Category: Hardware

Broadband in Edinburgh

Broadband in the UK and in Edinburgh in particular is very variable. Some areas have multiple oftions of 4G and fibre, while other areas struggle to get ADSL. As the majority of Broadband is provisioned via BT Openreach there is plenty of scope for things to go wrong. We have recently been involved with a new …

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SBS Virtualisation – the hard way …

So the Raid 1 pair on our main server (sbs08) had an error – which got worse when the UPS failed in a spectacular fashion resulting in the rebuild sticking at 99.83% for a week. This would have been fine it not for the fact that everytime the backup process ran it triggered alerts every …

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Dell at Tesco

It’s been a while now that you could buy Dell machines from Tescos and PC World and a lot has been said both for and against this. I must say that while doing my weekly shop I saw a rather interesting sight, a Dell box on Sale. It seems that Tesco’s are having to come …

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21 CN is Here

21 CN the 21st Century Networking from BT is finally here in Edinburgh, well the Waverley exchange anyway. The upgrade took place over a month ago and while most of our clients at that exchange were cutoff for 25 hours, they now have a faster and cheaper service. Looking back over ADSL in the last …

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Quality of Sales Staff

I happened to be at a big name retailer last weekend and overheard the salesman describing the difference between 2 laptop systems. One was a T5x series with 3Gb Ram and the other was a T8x series with 2Gb Ram. The sales guy was telling the customer how the machine with the larger ram was …

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Spare Parts and Upgrades

We carry a range of spares in stock and can get generic parts next day. If you are looking for specific parts then you can use the form below to see what is available. We also have access to the full ranges of parts from HP, Dell and APC and can advise on compatibility.

January Events

January is looking very busy. We have our new office and showroom opening (once the painters re-appear) and then its a chance to put all the holiday planning into action. Is this going to be the year of the Home Server and the year that Vista goes mainstream? Probably. Once the back-to-work problems have all …

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Christmas Gadgets

With Christmas coming there is a rush on to get those must-have gadgets. This year the 2 main items we are supplying are Home Servers and eeePCs. The Home Servers are from HP and Tranquil PC, HP if you need storage in the Box, and Tranquil if you want silence and an unbelievably low power …

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The ‘Naked’ PC

There has been a lot of debate on the selling of computers with and without operating systems and I though I should give my opinion. Selling a computer as components is fine if the end user knows what he is doing and has FULL RETAIL copies of the software he is going to install on …

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NetGear Training

Having spend 2 days training on the NetGear wireless course I must say how good it has been. Having had a good play with the kit and discussed all the technical issues the wireless world suddenly becomes a lot clearer. After 4 years of deploying and installing wireless kit you would have thought that everything …

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