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The Monthly Download—June 2023

Thinking of moving offices… or even going 100% remote?

Has hybrid and remote working left you and your team rattling around an office that’s too big?

If you’re now in the position of overspending on rent, utilities and cleaning, you might be thinking about downsizing to another location – or even abandoning the office completely. That’s something that will take some planning if you want a smooth transition with minimal, expensive downtime. Moves are always stressful, and relocating your IT systems takes a bit more thought than manhandling a desk up the stairs.

So here are our top three suggestions to make it easier to shift your IT setup to a new location.

  • Use a checklist
  • Give your internet provider notice
  • Use a professional

If you’re thinking about a move to new premises and need help planning for it, we can help… get in touch.

What's happening at RCT this month?

We will be at another cool convention!

We are excited to be at the upcoming UMAAS convention here in Saskatoon from June 6-9. If you are there too we would love for you to stop by and say hi! We will have fun games, lots of prizes and treats!

Business gadget of the month

Moleskine Smart Writing Notebook & Pen Set: The classic Moleskine notebook includes a Smart Pen and Notes App. It takes an instant digital copy of every page, so you can handwrite your meeting notes but take your doodles to the next level. Widely available $279

Technology Update

Are you asking ChatGPT the wrong questions?

ChatGPT is incredible, but it still has its limitations. If you find it frustrating and inaccurate, it’s quite likely you’re doing it wrong. Here’s how to get the best out of it…

  • Be specific - A basic question will generate a basic answer. The more specific your question, the more likely it is to create a good answer.
  • Give it context - For instance, if you’re asking it to review an email, tell it whose perspective it’s reading it from – an employee, a frustrated client, and so on.
  • Watch your language - It can cope with a few typos and a little slang, but too much and you won’t get the great responses you want.

Tech facts

  • The Surface Web (the internet visible to search engines) only accounts for 10% of the internet. The rest lives in the Deep Web – where pages aren’t indexed, or are encrypted, password protected or behind a paywall. This is normal, legal and very different to the Dark Web… where criminals do business.
  • One of iTunes’ terms and conditions states that you are not to use their devices to create “…nuclear, missile, chemical or biological weapons”.
  • Only 4.5 billion people around the world have a working toilet. More than 6 billion people have a cell phone.

Inspirational quote of the month

"Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize “Data is the pollution problem of the information age, and protecting privacy is the environmental challenge."

Bruce Schneier, Cryptographer and
Computer Security Professional
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A New Month, A New Tech Quiz

1) What was Google’s name originally a misspelling of?

2) ‘Creeper’ was the name of the first what?

3) What’s the world’s most popular password?

4) What was the first games console to go to space?

5) How much of the world’s currency is now digital?

The answers are below.

  1. ‘Googol’, a word to express a HUGE number
  2. Computer virus
  3. Please, please, please don’t use this…
  4. A Nintendo Game Boy, taken to the Mir space station in 1993
  5. More than 92%

New to Microsoft 365

Printing gets a security boost Microsoft 365 is helping to reduce print waste and increase privacy with an update to its printing function. It will hold print jobs until you arrive at the printer. Then you scan a QR code on the Microsoft Office mobile app to start your print job.

For any help or advice, get in touch. It’s what we do.

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