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Today touchscreens are now pretty much everywhere.

They help us interact with our computer more naturally with our fingers making them easier to use. After all, it is more natural to press the highlighted buttons on the computer. They also speed up tasks. You don't have to take their eyes off the screen and keyboard. This makes it faster to use.

I find the new models have one point: that it is no longer necessary to find vendor software to calibrate them. Today they now tend to use the native Windows utility; this was always a real headache. We had to keep a library of vendor disks in our software library in case some user had lost their driver disks and needed their monitors calibrated.

As Android moves more into Windows, we can expect to see the integration of touch screens into your computer increase.

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Let us start with this:

Move your router.

Often this is the quickest and easiest.

It should be high up and in a place where you can directly see your router. There should be nothing blocking the signal, e.g. metal, glass, concrete etc.

Electrical equipment can also interfere. Keep the router from industrial equipment, lifts, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc. A sign that this is the trouble is when the Wi-Fi works, fails and then works.

Move the router to a spot and test again till you find a good place where it is not an eyesore.

If your Wi-Fi in the shop is still slow, here are some more tips to try first, but we are getting technical.

Now find out what channel you use for Wi-Fi. Typically it is 2.4 GHz, but some technicians, as I do, often set it to 5 GHz. There is no right or wrong here, sometimes 2.4 is better, and sometimes 5 is the way to go.

Once you have this, get an app Wi-Fi Analyzer here.

Now select the appropriate option 2.4 or 5 in the Wi-Fi Channels

Now check the strength of the signal in the places where you use the Wi-Fi. Wait and look, you need a signal better than -80 dBm. Aim for at least -60 dBm. Anything less than that is considered unreliable.

If you can try to reposition the router to a better spot.

Still need more ideas.

Now on the Wi-Fi Channel check whether your neighbours’ Wi-Fi Networks are many. They may be interfering. This is why in shopping centres, people often have trouble. If you see many networks, try seeing the situation on 2.4 or 5.

If that is better, consider switching channels.

Still, need more speed?

Upgrade the firmware of the router.

It’s always a good idea to check for the latest firmware anyway. Talk to whoever you got the router first about how to do this. While you are at it, check your security settings. On some cheap routers, technicians often reduce the security settings to speed it up. Today a router should always be at strong security. If your router needs a reduction in security to get a decent speed, I suggest getting a new router.

Let me know if you need to know more.

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Unfortunately, Windows updates are two steps forward and one step backwards. They do come with good features and improved security, but every now, they break things.

As we have seen in the latest Windows update, some of our clients reported that their printing has stopped working. It turned out that the newest window updated caused problems with the network. After research, we found the fix was uninstalling fix KB5006670. Once done, our client could now print.

Now, if you are like me, you prefer others to test the latest Windows updates. This gives time for the bugs to be squashed and tweaks set correctly, so what you do is delay those updates.

How to pause Windows Updates:

To do this, open the Windows Settings app and select

Update & Security > Windows Update.

There you will find a "Pause updates for 7 days" button. (See above the option highlighted with a green arrow.)

Activate that!!

Also, another tip, try to do Window updates only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. This means that if something goes wrong, you can contact your computer technicians.

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Since this pandemic hit us, we all have been using video conferencing with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, etc., for work, study, and social interaction.

Some of these meetings are pretty important to us, so often we want a record of the meeting. I often want a copy just to review some details.

Now, most video conferencing systems allow the organisers to take a recording. Often but not always do the organisers notify everyone that such a recording is taking place.

I have noticed that large organisations, lawyers, etc. do this all the time to cover themselves just in case even if they do not tell you they are doing this.

It can also be convenient to record. For example, I had a heated discussion with a supplier on Zoom. I pressed record. She then demanded no recording. In the end, though we decided to record the final conclusion that we had both agreed to a settlement term and what the resolution that was agreed.

Now the problem is that you, the participant, often cannot make a recording only the organiser. 

Now what I am going to show you is how to make a recording.  

If you do this secretly without telling everyone in the meeting, review your legal situation over these recordings. I cannot answer that as I am not a lawyer. So use common sense!

Several free software programs do this, but they all essentially work similarly.

  1. You run the screen recorder on your computer,
  2. Join or start a Zoom meeting.
  3. Then click on the "Record Screen" and "Microphone" buttons to adjust the recording area and audio sources.
  4. Once done, click end and review your Video.

 

For most people the quickest method is already inbuilt into your Windows (if you use Win 10 or Win 11). Use the Game Bar, built-in Windows 10, here is a video explaining it.

A better way to do it or if you do not have Win10 on that computer is to use OBS Studio.

Note if you are going to do this, please do a few practice runs first. Like many things, it is not hard after you get used to it.

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Today, Amazon held its annual display for its coming new products. A few items excited me.

One item I thought would start a revolution in shop security.

It is a robot that, among other things, can do security work and perform automated security patrols of the shop.

- My first thought was how many times did I have to go to the shop after hours because Mum or my sister suddenly became nervous that they had forgotten to lock the shop up? With its periscope camera, it can go high enough to allow you to check the door's lock remotely.

- How often do alarms go off for no reason? Usually, there is a reason, but there is no way of knowing the reason after a few minutes. The raccoon in the video below is a case in point.

