Computer running slow? Upgrade it today!

Is you computer running slow?

Perhaps you’ve run out of storage space?

Time for an upgrade!

One of the big issues with how we use computers these days is that they start running slow, sometimes within weeks of purchase!

Generally it is either because the spec of the computer wasn’t right in the first place, or you have ran out of resources.
Normally you have run out available memory due to the programs you are running. Or you have filled your hard drive with all your pictures and videos.

Simple answer and relatively inexpensive solution is to have your system upgraded, so some more memory added, or your hard drive changed to a much bigger one. With the Hard drive we can even clone the old hard drive so your system will be exactly as it was before the hard drive change.

Even better this week until 12th June we are giving you a 10% rebate on the total charge of the upgrade.

Call 01752 546967 or visit http://limbtec.co.uk/it-services/hardware/upgrades  for more details.

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Happy Birthday to us!!

Today Limbtec is 12 years old, so we thought it would be good to see what was happening in 2002 when we started.

Operating Systems

Let’s start with Windows XP, when we started a new computing experience had just hit the streets, it was Windows XP, and it has lived as long as we have as a company.  Having said that most of our customers were still using

  • Windows 98
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT 4
We also had a few installs of Windows 95, and I do remembers looking at a Windows 3.11 system at some point, along with these we have also seen
Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
along with server 2003, 2008, 2012
This is without mentioning the work we have done on Mac both OS X, and it predecessor, and the few Linux/Unix issues we have dealt with.
Internet Connectivity

ADSL had really only just come out with blistering fast 2MB connections, although a lot of customers were dialing up (YES Really) on 56K connections, or maybe if they were a little posh might have an ISDN connection.  Currently sitting here on a FTTC connection at 76MB, having said that we also do far more online, not just with social media, but almost everything we do is reliant on an internet connection.
Storage
Servers had 10Gb or so of storage, and these we were replacing with servers with 40Gb of storage, now even the smallest of small business have 1TB of storage available to them, and probably even more than this
Although even small businesses had an advantage to having a Small Business Server, now a lot of these customers are using Office 365 and a nice fanless NAS box for on site document storage.
Backup of these were done by tape, DDS 4 or smaller, now for a lot of people the backup is done online into the cloud, and if it is an onsite storage it will more than likely be on to external drives.
Screen’s
Almost everyone had a crt screen (about 15″) sat on their desks, then LCD screens still around 15″, now we put out mostly 19 -21″ as standard and a lot of customers buying 24″ +.  Also seen the introduction of touch screens, which now with Windows 8 offers a new way of doing some tasks.
We have also said goodbye, to the floppy drive, and starting to see end of optical drives specially in mobile devices. Processors have become much faster, and with multiple cores, and memory, well that now comes in amounts never even dreamed of 12 years ago.
Now just wondering what the business IT environment will be in 12 years time?
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Hard drives & Data

already into February, I wonder just where the days disappear to!

Thought it might be worth warning about Hard drives, and data backups.

! think that is happening a lot is people a keeping there computers going for as long as possible, personally I think there are 2 reasons for this, firstly they are more powerful than most people need them to be, secondly we are currently in austere times.

Most hard drives have a service life of around 5 years. The problem is that it is not a guarantee the drive will run to 5 years.

Which bring us back to the great subject of Data backup. I am a great fan of backing up on line. it is easy to do, and easy to test. Also your data is stored somewhere else, so if something bad does happen to the building you are in, your data will still be safe.

I just mentioned ‘test’ now a lot of users, and businesses DO NOT TEST the back up file, or individual items in that back.

We recently recovered a laptop, (4-5 years old) who’s hard drive started failing, the owner was writ ting a book, it was nearly finished, he had not backed it up for a few weeks, and yes you can guess what has happened, the 1 item no longer available was the folder and any useful data from it.

so my top tip is regardless of how old your computer is, back up your data, the older the computer is the more likely it is that your Hard Drive may just pack up. Regularly check your back ups are useful, and that you canuse the data in the back up.

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A Busy Month

April was a busy month. We were busy with all sorts of issues.
we have been replacing laptop screens at the rate of about 2 a week, and it is amazing what hits these to cause them to break! Our recommendation is if you aren’t using your laptop close the lid, and place the laptop out of the reach of Children and animals. This should help you save around £100. Yes it is repairable, and the price comes in around £100 depending on Screen size.

A network install, which still isn’t complete. BT are such a pain it is about time that BT Realise how important a Broadband connection is to business. It is no longer a nice to have, in business it is essential.

A high number of Hard Drive failurers, a stunning amount of drive failurers. Whilst these will happen make sure you have your data backed up, being able to restore your data makes the whole process so much less painful.

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Disaster strikes

Disaster Strikes – It is very important to keep your data safe and secure. We hear endless stories of Government and big Businesses losing data. But it’s not just losing data that is a problems for any business. What about losing data due to damaged computers?

Recently a customer of our who keep archived documents on a removal hard drive, the problem is that a big parentage of data recovery jobs are actually for these devices as they get knocked, and dropped they get damaged slightly. The customer was already putting measure’s in place to stop this being a major issue.

The other main cause of hard drive failures is when computers are moved, and again due to excessive knocking or bouncing around.

Then the tables were turned as a customer of both of these customers, data was need for a job for us to be completed, the only people who had the data was ourselves.

The reason being is that we have a very robust data security process, so much so we can lose our office and our server etc, and I can be up and working in hours from home.

Don’t get caught out, make sure your data is backed up securely and in more than one location. For more details of how we help our customer visit our website http://limbtec.com

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