king alex

Introducing: Alex aka Joffrey

Hey, I’m Alex. I’m the Blue Spot Computers Apprentice and I live in the Workshop.

Whether it’s a laptop with a faulty hard drive or a new desktop that needs building then it’s my job to make everyone a brew and let Simon show me how it’s done…

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Rick Playwell's hints and tips

Coming Soon – Rick’s Playwell’s IT Tips

Hey Everybody,

Rick Playwell here! I just wanted to let you know that I will soon be running a new feature on our blog.

A selection of the best hints and tips to keep you happy and sane when dealing with technology or your IT systems.

So keep watch this space and if you like you can follow me on Instagram too! Use the hashtags #rickstips and #askrick to ask me IT related questions on my instagram account.

Instagram: rick_playwell

Thanks,

Rick x

Introducing: Rick

Rick Playwell PR Manager for Blue Spot

Rick Playwell, the new PR Manager for Blue Spot Computers.

Hi I’m Rick Playwell, the new PR Manager for Blue Spot Computers and I joined the team yesterday.

I used to be in the construction industry but bricks can get very boring after a while so I thought I’d try something that offered me a new challenge.

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Tidy server cabinet

How having a tidy server cab can save you money.

Streamlining how your business operates is quite easily one of the best tools you can use to both optimise your company’s productivity and as such increase your profits, but one place where most companies fail to think about the importance of streamlining is with their IT – and not necessarily when it comes to the system itself…
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Introducing: Amy

Hi I’m Amy, the newest member of Blue Spot’s first line support team.

I joined the team in April of this year, with the aim of kickstarting my career in IT. I love my role already as I have encountered a variety of different IT Issues meaning no two days are the same.

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Business outsourcing benefits

How outsourcing can help your business

You may have heard the term before, but what does it actually mean? More importantly, how can outsourcing different aspects of your workload help you and your business?

Outsourcing is nothing new, the process and its principles of ‘contracting out’ an external company to take over some of your operational work have been around for a long time. There’s many companies offering business outsourcing for all kinds of different tasks: Accounts, Payroll, Customer service, IT Support etc. but the key to making outsourcing work for you is simply in finding right fit with a company who can provide everything you need.

So why outsource anything in the first place? Here’s a few reasons why you should look into outsourcing:

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Introducing: Sam

Hi I’m Sam, one of Blue Spot’s 1st line support technicians.

When I’m not logged on to your network saving the day I like to indulge in many random activities.

One of my oldest hobbies is skate boarding and long boarding. I’d happily take the thrill of hurtling down a hill on my longboard over learning a new trick any day.

I also enjoy cycling, as a result I cycle to work every day and try to go on bike rides most nights, weather permitting. As I spend most of my days looking at computer screens solving problems…

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Raspberry Pi wins UK’s top engineering award

Raspberry Pi has come a long way in the five years it has been on sale. More than 12 million units of the small computer have been sold and it recently partnered with Google to add artificial intelligence.
Now, the team behind the Pi has been awarded the UK’s top engineering prize. Eben Upton and Pi staff were given the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award at a ceremony in London last night.

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Another malware attack stalks the world’s computers

Heavy NotPety’ing

A LITTLE over a month ago a piece of malicious computer software called WannaCry spread around the world, freezing Chinese cash machines, trashing German railway timetables and causing chaos in British hospitals. On June 27th the world was treated to a re-run. As The Economist went to press, a different piece of malicious software, tentatively dubbed NotPetya, had infected tens of thousands of PCs.

This outbreak started in Ukraine, hitting the electricity network, shutting down payment terminals and even locking up radiation monitors at Chernobyl. But it soon spread. Those affected included Rosneft, a Russian oil firm, Maersk, a Danish shipping company, and Merck, an American drugmaker.

Analysis by Microsoft suggests NotPetya spread via accounting software, popular in Ukraine, that is made by a firm called M.E. Doc. The malware’s creators seem to have used the process by which M.E. Doc sends…Continue reading

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The Blue Spot F1 Experience at Royles Jaguar

Blue Spot at Royles

Well, what a glorious weekend, and a fantastic opportunity for us here at Blue Spot to combine a couple of our favourite things, IT support, cars and chatting to people! We are really pleased to have been invited to take our F1 simulator to Royles Group garage in Wilmslow to entertain the crowds during an open weekend. It was a beautiful hot few days and we had a fantastic time meeting everyone who showed up to have a go! The weekend was to promote the awesome Zenos sports car that Royles are selling, and you will see from the photos that we managed to grab whilst setting up (below), that these weren't the only interesting exhibits for the visitors to have a look around! Enjoy!

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