Why Octopus staff always talk about cars

If you’ve spent any reasonable amount of time with us, you know that we like to translate the techy-nerd stuff into understandable sentences. We could wax lyrical all day about DHCP, DNS, SPF and why it’s important for security, but it wouldn’t mean a thing! Fortunately, we know it wouldn’t mean a thing too! In […]

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Going paperless was tough but so worth it

I have, for a long time, extolled the virtues of operating in a paperless office. “Don’t file that”, “why are you printing”, “what a waste”, “just type your notes out” etc. Then, wanting to feel less like a hypocrite, I tried to put these things into practice. How hard could it be to actually work […]

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Why social media is anything but, and why you still have to use it…

It is an ever present frustration for many companies that everybody seems to harp on about how they have to use social media to promote their business. I’m not going to sway from that line either by the way, so-called “social” media is a must for promoting your company in an ever-changing digital landscape. That […]

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What does a slow PC cost you?

We did some maths! The results were quite scary… From the start here let’s be very clear; with today’s technology 99% of users should not need to wait for a computer. You shouldn’t have to wait an inordinate amount of time after booting up just for it to “settle down”. You should never be using […]

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Do e-mails rule your life?

  I was speaking with an IT director recently from a large consultancy firm in Yorkshire. We were, of course, waxing lyrical about all the nerdy things which inherently rule our lives when he asked me a question; “Do you think e-mail will be obsolete soon?”. I was quite surprised by the question, primarily because […]

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Is Microsoft Office right for you?

I’ll be honest; this one is quite a nerdy one. However, it’s important. Software is one of the biggest costs which companies incur and too often decisions are made on gut reaction, hear-say and my personal favourite of “we’ve always done it that way”. I’m fortunate (I guess) in that I get to take an […]

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Get your head into the clouds

It used to be said that the internet has become a database full of cat pictures and adult… things. But not anymore! Clever people all over the world (far smarter than me anyway) have managed to finally put all this connectivity and resource to good use; and it really works. Before I joined Octopus I […]

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Microsoft and Apple

One thing I’m often asked, given how many devices we work with, is which is better; Microsoft or Apple, Mac or Windows, Bill or Tim? It’s a difficult question for me personally as my household is split right down the middle. I’ve always held the belief that Windows are work machines and Apple are play […]

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