We have recently reviewed our computer recycling program. Our recycling program has been expanded to cater for anybody, not just our existing customers. We now also accept computer batteries and CRT monitors.
We’re able to offer residential customers a free recycling service, while businesses are charged a small fee while enjoying on-site collection. All computer products sold by us, in conjunction with on-site delivery or consultation, will enjoy free pickup & recycling.
- Desktop & notebook computers of all types
- Monitors and TVs
- Computer batteries
- Peripherals eg. printers, scanners, keyboards, mice & computer cables
- Mobile Phones
We encourage all our customers to call us on 0247058055 about recycling of any computer goods instead of adding to landfill.
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Today, the 24th of December or Christmas eve is our last day open for the year. We will re-open the office again on Monday the 7th of January 2013.
During this break we will still accept jobs with a surcharge of $50, to be performed either on-site or by remote. If you have an urgent job you need completed before the 7th of January please call 0247058055 and leave a voicemail message and mention you are willing to pay surcharges. We will be checking our voicemail regulary over the christmas break.
We wish all our customers a merry Christmas and happy New Year!
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We have moved to 84 Bathurst Rd across from Katoomba Train Station, directly next door to The Carrington Hotel’s Harp & Fiddle Bar (Main Bar) and Summit Gear, and directly below Blue Mountains Adventure Company. We are still building our new repair centre with some new concepts but already the productivity and speed has significantly increased. During the move we never ceased taking on new jobs – which was quite an exhausting effort.
We continue to share tenancy with Katoomba Fabrics at our new address. Because the building is more than twice the size of our last shop, Katoomba Fabrics and my own office now have a significantly larger area. Our new office is now located at the rear of the building with a divider wall.
The building was also originally constructed as a bank which was at 84 Bathurst Rd until some time around 1970. Security is exceptional particularly since we’re purposing the vault as a storage room (repairs left overnight? data backups?), and we now have a much more modern alarm system.
Some of our customers have been uncertain of where to park their cars – however parking seems to be better at our new location. Out the front on Bathurst Rd there is a 2 minute set down and a 15 minute parking spot – so these parking spaces turn over very quickly. CityRail’s commuter car park near Goldsmith Place, and Cascade St, are only a few minutes walk.
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NBNCo has released a 3 year plan detailing how the National Broadband Network will rolled out. NBNCo has also provided a coverage map tool which outlines the sites that will be enabled.
I immediately noticed that in the next 3 years not one single Blue Mountains suburb will be connected, neither will just about anything west of Penrith. To me this seems obsurd as a major political push to finance the NBN was to connect regional areas where no service is available, such as Megalong, Bell, Mt Tomah – and to improve service where coverage is presently poor, such as any outlaying area in just about any Blue Mountains suburb.
Todays media release focuses on numbers and that 3.5 million homes will be connected. This hardly seems an achievement under original goals. Todays release also seems to further back the Broadband Internet advise we provide our customers. For the past decade we’ve offered next-generation managed computer & communications systems which often exceed the capabilities of our competitors.
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Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC) operate a TAFE Outreach program which is free of charge.
Currently BANC are accepting enrolments for their free “Publisher & PowerPoint” course.
Term 2: 23 April— 25 June ‘Publisher and PowerPoint’
Learn how to:
- Produce fliers, posters, cards, calendars & more using Microsoft Publisher
- Prepare & deliver an electronic presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint
- Increase your confidence in delivering talks and presentations using relevant software
NOTE: You must have completed an Outreach ‘Introduction to Computers’ course or have basic computing skills to enrol in this course.
To register phone BANC on (02) 4787 7770
To enrol for this course you must attend a compulsory Enrolment & Information Session on Monday MARCH 19th 2012 at 9 am at BANC
We’re very pleased to announce the launch of our new website and corporate branding which focuses on our consulting business.
Our layout is also refreshed with a more aesthetically pleasing design.
Stay tuned to enjoy regular content posted to our website including news, tutorials and community issues focusing on computer topics. We’ve also enabled commenting to collect feedback from our web visitors. Let us know what you think!
Our Facebook and Twitter pages are now also integrated with our website so anything we publish on our website will also be published on social media.
On the technical side of things our new website is built on WordPress and is hosted on Matrix – our cloud computing platform. We’ll be posting more about Matrix in the coming weeks!
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Since 2008 I’ve provided BLU FM 89.1 with an Internet streaming and broadcast recording service. I enjoyed the arrangement for many years however earlier this week we mutually agreed to terminate the contract.
BLU FM in recent times has struggled with their aging computer systems which I volunteered to administer free of charge. The station has also stated they lack the finances required to replace any of their computer hardware, or even to buy hardware required to repair their current systems.
BLU FM felt that delivering an Internet stream was pointless due to the unreliable nature of their computer systems. I felt that delivering an unreliable Internet stream left bad impressions of my business, and that my volunteer commitments now far exceeded what I was prepared to donate due to the aging state of their computers.
So as of Tuesday the contract was terminated.
Its sad to see the BLU FM contract go as I enjoyed the relationship we had for many years, particulary my dealings with Ken Quinell.
The software and services I developed for BLU FM however will live on.
From the beginning of this year we began developing an appliance suited to radio broadcasters and as of today its now commercially available. We call it an appliance as it requires no administration or interaction other than being connected to power and a broadband Internet connection – as the device is managed & monitored remotely by us. The appliance includes its own FM tuner and antenna and also supports a 3.5mm stereo audio input – with a silence detection system that switches inputs in the event an input goes out. It will record & retain the broadcast to the ACMA requirements of 6 weeks and can easily exceed this. It can provide meta-data updates in its Internet stream and recording from Google Calendar. And just so theres no single point of failure – you can run numerous appliances in a co-operative mode geared at reducing power consumption (only one processor is active at any given time). The publically accessible servers that we operate to distribute your stream are also fault-tolerant as they’re based on our very own Matrix cloud computing environment.
I’ve also received interest from a very well known production company who’s already contracted me to develop software for them – as they wish to operate an Internet based radio station. Some of the systems I developed for BLU FM will be recycled for this job.