The Gebesse Blog

Thoughts from the world of technology and business

Should you worry about Heartbleed?

The answer to this question is, as always, “it depends”. If you have had the Internet switched off for the last month you might not have heard of Heartbleed. It was a flaw in the OpenSSL encryption software that secures Internet communications such as email, web sites, instant messaging and virtual private networks (VPNs). I […]

Security experts. Right!

Everyone is concerned about the security of corporate data. We all do regular backups (and test that they work and store them in a safe place), we restrict physical access to places where people shouldn’t go, and we all have good password management policies. Don’t we? Here are some stories about security. The secure premises. […]

Sometimes we geriatrics know things

The following observation was made in a Facebook comment responding to someone who had said that her current work at a law firm was related to a course she had done in law school but she had forgotten all about it since she closed the books. At least it isn’t outdated before you even graduate, unlike […]

Gebesse Newsletter – February 2014

Things are changing. New phone number Due to some phone problems which don’t matter any more I have a new mobile phone number. It is 0490 452 487, and I hope I don’t have to change it again for the next twenty years. The fax number is still 02 8221 9418 (faxes are sent and […]

Gebesse Newsletter – January 2014

Happy New Year. Let’s get productive. Training special. I often get called in to help with Act! and find that I’m doing something that could quite easily be done by a user but they don’t know that they can do it. I usually find that the user has never had any formal training in how […]


Anyone who has ever run a business which sells things that can’t be taken back, like consulting time, accounting work or advertising, will occasionally get a customer who decides not to pay. I’ve been very lucky in the 25+ years that I’ve been running my business and have had very few bad debts. Two of […]

Gebesse Newsletter – September 2013

Gebesse is back and the new Act! v16 is here. Gebesse Computer Consultants is a family business and over the last few years the family has had to come first. Two family members with serious illnesses meant that the business had to take a back seat and be a very part-time business indeed. The crisis […]

Resurrected scammers

In August 2010 I published the following story on my weekly sceptical magazine, The Millenium Project. =================================== Another week, another scam (7/8/2010) I received a fax addressed to my business this week offering to arrange my Yellow Pages listing and, as a bonus, give me a free Google listing. Free submission to Google – how […]

Exporting from ACT! to Excel

So you want to get data from your ACT! database into Excel. Here’s how to do it. Note: these instructions are for ACT! 2013; there are minor differences with earlier versions but the principles are the same. The first thing to do is create a lookup of the records you want to export. You can […]

Mail merge with ACT!

One of the ways that ACT! can make your life easier is by automating mailouts to multiple contacts. The first thing you need to do is to create a template for whatever it is you want to send. Remember that if you are using Microsoft Word as your word processor of choice with ACT! you […]

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