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Computer and body posture

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The ergonomic problems with POS computer systems are not where people are serving. These people are only for a computer for a short time, and they move around a lot but in the back-office when people can be for extended times just be staring at a computer. Now, as far as I know, there are no specific requirements for ergonomics and computers but as an employer, you do have a duty to provide a safe and healthy place of work plus of course people are more productive if they are comfortable.

Generally, I see that most places work on at least 5–minute every hour, a person should be doing something else than looking at a computer screen. Toilet breaks, a smoko or coffee break helps as does filing documents, answering the phone, collecting printouts from the printer, etc. as all are classed as an intervention. So its something that provides different movements to the body so giving the muscles that have been active while on the computer a rest. Its anything that gets people moving.  

As no one likes to sit on an uncomfortable chair, so give them a decent chair. If possible one that rocks a bit back and forwards has back support and is adjustable. All this is fairly standard now with office chairs. This helps a lot. What I do is have a few different chairs, and then I let my staff pick their chairs. Generally what that means is that I end out with the worst chair in the place.

As far as the desk, this is how they want people to sit, everything straight up and down, something like this.

See the requirement for the monitor. It should be at eye height. The only use I had for the yellow pages for many years was to raise my monitor so that it would be at this height. Today if your monitor does not have an adjustable stand, you may need to buy one. That is why most monitors we sell today have an adjustable stand. 

For women and short people you may need to supply a footrest too.

Hope this helps.

 

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Wi-Fi vs. Cable which is better

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You have a computer in the back or in an awkward position in the shop that you want to connect to your POS system. You have two choices now Wi-Fi or cable. 

As for Wifi today it is fantastic particularly if you have it meshed. Plus you do not need to pay for cable installation, which can be a bit if you need an electrician and/or a shopfitter to do it.

That being said, the cable can give Wi-FI a run for its money as it is faster and has fewer problems.

Speed in practice Wi-Fi can vary greatly, what you will notice in use that if suddenly slows down and then goes back up again. This is because it depends on many factors. Having too many Wi-Fi units can cause problems. Interference from environmental factors such as weather. Other electrical devices such as a shop next door that has its Wi-Fi network which often interferes with yours or a lunchroom with a microwave.  

One of our clients complained that their Wi-Fi suddenly was now running slow. What we found was that the router had been moved behind some items which blocked the signal.

These Wi-Fi antennas are shown here in green

These should ideally be high up on the wall where everyone can see it, see them. That is why walls are often a problem. It is also why today, many routers and mesh units are advertised that they look nice because they are often in a spot that people will see them. 

The cable is just faster than Wi-Fi, probably about ten (10) times. Your Point of Sale software often requires to pull in a lot of information mainly if you are doing a search or a report and, unlike with Wi-Fi, its speed is consistent. It is not going to suddenly slow down because some electrical machine is now generating large amounts of static.

If security is an issue to you, then it is much easier to break into a Wi-Fi network, then a cable network. Given access, in less than a minute, a hacker can often break into your computer Wi-Fi network even if its password protected. We have had a few cases of this with employees using the owner's internet to download torrents. A cable network requires some serious equipment and work. You would need to cut the cable, put a plug on that cable, then install a switch on that cable and then run a cable from that switch to their computer. In all my years in retail, I have never seen anyone do it. 

So overall unless you have a temporary need for some computer or printer that is pretty far or inconvenient place from the rest of your POS network, I suggest that you run a cable.

 

Thank you for your Great idea.

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Problems with Afterpay Touch Group

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Many of you are having problems now processing Afterpay Touch software.

We are aware of the problem.

We are talking to them.

They and us are treating it as a priority.

We have been told that this afternoon there should be a solution.  

We are not sure what the error is, but we do know a Microsoft Windows Update sparked it. It seems to be affecting all versions of windows. The problem today is that  Microsoft is offering significantly less information about updates then it used too, so as a result, we all do not know what the actual problem could be with the update.

There were some misleading reports that it had something to do with Visual Basic. This is wrong. The only problem seems to be in the Afterpay/touch software.

We will let you know as soon as we can if the status changes. 

 

 

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Hacking By Malicious iPhone Cable On Sale For $200 US

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Here is something to make you think guys.

 

It looks like an Apple lightning cable. It works as an Apple lightning cable. But it gives a hacker a way to tap into your computer remotely.

 

Your computer will not notice a difference. 

These cables sell now on the market. All someone has to do is while you are not looking swap your wire to this cable and then the next time you use these cables they can get into your phone or computer. Since they look the same and act the same, you will not notice the switch.

The problem is that USBs currently do not have any cryptographically protection. There is a proposal to make USB  more cryptographically secure. It did, however, provoke a backlash as people are saying that this security will be used by manufacturers to force them to buy their expensive spare parts. Maybe people will change their minds because of these cables.

All I can suggest if you are worried about this

Keep your cables in a safe place. Also, put an unusual ink spot, so the potential hacker before he can do the hack has to reproduce that spot. It will make it harder to do the switch.

Know anyone that would pay $200 to hack your computer?



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Touch screens some current problems

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Our POS system is built for touch, and recently touch screens have taken off. I think the reason is a  combination of the new lower prices which make it almost the same price as a regular monitor, that windows 8 and 10 are built for touch, the fact that most people, particularly the young, are used to touch and the faster processing that is driving this.

