Google Wave

October 20, 2009

There has been a great deal of hype about Google Wave and how it may replace e-mail as we currently know it. The Beta testing invites are slowly being released to the general public, but Wave is a difficult concept to understand and get to grips with initially.

Here are two good videos on what Wave is, in plain english.

ASL Computer Services


ASL Computer Services now has a page on Facebook

August 21, 2009

At the moment everyone is talking about Social Media sites, Facebook and Twitter being the two main ones. So ASL has just launched it’s own Facebook page. Please visit it at or by clicking on the link to it here.

The aim is for us to update it regularly with useful computer news and tips. If you click on the “become a fan” button in Facebook then our news updates will automatically appear in your main news feed on the front page of Facebook after you login, so you will not miss any of our news items.

Please visit our Facebook page, if you want to “become a fan” to receive the news items, and please feel free to let us know what you think to our new social media Facebook page.

Chris & Barry
ASL Computer Services

Internet Explorer vulnerability

December 18, 2008

Microsoft has issued a security patch to fix a critical vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser which has attacked over 2 million Windows users.

Their advice is to update Windows with the security patch as soon as possible. The relevant patch for your version of Windows and Internet Explorer can be downloaded below

Chris Moody

ASL Computer Services

A couple of interesting IT questions and answers on

April 10, 2007

I receive a couple of newsletter style emails every month from and one of them recently contained a “computer questions and answers” section.

 You can see the Questions and Answers on their website. The second and third questions were both very good questions and probably are relevant to the majority of small businesses. So it’s worth taking a look at these questions and the authors answers.

This got me thinking.  ASL Computer Services could run a monthly or weekly question and answer article on this blog.

How would it work? Small business owners send in their questions to me by email . I will then publish the first three received with an answer every month, or if it becomes popular every week. So let’s give it a try. Send us your IT questions by email and we will publish the first three received with answers (the questions will be published as Mr W from Daventry or Mrs T from Rugby to protect peoples identity).

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services

Web based email from Google

February 17, 2007

How we use and access our email is changing. Before broadband most people used a dial up connection to access the internet. This was charged by the minute, and was relatively expensive. So we connected to the internet, received our emails onto our PC’s, then disconnected. We read the emails, composed replies, and then connected again briefly to do another send and receive.

With the introduction of broadband, virtually all businesses, and the majority of domestic PC users now have a permanent internet connection. We now also have internet access on mobile phones as well. This has lead to many people wishing to be able to access their email from anywhere, at any time, on any device with an internet connection, Webmail was born!

Googlemail was created in April 2004, but for the last three years has been under development and testing and only released to test users by invitation. ASL was given Googlemail to test back in August 2005, and for the last fifteen months we have been using Googlemail as our company email system.

So what makes Googlemail different:

  1. You get more than enough space for all your emails, and Google are continually increasing the storage space. This means you never have to delete emails to free up space, just keep everything. I have nine thousand emails stored in my GoogleMail mailbox, and it’s showing only 17 percent full.

  2. You search using key words to find that email you want, rather than having to file them in folders. Once you have read an email in your inbox just hit the “archive” button and forget about it. You can always find it again using a search, which saves time.

  3. Googlemail recognizes related messages, and groups them into “conversations”, where associated messages are listed one after another.

  4. GoogleMail contains one of the most accurate Spam filters I have used.

  5. All incoming and outgoing emails are scanned for viruses, automatically, including attachments.

  6. You can access your emails from any computer (PC or Mac), mobile phone, or PDA, anywhere in the world, as long as it’s connected to the Internet

Googlemail is very different to the other Web based email accounts and it’s innovative features make it in our opinion far superior to all it’s competitors.

To get your free GoogleMail account just go to and sign up.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services

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