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How to send marketing emails

It’s a common paradox we are often tasked with. Stop spam coming in but help me send spam (marketing email). That’s how we see it but it is rarely how businesses see it. So here’s the challenge, many businesses want to send their customers regular email updates. These emails may be about a new product, an event…

How to protect yourself from RansomWare in 6 steps…

Read our simple 6 step guide to protect yourself from Ransomware. To protect yourself from Ransomware starts with understanding what Ransomware is.  Ransomware is a type of Malware (Malicious Software) that encrypts your files so securely that there are only two ways to recover from it.  Either pay the ransom as demanded or restore all…

How to disable Offline Files on Windows 7

Offline Files and the Sync Center are usually enabled by default even though you don’t use them. Turn them off to free up your system resources and speed up boot up times. Is ‘Offline Files’ Enabled? Offline Files works together with the Sync Center. When turned on, you will see the Sync Center icon in the taskbar and…

Alcom’s Ultimate SEO Checklist

Our Ultimate SEO Checklist This is our Ultimate SEO Checklist with a definitive list of SEO tasks. We love SEO work, but understand that some customers want to do some work themselves.  If that’s the case we have devised a checklist of tasks that need to be done regularly on every website. First off, read this…

Configure PHP to connect to a Microsoft SQL Server

This post hopes to walk you through configuring PHP 5.x to connect to Microsoft SQL Server.  These are the steps that we completed to get this working… Download unofficial PHP MS SQL extension files from here: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=669EE24817961774%21720 ­ Extract only the php_sqlsrv_56_ts.dll and php_pdo_sqlsrv_56_ts.dll files to the php\ext folder. Note the ’56’ matches the PHP…

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10 is here at last, and it’s free! Sounds too good to be true of a giant corporation that once charged for everything from word processing to gaming.  Like us, however, I’m sure you are being bombarded with messages about upgrading to Windows 10.  So what to do? Should you upgrade? Well, our first comment is…

How to find your Windows 10 Free Upgrade Product Key

With the release of Windows 10 came the option of a Windows 10 Free Upgrade Product Key for anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.  However, when downloading the free upgrade you are given the choice of upgrading your current system (in-place upgrade), or create installation media for a fresh install. We always prefer to do a…

Windows 10 currently known issues

We are closely monitoring the release of Windows 10 and are even running it on our own computers here in the office.  So far we have experienced the following issues… Sage Accounts: Untested and won’t be tested until AFTER the release of Windows 10 in July. Online Backup: The online backup software is NOT compatible…

Windows 7 Startup Repair Epidemic

Yesterday we started receiving an unprecedented rush of computers all showing exactly the same symptoms… The symptoms are all described as follows: Windows 7 gets stuck at the starting windows screen… Once you decide to reboot the computer you will be presented with the following boot up screen… When you choose ‘Launch Startup Repair’ you will be…

Hackers & Secure Passwords

Hackers!  We hate them.  You hate them. We have to change our passwords regularly and need to remember the millions of passwords now required, all because of them! Why do hackers exist? The prime reason hackers exist is to make money.  They continuously devise new ideas on how to extract money from us.  For example: Spam Mail: Sending…

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