independent. Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week #NationalHugDay https://t.co/rAXLhcStdi

Windows PC in a Stick

Jay HineTechnology

If you are someone who gives training or demos to either existing or potential clients have a look at this neat bit of kit. This is basically a complete PC in a stick. It has a Windows operating system, Bluetooth for a Keyboard and Mouse and a Wi-Fi connector to attach to either a client’s Wi-Fi or your own HotSpot … Read More

Windows 10 free upgrade ends on 29th July 2016

Jay HineTechnology

Windows 10 arrived on July 29th 2015. Reception has generally been very good and certainly more positive than for the release of Windows 8. To encourage adoption, Microsoft have been offering a free upgrade to users with devices running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. he free upgrade period ends on 29th July 2016 and after that getting Windows 10 will … Read More

Our experience moving to Microsoft Office 365

Jay HineTechnology

During last month Optima Systems moved away from our locally installed Exchange Server and migrated to Microsoft Office 365. We went for the full version which gave us not only “Hosted Exchange” but also the newest version of Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.). So when Office 2016 was released a couple of weeks ago we were able to download and … Read More

To SSD or not to SSD

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SSD stands for a “Solid State Drive” – it’s the same technology as found in an iPod or USB memory stick, it allows very fast boot-up as the disk doesn’t spin and programs load almost instantly. It’s light and durable but most importantly it’s blazingly fast. In fact in some cases up to 12 times faster than a conventional hard … Read More