BBC Detectors Are Back!

Do you remember the TV adverts with the TV Detector Vans cracking down on unlicensed televisions? Well they are back, but now they are on the Internet as well as local streets. From September 1st, 2016, the law is changing and you will need a TV License to watch or download BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. This … [Read more...]

Deduped, A Little Magic To Clean Up Your Act

Excel is probably SMEs most used database and contacts manager system, and one of the tasks that is often performed is comparing lists and finding duplicate records. With increasingly stringent controls on data held by organisations undertaking this essential and highly efficient task will ensure you are confident in your data lists and eliminate … [Read more...]

A Cunning Plan For Successful Group Working

Are you running a team, or involved with planning for single or multiple teams and projects? If the answer to that is yes, or if you are juggling multiple activities and need an easy to use tool to provide an overview of the status of all of those tasks, then Microsoft Office 365 Planner is an application that you should take a look at. Planner is … [Read more...]

Marginal Gains Create Champions

We’ve seen it on the track and on the water, marginal gains have been a big concept in sport for a decade. Migrating that to your work space will save you time and helps you navigate your applications more effectively. Here we offer 15 short-cut key sets that save seconds and give you back time in your working day. Alt+F4 = Quit Program CTRL+C = … [Read more...]

A Big Leap For Our Apprentices

We are great believers in giving people opportunities at Astec, and over the years we have nurtured a number of highly skilled and accomplished apprentices into our technical teams. As a Microsoft Partner, Astec supports our teams in developing their skills and capabilities to understand and implement the latest technology products and services, … [Read more...]

Where Is Your Data Safe?

We are often asked the question, ‘Is my data safe in the cloud’? Well unless your data is on a device that has no communications interface and the device itself cannot be stolen, then the cloud is safer than any security measures you can support locally, with certain provisos. As a Microsoft Partner, we have worked together for 25 years and have … [Read more...]

Get On Your Game

The Astec team have been inspired, like many sports fans to get involved in an Olympian sport! Call it what you like – whiff-whaff, ping-pong, or table tennis our athletic teams have established their own league and the competitiveness in the office is reaching Rio heights. It is good to have a winning mentality in business, and the right tools … [Read more...]

Expert Coaches for Rio or the Office

With the Rio Olympics racing towards us, Team GB has been set a high bar of 48 medals to demonstrate success. This would make Rio our most successful oversees Olympics. Business and sport hold many parallels, we build strong, effective teams which consist of experts and set them goals to achieve. For the most part, we all perform on a level … [Read more...]

Your Time Is Up! CryptoLocker Ransomware

These are not your friendly neighbourhood hackers! To these thieves, this is a business. An increasing number of UK organisations are being targeted and money extorted from them. The model uses social engineering techniques to trick users into running a Zip folder or file, which then contaminates the system and any other system attached to the … [Read more...]

Top of the Form

We have been working with schools and colleges for a number of years and often find that the teachers and staff developing the curriculum are some of the most technology adventurous customers we support. This month we were one of the first south east Microsoft Solution Partners to hold two education technology events in partnership with Microsoft … [Read more...]