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Updated: 2016-09-29T17:55:12.957+10:00

 



Business Benefits of Hiring Web Design Professional

2014-12-23T15:29:36.786+11:00

Image source: Web Template design by Rongdhonu  Graphics, on FlickrSimply setting up an online presence for your business is not the open sesame to success. You need to make sure that your website makes the right pitch in the right places to capture the attention of your prospective market. And one way to get this done is to hire a professional web development and design company to create and maintain your website. A simple website is not enough to attract more attention. It needs to be functional if you expect it to get good business. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you opt for a professional web development and design company that would help your website achieve this, and offer the benefits mentioned above as well.   Here are some of Web Design Services main advantages you stand to enjoy by choosing to do so:Good DesignA professional website designer has the knowledge necessary to make sure your site will look and function work the way it is supposed to.  A professional-looking site makes you look professional — legitimate, established and successful. Organized Strategy A professional web development and design company would have organized teams that would handle your project well. These teams would follow strategic approaches to building as well as updating your website. They would integrate appropriate design elements and content in your website to help increase traffic to the same. These teams would also understand the need for lead conversion and would be able to work accordingly to retain old customers as well as bring in new ones. Quality Content The quality of the content can either make your website a hit or flop. Therefore, you need to put aside extra time to develop quality content as well as position it appropriately on your website in order to attract more visitors. Professional web design companies would conduct relevant searches and researches to understand your target audience as well as their particular needs. They would then make use of their expertise to utilize the right style, language and tone to develop your website content in lieu with the audience’s expectations. Time Savings A professional web design company would most surely use its expertise and pool of resources to create and upload your website in half the amount of time you would take to do the job yourself. This is extremely beneficial if you are pressed for time and need a website up and running right away. Technological Upgrades and Compatibility Technology keeps on changing regularly. As such, your website should also be capable of upgrading itself to the latest technology, and be compatible with new solutions and services as well. Professional web design companies would ensure that your website is up to date with these new and evolutionary phases in terms of design, technology and content, thereby keeping your website up to date and active. These companies would also have the necessary experience to help enhance the look and functionality of your website with additional design and content as and when needed. This is something you cannot expect to achieve if you were to build your personal website yourself. SEO Services What is the use of a good website as long as it remains hidden from the user’s eyes? Your website would need to be visible to visitors who could become potential customers in the future. Therefore, you need to enhance your website’s visibility and increase traffic by implementing effective SEO practices. Professional web development companies are highly experienced in SEO strategies and can easily implement them into your website. They would conduct intensive research on the appropriate keywords highlighting the main focus of your website and then, integrate them with the content to help you get good rankings on search engines.For more Information about Web Design Services in Melbourne, please visit Millenium Support Computer Solutions or contact us tel no# 03-9379-0088 and email us @ info@mscs.com.au[...]



7 Common Computer Errors but Easy-To-Fix

2014-12-10T14:55:58.507+11:00

Image source: www.dreamstime.com  All computers go haywire now and then, most especially when your PC unit has been in use for some time. These computer errors are very common. First, you notice strange error messages. Then your PC gets slower leading to crashes and lockups. This could drive you up the wall if you’re in the middle of something rush and important. But there’s no need to tear your hair. All computer errors can be fixed easily if you know the tricks.   Image source: www.dreamstime.com Here are Seven of the Most Common Computer Problems that you can resolve with the basic technical know how:    Blue Screen of Death The blue screen of death STOP Error may appear to be one of the scariest computer problems that could happen.  But all you really need to address this problem is to reboot your computer.  This STOP error appears on your screen for such reasons as failing hardware, damaged software, corrupt DLL files, problems with drivers and others. The remedy for a blue screen of death depends on the original problem. The screen provides you with codes that can help you identify and fix your computer problems. The PC Won't Turn On You hit the power button and nothing happens. Any number of things can cause this computer problem — it may be something as simple as a loose cord, or as serious as a dead power supply.  The simple cause may just be anything from a dead or unplugged monitor to a dead hard drive or corrupted boot sector.Missing DLL FileDynamic-Link Library (DLL) files house information for your operating system on how to perform certain functions. Occasionally, your computer loses DLL files or something damages them. When your PC can't read the particular DLL file, it doesn't know how to respond in certain situations. If your computer is having such problems, you can restore your files by downloading them back onto your PC.Applications Won't InstallIf you're having trouble with an application not installing, it may be because your computer doesn't have enough hard drive space. If this is the case, you need to free up some space. This is one of the computer problems that's, well, least problematic. You can free up some hard drive space by getting rid of files and folders you don't need. Applications Run SlowlyThere are several reasons software might be running at turtle speed. You may have computer problems that involve your operating system or an application, your operating system might be missing updates or your computer doesn't have enough hard drive space. If you don't have enough hard drive space, you can scan, clean and optimize your hard drive.Abnormal Applications BehaviorComputer problems that involve applications acting strangely oftentimes leave you wondering what has happened. Your application has been working just fine, but now, seemingly without reason, it is doing something strange. If this thing happens, try restarting your computer. Conducting an internet search for the type of problem you're experiencing or consulting your user manual may help you too. Overheating Dying fans, poor ventilation, or even heavy use can create computer problems as the PC heats up. Most computers are designed to shut down when things get too hot, as a precaution against permanent hardware damage, but it can be pretty alarming when a machine just switches off seemingly out of nowhere.  Overheating can cause all sorts of other computer problems. Overheating can cause mouse glitches, strange performance in software, or lockups, while an overheating video card can cause the display to momentarily fail.If you're looking for Business IT Support in Melbourne for assistance about Data Recovery or PC Repair, please visit our website www.mscs.com.au [...]



