macOS Sonoma Announced

Apple has announced the next major operating system release – macOS Sonoma – at WWDC 2023.

Apple’s most advanced operating system yet brings new personalisation features via integrated desktop widgets, stunning screensavers, increased iPhone connectivity, improvements to Safari, smart video conferencing, enhanced accessibility features and a new focus on an optimised gaming experience.


The annual developer conference is Apple’s opportunity to pitch a plethora of new hardware – including M2 Ultra chipsets, new Mac Studio, MacBook and updated Mac Pro models – and feature-enhancements to flagship operating systems including MacOS Sonoma, iPadOS 17, and WatchOS 10.

However, there is also an announcement on end of support on legacy hardware dating earlier than 2017 – which given the remarkable longevity of many Apple devices, is likely to affect a large number of users:

The affected operating systems include:

– iOS 11 to iOS 11.2.6

– macOS High Sierra 10.13 to macOS 10.13.3

– watchOS 4 to watchOS 4.2.3

– tvOS 11 to tvOS 11.2.6

You can read more about the features of the newest system release here.

New supercomputer that can forecast the weather worth £1.2 billion!

The technology in the world has advanced that a new supercomputer has been built to forecast, the clement and the weather for airports to see when incoming storms are coming in. It’ll collect mass amount of data to help predict storms, floods and changes to the global climate.

With the government saying it’s the year to change the world and of climate action with this new supercomputer, they’ll be able to make a change to the world and make it better for everyone stopping floods and storms without any preparation.  The government will be making even more upgrades to the computer at the end of 2022.

With technology over the last 30 years getting better, it’s easier to measure the weather forecast as the capacity of data being transferred faster and more at a time.  It’ll also be better for the UK as its going to increase the capability of the UK data storage and transfer speed, this will increase broadband therefore faster Wi-Fi.

Network overhaul: how Lineal rescued a company from a cabling nightmare

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Lineal recently rescued a London-based business from its own private cabling nightmare, with a complete network overhaul.

In a 48-hour marathon rebuild, network engineers from Lineal replaced dozens of faulty cables, analysed every area of the network, adding new switches and other network equipment.

The picture above shows just one of several cabinets, before (left) and after (right) Lineal’s rebuild. The equipment had previously been patched and re-patched over ten years without clear planning, resulting in slower internet access and overheating rooms.

Network engineer Martyn Kay explained: “This company rightly realised that they had to address the problem rather than ignore it – and fortunately we were able to overhaul the entire system.”

The team quickly discovered other unexpected problems, including mystery fibre-optic cables that led nowhere, stray power cables, long-dead switches and improvised cabling ‘borrowing’ internet access from neighbouring departments.

Lineal reconnected every cabinet, replaced every cable with new lines, standardised the colour scheme for data and phones, and added reliable backup switches to improve network resilience and business continuity.


For expert network, cabling and IT infrastructure support, click here.

Lineal sponsors Ilfracombe Academy U14s


We at Lineal are proud to be the first sponsors of Ilfracombe Academy U14 Girls football team!

The high-flying team who have been Devon County Champions for the past two years running, will play in the new blue ‘Lineal’ team kit, produced by MJM Sportswear of Bideford, as they seek to continue their winning streak.

Lisa Norris, second in PE at Ilfracombe Academy thanked Lineal: “We’re delighted with the kit. We really promote girls getting into and continuing to participate in all types of PE. Having a fantastic kit (which they don’t have to share with the boys!) gives them a real sense of pride and is a real boost for the team. They have already had superb success in winning the North Devon Friendly Tournament, and we have no doubt that there’s no stopping them now!”

Terry Schofield, Managing Director at MJM Sports explained ‘’The kit is a very technical fabric used by some professional Clubs. We are delighted Lineal selected us as their preferred supplier, and we wish Ilfracombe Academy further success in the future’’

Mike Matthews, Managing Director at Lineal, praised the team: “We wanted to give something back to Ilfracombe Academy and sponsoring new kit for this fantastic team was perfect – they are yet to lose a single league match! Lineal have personal connections to the academy through our own staff, and via the North Devon Employment Skills Board: we think local businesses ought to do more to kick-off engagement with young people.”

“We wish the whole team the very best of luck at the Devon County Finals.”

Lineal Launches New SQLWorks Website


Lineal Software Solutions have launched of our new website for our SQLWorks Business Management Software (

Managing Director of Lineal, Mike Matthews, explained: “This is a big year for SQLWorks, as we’re due to release Version 8 in conjunction with the release of Omnis 8, and we wanted to overhaul our SQLWorks website too.”

