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IT Support

Author: az ashraf Created: 05/09/2016 Last Modified:  
IT Support
Need Help?      A2Z Computing specialises in providing high quality, cost effective IT support to small and medium sized businesses. Whether you have a one-off IT support issue or you require on-going computer maintenance, we can help. Our fully managed IT support service even helps prevent problems before they occur, sa ...
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September 2016 - Tickets

Author: az ashraf Created: 04/09/2016 Last Modified: 04/09/2016  
September 2016 - Tickets
    Sunday, September 11th V Braehead Clan at 6:00pm Face off 18:00 Ice Arena Wales, CF11 0JS Winner will be selected with a random selection from social Media - Start liking and sharing     ...
Category: 2015, Click here for news during 2016

June 2016 : SFP

Author: az ashraf Created: 01/06/2016 Last Modified: 01/06/2016  
June 2016 :  SFP
SFP  (Sender Framework Policy) How often have you or your client sent an email it never got to its destination.. !! Its normally because you / thay don't have the domain setup to handel a SFP record What is SFP This is seen as a simple anti-email spoofing mechanism that checks if the sending server has been authorized by the do ...
Category: 2015, Click here for news during 2016

March 2016 Business One Drive

Author: az ashraf Created: 16/03/2016 Last Modified: 16/03/2016  
March 2016 Business One Drive
Meet the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client After a successful preview program, we are happy to report that the first release of the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client is now available for deployment. Our top priorities for this release have been improved reliability and performance as well as providing essenti ...
Category: 2015, Click here for news during 2016

March 2016 Windows 10 Fixes

Author: az ashraf Created: 16/03/2016 Last Modified: 16/03/2016  
March 2016 Windows 10 Fixes
WINDOWS 10 FIXES   March 8, 2016 — KB3140768 (OS Build 10586.164) This update includes quality improvements and security fixes. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include: Improved support for Bluetooth, wearables, and apps accessing contacts. Improved reliability ...
Category: 2015, Click here for news during 2016

November 2015 : Growth of A2Z Computing

Author: az ashraf Created: 17/11/2015 Last Modified:  
November 2015 : Growth of A2Z Computing
  Newport-based IT support firm A2Z Computing has made four key appointments in its bid for continued growth over the next 12 months. Alyson Hunt is appointed office and HR manager, Joel Thomas is the new head of technical, and Sal Baqi and Nathan Gittings join as support technicians. The appointments come at a time when A2Z Compu ...
Category: 2015

November 2015 Windows OS and outlook Crashing

Author: az ashraf Created: 13/11/2015 Last Modified: 17/11/2015  
November 2015 Windows OS and outlook Crashing
"We are looking into reports from some customers who are experiencing difficulties with Outlook after installing Windows KB 3097877. An immediate review is under way," a Microsoft spokesperson told the press MS15-115 is one to miss The problems were first brought to light by The Register, which says the issue has to do with the Wind ...
Category: 2015

October 2015 : Intel Gold Award

Author: az ashraf Created: 07/10/2015 Last Modified:  
October 2015 : Intel Gold Award
Just got back with an Intel Gold Award #Award @cardiffdevils @IgniteCardiff @glasshouseltd @CDCSLTD @thenewporters pic.twitter.com/eHUqM6wwKj — A2Z Computing (@A2ZComputing) October 7, 2015 ...
Category: 2015

September 2015 : Don’t get frustrated over your IT

Author: az ashraf Created: 25/09/2015 Last Modified: 25/09/2015  
September 2015 : Don’t get frustrated over your IT
Don’t get frustrated over your IT and give it a beating.. !! Call A2Z-COMPUTING  01633 676543 – allow us to collect and fix it..   Damage averted!   OR… Do it..  See it happening ... Twitter news: Thanks to BNI and Charli Blogs for the uploads .. @Charli008 @bniquinnell &qu ...
Category: 2015

August 2015: Windows 10 roll back

Author: Andrew Simpson Created: 13/08/2015 Last Modified: 13/08/2015  
August 2015: Windows 10 roll back
How to downgrade Windows 10: Uninstall Win 10 and reinstall Windows 7 or 8 If you're having problems with Windows 10 it's easy to go back to your old Windows version As of 29th August 2015 Windows 10 has been rolled out for general public, and if you upgraded the clock is ticking on your downgrade window. Microsoft gives ...
Category: 2015

May 2015: Google 2015 I/O - What's What

Author: az ashraf Created: 28/05/2015 Last Modified: 28/05/2015  
May 2015: Google 2015 I/O - What's What
  Google I/O features highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.     1. Improved fingerprint verification capabilities 2. Android ...
Category: 2015

May 2015: A2Z Computing collecting for Nepal disaster victims

Author: az ashraf Created: 13/05/2015 Last Modified: 13/05/2015  
May 2015: A2Z Computing collecting for Nepal disaster victims
  Newport IT firm A2Z Computing is collecting for those affected by the recent natural disasters in Nepal.   “We need to do something urgently.” said Director Az Ashraf. “We wanted to do something that will have a direct and beneficial impact on those people caught up in the two recent earthquakes in Nepal. We&r ...
Category: 2015

May 2015: Prototyping with IoT

Author: az ashraf Created: 05/05/2015 Last Modified: 28/05/2015  
May 2015: Prototyping with IoT
Edison is a solution designed to lower the barriers-to-entry for quick prototyping and productizing the connected computing devices driving the next industrial revolution.     Prototype quickly and get to market faster. This wave of connected devices will be a diversified collection of products invented for specific consum ...
Category: 2015

May 2015: Wordpress Vulnerability

Author: az ashraf Created: 04/05/2015 Last Modified: 04/05/2015  
May 2015: Wordpress Vulnerability
  WordPress security issues have for the most part involved a vulnerable plug-in, but a Finnish researcher has disclosed some details on a zero-day vulnerability he discovered in the WordPress 4.2 and earlier core engine that could lead to remote code execution on the webserver. Juoko Pynnonen of Klikki Oy reported a new and unpatched s ...
Category: 2015

May 2015: End of IE

Author: az ashraf Created: 04/05/2015 Last Modified: 04/05/2015  
May 2015: End of IE
  Edge promises to be a superior browser to the IE warhorse. 1. No legacy support (mostly) The Internet Explorer logo. Around since the dawn of the Web, IE carries a great amount of baggage in the name of backward compatibility. IE 11 comes with a variety of legacy modes, mostly to support enterprises who built intern ...
Category: 2015

May 2015 : Intel Compute Stick

Author: az ashraf Created: 02/05/2015 Last Modified: 02/05/2015  
May 2015 :  Intel Compute Stick
Windows Version   Linux Version       The Intel® Compute Stick, available in spring 2015 via Intel® authorized distributors, is a new pocket-sized computer delivering an entry compute experience by plugging directly into the HDMI input of TVs and monitors. Two versions will be launched initially ...
Category: 2015

March 2015 : FREAK vulnerability

Author: az ashraf Created: 17/03/2015 Last Modified:  
March 2015 : FREAK vulnerability
Important Update: Sophos product updates related to the FREAK vulnerability A vulnerability has been discovered in the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols used by well-known Web browsers and operating systems. The weakness resides in OpenSSL versions 1.01K and earlier, so any software that uses a later ver ...
Category: 2015

March 2015: Office 2016 Preview

Author: az ashraf Created: 16/03/2015 Last Modified:  
March 2015: Office 2016 Preview
Microsoft is improving Outlook 2016 search, storage footprint, and email delivery performance, alongside some improvements to image insertion in Word 2016 and Excel 2016. While Microsoft has previously added new ways to extend Office for developers, the software maker says it's not touching add-ins or macro abilities in Office 2016, leaving ...
Category: 2015

