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Posted by Graham Keen on Wed 13th Jul 2011



 

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The Discus Diviner

July 2011 

 

Welcome to the July edition of The Discus Diviner.

 

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The IT Support Guy finds himself at Villa Park (he's a Blues fan)  and David will answer a question we are often asked, 'Where are the Sage company files on Windows XP/2000/Vista/7?'   

 

 

 

The IT Support Guy

  

This is one call Victor doesn't fancy making, but he has no choice in the matter. Derek is off ill, his arm in plaster after armwrestling his twelve-year old daughter.

 

He looks up at the imposing brown brick facade of Villa Park and his sphincter twitches. This is it. The home of the enemy. He drags his feet up two flights of steps from Witton Road, turns right and climbs three more flights to where a security man waits, head like a block of granite on a body the size of Star City.  

'You the computer bloke?' growls The Hulk.

Victor nods.

'Follow me.' The Hulk turns and squeezes through the building's double doors.

This isn't the first time Victor has been here. The last time was four seasons ago, when Villa gave the Blues a right drubbing  (5-1). He won't ever forget that match. A minor disagreement with a Villa fan in a curry house ended with a rolled chapatti up Victor's nostril and a Lamb Tikka Shashlik Massalla inside his shirt.

'In 'ere.' The Hulk stops beside a door marked IT Department and scowls at him.

As Victor edges past him he feels the weight of a small boulder on his shoulder. 'You a Villa fan?'

Victor gulps, sweat bubbles on his forehead. 'Course.'

An overpowering smell of halitosis makes Victor's eyes water as the giant brings his face to within inches of his.

'Baggies man, meself.' He grins, teeth like  tombstones in a ghost town and then winks. 'Might meet you again sometime.'

 

It's the fastest migration to a Blackberry Enterprise server that Victor has ever done.

Head down, he scuttles down the steps and across Witton Road. Glancing up at Villa Park, he sees the security man watching him from the top of the steps.

The Hulk smiles, waggles his fingers in goodbye, and then blows him a kiss.

 

NEXT MONTH: Victor goes VOIP

 

 

 

 

Bigwood Merger 

  

Discus customer Bigwood, which has a 160-year Birmingham heritage, has merged with Curry & Partners, another Birmingham firm of chartered surveyors and property management consultants, to create what is believed to be the largest independent agency in the Midlands.

 

The new business will be known as CP Bigwood and the merger has created an £8 million fee income business with 125 staff.

 

 

 

 

Sage company files on Windows XP/2000/Vista/7

 

The default data paths have changed in Sage 2008 and 2009. They are now set depending on the OS.

In pre Sage 2008 versions, the Company file was in the Sage Program Folder. The actual data would be in a subfolder of the Program Folder i.e.

C:\Program Files\Sage 2007\Accounts

Post Sage 2008 locations;

Sage 2008 company file 

  • Windows XP Sage 2008 Company File Location > C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sage\Accounts\2008\ (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders"
  • Windows Vista Sage 2008 Company File Location > C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2008 (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders"
  • Windows 7 Sage 2008 Company File Location > C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2008 (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders"  

Sage 2009 company file

  • Windows XP Sage 2009 Company File Location > C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sage\Accounts\2009\ (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders"
  • Windows Vista Sage 2009 Company File Location > C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2009 (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders"
  • Windows 7 Sage 2009 Company File Location > C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2009 (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders" 

Sage 2010 company file

  • Windows XP Sage 2010 Company File Location > C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sage\Accounts\2010\ (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders"
  • Windows Vista Sage 2010 Company File Location > C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2010 (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders"
  • Windows 7 Sage 2010 Company File Location > C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2010 (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders" 

Sage 2011 company file

  • Windows XP Sage 2011 Company File Location > C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sage\Accounts\2011\ (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders" 
  • Windows Vista Sage 2011 Company File Location > C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2011 (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders"
  • Windows 7 Sage 2011 Company File Location > C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2011 (Note this folder is hidden (application data) by default in Windows... Go to Tools>Folder Options> View > Hidden Files & Folders > "Show hidden files and folders"

Sage uses a COMPANY file with no file extensions to reference data paths for your sage folders e.g. G:\COMPANY.001

 

 

 

6th October 2011: An Historic Date for the Legal Profession? 