“We always aim for our software to work how you work: we’ll now be offering 3 different delivery models to suit different businesses’ needs, with SQLWorks available in on-premise, hosted and cloud versions.”

SQLWorks, Lineal’s leading software for Accounting, CRM & Stock Control was first developed for manufacturing in 1983, and has evolved substantially over 33 years.

Keeping up with the times, the new website has been designed to be fully responsive, for use on mobile and tablet devices. More and more people will use SQLWorks on the move in the future, from a variety of devices, so the SQLWorks website should mirror this.

Existing SQLWorks users will also receive additional support, accessing learning materials via the SQLWorks News page. Extra features, including a live SQLWorks demo and our SQLWorks help guide, will be available soon – watch this space!


Discover SQLWorks today: visit or call 01271 375999

How Lineal provided Free Wifi to Barnstaple Town Centre


Over Christmas 2015/16, Lineal launched a technical trial to provide free, public-access Wifi across Barnstaple Town Centre.

The pilot scheme, which took place during the busiest shopping period of the year, saw our team solve a number of technical challenges: scoping sites for Wifi access points, installing suitable hardware and managing network connectivity for shoppers and visitors to the town.

With generous support from Barnstaple Town Centre Management (BTCM), North Devon Council and M&E Alarms, we delivered a free wifi network connected to by more than 400 people each day at peak usage.

To build the network itself, we used Cisco Meraki MR-66 ruggedised outdoor routers, fixing a ‘mesh’ grid of interconnected access points high on selected buildings owned by local businesses who agreed to take part. Visitors to the town could connect from any smartphone or other wirelessely enabled device, via a special ‘splash’ page.

Managing Director of Lineal, Mike Matthews, explained: “We wanted to attempt an ambitious project which would benefit our local area. Wider connectivity opens up new ways for people to find out information about upcoming events, for local businesses to advertise, and for visitors to our town to share their enjoyment of Barnstaple with friends and family over social media. There are many possibilities.”

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Throughout the trial period each access point also collected anonymised location data in real-time. With as many as 20,000 wirelessly enabled devices moving within Barnstaple town centre during a 24 hour period, the free Wifi Project was also successfully used to measure footfall patterns in public places, which could one day be used to help local authorities plan for busy periods.

Although the pilot project has now ended, team members from Lineal presented the initial findings to the Barnstaple Town Centre Management, North Devon Council and Devon County Council in February 2016, with a view to launching the network as a more permanent asset for the town in the near future.


For more information on cabling & network infrastructure services from Lineal: click here or call us today on 01271 375999

Lineal exhibit ShoreTel at Blue Frog Business Group Show

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Lineal recently showcased ShoreTel Connect Telephone systems at the first Blue Frog Business Group Show at Cedars Inn, Barnstaple.

ShoreTel’s cloud telephony operate over a business’s internet connection making the system more flexible for mobile working, more cost effective, and more accessible to small businesses.

Head of Technical Support services Matt Norris explained: “We were delighted to get the chance to exhibit ShoreTel at the North Devon business show. ShoreTel is a phone system designed for small teams looking to grow, or for those whose workplace is not a single location – so we knew it would be of great interest to small businesses at the show.”

The business group, run by Blue Frog Media, are planning for the trade show to be the first of many in the region.

Managing Director Mike Matthews praised the show, adding: “It was fantastic to see so many firms from the wider North Devon area represented in one place and doing business.”

“We’re hoping Lineal can contribute even more to the group in the near future.”

To learn more about how ShoreTel can transform your business communications, get in touch with us today: email [email protected] or call 01271 375999

New Lineal Website 2016


Lineal are pleased to announce the launch of our new website for 2016.

The new website comes with additional features, and has been carefully designed to improve the user experience of our technical support customers and new users.

Managing Director Mike Matthews added: “We wanted the new website to give a fast, stress-free experience for those needing IT help, and to simplify the process of finding information on Lineal’s eight product areas.”

As ever more of our customers are taking up mobile working through their mobile or tablet device, the new website has been designed to be responsive to different screen sizes.

Web designer & developer Stephen Stanbury explained: “Downtime costs money, so Lineal needs to deliver IT solutions quickly. Our challenge was to build a website which was convenient and clear, to help all our users find what they need easily.”

“We’ll be adding new features in the near future, so please get in touch with us if you have any suggestions.”

Lineal’s flagship business management software SQLWorks is also set to relaunch a fresh website in the new year.

For help and assistance with all your IT needs, please contact Lineal today: 01271 375999 or [email protected]

Cloud Computing: Yes or No?