It is much easier and faster to use touch than a keyboard or mouse, particularly if you are not a touch typists.

However, there are some issues that you need to look at now if you are looking at touch screens.

Firstly check with us, because some of the monitors will have trouble with our screen, we can also tell you which ones not to get.

You need to check that its side view is good what many of them now I notice will look good if you are straight in front of you, but if you are on an angle which often happens in a shop, then they are tough to read.  

Because they are cheap now, many have flimsy stands. In a shop, people are in a hurry, operators accidentally hit the monitor, and it can fall. You need something in a shop that can take punishment.

You need to make sure that you have the right windows version, people have brought touch screens and then discovered that it does not work on the windows version in their shop. Also you are not going to get full functionality on your touch screen with anything before Windows 8.

If you have older people or just people with sensitive eyes using the monitor, check the brightness. Make sure it can be adjusted. 

Some of the cheap touch monitors cannot use mouse and touch together. I would say stay away from those monitors. If you have one, the odds are you are going to drop the touch and just use the mouse.

While I am thinking of the mouse, check that the mouse cursor does not disappear, on some monitors the mouse cursor vanishes for a time, I use this software which helps with this. Its a bit old but works well.

Now check the touch that it works well some units you need to punch them to work

Check that the monitor is plug and play, its a pain to have to find drivers for old equipment. 

I hope this all helps.

 

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Colour monitor

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If you want to improve the look of your front counter, then this idea is sometimes done and it is quick.

Replace when its time the old computer screen like this one.

Old monitor for the tip

 

and put in a coloured monitor like this.

 



 

It takes less space as the printer as you can see is under the screen. 

This will enhance your shop. 

If you go this path, what you need to consider is that you are not looking to create the most beautiful shop in the street, but one that has coherence so pick a colour that matches what you have so it can match your company colours. 

If you have not thought much about colour or you want to review what you have, click here for a quick introduction on this subject.

 

 

 

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World Wide Web today

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It's World Wide Web Day or #WideWebDay for computer people.

It's staggering when you think that its 30 years since they came up with it. Remember the dodgy telephone connections we used to use?

Click here for a video in 1981, of the first newspapers online. It had a few pictures, no videos and was about an hour to get the paper on the computer. We unquestionably have come a long way since then so I wonder what'll be next?.

Do you remember your first introduction to the web? A friend came down to see me and then started to talk of surfing the internet, and I had no clue what he was talking about with this. So he then took me to a cyber cafe, with great fanfare. Only when we arrived, the computer in the cyber cafe was dead, so I still had little clue what it was about, but I knew I had to investigate this further.

Looking at our records, it was in 1998 when we had our first website, that was impressive and remarkable technology then. Few companies then had a website and none in our marketspace. Then in 2000, we dropped our individual internet accounts for work and introduced a company email account. I can still remember our receptionist, telling me proudly that "I emailed an enquiry", he had never done anything like that before.  

Can you imagine what the world would look like without the internet? 

Our software is now completed embedded in it. 

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Tablets in point of sale software

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A lot of people like to use standard computer tablets in retail POS systems which work beautifully with our system.

The immediate problem is that people, including staff as well as customers, have been known to steal them. As such what they need is some way of protecting them so what retailers do is have strap like this

 

 

or stands for them. This works but does cause a loss of its most significant advantage of the tablet, its mobility.

The big plus of the stand is that those on the strap can still be dropped. When it drops, the glass in the front sometimes cracks. Unfortunately, this is not covered under warranty as accidental damage generally isn't covered by the supplier warranty or by consumer law.
 

In my experience, if you want to use tablets in retail, the best tablets are windows based. The costs are generally cheaper, and they do more as they are designed for a business in mind.

 

 

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Mesh WIFI

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What is proving very useful in many retail shops now is mesh WIFI. What is happening is that it is excellent to rig a computer and use it around the shop. Some uses are free cash registers and stock control units where it is convenient to be able to move the computer to the point where it is needed. 

The problem can be that often people have dead spots or areas of horrible reception. You can get an app on your smartphone to identify these spots.

What you do is move around the shop with the app going seeing where there are spots with lousy coverage and then try is to avoid those areas with WIFI. If its an area that you have to have what you can try to do is try to move your internet WIFI router around so that it can reach those areas, but often this has limited success. Plus in a shop, it can be an eyesore. What we did in one shop is put the WIFI router high up on the ceiling with the security camera. Looks great there but the problem here is if someone has to change a setting on the router, it is now impossible.

The most popular way today to extend the WIFI around the shop is to use now mesh WIFI. You get boxes like this.

These you place around the shop to improve the WIFI signal, so you tend to get better speeds as well as less dead zones.  Plus you get a more extended range. One client of mine now can use his WIFI in the coffee shop over 100 metres away.

The other big plus is that most of the good ones also give you better management of your WIFI, e.g. you can set someone up with WIFI for a limited time, e.g. 2 hours and then it automatically cuts off their WIFI. You can also restrict people from accessing sensitive equipment. 

If any of this interests you, please let us know.

 

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Is this the future of home delivery?

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Robots doing home delivery

Check out what a robot home delivery could look like one day.  The first of these robots are expected to go on sale early next year in 2020.  It would be great to see one in action. 

Check the video out here.

 

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