News from Kinetics

Christmas is the season for… (Our Christmas hours)

For some, Christmas is the season for relaxing and enjoying.  For others it is work, work work!   While a number of our clients take a well-earned break at this time of year, it's the busy season for others. We have a crew working every business day through the holiday season and rostered support for after hours including [...]

How FlightPlan helped a leading legal firm

Every year, premier Kiwi law firm Mayne Wetherell takes on up to 8 graduates and summer clerks as part of its popular recruitment programme.  But on-premise hardware and perpetually licensed software are not by their nature made for rapidly scaling services up and down. Add to the mix an ageing IT infrastructure and you’ve got the perfect [...]

Excel’s Best Ideas

(It used to be called ‘Insights’ ). It’s Excel’s attempt to make you look smarter and more thoughtful. Simply start with a table (not a pivot table) of data, and hit the idea’s button and see what comes. Based on my experimentation, it gets a little confused with formatting and ‘total’ lines in data, so you may need to [...]

Security, Security, Security

This is an important conference for us and we now go each year to what is possibly the biggest gathering of IT firms like Kinetics, to learn the latest trends and tools to ensure we’re at the forefront of best practice for our clients. As with previous years, we pick up a few hints on how to run ourselves better, and on what other IT businesses are [...]

When you DON’T buy some thing on TradeMe

Its hard not to be impressed by this beauty of a phishing mail - but DON'T BE FOOLED! The item link goes to a genuine item on TradeMe, but when you look closely The email came from - that's right... traderme (not trademe) If you hover the mouse over the link for cancelling the transaction, you'll see it actually links [...]

Do you know anyone trying to get a career underway in IT?

And we know that getting started is always the hard part. To help, we run an intern program and encouraged senior staff in mentoring new comers to IT. Kinetics know that starting a career can be expensive. So we were very excited to hear, via our membership with CompTIA, that students under 25 can get free training and certification with the [...]

Windows 10 1909 – what’s in the latest update?

At last – Windows 10 1909 – the long awaited second Windows 10 update for 2019.  Were you waiting for it?  Actually it’s unlikely!  In fact the first update, from March, is only just rolling out now, so it will be some time before this version hits your PC or laptop. On the surface, its mainly minor feature updates.  Behind the scenes, [...]

“Request for Information” warning

A recently released report on the Botnet 'MasterMana' has highlighted a simple but effective social engineering technique. MasterMana has been spreading via emails requesting information on products or services offered by the target company.  The email is accompanied by a spreadsheet and the recipient is requested to fill in the products/service [...]

Eliot Sinclair Case study – FlightPlan (Best Practice Review)

Eliot Sinclair & Partners (ESP) provide surveying, engineering, planning, landscape architecture and urban design consulting. Headquartered in Christchurch, New Zealand, Eliot Sinclair have provided consultancy services across South Pacific and Asia with their team of 100 staff across 3 offices in the South Island. Over the years Eliot [...]

Why does my laptop feel like it’s contributing to global warming?

Have you ever noticed how your laptop gets quite warm. Sometimes if you are actually using it on your lap, it can get a little uncomfortable. Or why your phone gets hot enough to toast bread? The reason might surprise you. Of course, we’re so used to the slim machines we enjoy today that we often forget how big laptops used to be. Miniaturisation has [...]