March 2015 : Email Security update (#reducespam) - Mail Server Profiling

Author: az ashraf Created: 12/03/2015 Last Modified: 12/03/2015  
March 2015 : Email Security update (#reducespam) - Mail Server Profiling
STOP SPAM From the 18th of March we will be making some changes to the way we handle spam emails sent to your Hosted Exchange mailboxes and those mailboxes protected by our Email Security service. It's called 'Mail Server Profiling'. As you'll know, the battle to keep one step ahead of spammers is constantly evolving, and ...
Category: 2015

March 2015: A2Z Computing and Sophos

Author: az ashraf Created: 09/03/2015 Last Modified: 09/03/2015  
March 2015: A2Z Computing and Sophos
A2Z Computing has long been successfully selling Sophos antivirus and endpoint protection to a wide range of industries. ‘We sell the whole bundle,’ says Az Ashraf, Director at A2Z Computing. ‘There’s something to suit everyone’s IT needs.’ Earlier this year, we started offering UTM – Sophos’s ...
Category: 2015

February 2015: Ayehsa O'Kelly

Author: Charley Welsh Created: 24/02/2015 Last Modified: 24/02/2015  
February 2015: Ayehsa O'Kelly
  We are now sponsoring Ayehsa O'kelly in her modeling career! Shes hard working and extremely determined young women. She strives for perfection in every aspect of her life! She loves her job and she loves were her career is going. Ayehsa is very much a people person and her job al ...
Category: 2015

February 2015: A2Z Computing has renovated a church as part of its new office expansion.

Author: Charley Welsh Created: 24/02/2015 Last Modified: 24/02/2015  
February 2015: A2Z Computing has renovated a church as part of its new office expansion.
Newport-based IT support firm A2Z Computing has renovated a church as part of its new office expansion. The property was bought by the company's director Az Ashraf 20 years ago when he set up the business but the firm occupied the ground floor only. The development has increased the size of the workspace from a 1,800 sq ft ground floor ...
Category: 2015

February 2015: Our new Social Administrator

Author: Charley Welsh Created: 24/02/2015 Last Modified: 24/02/2015  
February 2015: Our new Social Administrator
  We are very pleased to announce that Charley Welsh has now joined our team at A2Z Computing Ltd as our Social Administrator. Charley’s new role as Social Administrator is supporting the team and clients alike, with offering the latest technology services. She brings a strong background within marketing industry, and is a v ...
Category: 2015

November 2014: I want it cheaper !!

Author: az ashraf Created: 29/11/2014 Last Modified: 24/02/2015  
 November 2014: I want it cheaper !!
Anytime you find yourself engaged with a prospect who only wants to talk price, or the next time you’re stuck with procurement telling you your competition is cheaper and you need to lower you price, send them this..      ...
Category: 2014

September 2014 : Window 10

Author: az ashraf Created: 30/09/2014 Last Modified: 30/09/2014  
September 2014 : Window 10
Microsoft announced details of the new operating system at an event in San Francisco   Microsoft has disclosed the first details of Windows 10 - its next operating system (OS). Bearing in mind it represents a jump from the last version - Windows 8, Windows 8.1 we called as Windows 9.0 The software will run on a wide range of de ...
Category: 2014

September 2014 : 6Tb Harddisks

Author: az ashraf Created: 29/09/2014 Last Modified: 29/09/2014  
6TB     and Built for Speed   The Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD delivers high capacity without sacrificing performance for reliable access to bulk storage of unstructured data. ...
Category: 2014

September 2014 : - BASH remote code execution (SHELLSHOCK)

Author: az ashraf Created: 29/09/2014 Last Modified: 29/09/2014  
September 2014 : - BASH remote code execution (SHELLSHOCK)
On 24th Sep 2014 a vulnerability in the bash shell was made public. It detailed a bug which allowed remote code execution through bash, the main attack vector being CGI scripts which in turn call bash. This includes CGI scripts written in bash and any other language which uses popen() to call bash. The default behaviour on Viper is not to use bash ...
Category: 2014

September 2014 : New team Member

Author: az ashraf Created: 26/09/2014 Last Modified: 26/09/2014  
September 2014 : New team Member
A2Z Computing Ltd are proud to welcome Chloe Williams to the team. Chloe has been training with the team for over 6 weeks and is now ready to engage with our clients. Chloe's new roll as Social Administrator, is supporting the teams and clients alike, with best offering and being connected to the latest technology P ...
Category: 2014

September 2014 : Clean and Protected.

Author: az ashraf Created: 12/09/2014 Last Modified: 13/09/2014  
September 2014 : Clean and Protected.
  We had a client return a laptop to us from being serviced in April. We completely wiped and cleaned it of the viruses and pop up’s that were slowing it down. We expressed the need of antivirus software to prevent this happening. We recommended Sophos antivirus that would protect them for as little as £5 per month. Not only ...
Category: 2014

July 2014 : CompTIA Accredit UK Trustmark Award

Author: az ashraf Created: 17/07/2014 Last Modified: 17/07/2014  
July 2014 : CompTIA Accredit UK Trustmark Award
A2Z Computing Ltd Earns Respected Technology Industry Business Credential CompTIA Accredit UK Trustmark™ signifies ICT business excellence 17/07/2014 Newport, Wales, Uk  – A2Z Computing Limited, a Service and Solutions provider announced today it has received the CompTIA Accredit UK Trustmark™, a respected industry ...
Category: 2014

June 2014 : Lesson Recorder

Author: az ashraf Created: 08/06/2014 Last Modified: 08/06/2014  
June 2014 :  Lesson Recorder
OUTSAIL develop the Lesson Recorder range of video analysis software. Coaches and teachers use our lesson recording software to record lessons that are then used by teachers to improve teaching skills. Lessons can also be made available for students to access for revise or distance learning. Outsail clients include over 2000 UK schools, colleges an ...
Category: 2014

April 2014 : Comptia IT Award

Author: az ashraf Created: 27/04/2014 Last Modified: 27/04/2014  
April 2014 : Comptia IT Award
We’re thrilled to announce that we have today received the CompTIA IT Business Trustmark for our use of industry-accepted best practices of quality IT service delivery. The new CompTIA IT Business Trustmark™ identifies companies that have pledged to follow a robust code of practices that meet or exceed the industry standard level ...
Category: 2014

April 2014: OpenSSL issue on hosting platforms and security devices

Author: az ashraf Created: 11/04/2014 Last Modified:  
April 2014:  OpenSSL issue on hosting platforms and security devices
Just to update everyone who hosts with A2Z computing Ltd As you may have heard in the news, a vulnerability, which the media are calling the “Heartbleed Bug”, was discovered this week in OpenSSL (Version 1.01 and beta 1.0.2), the software that is widely used for encryption across much of the internet. Many companies use this software ...
Category: 2014

March 2014 : What Happens on 8th April"

Author: az ashraf Created: 11/04/2014 Last Modified: 11/04/2014  
March 2014 : What Happens on 8th April
In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Ex ...
Category: 2014

March 2014 : Talk about "How Safe Is Your Data?"

