News from Kinetics

Using the Cloud to compete globally from New Zealand

As a small kiwi business working in a global context, The Conference Company (TCC) faced some unique challenges. They compete around the world to host some of the most pre-eminent events against impressive competition from much larger operations. TCC has to present the same capabilities as these larger competitors while being nimble and cost-efficient. [...]

Have you noticed the new Office search?

We love that Office365 keeps improving.  One of the most common challenges we all have is finding things. So, if this resonates for you,  the new search feature might be just what you need. It lets you search for help, files and people to share your file with from the app you’re working in.  (or use Alt-Q)     Just [...]

Can you keep me safe?

We’ve shared a few security stories lately, and we know its hair raising stuff. The reality is that any organisation is a target for these hackers. It’s no longer about cyber-vandalism, these attacks are outright theft. The thieves are operating from highly organised operations, often set up as businesses themselves. Clients are called (not [...]

Will this really ‘break’ the internet?

There's nothing worse than accidentally clicking on a daft click-bait link that re-directs you to a dodgy, untrustworthy website.  They are all too common, with news you can't trust, and who-knows-what malware.  We're increasingly able to block the worst sites with our reputation-based web protection, but nothing is impervious. Even for the [...]

What are @Mentions in Office?

How many times,. when you are working on documents with someone else, do you want to ask them a question? "Why did you add (or remove) this section?", "How does this calculation work?" and so on. So, you stop what you are doing, send them an email or make a phone call, and then try to describe the section of the file you are asking about, as [...]

Tech like it’s 1999

This week, we've seen some pretty interesting tech announcements - I confess the foldable phones really interest me.   While these are crazily expensive now, volume will bring the price down.  But what's really interesting is imagining this tech in other applications - for example in your car, or in retail experiences.  The idea of a flexible screen is [...]

Three Cyber-Insurance questions you need to consider

With all necessary attention on cyber-security and fraud, we've had a couple of people asking us about insurance solutions.  This makes sense, insurance is all about mitigating risk.  Of course, insurance doesn't give you a license to be careless - you still need to take all reasonable steps to protect yourself. It seems obvious that what used to be [...]

Code Red? Hacker alert

  One of our clients recently found themselves dealing with one of the most brazen hack attempts I've heard to date. They'd heard from one of their customers that they (the customer) had taken a phone call purporting to be from our client, to say they'd changed bank accounts.  They asked the end customer to please pay invoices to the new bank [...]

Three every day timesaving tips

Here's three quick time-saving tips - how many did you already know? Introducing CTRL-ALT-S.   This little delight will put a horizontal splitter bar across the screen.  It works in Outlook and Word.  In Outlook, its great for reading and writing long emails. You can move the splitter up or down with the mouse - and make it disappear either by [...]

What’s with Windows updates now?

Is MY Windows 10 still the latest and most stable question?  It's not a question we can easily answer. Windows 10 has two different update cycles - security/reliability updates (aka patches) and feature updates. Security updates are incredibly important.  They are the bedrock of system security.  While everything else from firewalls to antivirus to [...]