54 days ago

Keeping kids safe online

Christopher from Create IT

Did you know that most broadband routers(modems) can be set up to block access to content that's not family-friendly, including forcing Google search into safe search mode?
Once it's configured any device that connects to your home internet via wifi or cable will have restrictions … View more
Did you know that most broadband routers(modems) can be set up to block access to content that's not family-friendly, including forcing Google search into safe search mode?
Once it's configured any device that connects to your home internet via wifi or cable will have restrictions applied, no need to set up individual devices.
If you want to know more or want help setting this up, you're welcome to get in touch.

88 days ago

Remote computer support

Christopher from Create IT

It can be a bit scary with Covid alert levels going up again, although thankfully here in Marlborough it's only Level 2.
Fortunately, if you have computer issues, as long as you can connect to the internet, you can get local help without having to call anyone out on site.
Team Viewer is a … View more
It can be a bit scary with Covid alert levels going up again, although thankfully here in Marlborough it's only Level 2.
Fortunately, if you have computer issues, as long as you can connect to the internet, you can get local help without having to call anyone out on site.
Team Viewer is a great tool for remote support, and as a bonus, Create IT has no callout fee, although I do have a minimum half hour charge for casual support, but if you need over half an hour of support per month, you'll pay for the actual time used to the nearest minute.
There's a link to a preconfigured version of Team Viewer for quick support at the bottom of this message. (You'll still need to call me on the phone.)

I can offer general software support for common software on Windows, such as Microsoft Office, email etc. I'm also familiar with free alternatives such as LibreOffice if you prefer to use that.
One of my big personal passions is photography, so I have an Adobe Creative Cloud photography subscription, and can help with the basics of Photoshop and Lightroom, and may be able to help with a variety of other photo editing software.

My hourly rate is maybe a bit high to use for training, but if you can get a few friends together, I also have Zoom, which is great for group tutorials via screen sharing, and I'm happy if several people want to split the cost.

Of course with remote support, it doesn't matter if you're not actually in Marlborough, but I do prefer to do work for people I could physically meet for a coffee, and it probably provides greater peace of mind to you too, if you're dealing with a local.

105 days ago

Local Marketing expertise needed

Christopher from Create IT

Are there any smart marketing people out there who love local and might like a bit of a challenge?
I have a concept that's been running around in my head for a few years, but I'm a bit of a geeky introvert, so while I've put the nuts and bolts together, I'm not the one to go out… View more
Are there any smart marketing people out there who love local and might like a bit of a challenge?
I have a concept that's been running around in my head for a few years, but I'm a bit of a geeky introvert, so while I've put the nuts and bolts together, I'm not the one to go out and sell it.
I don't even know if there is any money in it, and can't afford to pay up front, but I'd like someone else's opinion, and if you can figure out how to generate revenue, I'm happy to share it with whoever can make it happen.
If you're interested, I'd love to catch up over a coffee, get your honest opinion, and if you think there's potential, decide where to next.

201 days ago

Taylor River Books

Christopher from Create IT

Create IT is mostly about IT, but as the name suggests, we're also about using IT to do creative stuff. We're also proud Marlburians.
Marlborough Anniversary is next weekend, and Christmas isn't too far off.
Tales of the Taylor is a small coffee table book celebrating Blenheim's… View more
Create IT is mostly about IT, but as the name suggests, we're also about using IT to do creative stuff. We're also proud Marlburians.
Marlborough Anniversary is next weekend, and Christmas isn't too far off.
Tales of the Taylor is a small coffee table book celebrating Blenheim's river through photos and poetry, with both paperback and hardcover editions (hard cover is $35). The paperback is within the size and weight limits that it should post overseas at letter rates, so ideal if you're after something cheerful and local for friends or family overseas.
You can order directly from me or online via my other website Marlborough Online www.marlboroughonline.co.nz...
or you can buy local at Blenheim Paper Plus, Framers on Queen, or Return to Eden Gallery.

Price: $25

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218 days ago

Marlborough Photo Competition

Christopher from Create IT

Marlborough Anniversary is just a few weeks away, and after this crazy year I've decided to do a little something to encourage locals to celebrate our region.
As well as being a local business, Create IT also provides the technology behind perhaps the most prolific local blog, and information … View more
Marlborough Anniversary is just a few weeks away, and after this crazy year I've decided to do a little something to encourage locals to celebrate our region.
As well as being a local business, Create IT also provides the technology behind perhaps the most prolific local blog, and information website, Marlborough Online that is basically a non-profit making celebration of Marlborough.
I'm holding a photo competition and digging into my personal funds to sponsor some prizes.
If you're a Marlburian, I'd love you to enter and/or spread the word, and if you're another local business that's done OK through Covid, I'd love you to to get in touch if you'd like to help sponsor prizes.
www.marlboroughonline.co.nz...