Reasons Why Computer Technicians Important for Business Solutions

2014-12-05T12:21:49.904+11:00

Computer malfunctions can range from an incorrect setting to spyware, viruses, and go as far as requiring a new hardware and replacing an entire operating system. Some technicians provide on-site services usually at an hourly rate. Others can provide services off-site, where the client can drop off at the repair shop. Some have pickup and drop off services for convenience. Some technicians may also take back old equipment for recycling. All these needs for computer repair are done with dispatch and efficiency by an experts from Computer IT Support in Melbourne. While computer hardware configuration varies widely, repair technicians will work with five general categories of hardware - desktop computers, laptops, servers, computer clusters and smartphones/mobile computing. Computer Technicians also work on and occasionally repair a range of peripherals, including input devices like keyboards, mice, and scanners; output devices like displays, printers and speakers; and data storage devices such as internal and external hard drives and disk arrays. Technicians involved in system administration might also work with networking hardware, including routers, switches, fiber optics, and wireless networks. When possible, pc support will protect the computer user's data and settings, so that, after repair, the user will not have lost any data and can fully use the device with little interruption. Addressing the issue, the technician could take action on it as a minor issue such as adjusting one or several settings or preferences. So does applying more techniques like installing, uninstalling, or reinstalling various software packages. A reliable, but somewhat more complicated procedure for addressing software issues is known as a restore, also referred to as imaging, and/or re-imaging. In this case, the computer's original installation image, including operating system and original applications, is reapplied to a formatted hard drive. Anything unique, such as settings, or personal files will be destroyed if not backed up on external media, as this reverts everything back to its original unused state. The computer technician can only re-image if there is an image of the hard drive for that computer either in a separate partition or stored elsewhere. On a Microsoft Windows system, if there is a restore point that was saved (normally saved on the hard drive of the computer) then the Windows Registry can be restored to that point, sometimes solving problems that have arisen after the time the restore point was created. Home Computer Services bring to the table an advanced knowledge of data recovery, small business IT consulting, information security, malware response, Linux and FreeBSD experience as well as a deep understanding of computer software and hardware. They are skilled in maintenance and repairing different computer and laptop hardware diagnostics, complex hardware repairs and replacement, system maintenance as well as a mastery of computer software deployment and troubleshooting. If you are having a technology problem, have your computer repaired by IT maintenance in Melbourne. Whether it’s a crashed computer, virus infection, broken laptop screen, want data recovery, or you need an upgrade or just want your machine to run faster and more securely, they can fix it. They repair just about all brands of desktops, laptops, servers and even network appliances. They can also recover data from just about any device, including laptops, USB drives, SSD, damaged hard drives, RAID systems, NAS systems, CDs, DVDs and more. PC repair in Melbourne has been helping thousands of people troubleshoot all kinds of hardware and software issues. These experts can help you with hardware or software problems, removing virus and malware infections, upgrading or replacing memory and hard drives, tune-ups, general troubleshooting, and purchasing a new or certified pre-owned PC.[...]



How to Find the Right Computers that Suit Your Needs

2014-11-12T11:47:39.488+11:00

Image source: www.justsmartguys.comThe trend in PC and laptop sales increasingly leans toward laptops, especially for home and school use. For these purposes, laptops have been found to offer more flexibility and with wireless internet access all over campus, they can be truly mobile and can work from anywhere on campus including the library and other areas where students gather. But other people who have been using a PC for years and have not encountered any problems with it see no need to change their preference. So when these people find a need to get a new computer, they transact business for a PC unit.Numbers of Buying PC and LaptopWhile laptops, tablets and ipads have made enormous progress in recent years in appealing to college students and home users, PCs have continued their brisk sale as well in the business world and even in homes. Computer shops say they get an almost equal numbers of consumers for PC and Laptop Sales. Both types of computer buyers get by just fine with their choice since it's the software on the computer that really makes the difference. Advantage and Disadvantage Between Desktop and Laptop When working on group projects it can be very convenient to have your computer with you and many students enjoy taking notes in class right on their computer. When buying a laptop, users want one that is durable as they do take a beating over time.  Most specify at computer stores that they want a 3-year warranty as hardware-failure rates in laptops are greater than desktops. Students that choose desktops are usually people that use their computer for other things that require the flexibility of upgrades. Gamers, video editors, and musicians often choose desktops because they can be more powerful and can easily be upgraded. The disadvantage is of course mobility, and when traveling between college and home it can be quite annoying to have to bring your desktop and monitor with you.Other buyers’ Specifications that Computer Stores often Deal with Include:1. 2.5GHz Core2Duo processors or higher, an Intel Core of i3, i5, or i7. 2. 8GB Memory (this is the minimum you'd want for Windows 7, 8 or 10). 3. 160GB Hard drive (if you store a lot of music and movies, you may want something higher). 4. 802.11n wireless for laptops. Mistakes in Purchasing New Computer The biggest mistake people make when buying a new computer is to take the cheap offer in the newspaper that comes with a 90-day warranty. It's extremely unlikely that hardware failure will occur within 90 days, but there's a reasonable chance you'll need that warranty over the course of three years. Computer repair shops, both local and chains, tend to charge a lot of money for basic repairs when a simple warranty would have covered the problem at no cost.Availability of Applications Many Consumers Need You'll definitely want Microsoft Office 365 for Mac and Windows. Most computer buyers use several applications from that suite and you want to be sure you have the software you need. For this purpose, computer shops that sell different versions of the Office suites at their IT help desk have the edge. Another most sought-after spec is antivirus software, which is a must. A caveat emptor is that many antivirus packages that come with new computers expire after a few months. Conclusion The wise costumers for PCs or laptops look for stores that offer the best deals on the web or offline. The best laptop sales means only the cheapest laptops at the biggest discounts but also good and cheap laptop offers on high-demand laptops from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and many more. So when they go out to buy a computer, best to compare different deals for PC and laptop sales available. Whether gaming or budget PCs, the ideal store finds the cheapest price for all types of computers on sale.[...]



