Best tech for the home office

It looks like working from home is still going to be big in the future, with many of us staying at home indefinitely. So, we need all the right tech, don’t we? The Financial Times have suggested some of the best tech for the home office.

Best tech for the home office

Transforming your bedroom, living room or spare room into a home office space until further notice?
These are the top best tech for the home office picks worth investing in now

Working from home brings its own set of challenges but having the right tools on hand can help you stay productive. One of the biggest challenges of working from home is setting up a home office with the right tools. However, once you have got everything in place, it’s easier to get your work done.  

Even if you do not have a ton of space or a dedicated room to turn into a home office, you can still have a comfortable and productive work-from-home setup. All you need is a table, chair, and a few key pieces of tech.

Best tech for the home office: The essentials

We have compiled this handy list of the best work-from-home tech to help you increase your productivity. The main tech essentials everyone needs to work remotely are reliable internet and a laptop, but we also recommend getting a monitor, so you have a bigger screen to work from as well as a decent keyboard and mouse. With these gadgets, you will feel much more comfortable working than you would if you had to squint over your small laptop screen all day.

Beyond those main tech gadgets, you may also want to get a few more accessories, so we have added others that are enjoyable to have, including everything from headphones and speakers to webcams and smart lights.

Wireless mouse Wireless mouse

Logitech’s MX Master Wireless Mouse is our top pick for the best computer mouse for good reason. With an ergonomic design that is comfortable to use for hours on end and you can customize the functions of its buttons and the speed of the scroll wheel. It helps limit the amount of wrist and hand fatigue at the end of a day. It’s also wireless, so it’s an excellent mouse to have in your home office

Bluetooth keyboard Bluetooth keyboard

Logitech’s K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard has a compact design and the keys are responsive for typing. It does not have a number pad as this is a no-frills option. It is wireless, too, so for the small home office setup doesn’t look cluttered by a bunch of cables.

Gel wrist rest for your mouse Gel wrist rest

To limit wrist fatigue use Kensington’s ErgoSoft Wrist Rest. It is essentially a small gel-filled wrist pad that you can position exactly where you need it. The sticky underside keeps it from shifting around on the table. Ideal to have the option to angle it or remove it as needed throughout the workday.

A conference speaker phone conference speaker phone

Unless it is a quick call, using headsets or a phone against your ear is not ideal. Terrible sounding speakers on a phone or laptop is also not great. Use the PowerConf Bluetooth Speakerphone from Anker. Designed for group conferences and is portable. Due to the sound quality it produces and that has six microphones, it can pick up voices clearly regardless of where in the room.

A comfy office chair to plant your bottom office chair

Are you dealing with back pain? Long sitting hours in your office chair could be a killer. Why don’t you think about something else?.

It’s entirely too easy to spend a fortune on an office chair. An affordable option is the Space Seating Professional AirGrid.

A mid-back managers chair is upholstered with an AirGrid mesh-back with black eco-leather seat. Features built-in lumbar support, pneumatic seat height adjustment, and 2-to-1 synchro tilt control with adjustable tilt tension.

Advice from the experts

Some of the best tech for the home office you need to work effectively from home is obvious. Powerful laptop: check. Reliable printer: check. Fast broadband: check. But there are other gadgets that, while you can get the job done without them, will make a difference to how effortlessly you breeze through your to-do list.

However, how do you choose the best option to suit your needs? What do you do when your tech stops working? Have you got the right solutions in your office to keep you work effectively and securely? Contact the LIS Help Desk to discus the best options for your business. With 25 years’ experience, we are here to help, advice and listen to our clients. Le us be part of your team and help you run your business.

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Apple update threat

Unexpected Apple update threat

In a recent BBC article, James Clayton and Leo Kelion investigates the Apple update threat. Are you an ipad or iphone user? Owners of iPhones and iPads are being warned that some apps may experience glitches, due to an unexpected update. Apple only gave a day’s notice of the release of a major update to its mobile operating systems.

Chief executive Tim Cook revealed on Tuesday that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 would launch on Wednesday. Last year, Apple announced the release date more than a week in advance.

Apple update threat

Apple only gave a day’s notice of the release of a major update to its mobile operating systems. This did not allow enough time for developers to combat the Apple update threat

Developers complain

The Apple update threat has caused havoc with developers. They have complained they do not have enough time to check for bugs and submit their products to the App Store. They include big names such as Nintendo, which has warned gamers that its Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp app will not launch after the update.

Pocket Camp commented on Twitter “We have confirmed that you cannot start the application after updating the iOS device to iOS 14. We are planning to fix this issue in an upcoming update within this month. We do not recommend you to update your device to iOS 14 until we have fixed this issue”.

How to prevent the Apple update threat

Some people’s devices are set to auto-install Apple’s mobile updates. In general, this can be a good idea to ensure that the latest cyber-security protection. In addition, features are automatically added when a device is plugged in overnight and connected to wi-fi.

However, this facility is limited to “point releases” and not the major “round-numbered” updates, like the move from iOS 13.7 to iOS 14. In this case, the new code will still be downloaded in the background on devices running versions 13.6 and above, but will not install without first seeking the user’s express permission, which can be declined.

