Is using unlicensed software really worth it?

A Queensland steel company has paid $17,500 in damages following the discovery that they were using unlicensed versions of design software Autodesk and AutoCAD. Unlicensed software creates security risks and the risk of legal action for businesses. It is well worth using legal and licensed software despite the cost. Ask us more about switching to cloud software as an alternative to help keep your business compliant with the law. Read more about the case in this smartcompany article.

Data Recovery

The most common data recovery procedure we perform involves a computer that won’t boot due to a drive failure. This is most often caused by a bump or a knock to the computer while the hard disk is writing critical data. Sometimes the head physically crashes into the the plater. This is where the term ‘hard drive crash’ originated. Of course failure of spinning hard disks happens for many reasons include wear and tear. Some drives spin at 10,000 rpm with as little as 3 nanometres separating the drive head from the disk plater. This provides very little room for error. Something that goes hand in hand with data recovery is your backup plan. If you don’t have a backup policy in place please contact us straight away for a tailor made solution. To ensure we can recover as much data as possible stop using the media or the effected computer straight away. Stage one recovery prices start from only $250 for most media types including hard drives, discs and flash cards. This price includes GST and the replacement drive. In most situations we can recover your data in this first stage. The second stage of disc recovery is the [&hellip


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Green Computing

Supportedge is an environmentally conscious workplace that practices what it preaches. Three things the average consumer can do and we encourage consumers to do, to reduce your business’ and households’ environmental impact are: 1) Recycle your electronic waste (e-waste): “Australians generate more than 140,000 tonnes of e-waste each year and most of it ends up in landfill,” as stated on the City of Sydney’s website. There is an e-waste depot that you can drop your electronic goods off in Ultimo, Sydney. It is open on allocated days throughout the year. For more information on what days the depot is open or to find out more about how to recycle your e-waste read this brochure from the City of Sydney’s website. Or visit Planet Ark’s website for your closest recycling facility. 2) Invest in long-lasting appliances and maintain them so you get a longer-life out of them: “You can save money and reduce energy use by buying the right appliance for your needs and using it efficiently. The position of the appliance, how you operate it and how you maintain it all affects how much energy is used – for example, placing your refrigerator next to your oven will make it work [&hellip


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Downloads

Here are a list of downloads that you may find useful. Click on the icons below to download them. Support Console: Our Support Console is designed to give us quick and easy access to your computer. In rare cases, our main “Remote Help” button may not work for the technical aspects of your computer. We’ve prepared this Support Console as an alternative just in case our first method doesn’t work. Click the circle icon below to download the Zoho Support Console. PeaZip Portable: PeaZip is a free archiver tool. The application provides an unified, natively portable, cross-platform file manager and archive manager GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX. Carbonite Toolkit: Use this file to easily configure your Carbonite backup with file extensions that are not backed up by default. Also includes quick instructions for making sure you get the most comprehensive backup. Visit the Carbonite website. Cloud Station Drive 4: Sync files among your Synology NAS and computers.  Visit the Synology website. Foxit Reader: Whether you’re a consumer, business, government agency, or educational organization, you need to read, create, sign, and annotate (comment on) PDF documents and fill out PDF forms. Foxit is a tiny install, at [&hellip


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