Things Every Business Computer Measure Security with IT Support

2014-10-28T12:00:36.832+11:00

Like any equipment in your business, your IT servers require regular maintenance to keep them working at their optimum. A server’s internal components can be affected by dust and general wear and tear over time. In addition, if software is not kept up to date, it can become unstable and its performance can deteriorate. The server’s responsiveness can decline, leading to slower performance and more downtime for you and your staff.  For this need of business IT support and solution, you can go the experts in Melbourne, Australia.Image via www.pnc.eduThe Melbourne experts in business IT support will see to it that your server and its components are up to date and protected against failures.  They work to optimize the performance of your servers and clean up any errors before they result in any major damage. Being proactive and keeping your server running at its best results in improved productivity and efficiency for your business.Technicalities can provide a proactive maintenance plan to suit your requirements depending on specific business needs and your budget. The best maintenance plans are those designed to maximize the performance of computers and servers on your network. While monitoring can be performed remotely, the maintenance work of the Melbourne experts is always performed on site by the senior technician looking after your business. This ensures that everything is running smoothly.It is a truism in IT Support that when a disaster strikes, you're out of business until you can restore your systems and your data. When people refer to disaster recovery planning, they usually think in terms of natural disasters such as fire, flood, etc. From a business perspective however, there are a number of other events that would impede the ability of a business to continue performing its role and continue to service its customers. Whatever these events, the business IT support specialists in Melbourne have proven they are capable of addressing.  They have a reliable network firewall that can help your company keep unauthorized visitors from accessing valuable business resources.  The tools they use to do this include products built by Cisco, Manage Engine, Checkpoint, Smoothwall, RSA, ZScaler, Message Labs and Firstwave. When it comes to PC services and maintenance, they have reduced the methods to set of quick, simple and easy steps so that you don’t have to put up with a slow or malfunctioning computer any longer. Just call them.Their experienced technicians take care of all your networking needs, in the home or office, whether it be setting up a network, maintenance or troubleshooting, setting up VPNs or providing a highly available, secure network. They offer the complete network package from assistance with planning, design and layout to installation and administration. Their firewall solutions provide security and access solutions for small to midsize organizations. This includes remote access, content filtering, email compliance, and comprehensive network activity reporting.  Business IT Support in Melbourne not only provides security but also helps increase productivity by implementing solutions that control how, when and what internet content is accessed.[...]



Things Web Design and Development Do with Your Business in Melbourne

2014-12-01T18:12:15.692+11:00

No self-respecting organization today goes into business without a web design and development expert to make its image stand out above the others or simply keep its operations in step with the times. The different areas of web design that businesses cannot do without include web graphic design, interface design, authoring (including standardized code and proprietary software), user-experience design and search engine optimization. As for web development, this makes sure that your business website is sustainable for the long term through various means such as functional specifications, content migration, quality control and social media integration, among others.All these web design and development jobs are accepted and done with utmost efficiency and excellence by the web design and development outfits based in Melbourne, Australia. They create beautiful, meaningful and cost-efficient websites using the most up-to-date web platforms available and performed by IT artists’ nonpareil. The work of Web design and development in Melbourne proceeds on the belief that marketing and communication design on a website may identify what works best for its target market. This can be an age group or particular strand of corporate culture. Thus the designers take pains to understand the trends of its audience. The designers also endeavor to understand the type of website they are designing such that in the case of business-to-business website design, for example, considerations might differ greatly from a consumer targeted website such as a retail or entertainment website.  In effect, they make to ensure that the aesthetics or overall design of a site do not clash with the clarity and accuracy of the content or the ease of web navigation.  The designers in Melbourne, as a matter of practice, also consider the reputation of the owner or business the site is representing to make sure they are portrayed favorably. It’s a user-centered approach that web design and development experts in Melbourne do.  This almost always results in a website or design that looks grand and works like a charm.  That’s because their information architecture and knowledge bank and UX research help understand the clients’ audience and goals and deliver intuitive navigation, optimal usability and rich, cutting-edge design work.The range of web design services includes Web Design Mock-Ups, Brand Identity Guidelines, SEO, Wire-frames, Drupal Design, Content Strategy, User Personas and Stories, Usability Testing and Site Maps and Navigation Strategy. With the Web Design Services in Melbourne, a project manager and a business analyst usually lead the charge. The developers lay the foundation for your new website while the designers translate your wire-frames into their award-winning blend of beautiful and functional designs. The objective is a site that delights and works just the way the client imagined it.They build with longevity and sustainability in mind.  Their support and maintenance services let them keep working after your site is launched to ensure that it’s secure and constantly improving.  In this regard, you can expect software and security updates, site growth and scalability, release planning, functional enhancements and component updates. They develop and test the work done in short, iterative cycles, giving clients the opportunity to provide feedback along the way. This approach makes it easy to respond to your needs and keep you in the loop on how your budget and timeline are doing, thus ensuring that there are no surprises along the way. Once the site is polished, your content wrangled and bugs squashed, they then carefully plan its launch as well as your post-launch party. The service and consulting agreements include everything from ongoing site support and training to working as an extension of your team.  Together client [...]



