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Buy 200 of Selected Sony LTOs in June and Receive a 55" 3D Sony Bravia

James David - Friday, June 08, 2012

Here is a promotion from Sony well worth considering.

Buy 200 units of any combination of Sony LT03, LT04 or LT05 during June to be eligible to receive a free 55” 3D Sony Bravia TV worth $1849.

The media is Sony’s excellent range of LTO Ultrium data cartridges in 800GB, 1.6TB and 3.0TB sizes and they can be purchased in any combination of LT03, LT04 and LT05. As long as you reach 200 units of any combination of those tapes, you're good!

The TV is a 55” 3D Sony Bravia LCD. It’s limited to one per customer and is shipped directly from Sony.

The fine print:

Promotion period is 1st June 2012 to 29th June 2012. Offer is valid while stocks last or for the promotional period, whichever occurs first. Customers must purchase a minimum of 200 Sony LT03, LTO4 or LTO5 model tapes and cumulative orders are eligible, please check on availability of Televisions prior to placing your order.

Get in contact with us for a competitive quote, or check out the store here.

 

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Be More Cost Efficient With Upcoming Tax Changes

James David - Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Looking for new software? It may be worth waiting a few weeks until the new financial year.

The many complexities of tax law are not our specialty here at Complete IT; we prefer to be tangled up in Cat6 and SATA cables and our nerd arms tend to collapse under the weight of law textbooks, but a recent article on BIT regarding the 2012/13 budget has piqued our interest.

As we rapidly approach the end of the 2011/12 financial year, it’s time to turn our eyes to necessary business expenditure and tax, and how best to manage the two between the coming and going financial years.

New legislation announced in the 2012/13 budget includes changes for Small Business Entities, those with an annual turnover below two million dollars, which allow an asset with a cost above $1000 and below $6500 to be written off immediately. In the past it was necessary to depreciate assets that cost over $1000 over a span of years; a more complex process with a delayed return.

The new legislation is both simpler and more efficient – the sooner a business can recoup that cost, the sooner it can allocate the resource to an activity that will generate a return on investment.

The interesting angle for IT budgets in small business is that the $1000-$6500 price range is bang on for new equipment. New desktops, NAS drives, laptops and printers, for example, can all handily fall within that range.

So if you’re planning on purchasing something within that range, and don’t need it immediately, it’s more cost-effective to wait until the new financial year. You’ll be seeing the full benefit in your tax return years earlier than if your purchase falls under the 2011/12 rules.

The Complete IT store carries a full range of hardware and software for all levels of IT infrastructure, as well as offering procurement services and support for hardware upgrades and software licensing. All major brands and vendor support included. Head here for the store, and get in contact if you have any questions or would like a quote, here.

Image via Adobe.

 

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An Upgrade Offer For Those Purchasing Windows 7 PCs

James David - Tuesday, June 05, 2012


Customers who purchase a Windows 7 PC now may be eligible to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.

With Windows 8 already in its ‘Release Preview’ stage and well on its way to a computer near you, you may think that now’s not the best time to be diving in to Windows 7. Thanks to some good planning from Microsoft and its partners, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

We are pleased to be able to offer customers who buy a Windows 7 PC from the 2nd of June, 2012, an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.

All customers who buy a Windows 7 PC preinstalled with genuine Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 and who redeem and purchase the upgrade offer online before the 28th of February, 2013, are eligible.

Simply head to www.windowsupgradeoffer.com with your Certificate of Authenticity handy and register for the offer. You won’t have to pay until your copy of Windows 8 is ready to download.

Then you’ll just need to hang out and enjoy your Windows 7 machine until you receive an update email to let you know that Windows 8 is available. Follow the instructions in that email to purchase and download your upgrade copy of Windows 8 by the 28th of February, 2013, and you’re good to go whenever you’re ready!

Head to this page for more information on the offer, and this one for the FAQ.

And when you're looking for your new Windows 7 PC, make sure to check out our store for a great deal or get in contact for a quote.

