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New FIRST4TECH 'Virus removal service'

Almost 1 year ago I posted an article about a fairly new strain of virus we had started to see infecting some of our business customer's home/personal PC's.  Since then, various other strains of this rogue antivirus or Scareware as they are also known have become far more prevelant than I expected.  So much so that we have decided to launch a Virus Removal Service for home users.

What we are offering is a professional approach to virus removal.  We're very aware of the horror stories you hear about people's PC's coming back wiped clean of personal data following a 'health check' or virus clean from large retail chains.  We'll treat your personal data with the utmost of importance, making sure everything is backed up prior to (and restored after) any virus cleaning attempt.

For more information and pricing, click here.



Microsoft Small Business Server 2011

As promised, here is a follow up to my previous post about Microsoft Small Business 2008 now that I have had chance to take a look at the newly released SBS 2011.

The first thing with Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 is the addition of a new ‘flavour’ of the product known as Essentials. Whilst unfortunately not available to test at the time of writing this, it appears to be a quite different version of the SBS package to what we’re used to seeing. It allows a maximum of 25 users (with no CAL’s required for user access) and seems very much based around cloud services such as Hosted Exchange for email and Sharepoint for file storage. I do have reservations about cloud computing when so many parts of the UK (particularly in the South West) struggle to get a reliable broadband connection to support its use. I hope to do a better review of SBS 2011 Essentials later in the year when it becomes available.

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Microsoft Small Business Server 2008

Over the last couple of years we have installed a number of new file servers for customers with the most popular build being based around Microsoft’s Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 operating system.  But why do we choose to use SBS so often and what makes it such a good choice for the SME market?

SBS 2008 is based on Microsoft’s Windows 2008 server architecture and comes in both Standard and Premium flavours (with Premium offering extra software packages as part of the bundle).  The Standard edition ships with Microsoft Exchange 2007 which has already proven to be very reliable and much easier to scale for today’s typically larger mailboxes that users tend to have.  We have also found it very easy to integrate with modern smartphones which has increasinly become the norm for most of our user’s requirements.

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FIRST4TECH Mazda 3 Sport (updated real car pics!)

They're here!  We've finally taken delivery of our new cars and had the livery finished today.  As you can see we went for design #1 in the end - thanks for all of your excellent feedback, it really helped us get the cars looking superb.

Let us know if you see them out and about and feel free to shout at us if they're dirty! ;)


Artwork/Layout: Mark Tomline
Livery: Signs Express Exeter



FIRST4TECH Mazda 3 Sport

FIRST4TECH will be taking delivery of a new fleet of cars in November to replace our existing Mazda 6's.  We have gone for the Mazda 3 2.2D Sport (185 PS) in Crystal White Pearlescent.  As with our existing fleet, we are looking to have decals applied to the cars to show off our company logo and contact information so they really stand out whilst we're driving around the South West.

We enlisted the help of Graphic Designer Mark Tomline - customer and good friend of FIRST4TECH - to help us with some ideas.  Mark has come up with 6 superb designs and we'd like your input to help us decide which one looks best!  Please leave a comment on this blog article or on our Facebook page.

Download a PDF of all 6 of the designs and let us know your favorite: F4T Mazda 3 Designs PDF - (517 KB)

Many thanks for your help Mark, very much appreciated. :)