Apple Mac and the risks of closed computer designs

"Should I buy a Mac?" This is one question clients regularly ask us. With the beginning of a new year many business owners are looking to upgrade their computers, so it's a good time to share our advice and perspectives on the issue.

Small Business IT Security Guidelines

Apertura Designs has prepared a PDF document containing a set of guidelines for small business owners looking to enhance their IT security. We've focused on practical, easy-to-follow tips any customer can follow:

Gmail Tasks sync for Thunderbird

Customers using Thunderbird to synchronise their Gmail Calendar will be delighted to know that Gmail Tasks synchronisation is now supported. This appears as an option when you add your Gmail Calendar in Thunderbird:

Cool tools: free PDF creation software for Windows

We've recently been advising clients using the Microsoft Windows operating system (OS) on the tricky issue of generating PDF files. Unlike competing business OS products like Ubuntu, Windows is hamstrung right out of the gate in its inability to generate PDF documents without third-party software.

CrashPlan – backup software for Ubuntu

A critical aspect of your business IT is ensuring that critical data is backed up on a regular basis. Files and folders stored on your computers are especially vulnerable to loss through scenarios such as theft or a computer parts failure (such as the computer's internal hard disk drive). With a robust backup procedure in place, you can protect yourself from the costly and damaging risk of permanently losing data.

Dropbox offers first-class support for Ubuntu

Popular cloud storage vendor Dropbox recently announced huge price cuts for its premium Dropbox Pro product. The changes represent a substantial increase in the amount of storage available per Dropbox account (one terabyte) for the same monthly fee.

UK government snubs Microsoft Office, moves to open standards

Earlier this year we covered reports of a UK government proposal to adopt open source and open standards-based software across all of their departments. In short, they were seeking to reduce reliance on a very limited selection of IT vendors, and an associated huge spend on the Microsoft Office software suite.

"I Love Product Activation!"

Said no business owner, ever. In working with customers, we're regularly exposed to the questionable practice of vendors forcing businesses to prove the authenticity of expensive proprietary software—which the business has legitimately paid to use. While product activation is marketed to businesses as a seemingly minor measure against software piracy, the stark reality is that it leaves your business open to the risk of productivity being severely crippled—and often at the most critical times.

WordCamp Auckland 2014

Apertura Designs recently attended WordCamp Auckland 2014 – the local (Auckland-based) gathering in the global series of conferences for WordPress customers, developers and enthusiasts. We heard from a fantastic series of speakers covering a variety of WordPress applications. Of particular interest were the sessions with a small business focus, some highlights of which we're covering in this blog entry.

Zero-cost business website management using your smartphone

In previous blog entries we've highlighted the incredible benefits of using an open source content management system for your business website. In particular, websites hosted on come with a tonne of great features—including automatic search engine optimisation. In this blog entry we'll take a look at another compelling advantage of using WordPress: easily managing your website for zero cost from your smartphone or tablet.


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