PC Repair Tips: How to Recover Lost or Deleted Data

2014-10-28T13:08:12.576+11:00

Worries about lost data or deleted data? Here you can find some solutions that might help you repairing your system. You need to understand some common errors why does it happen, how to prevent it, what are the things you must do about it and if you can still recover any lost or deleted data.Flickr Image viaComLand DesignData recovery is the process of salvaging and handling the data through the data from damaged, failed, corrupted, or inaccessible secondary storage media when it cannot be accessed normally. Often the data are being salvaged from storage media such as internal or external hard disk drives, solid-state drives (SSD), USB flash drive, storage tapes, CDs, DVDs, RAID, and other electronics.  Recovery may be required due to physical damage to the storage device or logical damage to the file system that prevents it from being mounted by the host operating system (OS).The most common data recovery scenario involves an operating system failure, accidental damage etc., in which case the goal is simply to copy all wanted files to another disk. This can be easily accomplished using a Live CD, many of which provide a means to mount the system drive and backup disks or removable media, and to move the files from the system disk to the backup media with a file manager oroptical disc authoring software. Such cases can often be mitigated by disk partitioning and consistently storing valuable data files (or copies of them) on a different partition from the replaceable OS system files.Another scenario involves a disk-level failure, such as a compromised file system or disk partition, or a hard disk failure. In any of these cases, the data cannot be easily read. Depending on the situation, solutions involve repairing the file system, partition table or master boot record, or hard disk recovery techniques ranging from software-based recovery of corrupted data, hardware-software based recovery of damaged service areas (also known as the hard drive's "firmware"), to hardware replacement on a physically damaged disk. If hard disk recovery is necessary, the disk itself has typically failed permanently, and the focus is rather on a one-time recovery, salvaging whatever data can be read.In a third scenario, files have been "deleted" from a storage medium. Typically, the contents of deleted files are not removed immediately from the drive; instead, references to them in the directory structure are removed, and the space they occupy is made available for later overwriting. In the meantime, the original file contents remain, often in a number of disconnected fragments, and may be recoverable.Recovering data from physically damaged hardware can involve multiple techniques. Some damage can be repaired by replacing parts in the hard disk. This alone may make the disk usable, but there may still be logical damage. A specialized disk-imaging procedure is used to recover every readable bit from the surface. Once this image is acquired and saved on a reliable medium, the image can be safely analyzed for logical damage and will possibly allow much of the original file system to be reconstructed.Before reviewing the below recommendations and suggestions, verify that the files have been deleted.  In some cases the files may have been moved. You can search the hard drive for the files you believe to be missing by running find or search on the computer. If the file has been backed up to floppy disk or other medium you can have that file restored from that backup if the file cannot be found.You can also restore from Recycle Bin or Trash. If you are running Mac OS or Microsoft Windows and the file has been recently deleted it may still be in the Trash or Recycle Bin. If present within this area it ca[...]



PC and Laptop Sales: Things to Know When Buying a Computers

2014-10-28T13:09:29.901+11:00

Image via techshout.comWe live in a technology-driven world today with computers at the center of it.  Computers have become the technology device of almost everyday use for individuals of every age. The only variation in people’s acquisition and use of computers is that some people prefer PCs or desktops while others stick with laptops. This essentially depends on whether one is buying a computer for simple home use or for business. Whether it’s a PC or laptop you need, here are some Important Things to look for and what to ask when purchasing a new computer: Image via electrocomputerwarehouse.com Take a used or refurbished computer.  A refurbished computer is one that has been returned to the company, checked out as good but cannot be sold again as new. All major computer manufacturers have a refurbished section showing all their available refurbished products. Buying one of these computers instead of a new computer can save you hundreds of dollars.Image via nowuget.com Consider the size.  If portability is your main concern, then you need to consider a notebook that has a smallish screen and a light weight. Any laptop marketed as an Ultrabook should fit your bill here since this is designed to be slim and light.  Look for a laptop with a screen that’s 12.5-13.3 inches in size, and a weight that is from 1-1.5kg. Image via ecw.com Look at the screen quality. You’ll be staring at your laptop for many hours every day, so you want to make sure you get a screen that is comfortable to look at. Many laptops these days also have touch screens, which means they are glossy. Glossy screens lead to reflections, so consider a laptop that doesn’t have a touch screen. Look at the resolution.  A 1920x1080-pixel resolution (aka Full HD) should be considered if you want plenty of space to line up windows and keep things in view.  Also, the viewing angles are extremely important.  A laptop screen that touts IPS (in-plane switching) technology offers the widest viewing angles and the best user comfort. If possible, go into a store and see the screen for yourself. Otherwise, rely on multiple reviews to get a good overview of the product.Image via apcmag.comSee the keyboard quality.  For long typing sessions, you must get a laptop that has a comfortable keyboard. You don’t want to get a keyboard that packs in every key under the sun (think keyboards that have squished in number pads) because that can translate to a poor overall user experience when hunting for keys like the arrows. You want a keyboard that has a comfortable layout with full-sized keys and some space around the arrow keys. The keys should have adequate travel on the downstroke and snappy responsiveness when you let them go. Make sure the keyboard is also backlit, so that you can type with an easier view on the keys in dimly lit environments. Get an all-purpose computer. If you want to do a little bit of everything or plan to share your laptop amongst family members, you can consider anything from an inexpensive 15-incher that mostly stays in your living room to a lightweight 11- or 13-inch system you carry around the house. Whether you’re a traveling executive or a student, your main goal is writing and editing text, manipulating spreadsheets and creating presentations. So you’ll want a laptop with a good keyboard, durable design and sharp screen. If you play high-end games, go for a laptop with an equally high-end Core i7 processor, top-of-the-line discrete graphics (perhaps even dual cards), a high-res screen and strong speakers.  If you edit video, photos or illustrations for a living, you need a laptop with a powerful processor, discrete graphics, a Solid State Drive (SSD) and a large and high-res display.  If you plan to give your laptop to the kids or use it as an adjunct to your main PC, you c[...]



