The future of cars

Self-driving cars. Are they just around the corner? Over the next five years we are going to see amazing leaps in the technology that drives our cars. As a bit of a techno-geek I got excited by a recent infographic I saw on Mashable (www.mashable.com). This gives you a glimpse into the not too distant…

Microsoft in the Cloud

Cloud is an innovative way to deliver IT software and services without the files sitting on your PCs and servers. So long as a computer or tablet can connect to the Internet, it can access the Cloud. More and more technologies are moving to the Cloud as web technologies advance and the cost of delivering…

WatchGuard Firewalls

The Universal Business Challenge Over the last few years we have seen the device landscape of the modern office transform, and businesses have been quick to embrace the accompanying changes in work culture, such as bring your own device (BYOD) policies and work from home flexibility. As organisations enjoy the benefits of these developments, it…

The end is near!

The end is nigh! (For Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003) As you’re probably aware, Microsoft’s ten year support period is coming to an end for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003, with the 8th of April marking the official conclusion of this service. Although this date may seem comfortably distant, take note: Microsoft recommends…

Microsoft’s Wave 15

For many years now, businesses have been accustomed to Microsoft’s seemingly arbitrary release cycle for its core applications. We’ve seen a steady release of Windows products (XP, Vista, 7), Windows Server (2000, 2003, 2008 and various Small Business Server offerings) as well as their productivity suite, Microsoft Office. At times, it’s seemed that there may…

Is your hotel PCI compliant?

It seems that Australian hotels are lagging behind their European and U.S. counterparts when it comes Payment Card Industry–Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS). This may be due to the fact that reporting a breach of cardholder data is currently not a legal requirement in Australia. This is about to change with proposed laws due to be…

Hosting – all a bit cloudy?

Hosting has been around in various forms for a long time, but the concept has more recently been thrust into public consciousness after some clever marketing executives came up with the catchy term “the cloud”. (Read more on the cloud: cloud computing advantages and disadvantages.) The previous not-quite-as-catchy term for hosting, which was bandied around quite…