 

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Raytheon Sarcos goes green with its second generation exoskeleton

Seth Reinhardt - Friday, October 01, 2010

Going green doesn’t necessarily mean buying a Prius and living on Fair Trade organic millet mash. Raytheon Sarcos’s second generation exoskeleton suit reduces power consumption by 50% in comparison to XOS 1 and doesn’t sacrifice any of its style or strength. Enjoy this video of the suit in action for your dose of future technology on a Friday.

The XOS 2 is a wearable robotics suit – think Iron Man or the mechanical suits in Avatar, only real. The second generation version is said to be lighter, more durable, more fluid in movement, stronger and more efficient to run. You get strapped in and can effortlessly make use of all of the suit’s strength and durability.

Dr. Fraser Smith, VP of Operations for Raythen Sarcos, sees two variations of the suit being used – a combat version and a logistics version – and estimates its employment by the military within five years for the tethered version and eight to ten years untethered. He talks of using the current suit to lift a 200lb (90kg) barbell, so you can imagine how that will increase over the next 10 years and the incredible practical applications this will have in the workforce.

For now it’s an inspiration, an example of the crazy things we can achieve with technology. It’s another piece of technology pulled from the sci-fi movies I watched as a kid and made real. Personally, I am waiting for the hoverboards from Back to the Future, but this will do for now.

My question is – how do I become a test engineer that gets to run around in futuristic robot suits all day?

 

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Making upgrades easy

Seth Reinhardt - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

You can do incredible things with your computer, but can your computer keep up with you? An upgrade could be just the kick in the pants your PC needs.

Get the most out of your desktop or laptop.

One of the best things about running a desktop PC is that when it starts to struggle to keep up with what you want to do with it, or your needs change, it is easy to upgrade without starting from scratch! The hardest part is choosing what hardware is going to give you the biggest benefit in what you want to do.

Components like RAM, hard-disks, optical drives and graphics cards can be changed simply and affordably. Best of all, most of them can be changed independently of each other and won’t require a fresh install of your operating system.

If you’re a gamer, or planning on becoming one, a quick, easy and affordable graphics card upgrade can be all that you need to run games smoothly and with all the eye-candy turned up. If you are getting into Photoshop or Lightroom, working with big Excel or Word documents, or managing a sizable Access database, a RAM upgrade could make a big difference to your productivity.

Even your CPU and motherboard can be easily upgraded. Think of them as the platform on which everything else is built. They just have more influence on the other parts in the system and so changing them may necessitate other hardware upgrades, like new RAM or a new graphics card. They do, however, offer the most general-use speed, as well as substantial performance upgrades for some applications.

Complete IT offers a computer upgrade service in which we will evaluate your computer and your specific needs and then advise on what components will give you the most benefit and whether or not it would be more cost-effective to do a full rebuild. We will then procure the hardware for you, perform all necessary backup, installation and setup procedures and make sure everything is running its best before we leave.

Call Complete IT on 1300 732 850, or head to our contact page here, and we’ll help you get the most out of your desktop or laptop. Get the most out of your upgrade and make it easy and stress-free with Complete IT.

If prefer the DIY approach to PC upgrading, head to our online store for great prices, fast, secure shipping and premium service.

 

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Fix your computer without leaving your house

James David - Tuesday, September 21, 2010

That feeling when you turn on your computer, ready to work or read your emails and all you are presented with is a black screen and some cryptic beeps is terrible. That jarring shock as the screen goes blue and everything breaks down when you are in the middle of something is worse.

The computer was working yesterday, nothing has changed, it just doesn’t work.

A broken down or misbehaving computer is an incredibly frustrating thing to deal with, especially if it is the primary computer in the household or is used for important work or schoolwork. Part of the problem is how utterly mystifying it is. The computer was working yesterday, nothing has changed and unless you know exactly what you’re doing, there’s nothing really to tell you what’s wrong. It just doesn’t work.

And then if you have to deal with sending parts or the whole computer away, it gets worse. The process is usually long-winded; involving multiple phone calls, emails and trips to the post office and often taking days or weeks to reach a satisfying conclusion.

