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Doing It On Disk

At one time, all backups were done on tape or some other form of low-cost removable media, but disk drives have now become so inexpensive and deliver such high capacities that disk-to-disk (D2D) backup systems have become viable even for small businesses.

How To... Go Virtual

Could you transform your business into one that has no fixed office or location but runs purely as a collection of individuals who work in remote locations? Falk Bleyl, Head of Business Development at specialist communications and hosted applications system provider, Solution1 explains how you might.

Intelligent Storage Management: The smart way to manage storage

If you want to make sure that your data is properly backed up and that you are managing to hold on to data to comply with industry or government regulations, intelligent storage management solutions, could hold the key.

Why does your business needa large-format flat screen plasma or LCD display?

It might seem like an outrageous extravagance to the old school but buying a large format screen for your business could be a smart idea.

How to always stay connected

In this How To we look at a real-world example of how Kate Craig-Wood, managing director and co-founder of web hosting firm Memset, makes use of several mobile technologies to stay in full email and voice contact with staff.

Safely and legally dispose of unwanted PCs

The ROHS and WEEE directives mean that these days you can�t just throw old computers on the scrap heap? So how can you safely and legally dispose of your old unwanted PCs?

Use your PBX to open the IP door!

Voice communications are a vital tool for all modern small businesses. But while the convergence of voice and data communications systems is driving a telecommunications revolution in the world of large enterprise, many SMEs are being put off by the perceived hefty upfront infrastructure costs and disruption to their day-to-day business. Mike Willacy, Senior Product Manager of Voice Solutions for BT Global Services, offers advice on how to make the most of IP without having to completely upgrade your telephony system.

The PC with Two Brains

With two central processing �cores� packed onto the space that usually accommodates just one, the dual core processor can deliver much higher levels of performance.

Brand presence � How can I make my customers remember me?

You�d be hard pushed to find anyone who doesn�t know who the maker of the iPod is, or who hasn�t heard of Adidas, Shell or Tesco. Why? Because each company can be readily identified by people across the globe and, as soon as you mention the company�s name, it creates a perception and opinion in people�s minds. Immediately, people identify with that company, are familiar with its service and merchandise and, ultimately, recognise the brand name.

Taking a short cut to higher capacities

James Lee, UK sales manager for Buffalo Technology, explains how network attached storage can make expanding your disk capacity quick and easy.

Wireless Networking

Balvinder Singh Phull, marketing communications manager at specialist networking company, D-Link, talks us through the basics of networking without wires.

Coping with an email overload

Email overload is a problem that affects almost everyone now � but there are ways that you can take the hassle out of managing your Inbox.

Save the planet

Caring about the environment is high on everyone�s agenda now, so being green is good for staff morale and can also save you money. Living IT looks at how you can be greener about your IT use.

Switch and save

You may have heard the term but if you did not understand exactly what it meant, you would not be alone � Liz Holland, communications manager at leading KVM products manufacturer, Belkin, explains the ins and outs.

Set up a blog for your business

Could having a web area where you keep customers, suppliers and partners updated with your latest news and information help your business? Living IT�s guide to the basics and benefits of Blogs should help you decide.

Choose the right printer for your business

Just about every ink-jet and laser printer these days is colour and those that are not are usually designed for specific needs, such as multiple form impact printing and even these are increasingly rare.

Working At It

Most relationships are built on trust and by working with your supplier, being pragmatic and taking their advice, rather than simply focusing on price, you can get the most out of your IT reseller, says Simon Vail.

Push me, pull me

You have probably heard the phrase �push email; but what is it and how exactly does it work? Steve Clayton, head of midmarket technology at Microsoft UK, explains.

How to dispose of old computer equipment

The arrival of Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) initiatives and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) mean that you can�t just throw old computer, printers and other devices away now - you have to do it properly. Here are a few pieces of advice for how you can go about it safely.

How to choose and set up a projector

If you have never bought or used a projector before, how do you know what to look for in terms of features and value? Our short guide to the mysteries of choosing and using a projector should help you see the light.

