Make your IT life easier and give your eyes a break!

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So many people are still working from home and will probably continue to do so well into the future, a lot are working from a tablet or laptop with a small screen, is this productive? Are your eyes feeling the strain?
Well Barton IT Services have the answer (we have lots of answers!) and that is a dual screen setup and all of the options for connecting these to your Windows laptop or tablet and also some Macs!
The photos below show our refurbished HP 24″ 16:10 widescreen monitors and dual stand (we have pedestal as shown or clamp on the desk style in stock). You can have your emails open on one screen and YouTube, errr, I mean your prodictivity spreadsheet open on the other, you can even split the screens into 2 spaces so that you can have 4 apps visible at once! For those who haven’t used multiple screens before, when your mouse cursot leaves one monitor it then appears on the next monitor, you can drag applications from one screen to another and it really revolutionises how you work.
Also, it’s not as expensive as you may think, this dual screen 24″ setup with the stand is available from £130, we also have smaller dual 22″ monitor setups available for around £100!
If you often disconnect your laptop from your desk and use it on the sofa then we also have “docking stations” available, these allow you to connect all of your desk items, keyboard, mouse, network, screens, speakers, webcam etc. all with a single USB cable which makes life so much easier – see the photo at the bottom for details, we have refurbished Dynadocks available for £50!

Connect everything with ease with one of these Toshiba docking stations.

A few hints and tips

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What is your true internet speed?

Have you ever wanted to know what speed your device is connecting to the internet?

Please click here for to check your actual speed!

An alternative to Microsoft Office, for free?!

Do you know that you can download and install a free and fully featured alternative to Microsoft Office? Open Office works with the same file formats as Microsoft Office and is very familiar to use! It can be downloaded from OpenOffice

Another alternative is LibreOffice, this can be downloaded from here!

Be wary of “Phishing, Vishing and Smishing” Emails!!!

There has been an increase in these types of email which intend to try and trick or deceive you, these emails are clever and intend to make you believe they are from an organisation such as your Bank or PayPal, so please be vigilant!

The three terms are all plays on the word ‘fishing’, in that the fraudsters fish for potential victims by sending emails, social media messages or text messages or making phone calls with urgent messages in the hope of persuading someone to visit the bogus website.

Please see this useful article for more details and before it’s too late!