Thankfully, you don’t have to deal with any of that because quality professional IT support is always available.

Complete IT offers an on-site computer repair service in which our experienced technicians will come direct to your home or office and fix your misbehaving machinery on the spot. If your issue is too complex to be fixed then and there we will take it to our offices for repairs, bring it back to you in perfect order and then make sure that it is set up and running flawlessly before we leave.

Stress-free, timely and friendly: the way IT support should be.

Give us a call the next time you are in need of a computer wizard, or any time you would like some friendly advice, support or assistance.

James David

Your IT Implementation, Planning and Support Specialist

Complete IT

 

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Outsourced IT support is a blessing for small business

James David - Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Outsourced IT support provides small businesses with cost-effective, timely and professional IT support from dedicated IT specialists, without putting additional strain on existing staff or infrastructure.

Good IT infrastructure is a vital part of any business. It keeps things running smoothly, helps you work more efficiently, more connectedly and to to higher standards and reach and satisfy your target market in new and more rewarding ways. For a small business IT infrastructure can become the source of competitive advantage that will not only elevate you above your peers, but allow you to compete at the highest levels of your industry.

Cost-effective, timely and professional IT support from dedicated IT specialists.

But good IT infrastructure requires maintenance, planning and support and this, traditionally, has necessitated significant capital outlay, ongoing costs and additional staffing. For a small business this represents a substantial drain on management, staff and finances.

However, in the contemporary business environment, a small business does not necessarily need an IT department to have powerful and well supported IT infrastructure. Virtualisation, remote administration and cloud technologies allow IT specialists to manage, monitor and report on your IT infrastructure remotely. This means that they will be there for you when you need them, without costing you money when you don’t; which makes outsourced IT support efficient.

It’s not only efficient, but effective as well. Outsourced IT professionals are specialists that work solely to provide IT support and have an in-depth professional understanding of technology and its management and application within business. So not only will they provide timely and accurate solutions to your IT problems, they will produce exceptional levels of quality, efficiency and effectiveness and can provide high-level business IT services, like IT audits and technology plans.

Outsourced IT support means that small business can take advantage of powerful IT technology, which can itself be virtualised and running independently from the office, and which is professionally supported by a team of specialists, without putting additional pressure on its internal staff.

Give Complete IT a call today on 1300 732 850 to talk about how we can support your business with professional IT support.

James David

Your IT Implementation, Planning and Support Specialist

Complete IT

 

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Why perform an IT audit?

James David - Wednesday, September 01, 2010

You most likely have a pretty good idea of the computer hardware you are running in your home, as well as what software runs on that hardware. At home it is easy to know what you have and what you need, as well as what to do if something breaks. But if you take that home environment and multiply it by an order of magnitude, you have the work environment. And in that situation it is not only more complex, but also more critical to properly understand your IT infrastructure.

That is what an IT audit is for.  An IT audit evaluates your present IT environment and its current and future requirements, risks and exposures, as well as broader industry standards, competitive risks and opportunities. In this way you can gain an understanding of what’s working and what isn’t, as well as what you have, what you need and what possibilities exist for engendering competitive advantage through innovative IT infrastructure.

Work more efficiently, more effectively and to higher standards of quality.

Why should you consider an IT audit? IT auditing, if done properly and regularly, is one of those short term costs that can contribute to significant long term efficiencies, savings and growth. Understanding your existing IT environment will help iron out problems and inefficiencies in your infrastructure, which means that you and your staff will be able to work more efficiently, more effectively and to higher standards of quality.

It will also aid in planning for future requirements, which allows future IT purchasing decisions to be made as part of a long-term business strategy, not just an immediate IT requirement. Planned purchasing decisions will lead to less waste, because a strong plan based on good information should provide the right tools to meet your needs as they arise. Measure twice, cut once!

An IT audit also encourages a forward-facing approach to IT infrastructure. It will help you to keep tabs on what is happening in the technology world, so that you are in the know and ready to go when the next game-changing technology pops up.