Taking the pain out of IT

You are busy, so leave the worrying about your IT to us. At LIS we pride ourselves on keeping your IT systems running as smoothly and effectively as possible. This means you are free to focus on other things.

Contact the LIS Help Desk to discuss your aches and pains of your IT system. Consider us your IT doctor. We will diagnose your problems and prescribe solutions. Think of us as a part of your team – we might not be onsite; but we are always there for you.

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Cope without the Internet

Part 1: How would you cope without the Internet?

Let us look at a day in a life of a person without the Internet. Believe it or not, it is still possible to function, you just to need adapt to your surroundings. In a recent Metro article, Ike Iwuchuku reports on how he managed to cope without the Internet.

You wake up every morning and start your routine which, for most of us, includes catching up on the news. Whether this is about your friends, celebrities, sports, or current events, it usually begins on your smartphone or your tablet. Even on your commute, you have got a podcast or Internet radio station going.

Once at work, you are sending emails, video conferencing, researching and sending a few texts. Unless you have excessive website blocks at your office, you are probably also checking your social media. Finally, you head home and zone out to some Netflix and have one last browse through social media before going to sleep.

However, what would happen if the Internet vanished? We are not talking as if the Internet was never created. Imagine what life would be like without the Internet. What would really happen if we were not so connected?

Cope without the Internet

Given the amount of time people spend face down in their smartphones, swiping on their iPads
or glued to their laptops, life without the internet seems hard to imagine.

Life without the Internet

Some purists might argue that having no Internet would be the best thing to happen. They are the same people who think it is horrible and that all Millennials do is Instagram all day. They are not entirely wrong. Studies show that such incessant social media use can negatively impact our lives.

Cons of having no Internet

Of course, it is easy to discuss how life would be miserable without the Internet. It would be a lot harder to talk to your friends on a daily (or hourly) basis. But it would take away a sense of community that, for many of us, is vital. This could be anything from fantasy sports leagues or even virtual mental health groups. As a result, we may be more disconnected than ever before. You would have to go to a shop and buy a digital file in person to access new music beyond the radio. Possibly one of the biggest downsides would be the lack of dog or cat photos in our lives.

What are the benefits of no Internet?

On the other hand, being cut off from the Internet might do wonders for our personal relationships. Because we would not have a screen to distract us. We would start to live in the moment. Imagine heading out to a dinner with your friends and having a conversation. Although it still may be about gossip, it would focus on the real world. There are plenty of benefits to a life without the Internet. In particular, it is worth noting that you would get to truly interact with people. The benefits are not just about the time we spend awake. Our addiction to connected devices is ruining our sleep. It is possible in the short term to cope without the Internet.

What would change and how would you cope without the Internet?

News: The way we take in news and information has been impressively quick thanks to the internet. Without it, we would rely on TV programs, newspapers (yes, actual newspapers), and, worst of all, word of mouth. If you think politics has been strange lately, imagine it with even fewer sources of information and no way to verify their credibility. We imagine politics would take a surprising turn, although we are not really sure which direction that would be.

Health: The long-running joke is to never use the Internet for your symptoms. Otherwise you will end up thinking you have five types of cancer and the plague. However, having access to an online directory of symptoms has certainly helped millions. With such platforms, we can self-diagnose with a degree of accuracy. This saves us time and money on health-related costs. Without it, there would be a lot more and possibly unnecessary trips to the doctor. Even still, medical professionals now rely on a connected network to pass along patient data and research conditions. Having no Internet would slow this process down for sure.

Work: Working without the Internet seems like an impossible task. Whether you have an international team or simply advertise locally, the Internet has a profound effect on our productivity. Without it, we would rely a lot more on spoken word of mouth, advertising in print and on TV, and take days to complete even the smallest tasks. Additionally, global commerce would be impressively slow and tedious, if not impossible for some brands. On the whole, scaling as we do in the current market would be all but unattainable.

Commerce: Likewise, our shopping experiences would become drastically limited. In regards to fashion, trends would slow as it would take longer to spread new styles. From there, it would be very difficult for global sales and innovation would suffer. Imagine technology without crowdfunding campaigns (that is not a world we want to live in).

Finances: Having an app to show all our finances in one place is certainly something we take for granted. Without the Internet, you would be back to a standard cheque book and calling your bank to find out your balance. It also means paying bills would take much longer, as banks would also be less connected.

Social life: Hanging out with friends would go back to the methods of yesteryear. You would need to send letters to far away friends or probably get back to paying high rates for long distance calls. Want to make plans? You would better hope your friends remember the event date. However, we would rely on in-person interactions which would encourage us to get out and see each other more often.

General information: Gone would be the days of Google Maps. Researching for a school paper or a project at work would require a library card and some serious effort. Unless we archive the entire Internet and hit print, we would lose a lot of access to information, never to be seen again. Ultimately, our society would suffer from this lack of knowledge.

Law and order: The Internet has been an essential tool to help law enforcement identify and arrest suspects. It is also a powerful method to finding evidence. Having no Internet would certainly take cyber-crime off the table, but it would leave a gaping hole for all new crime. Knowing the limits of CCTV where there is no cloud or digital locks or alarm systems, criminals would be more likely to commit more crimes. At least initially, our society would experience a large spike in crime before new methods could take the place of current systems.

