Happy new year to all our clients, customers and readers!
We hope you have a prosperous 2013.
From the team at Better-IT
The Better-IT office will be closed on Thursday December 20th and will re-open on Monday January 7th.
During this period, we will be undertaking essential maintenance work. Any customers affected will be contacted directly before services are interrupted.
As normal, out of hours support will be available over the Christmas period by calling the office on 0330 300 1080
Please email us if you require any more information.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The recent massive flooding in Thailand is likely to lead to a significant increase in PC and laptop prices.
Although we live in times of Globalisation, similar businesses and component manufacturers tend to cluster together and the majority of hard drive and hard drive component manufacturers are all in the flooded area. Most global hard drive production has stopped and it is unknown when it will restart, let alone when production will return to normal levels.
Comparing hard drive prices today against two weeks ago shows prices have at least doubled, with no hard drives now priced below £100 (two weeks ago prices started from £22).
At the moment PC and laptop prices are unaffected because there is stock in the supply chain, however these stocks will only last for the next 2-4 weeks.
After that, we can expect significant price rises for PCs and laptops possibly carrying on into Q1 of 2012.
So, now is the time to buy a pre-built PC or a spangly new laptop.
Find out more on the bbc website.
It’s always good to check your Google Adwords ads in the wild (see how they look in the actual search results), but how do you do it if they are targetting a different country?
Well, the clever folks at Google have thought of this too and have provided an Ad Preview tool. Just enter your search terma and location/ language details.
You can also do it by editing the URL directly. Add ‘&gl=’ + ISO country code to it, for example:
Our Managing Director, Dave Nicholls, was interviewed for the BBC 6 o’clock News yesterday.
The short clip was part of a Robert Peston piece about the surprise increase in the bank levy and how it remains difficult for small businesses, such as ours, to borrow money.
Here are a couple of stills:
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