Some tips on improving your IT CV

Some tips on improving your IT CV

In this article I will explain how to improve your Curriculum Vitae (CV) in the Information Technology (IT) world if you are applying for a job with me. I don’t go around applying for jobs left right and centre myself, actually I’ve never really done that, but I do interview a lot of people around the world and know what I like to see in a CV and what I do not. I thought I would share this here and see what other IT managers think and it also serves to give some advice to candidates particularly if they will are applying for a job with me. So what are

Prioritise and time-box to get more value out of your day

Prioritise and time-box to get more value out of your day

I have written before about using the time-boxing method in project management to make sure a project finishes on time and within budget but today I am going to explain how it, together with some other techniques, helps me to organise my day and enable me to get more done. In this article, I will briefly explain how my day used to be before I took charge of it and how it is now. I’m not perfect and I still work long hours but not as many as I used to and now I tend to have my weekends and free to spend with my family. However, more important than

The best software purchase that I made during 2015

The best software purchase that I made during 2015

I have made many software purchases over the years and have a shelf full of packages that I only used once or even not at all. I am getting better at resisting the temptation to try everything out but out of those that I did purchase this year I had three that really impressed me. These packages might be old news to some but for me 2015 was the first year that I used them even though I knew of their existence beforehand. All three are different and could be categorised into different aspects of what I like to do. Firstly I like to work things out, I make lists,

The best hardware purchase that I made during 2015

The best hardware purchase that I made during 2015

I’ve been impressed by quite a few hardware purchases this year but none more so than the purchase I made back in May 2015 of the BT8500 Advanced Call Blocker Cordless Home Phone (Trio Handset Pack) (BT8500 Advanced Call Blocker Cordless Home Phone (Trio Handset Pack)) – single, duo and quad handset packs are also available. Apart from its obvious claim to block calls it has all the features of most other telephone and handset packs plus the sound quality, ease of use and stylish design make as good as or maybe better than any other phone kit I’ve had in the past. I still can’t believe how great this

Managing your dual-band wireless broadband router

Managing your dual-band wireless broadband router

This article covers setting up a dual-band broadband router and managing connections. Most modern routers in the UK are dual-band meaning they operate a wireless signal at both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. I was having some problems getting devices connected to wireless but mostly it was with connections dropping. I was considering getting a signal extender to cover more of the house with thinking that my BT router wasn’t good enough and a stronger signal was needed even though connections were failing in the same room as the router. I did a bit of research and checked my settings on the BT router and it was set by default

Featured articles and serials throughout 2014

Featured articles and serials throughout 2014

As the year closes I’ve been looking back at the articles that I have written in 2014 and I think there are some that are worth mentioning again. So in this final piece for 2014 I’m going to briefly cover some of the previous content found in other articles. In this way I hope to remind myself where I’m up to in certain article serials that will continue in 2015 and to make others aware of some of the things they may have missed. I won’t cover every article or even every section as these can be easily found on this website but I will highlight some continuing serials and

Does it help your memory if you write it down?

Does it help your memory if you write it down?

The other day I was thinking about the reason that I always (well mostly) write things down. For example, I have three items to get at the shops and I write them down on a sticky note or a note pad page put it in my pocket and go to the shops. I hardly ever never need to look at that short shopping list as it is already in my memory. In the past, I’ve maybe though I need to get these three things at the shops and by the time I get there I have forgotten at least one. In this article, I will explain how writing things down

Dealing with hard drive failure, data recovery and disposal

Dealing with hard drive failure, data recovery and disposal

It is far better to protect your data against loss than it is to rely on others to be able to recover your data for you and not only because of the cost implication. If you have to send your drive away then it might go missing in transit, it might not be recoverable or it might fall into the wrong hands. You cannot know when your disk drive will fail and each disk drive will usually only have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years. If you back up your data regularly then you shouldn’t need to worry, if your drive fails you can just replace it and dispose

Simple steps for replacing your Windows 8.1 system disk with a bigger drive

Simple steps for replacing your Windows 8.1 system disk with a bigger drive

I thought I would upgrade the hard drive of my son’s Windows 8.1 PC. A simple task on Windows 7 but not so on Windows 8.1. I did a quick search on the internet but most things pointed to purchasing some software or referred to Windows 7 articles. I thought to myself that surely Microsoft wouldn’t have dumped the backup and restore feature that made this task so simple. After a bit of hunting around in the Control Panel, it looks as if they have just changed the names of a few things. Everything you need can be found and it is just as easy as in Windows 7. So,

Farewell old friends: saying goodbye to Windows XP & Office 2003

Farewell old friends: saying goodbye to Windows XP & Office 2003

In case you didn’t already know, Microsoft are stopping all support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on Tuesday. That means no more patching even if security risks become known to them. This of course means that attackers who know that not everyone will be disconnecting their Windows XP machines or Office 2003 suites from the internet on April 8th will be rubbing their hands in glee. If you have an old machine running Windows XP/Office 2003 that you love and you can’t upgrade or you don’t want to upgrade then you don’t have to consign it to the scrap heap. End of life (online at least) Both products have