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Are you struggling with a slow PC? 

Try these tips first, and then if you are still having issues, contact us! 
PC Update

Your computer will run quicker after an update. Because the OS has fewer flaws and runs more efficiently.

Shutdown / Restart

Many people leave their computers "on" instead of shutting them down


The more RAM you have, the more processes you can run at once, supporting your efficient work style. 

Uninstall useless apps

Computer applications can also slow it down. Remove apps you haven't used in the last six
months. (Always check to make sure this is okay.)

Clear junk files

Temporary files are technical files utilised by your system to execute functions. They're only needed for a short time, delete them to assist your PC. 

Close Windows

All of those open tabs run programs that slow down your computer. Prioritise the ones you are using and bookmark the others for later.

Top 3 Business Gadgets

As much as technology might frustrate people, you cannot deny most of the time it does make life easier. Running ABM smoothly is a challenge. As with any business you have to wear many 'hats' and coordinate with lots people. To help with this process here are Anthony's top 3 gadget suggestions.

Acer Monitors

I know as a company we go on and on about the importance of monitors. But it does improve efficiency and it doesn't have to be an expensive change. I have three 27" Acer monitors all lined up, and it drastically improves my workflow. 


There are other great phone options, but for me I find the iPhone seamless in the corporate world. I always choose the biggest screen possible, not just for typing but for my eyesight as well.

Microsoft Pro

This is essentially a tablet with an attachable keyboard. Because it is a
Microsoft device it has all of the functionality of my office - based PC. This is a really handy piece of kit. Designed solely for business people on the move.

Multi screen attachment technology for travel review

Review: Multi-screen attachment for laptops

Anthony (ABM's owner) reviews his multi-screen setup for his Microsoft Surface Studio: I am now moving into a more flexible era of my life, after directing and managing ABM since 2001, I decided last year it was time to release some of the reigns and allow my IT Manager Dave and my daughter Beth who is our Marketing Manager to deal with day to day running of ABM. I have gained the freedom to visit some destinations on my 'to-do list'.

Part of this struggle is that despite the decrease in workload, I still have key actionable tasks I need to complete. Any business owner can attest that sales and finances do not manage themselves, often these tasks are complex and I can work more efficiently with a multi-monitor setup. My office has a fantastic layout with three large monitors side by side, but when travelling I cant exactly lug this setup around with me.

Looking back to the end of last year, another trip away where I found my frustration reach a new high; Completing important tasks was taking double the time and I was supposed to be enjoying my time away! I had invested in many different setup options, gadgets and travel specific technology, but all in all I just missed having my monitors. I was sharing this frustration with another business owner, who happens to be a friend, and one of our tech suppliers and they suggested this product.

This (pictured above) is a portable monitor that attaches to your laptop and provides you with a triple screen layout. Cleverly compatible with a variety of laptops, and it comes in different monitor sizes too! Your device must have HDMI, USB A and / or USB C ports to ensure this product will work.

I have now used this product many times abroad and I can safely say this has finally unlocked the travel and work experience I wanted to achieve. I can now flexibly work from anywhere.

The pros: the product folds away well, has not caused any visible damage or scratches where connected to my MS Studio, the screens are HD, not sluggish, and have anti glare properties.

The cons: It is not compatible with Apple M1, M2 and M2 Pro chips, whilst they are HD, the screens are lower resolution, (but this is compared to a high-end laptop screen), be mindful that this works best setup on a desk / table, the whole thing is lightweight and doesn't have supports on either of the side monitors, so pack away properly before trying to move.

If this is a product you are interested in please contact us at ABM, we can assist you with finding the correct model, size and compatibility for your requirements. Happy travels!  

The future of workspaces

The future of office workspaces

Server replacement

When should I replace my server?


Augmented / virtual reality devices

End of life notices

If you are concerned about these EOL's please call or email to discuss. 

Windows 10

Windows 10 will not receive any more feature updates and will only have security updates until EOL in October 2025.

Windows Server 2016

Microsoft are ending support and critical security fixes for Windows Server 2016. Deadline is January 2027.

Office 2016 and 2019

Older versions of Office will need to be updated by October 2025 to Microsoft 365 applications.

Mac OS

Big Sur ended support and updates in September 2023, please ensure your device can support the newest release. 

Empowering Virtual Teams

Remote work remains prevalent, virtual teams collaborate across distances and time zones and while remote work offers flexibility and convenience, it also presents unique challenges, particularly when it comes to communication and collaboration. Fortunately, a wide range of collaboration tools are available to bridge the gap and empower virtual teams to work together seamlessly.

Effective Collaboration Tools for Virtual Teams

  • Microsoft Teams is a comprehensive collaboration platform that combines chat, video conferencing, file sharing, and project management capabilities in one unified interface. It integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft 365 applications, making it an ideal choice for teams already using the Microsoft ecosystem.
  • Slack is a popular instant messaging platform designed for team communication and collaboration. It offers channels for organising conversations by topic, direct messaging for one-on-one communication, and integrations with third-party apps and services for enhanced productivity.
  • Google Workspace offers a suite of productivity tools, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Meet, designed to facilitate collaboration and communication within virtual teams. Its cloud-based platform enables real-time co-editing of documents, seamless file sharing, and video conferencing capabilities.
  • Trello is a collaboration tool and project management system. It allows users to create boards, lists, custom workflows and assign tasks to team members. Its highly rated features that set it apart from other project management tools are the editorial calendar, brainstorming tool and CRM system. Not to mention the fact that it can fully integrate with several other tools mentioned here. 
  • allows hybrid teams to track their productivity and manage all timelines. Through one visual platform you can maintain and supervise all aspects of the business including project management, sales, customers, development, marketing, creative, HR and IT. 
  • Nectar is a platform which promotes core company values and implements a reward system for hybrid work cultures to receive recognition. Boosting morale and driving collaboration and engagement is harder for virtual teams. Birthdays, and work anniversaries often get missed when teams work remotely, these are automated with Nectar. Users can send 'shout outs' to provide recognition for hard work, and employees can trade reward points for gifts of their choosing.
asking AI about its plans for IT industry