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380 days ago

Lots of email invoice scams about

Christopher from Create IT

Unfortunately there are a lot of scams about at the moment, including fake Vodafone and Spark bills, presumably because scammers know people will have been using their phones and internet more over the last few weeks.
All these scams can be spotted if you check the email they are sent from.
Also … View more
Unfortunately there are a lot of scams about at the moment, including fake Vodafone and Spark bills, presumably because scammers know people will have been using their phones and internet more over the last few weeks.
All these scams can be spotted if you check the email they are sent from.
Also check the account number, for example I received a scam claiming to be Vodafone that looked very similar to the real thing but both the sender's email address, and my 'account number' were fake.
Also there were links to pay up that looked like they went to Vodafone, but hovering over them (without clicking), showed they went off to some dodgy site.

Keep safe everyone. If you need to spend money, spend it on NZ businesses, not scammers.

420 days ago

Remote IT Support

Christopher from Create IT

At Create IT, I've been working from home for years, and can do remote computer support via the internet. I also build cloud based data systems and websites, so if you, or someone you know, needs help getting important data into the cloud so people can work remotely, feel free to get in touch.… View moreAt Create IT, I've been working from home for years, and can do remote computer support via the internet. I also build cloud based data systems and websites, so if you, or someone you know, needs help getting important data into the cloud so people can work remotely, feel free to get in touch.
I'm a local Marlburian too and don't outsource any work offshore, so if I can provide a service, money stays in the local community.
Also, if anyone has ideas for any local internet based service that might be helpful for locals at this time that doesn't currently exist, I'll see what I can do to build something.

948 days ago

Tales of The Taylor book

Christopher from Create IT

Create IT is mainly about IT services, however it's somewhat fitting as it's mental health awareness week, that my main form of stress relief from sitting at a computer, is getting out in nature.
As a result I'm now proud to have published a book Tales of the Taylor, celebrating the … View more
Create IT is mainly about IT services, however it's somewhat fitting as it's mental health awareness week, that my main form of stress relief from sitting at a computer, is getting out in nature.
As a result I'm now proud to have published a book Tales of the Taylor, celebrating the Taylor River in poetry and photography.
There are paperback and hardback versions at $25 and $35 respectively. The paperback is light enough to post internationally at letter rates.
Books are currently available online through my website Marlborough Online, or Framers on Queen, or Nativity Church office.

Negotiable

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1343 days ago

Vodafone Terminating Email Services

Christopher from Create IT

It's just been reported in the news that Vodafone is going to drop support for email for its customers from the 30th of November.
That includes people with ihug.co.nz, paradise.net.nz clear.net.nz and vodafone.net.nz among others.
If you have one of these addresses, and need help setting up … View more
It's just been reported in the news that Vodafone is going to drop support for email for its customers from the 30th of November.
That includes people with ihug.co.nz, paradise.net.nz clear.net.nz and vodafone.net.nz among others.
If you have one of these addresses, and need help setting up an alternative, Create IT can help you choose between free and paid alternatives and get them set up.

1353 days ago

If your business or club has a website, is it mobile friendly?

Christopher from Create IT

The chances are you may be reading this on a mobile device, as like other social media such as Facebook, Neighbourly is mobile friendly.
If you have a website for your business, club, or community organisation it should be too, as a significant number of people now use their phone as their primary… View more
The chances are you may be reading this on a mobile device, as like other social media such as Facebook, Neighbourly is mobile friendly.
If you have a website for your business, club, or community organisation it should be too, as a significant number of people now use their phone as their primary device for surfing the net.
If you have a web site that last had a design refresh over a couple of years ago, it might be worth checking whether it's mobile friendly and if not, get it updated.
Just google "mobile friendly test", and you'll find a free tool from Google to check if any website is mobile friendly.
If your site isn't mobile friendly, you should talk to your web designer or developer about an update.
If you're not sure who to talk to, I'd be happy to have a chat and discuss options.

1363 days ago

Do you have a backup strategy for your computer?

Christopher from Create IT

This week, two jobs for clients reminded me how important it is to have a reliable backup system for your computer, yet many people don't think about it till it's too late.
Computers have electrical and mechanical parts that eventually fail, so just like you should have an insurance … View more
This week, two jobs for clients reminded me how important it is to have a reliable backup system for your computer, yet many people don't think about it till it's too late.
Computers have electrical and mechanical parts that eventually fail, so just like you should have an insurance policy for you home and vehicle, you should have some sort of backup strategy to protect business and personal data such as photos and emails.
Lots of people think they have some form of backup, but a lot of the time they don't actually know if it's working properly, or whether it is backing up everything it should.
In my clients' case there were a happy endings, but it was good luck rather than good management, and there was more disruption and expense than there needed to be.
I've now set them up with a more reliable system that is regularly scheduled, and will advise if it is unsuccessful.
What backup strategy works best depends what you have to back up. If you've got a lot of photos and personal video files, the cloud might be expensive and slow, but for small files like most spreadsheets and Word documents, the cloud might be ideal.
Apart from your personal files, you should also consider a complete backup of your whole computer. If a hard drive fails, and you've only backed up your personal files, all your programs will need to be reinstalled and configured. If you have a complete, system backup, it's simply a case of popping in a new hard drive, restoring everything from backup, and restarting the computer.
Phones and tablets need backing up too, but they'll often synchronise a lot of data to the cloud automatically if you let them, but it pays to check that you've set this up properly, and that you have your cloud account login detail stored somewhere safely so you can access your data if your device fails or gets lost.

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