Monthly Archives: August 2016

August 2016 Newsletter

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August Newsletter

Another month has flown by and the winter months are fast approaching. This month we have released our first responsive customer website and we are continuing to work on new projects. We have a very busy month ahead with our staff participating in events which you can read all about and more in this month’s newsletter…

 

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DH Systems Investing in the Future

DH Systems are getting ahead of the game in technology with our brand new server, a Dell PowerEdge R930. The server comes with a massive 1TB of memory installed and E7-4800 v4 processors with 4 processing sockets providing 128 logical processors. The Dell PowerEdge R930 is a top of the range server with lots of capacity to expand the server as well. Dell launched the PowerEdge R930 in April, declaring it their most powerful server to date.

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Repossessions UK

We have just released our first responsive website for a customer. Repossessions UK is now live and lists vehicles, plants and other things for sale. Responsive web design provides an optimal viewing and interaction experience – easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning and scrolling across a wide range of devices from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones. It’s taken time to fine tune the designs and find a way to present the information on both desktops and mobile devices.

Have a look for yourself at www.repossessions-uk.com

 

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Another new responsive site and a new product from DH Systems. We are always looking for new and exciting ways of getting ways of getting used parts into new places. With this in mind, we are developing relationships with body shops and repairers to encourage the usage of used parts in their jobs. AutoPPP is our end-to-end parts procurement platform, a fully customisable, fully integrated white label parts procurement system, designed to save the body shops money and promote the usage of genuine used parts.

 

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Graeme’s Bungee Jump

Our Documentation and Training Manager, Graeme, will be taking part in a 40 metre charity bungee jump for XLP. The jump takes place at Killiecrankie on Saturday 3rd September.

Graeme’s background on the jump: “After a weekend of too many beers, I (along with 7 others) agreed to help my nephew raise money for his chosen charity by bungee jumping. By the time the Monday morning came around, I was the ONLY person left who was still prepared to do this!”

The chosen charity is XLP, the charity aims to serve the community by meeting the social, educational and behavioural needs of young people, empowering them to make wise lifestyle choices and to realise their potential. Visit www.xlp.org.uk to find out more.

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Dave has three upcoming races that he is participating in, The Heb, Hell’s Hop and Loch Gu Loch.  The Heb takes place on 3rd-4th September, it is an adventurous journey that includes running, mountain biking, kayaking and navigating in the Hebridean Island chain off the west coast of Scotland. Hell’s Hop arrives in the Outer Hebrides on 10th September, it promises to be an incredible, unique and wild course. The course includes 29K of running and 6K of epic swimming. Dave will also be taking place in Loch Gu Loch, this will be on 1st October in Loch Ness and will consist of an 8K swim and a 47K run.

Dave recently completed the Aberfeldy Half Iron Man, which took place in the surroundings of Highland Perthshire. It included a 1900m Swim, 90K cycle and a 21K run. Well done Dave!

Find out more about the upcoming events by visiting their sites and Facebook page…  www.theheb.org www.hells-hop.com www.lochguloch.com

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Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to your computer system and encrypt your files until a sum of money is paid to decrypt them. Malicious programs can enter your system when you open a website or e-mail attachment containing malware. It can also get on your network if it has been misconfigured and your system may be port-scanned and a vulnerability found.

We can help get you setup to keep you as safe as possible from Ransomware. There are multiple ways which can help to prevent infection but it will not protect against all attacks. Make sure you are using an up-to-date computer and virus checking program. Be careful what emails you open such as unexpected invoices, payments, deliveries and don’t open any attachments from anyone you don’t trust, the same goes for links – don’t click on them unless you trust them. Use a content filtering system to block or deny access to unwanted websites and programs and use an external email filtering service to stop or slow virus emails coming into your network. You can have an IT expert to configure your network for maximum safety and you can put an IT policy in place and make sure your staff know what they can and can’t do. Another way to help prevent infection is by having regular backups and make sure they are offline. Most importantly get advice and help before it’s too late!

Call us on 0131 334 7515 for more information and advice.

 

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How long will you wait for a website to load?

The BBC have recently written a column about how long someone will wait for a shopping website to load. According to their research, nearly half of us won’t even wait three seconds for the website to load before going somewhere else. They say just half a second difference in page load times can make a 10% difference in sales for an online retailer. Many don’t even know that their sites are running slowly because their IT teams are concentrating more on keeping the service up and running than on speed and performance.

It is believed a page load time of 2.5 seconds or below strikes the right balance between functionality and speed, so don’t lose potential customers because your website is running too slow!

For more information, read the full article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37100091

 

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If you are looking for a place with excellent food, great drinks and a homely atmosphere then visit Makars Gourmet Mash Bar. Located in the heart of Edinburgh with stunning views of the city it is the perfect place for relaxed dining, snacks, coffee or drinks.

Visit their website to view their menu or book a table now.

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Stewart Brewing is Edinburgh’s local, independent brewery. It is one of Scotland’s most successful and reputable breweries. They sell everything from bottled beers to cask & keg brews. Having a party? Stewart Brewing can provide the beer! You can also visit the brewery for a tour and see how it is made.

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Click on the video below and see Dave featuring in Stewart Brewing’s advert!

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New artwork at DH Systems

This week we have added a new art piece to our DH collection in the office, our new painting is called ‘Look at it my way’ . The painting is by Scottish artist Scott Carruthers and is part of his ‘Geometric Illusions’ series.