Give Complete IT a call on 1300 732 850 to talk about your IT needs and about how an IT audit can help you.

James David

Your IT Implementation, Planning and Support Specialist

Complete IT

 

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Intel SSDs to jump in capacity

Seth Reinhardt - Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hard drives have been falling in price at a phenomenal rate in recent years and now represent really great value. You can buy a high quality 1TB 3.5” Seagate drive, or a 500GB 2.5” drive to drop into your PlayStation 3, for just over a hundred bucks. I used to pay that much for a spindle of CDs!

But what hard drives haven’t done recently is dazzle us with high tech upgrades and cutting edge performance improvements. The drives I have in my PC today spin at the same 7200 RPM as the ones I had in my PC five years ago. The biggest improvements to hard drive technology have come in the form of reliability and stability, with performance improvements being pretty slight.

intel x25-m

Image via Intel

That’s where Solid State Drives (SSDs) come in. They use flash memory, instead of spinning platters, to provide storage. This means they have no moving parts, which makes them reliable, long lasting and very, very fast. Unfortunately, it has also made them far more expensive per gigabyte and limited them to lower storage capacities – this high performance 80GB Intel X25-M is $433. This makes them fantastic drives for your operating system install and your critical apps, but not much more than that.

Intel’s roadmap shows that this may well be set to change. In May they announced production of NAND flash memory that uses a smaller 25nm process to get 8GB of memory on each chip, double the previous limit of 4GB. This technology is now looking to bear some fruit, in the form of increased capacity for Intel’s upcoming SSDs.

Its X25-M drives look to be expanding to 160GB, 300GB and 600GB models, while the X25-V series will go from 40GB to 80GB. That’s a huge jump in capacity! A 300GB SSD is plenty for an operating system install, a full suite of applications and associated files. With the right price point, this could be a nice entry point to the speedy world of SSDs. Intel’s Enterprise range looks to be growing as well and will be replaced with 100GB, 200GB and 400GB models.

It’s great to see this innovation in hard drives and I’m looking forward to SSDs becoming more affordable and more mainstream, as well as sub 20 second boot times for my Windows 7 machine!

Via CRN Tech

 

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Outsourced data cabling services: save the spaghetti for supper time

James David - Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Powerful and flexible IT infrastructure can be a significant source of competitive advantage in today’s fast-paced business environment. And with the plethora of devices that benefit from, or flat out require, an always-on connection, not to mention power, getting that ubiquitous connectivity working well in your office can be a daunting, but profitable task.

Cabling infrastructure that allows technology to become an organic part of the office.

Designing and installing your data cabling professionally and with a view to the future will reduce the cost and disruption of future technology expansions and allow for more flexibility in the ways that you use and deploy technology in your workplace. It will also reduce the cost of maintaining and managing your IT infrastructure, because a well-designed cabling installation engenders a thoughtful and clean equipment installation, which means gear that is easy to manage and work with and which runs cooler and more stably. And gear that runs cooler and more stably is more useful to the people who use it, has a longer usable life and is less of a drain on support and management.

An innovatively designed data cabling backbone will allow you to leverage your technological investment to its fullest. The best technologies make the complexity behind them transparent and that’s exactly what a professionally designed data cabling system will provide: cabling infrastructure that allows technology to become an organic part of the office. Remove a technical limitation and work where you want to, or where you need to; don’t be constrained by a short-sighted cabling design.

As an extensive, one-off, project with significant implications for future business capabilities and a substantial requirement for technical knowledge, tools and ability, data cabling is perfect for outsourcing to a specialist that has an in depth knowledge of best practices, standards and innovations. Data cabling may seem like a simple necessity; equipment needs power and a network connection to work, but a professional can find the magic in the margins – that little bit extra that helps your business to innovate, compete and excel.

Give us a call on 1300 732 850 to talk about your data cabling requirements and how we can help you innovate through thoughtfully designed data cabling.

James David

Your IT Implementation, Planning and Support Specialist

Complete IT

 

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