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Cool tools: Bookmarks Sync for Firefox

We're huge fans of Mozilla's Firefox web browser.

Cool tools: QuickFolders extension for Thunderbird

Thunderbird is one of the best business email apps available today. Aside from the nice price—free—it has one of the strongest extension ecosystems out there. Extensions (also known as add-ons) enhance Thunderbird's functionality in hundreds of different and useful ways. Today we're going to take a look at one of our favourite extensions: QuickFolders.

Open source – a good fit for your startup?

Open source software offers a number of compelling advantages for new businesses. In this blog entry we'll look at how it could be a great complement for your startup.

What is open source software?

Software that is “free and open-source” may be freely installed, used, and copied without restriction. There is no initial purchase cost, nor are there any ongoing subscription fees for continued use. Far from being watered-down versions of their paid counterparts, open source applications are powerful and business-grade.

Adobe Creative Cloud: eminently unsuitable for New Zealand small businesses?

The reviews of Adobe's new “cloud”-enabled premier design product are arriving—and they're not pretty. By forcing customers dependent on the traditionally-licensed Adobe Creative Suite into a rental scheme, Adobe has released software that for many small businesses turns out to be more expensive than the outgoing product.

Adobe Creative Cloud – less cloud computing, more the new lock-in

Adobe Systems announced today that its flagship Creative Suite product would cease to be available for purchase under a perpetual license and instead only be available under a monthly internet-activated rental scheme. Accompanying this change is the news that the Creative Suite brand itself would be eliminated, with Creative Cloud being the sole brand for the application suite going forward.

Using Microsoft Office 365 Home editions for business use?

Business owners may have noticed that Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium can be purchased for the quite reasonable price of NZ$165.00 RRP per year—which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more. The software can be installed on up to five PCs, plus mobile devices—seemingly ideal.

Microsoft dropping support for Windows XP and Office 2003

As reported by Ars Technica, April 8th 2013 marked the one-year countdown from when Microsoft will cease support for the Windows XP operating system (OS) and Office 2003 products.

New Zealanders losing up to two working weeks a year sitting in traffic

According to a recent study by TomTom and referenced by Stuff, New Zealanders spend “...up to 92 hours a year caught up in peak hour traffic”. Undoubtedly, for businesses with staff commuting to offices in major metropolitan areas, average transit times of 45 minutes both in the morning and evening are now commonplace.

The risks of using unlicensed software in your business

Commercial software licensing remains a complicated and arcane issue for many business owners. Unless you have spent a great deal of time and effort designing and implementing a comprehensive business software asset management plan, the chances are that you are non-compliant in some way. Many business owners choose to take a blasé view of software licensing, and perceive the chance of “getting caught” as being low to non-existent.

Google shuts down Google Reader

There's been widespread outrage over the past day with the news that Google has decided to shut down its popular Google Reader application.

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