Since we can’t have windows in the office we can fill the space with paintings instead!

Take a look below at some of our other artwork in the office…

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Graeme’s 1st Year at DH Systems

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Today is our Documentation and Training manager, Graeme’s 1st anniversary with DH Systems.

Since Graeme started with us he has been responsible for keeping online “User Guides” up-to-date and providing on-site training for customers. With Graeme on our team we are now able to offer comprehensive documentation and support for all of our customers. Graeme has created documentation which allows our customers to see all new updates and features on each of our products, he has included screenshots and training videos in this documentation to make it as easy as possible for our customers to understand recent updates in our software.

Training is now available in a variety of formats including 1:1, small group, class-sized or workroom based sessions. Our training videos that Graeme has created allow you to follow the step by step process on how to use our software.

Have a look at some of Graeme’s work below.

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We would like to say congratulations to Graeme for his 1st year at DH Systems, thank you for all your hard work and thank you for the cakes!

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July 2016 Newsletter

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It’s been another busy month at DH Systems.  We barely noticed July and summer seems to have passed us by.  As always we are continuously working hard on updating our desktop and website software and have been pushing out updates recently.  Read on to hear about what we’ve been up to…

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CARS Expo

We would like to say a big thank you to those of you who stopped by DH Systems stand at the CARS Expo. It was great to have the opportunity to speak to new people and to discuss how DH Systems can help your business. We had an excellent turn out with a busy two days at CARS and we were able to show visitors live demos of our products. We hope you enjoyed the demos and learned more about what DH Systems has to offer. We also had a fantastic night at the Gala dinner on Wednesday with the team at FAB and Darren from Combellacks. Great food, entertainment and a lot of wine in the Launchpad Suite at Donington Park Circuit, a great opportunity for networking.

For more information or to request a demo please contact us directly.

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Get to Know Steve

Steve was born and raised in Coventry, home to many car manufacturers and both his parents had long careers with Jaguar Cars and his brother currently works at Aston Martin.

Steve started his computer experience on a Sinclair Spectrum at his neighbours house before acquiring a Z80 based Tatung Einstein computer where he learned to program in assembler, then starting University taking a course in Computer Science. At one time Steve was the youngest engineer at IBM, where he worked for several years on mainframes and mini-computers and ended up working on the UK cheque clearing and payment machines based in Northampton.

Then back to assembler, this time x86 with Phoenix BIOS, then over to Seattle in the USA for a few years working on Embedded BIOS, followed by a 15,000 mile US road trip.  Back to reality in the UK where Steve started his own website design business making all kinds of websites before joining a furniture company and designing their website along with office layouts, logos, graphics and anything else he could get his hands on.

Steve ultimately joined DH Systems about six years ago where his first project was to launch the SalvageMarket auction site, that has been running over five years now and has sold nearly half a million vehicles.  Six years in and the web team has gone from one person to five and one website to over sixty websites.

Steve is married, has a dog called Faraday and a cat called Newton.  Steve’s hobbies include photography, travel, acoustic guitar and he runs the website for an animal rescue charity.  Steve spends his time listening to music and playing the odd game on PS4 – currently Uncharted 4.

What is your favourite film?
Both “The Fifth Element” and “Leon”

What is your favourite food?
Pizza, pasta, chicken curry

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy designing new stuff and teaching

An interesting fact about yourself: I once drove from Los Angeles to Seattle in one day, 1,137 miles!

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Frontier Dismantling ebay news

We continue to improve and enhance our Frontier Dismantling ebay compatible application.  Recently we have started to roll out our new improved responsive ebay templates that are much better for mobile phones and tablets and is now the recommended approach for ebay.

Information from ebay tells us that they are moving towards requiring all sellers to use ebay policies for shipping, returns and terms & conditions.  The good news is that our application is fully compatible with these new policy templates.

To further enhance your listings, we can now link parts together from the same vehicle.  This means that when your customer finds a part on ebay, they can also quickly view the other parts from the same vehicle.  Perhaps your customer needs both a left and right door mirror or wants the entire wheel set you’ve listed individually, now they can find these parts quickly, simply and accurately.

Frontier Dismantling new features

We are just adding the final touches to a brand new feature built directly into Frontier Dismantling.  How would you normally determine which parts to remove from a vehicle?  With our new ranking system that gives you between 1 and 5 stars for each part down to the model level, we can indicate the potential demand and previous sales history of that part.

This is designed to give you a hint in the right direction as to whether you should dismantle this part or not. This brings us onto the next feature, directly next to the ranking.  We can now show you the average dismantle time for each part on a vehicle.  This is also handy to give you an approximate time to prepare the part for sale and can help you cost the time it takes to dismantle the part against the potential profit of the part.

 

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If you are looking for a place with excellent food, great drinks and a homely atmosphere then visit The Makars Gourmet Mash Bar. Located in the heart of Edinburgh with stunning views of the city, The Makars Gourmet Mash Bar is the perfect place for relaxed dining, snacks, coffee or drinks.

Visit their website to view their menu or book a table now.

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Stewart Brewing is an award winning brewers, stocking a wide range of beers including core range, hop series, limited editions, mixed cases, cask regulars and keg regulars. Their ‘radical road’ beer has just recently won the World beer award. Stewart Brewing also offer other services such as Brewery tours, where you can get an insight into the creative process of making beer and flavors and shown around the brewery. Visit their site to browse the large selection of beers!

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