Author: az ashraf Created: 11/03/2014 Last Modified: 11/03/2014  
  "City of Newport Business Club are pleased to announce their next lunchtime speaker event will focus on the vulnerability of business data and advising on methods to safe guard outside threats. This very important topic will be delivered by two highly experienced professionals from two of South Wales’ well established IT and ...
Category: 2014

January 2014: Sony Wireless Lens

Author: az ashraf Created: 27/01/2014 Last Modified: 27/01/2014  
January 2014: Sony Wireless Lens
    The QX10 and QX100 are essentially two thirds of a camera. Each lens camera clips onto a phone and communicates through WiFi or NFC. Or, they can act as a wireless camera. They also have a microSD and Memory Stick slot, tripod mounts and include optional clips for the back of phones. The remaining bit is your phone, acting a ...
Category: 2014

January 2014: A2Z about to give away FREE NEW LASER Printers

Author: az ashraf Created: 27/01/2014 Last Modified: 27/01/2014  
January 2014: A2Z about to give away FREE NEW LASER Printers
Why buy a colour or mono laser printer when you can have one for FREE? * Final details are being sorted for February *   That's correct A2Z Computing could be sending out FREE Laser Printers, A4, A3 Mono or Colour, even with Scanners and Copiers.. There really isn't a catch - All you have to do is purchase ...
Category: 2014

January 2014: Intel Technology Provider Gold Award

Author: az ashraf Created: 22/01/2014 Last Modified: 22/01/2014  
January 2014: Intel Technology Provider Gold Award
A2Z Computing has become an Intel® Authorized Integrators Gold Partner-level system builders who are in the business of providing complete, customized computers for other resellers and supply a wide range of technology solutions based on Intel's Technology. When we review a sales opportunity and you choose to buy rather than build, we I ...
Category: 2014

January 2014: Leadership video

Author: az ashraf Created: 21/01/2014 Last Modified: 21/01/2014  
January 2014: Leadership video
Az Ashraf, owner of A2Z Computing based in Newport, South Wales talks to LMW about his thoughts on and experiences as a leader and manager. LMW is committed to improving the leadership and management skills of people in business in Wales, by providing access to funding, training and resources. https://www.lmw.org.uk/   ...
Category: 2014

January 2014: A2Z Computing help newport roll out superfast broadband lauch

Author: az ashraf Created: 17/01/2014 Last Modified:  
January 2014: A2Z Computing help newport roll out superfast broadband lauch
Newport Superfast Broadband Voucher Scheme Launch Thursday 30 January 2014, 7.30am – 3.00pm Drop in to this free event, any time between 7.30am - 3.00pm Get connected - register your business for a grant of up to £3,000 to install superfast broadband Learn - online collaboration, cloud computing, social media, e-commerc ...
Category: 2014

January 2014 : A2Z Computing selected also to supply super broadband

Author: az ashraf Created: 17/01/2014 Last Modified: 17/01/2014  
January 2014 : A2Z Computing selected also to supply super broadband
“Get your free voucher worth up to £3,000 to install high speed connectivity” The “BDUK Voucher Scheme” can provide you with financial support to cover the costs of installing high-speed Next Generation Access connectivity to give you the super-fast Internet connection you need. This is not a “loan” ...
Category: 2014

January 2014: Newport Carpark is detonated..

Author: az ashraf Created: 12/01/2014 Last Modified: 13/01/2014  
January 2014: Newport Carpark is detonated..
The Capitol car park in Newport was demolished today (12/01/2014 @ 8:30am) as the transformation of the city centre continues. A2Z Computing , Az Ashraf captured the dramatic moment as the explosives were detonated. ...
Category: 2014

October 2013: Microsoft’s new Android/iOS Remote Desktop application

Author: az ashraf Created: 18/10/2013 Last Modified:  
October 2013: Microsoft’s new Android/iOS Remote Desktop application
Along with the official release of Windows 8.1 today comes Microsoft’s new Android/iOS Remote Desktop application. That’s right, there is now a “Microsoft-official” way to access your desktop remotely via your device. Windows 8 works great on the phone in remote window, as well as many Windows 8 apps. (For obvious reasons, it works better o ...
Category: 2013

October 2013 : Windows 8.1 major update

Author: az ashraf Created: 18/10/2013 Last Modified: 18/10/2013  
October  2013 : Windows 8.1 major update
Microsoft is rolling out Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade for all Windows 8 users. But installing the new OS may not be as simple as it sounds, particularly for those with multiple computers to manage or those who installed the earlier Windows 8.1 Preview. The basics are simple enough: Windows 8 users can apply the update by downloading it from Mic ...
Category: 2013

September 2013 : Patch Tuesday sees fourteen patches, Windows 8 gets four security updates

Author: az ashraf Created: 10/09/2013 Last Modified: 18/10/2013  
September 2013 : Patch Tuesday sees fourteen patches, Windows 8 gets four security updates
As part of Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday, the devices and services giant will be rolling out fourteen patches for various vulnerabilities. Four of those patches are for Windows 8 and three are for Windows RT. These security patches are part of September 2013's Patch Tuesday, which rolls out today. Windows 8 will see one critical update affec ...
Category: 2013

August 2013: Security Event Videos

Author: az ashraf Created: 08/09/2013 Last Modified: 15/01/2014  
August 2013: Security Event Videos
Security Event 2013 - videos are now all live.. sorry for the delay..   complete play list is Play List for the security event   you can also follow our youtube videos on A2Zcomp2008 or A2Z Computing   ...
Category: 2013

August 2013: Desktop 3D Scanner goes on sale

Author: Created: 23/08/2013 Last Modified:  
August 2013: Desktop 3D Scanner goes on sale
A desktop device that can quickly scan objects so they can be replicated using a 3D printer has gone on sale. The device takes around 12minutes to scan a small simple object. The Makerbot, Digitizier, which costs roughly £900 will be shipped to the first buyers in October. Demand for the machine appeared to overload the companies store ...
Category: 2013

August 2013: G-Mail forget privacy

Author: Created: 20/08/2013 Last Modified:  
August 2013: G-Mail forget privacy
Below is an extract from a brief that Google put forward in federal court as part of a lawsuit against Google. Google is accused of breaking federal and state laws by scanning the emails of Gmail users in its defence has put forward this statement (which was recently exposed by Consumer Watchdog): "Just as a sender of a letter to a business coll ...
Category: 2013

August 2013: Blackberry confirms they are looking for a buyer

Author: Created: 13/08/2013 Last Modified:  
August 2013: Blackberry confirms they are looking for a buyer
Rumours have been floating around for days but it has been confirmed that Blackberry are looking for a buyer. Struggling Blackberry temporarily halted trading in their shares on Monday and announced the company had formed a special committee to explore various options for the company including joint ventures or sale of the company. More infor ...
Category: 2013

August 2013: Green Computing

Author: Created: 09/08/2013 Last Modified:  
August 2013: Green Computing
Do you have several computers running at once? Are you fed up of having a large electricity bill, constant fans making noise and not reducing any heat output? NComputing is a revolutionary device that reduces the pains of desktop computers. The NComputing box replaces the need for several desktop computers as one desktop computer can host severa ...
Category: 2013

August 2013: Seminar and Business Show Feedback Results

Author: Created: 06/08/2013 Last Modified:  
August 2013: Seminar and Business Show Feedback Results
A2Z Computing in collaboration with Sophos, hosted a business show and seminar on 26th July 2013. The business show and seminar proved to be a brilliant success. Less people attended than was anticipated / registered but still, there was a lovely crowd in the room. Below are the results of a feedback survey that was sent out to all the speakers ...
Category: 2013

July 2013: Seminar and Business Exhibition

Author: Created: 31/07/2013 Last Modified:  
July 2013: Seminar and Business Exhibition
What a busy month July has been! A2Z Computing in collaboration with Sophos hosted a brilliant event on 26th July 2013 at The Old Chapel, Newport.  The event saw many familiar faces but also created an opportunity to meet new connections whilst raising awareness! We had a range of brilliant feedback including: "I'd do that event again ...
Category: 2013

July 2013: Dell Project Ophelia

Author: Created: 31/07/2013 Last Modified:  
July 2013: Dell Project Ophelia
Dell is said to be working on a new device under the code name of "Project Ophelia". Reports suggest it will essentially be an Android-powered computer on a USB stick.  Project Ophelia is being used to help reinvent Dell's image, as company founder; Michael Dell continues his efforts to take Dell private. According to recent reports, D ...
Category: 2013

July 2013: Az speaks on the radio

Author: Created: 29/07/2013 Last Modified: 29/07/2013  
July 2013: Az speaks on the radio
Today, our managing director Az Ashraf spoke on BBC Radio in the radio programme "Morning Call with Oliver Hides". Az was discussing if "high street parking rules should be more relaxed". Click here to listen to the episode.
Category: 2013

July 2013: Two Days to Go!

