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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We've made donations to charities in lieu of Christmas cards and gifts for a few years now. This year we are donating to The Stonehaven Kidney Dialysis Unit and NEEDS (North East Eating Disorders Support) Scotland- two very worthwhile charities.

Wishing all of our clients, associates and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful 2016.


Fibre live in Stonehaven

Our first customer in Stonehaven got their new Fibre broadband product today and reports so far are good.

These past few months, BT OpenReach have been busy running fibre optic cables from the telephone exchange to new green cabinets which you may have seen appearing on the streets. These cabinets then connect to our standard (copper) phone lines to provide the broadband... and because there's less copper cabling involved broadband can be provided at much higher speeds.

The cabinets are going live in stages, with the majority of Stonehaven due to be covered by the end of July.

.NET Windows XP update loop resolved

Microsoft looks to have withdrawn the 3 .NET updates (KB2633880, KB2518864 and KB2572073) which created a download-install-download loop for Windows XP users.

Anyone still having this issue should click Start | Windows Update to self-resolve this issue.

Fibre broadband for Stonehaven!

BT have included Stonehaven and Portlethen in the list of 34 Scottish phone exchanges to receive superfast fibre optic broadband. The 2011 average broadband speed is 6.2Mbps. After completion next year, we should be looking forward to speeds approaching 100Mbps. I'm so excited!

Faster broadband for Stonehaven (21CN) imminent

There have been a few false starts, but it's now definite. The week commencing 21st November 2011, will see our local BT phone exchange getting its 21CN (21st Century Network) equipment upgrade.

Lines will be disconnected from the current equipment and re-connected to new equipment. During this time, phone service will be unavailable for 15 minutes or so. Broadband services may be unavailable for a longer time whilst new equipment tests are completed. To minimise disruption, the majority of work will take place during the early hours of the morning.

Stonehaven broadband on a go slow

If you are currently experiencing slow broadband speeds and interruptions to downloads, this is possibly due to work going on at the Stonehaven phone exchange. These problems will last for another 10 days whilst each broadband connections profile goes through a 'rebuild'. The problem affects BT broadband, Eclipse broadband and other broadband providers.

HP Touchpad demand overwhelms UK retailers


It's been years since I've seen anything like it! Following HP's decision to bail from the tablet market, prices of the HP TouchPad have been slashed by UK and other retailers worldwide... bringing with it website failures worldwide.

New computer office open for business


Big news! After 8 years working from the computer room and lately the kitchen table, I'm thrilled to say we've built and have moved into our fantastic new office.

It's a pretty exciting time for us, and an important step in the growth of our business. The new space gives the team a more collaborative work environment allowing us to more easily carry out repairs, installations and project work. We look forward to creating many great things here.

We're on Twitter


We're now on Twitter... making us just about the last technology company to make the jump. Follow us to get the word on good product buys, security alerts and news from Resourceful - instantly.

Scotland struck by major BT Outage

At 7.05pm Fri 29th Oct, BT suffered a serious incident causing the majority of Scotland, Northern England & Northern Ireland to lose Internet connectivity. BT confirmed the broadband problem at 9pm which affects all lines going through Edinburgh's Broadband Remote Access Servers (BRAS). As at 8am Sat, BT claimed to have restored service to all customers, yet disruption still continues for the majority of broadband providers.

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