News from Kinetics

RIP Microsoft Server 2003

Back in 2003 it was unheard of to have email on your mobile phone, in fact it would be another 4 years till the iPhone made its appearance. Aptly named for its time, Server 2003 made it appearance. Since then it has had a great run and if we counted computer years like we do dog years, it would now be 84 years old. As such, Microsoft have decided to put it [...]

Keep your email password safe!

One of the most common irritants in modern computing is being asked to change your password.  But it is important, especially your email password.  Let me explain… Learning your email address is easy.  If I can work out your password, then I can log into pretty much any of your other websites, even if they have a different password, and I can stop [...]

Power Outage Lesson

The recent power outage has again reminded us how much we depend on infrastructure over which we have little control.    Our Penrose office was in the black out area for most of Sunday. Back in olden times, communication equipment was housed in a telephone exchange.  During a power outage the exchange would fail over to generators, keeping all of our [...]

Cryptolocker – Ransoming your data!

Many of us have heard of spyware or malware, programs that try to sell you unnecessary software or pry your credit card details from you. In the last few months we have seen an alarming increase in what is being called ransomware. How are users affected? CryptoLocker is normally delivered as a file attached to an email as a .ZIP  file. Common email [...]

Create Keyboard Shortcuts for the iPad and iPhone (iOS 7)

It’s getting easier to enter text on mobile devices but there are times when you quickly need to enter a few words or phrase you use often. For example, how many times have you needed to tell someone “On my way”? Once you’ve tried keyboard shortcuts in iPad you’ll probably think of lots of other uses. A keyboard shortcut lets you enter a sequence [...]

Compress Pictures – Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013

Pictures can enhance and help to communicate information in documents and messages particularly in Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. However a document with lots of pictures can slow down scrolling and navigation.  The Office 2010 applications have a picture compression tool that enables you to compress pictures quickly and easily. It is really [...]

Greater East Tamaki Business Association (GETBA)

The implementation of 365 and Sharepoint have resulted in an increase of around 15% in time efficiency.   This is largely because we no longer need to do the weekly backups to an external hard drive and increased ability of users to tap into the functionality of Office 2013 following training received from Kinetics.   For other staff, there has been [...]

Deaf Aotearoa

Now, in just the few weeks since changing to Office 365, costs are known, and downtime is unknown – or at least a faint memory. Previously unreliable IT is now reliable. Office 365 has made Microsoft’s collaboration technology affordable and it’s quickly become ubiquitous. DANZ is: Doing more real-time collaboration capabilities than they could [...]

Hampton Jones

When the Ministry of Education set out to assess their building stock, we had little idea of the size of opportunity. Our client, Hampton Jones, a leading Property Consultancy, responded to the Ministry's tender request, seeing it as a good fit for their business. With a strong private sector practice, moving into the public sector was a [...]

Stephenson & Turner – Migrating BIM to the cloud

Stephenson and Turner needed to create a rich BIM (Building Information Management) solution, extending rich 3D CAD to operators across the country. The mantra was “Anytime, Anywhere, Any device”. Ordinarily that’s simple enough, except that CAD is more demanding. ​ We were looking to overcome some business challenges : Typical CAD [...]