Proposed NBN Fixed Wireless North Clare tower application

NBN Fixed Wireless Clare tower coverage - NAR DesignDo you live outside of the town boundary of Clare and have been struggling for decent internet? NBN have an application in with council that needs your support. This includes the areas of Armagh, Stanley Flat, Spring Gully, Emu Flat, Neagles Rock and Spring Farm.

The proposal at 29 Government Road (off Blyth Road), Armagh is ideally suited to meeting the required nbn radio coverage and service levels, whilst minimising the impact on the surrounding landscape as a carefully sited slimline monopole.

Before the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council DAP makes a decision on the Application, Council will consider all submissions on the proposal. Our consultants at Aurecon have only recently been advised by Council that advertising of the application commenced on 12th August and will finish on 26th August (this Friday).

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Command Centre v1 with HP

A client of ours was interested in an ultra-portable device that could run all of his business applications but be versatile enough for client demos or just browsing on the couch.

HP Spectre x2 with four displays by NAR Design

He likes a lot of screen real estate at his desk and currently runs both 27” and 22” displays connected to his laptop. We thought we could do better… Continue reading

HP unveils the new Spectre X2 2in1 flagship

HP has released details of their new Spectre X2 flagship range of 2in1 devices. 2in1 devices are a hybrid tablet and laptop device, with dual use options offering the best of both worlds in portable usability.

HP Spectre x2 available from NAR DesignThe Spectre X2 features a stainless steel kickstand and can rotate up to 150 degrees for virtually any viewing angle.

Made from CNC aluminium, the Spectre X2 is an incredible 8mm thin and weighs only 840 grams (slate only) and provides a up to a staggering 10 hours of use.

Included in the box is the award winning backlit Spectre keyboard, with a perfect 1.5mm of travel and a superior trackpad , and is complimented with a speaker grill along the top edge powered by Bang & Olufsen technology.

As the name suggests, Spectre is our flagship in premium PCs and as such the list of features is quite extensive. Of note as a leading new technology is the inclusion of the Intel Realsense 3D camera.

The Spectre X2 is available from late October 2015 starting from a RRP of $1499 and has many configuration and options including Microsoft Windows 10 Pro.

Option ranges include:

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NBN info session at the Rising Sun hotel with NAR Design and Aussie Broadband

NAR Design and Aussie Broadband at the Rising Sun Auburn 25-9-2015Do you want to know more about the National Broadband Network (NBN)?

NAR Design will join Aussie Broadband at the Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn on Friday the 25th of September 2015 between one and five in the afternoon for an informal afternoon Q&A session and you are welcome to come along and ask questions, check your address and sign up.

Fixed wireless towers have recently gone live in the Clare and Gilbert Valleys in South Australia between Watervale and Tarlee, including Leasingham, Auburn, Undayla, around Saddleworth, Rhynie, Riverton, Giles Corner and Tarlee with a tower at Owen servicing Alma. NBN Fixed wireles offers speeds of 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload with the promise of 50/20Mbps before the end of the year.

The NBN install is free for standard installs and if you sign up on a 24 month contact Aussie Broadband will provide a preconfigured wireless router for free as well.

These speeds come with cost effective quotas and you can choose whether you still need your landline, migrate the number to an internet service (VOIP) or do without and save.

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NBN Fixed Wireless now at Watervale and Auburn

The National Broadband Network has come to Watervale and Auburn in the form of Fixed Wireless with speeds of 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload.

NBN Fixed Wireless towers live at Watervale and AuburnWhat does this mean for business and families? You now have the option of faster internet with significant cost savings over mobile broadband with large quotas available if you are in the coverage area.

The install is free and includes a wireless router on a 24 month plan and options to convert your fixed line phone number for added savings.

NAR Design partner with Aussie Broadband. We can sign you up to the NBN and offer a range of business productivity, network and computer services.

Contact us for more information.

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Windows 10 Versions – which to choose

Windows 10 Editions Compare Table Windows10-editionsMost people thinking about upgrading to Windows 10 will be using the same hardware (laptop, desktop, all-in-one or convertible) for the upgrade. But if you are planning a new computer, network or just replacing the odd machine, which Windows 10 license do you require?

Here is a list of the features from Microsoft. If you are after just the differences between versions, skip to page two.

Some of the considerations might be:

Will you connect to an on site Microsoft server or Microsoft Azure service?

Do you need to remote into other computers with Remote Desktop?

Is there a need to run a virtual machine on your computer?

Is your business or software vendor creating an App for the Windows store?

Do you have a requirement to schedule updates in the future?

If you are answering “yes” to any of the above questions, you’ll need to consider Windows 10 Professional at a minimum.

NAR Design can provide upgrade advice for your business. Please contact us for more information.

Welcome to Windows 10

Windows 10 on laptop and phone from NAR DesignThe latest evolution of Windows operating systems for home and business is here with Windows 10 and some of the biggest news is that it is a free upgrade for those with a suitably licensed Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer.

Other drawcards include protection, device management, productivity and integrating new types of devices.

Microsoft have studied data breach attacks in detail to build features in Windows 10 that protect against modern cyber threats and prevent them from happening. Passwords are becoming a thing of the past as we move towards more secure options such as biometrics and hardware-based multi-factor credentials.

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50 Years of Moore’s Law

I remember reading about Moore’s Law more than 25 years ago and wondering how long it could continue. As it turns out – a very long time.

Gordon E MooreGordon E. Moore co-founded Intel and in 1965 he wrote an article predicting that the number of components (transistors, resistors, diodes or capacitors) in a dense integrated circuit would continue to grow exponentially. This observation became known as “Moore’s Law”.

I remember the comparison of the development of the first Intel integrated circuit, the 4004 and car development while studying Electronic Engineering at Uni in the 90s. Now that comparison is massively further apart.

If cars had developed at the same rate as the integrated circuit, today they would go almost 480,000Km/h, would use only 0.000117607 litres per 100km and cost around 5 cents to buy.

So the next time you are looking for some new computer hardware, just take a moment to consider just how good that technology is.

Find out more about Moore’s Law at Intel.