News from Kinetics

9 Common Excel Mistakes

We were reminded of the risks of messing up spreadsheets in a recent : The scary fact they quote is that are wrong! The consequences of relying on bad information as a result can be insane! That reminded me of a couple of lessons from years ago in terms of good spreadsheet design.   1. Check calculations It’s so easy, especially when [...]

Feeling less Vulnerable

When the in early May,  most of us had an uncomfortable hour with limited access to our files and systems.  It seems that some red-faced engineer at Microsoft made a simple small mistake that impacted systems all around the world and it took about hour for them to track it down. A few weeks previously,  many of our clients were adversely impacted by [...]

RIP Windows 7, SQL 2008 and friends

The end of the (support) road is approaching rapidly.  They are over ten years old which is ancient in IT terms. If you think about tech around your home or in your daily life, then its quite understandable that these products after having served us well are coming to an end. We all want our software suppliers to keep innovating and developing new [...]

The alarming business models of cyber-criminals

It's organised, and the purveyors are shameless in their determination to steal from all of us. Heaven only knows where they get their names from.  One group we recently became aware of is called 'PINCHY SPIDER', and they are doing something called 'Big Game Hunting'. Back in   toolkit called GandCrab.  While most ransomware today spreads [...]

Featured Courses

There's always something new going on- new people, new software, updates and above all, new work to do! We've got a great range of courses, ready-to-run at your place! Or we can craft something just for you. Here's a few we wanted to highlight: 1. Digital Skills – Need to know how to work with files in the cloud or new to digital devices – we [...]

The first 2019 update of Windows 10 is here – what can you expect?

Firstly, we were expecting it in but its only landing now. That’s going to be the knock-on from the delays with the problems had late last year. That means ”1903” is also referred to as “19H1”. What does it mean for the average user? As far as we can tell, there are lots of small things that won’t make a difference individually but [...]

Anyone can be hacked! And anyone can be the cause.

In recent articles, we’ve warned that . We’ve also warned that any business is a target. No one is immune. Tech companies like us are especially cautious because, in order to do our job, we have access not just to our data but also to our customers’ data. That’s why Kinetics has invested in an SOC2 compliant password vault (the highest levels [...]

Updated Privacy Laws coming to NZ

Overshadowed by overseas privacy law changes like GDPR, our own NZ Privacy legislation has flown a little under the radar. But rest assured, changes are coming here as well. The last change in NZ Law was 1993, and it was world-leading at the time. Then in 2011, the Law Commission suggested an update, and that’s where we are now. The expectation is [...]

Te Whangai – Growing People by Growing Plants

We are incredibly proud to have helped   They are an amazing organisation. There’s a whole group of society that miss out on the opportunities many of us take for-granted.   While many under-privileged members of our community can access various social programmes, there is a group that is disconnected from society and can’t access ‘regular’ [...]