The Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC that runs various linux distributions and can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. There are 2 different versions one with 256mb and the other with 512mb, both are available here at RS Components from just under £20!

We’ve tried one and used it for a few different uses and they’re great fun to use!

See more at http://www.raspberrypi.org/

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Apple – an alternative?

Apple equipment is beautifully designed and easy to use. We use Apple equipment for a number of different purposes in particular we’ve used ipods as data capture devices for some of our clients and we’ve also used ipads to show information with interactive offline content. Yes we could use PC tablets but they don’t look as good and aren’t always as easy to use.

In terms of the laptops and desktop computers we’ve installed in some of our clients to provide better looking alternative to the boring old designs. The Mac OS is quite easy to use and has many advantages over PCs and can talk quite happily to them when needed! However you can also install Windows on your Mac so you can use one or both operating systems.

We expect that Apple Desktops and Laptops to have touchscreens soon as this is the way the market is going.

Interested how apple equipment can be made to work for you? Drop us an email and we can arrange a demonstration.

Windows 8 is coming

Windows 8 is set to be a radical rethink of Windows and abandon the traditional start menu format seen in Windows since Windows 95. It is the use they’re new “Metro Interface” as seen in the recent Windows phones, which uses tiles. Kind of seems like they are going back to more what they had in Windows 3.1!

Its heavily based around using touchscreens, which means we’re going to be seeing a lot more touchscreen PCs, Laptops and tablets around once its launched. While PCs and tablets with touchscreen are commonplace, laptops have been a little slow to include this. But in the next few years expect every new computer to include touchscreen as standard. They added the ribbon interface seen in Office 2007/10 to explorer, streamlined Internet Explorer so it runs more quickly and improved backup/restore functions, added native USB3 support and more…

It allegedly will run on any PC that runs Vista or Windows 7 comfortably.

So will it be any good? Time will tell, as its only currently in testing right now, with a release date unconfirmed (but expected before the end of 2013.) I personally am unsure as to whether people will find the loss of a desktop very easy, although you can disable “metro” and go back to your start menu if you really want. My thoughts are – thats what most people will do, as people aren’t big on change. What i’m really interested to see, is what Apple do to compete, as they’re Mac OS 10 has been around for some years now and maybe is also due for a radical rethink too.

Now on ebay

We’ve opened up and ebay account and are buying and selling computers, monitors and laptops.
Do bear in mind that items listed on here will fluctuate, but contact us if theres something you’re after particularly.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/agilecomputing/m.html?_dmd=1&_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1

Beware of fake technical support calls

Though fake technical support phone calls started appearing year ago, they appear to have resurfaced.

A person calls you and claims to be from Microsoft or similar, and attempts to persuade you into giving him remote access on the basis that he can see theres a problem on your computer and he can fix it for free.

Why? They’re attempting to access your computers information and anything on it, like passwords and bank details. They are basically fraudsters, don’t let anyone have remote access to your computer unless you know them – namely us! If you have a computer problem, call us!

website and email setup from only £250 first year

Website and email setup from £250 first year, then £150 a year after that. sounds to good to be true? well its not.

Why spend thousands of pounds on a website and then continue to keep paying a web developer when you’re starting up and just need a professional looking web presence? You provide us with a logo (if you don’t have one, we can help with that too, for extra cost) and content and how you want things looking and set out and we’ll put together the site for you. We’ll continue to do minor changes for free for that year.

Contact pages, basic content and blogs is all included in that cost. if you need anything extra then we can do that too just ask and we’ll give you a price. email we can provide you an email solution for up to 10 users that gives a webmail interface, email via outlook or windows mail and is accesible via your phone.

Its all that easy! just drop us an email at info@agilecomputing.co.uk for more details.