As always, the answer depends on your needs.  For sharing work, such as documents, presentations and other data between team members working remotely, the Cloud is great.  But if your entire team is physically located together in an office, then it might not be the right choice for you.


If you have a small team, some or all of whom work remotely, then Cloud working is a convenient, cost effective solution which means you don’t have the cost of buying and maintaining central server resources.

The benefits are agility and flexibility, both in work and financial terms.

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Fibre Broadband; worth having?

Well, that depends what you want it for and whether you can actually get it. One is very fast and relatively expensive; the other can be mind-numbingly slow, but is cheap – sometimes free. There are two broadband delivery methods: ADSL and fibre optic. ADSL comes down copper wires, fibre optic reaches you through a glass fibre. Certainly fibre is more expensive over standard ADSL, even when you take away any ‘new user’ incentives, but how fast do you need emails to come into your Inbox?

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For many small users, if your current ADSL set up is giving you speeds is in excess of 2MB/s, and you don’t run a business or have two teenage sons on Call of Duty, then what you’ve got is probably fine. Continue reading…

Disaster Recovery, do I really need it?

A Somerset client’s basement was flooded, not, as you might have expected, due to the Levels flooding, but due entirely to a catastrophic failure of a very large nearby water main. If the basement had been used for storage it might not have been too bad, but unfortunately the basement rooms are used as offices, with a lot of IT equipment in use.

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Lineal was able to provide same day support, with the loan of equipment, network setup and new telephones.  Extra room was made available upstairs, and by the end of the next day, our client’s office was working back to full capacity again.

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Free Mac Adware Removal Tool for OS X – now with reliable support for Google Chrome!

Adware is a piece of software that automatically displays or downloads advertising materials such as banners or pop-ups when a user is online. Aside from being really irritating, it can slow down your computer and, with serious cases, can make it almost unworkable when connected to the internet. Adware is different from malware, the latter being a kind of unwanted software that often has malicious intent and may be designed to harm your computer. There are a plethora of adware removal tools available, some paid and some free. You have to be careful when downloading an adware removal tool as some programs purporting to remove adware may actually contain adware or malware themselves.


AdwareMedic is a Mac app from the Thomas Reed (“The Safe Mac”) for removing sneaky software that modifies your Mac system against your wishes for commercial gain and which is difficult to remove. The utility does a quick scan and cleanup of this nasty garbage after connecting to the company’s website and downloading adware signature definitions. (The utility is not an anti-virus program, per se, only an adware remover.) The latest versions fix Chrome glitches. AdwareMedic 2.2.6 is distributed freely as shareware for OS X 10.7 and up.


For more assistance in adware or malware removal on your Mac or Windows PC, or to discuss any other specific problems, please call Lineal or use our contact form.

Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.

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George wins Best Apprentice at the North Devon Journal Business Awards

Lineal is delighted to announce that our apprentice George Ward was successful in being awarded Best Apprentice at the North Devon Journal Business Awards on Friday.  George was joined for the presentation evening by Doug Matthews, Matt Norris, Ian Meredith, Mike Matthews, Will Adkin and Martyn Kay who were proud to be there as the winners were announced.

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OS X El Capitan System Requirements & Compatible Mac List

With an emphasis on performance and reliability, OS X El Capitan is expected to be a great system software update for Mac users. Of course, updating to the next version of Mac OS X will only be possible if the Mac hardware supports the new version. Fortunately for those wanting to update to OS X El Capitan, the system requirements are quite forgiving, and basically if your Mac can run OS X Yosemite or OS X Mavericks, it will almost certainly be able to run OS X El Capitan as well.

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2 new Superfast Fibre lines now at Lineal!

Lineal now have invested in 2 new fibre lines with different providers so if there is a problem on one of the lines then we can still have a superfast connection to our customers!

This means that we can now expand our Disaster Recovery Service so that your backup data can be continuously uploaded to us with no usage limits.

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Unlike any other cloud based disaster recovery, we bring the storage device to you for the initial synchronisation and in the case of a restore, personally restore your system back to how it was. Which makes restoring and backing up much faster, especially if your business works with large data files. The Disaster Recovery Plan comes in three options, Gold, Silver and Bronze so you can choose the perfect package to suit your business.


Contact Lineal if you would like more information about our disaster recovery packages.

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How to Cancel Sending a Message or SMS from iPhone

If you’ve ever hit “Send” on an iMessage or text message that you wish you could take back, or perhaps you’d just like to cancel a sent picture because it’s stuck on ‘Sending’ and taking forever to send the message due to a congested network connection, then you may find this iPhone “cancel send” trick to be handy.


