Danielle Uskovic

In recent years, technology has stolen the spotlight in business. When it comes to the main drivers of an organisation’s success, technological advancements are often the enablers of much of this and will receive much of the kudos. However, the role of technology leaders in business is not regarded as highly as that of the technologies that, traditionally, they have commanded. CIOs and Heads of IT often struggle to be recognised as strategic players in the organisations where they work. Nevertheless, as the importance of the role of technology leaders grows in Australian businesses, it is important to understand what this group of professionals considers their next big challenges. This is not only relevant and important for them, but also businesses at large, given the fact that many rely on technology as a cornerstone of their organisation’s ongoing success. In order to gain a better picture of their perception of where they are now and where they are heading, CIOs and Heads of IT from around Australia provided their comments and opinions on this topic as part of a research project commissioned by Lenovo and Intel and carried out by Galaxy Research. As part of this research, CIOs and Heads of IT explored the topics of emerging technologies and the challenges they present, what transformations their roles may undergo in future and how members of their organisation’s executive team viewed their place in the business. The results of the...

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10 Keyboard shortcuts to boost your productivity

10 Keyboard shortcuts to boost your productivity

Keyboard shortcuts are easy to learn and can really boost your productivity. With a bit of practice, they will even become second nature. Once you master some keyboard calisthenics, you’ll be slashing through spreadsheets, controlling content and burning through budgets. Here are 10 shortcuts to add to your computer arsenal. Note: if you’re a Mac user, the Control key in Windows translates to a Command key in Mac OS. 1. Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V The fundamental Cut (Ctrl-X), Copy (Ctrl-C) and Paste (Ctrl-V) commands are at the very core of your interactions with your computer and are an indispensable time-saver. Make these your best friend and you’ll get things done a lot quicker.   2. Ctrl+A Use this to select everything. Rather than laboriously dragging a mouse down to highlight your whole document, this simple shortcut highlights everything. Team it up with a sneaky Ctrl+C and a Ctrl+V to quickly copy and paste one document into another.   3. Ctrl+F Are you hunting for a specific piece of information in a long document? The Find shortcut will skip you to the keyword or phrase you're after instantly – and will also help you find that misplaced file. Great for finding key facts in wordy webpages too.   4. Ctrl+Z The Undo shortcut will stop you screaming “But I didn't mean to do that!” at the computer. Undo that accidental last command, typing faux pas or embarrassing calculation....

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How to recycle old computer hardware

How to recycle old computer hardware

Technology becomes obsolete very quickly these days. With many PCs on a three-year refresh cycle and people often upgrading their smartphone annually, millions of devices are piled up in garages every year and millions more are dumped in landfills. Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a growing global problem because of the many toxic and non-biodegradable materials that it contains. The good news is that some of those materials are actually valuable, such as rare earths and precious metals. The amount of gold recovered from one tonne of electronic scrap from PCs is more than that recovered from 17 tonnes of gold ore.   So what are the best options for your old technology?   Repurpose it Do you definitely need to retire your hardware? Many older devices can still be useful, either for file storage, or as a backup if you lose your device. Even an old TV may be useful for the spare bedroom or a holiday home. Perhaps you know a family in need? There are many families that would benefit from an additional PC to help kids with their homework. Your older generation mobile/tablet/gaming device could also be very welcome to families. Recycle it There are many private companies recycling e-waste, as well as government recycling schemes. Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme accepts old electronics from homes and small businesses at no charge. There’s the industry-backed

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5 Reasons to upgrade your PC

5 Reasons to upgrade your PC

Lenovo fans just can’t stop raving about our products: “I love this machine!”, “I chose Lenovo over all the other brands as my desktop replacement...”, “Everything about my ThinkPad is really good...” We're sure you'd agree too if you owned one of our PC's. After all, we are the world’s number 1 PC maker! Whether you are a hip college student who wants to make a style statement, a professional looking for a sophisticated machine to manage all your work seamlessly, or somebody who doesn’t want to go wrong with your first laptop, Lenovo is surely the first choice for you. We have something for everyone from our wide range of laptops. So, let’s check out some of the unique features that will enhance your user-experience and add some oomph to your personality!   1. HIGH PERFORMANCE. MAXIMUM FUN. • Lenovo laptops come with 4th generation Intel® Core™ i series processors for faster performance, and remarkably long battery life. If you are a gamer or enjoy downloading and watching movies on your laptop, there cannot be a machine more ideal for you. • There’s magic when Lenovo reliability and Windows 8 innovation come together. You will experience incredibly enhanced speed & performance, empowered mobility and improved security. Whether you need a productive powerhouse or a modern road warrior, Lenovo and Windows 8 are ready.   2. LIFE-LIKE...

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5 Windows 8 App Tips

5 Windows 8 App Tips

To get the most out of the Windows 8 Operating System on your desktop you need to commit the keyboard shortcuts to subconscious memory. You will be slightly slower for a week or so but once you’ve committed the workflow we list below to your muscle memory you’ll be moving through Windows 8 in hyper-speed! 1. Find applications 1. Press Ctrl to get to the start screen 2. Start typing the name of your application e.g. wor for Microsoft Word 3. As you type applications that match your search term will be listed 4. The application at the top of the list will be highlighted, select the application you want using the up and down arrows on your keyboard 5. Hit Enter when the application you want to open is highlighted 2. Move through open applications To move through your open applications use the trusty Ctrl-tab. 3. Application options and settings 1. Press Ctrl-Z to access the open application’s options 2. Press Ctrl-I to access the open application’s settings 4. Application multi-tasking 1. Press Ctrl+. to snap the open application to the right of the screen 2. Press Ctrl+. twice to snap it to the left 3. Press Ctrl-tab to add another application to...

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