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Richard Ekholm has over 25 years of Experience of woking with IT Systemss.  

Setting Out of Office Auto Replies in an Office 365 Shared Mailbox

Log into the Outlook Web App at https://outlook.office365.com using your Office 365 credentials Click on the profile icon on the top right Choose Open another mailbox Type in the email address or name of the Shared Mailbox and select open Click the settings cog on the top right and then click Automatic replies Adjust our settings to suits.

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About to start High School?

About to start High School?

We have had a few clients ring up over the last few weeks seeking advice on what is the best device to buy for their Child which is starting High School in 2016. Usually the school will provide you the minimum requirement of the device. This should include how much RAM, Storage, Networking. etc., There are several considerations which they may not ...

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Business Online Safety Tips

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​This week is  the Stay Smart Online Week - 2015 If you have a Small Business or Manage Small Business you should check out the StaySmartOnlnie Small Business Guide This is some great advice for Business of all sizes, and will ensure that your business is less likely to become the victim of  Cyber Crime

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Sharing Calendars

A number of people ask us to allow an colleague to view their diary in Outlook / Office 365. The Way Microsoft Define the Term "Sharing Calendars" is a little ambiguous, though they do provide a great article on the subject. If you want to allow someone to see your Free / Busy Time then your are looking at the Microsoft Version of Sh...

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Free webmaster tools

Using Webmaster Tools won't help your site get preferential treatment; however, it can help you identify issues that, if addressed, can help your site perform better in search results.

    With the service, webmasters can:
  • see which parts of a site Googlebot had problems crawling
  • notify google of an XML Sitemap file
  • analyze and generate robots.txt files
  • remove URLs already crawled by Googlebot
  • specify your preferred domain
  • identify issues with title and description meta tags
  • understand the top searches used to reach a site
  • get a glimpse at how Googlebot sees pages
  • remove unwanted sitelinks that Google may use in results
  • receive notification of quality guideline violations and request a site reconsideration

If you've improved the crawling and indexing of your site using Google Webmasters Tools or other services, you're probably curious about the traffic coming to your site. Web analytics programs like Google Analytics are a valuable source of insight for this. You can use these to:
High-level analysis is possible via Google Analytics and Website Optimizer get insight into how users reach and behave on your site discover the most popular content on your site measure the impact of optimizations you make to your site
- e.g. did changing those title and description meta tags improve traffic from search engines?
Yahoo! (Yahoo! Site Explorer) and Microsoft (Bing Webmaster Tools) also offer free tools for webmasters.
For advanced users, the information an analytics package provides, combined with data from your server log files, can provide even more comprehensive information about how visitors are interacting with your documents (such as additional keywords that searchers might use to find your site).
Lastly, Google offers another tool called Google Website Optimizer that allows you to run experiments to find what on-page changes will produce the best conversion rates with visitors. This, in combination with Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools (see our video on using the

We suggest you read the google webmaster guidelines

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Joomla SEO Tips

So you have a shiny new joomla site....how do you get the content lindexed by google and bing.

Though not the olny way to do this, our approach is as follows

1) Enable the joomla core SEO functionality

2) Add and configure xmap in your joomla Site to create site maps

3) Use the apache rewrite engine for friendly "www.yoursite.com/sitemap.xml" to add to google and bing

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SBS 2011 Best Practices Analyzer Engine Error

An error occurred while the computer was performing a Windows server Solutions BPA scan. For information about the error, review the log file at %programdata%MicrosoftWindows Server Solutions BPABPA.log or manually run Windows server Solutions BPA


As per microsoft KB2882634 

1. Navigate to "C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MicrosoftBaselineConfigurationAnalyzer 2\Reports\WSSGBPAResults\”

2. Delete the WSSGBPA_Lock

3. Run BPA Scan via Schedule Task

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Choosing a Web Design Service

Nowadays, it has proven to be one of the strongest tools to reach target customers. To attract more people to try out one’s services, the web design must have high quality layout that matches the goal of the company. 
Therefore, the web design service must be high quality, if possible, also affordable. A web design must have a simple design that puts in a good navigational system which helps with easy information access. Only web designers who have experience in planning and building sites can create a web design service that is truly marketing efficient sites. 
Good graphic designs also have a big role in communicating with viewers through the combination of technology and art. It is important that all the basic aspects of a website must be put in. 
The homepage must be catchy or formal or should match the intention of the site so the viewer would get at a glimpse of what the site tries to inform or promote. 
The pages must all be relevant too. So, the web design service provider must give the business owner or the organization a good view of what can be most helpful for them, as their clients. 
Another importance of web design service is the maintenance and development of the website. Also, the privacy protection is important because this must safeguard some information in the website and the content as well.  
Choosing a firm that specializes on web design service must ensure the site’s creative design and functionality. The web designer or the web developer must be equipped with programming languages, web applications, and software programs. 
On the one hand, connected with web design is web development which is a vast field involving aspects like e-commerce development, database technology, SEO, and more. 
One Last Important Aspect of a Web Design Service The service must also include CMS solution; web application development, flash and graphic design, mobile application and other apps that can make the site sell more. 
Besides the expertise and professionalism that must be included in the overall web design service, the price must be reasonable for what package is available. 
Lastly, the web design service must include the content of the site and the increase its traffic so people can view it and get to know its existence. Thus, the products and services of the site can be recognized so people will buy them eventually.

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Set Google as Default Search Provider in Internet Explorer

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For those users comming back to IE from Chrome or firefox, this causes a small ammount of frustration.

The Problem

if you open up Internet Explorer 

Click the Tools button (the Little gear Icon in the top Right hand corner of the title bar),

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How to create an easy to remember but secure password.

As an example, let’s use the First line from Banjo Paterson’s Poem – The Man from Snowy River

So the Phrase start off as

“There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around”

This gets translated to


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Looking for details from an old website?

Internet Archive Wayback Machine logo

if you have ever spend hours looking through old Backups, Hard Disk Drives, USB Keys, CD's and DVD looking for legacy information from a website, here is a great time saving tool for you.

Check out


They claim to have over 426 Billion web pages archived.

Other than the concerns that I have regarding "Big Data", this can be a great time saving tool?

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