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About 10 million Australians can now finally get Starlink. What the rest are hoping is that it will shake up NBN. Currently, many cannot get NBN. Of those that have it, about a quarter of NBN users report having poor connections. 

I often hear from my colleagues and clients horror stories about their current internet. Here is one I got today.

"My performance and reliability were both better on ADSL 2 than they are on NBN.

Last year, when schools were closed for COVID for a couple of weeks, our town's NBN went down every day. It got to the point the schoolteachers were dropping work off at each student's house in the morning and collecting it in the afternoon.

It turned out they were doing upgrades to the tower, although no one could tell us that until they finished. And when did they pick to do it? 9-5, Monday to Friday, in the first two weeks back after school holidays, when every school kid was going to need it for school. Don't know what *work* they were doing because it didn't improve anything once it was finished."

What really hurt was the former ISP using dial-up days, used to run a regional ISP that never cut off the service entirely for hours on end during business hours. They used to do his planned maintenance, from midnight to 5 am. They also had backup systems in place.

So no wonder some of our clients are already signed up to Starlink. One has told me that he cannot wait to get it. If it goes according to plan, we will soon be testing our cloud system over Starlink.

Based on Starlink's specifications, I would not suggest that anyone try to run a non-cloud POS system on it. The big problem is that the service is non-continuous. From what I can see there, it fails up to a few times a day. Yet, while it works, the specs are very impressive. Users report 150 Mbps to 250 Mbps with about 20 minutes of outages a day, with speeds now promised to go up to 300Mbps. This is the perfect scenario for our cloud system.  

We cannot wait to test it. 

 

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There is a tremendous increase in computer hardware sold. We have been moving heaps. Here above are some pictures of yesterday.

The big problem is the troubled supply line because of COVID. 

This is partly because of the increase in the tax concessions for computer hardware now available. So now accountants are advising their clients to buy as they can write off more. You can probably writeoff a lot of money now. 

It is also because new computers are much better than the previous ones. Some of the new AMD ryzen and Intel chips are a qualitative leap in technology. We see a 50% increase in raw speed on benchmarking. This is together with their dramatic price decrease. In a typical retail system, upgrading one computer, the server can increase the systems speed. So if you get one computer, make the old server a new cash register, and you have a more extensive and faster computer system.  

Also what people are doing is moving from the older hard drives to the newer hard drives here that are much faster. It is a low-cost way of increasing your speed.

It is also because of COVID. The lockdowns have forced people to see that they need more than a mobile to meet their technology needs. For example, if you need a home office,  you need a proper computer, large screens and webcams for zoom and printers at home. 

As I said, the biggest problem is the import complications of getting computer hardware into the country. So we have many people just waiting for gear.

If you want to know more give us a call.

 

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Fortunately, most of our users took our advice and have set Windows 10 to delay its upgrade by a few days. This is to give Microsoft time to work out the various glitches in its updates.

Some of those that have not have found the latest update has been affecting some computers connections to specific printers. This has resulted in system crashes.

If you are affected, please contact us as we have a fix for our printers.

Your other alternative is to remove the update and wait till the okay from Microsoft come.  The problem here is that this update includes some critical security patches, which you should have. Knowing Microsoft, there can be a month delay before the fix arrives.

 

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If you wanted to increase your computer speeds, these M2 SSD hard drives were the answer. Unfortunately, until relatively recently, these were not an option. Few were available and very expensive.  Yet, this has changed. Prices have dropped, and supply has gone up.

Here is a speed test.

Based on this, you are looking at a 25 times increase compared to your existing HDD hard drive. If you have an SSD drive, then you can see here a five times increase. 

Here are some more benefits.

- What I particularly notice is that they are so much quieter as they produce no noise. The constant background noise of a computer, I find it very annoying.

- They should last longer than traditional mechanical hard drives as they have no moving parts.

-Less cable inside as it has no power cables and no data cables.

-It is smaller, so you get better use of space.

Replacing your hard drive will give you a massive performance boost to your PC. It’ll be like having a brand new computer.

Interested let us know.

 

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Most mobile in their payment solutions has a section where a person can add a loyalty barcode. Why should I carry ten plus different loyalty cards when I can use this section. Retailers know this, so now they are moving away from plastic retail loyalty cards and going digital.  The added benefit is that they save money on plastic cards.

To do this, you need a 2D Imager Barcode Scanners to scan barcodes on mobile devices. While laser scanners' low price point is now attractive, do not buy these scanners if you intend to scan a barcode off of a mobile phone screen as they cannot scan the mobile screen. This is because these scanners emit light, and then they check the reflected light. The problem is that modern mobile screens today have anti-reflection technology to prevent glare so the laser scanner cannot read the reflected light.  

For this reason, we now recommend 2D imaging barcode scanners.

 

 

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These new receipt printers look stylish. Something important but often overlooked as they are often on the front counter as they view the public. 

I liked that they have a warning with an alarm and/or flashing light signal if the receipt is not picked up. This function would be useful for many, e.g. packing in a storeroom or a kitchen in a restaurant. 

Another cool function is that it has a memory, and if you lose the last receipt, e.g. paper jam, it can reprint it.

They are also fast.

 

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Usage in Windows 7 has been dramatically falling as such Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7.

Windows desktop over time

 

For many left on it, what now?

The immediate problem is that Microsoft will no longer produce updates for Windows 7. That means you'll be cut off from security updates, which puts you at greater risk.  Suppliers of hardware and software will soon drop Windows 10 like I did Windows XP. Some have no choice as Windows 7 is no longer considered secure.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Windows Version Market Share

As you can see in Australia, it has dropped from almost 72% in 2010 to 9% usage today. That 9% cannot pay for much, which is the Microsoft problem here. Some like a competitor are now telling its Windows 7 users that they plan an increase in support fees for them.

We have been urging our clients to move to Windows 10! 

Note if you are on a DOS system, we recommend you do not move.

If you are thinking of updating, then please give us a call.

 

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While I was looking at the new generation of scales that are coming out, I noticed quite a few improvements.

-Touch displays are standard 

-Displays are now colour standard, they make the customer display look quite stunning.

-Face recognization camera included

-Fingerprinter scanners are available as an extra.

Let us know if you are interested.

 

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Despite everyone going on, Moore's law has peaked, and computers are not getting much faster; well I beg to differ. People want speed. Look at this machine speed specs—our latest servers.

Computer fan

 

Passmark speed

 

It ranks in the top 82% of computers.

Passmark speed

This computer can copy a full movie in half a second. To get that speed, we had to replace the cables with cat8. These have to be the most powerful computers in our marketplace.

 

Cat8 cables

 

If you want some comparison, these servers look at the Mendel range we were selling about a year ago.  

 

Passmark speed

Speed is double. Disk mark is seven times faster.

This is the machine to beat!

 

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Today, your monitor and computer come with a large number of settings. These can tweak your screen to make it look better for you. Many of these controls are standard such as brightness, contrast and colour. Many are quite advanced, and even experts have trouble understanding them.

So I get this question a lot, how to improve the screen.

As a rule, its the contrast that been set too high. Your monitor should not act as a light if it is then it is too high. If you look at it too long, it will hurt your eyes, so turn it down.

If I need more, what I find is that generally, the windows functions adequate, in Windows 10, you will find them in

Select Start > Settings > System > Display

If I want to go deeper, what works for me is to load on the screen a high-quality B/W image and then play with the setting. When I am happy with the B/W image, then I will put a colour image on the screen and check it out with that.

If you want to see a decent discussion on what to do, I recommend this video.

 

 

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