Windows 10 is here!

Posted by Michael Goodwin on 30 July 2015

Today, Microsoft launched it's latest desktop operating system offering Windows 10.

4 of us have been running Windows 10 here at our office for a few months. Let me tell you, the experience to date has been well above expectation.

Windows 10 installs quickly. The upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 is painless. Once upgraded, the operating system loads quickly, the Start Menu is back, drivers are well supported and it is easy to drive and use. Microsoft has looked at what everyone liked and hated with Windows 7 and Windows 8 and made sure they resolved the issues. Thankfully, this means the start menu returns. It combines the good bits from Windows 8 as well as the bits we missed from Windows 7.

For those of you who have suffered with Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 10 will be a welcomed arrival.

Due to the ground Microsoft lost with Windows 8, they are offering Windows 10 to all users that hold a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8 license. I feel that this is a generous offer that will see many users move quickly to the operating system. If your system is eligible, you will see a Windows icon in your system tray offering the free upgrade.

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Gosford Chamber Business Awards

Posted by Michael Goodwin on 14 July 2015

Last Saturday night, the Gosford Chamber of Commerce held their annual business awards.

Loyal I.T. Solutions was nominated in two separate categories Excellence in Business Ethics and Business Leader.

I am happy to announce that we won the Excellence in Business Ethics award. We had won this the previous year, so we remain the 2015 title holder. Congratulations to Ian Stewart who won the Business Leader award.

I am really proud of winning the Excellence in Business Ethics award.

Thank you to all of our loyal clients that support us!

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Zoo and Snooze 2015

Posted by Michael Goodwin on 2 July 2015

One again, Loyal I.T. is getting involved in Zoo and Snooze. This is the major fundraiser for the year for Coast Shelter.

Coast Shelter do awesome work on the Central Coast. Their goal is to end homelessness on the NSW Central Coast.

Zoo and Snooze is an executive sleep out, where each sleeper needs to raise $1000 to sleep rough at the Australian Reptile Park. This is on Friday 7th August. We are a team of 7, so our goal is $7000. A special thank you to Michael Trimblett, Naomi, Raewyn, Brendan Cairns, Sarah Russell (from the NSW Cancer Council) and Shayne Price (from Custom Outdoor Creations). We are currently sitting at $4366.07. Thank you to all of our clients that have donated to this great cause.

If you would like more information about Zoo and Snooze, or make a donation, please check out the Zoo & Snooze website.

If you would like to know more about the great work that Coast Shelter perform in our local community, please visit the Coast Shelter Website.

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Do you use MYOB?

Posted on 26 May 2015

Are you using MYOB in your business? Where is your data file located? Do you back it up regularly?

One of our clients recently experienced data loss with their MYOB system. This particular client uses us on an ad-hoc basis. Their understanding was that the MYOB data file was on the server, therefore, it was being backed up by the server backup system.

The PC that had MYOB loaded onto it had a hard drive failure. It was at this point that they realised that the MYOB data file was on the PC, not the server.

The hard drive had to be sent off to a data recovery specialist. The price to retrieve data was quoted at $700-$1200 with a 50% chance of recovery.

If you are running MYOB and are not sure where you data file is, or are just assuming it is on the server, please contact us and get it checked.

We don't want to see this happen again.

If you have any questions about this, please call me on 43370700 to discuss.

 

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Federal Budget - 2015

Posted by Michael Goodwin on 22 May 2015

The recent Federal budget has incentivised small business by offering a 100 per cent deduction for equipment purchases to a generous limit of $20,000 per item. What could that mean for your business?

So, computers, cars, vans, kitchen equipment, tables and chairs, machinery, tools, servers, laptops and other items costing under $20,000 can now be 100% written off. The immediate deduction applies to as many items as a business can afford.

Assuming the budget measures are passed, the scheme will stimulate the economy and encourage business to spend. The scheme runs until 30 June 2017.

Fringe benefits tax used to be payable on technology items packaged through your salary. These items are now exempt. You can offer your employees technological items as part of their salary package without the overhead of calculating and withholding FBT.

Other budget changes impacting small businesses (< $2 million turnover a year) include; a reduction in the tax rate from 30 to 28.5 per cent for companies and a 5 per cent tax discount up to $1,000 for sole traders or partnerships (not Pty. Ltd companies). If you hire an older employee 50 or old, you can qualify for the Restart wage subsidy. Instead of two instalments of $3,000 and two of $2,000 over two years, the whole subsidy will be paid during the first year of employment $10,000. This is certainly worth considering. Restart doesn't cover older, unemployed people who are not eligible for income support. If you want to take advantage of these tax breaks and purchase some I.T. equipment, speak with your accountant to ensure you are eligible, then give Naomi a call at the office for a quote. (02) 43370700

 

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