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The Spectre of a Security Meltdown
Computer users around the world woke up to 2018 with news that, once again, they face serious new threats to their systems’ security. This time the dangers come from flaws in CPUs manufactured by all the major producers including Intel and AMD.
With terrifying names like Meltdown and Spectre, these vulnerabilities are possibly the most widespread IT security threat that the world has faced. This is because almost all computing devices are affected. Intel and AMD between them manufacture almost all CPUs on the globe. And these CPUs are present in all manners of devices including PCs, servers and even smartphones, TVs and watches. It does not matter if you are using Windows, macOS (or even Linux), Android, or iOS; they are all susceptible.
HTG’s security specialists have been working with our hardware, software and security vendors to determine the best course of action to protect ourselves and our clients from these threats. However, because of the enormity of these vulnerabilities many manufacturers are still collecting information and assessing the impacts from implementing fixes.Read more
A very low-cost Business Intelligence tool from Microsoft is automating business reporting
Your organisation’s CFO is paid to think strategically and help you manage and grow your business. Correct?
However, in reality, most CFOs spend far too much time on nuts and bolts accounting work, which diverts them from their strategic role for which they are paid.
I know several CFOs who monthly can spend up to a week producing reports…
One reason is business performance reporting. In spite of massive technological improvements in budgeting, forecasting and compliance, performance reporting is still a labour-intensive process. This saddles the senior finance team with unnecessary workloads.Read more
Do you have to complete forms or sign documents?
In traditional mode, forms arrive in the post on paper. We pick up a pen, fill in the required boxes, perhaps sign the form, take a photocopy, and post the form back to the sender. Sometimes we pass it onto other people within the firm to complete their sections and perhaps affix their signatures as well.
These days, the forms or documents are more likely to arrive as PDFs.
I observe that many people would print them out, hand complete and sign the documents, and scan them back into PDF before emailing them back to the sender.
Placing a signature on a document
the traditional way can take
anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes …
Using these free packages you can
cut that down to less than 30 seconds.
Often it is very useful to be able to snip all or part of your screen. You can send that snip to someone to explain what you are doing or you can incorporate that cut-out into another document as a graphic.
Snipping tools allow you to do that. The snip may be the entire screen or a specific section that you choose by clicking and dragging with your mouse. Most snipping tools allow the user to enhance the snip afterwards and it is these enhancements that make some tools more useful than others.
All the snipping tools described in this article are either free or very low cost and extremely easy to use. If you have not been using them, do not wait any longer.
All the snipping tools described in this article are
either free or very low cost and extremely easy to use.
If you have not been using them, do not wait any longer.
Windows Snipping Tools
Windows comes with two built-in screen capture options. The first one is the simple Print Screen utility that you invoke simply by pressing the ‘PrtScr’ button on your keyboard. It grabs a shot of the entire screen and stores it as a bmp graphic file. The software stops there and to enhance the shot, the user has to deploy other graphic tools.Read more
Handwriting recognition technology is rocketing away at the speed of light.
To take advantage of handwriting recognition on PC’s you just need a capacitive (avoid resistive) touch screen with a fine-tipped (keep away from dome-tipped) stylus. To download a HTG information sheet on the differences between these screens and styli click HERE). The software is built into Windows, so you do not have to pay extra for it.
Windows 10 handwriting recognition can only be described as ‘sock-blowing’.
I started using Windows handwriting recognition from Windows 95 and in each successive release of Windows, Microsoft has dramatically improved the accuracy of the software. The latest Windows 10 handwriting recognition can only be described as ‘sock-blowing’.
Generally, you can use the technology to enter data into any program: your patient management system, Microsoft Outlook emails, websites, Microsoft Word or Excel; you can hand write into anywhere that you can use your keyboard to enter data into.Read more