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And they’re off!  On 25thNovember and after months of fundraising, preparation and putting on two stone in weight,  two brave young men Tom Dignum (26) and Chris Howard (26) have finally picked up the oars and begun their three month,  2,500 (Nautical mile) journey to raise money for Parkinson’s UK, by rowing across the Atlantic  from Gran Canaria to Barbados.

Here at System Force we have been involved in the challenge for a while as we are providing IT support to their crossing.  We are tracking their progress and making sure the high-tech satellite navigation systems we installed for them are working properly and, crucially, they are able to call for help should they need it. 

The day before the boys set off we were involved in fully testing the systems, to make sure every thing is working well !
So far all is good and everything is working as expected.

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Click this link to follow the lads via ‘Spot’. Utterly high tech satellite navigation linked site that allows us to see exactly where they are at all times.
The Oar Raisers website. Read about the lads, the challenge and the charity 
The Oar Raisers Facebook page. Leave messages for the crew and view all the latest photos 


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Tom and Chris from Oarraisers  are going to row from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua – a massive 2900 miles ! Why well its in support of their Charity Parkinsons UK .

OK so your reading this and thinking well what the hell are Jez and his team talking about this ? – Let me tell you about how this began for Us !

Henry Walker From Primetech UK (One of the UK’s most professional and technical mobile and Static Satellite companies), contact Jez, and asked if we could help with providing a base to work on the install of all the equipment for both documenting the trip and the all important life line, so should they get in trouble they have a way of calling for help !
On Saturday the boat and Tom and Chris, with Henry and Simon all turned up ready to get to work, Henry and Jez started working on the camera systems and cabling while Simon was working on installing the software needed for the communication.
Later on the systems were fitted and it was seen that we needed to make further modifications to the systems to make sure they are going to be 100% reliable. With all of the cameras in and the wiring jobs done, it was time to have some photos taken.

We wish Chris and Tom all the best for their trip and just remember boys “We will be watching !”

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With the awareness of our bonded ADSL, growing to epic proportions, and other providers simply not able to provide it anymore, this part of our business has grown very quickly and we are very pleased to tell every one that we have put up a new site just for the bonded adsl.  check it out its on

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Our New network operation site is online, from here you can see the status of any of our services.

You can also see any upcoming maintenance by us or BT

So check it out and subscribe so you get notifications straight to your inbox !

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Our new online ecommerce site is now up and running and promises to make purchasing parts, cables computers and networking even easier.
If you are a regular customer with us there is a good chance you have a credit account in which you can make use of.
For other customers they can use paypal, credit / debit cards or send us a cheque.
So don’t be shy checkout

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We at System Force I.T. encountered the following error  on one of our customer’s systems when upgrading to Payroll Year End 2011: Having made a FULL BACKUP of Sage Payroll prior to starting the installation (as you should always do)  we were not too concerned about the error, but wanted a quick fix.

 After installation, and the following reboot, when first logging in to sage after selecting the appropriate company and trying to login, this error appears:

PAY5: OPEN sgtbl_AccessRights Recordset open failed.

To rectify this, we were instructed to close down sage (by clicking ok to any further errors that came up, then logging off and closing the sage window)

Then browse to the sage installation folder, eg. C:\Program Files\Sage\Payroll

Run the following program:


Then Select the appropriate company database by left clicking on it so that it is highlighted.

Then choose:

“Clear Locks”

Then when that completes (usually in seconds) choose:


Upon completion of the repair (can take several minutes) close dbutilities.exe, re-open sage, Make another FULL BACKUP (with a different name) and the problem should be resolved.

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SystemForce offer temporary Vservers for customers who need a virtual server for a project. If you want to test software, a new system or if you may need a remote domain controller / GC to aid in DR then SystemForce temporary Vservers offer you complete flexibility and management at an exceptionally low cost.

The hugely popular Virtual server, which can be Microsoft, OSX or Linux based, is hosted on our 100MB system. You can supply the appropriate software to us or we can purchase it for you. We will then load and set up the server and you will get full access to do whatever you require without restrictions.

Our servers can be implemented into your SystemForce.IT network and can be accessed over Private ADSL, Fibre Optic, VPN and Wireless among others. The virtual servers are available at short notice and are hosted in a secure controlled environment without a large capital expenditure outlay and expensive hardware maintenance contracts. SystemForce servers increase your business continuity and disaster recovery, reduce server sprawl and improve IT manageability.

Our Managed Colocation Hosting gives you direct access to a state of the art data centre which features fire prevention systems, temperature control, uninterrupted power supply, communication lines and accredited managed security. This elite level of service is available at the fraction of costs you would have to undertake to set up and manage your own facility. You can also be safe in the knowledge that your server can be rebooted during business hours and that any hardware failures will be rectified in as little as 30 minutes.

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While other businesses only offer their very best services to contract customers, System Force provide a thorough and flexible plan for customers who require immediate assistance with IT maintenance.

System Force offer an unrivaled repair service for our non-contract customers. We can collect your computer, whether you are operating from a business premises or are a home user, or you can drop it off at our service centre in Quedgeley. System Force will then diagnose any faults at hand and provide you with all the relevant facts and the individual costs of repair so you can make a decision about what you want to do next. No additional work will be carried out or parts installed without first obtaining authorisation. This service offers complete flexibility for the customer as they can expect an elite level service without the hassle of having a contract.

Our fully trained and certified engineers will carry out a full inspection of your plotters, printers, fax machines and other office equipment. They will then provide a breakdown on the overall condition of the item and determine whether the individual components will last another 12 months. You can then make a decision about the respective worn or damaged parts before authorising their replacements.

System Force engineers will ensure any servicing or repair maintenance on your equipment is carried out to the highest standard at a competitive hourly rate, starting from as little as £35 per hour. When the repair is complete the engineer will write his report, leaving a copy with the printer user as a history of the work carried out on the printer.

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