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Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

Bill Gates – 1975

Bill Gates, born 1955 is the founder of Microsoft. With a passion for software and a natural ability for teaching, Bill Gates is the youngest person to ever become a billionaire.

In their later school days, Bill and Paul ran classes to teach other students computer programming. In 1970 at the age of 15, himself and Paul Allen designed a software that measured traffic flow in Seattle. This was their first venture and consequently netted $20,000.

At 18 years old, Gates attended Harvard Law School to follow the footsteps of his father as a lawyer. However, unsurprisingly his loyalty lied with programming. He dropped out of in 1975 to continue his journey with Paul Allen in the world of computing.

In 1975 Paul and Bill founded Microsoft. Although Allen came up with the name Microsoft, Bill did a majority of programming and planning and took the role of president whilst Allen was vice president.

Approximately 82.22% of computers and laptops have Microsoft software.

 

Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

Tommy Flowers – 1944

Tommy Flowers, born in 1905 had a passion for machines and as a result studied an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. Later he received his electrical engineering degree and began work at the British Post Office.

In 1941, Flowers began work with Alan Turing’s machine at Bletchley Park. From this began design on the Colossus. It was a machine that intercepted and decoded German messages in world war two. It worked 5 times faster than any previous code breakers.

This he did in his own time, with a lot of his own funding’s. We may not have won the war without the commitment, selflessness and bravery of Flowers. Through his vast knowledge and fascination for machines, he has been marked as ‘one of history’s most significant electrical engineers’. 

Warning

Warning

One click is all they need. Are you going to get caught out in the lead up to Christmas?

In the lead up to Christmas, we inevitably become busier, fitting Christmas shopping in and around our day to day work (or instead of work!). Things get missed, slip through the net and this is what your average hacker wants.

Most people will see an increase in emails received, Black Friday deals, 20% off before next week. But what about the phishing emails, the ones that you hand over your personal information and potentially compromise both yourself and your IT systems?

The answer is straightforward, much as Matrix would love to sell you our state-of-the-art monitoring and prevention tools we would like to educate with some sensible and, in most cases, foolproof advice.
Be vigilant – Amazon, PayPal, HSBC, DHL, TNT, HMRC, eBay, Facebook are the likely scam emails.

Ask yourself:
1. Are you awaiting receipt of a parcel from DHL, TNT or other, or are even subscribed to the email received?
2. Never EVER click on a link (the blue underlined text). Major companies will ask you to login to your account on their site and will rarely provide a link to do so.


For example, you receive an email for a tax refund:
• Note it is not addressed to you (valued driver) If you re-read the statement it doesn’t make sense
• When will HMRC contact you for a refund?
• Finally, the link will take you to their site and collect your details. Instead merely open a web browser go to the PayPal website and log in.

3. If you receive emails with document or attachment links hover your mouse over them – do they resemble what you have been sent? Again, it is easy to send an embedded link that takes you off to malicious sites.
We hope that this information is enough to prevent you from data fraud and loss, remember: think twice, click once.

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out on how we can help your online safety & email protection, please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444 or email moreinfo@mtxit.com

Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

John Attanasoff – 1942

John Attanasoff born 1903, Invented his Version of the Computer. In 1939 Attanasoff began his construction of the ABC alongside Clifford Berry, an engineering student he hired to help. Unfortunately, some equations were failing and before they could resolve it, they were both sent off to fight in WW2.

As a result, in 1948 Attanasoff found that their machine had been dismantled and removed. The only part left was one of the memory drums. This was the first computer to use RAM and could do 30 simultaneous operations.

A  team from Iowa State University, between 1992 and 1997 rebuilt the ABC which is now displayed in the California Computer History Museum. A lot of the ideas from the ABC were later used in the development of the ‘ENIAC’, the first general purpose computer.

What is Go Integrator?

What is Go Integrator?

An integration software connecting VoIP/phone systems to CRM business systems. This software has tools which make quick and easy business calls.

Such tools are:
• PC application showing caller ID with incoming call and address book
• Call presence through BLF
• ‘Tapi’ tool for quick click number dialling
• Activity logging

Go integrator is better used on PC’s and can benefit your phone and PC systems integration.

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out on how we can help your system integration please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444 or email moreinfo@mtxit.com

Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

 

Hewlett & Packard – 1939
William Hewlett, born 1913 and Dave Packard, born 1912 founded ‘HP’ Hewlett Packard Enterprise in 1939.
They invented the oscillator. A machine that could equally test the quality of sound equipment. Soon after, Walt Disney bought 8 oscillators.