Fast and Efficient PC Repair in Melbourne

2014-10-28T13:10:01.878+11:00

Computer use can be frustrating at times when your Personal Computer breaks down.  When this happens, most home users and small businesses often don't have anyone to ring up and summon for professional help. There are expert Computer technicians in Melbourne that can help you with any desktop and laptop repair, from removing viruses to setting up wireless networks and printers.Image source: www.pcrepairsstore.comThe Melbourne-based Millennium Support Computer Solutions provides a full range of services to home user clients, whether it be transferring data from an old to a new PC or setting up a new internet connection.  It has the knowledge and experience to get you up and running---fast and efficiently. Most home visits will first be investigated using a remote session if an internet connection is available.  Many PC issues can be fixed remotely and the charge for remote support is far less than on-site support.  By determining the cause of an issue before attending on-site, a Melbourne technician can come prepared for the job.  If it is a task that calls for replacing a hard drive, a backup can be completed before the technician arrives on site so he can begin work immediately.For example if you have an active internet connection but are having trouble with software such as Word or Excel a technician can remotely login and view your screen as if they were sitting next to you.  When logged in you can show the technician the issue you are experiencing and the technician can resolve it for you without you ever having to leave your seat.MSCS has been operating in Melbourne for many years now, fixing a myriad of computer problems for domestic and small business clients. Its qualified, certified technicians have years of experience troubleshooting and fixing real-life computer problems, utilizing the latest troubleshooting software and techniques.  Millenium Support prides itself on being able to quickly and accurately locate and resolve virus problems, hardware and software issues as well as networking problems and more almost always right there on the spot.For PC repair in Melbourne, MSCS is only too glad to fix your computer, PC, laptop and Mac problems in the greater Melbourne metropolitan area. Its staff and technicians are not only the best in their field but they are also thoroughly nice people.  This is why its very satisfied Melbourne customers tell all their friends about them and call MSCS themselves the next time they experience difficulties with their computers.Here are some of the PC repair services in Melbourne, Millenium Support Computer Solutions provides:- Make your computer and network faster.- Remove viruses and spyware.- Configure a network to share files and printers.-Configure a backup for your important files.- Recover lost or deleted data.- Set up new equipment, including tablets and smart phones.- Secure your computers and network.- Repair laptops and desktops.- Fix or replace broken hardware.[...]



Great IT Maintenance Services in Melbourne

2014-10-28T13:10:50.429+11:00

Image via www.pnc.eduInformationTechnology (IT) is what keeps businesses going in today’s world.  It is the extensive use of such major IT tools as servers, networks, PCs, printers and peripherals that keep business humming for companies. But for companies to reap the benefits from IT on an uninterrupted basis, their IT tools must be well-maintained to ensure that user downtime is limited and staff productivity is maximized. Managing IT assets can be a resource-heavy job, with on-going issues and small fixes taking away valuable time from core tasks and the need to store parts and spares locally eating into physical assets. If any of your IT equipment fails, it can cause untold damage to the business, as employees are apt to struggle to interact with the systems. Also, life-cycle management of distributed desktops is complex and unpredictable, and costs can escalate if not followed closely.One company dedicated to averting such incidents is the Millennium Support ComputerSolutions in Melbourne, which provides a comprehensive multi-vendor support package that will protect your investment.  MSCS covers a full range of IT-related equipment, including desktops, laptops, printers, data center servers, enterprise and storage equipment.  It also does maintenance work on network and audio-visual equipment.The incident and problem management systems, best practice processes and technical skill sets of our offer cost-effective I.T. maintenance and support to all comers.  Key features of the service include rapid response regardless of location and quick resolution (wherever possible within a single visit) to minimize disruption and lost productivity.Millenium Support boasts of a pool of highly experienced and trained national field service engineers are manufacturer trained on a vast array of IT makes, including IBM and HP Warranty Authorization, Dell, Toshiba, Digital, Brother, Epson and Sharp. The company has developed a broad range of Computer I.T. support and maintenance services that reflect its customers’ changing needs.These services can be provided independently or as part of a total managed service. A flexible pricing model approach allows charges to be inventory, population, resource or frequency based.  The model can be flexed to include combinations of these and other variables.We can provide solutions that range from standard offerings delivering the best cost benefits through to bespoke solutions to meet the needs of diverse businesses.  Its approaches combine the utilization of dedicated field and centralized resources to deliver the service levels required within budget. It can provide multiple levels of IT maintenance for servers workstations or entire networks.Some of the IT Maintenance in Melbourne services that can be included in a service level agreement are the following:Manned telephone supportMonitored email supportRemote assistance using Remote Desktop where availablePlanned or Emergency Onsite assistance (extra costs apply)Weekly Server Maintenance Including:Backup logs checked and clearedTrial Restore performed to verify backup integritySystem event logs checked and clearedEvents reported in logs investigated and solvedTemporary files removedDisk space checked and defragmented when necessarySystem resources monitored including CPU usage, Memory usage, Network usage etc.Server scanned for viruses, logs checked and clearedUpdate virus definitions on workstationWindows updates reviewed and installedIssues regarding speed of client/server connections addressed. All events are recorded in a fortnightly report[...]