Author: Created: 24/07/2013 Last Modified: 24/07/2013  
July 2013: Two Days to Go!
A2Z Computing in association with Sophos are holding a Security Seminar and Business Exhibition on 26th July 2013 in The Old Chapel, Newport, NP19 8DT starting at 12pm. We have a range of speakers tackling big subjects that are at the fore front of many businesses minds at the moment. Entry is free, why not come along and meet like minded bus ...
Category: 2013

July 2013: A2Z Team Growth

Author: Created: 23/07/2013 Last Modified: 24/07/2013  
July 2013: A2Z Team Growth
A2Z Computing are delighted to announce that we are searching for two new people to join our expanding team. One Technical Engineer and one Sales Consultant. For more information please contact an A2Z Computing represenative, alternatively please fill out the following application form: http://www.a2z-computing.com/documents/Application.pdf ...
Category: 2013

Sony pays £250,000 UK fine for data loss

Author: Created: 15/07/2013 Last Modified: 15/07/2013  
Sony pays £250,000 UK fine for data loss
Sony has finally agreed to pay £250,000 after the conclusion of an investigation into the hacking of its PlayStation Network in 2011. The incident compromised 70 million users details including; full name, date of birth, address and possibly credit card details. (However, it cannot be proven that any credit card details were stolen as they were ...
Category: 2013

July 2013: Android PC hacking application

Author: Created: 01/07/2013 Last Modified: 12/07/2013  
July 2013: Android PC hacking application
First of all, welcome to the month of July! As it's the first article of the month, I thought I'd go for something different. Today's article is about Android! The security firm F-Secure have found an Android app that steals data from Windows PCs! The infection is a two-step process. The first step is running an application on the Windows machin ...
Category: 2013

June 2013: Testimonial from Kymin Financial

Author: Created: 28/06/2013 Last Modified: 28/06/2013  
June 2013: Testimonial from Kymin Financial
We recently received a lovely testimonial from Kymin Financial, who we installed a UTM for. In their testimonial, they said that "having the Red10 and UTM 120 installed has saved Kymin Financial a lot of hassle and time." View the letter here ...
Category: 2013

June 2013: When you remove a virus is it really gone?

Author: Created: 24/06/2013 Last Modified: 24/06/2013  
June 2013: When you remove a virus is it really gone?
At some point we've all been infected with a virus (or two)....when a virus hijacks your system you feel insecure and violated. There are so many anti-virus systems available, which anti-virus is the right one to use? From free anti-virus systems to paid anti-viruses systems - what is the difference and why do you have to pay for the anti-virus ...
Category: 2013

Security Seminar & Business Exhibition

Author: Created: 19/06/2013 Last Modified: 12/07/2013  
Security Seminar & Business Exhibition
A2Z Computing are holding a FREE Security Seminar and Business event on 26th July 2013 at The Old Chapel. The event will uncover how secure you and your business actually are. In our everyday business lives we overlook and ignore some vital points that could save us time and money in the future. Some of the items being covered are: -  ...
Category: 2013

June 2013: Testimonial of Service

Author: Created: 18/06/2013 Last Modified: 12/07/2013  
June 2013: Testimonial of Service
A2Z Computing is proud to announce they have received a testimonial from Yard Digital in relation to the service they have received whilst searching for a UTM solution. “Dear A2Z Computing Sian Haynes and A2Z Computing have explained the UTM features thoroughly. They are very knowledgeable in the aspects of how the UTM will better our infrast ...
Category: 2013

June 2013: From One Desk to 2333 sq ft!

Author: Created: 11/06/2013 Last Modified: 11/06/2013  
June 2013: From One Desk to 2333 sq ft!
Whether you're looking for a desk just to do some work on or a large space for your team to operate. A2Z Computing have the solution available to you. We offer services such as: Hot Desks Virtual Office Conference Room Rental Exhibition Room Rental Small to Large Office Rental There is an opportunity for a growing company to o ...
Category: 2013

June 2013: Apple Mac Pro Preview

Author: Created: 11/06/2013 Last Modified: 11/06/2013  
June 2013: Apple Mac Pro Preview
Apple announced a new Mac Pro, the first in a few years. It looks like a big circular battery, built around a central thermal core. However, this "battery" is only one eigth the volume of the previous machine. It has been called "A stunning Product" - "This is without a doubt the future of the pro desktop" The new Mac Pro will have 7 teraflop ...
Category: 2013

June 2013: iOS 7 Preview

Author: Created: 11/06/2013 Last Modified: 11/06/2013  
June 2013: iOS 7 Preview
Here is a preview of what Apple's iOS 7 is going to look like. It is currently being deemed "the mobile operating system of the future" by some journalists.  It is rumoured that the OS would follow a similar arc to Apple's desktop Operating System; MAC OS X - getting flatter, less colourful and more workmanlike over time. But these i ...
Category: 2013

June 2013: Pricing and Customer Service Testimonial

Author: Created: 06/06/2013 Last Modified: 07/06/2013  
June 2013: Pricing and Customer Service Testimonial
A2Z Computing are proud to announce that we received a new testimonial from Nigel Adams at Severn Bay Corporate Solutions. Nigel came to A2Z Computing with a set image of what he wanted to receive and a budget that he'd like to obtain it within. We were able to meet Nigel's needs an exceed his expectations. As a result of this, Nigel Adams wrote ...
Category: 2013

June 2013: Digital 2013 Exhibition at The Celtic Manor

Author: Created: 03/06/2013 Last Modified:  
June 2013: Digital 2013 Exhibition at The Celtic Manor
A2Z Computing attended the Digital 2013 Exhibition at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. The exhibition had several stands with many different categories. There were several people that could be potential partners with A2Z Computing, However, the visitors were extremely low. The space seemed quite empty and the exhibitors stated that not many ...
Category: 2013

June 2013: Microsoft reinstates the start button

Author: Created: 03/06/2013 Last Modified: 03/06/2013  
June 2013: Microsoft reinstates the start button
With many users opting to change to tablets, Microsoft has made a drastic decision to input a start button in the upgrade of the Windows 8 Operating System. It is reported that Microsoft believe that people are changing to tablets due to the lack of start button on Microsoft. However, even though a start button is being input, it is only a short ...
Category: 2013

May 2013: Windows XP VS. Windows 7

Author: Created: 22/05/2013 Last Modified: 03/07/2013  
May 2013: Windows XP VS. Windows 7
With Windows XP coming to end-of-life as of April 2014, what are the advantages of moving to Windows 7? Upgrading Operating Systems can be a scary process, as it leaves many questions lingering: Will my software be compatible? There is a new layout, will i find everything? What if I struggle to use it? What do i do if my software doe ...
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May 2013: Windows XP end-of-life

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May 2013: Windows XP end-of-life
Windows XP end-of-life support - April 2014 As a reminder, Windows XP is reaching it's end-of-life by Microsoft as of April 2014. This means that no further security patches or critical updates will be available for Windows XP after this date. It is recommended that your business starts migrating to Windows 7 (or higher) as it has active ...
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May 2013: Pay before you think

