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Lee Kirkby

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Lexmark To Be Sold

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, May 11, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

The landscape for ownership in the printer and MFP business is constantly changing as the field matures further and the impacts of digital vehicles continue.

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Topics: MFP, Document, Less paper office

Ransomware Attacks Come To Hamilton Burlington

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Sometimes we all get complacent when we hear about cyber attacks on businesses and organizations.  We figure, too bad, it is unfortunate that someone got caught by this nefarious practice but it doesn't happen around here.  Recent events have brought this right to our doors in the Hamilton, Burlington area.

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Topics: data security, network security, IT Scams

Cloud Document Management Fights Crypto Ransomware

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

One of the most insidious kinds of spam and malware that is currently active around the world is what is known as Cryptoware or Ransomware.  This attack gets users to open a type of malware which starts working on the user's workstation to attack files with extensions from common document type software.  

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Topics: docucapture, IT network, IT Scams, digital filing

Another Microsoft Server OS Reaches End of Life

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 has reached its end of life date after 10 years of steady work.  Like previously released dates for other server products Microsoft cautions that migration to an updated platform should have already meen undertaken or should occur as soon as possible.  

With the end of support life, there will no longer be security patches, bug fixes or other enhancements released for the product.  While theoretically it is still possible to continue to use the software the risks associated with doing so increase substantially with time.

Even the Canadian Government has commented on the occurrence, "organizations running software after its end of support date may be exposed to outage, compliance and security risks.  Hardware and software compatibility issues may also arise when implementing current technologies which may not have been designed for use with SQL Server 2005."

Data shows that as much as 46 percent of the install base of SQL server products is represented by SQL 2005 indicating that the need for action is a significant issue for organizations.  The current recommended release of SQL Server is version 2014, four generations newer than 2015.  

Of course moving to a new SQL installation is not a simple task and is something which takes planning and study.  Data base admins will need to address these issues quickly and begin the work before the inevitable holes start to creep into their installations.  Figuring our which version of the upgrades available, primarlly SQL Server 2012 or 2104 are most compatible with the other software you are running will be the first step of the plan.  Not every package which requires a SQL back end is going to have been updated to run with the latest MS data base software and this always creates some issue for some organizations.  

Taking the time to test the new install, ensure the functionality required is supported is a necessity with any software server upgrade.  Working with a sandbox installation while testing your data and software is the safest way to be sure you are not going to run into major issues.  This takes resources and time, time which is rapidly going to run out for the current installations.  Beginning now, if you have not already done so is an imperative.

Unfortunately, this kind of upgrade also has budget implications, both for licensing and for labour to deal with the work involved.  It also can often involve hardware upgrades as newer server systems generally require more horsepower.  Of course if you are running ten year old server software the chances are that your hardware is also several years old, even if you have done a refresh during the lifespan of your installation.  Getting new hardware installed is a good first step and it could potentially be used as your sandbox installation for testing and then migrate to your production work.

There are tools available to help you in your planning and it is a good idea to make use of them to guide your efforts.  Microsoft offers a couple which can help.

When a significant tool like a data base server platform is shifted there is always some disruption and challenge involved.  When the platform base is no longer eligible for software support and upgrade this is aggravated.  

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Topics: Software, server software

Rapid Technology Changes Challenge Government Action

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 08:04 AM

Everyone knows that we live in a time of rapid technology change.  This is especially true in communication technologies as the mobile revolution has built a whole new way to attack many activities.

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Topics: technology tools, privacy, Canadian Legislation, spam, Canadian IT

Internet of Things Continues To Grow

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

A recent article has pegged the value of the internet of things (IofT) as a $300 billion industry. When you think of all the items you can now connect to your home network:

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Topics: software tools, Canadian IT, IT connectivity

Using Your Copier, MFP, Scan Function For Important

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 08:03 AM

We are always looking for useful information we can share with readers to help them better operate their equipment and take advantage of the capabilities that office technologies provide.  Sometimes we come across information from other industries sources which we trust that provide good solid ideas.  This blog is one of those and I am pleased to repost a piece that was written by a colleague from New Jersey who is one of the best  and most experienced advisers I have dealt with.  

Five Tips For Better Scanning With Your Copier

"Right before I left for a trip to Texas, I received an order from a net new customer for the replacement of their old digital copier for a new digital copier.

When I opened the pdf that contained three pages I saw that the quality of the scan was poor, so poor in fact that it looked like the document had been faxed.

For those of us in the industry, we know that scanned documents especially lease documents need to be readable. Poor quality scans will not be accepted by the leasing companies.

Thus I thought I would post these tips of how to scan higher quality documents from the scanner with your copier.


  1. Increase the resolution from the default of 200 dpi to at least 300 dpi.  The higher resolution will result in a larger file size, but the document will be sharp, crisp and readable.
  2. Check to make the colour scanning enabled.  This will enable the scanner to scan both black and colour documents in a single scan.
  3. If your document is two sided, enable the two sided scanning option. Thus, you'll only have to scan the two sided document once.
  4. Your copier may have an additional feature called 'blank page detection'.  Enabled blank page detection will automatically delete any and all blank pages.  This is especially useful for two sided documents that may have a blank back side page at the beginning and end of the document.
  5. Enable the OCR detection.  This means that every word on a page is indexed.  Thus, when you open the scanned pdf document you'll be able to search that pdf document for a certain word, phrase, number etc.

More and more businesses are relying on scanning documents instead of copying them and saving paper based files.  That's a good thing, however many are not checking these documents for the quality of the document once they have been scanned.
Some copiers will allow you to preview the scanned pages before you scan the document to any location on your network.  This one feature can save countless hours of scanning because the original documents were not scanned at high enough resolution (dpi).

Do your homework and ask questions from the rep.  The reason for asking the rep is because many of these additional scanning features may not be on the manufacturer's brochure, in addition, they may not work the way you think they would work.  Do the research and find a quality rep who knows their system inside and out."

The above article was written by Art Post, and experienced office technology specialist in New Jersey who frequently writes and comments on the industry, its practices and products.  Art's material can be found at  The Print4Pay Hotel Blog.

We hope you found these tips useful and happy scanning.

Lee K

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Topics: Scanning, MFP

Microsoft Finally Rolls Out Azure Cloud In Canada

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

One of the challenges for organizations wishing to use cloud services for their computing from a Canadian base has been the access to appropriate services based in the Canadian political jurisdiction.  This has been especially true when considering Microsoft cloud services as up to now there were no Canadian based data centres run by Microsoft.

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Topics: Document, data security, Canadian Legislation, Canadian IT

Foxconn And Sharp | Does It Work?

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

Reports in the financial media in the first week of February have reported that Foxconn of Taiwan has entered into an agreement (about 90% certain) with Sharp to acquire the company for $5.5 billion.  This number is a real premium over the stated  book value of Sharp which has been under pressure due to losses.  

Foxconn on the other hand is a strong tech company which specializes in building product for other companies, most notably Apple iPhones.  The speculation of the value of Sharp to Foxconn is the knowledge and manufacturing capability of Sharp in screen tech which could be applied to future mobile devices and other displays.

Here's how the announcement has been covered:

In all of the coverage the focus of the discussions is the Sharp display expertise.  Of course Sharp has other businesses it is involved with, especially the print business which has been much speculated over the past few years to be a target to be spun off to others in the industry.
Will Foxconn continue to support the Sharp print business once it has operational control if the buyout goes through?  This is something which is not discussed as of yet.  The print division of Sharp was reportedly profitable while many of the other components of the company were losing money.  

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Topics: MFP, office technology

Time For Windows 10

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 @ 08:03 AM

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Topics: Computer, Windows 10