- Most thieves today at night are smashing and grabbing. They know from when the alarm goes that they have so many minutes before the police arrive. If such a robot were present, they would know that the storekeeper could get instant monitoring.

- Often, the security guard is a risk. Unfortunately, this happened to one of my clients in a shopping centre where people could reach given time into the shop's front window with a stretch where stock is on display. Stuff went missing overnight, and no one knows who took it. Since there is only security guards present in that period.....

Here is a video of what it can do!

Having a robot that can run up and down the shop carrying something would be handy too. 

I would love to get one to try out!

 

 

 

 

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Some people do not switch off their POS System computers. They run them 24/7.

In my opinion, this is not a good practice.

We recommend that you turn off your computer at least once a week.

In this way, windows can clean up open files, remove temporary files, and update itself. It will also get rid of many problems, For example, a memory leak or unused active network connection.

 

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It is expected that Windows 11 will be released shortly on 5 October. Many of you will be given an automatic update and if you do not act will be upgraded.

I hope you listened to us and have not brought a computer recently that cannot run Win11. If so, all you have got is a dinosaur. 

You can find out whether your computer is eligible for a free upgrade here.

See at the green arrow why this computer above cannot run it.

While you can hack these requirements, there are risks. Some computers have been kicked out of Win11 after a while. 

Current status.

We have tested preview editions of Win11 with our software, and several of our users have adopted it. We all have found issues. Not surprisingly, every site has different problems. 

As a punt, I would say that over half the systems with Win11 have had to go back to Win10. Several of the others have had weird problems. 

The major ones appear to be the start menu. In many systems, it goes crazy. We have no workaround for this, so we are reverting these sites to Win10. 

Also, we find that Windows Defender is turned off in many systems in Win11. So computers are running with no virus protection. This can be fixed by reactivating it. This is something else after updating you need to consider.

Also, the Microsoft Teams program is suddenly appearing on a site. This forces people to stop in the middle of what they are doing and deal with this program! We find this Microsoft Teams program horrible. We used it before and found it unlike Zoom or Google Meet unstable so no one wants to use it, but it keeps demanding that we use it.  We have no workaround yet for this.  

Now we are not sure what is the situation is with your other POS equipment. We expect that many will not work with Win11, but we cannot say for sure. So far, every major Windows update in this respect has caused such problems. This has resulted in people throwing out excellent equipment as they are no longer compatible with the new windows. So you are warned, go to Win11. You may need to buy new equipment. 

Our advice is to consider Win7 when it took a while to work out, so we suggest that you wait till it is ironed out. 

If you want to knockout Win11, see here

Also, the function that everyone is waiting on is that your computer with run Android will not be available. This is something that we really want to include in our software.

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Hi Bernard
SO, I am currently operating on windows 10
How do I ensure that windows 11 will not automatically update my computer given that I still want to receive updates for windows 10
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Upgrading to Windows 11 is optional

Microsoft has stated that will be an optional upgrade. So if you want to stay on Windows 10, you can so you will be asked whether you want to upgrade to Win11. Say NO for now.

Having said that once the full version of Win11 is out and we have tested it for posbrowser and seen that it all checks out, we would recommend that you upgrade.

One thing to keep in mind with this is that Windows 10 has an end-of-support date and that’s October 14th, 2025. After that date, Microsoft won’t release any more security patches for Windows 10, so you’ll be more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

 

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Counting scales

Counting coins, screws, componentry, pills, and other items can be a real pain for many of you. So what is a real timesaver is the counting functions available with the new weighing scales. Imagine trying to count these items in this video. Without such scales, I doubt you could sell items like this successfully. 

 

Now you are going to find using such scales is so much better than counting by hand. It will open up many new products for you.

Note a common problem with scales.

My advice with scales is to overbuy. It's false economy to restrict yourself to what you think you need. Invariably, you will need more than what you believe, you will not be sorry if you get slightly bigger.

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Everyone wants to supercharge their data entry. For this reason, we provide many windows shortcuts to speed up data entry.

These keyboard shortcuts can provide you with some real-time savings.

Go to the data entry point, enter many characters, cover them with the cursor, and press Ctrl+C on the keyboard. This will copy what you have covered in memory. Now press the space bar a few times. Then press Ctrl+V. This will paste what you put in memory. If you need to repeat what you have written many times, this can save time.

If you make a mistake, don’t worry. Would you please press Ctrl+Z on your keyboard? It is the undo. By selecting Ctrl+Z, you roll back your last operation. This can be a real saviour.

Another shortcut I often use in our software is Win+D. This minimizes all your open windows. This allows me to deal with some things else on the computer immediately. Now press Win+D again, pretty nifty, huh.

Another one that I like to use if I have to leave a computer quickly and I have security concerns is Win+L.

Try to get used to using these shortcuts because they are a real timesaver so we have done a lot of work to make sure they work in your POS software.

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People try very hard to make the shop look good. To fit into this image, few people today want an old computer on the front counter. It is a bad look and gives your business the wrong impression.


So for a little more, people are buying cool computers like this for the shop. It comes with flashing lights too.


Its also a trend I have noticed for home computers too, more and more people want computers that not only are good but look fabulous too

 

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