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May 2013: Pay before you think
Some Marks and Spencers customers have had instances where they are trying to pay using chip and pin but before they get an opportunity to enter their pin, a contactless card around them has paid for the transaction. Some bank cards of other shoppers have been charged even though they are not in the specified range. Also, some other cards wh ...
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May 2013: World's First 3D Printed Gun

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 07/05/2013 Last Modified: 09/05/2013 Comments: 0 
May 2013: World's First 3D Printed Gun
3D Printing is something that has been recently publisised. A 3D printer lays down threads of melted polymer that add up to precisely-shaped solid objects just as easily as a traditional printer lays ink on a page. Fifteen of its sixteen pieces have been created in a second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST 3D Printer. The only non-printed piece is a ...
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May 2013: Welcoming a new client to A2Z Computing

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 03/05/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
May 2013: Welcoming a new client to A2Z Computing
A2Z Computing are pleased to be supporting a new client from Penarth.  The client is alternative to usual businesses, instead of having a computer at a desk, it is instead controlling Tills or POS. A2Z Computing has recently celebrated 19 years of supporting educational establishments and businesses. The businesses don't have to be ...
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May 2013: Digital Door Key

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 03/05/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
May 2013: Digital Door Key
Imagine never having to worry about carrying around keys for your house or worrying about loosing them! A new app for smartphones has been developed and is currently being tested in New York. The app is called Kisi and stores the data on the cloud. As technology moves on, would you want an app allowing you to open your front door? You do ...
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Out of this world!

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 25/04/2013 Last Modified: 13/05/2013  
Out of this world!
Have you got a project in mind that you feel is a bit too 'bonkers' or 'mad scientist' to create? At A2Z Computing, we love a challenge and are always happy to go above and beyond to achieve the goal. One of our most recent projects was to create a predator to a large company who wants their employees to be at meetings on time. The p ...
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April 2013: Testimonial

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 24/04/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
April 2013: Testimonial
A2Z Computing has received a lovely testimonial from one of our newest clients. It goes as follows: "Dear Sian As a relatively new business needing to set up a domain name and establish themselves in the virtual world, Endcourt were aware that they required assistance with this. I discussed my immediate needs with Sian Haynes of ...
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March 2013: Easter 2013

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 28/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2013: Easter 2013
Happy Easter from everyone at A2Z Computing Ltd! Our office hours over the Easter period are: 8am - 5pm Thursday 28th March Closed Friday 29th March Closed Saturday and Sunday (as usual) Closed Monday 1st April 8am - 5pm Tuesday 2nd April If you require any assistance during this period, please do not hesitate to give ...
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March 2013: Microsoft details global police data requests

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 25/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2013: Microsoft details global police data requests
More than 75,000 requests were made by police forces around the world for data on Microsoft users in 2012. The figures were revealed in Microsoft's first transparency report which detailed how often police forces sought data to aid investigations.  In most cases, Microsoft only handed over basic information such as login names and IP ad ...
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March 2013: Hackers attack several BBC Twitter accounts

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 25/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2013: Hackers attack several BBC Twitter accounts
Several BBC Twitter accounts, including its weather, Arabic and Radio Ulster feeds were hijacked by a group calling itself "Syrian Electronic Army". A series of tweets about fake weather conditions in Middle Eastern Counties began appearing on Thursday afternoon. The accounts are the latest in a series of large corporate Twitter feeds to hav ...
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March 2013: Internet probed for insecure devices

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 25/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2013: Internet probed for insecure devices
A surreptitious scan of the entire internet has revealed millions of printers, webcams and set-top boxes protected only by default passwords. An anonymous researcher used more than 420,000 of these insecure devices to test the security and responsiveness of other gadgets, in a nine-month survey. Using custom-written code, they sent out m ...
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April 2013: Parental Controls for Smartphones

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 24/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
April 2013: Parental Controls for Smartphones
Are you concerned about your childrens security? Do you know what their doing on their smartphone? Parental control software such as Sanbox Kids Corner gives you the control you desire.  Choose the apps the children can use Choose who their allowed to phone and message Their icons appear on a seperate page which you ...
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April 2013: Welcome to A2Z Computing

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 23/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
April 2013: Welcome to A2Z Computing
A2Z Computing are pleased to announce that we are working closely with a legal firm in the Monmouth area.  Recently we have taken over the IT Support for the legal company. The legal company are benefiting from Eagleye 24/7 which is resolving their long standing problems. We look forward to working closely with the company for many ...
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March 2013: Ransomware on the rise!

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 19/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2013: Ransomware on the rise!
  Local Police Departments are warning County residents they should not open any emails from the FBI Cyber Crimes unit. In actuality it is a Ransomware Virus and it will take over your computer and lock it up. If you have a webcam on your computer it will also take a photograph/video of you and attach it to the official looking noti ...
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March 2013: Modern Day Bank Robbers

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 19/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2013: Modern Day Bank Robbers
US prosecutors say they have charged three men with creating and distributing a virus that infected more than a million computers around the world. They say the Gozi Virus was used to access personal bank information and steal millions of dollars in 2005 - 2011.  The suspects - a Russian, a Latvian and a Romanian - ran a "modern-day ...
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March 2013: Domain Renewal Scam

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 13/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2013: Domain Renewal Scam
There are several letters going around where they claim to be the renewing company of your domain. Please see the photo attached to this news piece. If you receive one of these letters, do not respond! Please go to your original domain registra who will be able to help you resolve the issue. If you respond you are at risk of transferring ...
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March 2013: Rapid Malware Growth for Smartphones

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 07/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2013: Rapid Malware Growth for Smartphones
Malware is increasingly targeting smartphones and tablet PCs with an Android Operating System according to the latest malware report. The number of new malware programs targeting Android increased fivefold in the second half of 2012 compared with the first six months, reaching almost 140,000 by the end of the year, the report said. Resea ...
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March 2013: Budget Bullies

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 05/03/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2013: Budget Bullies
Are you stressed over the end of the financial year? Are you being pressured into ways of allocating the new budget? It's time to stop worrying over the little things and start thinking of the bigger picture! Lots of businesses and schools have technological needs that they are struggling to resolve. They need to buy new software, new hardwa ...
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March 2013: HP 2012 Cyber Risk Report

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 04/03/2013 Last Modified: 01/07/2013 Comments: 0 
March 2013: HP 2012 Cyber Risk Report
HP has released their Cyber Risk Report from 2012,  The report can be found here Security is a fundamental that every company worries about, if you would like any more information on keeping safe, please contact us. We offer security risk reports, security information and can offer investigations when you feel tha a security breach has o ...
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February 2013: Updated Support Packages

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 20/02/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2013: Updated Support Packages
A2Z Computing is proud to announce that we have expanded our current support packages. Full details can be found in the Support Section or by clicking here. The expansion of support services allows A2Z Computing to cater for a wider range of businesses, educational establishments and home user's needs. Be one of the first people to try o ...
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February 2013: Hotmail going to Outlook by Summer 2013

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 20/02/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2013: Hotmail going to Outlook by Summer 2013
Hotmail is to be updated to Outlook by Summer 2013. To view more information and their new campaign please click here.
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February 2013: Transparent Phone

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 20/02/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2013: Transparent Phone
Most people rely on a smart phone for day to day duties and have a preference to style and colour. There is now a smart phone out that is transparent, so you can view the inner workings of the phone. For more information, please click here ...
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February 2013: Glass Explorer

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 20/02/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2013: Glass Explorer
Google has taken technology to the next level by trialling glasses with internet technology enabled. The viewers will be able to have a screen displayed on their glass' lense and have a small camera available to take photographs of what they view. Please read more here ...
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February 2013: AVTex

