Recycling your computer equipment

Recycling your computer equipment

Did Santa buy you a new computer for Christmas? Are you trying to work out what to do with your old one? Did you know that much of the materials in a computer can be recycled? From the metals, plastics and glass used up to 95% can be recovered according to the Brisbane City Council. Unfortunately though, they cannot be placed in traditional weekly bin collection but rather need to go to the yearly kerbside collection or off to a transfer location.

Rather than throwing out your computer altogether, CyberGuru can perform a reinstallation to make the computer suitable as spare computer or used for another purpose (such as for backup storage). CyberGuru also can assist with extracting the parts for reusing in another computers in your home or office (such as the memory). We are also also donate working parts and accessories such as monitors, keyboards and mice to charities and other organisations requiring these.

If you do decide to give or throw away your old computer, CyberGuru strongly recommends that before a computer is disposed of that any important information is securely deleted from the hard drive, or that the hard drive is removed and kept by the client.

Whilst the yearly kerbside collections can be suitable (if your timing is right), for clients who are based in Brisbane, the Brisbane City council offer you to drop your “e-waste” off at a Brisbane City Council transfer location at no cost. If you are not within the Brisbane City Council jurisdiction, you can visit the Dropzone website (link opens in new window) for other locations.

If more advice on how to recycle your computer equipment, list our Support solution and please contact us.

Image of Tandy/Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer by Bilby – Wikipedia.com.

Getting in sync with your tech – with your business in the cloud

Getting in sync with your tech – with your business in the cloud

Are you looking at moving to the cloud? Whilst the term is relatively new, we have been using the “cloud” for years. Whether it be Hotmail and Gmail for web-based email, Dropbox for online storage or websites hosted on various hosting providers. We are slowly moving our other business online to for accessible access and to work freely no matter where we are located provided we have an internet connection.

Chris Jeffery, Proprietor/Chief Guru of CyberGuru will be presenting on the topic, “Getting in sync with your tech – with your business in the cloud” at the Sandgate Business Networking Group meetup (professional networking meetings) next Thursday 27 February 2014.

CyberGuru, based in Brisbane’s northern suburb of Zillmere, provides award-winning, professional and affordable computer solutions to small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals. In 2012, Chris was awarded the Young ICT Professional of Year by the Australian Computer Society Queensland.

The Sandgate Business Networking Group meetups are free to attend and provides a great opportunity to meet and socialise with other local people in business including local service businesses, small office / home office businesses and retailers.

The Sandgate Business Networking Group is being held at The Coffee Club Sandgate at Ibis Central next to the Woolworths Shopping Centre, 11/6 Bowser Parade, Sandgate.

Anyone is welcome to come along, ask questions of Chris and network with the other participants.

For more information and to register, please visit the Sandgate Business Networking Group Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/SandgateBusiness.

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“Tips for success” ACS Young IT Networking Event a big success

“Tips for success” ACS Young IT Networking Event a big success

Last night’s Australian Computer Society (ACS) Young IT Networking event was attended by nearly 40 Young ICT Professionals of the ACS.

I presented on the topic, “Tips for success”, along with inspiring stories from the careers of the newly formed 2014 ACS Young IT Committee. I noted how success means different things to different people. However, I shared my personal six tips on how to be successful:

  • Set and review goals
  • Do what you love
  • Continue to keep learning
  • Conduct yourself with integrity
  • Extend yourself through networking
  • Strive for excellence
  • Develop a support team

I left them with the question, “How will you know success when you see it?”. See if you can identify success from these tips*. I have created the infographic to help illustrate this also:

Infographic - Tips for success

As Mark Twain, the famous American author said, “the secret of success is getting started”. I challenged them to start there and then.

I commended the 2014 ACS Young IT Committee: Sina, Jennifer, Charles and Sohail for taking on their positions and encouraged the participants by continuing to support them by attending their events and sharing what they can to make the year a successful one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you see success?

* The letters making up the word “success” is spelt out in the bolded words within the points above.

Tips for success - ACS Young IT Committee 2014
Tips for success – ACS Young IT Committee 2014

Are you having trouble displaying web pages in Internet Explorer?

Are you having trouble displaying web pages in Internet Explorer?

Microsoft recently released its latest version of its flagship browser, Internet Explorer 11 which is included as part of Windows 8.1 and downloadable separately for other versions of Windows. Amongst its new features, there are some changes to the way pages are displayed and as a result some pages are not appearing as they should.

These problems may prevent you from performing particular functions, accessing particular areas of a website, such as logging in or being able to view content.

You might notice as you come across some pages that you can’t access particular features. In our own travels, we’ve come across specific pages within major websites such as HP, Virgin Mobile, and Microsoft themselves that can’t be accessed.

We understand Microsoft is investigating this however until an update is released, we suggest a way to work around pages that are not appearing correctly is to use the Compatibility View feature available in Internet Explorer. This will allow pages that worked in earlier versions of Internet Explorer display how they were designed.

Screenshot of Compatibility View Settings in Internet Explorer 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To apply Compatibility View to a particular website:

  1. In Internet Explorer, click on the Tools button on the toolbar.
  2. Click Compatibility View settings.
  3. In the box which appears, enter the address of the website you would like Compatibility View to be applied to (for instance, http://www.microsoft.com) and click Add to add this to your list.
  4. Click Close to close the Window.
  5. Refresh your page for the Compatibility View to be applied.

For more information on Compatibility View, please visit the Microsoft Internet Explorer website  (link opens in new window).

Alternatively, you may choose to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and 8, however you will find that unable to do so on Windows 8.1. In this case, you could install another browser.

If you need a hand in doing this, why not enlist the assistance of the CyberGuru Support computer solution. We can help you get up and running in no time. Contact us today!