HP released an invention they are best known for today which, although was sold as a ‘desk calculator’ to avoid being compared was believed by many as the ‘first personal computer’. This machine could solve technical problems 10 times faster than most other machines. In 2002 HP bought Compaq, this intern made HP the most prominent PC/Server manufacturer in the world.

HP released many other products such as:
• The wristwatch instrument
• Calculators
• PC’s/Touchscreen PC’s/Laptops
• Printers
• Graphics cards

Furthermore, Bill and Dave developed their small garage inventions and turned it into a multi-billion enterprise, supplying to a large percentage of technical demanded worldwide!
Dave Packard died in 1996 and Bill Hewlett in 2001.

Case study: VoIP System Installation

Case study: VoIP System Installation

Case Study: Installation of Matrix Hosted VoIP solution
Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire
Company Size: 10-15 Users
Company Sector: Activity Centre

Executive Summary:
Due to our client expanding, a new phone system was required to give them the flexibility to grow. Moving them to our Hosted VoIP System allowed us to provision the four new handsets and deploy remotely.

Resolution:
• Fast deployment of handsets
• Plug and play solution
• Generous inclusive call bundle
• Expandable system both in the office and for remote users

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out on how we can help your business with your phone networks please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444. Alternatively, email us at moreinfo@mtxit.com or complete the consultation form on our new website: https://www.mtxit.com/

Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

 

Alan Turing – 1936
Alan Turing born 1912. Turing was educated at both Cambridge and Princeton which led him to write multiple papers on computer science. He invented the concept of the problem-solving machine that could execute simple sums, find square roots and solve sudoku puzzles. He later also designed his first concept of ‘Artificial Intelligence’, the idea that computers would be able to ‘think’.

In 1939, the day after Great Britain declared war against Germany, Turing joined Bletchley Park to help decipher German code. At the time, Germany had a communications device called the ‘Enigma Machine’– the number of permutations for this device was in the millions and until Turing’s device was built, it took 5 ½ months to decipher the code.

After the machine was built, it took minutes. Without a doubt, this computer conceptualised by Alan Turing was a critical factor on the Allies winning the war. Some have argued that not only did we finally beat them on the field of battle, but we beat them intellectually too, with people like Alan Turing.

He is now remembered as ‘The codebreaker who saved millions of lives’, unfortunately, this wasn’t the case during his lifetime. However, he is now rightly recognised as a hero and the inventor of the modern computer. A true genius.

Case study: Server Failure

Case study: Server Failure

Case study: Server Failure
Location: Waterlooville, Hampshire
Company size: 15-20 users
Company sector: Utility Supplier

Executive Summary:
Suffering a server failure due to a power outage, our client suffered registry corruption of their server resulting in no access to their CRM, data and email.
Being on our managed support contract ensured that we were aware of both the issue, created a crisis management plan and had a backup plan in place.

Resolution:
• Migrated users to Office 365 email removing all future on-premise mail issues and enabling 99.99% uptime for email services
• Provision of new hardware platform giving a stable and robust environment for future growth
• Provide new virtualised server solution enabling a faster restore plan
• Update of CRM software

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out on how we can help your Business Servers please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444 or email moreinfo@mtxit.com.

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

 

William Barton Rogers – 1861/1865

William Barton Rogers born in 1804. As early as the 1840s he had wanted to create an educational environment to teach a high-level education of technology. Finally, in 1861 he founded Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT and in 1865 it was open to students.

Today, MIT hosts a wide range of courses such as aerospace studies, mathematics, media arts & sciences, science technology & society and many others. Almost 20,000 people apply every year for enrollment and only 9% get a place.

It has produced industry moulding individuals such as –

• Robert Spinrad – created of crucial technologies in many modern PCs 
• Robert Metcalfe – co-Inventor of Ethernet• William R. Hewlett – co-founder of HP (Hewlett Packard)
• Ivan Getting – co-inventor of GPS.
• Steve Russell – Spacewar! Inventor of the first computer game to be played at multiple locations
• Bernard Marshall Gordon – co-inventor of the first current-switching DAC
• Tim Berners-Lee -co-inventor of the World Wide Web
• Daniel Bricklin -co-creator of VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet programme for PCs
• Ray Kurzweil -inventor of voice recognition technology
• Prof. Stephen Benton – inventor of the credit card holograms
• Buzz Aldrin – the 2nd man in Space

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