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Why Hotel WiFi should be free

Ever experienced the frustration of staying in a hotel that charges for WiFi access? I take a look at Why Hotel WiFi should be free. Read more [...]

Microsoft to kill off Windows Mobile 6.5 Services

I wrote earlier this year about my decision to stick with the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform for the short-term. It serves my purpose, and I’ve no been compelled to upgrade. Well, the writing is now very much on the wall as Microsoft have started retiring WinMo 6.5 services. Yesterday, I received this letter from Microsoft:- “Shut-down of Windows Marketplace for Mobile Web Site and My Phone Service Notification June 8, 2011 Dear Windows Mobile 6.x customer: Microsoft will be discontinuing the My Phone service for Windows Mobile 6.x. We will also be discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site. Because you may be affected, please review the details below: Windows Marketplace for Mobile Web Site To Be Discontinued The Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site at http://marketplace.windowsphone.com will no longer be available starting on July 15, 2011. After Read more [...]

Microsoft Security Essentials available FREE to Small Businesses!

Earlier this month I wrote about “Best Free Anti-Virus for Home Users?” and rated Microsoft Security Essentials as the number one product.I also included the caveat that “We’re talking products that are free to use for Domestic personal use at home – not for Commercial or Small Business work as usage in a Commercial environment is often strictly prohibited in the License terms. Well – Microsoft’s Eric Ligman made an announcement that beginning in early October, Microsoft will be allowing Small Businesses with up to 10 users to use Microsoft Security Essentials free of charge! Eric writes “… we are extremely excited today to let you know that Microsoft is making its Microsoft Security Essentials available to small businesses on up to 10 PCs for FREE, beginning in early October! By providing Microsoft Security Essentials to small businesses free of charge, Microsoft Read more [...]

AVG Free 8.5 Expires on December 1st 2009

In an attempt to curb the multiple scare stories around AVG withdrawing their popular Free Anti-Virus software that usually emerge around the time of these upgrades, here’s a heads-up that version 8.5 of the popular free AVG Anti-Virus will be expiring on December 1st only to be replaced with a free edition of the latest version, v9. After December 1st, v8.5 or below of the software will still run, but will not update it’s virus definitions leaving you at risk of infection by new viruses, and you’ll be “nagged” by a pop-up asking you to upgrade to AVG version 9. Clicking the nag pop-up will take you to a web-page where you’re encouraged to buy the full version of AVG Anti-Virus (which may not be a bad thing, as the full version includes a ton of features the free version does not) – but if you’re happy with the free version, then good news – a free edition of version Read more [...]

Wishing a Happy Birthday to GNU

I'm currently in the Airport Lounge at Birmingham International awaiting my flight to New York for this years InterOp Expo in New York. If you're going to InterOp yourself - get in touch, it'd be great to arrange to meet you whilst I'm there! Now - although my company is a Microsoft Certified Partner and Small Business Specialist, our goal is to provide our small business clients with the software that best fits their needs - not necessarily Microsoft software, but whomever that software may be made by. Whilst there are many occasions when Commercially (i.e. Paid for) Licensed software is the best fit, due to superior support, features or functionality - using software packages such as 7Zip (Open Source) instead of WinZIP, Foxit PDF Reader (Freeware) instead of the bloated Adobe Acrobat Reader, CutePDF Writer (mixture of Freeware and Open Source) instead of Adobe Acrobat and even Read more [...]
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