What do you want to know about Windows 8.1?

blog-windows81CyberGuru is currently evaluating Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s update to Windows 8. As various products are about to launch, typically we post a blog article containing our opinion on the product, rather than a full review which are available from many online websites and news sources as well as technology magazines and other publications.

 

For this opinion paper, we’d like to know what you’d like to know about the product. If you see the reviews we’ve published for Windows 7 and Windows 8, we detail our first impressions with the product, the various flavours of the product and pricing, and provide many screenshots and the answering questions through our ask a question form and answer the questions as part of the frequently asked questions.

This time around, as Windows 8.1 is not a “major” version (although it is a major update!), we’d like to spend time answering your questions so when it comes time for your upgrade to Windows 8.1, you can be fully in the know.

Would you like to know what features have been added or removed in Windows 8.1, what new apps are available or even the price to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1?

Please feel free to either contact us with your question and we’ll answer it as part of series of future posts on Windows 8.1 on the CyberGuru Blog.

We look forward to receiving your questions and providing answers to these.

Another ecstatic CyberGuru client – Firefly Ceremonies

Cblog-fireflyceremonieswebsiteyberGuru has received a testimonial from an ecstatic client, Renée Jackson of Firefly Ceremonies, a Sydney-based civil celebrant for whom we recently redesigned a website for.

 

 

 

The previous website was developed in a third-party system which was difficult to maintain and costing our client, Renée Jackson, Civil Celebrant and Owner of Firefly Ceremonies, a significant monthly amount for ongoing hosting and support. Renée approached CyberGuru to redesign her website and immediately saw significant results from us in terms of her reduced costs and ease of maintenance.

Our scope was to redesign the Firefly Ceremonies to improved its look and feel and develop a website that is easy for her to maintain after being trained as well being able to contact us for support as and when required. We redesigned and developed the website and provided her with the knowledge and skills to be able to maintain it herself as well as ongoing support after launch.

We received the following testimonial from Renée that we thought we’d share:

I wasn’t sure where to begin but I knew I was spending more than I needed on a costly third-party hosting system and my website also needed to be updated.  I contacted CyberGuru and Chris was fantastic!

He not only redesigned my website by improving its appearance, look and feel but also provided me with new and exciting opportunities to enhance it. In order to reduce my hosting costs, he provided numerous alternatives and was always careful to explain each step and ensure that I had all the information I needed to make the decision that best suited me. This has saved me a lot of money in monthly fees. Chris made the whole experience painless, his high level of professionalism and regular progress updates meant I never had to chase him and always felt that my business was a priority.

Chris continues to provide me with training and ongoing support, he always has new ideas on how to improve my website. I can highly recommend Chris and CyberGuru, not only have my costs been reduced, but I also have a website that I am so much happier with, that is easy for me to maintain and I also have a much better understanding of how to optimise my business through my website.

We appreciate the positive feedback received from Renée and encourage you to visit the newly redesigned Firefly Ceremonies website (link opens in new window). If you have a need for a professionally-designed website or know who someone who does, please contact us to discuss our Design solution. We provide domain names, hosting as well as design, and can provide a follow-up service with training and ongoing support at an affordable price.

CyberGuru joins Connecting Up Australia as a MatchIT provider

blog-connectingupmatchitCyberGuru is pleased to announce our listing on MatchIT powered by Connecting Up Australia to extend our strong reputation within the not-for-profit sector as a reliable technology resource for their computing needs.

 

 

Connecting Up Australia is a not-for-profit organisation providing other not-for-profits with a range of information, products, resources and programs. Not-for-profit organisations can also receive donations and discounts.

A significant proportion of CyberGuru’s clients are not-for-profit organisations and we recommend they consider becoming a member of Connecting Up Australia.

As a member, which costs $150/year, eligible not-for-profit organisations are entitled to purchase low cost full version editions of including Windows, Office as well as a range of other software including internet security packages. There are also other hardware and software providers including Cisco and Adobe. Not-for-profit organisations will find this of benefit when it is time to upgrade their hardware and software in the future.

If CyberGuru can be of any assistance through our Consulting solution in the selection of the required hardware or software for your next upgrade, please contact us.

Spring clean your computer

blog-springcleanyourcomputerThe season of Spring is often said to be a great time to tidy your house and prepare way for Summer, so why not also make it the time to clean up your computer! Not only can you help your computer run more efficiently, you can be proactive in ensuring your computer’s lifespan can be extended.

 

Here are some of the tasks we suggest to help with your spring cleaning efforts:

  1. Perform a backup of your the files on your computer (of course, if you have been following our blog article recently, you’ve done this already, haven’t you?).
  2. Run Disk Cleanup to remove unnecessary temporary files and save valuable space on your computer’s hard disk.
  3. Run Disk Defragmenter to help optimise the space you have cleared in Disk Cleanup by rearranging your files to make to make your computer run faster.
  4. Run Windows Update and to ensure you have all installed the updates available for Windows, but also check for any necessary updates for  Office and other applications that are installed on your computer (such as Adobe Reader and Java).
  5. Run Microsoft System Configuration (MSConfig) or review the items in the Startup tab of Task Manager in Windows 8 to disable programs not required to be running when Windows start up. Be careful though disabling programs that don’t know about. They could be there for a particular reason!
  6. Use Add/Remove Programs to remove programs that you’ve installed and no longer require. Again, be careful uninstalling programs you haven’t installed yourself.

By regularly performing these tasks, you can ensure your computer is running effectively. If we can be of any assistance, please contact us to enlist the help of our Support computer solution.