In conclusion

Suffice to say, the Internet has bettered our lives. We can communicate with every corner of the globe. As well as maintaining friendships that were previously impossible no matter how good of a pen pal you were. However, life is about balance. LIS can help you cope without the Internet and make sure you stay connected. We have the Internet at our disposal and have the choice to use it for just about everything. We highly recommend signing off every now and then to connect with those, and the world, around you.

Contact the LIS Help Desk about your broadband and telecoms. We can provide you with super fast broadband, that will make your business more efficient and stay connected with your team. Talk to our experienced team about your phone systems and business mobiles. As well as, saving you money with low cost phone calls.

Stayed tuned to read part 2 of this blog next week. We will take a look at how businesses would cope without no Internet. LIS will help set up a business disaster recovery plan.

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Security Challenge

Take our 60 minute security challenge

We are the local data security experts. Our team prides itself on quickly finding ways that hackers could damage your business and blocking them. Are you ready to take the security challenge?

When you’re running a business, you want to think you’ve done as much as possible to keep your data safe from theft and loss. But if you don’t have the right professionals implementing data security, how well protected are you really?

In fact, if you give us just 60 minutes, we’re confident we would find something wrong with your IT setup that places your data security at risk.

Watch our new video to find out more – then contact us to start your 60 minute security challenge.

Secure your business for peace of mind

Technology is advancing every day and so is the risk of hacking. Users are increasingly facing the risk of hacking as cyber security threats become progressively more sophisticated. Implementing a firewall on your network perimeter and anti-virus on your desktop is no longer a sufficient solution – the attack surface is now much bigger.

Take our 60 minute security challenge. If you give one of our experts just 60 minutes to examine your IT systems, we’re confident they’ll find a data security breach that will horrify you. Of course, we’re not doing this to be cruel.

We want to show you what extra measures your business should be taking to keep your data safe. And your people and clients protected. Let’s face it, it’s better that WE find the breach, than a cyber-criminal does.

Contact the LIS Help Desk to help you stay vigilant when it comes to hackers. We will suggest which upgrades for your system are best suited to your business. This will improve your IT security.

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Big Windows 10 changes

Big Windows 10 changes could be coming as Microsoft prepares next big release. The software giant may soon have to support two operating systems simultaneously. Microsoft could be preparing to completely change its update schedule for Windows 10 due to the upcoming release of Windows 10X.

Windows 10: A guide to the updates

In a recent article by Computerworld, discusses what you need to know about each update to the current version of big Windows 10 changes.

As reported by ZDNet, the software giant has said little about its plans for Windows 10X since back since May 2019. Chief product officer Panos Panay revealed in a blog post that the company would pivot its focus from single-screen devices to dual-screen devices that leverage the power of the cloud.

Big windows 10 changes

Microsoft could be preparing to change its update schedule for Windows 10 due to the upcoming release of Windows 10X.

According to sources, Microsoft is now targeting spring 2021 for the first commercial release of Windows 10X. This is not a new operating system but rather a variation of Windows 10. The features have a simpler user interface and a more modular form. The company had originally planned to ship 10X first on upcoming dual-screen devices including its own Surface Neo.

ZDNet reports that Microsoft’s latest plan will see 10X first debut on single-screen devices aimed at businesses and education in the spring of 2021. Followed by a roll out for additional single-screen and dual-screen devices in the spring of 2022.

Windows 10 release schedule

Now that Microsoft will soon have to release updates for both Windows 10 and Windows 10X, its update schedule will likely change as well.

The company could end up releasing just one feature update per year for Windows 10 beginning in 2021. In an effort to allow its engineers to work on updates for both operating systems according to ZDNet‘s sources. If this is true, then Microsoft will likely deliver Windows 10X releases in the spring and Windows 10 feature updates in the fall moving forward.

If the company does move to once-a-year feature update schedule, it will roll out Windows 10 20H2 in the fall of this year but this will be a very minor feature update. In the spring of 2021 though, Microsoft will finally release Windows 10X for the first time.

In the autumn of 2021, the news outlet’s sources say that the company will roll out a feature update for Windows 10. With an updated version of Windows 10X releasing in the spring of 2022. This version will work on both single-screen as well as dual-screen devices.

We will likely know exactly what Microsoft plans to do soon but updating Windows 10 in one half of the year and Windows 10X during the other half of the year does make a lot of sense. The company will now have to support two operating systems with updates and new feature releases.

Keep your business up to date and secure

LIS will always keep your Windows applications up to date and secure. If you are do not have managed IT monthly services you need to talk to us.

Contact the LIS Help Desk to make sure your business is up to date and secure. We can undertake an IT audit. Upgrade your network to the latest Windows or MAC OS systems. We can check that you have the correct anti-spam and anti-virus software installed. Finally, make sure you can work anywhere, any time and on any device. We can upgrade your Microsoft Office package to Office 365. Take advantage of our Office 365 Security Package. With so many options to make your working life easier… it would be rude not to find out what is available.

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