24th October, 2018
I've been talking to a couple of potential new clients about their existing computer systems, and about their current computer support companies.
Neither of these clients seems to know what their existing IT Support company does; or exactly what they are being charged for.
10th October, 2018
Many clients, when we suggest they should upgrade their old computers, tell us, "We can't afford it right now". But, how can they afford not to? What is the true cost of keeping older computers in your business?
Just as an older car starts to become more expensive to run than a newer car, the same is true of the computers in your business.
3rd October, 2018
Michael Donkin, Director of ‘Curlew Computers’, takes the novel approach that computers are very similar to cars; both essentially being tin boxes with Windows.
Also, they are both vital business tools which are used every day. You don’t need to know how they work, and you hope neither of them suddenly crashes......
5th September, 2018
A client of ours has reported being cold-called by a company that offered to improve the Google search engine ranking for her website.
They managed to persuade her that she'd signed up to their services a couple of years ago and now just needed to renew the contract.
She didn't recall signing up, but they offered to prove it by letting her know that her credit card number started with a 4. Of course it does. All Visa cards start with a 4!
29th March, 2018
We all seem to have too many passwords, (making them hard to remember), or too few, (making them more vulnerable). So, what's the answer when every website says we should have a different password, but we can't remember hundreds of them?
Adding to the problem is the desire to use "complex" passwords of at least 8 characters. A complex password is built up with at least 3 of the 4 elements of CAPITAL letters, lower-case letters, numb3rs and pun&tuat!on marks - such as pa55W0RD!
But, how can you easily create dozens, even hundreds, of such passwords, that are easy to remember, but not easy to guess?
23rd March, 2018
Curlew Computers - coming soon to Northumberland!
Curlew Computers has been set up by Michael Donkin. Michael is a native Geordie, born in Newcastle a few years ago. After some time spent in various parts of the world Michael has most recently been living and working in Lancashire, but is now coming home.