Picture this, a client comes into your office and wants to print something from their iPhone, iPad or Notebook. Traditionally, they would need to send a staff member the document of whom could then send it off to print OR you’d have to assist them in downloading and installing a driver for the local printer potentially getting IT partners involved throughout the way. With HP’s ePrint printers, the visitor only has to send an email to the printer’s address, and *shazzam* the email and any attachments are automatically printed!
HP is producing a line of printers called ePrinters. You connect the printer to the internet you’re your wireless or wired infrastructure, and then register the printer on HP’s website. HP will assign the printer a unique email address. Users can then print emails and attachments by sending an email directly to the printer’s email address. This is a perfect solution for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry users, and it is great for companies who provide guests internet access.
With one option, you can also restrict people who can use the printer to a pre-defined list of email addresses. Just in case people start spamming network wide wireless printers!
All in all though, the concept seems fantastic. Most common problems with printers revolve around driver issues and lack of compatibility on-the-fly. HP are solving this age old problem and the technology looks promising…
We look forward to bringing you more on these soon…
We’ve been busy designing this week for our new clients “Common End Farm”. Mainly concentrating on layouts and layout solutions.
It’s a difficult part of web development, having to take into consideration all the users aspects and initial reactions
from a customers point of view. Just because we like the design does not mean that it’s right for everyone.
It’s been said that text on a site should be scannable and not particularly in depth as the user is rarely likely to read everything on the page.
This means that we can concentrate on a combination of images and text as a way to guide the user to the final outcome of the site or the “call to action”. By this I mean, if you’re wanting the user to complete a form then you should try and get that user to the designated form within two clicks from the entrance page. This brings us onto the 3 click rule.
When developing a site it’s always a good idea to create a sitemap for the website. A sitemap is a list of all the pages on your site and how they are interlinked to one another. When you have developed your sitemap you’ll be able to work out how many clicks your user will need to make before he/she arrives at your desired destination. Remember two/three clicks into your site could also be two/three clicks away from your site and onto someone else’s!
At Peak Support we work with our clients to develop a sitemap and to refine your users experience and how to direct your users to your desired destination. For information on our website services please visit www.pswebsites.co.uk. We cover a wide range of solutions from simple static websites to the larger bespoke solutions.
How do we know sometimes what’s genuine and what isn’t?
Microsoft Office is installed on your machine when you purchased it…but does that mean it’s genuine…?
Your friend sells you Windows Seven because they’ve already installed it on their machine. Sure it activates ok but are you genuine…?
Microsoft licensing can be tricky to understand at first glance but there are some big do’s and dont’s to watch out for, the most common below.
Make sure that you don’t install office or your operating system with the same product key. There are some tools at the bottom of this post to help you check your PDKeys. From Microsoft’s point of view if you have purchased 20 copies but only installed one key, you are still in breach of the EULA.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Software has one main message in its license – OEM is restricted to the machine it is installed on. If the machine fails, the software goes with it. You cannot simply reinstall it on a new machine. You also shouldn’t install more than one copy, Microsoft no longer provide a disc with OEM installs to prevent this from happening.
Volume License Keys
A volume license is a great way of purchasing 5 or more licenses with the ability to transfer these accross to other machines, you also have the added benefit of being able to install 5 licenses on a Terminal Server and 5 copies locally again bringing in a savings benefit. The downfall to VLK’s might be that they require monitoring and careful administration, you do have the ability to install on more than you are licensed for but again this would be against Microsoft’s agreement and would highlight your business as a risk.
What can I do ?
Well there are a number of genuine programs you can look at enrolling in. The Microsoft Genuine Advantage programs, including Windows Genuine Advantage, help you determine whether or not your copy of Windows is genuine. Genuine Windows software is published by Microsoft, properly licensed, and supported by Microsoft or an authorized partner, giving you full capabilities, access to all the latest updates, and confidence that you are getting the experience you expect. Microsoft continues to invest in education, engineering, and enforcement in order to more effectively combat software piracy. It’s part of Microsoft’s commitment to help protect its intellectual property and to help you avoid problems before they happen.
Resources to help:
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sam/msia.mspx and click on “software inventory tool”;
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/default.aspx?displaylang=en Validate Windows / Office
http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/ Microsoft Piracy resource
If you’re stuck with Licensing and don’t quite understand what to do, feel free to give us a call and we can help you out.
Building websites using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is important for any number of reasons. We’ve been working on our new PS Websites site this last week and thought it would be a great idea to outline some of the benefits of CSS.
Using Style Sheets means that rather than having to update each element within your website on every page, you can simply update it within your style sheet and it will change the element throughout your whole site. This is perfect for websites with a huge amount of pages.
Using CSS means that you can keep the content of your site closer to the top of the page. Search Engines like to crawl sites and rank pages based on content nearer the top of the page. With CSS this means that you can keep your content closer to the top of the page and hold your navigation styles within your style sheets.
It used to be more popular to use nested tables to control the design of your site which can cause your pages to load slowly. Using style sheets speeds up the load time of your pages considerably because all the information is contained within one style sheet which ultimately means…
Smaller file sizes for your html documents. Comparing the file size between a website using CSS and a site that doesn’t, it is easy to see the difference in file size. Smaller file size = quicker upload times.
Using CSS allows you to get rid of a lot of extraneous html code within your pages, therefore making your site code neater and cleaner. This makes it easy to alter the code if you need to make edits.
Making your site look “Pixel Perfect” is easily achievable with CSS. By adjusting the margins and padding on your elements means that you can position them much more easily than what you could using nested tables.
With mobile internet browsing becoming ever more popular and the need for your website to be accessible to everyone means web standards will become more important so as not to be discriminative. If your web site is still using tables or deprecated tags it may become obsolete or disappear from the search engines.
At Peak Support all our websites use the most recent CSS techniques. If you feel that you would like to have your site include style sheets then please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
Summerfield Engineering was formed in 1967 by three brothers. They started out in a small workshop and over the years kept expanding, moving into a purpose built factory in 1976, which has since been extended three times to incorporate larger machinery and an expanded workforce. Heavy investment in modern CNC machinery and IT infrastructures has helped move the company to a higher level of quality and service.
As a long standing client of ours, Summerfield came to us looking for a solution to their network performance issues and an overall lack of efficiency in their IT. They decided to invest in new technologies by implementing a new HP ProLiant Windows 2008 Small Business Server and three new HP Windows Seven desktop PC’s.
We removed their previous Windows 2003 Small Business Server and Windows 2003 Standard Application Server in order to consolidate their systems and reduce their carbon footprint. The supplied hardware also allows for very high performance and very high data availability with RAID 10 and instant recovery backup software. Finally, an APC UPS provides constant power to the system and keeps it safe during unexpected power outages.
Summerfield now also benefit from the additional features of SBS 2008 including Sharepoint Services 3, Exchange 2007, Remote Web Applications and VSS built in backup protection.