On that date, the first alternative business structures (ABS) will be able to open for business in the legal services marketplace in England and Wales. For the first time, non-lawyers will be able to fully own and invest in law firms.

Consumers should benefit through increased competition, new services and the integration of the delivery of legal services with other related services.

But will solicitors?

In a profession where time has a direct relationship to income, consumers will look to scrutinize the costs they are being charged. Cost pressures will drive firms and, for the first time, many will need to market and promote themselves.

All very well. But what has this to do with Discus?

 

Discus has long had  relationships with solicitors in the Birmingham area and we thought about how we might assist our existing and potential legal customers to face their new challenges.

 Two things struck us:

1. How could solicitors easily prove time spent on the phone, if asked?

2. How could they dramatically reduce their annual telephony costs?

By utilising Discus System's hosted IP telephony that's how!

For further information email u2us@discus.co.uk  or for an informal discussion contact Terry or Martyn on 0800 880 3360

 

 

 

Discus Systems: 'Flying Start'  

  

Moving office? Newly incorporated? Expanding premises? Keen to minimise capital expenditure?

 

Why not take advantage of Flying  Start, another of Discus Systems' innovative service offerings?  Flying  Start can be delivered in a number of ways depending on customer requirements, ranging from an entirely hosted service to an entirely on-site installation.

 

Flying Start elements are:

 Communications:

Cabling

Cabinet

Ethernet switch

ADSL

Router

Firewall

 

Telephony:

VOIP phones

Mobiles

 

Hardware

Server

PCs

Printer

 

Software

MS Small Business Server

MS Office

Spam filter

Anti virus/malware

 

The customer only needs to select those elemets he requires and specify how he wants the service to be delivered. 

 

One stop shopping, one supplier to deal with.

 

For further information email u2us@discus.co.uk  or for an informal discussion contact Terry or Martyn on 0800 880 3360

  

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading July's issue of The Discus Diviner.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any comments or criticisms.

 

Sincerely,

 

   

 

 

Terry Biddulph

Managing Director

Discus Systems plc 

In This Issue

The IT Support Guy

Bigwood merges with Curry & Partners

Sage company files on Windows XP/2000/Vista/7

6th October 2011: An Historic Date for the Legal Profession

Moving office? Newly incorporated? Expanding premises?

Damien's Tips 'n Tricks

The Hampton Joker

 

 

 

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Keyboard Tricks in MS Word:  

1. Remove all those hyperlinks

Instead of removing hyperlinks one by one, you can try this method, which only consist of two steps, but will remove all hyper links in one go.

Press Ctrl+A, which will highlight the entire text

Then Press Ctrl+Shift+F9 (or Ctrl+6), and you will see all links disappearing within seconds!

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2. Get back to where you were

 For the times when you don't remember exactly where you left off, the Shift+F5 combination will save you quite a bit of time. Hit both keys at the same time (as with all the combinations mentioned in these tips) and Word will automatically place your cursor where you last left off.

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3. Switch between text case: Highlight a portion of text and use the Shift+F3 combination to switch between text case. Word will toggle through sentence case, upper case, and lower case.

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4. Switch to small caps: Use Control+Shift+K to switch highlighted text to small caps.

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The Hampton Joker 

The Joker: "I'm looking at the back of the system, and I don't know where to plug in the mouse. There are two holes that are the same size as the mouse."
Tech Support: "Ok, what color is the tip of the mouse plug?"
The Joker: "Orange."
Tech Support: "Do you see the orange 'hole' on the back of the computer?"

The Joker: "Yes."
Tech Support: "That is where the mouse plugs into."

The Joker: "Oh. How about the keyboard?"

Tech Support: "What color is the plug on the keyboard?" 

The Joker: "Purple."
Tech Support: "And do you see the purple 'hole' on the back of the computer?"

The Joker: "Yes."
Tech Support: "That is where the keyboard plugs in. The tips are color coded."
The Joker: "I see. How about the speakers?"

 

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Discus Systems -  solving computer problems throughout the West Midlands,

covering Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Tamworth,

Wolverhampton, Dudley, Bromsgrove and Redditch.

 

 

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