3D Technology to Improve Surveillance Systems

2014-10-28T13:11:32.769+11:00

War Games: 3D technology to target threatscourtesy of FOX News A revolutionary function of computers in surveillance operations is under study by a team from the Center for Machine Vision of the University of West England in UK which promises to get authorities one step ahead of terrorist attacks. It harnesses 3D technology for surveillance systems which currently use the less reliable two-dimensional images.Image courtesy of UWE Bristol  The new system is expected to be more efficient in detecting the faces of terrorists that might be lurking in crowds, locating concealed weapons or identifying explosive devices in subways or airports. Since the surveillance system that makes use of 3D technology could harvest much more and better information it could be a key weapon in maintaining peace and security.  The news report on its functions goes:    “Essentially, the new surveillance system analyzes multiple images artificially illuminated from different directions. The technology uses a black silicon sensor and combines cutting-edge detector technology with advanced image processing. Information is extracted and used to build a 3D version of the image, which can be rotated to review from different angles. The prototype will be tested in outdoor terrain in both light and dark conditions. Airports, train and bus stations, malls, popular tourist attractions, government buildings, ports and more could potentially benefit from the new surveillance technology.”The prototype will be tested in outdoor terrain in both light and dark conditions.  Airports, train and bus stations, malls, popular tourist attractions, government buildings, ports and more could potentially benefit from the new surveillance technology.  The team’s research also suggests that the technology could work in varying levels of light and dark, as well as obscured conditions involving, for example, fog or smoke.The technology could also be built into existing security networks such as CCTV.  Using an enhanced remote system could provide advantages like reducing false alarms and the need for a physical security presence.  According to FOX News report, "the Centre for MachineVision is also investigating how 3D research could help to identify threatslike guns or explosives concealed beneath clothes. " Scientists have created a portable device that automatically detects and recognizes potential hidden threats to the military in war zones. This, however, could also be useful for protect civilians at home.The prototype device won funding from the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense under its Competition of Ideas scheme and was developed with UK-based systems engineering specialist SEA Group. The technology works by enhancing subtle shapes and surface details, revealing things that are deliberately concealed. Photometric stereo produces a composite image using light from three or more sources-–this is linked to a computer to obtain reference data about a suspected object's surface.The device is so effective that it can reveal not just the location of a weapon, but also the type as well. A small wearable version could be deployed on a soldier or first responder to identify threats that are close. If this research effort bears fruit, it will bring enormous benefits to anti-terrorism campaigns in many parts of the world.  Through a more efficient monitoring of activities in crowded areas, we may be forewarned of such plans to prevent senseless death and destruction.For more information about Remote Support in Melbourne, Millenium Support Computer Solutions provides a full range of services to its home user clients.  Visit our website at http://www.mscs.com.au/ for more details.[...]