How To avoid getting a virus � or any other infection that could harm your data

We�ve all heard about viruses and just about everyone that has a PC will have anti-virus software and a firewall. But smarter variations on the theme such as Trojans and worms, blended threats, phishing, pharming and the latest type of ransom-ware pose new dangers that are harder to repel. This short guide should help you avoid the major pitfalls of setting up stern defences for your business.

How to write usage policies for the Internet and email

Having clear written policies for your business with regard to the Internet and email will help you to protect your business and your own staff. Here are some guidelines on what to include and the form of words to use.

How to choose the right accounting package for your business

Selecting the right accounting package for your business is something you need to do with care if you are going to get the right software � and the right type of service.

How to monitor and control use of the Internet and email

The Internet and email have become indispensable tools for most businesses but it is all too easy for staff to misuse on-line resources � and as well as wasting time, they could potentially land your business in trouble. Living IT looks at how you can monitor the use of the web and messaging.

How to save money with multi-function printers

Look around your office and consider your daily tasks. Chances are you'll find yourself awash in paper. But does this really need to be the case?

How to secure a wireless network

Networking makes it easy to share Internet access and data. But you wouldn't want to share your information with just anyone. With a wireless network, your information is travelling through the airwaves � not physical wires, so anyone within range can "listen in" on your network. Here are four essential security measures you should take to secure your wireless network.

How to avoid health and safety issues problems with IT systems

Keeping your staff fit and productive is important but unless you are aware of the dangers, IT can cause you some issues with health and safety regulations so it�s a wise to pay attention to the details and know how to avoid any problems

How to set up a CCTV system over the Internet

Low cost �but very capable - web cameras and the ability to transmit and store video footage on computer networks and across the Internet are bringing CCTV systems within the reach of much smaller businesses. But where do you start?

How to make sure your network is future-proofed

If you invest in a network you want to be sure that it can grow with you and, when you want to make use of new technologies, you can do so without throwing the whole set-up out and starting again or incurring any major costs upgrading.

How to protect your on-line identitiy and bank details

We all know that identity theft and phishing (trying to get you to put your confidential details into a false web site) are big problems. But how can you avoid being deceived by the fraudsters?

How to make the most of your Internet firewall

After anti-virus software, the firewall is the next most essential piece of security software for any business and while most firewalls will work �out of the box�, it�s a good idea to understand a little bit more about what�s important and how to get the best from them.

How to use instant messaging for business

The use of Instant Messaging (IM) has grown massively over the past two years and what started as a craze in the home, has now moved into the business world. And while IM can be really useful, it can also expose you to a number of threats. Our list of do�s and don�ts should help you make the most of IM and avoid the pitfalls.

How to Subscribe to and use a mobile 3G service

It all sounds very complicated but getting on-line with a 3G/GPRS data service is not all that difficult or expensive. Having Internet access anytime and anywhere means you can pick up and send emails and get information from the web wherever you are on your laptop.

How to Stop someone stealing your PC/laptop

Laptops may be inexpensive now but thieves will still walk off with them given half a chance. PCs can also be attractive to thieves, especially if they have high specifications or there are a few of them all together in one place. And while you can never guard against physical theft completely there are a few things that you can do to minimise the appeal of your systems to those with criminal intentions

How to put a stop to SPAM

Unwanted and unsolicited e-mails � or spam � is a growing problem for businesses of all sizes. So how can you minimise the amount you get?

How to set up a wireless network

To the uninitiated, setting up a wireless LAN sounds daunting but in practice, it can be fairly simple.

How to choose an IT supplier

Finding the right supplier is more than half the battle when it comes to making the most of your investment in IT systems.

HP iPAQ devices deliver productivity on the road

Converged mobile devices, with the functionality of both telephony and wireless computing, have made productive mobile working a reality for many businesses. With the use of bespoke applications running on micro-sized pocket PCs, you can take your specific business function anywhere.