|25th November, 2003||Volume 18|
Good morning, and welcome to the official newsletter of Calido.
Calido is a software development house specialising in production management and product costing software for small to medium sized Australian manufacturers. We also provide general IT solutions such as custom application/web development, hardware and software sales.
Of particular interest to you is our premier software solution Comet - a multi user windows based application to manage your product manufacture.
Our newsletters provide a rich source of information on general IT topics (such as security & software updates, application shortcuts, reviews etc), as well as manufacturing and other points of interest.
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Comet is our enterprise solution for production management, scheduling and product costing. It has been designed as a scalable, yet affordable solution for small to medium sized Australian manufacturing companies. It is multi user, and can interconnect with your existing web site to provide live product information and pricing.
An exceptionally easy to follow user interface has been designed to cater for users at all experience levels. A touch screen interface is provided for data entry on the shop floor.
Comet integrates with popular accounting software packages (such as MYOB, Lilac and Equity Accounting) or can operate solely as an order entry system.
Most importantly, Comet has been designed using current technology to take advantage of today's technology. This means you can rest assured you are receiving a current software solution able to provide you with one degree of separation.
Benefits - The following list represents a small selection of benefits your company can expect to achieve when implementing Comet:
Until December 31st, Calido will install and train you on Comet's operation (customers in the Brisbane metro region) for free and without obligation. Contact us today for more information as installations are limited.
The October PMI shows an increase in performance up 4.5 points from the previous month to 57.5. The best performing sectors are those taking advantage of the strong domestic market including timber, paper and furniture. South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania all doing extremely well. New orders and Employment are both up with both showing a > 50 point level.
Defragmenting a hard disk is something you should do on a weekly basis to optimise the performance of hard disk read/writes. Although this tool is part of Microsoft's operating systems, it doesn't allow you to schedule a defragment task very easily. This leaves you two alternatives: purchase a scheduling defragment tool, or use a bit of "techo" sense and do it manually.
If you follow the steps below (based on Windows XP), you will see how easily it is to create an automatic scheduled task to defrag your hard disk on a weekly basis.
Remove old files, temporary files, and temp internet files before running the defragmenter. These temp files will slow the process of defragmenting, are only "temporary files" not required by the operating system, and prevent other files from being moved in an optimised manner.
Uninstall any old programs that you no longer use.
From the start menu, select 'Programs', 'Accessories', 'System Tools', and then select 'Scheduled Tasks'.
From within the Scheduled Tasks window, right click and select 'New Scheduled Task'. Name the task 'Defrag C Drive'. (View Screenshot)
Double click on the new task to open its properties. The 'run' command should be empty, change this to 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\defrag.exe c: /f' (where c: is the name of the drive you wish to defrag). (View Screenshot)
Click on the Schedule tab. Select when you would like the task to run, and how often - I suggest once a week, on Monday at 8 am. (View Screenshot)
If you would like to test your scheduled defrag, you can right click on it, and select 'Run'.
Please note, this Scheduled Defrag will run as a DOS window and hence you will not be able to access the Windows GUI whilst this task is running. Turning your machine off during a defragment is not recommended as this can cause file corruption.
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If you haven't done so already, now is a great time to forward our newsletter to all of your colleagues.
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These articles can be found online at: calido.com.au/support/newsletter.asp
Product Activation is a technology designed to protect users from pirated or counterfeit software by limiting use of a product to those users who have acquired a license to the product legitimately.
Users of this product will have to activate the product with Symantec (via phone or internet) within 15 days of installation before the product ceases to work.
Since the product launch on September 22 in Australia, Windows XP users have had substantial problems activating their software. After re-entering their correct activation key several times, the software shuts down telling the user the key has been used too many times.
In a corporate environment where more than 1 installation of NAV is used, their multi user licence packs are the most affordable solution:
Whilst surfing the internet, this dialog can show at anytime where an internet site needs added functionality from the browser than comes standard.
In this sample, the Gator Corporation is attempting to install software as part of their "behavioural marketing" software. They often supply little extra's such as filling in forms automatically and remembering passwords for you (supposedly valued at $30).
The Gator Corporation in return for this "free" software supplies advertisements via popup software customised to your web surfing habits.
To some people this is like a friend telling you about a new product or service you may be interested in, and to others it is like a car salesman following them around 24 hours a day 7 days a week trying to sell them a car they don't want.
I implore you to investigate each ActiveX control on a case by case basis. For the Gator corporation you can view their privacy statements here, and even here.
After reading such documents I wonder why anyone would want to install this control.
Check for yourself, but always make sure you know what you are installing on your machine before doing so. Often, removing such controls can prove very difficult. In one case I have seen, the controls were attempting to dial an internet server in the United States - could be extremely costly if left unattended.
If you already have this problem, you can try SpyBot, Ad-Aware, Hijack, and Spyware Blaster to get rid of them. You may also want to check out more information on these sorts of problems by visiting this website.
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