Quantum Computers with More Processing Power

2014-10-28T13:12:14.086+11:00

video courtesy of USATodayComputer World has reported a news about Google teamed up with scientists of the University of California-Santa Barbara to build cutting-edge processors that raise the quantum computing business to previously unreached heights. The revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI) product is a new computer system that could perform multiple calculations simultaneously. This means a vastly increased processing power.Credits: Google/UC Santa BarbaraAccording to an announcement from Computer World, the Google-UCSB partnership is Google’s second major foray into the quantum computing field.  When the D-Wave Systems released in 2013 the $15-million D-Wave 2, its first “self-proclaimed”quantum computer, Google bought one, and launched a new lab to test the device's powers.  Google’s lab subsequently announced a discovery that provided strong evidence for quantum effects in the computer. The Google-UCSB group will collaborate with D-Wave scientists, experimenting on an upgraded machine with a 1,000-qubit processor.  Earlier this year, the UCSB team published a paper in Nature featuring a five-qubit array. It showed advances in correcting certain errors that can occur during the fragile conditions that create quantum effects, according to the Journal. It was hoped that the new project will yield technology that “will not lose its memory”as fast as earlier hardware. Here’s the report from Computer World on the marvelous uses of the new Quantum Computing Processors:   “Quantum computers aim to use properties of subatomic particles to perform calculations millions of times faster than conventional computers. The way these new computers will work is radically different.  While computers today use electrical transistors to represent binary code (a digital language where strings of ones and zeros combine to create commands that the machine will follow), quantum computers will use qubits-‒or quantum bits-‒which rely on laws of quantum mechanics to achieve multiple states at once. The ability to hold multiple states at the same time is an aspect of quantum mechanics called superposition. This notion holds that any physical object, such as an atom or electron—what quantum computers use to store information—can exist in all of its theoretical states simultaneously. This could take parallel computing to new heights.”Scientists with the group believe the combination of the Google researchers with those of UCSB Martinis will make pioneering advances in quantum control and quantum information processing.  The journal Nature is quoted as saying: “With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights as well as our learning from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture.” If the Google-UCSB team succeeds in makings this breakthrough, it will transform into reality what has been considered a field that remains in the realm of science fiction.  UCSB wrote: “A fully functional quantum computer is one of the holy grails of physics.”  This only shows that experts in artificial intelligence continue to break the boundaries on the functions of computers, which mean more ease and sophistication for us computer users around the world. The production of quantum computers enhances our numbers-crunching ability, a big leap forward from the current systems which only allow us to compute one set of figures at a time.For more Business IT Support, Millenium Support offer a full range of business IT support solutions from design/conception through installation to completion. Visit our website at http://www.mscs.com.au/ for more inform[...]



Microsoft to Launch Windows 9

2014-10-28T13:12:50.293+11:00

(Photo: Steven Senna/AP) A new Windows operating system is about to be launched by Microsoft to give the cyberworld a new alternative to the long-in-use Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.   To be tagged as Windows 9, the launch is set on September 30, a few months into the stewardship of Satya Nadella who took over as Microsoft CEO early this year.  In regards to USAToday story “Report: Microsoft to reveal Windows 9 next month”, the Verge reports about the Microsoft plans for an event which will be held on the Sept. 30. The report will support "sources familiar with Microsoft's plan".Microsoft is planning to unveil its Windows 8 successor next month at a special press event. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the software maker is tentatively planning its press event for September 30th to detail upcoming changes to Windows as part of a release codenamed "Threshold." This date may change, but the Threshold version of Windows is currently in development and Microsoft plans to release a preview version of what will likely be named Windows 9 to developers on September 30th or shortly afterwards. The date follows recent reportsfrom ZDNet that suggested Microsoft is planning to release a preview version of Windows 9 in late September or early October.The early technology preview will give developers a first look at the new mini Start Menu in Windows 9, alongside the removal of the Charms bar feature and several UI changes.  Microsoft is currently compiling builds of Threshold ready for the preview that include an early version of Cortana, but it’s not clear if this particular feature will be made available as part of the technology preview.While Threshold is likely to be named Windows 9, it’s unlikely that Microsoft will name its upcoming Windows release at its press event. Instead, Microsoft is said to be planning an overview of key new features of the upcoming operating system, with a technical preview ready for developers and enthusiasts. Microsoft is also building a separate combined version of Windows RT and Windows Phone, and the company may take the time to detail this work during its press event. Either way, Microsoft’s next version of Windows is nearing completion and the company will be ready to talk more about it next month.The event will showcase several upgrades to the user interface and may even include Cortana, Microsoft's voice assistant.  The new Windows OS would be the first launch under Satya Nadella, who took over as CEO of Microsoft earlier this year. Nadella has focused on shifting Microsoft toward a strategy aimed at the mobile and cloud space.  Earlier this year, Microsoft announced it was cutting up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, most of which are related to the acquisition of Nokia's handset business, which the company closed in April.”A new Windows operating system is very much welcome owing to some complaints that the existing Windows OS have become vulnerable to hackers and malware. It is hoped that the new Windows 9, being an improvement over the other Windows, will boast of more features that would effectively protect users against viruses, spyware and all kinds of malicious, deceptive or unwanted software.  For more Home Computer Services, Millenium Support provides a full range of services to its home user clients. Visit our website at http://www.mscs.com.au/ for more information.[...]



Beware of a New Threat Called Backoff Malware

2014-10-28T13:13:28.193+11:00

Image via PCWorldPCWorld Report said, The data breach caused by “Backoff” is now reckoned as one of the largest in recent memory, resulting in tens of millions of credit and debit cards being captured. It is believed responsible for the recent data breaches at Target, SuperValu supermarkets and UPS stores. In the case of SuperValu, at least 180 of its stores had been hit by a data breach and earlier this week UPS said 51 of its UPS Store locations had been hit.According to PCWorld (US warns 'significant number' of major businesses hit by Backoff malware), It took a stern cyber-security alert from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to raise public awareness of yet another computer virus that specifically targets small and medium businesses. The DHS actually first warned of this malware called “Backoff” in July 2013 but few took the warning seriously. Now, the DHS reports that over 1,000 small and medium businesses and major enterprise networks have been compromised. The DHS said that the Backoff malware “is capable of scraping the memory contents of point of sales systems for data swiped by stores from credit cards, from monitoring the keyboard and logging strokes and from communicating with a remote server.”  Point of sales systems refer to the use of cash registers and other terminals at checkout counters of stores. As for the mode of attack, hackers usually gain access to machines through brute-force attacks on remote log-in systems provided by companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google and other third-party vendors. Once inside, they are able to copy the malware to the machine and set it to capturing credit card data. The good news is that most antivirus packages can now detect Backoff.  So if you’re a network operator, you would do well to download and install antivirus software and update your computer regularly. These can help permanently remove unwanted software and prevent it from being installed in the first place.Apart from updating your software, it is also helpful to use a firewall and adjust your Internet Explorer security settings from time to time.  Using a firewall is like locking the front door to your house to keep intruders (or hackers).  As for Windows firewall, this is included in Windows and is turned on by default.  On security settings, do this in your Internet Explorer web browser to specify how much or how little information you want to accept from a website.Please visit Millenium Support for any Data Recovery involves recovering data from damaged, failed, corrupted, or inaccessible storage devices. [...]



