Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

Steve Wozniak – 1976

Steve Wozniak born in 1950, was a Co-founder of the biggest global tech company, Apple. From a young boy, he had a growing passion for electronics and was further educated in this field. After meeting Ronald Wayne* through Steve Jobs in the early 1970’s, they planned together their venture in electronics.

Wozniak was the engineer behind the first ever Apple computer; ‘Apple I computer’. They sold it for $666.66 per unit and manufactured only 200 of them. This was a very basic computer with no power supply, monitor or casing sold with it. Regardless, this was the start of this now global enterprise.

Although Steve Wozniak is still on the payroll of Apple, he has invested in his own ventures. In 1990 he joined the ‘Electronic Frontier Foundation’, giving criminal computer hackers legal aid through prosecution. In 2002, Wozniak founded ‘Zeus’, a company that would develop Wireless GPS Technology.

*Ronald Wayne was the 3rd Co-founder of Apple. He is regularly dismissed, as a week after trading,he cashed out his shares for $800.

Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

Steve Jobs – 1955

Steve Jobs born in 1955 was one the co-founders of Apple. Apple is a technology company founded in 1976, now ranked the largest technology company in the world.

Steve Jobs first taste of the industry was at HP where at 13 years old did a summer internship at the HP factory. Meeting through mutual friends in 1969, Steve Wozniak and Jobs bonded over their love for technology.

At 17 years old and Wozniak 22, they illegally built and sold ‘blue boxes’, a machine that would allow you to make phone calls for free. They later stopped after almost being caught. Both have stated that without doing this they would not have learnt the ‘power of ideas’ and would not have had the success they did.

In 1972 Jobs studied physics, poetry and literature at Reed College. Though, after 18 months dropped out to explore India where he grew a passion for Buddhism. Being a poetic and deep-thinking person, Jobs even hired a group of people. This group people solely studied the emotions of opening a box with an Apple product inside.

Steve Jobs persistently wanted to become CEO, however, he was labelled a difficulty to work. He was consequently ousted from the Macintosh group and was unable to have say in products. Jobs later became CEO in 1997 to reframe the product line. He stayed as CEO until 2011 when he sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Christmas Cheers, hacking fears, don’t end up in tears.

Christmas Cheers, hacking fears, don’t end up in tears.

As Christmas approaches, amidst sore heads, panic buying for our partners and Brexit being all over the news, we now have to remember more passwords, to avoid our well earned money being syphoned out of our accounts through the internet.

The list below, whilst not exhaustive, gives you a good start at protecting yourself against a malicious attack.

 

 

  • Approval word or phrase– all staff who make payments within a business should have a secret authorisation word. This will ensure that any email asking for immediate payment will be vetted.
  • Beware of urgency – most scams will try and make you commit to payments, logging in, checking payments immediately. Take a step back, think and then decide if this is legitimate or fake.
  • Simple passwords – use something other than Pa55w0rd, Letme1N, or your pet dogs name.
  • Don’t click on links in email – go to the site and login (look for the https: too)
  • Data collection without you knowing it? For example, have you seen the Facebook quiz that’s asks you for your maiden name, middle name and pets name to reveal you hidden screen name.  Ever thought that someone may be collecting vital information that could compromise your login?

Most people use the same password for several accounts, giving hackers access to everything if your password is exposed.

Check to see if your password has been compromised?

Check to see if email address has been compromised?

The safest way to store all of your passwords is by using a password manager, there are several good services for this including 1Password, LastPass, Dashlane and RoboForm. These services store all login credentials in one highly secure vault for which you only have to remember one password. Ensure whichever password manager you use has multi factor authentication when setting up, as this will help prevent unauthorised access to your account and compromising your valuable data.

If you do nothing else this Christmas.

Ensure you have a data backup plan.  This means a copy of all your valuable data somewhere other than on your network.  Having a hard drive connected to your server is no longer a solution as crypto software will encrypt both the server and the hard drive.

Finally…

We, at Matrix Business IT, hope you have found the above of use and wish you a very Merry Christmas.  We sincerely hope that your waist line is your worry at Christmas and not your online security.

Concerned? contact a member of the Matrix team on 01329 888444 or email moreinfo@mtxit.com.

Apple announce fault in MacBook Pro hard drive

Apple announce fault in MacBook Pro hard drive

Do you have a potentially faulty MacBook Pro hard drive?

Apple have announced that some MacBook Pro owners are losing data due to hardware failure.  Any 128GB/256GB, non-touch bar, 13-inch MacBook Pro purchased between June 2017 and June 2018 are susceptible to this problem.

To prevent data loss Matrix has compiled three easy steps:

MacBook Pro Hard Drive Fault

1. Check on the Apple web site to see if your MacBook needs repairing.  Your serial number can be found in the top left corner of your menu bar and go to ‘About this mac’.  Once you have the serial number click here and check –  https://goo.gl/iNa9aN.

2. BEFORE YOU REPAIR, ensure that you have a backup of your Mac (https://goo.gl/CYBwjh).

3. Arrange for Apple to repair (free) and then upon receipt of your fixed MacBook Pro you will need to restore your system from the backup (https://goo.gl/cgCs6F).

 

If you need assistance establishing whether your device is at risk – or advice on backing up or restoring your data please contact a member of the Matrix team on 01329 888444 or email moreinfo@mtxit.com.

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.