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 14/02/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2013: AVTex
A2Z Computing had a great meeting with AVTex on 12th February 2013 and are proud to be looking after their IT infrastructure. AVTex make audio visual solutions for mobile homes, caravans and the custom range at John Lewis. The range of products they produce is high quality and ensures that even the tiniest feature provides ease to its user. ...
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February 2013: N Able Conference

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 11/02/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2013: N Able Conference
Good conference this morning at the N Able UK and European Roadshow.  Learnt some information about new features including mobile management for BYOD issues that companies are experiencing.  Looking forward to finding out more and developing our relationship with N Able further. ...
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February 2013: $1m a year botnet shut down by Microsoft

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 08/02/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2013: $1m a year botnet shut down by Microsoft
The BBC News article can be found here. Microsoft and Symantec worked in conjunction with the Hi-Tech Crime Unit and Police to shut down a $1m a year Botnet.  The botnet was used for identity theft fraud and it is believed that over 8million computers have been attacked. Users who have been affected will see the picture displaye ...
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February 2013: The 21 Day Challenge

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 07/02/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2013: The 21 Day Challenge
Could you survive without your mobile phone or tablet device? The 21 day challenge is where you vow not to use your mobile phone or tablet device when you are in the company of others. It has been proven that people who rely too much on their mobile devices are oblivious to what is going on around them. By putting down the mobile phone and t ...
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February 2013: Sophos UTM

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 07/02/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2013: Sophos UTM
A2Z Computing have been working with a company who has offices based in Cardiff and Edinburgh to implement a UTM and RED10 Extender. A2Z Computing are active partners with Sophos. Their UTM appliance allows higher level security and a streamlined interface for managing the infrastructure. For more information about UTM appliances or security ...
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February 2013: Biometric Clocking In System

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 07/02/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2013: Biometric Clocking In System
A2Z Computing has recently been working with a new client for implementing biometric clocking in systems.  By having biometric clocking in systems, it reduces human error and cheating the system. No longer will other employees be able to clock one another in or out if they are late or sneaking off early. It is a much more sophisticated ...
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January 2013: Microsoft Expression Changes

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 28/01/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
January 2013: Microsoft Expression Changes
Microsoft have released a free version of the commonly paid for, Microsoft Expression tool. Usually Microsoft Expression would have costed in the region of
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January 2013: A Sharp Eye and a Safe Pair of Hands

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 02/01/2013 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
January 2013: A Sharp Eye and a Safe Pair of Hands
Firstly, all the staff at A2Z Computing would like to wish you a Happy New Year! A2Z Computing proudly featured in the first issue of SME Wales which was released late December 2012. SME Wales is a magazine promoting local Welsh businesses. The article talks about how A2Z Computing use Eagleye to protect users and ensure their IT is efficien ...
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December 2012: Merry Christmas from A2Z Computing

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 06/12/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
December 2012: Merry Christmas from A2Z Computing
Merry Christmas from all the staff at A2Z Computing! We hope that you all enjoy a well deserved rest with your family and friends. With 2013 looming, we want you to keep in mind that we can help you keep your new years resolutions! Why not set your new years resolution to improving your IT Support? Read our latest campaign a ...
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December 2012: Improving languages within schools

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 06/12/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
December 2012: Improving languages within schools
A2Z Computing are proud to be working closely with Cilt Cymru to improve Languages within schools.  Currently we have been in contact with two schools where by we are promoting business and languages. We look forward to helping them further! For more information please click here ...
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December 2012: Business Card Safe

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 04/12/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
December 2012: Business Card Safe
How many drawers full of business cards do you have?  Over the months of networking and meeting new people, we all collect hundreds of new business cards which end up in a desk drawer. Then when we need to contact the person we waste time sorting through them all to find the one golden card! However, there is an application which wi ...
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November 2012: Windows XP Deadline

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 18/11/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
November 2012: Windows XP Deadline
  What Does End of Support Mean?      In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, recei ...
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November 2012: Customer Interaction

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 12/11/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
November 2012: Customer Interaction
When you have a shop window, you dress it so that it catches the customer's eye and makes them stop and stare. Until now, thats all customers could do....stop and stare but now you can allow them to interact with your business by using a touch screen interface. The touch capability is on the front shop window which can allow them to browse y ...
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November 2012: Just when you need it most...

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 12/11/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
November 2012: Just when you need it most...
As we approach December the one thing on most people
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October 2012: Christmas Challenge

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 31/10/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
October 2012: Christmas Challenge
  As Christmas approaches we are all saving our pennies and trying to fulfil people
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September 2012: Introbiz Business Show

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/10/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
September 2012: Introbiz Business Show
On 27th September 2012 A2Z Computing exhibited at the Introbiz Business Show. We were one of over 60 stands based at Cardiff City Stadium. A2Z Computing work closely with alot of partners and on this occasion we worked closely with Sophos to produce a security display. One of the main features on our stand was a wi-fi hotspot which was sprea ...
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September 2012: Back to School

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 03/09/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
September 2012: Back to School
With the beginning of September comes new desktop computers and laptops ready for back to school and back to business. If your a student at the University of Wales, Newport you will receive a discount on labour when a workshop repair is needed.  For advice on how to choose the right computer, repairs and data recovery, please do not ...
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August 2012: 30 Day Special Offer

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 15/08/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
August 2012: 30 Day Special Offer
All businesses are currently feeling the pinch and are trying to stretch their budgets to cover as much as possible. So, A2Z Computing want to help reduce those costs and pass the savings on to you! For 30 Days (14th August 2012 - 14th September 2012) we are offering a 10% discount to all NEW Eagleye customers. Hurry, this offer only lasts 3 ...
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August 2012: Presenting Eagleye 24/7

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 09/08/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
August 2012: Presenting Eagleye 24/7
On 02nd August 2012, A2Z Computing presented Eagleye 24/7 at ABC Networking Event. ABC is held every Thursday morning with a guest speaker slot. A2Z Computing presents Eagleye 24/7 regularly to businesses and education but how many people actually fully understand its capabilities? The presentation began with money being burnt to demonstrate ...
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July 2012: Making Headlines

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 24/07/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
July 2012: Making Headlines
Once again A2Z Computing are storming the headlines with the launch of our Starter Package encouraging new businesses to start up and take on the challenge of being self employed. The recession has knocked many people off their feet and unfortunately made many businesses close but its time to fight back, and helping the community do so is A2Z Co ...
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July 2012: Sophos Re-seller Roadshow

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 24/07/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
July 2012: Sophos Re-seller Roadshow
On July 19th 2012 two A2Z Computing representatives (Az Ashraf and Sian Haynes) headed for Oxford to attend a Re-seller Roadshow event created by Sophos. As an active partner with Sophos we strive to ensure that all users are safe and are protected against threats. Covered in the event were: New Product Suites UTM 9 Sopho ...
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July 2012: A Roundabout Challenge

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 24/07/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
July 2012: A Roundabout Challenge
On July 19th 2012 two A2Z Computing representatives (Az Ashraf and Sian Haynes) attended the Re-seller Roadshow event in Oxford. The event was very well run and informative about the new services Sophos have to offer. On the way back to base, they stopped off at Swindon to return a switch with a Life Time Warranty to Allied Telesis. ...
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July 2012: Life Music Foundation

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 17/07/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
July 2012: Life Music Foundation
On Saturday 14th July 2012, the whole team at A2Z Computing got dressed up for the Life Music Foundation Charity Dinner at The Celtic Manor.  The night was fantastic with a silent auction raising money for the charity, a red carpet and champayne reception followed by a three course meal.  A2Z Computing proudly sponsored the eve ...
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July 2012: Race for Life

