Does OneDrive make the cloud work for you?

Microsoft's geek-fest is called Ignite and we've been following it from afar. It was a OneDrive announcement that caught our eye today.  With lots of choice, and ingrained user habits, everyone has their favourite cloud sync tool. There's an innovation race to be the cloud sharing tool of choice. As users, we're the beneficiaries of this and it's a [...]

Changes to the Microsoft Office Ribbon (again!) for Office 365

Microsoft love tweaking the Office ribbon bar. I’m never sure if it's an improvement or not, and that’s certainly the case now.  It is probably a personal preference. Actually, this time it’s not a replacement, although it may look that way – it’s a simplification option, although it looks to be ‘on’ by default. The intent is to keep the [...]

Bad news email attachments

No one likes bad news! Sometimes it can’t be helped. Sometimes it sneaks up on you. One of the most common ransomware attacks is through a compromised attachment in an email. It’s easy to say “only open stuff you expect” but that’s a bit naïve. Many of us get emails with attachments that we didn’t expect but can’t afford to ignore. The [...]

Why you don’t (or do) need Office 2019

Yes, that’s right, there’s a new version of Office. If you have Office 2016, (or even an old version like 2010) then this is coming your way soon – in fact the beta (called ‘preview’) is available now and while the release date is unclear, we expect it to be this year. It’s available in both Mac and PC versions with Word, Excel, [...]

Host your own ‘Live’ event!

Now you can host your own live events, like a sales or information seminar.  You can advertise on social media and by email, grab an audience and run an event without leaving your desk or paying a fortune (or anything at all) All you need is something worthwhile to say (and Office 365) "Live Events" enables the broadcast of video from Microsoft [...]

Dodging dodgy websites

Not too long ago, (some) businesses tried to limit websites that people could visit during working hours. They blocked social sites and Trademe and so forth. The logic was that people should be working, not surfing the net. Luckily this seems to have faded – staff are trusted, albeit tracking the website activity of your teams might still be of [...]

How does inflight Wifi work? (Being on the cloud while in the clouds)

With Air New Zealand recently adding in-flight WiFi to some aircraft,  we started to wonder how it works.   When you think about how fast a plane flies,  it's amazing WiFi works.   If a plane is travelling at 1,000KM/h, that means it's moving at over 250 meters every second.  So by the time you've sent off a digital signal, you have essentially moved [...]

Phishing emails are getting smarter every day

In the old days (ie last year!!), a dodgy email had a whiff to it – there was something that triggered your subconscious. That’s because some phishing emails were really badly written with terrible English.  But others just had a sniff about them- something that made you suspiscious. But today we see increasingly clever emails designed to fool [...]


  1 September 2018 Kinetics Group Limited and Wired Dog Limited announced today that they have joined together as one IT managed services and advisory provider. Operating under the Kinetics Group brand from 3 September 2018, the combined team will operate from Kinetics’ offices in Newmarket. Wired Dog clients will continue to enjoy [...]

Cloud – Kiwi-made or a global players like AWS or Azure?

Cloud cloud cloud, our customers must get sick of hearing us bang on about it!  But we keep talking about it because the cloud gives fantastic options to most businesses to do more than ever, for less cost.   But, not all clouds are the same. Regular readers will know that we favour Microsoft Office 365 cloud for business tools like [...]