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"Cloud risk": Xero kills off their Xero Personal product

Cloud accounting software company Xero recently made the move to shutter Xero Personal, an online personal finance management tool. The reaction this provoked from Xero's users is about what we've come to expect from folks who have invested their time and money into an exclusively online, subscription-based product – only to have it closed down.

Everyone should have a Wiki :)

As anyone who has used Wikipedia knows, wikis are a highly convenient way of quickly searching for and accessing information on a broad range of topics using a web browser. But perhaps less well known is the fact that the software which powers sites such as Wikipedia can be easily installed on your personal computer or laptop. Why would we want to do this?

Editable PDF Support in LibreOffice Writer

We recently attended a small business community meeting on the topic of affordable software for business owners. The issue of PDF support was raised by a participant—specifically, whether an affordable tool existed for editing PDFs. While there is certainly software available for easily creating PDFs from existing documents, the belief held by meeting participants was that reliable PDF editing was the domain of software beyond the budget of most small business owners.

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 extensions 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.

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 product 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 in an article from RNZ), New Zealanders spend up to 92 hours a year stuck in peak hour traffic. For businesses with central city offices, average daily staff commute times of 90 minutes are now commonplace.


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