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 09/07/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
July 2012: Race for Life
A2Z Computing are once again giving back to the community, previously we have made a difference by supporting Maindee Action Group and now we are participating in the Cancer Research: Race for Life to help raise more awareness about the disease. A2Z Computing may be an IT Support company but we also support many causes including community ce ...
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June 2012: Free IT Assessment

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 06/07/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
June 2012: Free IT Assessment
Why it could possibly be the best business decision you make Like all businesses, you want to know you ...
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May 2012: Windows 8 Release Preview

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 03/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
May 2012: Windows 8 Release Preview
Microsoft allows YOU to download and install test its NEW OS Windows 8 Release Preview It's Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's easy to try now ...
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April 2012: New Starter Package

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
April 2012: New Starter Package
A2Z Computing has launched a new startup package for new businesses! We want to support new local businesses that are trying to get off the ground, if you are starting up a business or know someone who is, please contact us so we can help support you and provide you with the tools to get your business going.
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March 2012: Staff Development

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2012: Staff Development
Unfortunately, A2Z has said goodbye to two great members of staff; Sam Bentley and James Rowland. Si̢n Haynes joined the team as the new Development Manager, taking on Sam's previous role and Peter Burden has become Head of Technical Services. A2Z consistently provides opportunities for students to try their hand at computing in a work experienc ...
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July 2011: Gareth Joins the Team

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
July 2011: Gareth Joins the Team
A2Z Computing is pleased to announce that we have taken on Gareth Tippins as a full time Technical Engineer. The positive developments of Eagleye 24/7 has meant we are able to expand A2Z Computing further!
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May 2011: Revised Remote Backup Packages

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
May 2011: Revised Remote Backup Packages
A2Z Computing has revised its remote backup packages, under the A2Z Safe Brand, in order to make it easier to choose a package and improve the service that we provide. We have removed all our current packages and created several brand new ones. The space has been increased and the price dropped. For further information please select the back ...
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May 2011: Training Grant

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
May 2011: Training Grant
A2Z's very own Az Ashraf has gained two very prosperous opportunities! A
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August 2010: IT Firm Aims to Double Turnover

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
August 2010: IT Firm Aims to Double Turnover
A2Z Computing are predicting to double their turnover with a new IT investment; Eagleye 24/7. We currently have 15 members of staff in our Newport and Swansea base and are looking to employee more staff.
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August 2010: Keeping an Eagleye on Expansion

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
August 2010: Keeping an Eagleye on Expansion
A2Z Computing are predicting to double their turnover, after slightly mission the 1m mark in 2009, A2Z are forecasting high returns and looking for any opportunities that show potential for expansion.
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July 2010: Experts Keeping Systems Running

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
July 2010: Experts Keeping Systems Running
For most people a crashing computer is their worst nightmare and we all rely heavily on our information that is stored on the machines. Most people forget to back up their data and don't think about 'what if' until it's too late. Our remote backup service stops the 'what if' from becoming a real life nightmare! With two suitable packages for bot ...
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November 2009: Affiliated Technician Support Scheme Launched

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
November 2009: Affiliated Technician Support Scheme Launched
Ranger Manager has become partners with A2Z Computing; we are part of an ATSS - Affiliated Technician Support Scheme whereby we provide technical support to the simple & effective network management tool that Ranger is.
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August 2008: A2Z Computing Supplies Equipment to NEW Primary Sch

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
August 2008: A2Z Computing Supplies Equipment to NEW Primary Sch
This summer, subcontracted by construction company Willmott Dixon, A2Z Computing has been tasked to supply and install new equipment for two new primary schools being built in Monmouthshire. Llanfoist Primary school is closing and moving to a new location. Pembroke Primary School is staying on the same site but has a new building. Both schools h ...
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August 2008: A2Z Computing Online Services Rolls out NEW Hosting

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
August 2008: A2Z Computing Online Services Rolls out NEW Hosting
As part of our commitment to stay at the forefront of technology and provide the best possible service; our Online Services division has begun rolling out new Server Hardware and Software for our web and e-mail hosting services. All of the new servers will be running Microsoft Windows Server 2008; taking full advantage of Network Load Balancing ...
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April 2008: Hotmail Support for Outlook Express coming to an end

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
April 2008: Hotmail Support for Outlook Express coming to an end
As of June 30th 2008 Hotmail will no longer be compatible with Outlook Express. Microsoft has announced that on this dates it's Hotmail service will no longer support the DAV protocol required for Hotmail to integrate with Outlook Express; which is now outdated. As an alternative to Outlook Express they have released a new version of Windows Liv ...
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April 2008: Microsoft to release Windows XP Service Pack 3

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
April 2008: Microsoft to release Windows XP Service Pack 3
Microsoft has announced today that Service Pack 3 for Winodws XP will be available to download from the Winodws Update site on April 29th. The third service pack includes all previous updates and fixes as well as updates to the management console, windows installer and more.
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April 2008: New A2Z Computing Support Suite goes LIVE!

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
April 2008: New A2Z Computing Support Suite goes LIVE!
Today saw the launch of our new online support suite. It has been designed to improve our old ticketing system and include a new knowledge base and download centre. The ticketing system allows us to add, manage and update the jobs that we do. Clients can also interact by updating tickets and monitoring progress. The knowledge base is intended to ...
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March 2008: David Webb Elected as Chairman of Action Business Cl

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2008: David Webb Elected as Chairman of Action Business Cl
David Webb, one of A2Z Computing's senior support staff, has been chosen for chairman of a popular networking group in Newport. The role at Action Business Club, the breakfast networking group that holds weekly events in Newport and Swansea, was handed over from Dave Brassey of Underwood Insurance having served a full year as chairman. Having be ...
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February 2008: A2Z Computing Supplies First Suite of ICT Desks

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
February 2008: A2Z Computing Supplies First Suite of ICT Desks
A2Z Computing has supplied and installed 18 new IT-integrated desks in Monmouth Comprehensive School. The desks are Verso Tower 880 dual-purpose ICT desks fully integrated with AG Neovo hard glass TFT monitors, A2Z Computing min-tower workstations and a Microsoft keyboard and mouse.
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January 2008: Case Studies of Schools using Ranger Support by A2

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
January 2008: Case Studies of Schools using Ranger Support by A2
Two schools in South Wales using Ranger Suite and A2Z Computing technical support services have been featured in case studies produced by Sentinel Products. Read the full articles by clicking on the relevant links below.
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November 2007: Photographic Competition Winners Announced

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
November 2007: Photographic Competition Winners Announced
The photography exhibition is now over and the competition entries have been judged. Mike Taylor, judge of the competition, said of the overall winning entry, "This is really well seen and a great use of exposure. It is compositionally interesting, very graphic and not a chair any more. It shows very visual maturity" The winners of the three cat ...
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October 2007: Maindee Photographic Exhibition Opens

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
October 2007: Maindee Photographic Exhibition Opens
Today is the first day of the Maindee Photographic Exhibition being held at A2Z Computing. It is open to the public from Saturday October 27th and November 3rd. Some photographs are available to purchase and others have been entered into a competition.
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July 2007: A2Z Computing Management Director Elected President o

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
July 2007: A2Z Computing Management Director Elected President o
Howard Kirkman, Managing Director of A2Z Computing, has recently been elected president of Newport's local chamber of commerce, ngb2b. Previously he was elected vice president of ngb2b in July 2006.
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April 2007: Howard Kirkman A2Z Computing Director Features on BB

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
April 2007: Howard Kirkman A2Z Computing Director Features on BB
Lib Dem MP Ed Davey seeking lib dem votes during the election campaign visits A2Z Computing to show his support for the local small businesses in Newport. The footage was shown on the BBC's Dragon's Eye program.
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March 2007: A2Z Computing Local Business Profile in South Wales

