CyberGuru nominated for Telstra Australia Business Awards 2014

CyberGuru nominated for Telstra Australia Business Awards 2014

It’s been a big year already for CyberGuru! As we reach a quarter of the way through 2014, We would like to share some great news with you. We’ve been ranked alongside some of the best in the business by being nominated for the Telstra Business Awards. It’s a proud moment for us, and we’d like to thank you all of our clients for your continued support.

CyberGuru is not new to awards, in our sixteen year history, we have previously won on the Australian Computer Society Young ICT Professional of the Year in 2012 in Intel Australia On-line Awards Web-site Competition in 1999, finalist in the Quest Newspapers Business Achievers Awards (Ecommerce) in 2003, semi-finalist in the Courier-Mail Brisbane Internet Games Competition 1997 and nominee in the Australasian Student Entrepreneur Awards both in 2004 and 2003, and the Nescafe Big Break also in 2003.

The next round of judging is in May, and we’ll keep you posted on how we go.

Save copies of important documents and web pages as PDF and XPS files

Save copies of important documents and web pages as PDF and XPS files

Purchased something online and want to keep a copy of the confirmation receipt? Perhaps you would like to keep a copy of the document preserved with its original style and formatting? Would you rather save a document electronically rather than printing an email to save the environment?

We are still probably some years yet off a fully paperless office, but there are provide numerous ways to save documents in various standard formats without the need to actually print it out. One of these formats is known as a Portable Document Format, or more widely known as a PDF. It was once a proprietary format by Adobe but now an open standard available in many commercial programs.

PDFs will display the similarly on any type of device, keeping all of the text, fonts and graphics intact. This has the advantage to send to someone an important document, be it a report, resume or other document knowing it will be displayed on their end as you intended it to look. It is important to know PDFs are “locked down” for editing once created also unless you have a PDF editor. The only requirement is to have a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader (which most users will have installed).

To save a PDF file in Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013, simply to the File menu, point to Export and then click Create PDF/XPS. This will provide you with the option to save your document in PDF or XPS format. We also suggest saving a copy in its original format (such as the Word document format .DOCX or .DOC) in case you need to make any changes. For users still running Office 2007, you can download the Save as PDF and XPS Add-on from Microsoft’s website (link opens in new window).

Some years ago, Microsoft established an alternative known as XML Paper Specification (XPS), which is available in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. A virtual printer is created on your computer called “Microsoft XPS Document Writer”. To use this, simply to go the Print option of your document and choose this. You will then be prompted to save in .XPS or the newer .OXPS (Open XPS format) format. It isn’t as widely used as PDFs but XPS Viewer is installed by default in modern versions of Windows and viewers for other operating systems are available.

PDF or XPS – whichever format you choose, you can keep that confirmation receipt, document formatted correctly or save the environment one printout at a time. For more tips and tricks, why not contact us today to request some Training from us to help get the most out of your computer?

CyberGuru receives unsolicited positive feedback from website visitor in Tasmania

CyberGuru receives unsolicited positive feedback from website visitor in Tasmania

Late last year, CyberGuru received a question via our website from Joan in Tasmania, who had read our Windows 8.1 Opinion blog article. She asked us where she could find where the new Windows 8.1 Sound Recorder app saved its sound recordings. CyberGuru helped Joan by performing some research and gave her the answer by calling her and walking through the steps to make a shortcut so she could access the file quickly. She and her husband Harold are now able to record and save their home made music onto CD!

We recently received this unsolicited testimonial that we thought we’d share with our readers:

To Chris – CyberGuru,

I have not forgotten how kind you were and how generous you were with your time when I asked a computer question about the new video recorder in Windows 8 not having a ‘save to’ option. I still haven’t got over the fact you rang me up!

Harold (husband) and I (how very royal that sounds!) have had a lot of fun with the program. We have had musical sessions with the next door neighbour as well and the cacophony of accordions, piano and electric organ with an occasional dog howl added rings out into an otherwise peaceful surrounding.

We have made CDs for our own enjoyment and for our children although I have noticed that our daughters have not put their CD in with their favourites LOL!

Harold and I would like to wish you and your family a Peaceful Christmas and hope the New Year brings all that you would wish for.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on Earth, good will to men! 

With very best wishes,

Joan and Harold

Joan even sent it via the Computer Active Forums to share with her fellow Windows Sound Recorder app and audio enthusiasts. We appreciate the feedback and the referrals.

One month to go until Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

One month to go until Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

In a month from now, Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Whilst CyberGuru have made mention of this in previous blog articles, recently new information has come to light regarding ways to upgrade from Windows XP to newer version of Windows including Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 that was not previously possible.

Microsoft has recently announced via the Windows Experience Blog (link opens in new window) that it will provide a free data migration tool, known as PCmover Express for Windows XP. According to Microsoft, PCmover Express for Windows XP will copy your files from your Windows XP PC (including your documents, music, videos, email and profiles) to a new PC running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

From 8 March 2014, computers that are running Windows XP Home and Professional editions will receive an official notification via Windows Update that support for Windows XP is ending. This notification will reappear on the eighth day of every month until the computer is upgraded. For those still running Windows XP, it is also understood Microsoft Security Essentials will continue to be updated until 15 July 2015 to provide partial protection of your computer.

We believe that these additional reminders will aid those who are not aware of the potential security risks and viruses familiar when running, and the assist with the process of moving your important files and settings, as well as protect you whilst you upgrade.

If you are in need of assistance to upgrade your home or office computers running Windows XP, please contact us so we can help you through our Consulting, Support and Training solutions.