save money with 2 printers

There are 2 types of printers

1 – Ink printers – these can print in colour and cost more to run

2 – Laser printers – these mainly are black and white printers and use toner like a photocopier

Ink printers can cost 10 x the amount of money to run than a Laser printer

We recommend having at least 1 ink printer and 1 laser printer

The ink printer can do print, copy, scan (and fax)

The laser traditionally does just black and white printing

This combination with give you the best value long term. Less expensive trips to buy ink.

For Ink printers the Canon MX350 is a good choice at $159

For Ink printers the Brother HL-2170W is a good choice at $269

Both these printers have network capabilities meaning you can put them anywhere in range of your wireless network.

Or can traditionally plug into the network via a network cable.

Warringah IT

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What is a web browser?


A web browser is an application that allows you to view web sites.

A website is not a web browser. The browser reads the web site. Just like a car drives on the road.

What web browsers can I use?

The three main web browsers are:

1) Internet Explorer created by Microsoft,

2) Google Chrome which is made by Google and

3) Firefox which is made by Mozilla

How do I install one of these web browsers?

Internet Explorer can be installed and updated via Windows Update – best to keep clear of the Beta versions though.

Mozilla Firefox can be download from

Google chrome can be download from

How do I set your preferred browser as the default?

How to make internet explorer your default internet browser

Step 1: Open Internet explorer

Step 2: Click on the “Tools menu, if you cannot see the “tools” menu press the “alt” key on your keyboard

Step 3: Click on the “internet options” menu

Step 4: Click on the “programs” tab

Step 5: Click on the make default button

Step 6: Click “apply” then “ok

How to make Mozilla firefox your default web browser

Step 1: Open Mozilla Firefox

Step 2: Click on the tools menu and select Options

Step 3: Select the Advanced panel, then click the General tab, and then click Check Now.

How to make Google Chrome your default web browser

Step 1: Open Google Chrome

Step 2: Click on the Chrome "wrench" icon, located in the upper right hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the choice labelled Options.

Step 3: At the bottom of the dialog is the Default browser section. In the example above, you can see by the red text that Chrome is not currently my default browser. To change that setting, click on the button labelled Make Google Chrome my default browser.

Which one should I use?

Web browsers first made an appearance in 1991. In 1994 Netscape was the web browser used by 90% of internet users.

Microsoft released their first browser in 1995 called Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer soon took over as the dominant browser as Microsoft included it with Windows 95.

In 1998 Netscape made a comeback in the form of Firefox and gained much ground on Internet Explorer.

10 years later Google released its Chrome browser which is growing market share very quickly.

Google Chrome is lean and clean and is our browser of choice.

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How long is too long for a warranty repair?

We see the major brands come in for repair every day.

We are seeing repairs taking 6 weeks and longer, due to inefficiencies at the manufacturer, parts unavailable after 13 months (1 month out of warranty) and plain poor service.

We also “enjoy” talking to 20 different people at the same company and have to explain ourselves over and over on the customers behalf.

We supply computers to our customers as well. But we do things differently. We stock all items, particularly the motherboard, which is the main component of the computer. The motherboard must be identical to the original when it is replaced.

So when computers come back in for repair after 5 years (and out of warranty period) we can still repair them….

A much better result for our customers….

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Cheap laptops


Computer manufacturers are competing against each other for every sale.

We now see sub $1000 laptops/notebooks as “norm”. However, if it sounds to good to be true then it usually is.

Buying a cheap laptop to use as your primary computers is not recommended.

You will find that you be replacing your “cheap” laptop year after year. So you will probably pay $1000 a year for a computer.

Better value is to spend $1500 or so, and have a computer that you replace in 3 years.

This will give you a cost of $500 a year, half the cost.

Spend a little more, and get a lot more.

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Desktop Computer or Laptop?


Do you ever find yourself asking the question, Desktop or Laptop?

Well let us help you with the pros and cons….

Desktop Computers are great value for money. They have higher specifications for around the same price. They can usually be repaired on site, and if not they can be bought back to our workshop and repaired more quickly than a laptop.

You will also find that they are a lot more reliable than a laptop, as they are less likely to break down. This makes them a great first computer for your business.

The only downside to a desktop computer is its not portable. Laptops are great when you need a computer to take with you where ever you go.

Being able to take them with you where ever you go is a definite advantage, but this means that they can get scratched, bumped or even worse dropped because they are more fragile.

Laptops are a lot more expensive to repair because the parts are specialised and will often have to go back to the manufacturer for repair.

Unlike the desktop computers they can’t be repaired on site.

So our advice is get a good quality desktop computer first and a laptop second.

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Network monitoring….


currently we are working on better network monitoring down to the workstation level. this will enable us to get better information regarding disk space, error messages, application versions etc

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Windows 7…

the last few weeks have seen us upgrade many computers, in particular, notebooks, to Windows 7.

any notebook running Vista is an excellent candidate for an upgrade

get in touch to find out more…


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