All Computer Services and Solutions in One

2014-10-28T13:14:25.235+11:00

Image via Flickr: iComputer Denver Rarely if ever do we find all imaginable computer services and solutions, which are essential to making the now IT-driven world go round, offered in one place or single website, remotely or on-site.  Millennium Support Computer Solutions (MSCS) has it all. From web design and apps development, home computer services to IT services and business solutions, MSCS provides high-quality, prompt and friendly support and advice to all comers.   Millennium Support boasts of the entire range of proven methods to assist clients on all IT-related issues. This is expertly done either through phone support, on-site technicians or remote assistance. The experienced Millenium Support technicians possess the knowledge, training and skills to solve all your IT-related problems.  The company will tailor a solution for the specific needs of residential users either creating a home network or going into complex business server environments.  We provide a full range of services to our home user clients, whether it is transferring data from an old to a new PC or setting up a new internet connection.  Our vast knowledge and experience can pull you up and running fast and efficiently in no time. Image via Flickr: stephenmilsont1 Remote support is now the mode of choice for many because as it allows a technician to be far more productive since they can solve many issues for many different clients without leaving the office.  This means they are more often available for phone support and reduces travel costs and call out fees which translates to far cheaper rates for remote support than onsite support. The easiest and fastest way to avail of MSCS services and solutions is through remote support.  Its remote support software allows a technician to control your computer from a remote location provided there is an active internet connection.  Through this method, we can either solve a problem you are experiencing or get you tutored on various software methods such as the Microsoft Office suite. MSCS technicians get to work by first investigating the problem using a remote session if an internet connection is available.  Many issues are often fixed remotely and the charge for remote support is far less than onsite support.  By determining the cause of an issue before attending onsite a technician can come prepared for what they face and if it is a task such as replacing a hard drive a backup can be completed before the technician arrives on site so he can commence work right away. Apart from remote support, the other home computer services offered by Millenium onsite and offsite include home network, PC/laptop sales, PC/laptop repairs and virus removals. If you need to work from home, They also serves up remote access, servers, exchange servers, backup and anti-virus solutions.  It provides a full range of business IT support solutions from design/conception through installation to completion.  Services include cabling, WiFi site surveying, Servers, Network Accessible Storage (NAS) devices, virus removal, backup solutions and software/hardware installation and troubleshooting.  When it comes to web design and app development, MSCS is the go-to company.  We have an array of services on this requirement that includes CRM and CMS, Search Engine Optimization, web applications and online shopping carts, among others.  Some of our web designs have been cited in the best design websites for combining digital craftsmanship with creative thinking.[...]



About Millenium Support Computer Solutions

2014-10-28T13:14:58.087+11:00

 About Millenium SupportAbout MSCSMillenium Support Computer Solutions ( MSCS ) is a privately owned company dedicated to providing high-quality Information Technology products and customer service. Customer Service is central to the company’s objectives. Millenium Support was established in 2001 as a software and hardware consulting business, providing product information and customer service to assist in system integration. Hence, the business has grown to include software/hardware integration and consulting.Our growth is driven by customer needs and achieved by nurturing the customer relationship, engaging in personalized consulting services, developing new information management products, and partnering with companies whose goals and products are complementary.Millenium Support Computer Solutions is a computer service organization managed by expert business operators specifically trained to successfully match computer capabilities to individual business management objectives.We offer a wide variety of services to businesses, supplementing your own staff’s abilities with our first-hand knowledge of an extensive variety of hardware and software. This allows us to help you maximize or upgrade the computer resources your current resources or develop a new system customized to meet your needs.When we consult with you on new purchases, we ensure that everything we offer meets our own high standards. Our suppliers must conform to the following:Be recognized as a leader in the fieldProvide superior support and serviceBe open to customization and modification to meet client needsBe committed to the on-going enhancement and improvement of their productAnd provide their product at a reasonable priceOur technical staff have over 20 years of combined experience. We also incorporate a network of contract staff to facilitate specific projects and large client service contracts. Hardware repairs that cannot be repaired on-site are immediately returned to the manufacturer for repair or replacement.Mission StatementMillenium Support Computer Solutions is committed to providing high-quality Information Technology products and services, knowledgeable consulting and responsive customer service.Each executive and employee is empowered to “take the extra step” to satisfy customer demands in order to provide the highest quality service possible. When our customers are asked about MSCS we want them to feel that Millenium makes “I.T” easy.Vision StatementMillenium Support Computer Solutions is a highly respected and ethical company committed to making a positive impact on the communities, in which we live and work. We are a competitive leader in the areas we choose to compete.[...]