Asking AI about its plans...

desk accessories for comfortable working environment

Make sitting at your desk more comfortable 

Artsy office technology

Artsy technology for your office

Admin Professionals

We thought it might be a good idea to put together a list of technology perfect for employees working in this sector.
Dual Adjustable Monitors

Dual screens are a must have for your desk. For people working with numbers, spreadsheets and calendars, 24” sized (and above) monitors are best. Height adjustable monitors are also a great idea. Sitting at a desk can really ruin your posture and cause lots of health issues. 

Quality Accessories

Notably one of the most annoying sounds is a keyboard tap and mouse click. This can cause high levels of stress and aggravation, especially for someone constantly using these accessories. Invest in a high -quality soundless keyboard and mouse.

Low Spec Machine

Administrative professionals generally do not require a very high specification machine. Generally, they have basic storage requirements, have low functioning software and use basic applications. Ensure you don’t pay extra for a high spec machine for job titles that don’t require it. 


Notably one of the most annoying sounds is a keyboard tap and mouse click. This can cause high levels of stress and aggravation, especially for someone constantly using these accessories. Invest in a high -quality soundless keyboard and mouse.

High Quality Printer

Lots of companies try and be as paperless as possible. This is fantastic; however, it is found that lots of administrative tasks, still require a paper trail. Having a high-quality laser printer and copier is a good idea. Not only does it reduce ink wastage, is more economical to run, it prints at high speeds.

Innovative Technology Timeline

2000 - USB Sticks

The end of the 20th century and the start of a new age. USB's are invented, giving us the first convenient way to transport and share data.

2001 - iPod

Previously the amount of songs you could 'bring with you' was limited. In 2001 Steve Jobs presented a 5GB device able to store 1000 songs.

2002 - Encryption

As the technology age develops, security becomes more of a talking point. Unbreakable keys are created to ensure your data stays secure.

2004 - Facebook

What started off as a communication platform for college students, then becomes the biggest social media platform, available to all.

2005 - Google Maps

The first web application to make full use of satellite imagery and aerial photography to provide a location / mapping service.

2006 - Blu-ray

A way to store high definition video on to a disc. Allowing viewers to play games and watch their favourite films in a high - quality format.

2007 - iPhone

This was a massive step forward in the way of cellular devices. Not only did it remove the requirement of a physical button keyboard, but featured GPRS and Edge support (data transfer).

2009 - Windows 7

A personal computer operating system replacing the previous Windows Vista. This new system was fresh, clean and much easier to use. Featuring internet explorer 8, media player and more.

2010 - Kinect

Video games can now be played without a physical controller. Microsoft invent the 'body' controlled video game. Using cameras in a slimline free - standing device, placed under, or on your TV.

2011 - Siri

The virtual assistant that searches for answers and follows commands. The app adapts to the user's voice and language preferences, Making it the perfect portable PA.

2012 - Google Drive

Developed as a file storage and synchronisation service. You can now share information quickly and collaboratively edit. This develops further later on.

2014 - Windows 10

Released as a preview in 2014, people who previously used Windows 7 and 8 had the ability to upgrade for free. After some adjustment many then came to love the new upgrade.

2017 - Facial Recognition

Released with the iPhone X, your phone will unlock using your facial features. This technology follows touch ID, allowing biometric authentication to unlock your phone, make payments and track your expressions.

2019 - Robot Dexterity

With AI developing at a fast rate, it is no wonder robots are too. Robots are programmed to complete further tasks. They now have longer periods of control and a higher level of understanding.

2022 - Metaverse and Edge

There are lots of new developments to keep an eye on. But the most notable are the further pushes into virtual and cloud based technologies. 

Curved Monitors

With a variety of monitors available to the masses, ABM have used a fair few during our years in business (and of course as individuals). Watching how technology innovation has improved screen options, it is clear that curved screens are a popular choice for the business environment. But are they any good?
Eye Saver

The deeper screen curve allows your eyes to follow motion fluidly on the screen, and therefore reduces strain on your eyes.

Superior Image Quality

Allowing colours to be more vibrant and reduces light leakage to ensure black and white are more uniform.

Eco Saving Feature

Allows instant screen adjustment depending on the luminescence of colour. You can also reduce brightness yourself.

Dual Screen Capabilities & Ports

Having two by side is a popular choice as you can skip between tasks. HDMI, headphone and power port available.


When you are sat with the screen fully set up, and you adjust yourself perfectly in front of it, you can use your complete line of vision and peripherals to improve your work. Amazing for occupations requiring lots of screen usage for design and colour work. The colours are vibrant and truly impressive.


When out of full screen in a window, some people find the curve distracting as it bends the view. More so than in full screen. Less ports available than most people like to have, and the cost is still quite pricey compared to other high spec flat options.

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