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2007: A2Z Computing Local Business Profile in South Wales
A leading Gwent IT company, whose yearly turnover is the top end of six figures, is expanding shortly, opening a new office in Swansea. A2Z Computing, whose offices are in a former chapel in Hereford Street, Newport, is the brainchild of Az Ashraf, whose partner is the man who taught him IT in the beginning, Howard Kirkman. The company which emb ...
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March 2007: Virgin Media to Double Broadband Speed

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2007: Virgin Media to Double Broadband Speed
Virgin Media has announced that is is to double the speed of it's flagship 'XL' cable broadband service from 10Mbps to up to 20Mbps. Upstream speeds will also be increased to 768kbps. Accordingly, the price will be increased from
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March 2007: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Release

Author: Peter Leonard Created: 01/06/2012 Last Modified: Comments: 0 
March 2007: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Release
Microsoft has released Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2. This contains a roll-up of all IE6 fixes to date and will not upgrade users to IE7. In addition, improvements have been made to networking performance, manageability for IPSec, wireless, and much more.
Category: 2007

January 2007: Sophos makes web surfing secure with launch of WS1

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January 2007: Sophos makes web surfing secure with launch of WS1
Sophos has launched the first all-in-one web control platform to provide trusted content security, application control and URL filtering in one appliance. The WS1000 protects against threats as well as productivity inhibitors. Sophos's WS1000 protection is powered by intelligence gathered from scanning billions of unique web pages, identifying m ...
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December 2006: Changes to UK Electronic Commerce Regulations 200

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December 2006: Changes to UK Electronic Commerce Regulations 200
From January 01 2007 all companies in the UK will be required by law to include specific information on their web site or risk a fine. The minimum information to be provided is:
Category: 2006

November 2006: A2Z Computing Achives Level 3 of the Green Dragon

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November 2006: A2Z Computing Achives Level 3 of the Green Dragon
A2Z Computing is striving to make the organisation environmentally friendly and this month has achieved level 3 in the Green Dragon Environtmental Management Standards Award. As a result, we have identified cost savings in water and energy and further protect ourselves from the possibility of non-compliance with environmental legislation. The Gr ...
Category: 2006

November 2006: Results of Nominet UK Extraordinary General Meeti

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November 2006: Results of Nominet UK Extraordinary General Meeti
Today, Nominet UK held an EGM where members voted in favour of enabling electronic voting and communication and expanding the scope of services provided. This means that Nominet are now able to bid to become the UK Tier one registry for ENUM, an internationally approved method for connecting the telephone communications network to the Internet, ...
Category: 2006

November 2006: Vista and Office 2007 Release Dates Announced

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November 2006: Vista and Office 2007 Release Dates Announced
Microsoft has finally locked down release dates for Windows Vista and Office 2007, launching both simultaneously on the 30th of November. Along with Office, the business version of Vista will enjoy a worldwide launch this month, with consumer versions of the much-anticipated operating system to follow next year in what is currently expected to b ...
Category: 2006

October 2006: Internet Explorer 7 now available

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October 2006: Internet Explorer 7 now available
Microsoft has today released version 7 of Internet Explorer. New features include anti-phishing, tabbed browsing and an integrated RSS feed reader. Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Server 2003 Service Pack 1 are required to use the new browser. In a few weeks time Internet Explorer 7 will be pushed out as an automatic update.
Category: 2006

October 2006: A2Z Computing sponsors Five Counties Awards

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October 2006: A2Z Computing sponsors Five Counties Awards
A2Z Computing proudly sponsored the Innovation Through IT award as part of the Five Counties Business week which was hosted by Jamie Owen at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales. The award was won by OnTracks, one of the UK's largest retailers of model and hobby products.
Category: 2006

August 2006: Sophos Offers FREE Rootkit Detection and Removal To

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August 2006: Sophos Offers FREE Rootkit Detection and Removal To
Sophos has announced the availability of a new free-of-charge, standalone tool offering comprehensive rootkit detection and removal capabilities. Sophos Anti-Rootkit provides an extra layer of detection, by safely and reliably detecting and removing any rootkit that might already have secreted itself onto your system. The term rootkit is used to ...
Category: 2006

July 2006: Actnic Version 8 Beta Announced

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July 2006: Actnic Version 8 Beta Announced
Actinic, the UK's best selling supplier of ecommerce solutions, announces the beta release of version 8 of it's ecommerce software. Version 8 offers online merchants a significant upgrade infunctionality and a variety of new features to help manage a successful online store. For more information visit http://www.actinic.co.uk ...
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June 2006: Howard Kirkman Elected Vice President of NGB2B

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June 2006: Howard Kirkman Elected Vice President of NGB2B
Working in partnership with Newport Unlimited, the urban regeneration company in Newport, A2Z Computing supplied and installed a camera at the top of Chartist Tower in the heart of the city centre. The camera is an Axis 213 PTZ and has been made freely accessible to anyone that wants to see the regeneration of Newport as it happens. ...
Category: 2006

March 2006: RM Withdraws Telephone Support for Connect 2.4 netwo

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March 2006: RM Withdraws Telephone Support for Connect 2.4 netwo
RM has withdrawn telephone support for it's Connect 2.4 network. However, schools and colleges still running the Windows NT4 based network in coexistence with a Community Connect 3 network will continue to receive support for 'coexistence' specific enquiries until 31 July 2006. Online support for Connect 2.4 will remain available through RM's ex ...
Category: 2006

November 2005: A2Z Computing Achieves Green Dragon Award

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November 2005: A2Z Computing Achieves Green Dragon Award
At A2Z Computing we have been working hard to minimise the environmental impact of our clients' IT systems. This month we achieved Level 2 of the Green Dragon award. As part of our environmental program we are able offer safe, environmentally friendly disposal of your old equipment. We can arrange for collection and disposal of your redundant el ...
Category: 2005

October 2005: A2Z Computing Celebrates 10 years of Success

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October 2005: A2Z Computing Celebrates 10 years of Success
This month we marked our 10th Anniversary in business with a celebration at our
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July 2005: A2Z Computing Pioneers 'Green' Computers

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July 2005: A2Z Computing Pioneers 'Green' Computers
A2Z Computing has become one of the first companies in the UK to pioneer green technology for use in computer products. In collaboration with the mainboard division of Fujitsu Siemens Computers, A2Z will become the leading UK supplier of lead-free mainboards. The introduction of this 'green' technology will enable organisations accross the count ...
Category: 2005

June 2005: Axis Launches Training Academy to Fast Track IP

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June 2005: Axis Launches Training Academy to Fast Track IP
Axis Communications, the leading IP-surveillance vendor, has launched the AXIS Training Academy as part of a campaign to stimulate more UK-based IT and network resellers to move into the burgeoning IP-surveillance market. A total of six pilot Academy training courses have been run in the UK and Ireland over the last eight months. Very positive t ...
Category: 2005

April 2005: Learning Centre becomes a Microsoft Academy

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April 2005: Learning Centre becomes a Microsoft Academy
Further to our announcement as a City and Guilds Training Centre, A2Z Computing are pleased to report our status as a Microsoft Academy. Alongside the current list of courses A2Z Learning Centres are now accrediting all the Microsoft Office Modules and the new IC3 Certifications. Starting in September 2005, we will be launching the MS IC3 Certifica ...
Category: 2005

July 2011: Gareth joins the team

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July 2011: Gareth joins the team
A2Z Computing is pleased to announce that we have taken on Gareth Tippins as a full time Technical Engineer. The positive developments of Eagleye 24/7 has meant we are able to expand A2Z Computing further!
Category: 2011

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