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Lineal Joins ShoreTel Champion Partner Program!

Lineal Software Solutions announced today they will begin selling and delivering ShoreTel® unified communications solutions as a new Champion Partner. ShoreTel, Inc., the leading provider of brilliantly simple phone systems and unified communications (UC) solutions, has designed the Champion Partner Program to strengthen the relationship between ShoreTel and its partners to provide end-customers with a brilliantly simple UC solution. The program’s goal is to advance and grow both companies’ market share in the UC industry, while ensuring every customer continues to be delighted with their ShoreTel experience.

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Windows Server 2003 Support ending July

After July 14, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure. By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, you can achieve concrete benefits, including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to the business.


Contact Lineal if you need help migrating to a newer server!

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How to Change the Root User Account Password in OS X

Some advanced Mac users require having the root user enabled in OS X for administrative or troubleshooting purposes. While many will keep the root user account password the same as their general administrator password, this is not always recommended for some situations, and thus these Mac users may wish to change the root user account password in OS X.

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Why You May See a “This Cable is Not Certified and May Not Work Reliably” Error on iPhone & iPad

Rarely, when you plug an iPhone or iPad into a particular Lightning charger cable you’ll see a pop-up or lock screen message on the device that says something to the effect of “This cable is not certified and may not work reliably”. This usually prevents the lightning cable from charging the device as well. Though most users will never see this error, if you do see that message, there’s almost always a reason why.


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iPhone Won’t Stop Vibrating? Here’s How to Resolve the Endless Buzzing

Most problems with iPhone are fairly simple to explain and resolve, but a somewhat rare outlier is the case of the spontaneous continuously vibrating iPhone. You’ll know it if you encounter it, the iPhone will basically seize up and do nothing but vibrate with a black screen, and the vibrations aren’t even pulsed like a message, it just buzzes nonstop.

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How to Remove a Finger Print from Touch ID on iPhone & iPad!

When you properly set up TouchID to unlock your iPhone or iPad, many users add several different of their fingers to the configuration so that they can unlock the iOS device in different orientations. That’s a good idea, but sometimes you may want to change which fingers (or whose fingers) are allowed to access and unlock the Touch ID sensor, and to do so you’ll probably want to delete old finger prints from the Touch ID database in iOS.

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Number Keypad Not Working on a Mac Keyboard? It’s a Simple Fix!

If you choose a full-size magic keyboard for your mac you have the advantage of a PC-style number keypad, alignment and full-size arrow keys – but no PC-style ‘Num Lock’ key.

So if you discover your number keypad isn’t working, it can be hard to tell if this is due to a hardware failure or a setting to disable the numberpad in software. Never fear – here’s the answer:

Before you begin testing the settings as you go, it’s worth opening your favourite text app and the onscreen keyboard – via the ‘Show Keyboard Viewer’ option on the menu bar of modern macOS versions.


Where is ‘Num Lock’ on a Mac Keyboard?

Without the Num Lock key, you’ll need to tap either Clear or Shift + Clear on your hardware keyboard (depending on the version), and then test your numpad number keys again in your text app.

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However, it’s also worth checking you don’t have a setting called ‘Mouse Keys’ enabled. This setting allows a user to move their mouse using the number pad as direction keys, and is intended as an accessibility option for those who find it difficult to use a mouse or trackpad.

If this is turned on, you may notice your mouse cursor move slightly when you tap one of the number keys on your number keypad.

You can check for Mouse Keys via the Apple Menu, choosing ‘System Preferences’ and clicking on ‘Accessibility’. Select ‘Pointer Control’ from the left hand menu and ‘Alternative Control Methods’. Here you can untick ‘Enable Mouse Keys’, and hopefully return your number pad to its expected function.


How to Re-Install OS X with Internet Recovery on a Mac

In some rare situations, reinstalling OS X on a Mac may be required. This is made fairly easy as all modern Macs include the OS X Internet Recovery feature, which lets you reinstall OS X through a netboot type of mode that is accessed from the internet rather than a local drive. This is helpful in the event you need to reinstall Mac OS X whether for fun, because something has gone truly haywire, or because you need to replace the system software for whatever other reason.

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Protptype AeroMobil 3.0 flying car has its maiden flight

A prototype of the world’s most advanced flying car has taken to the skies. AeroMobil 3.0 which features a high-tech cockpit and wings that can fold in behind the cabin, was unveiled at an innovations conference in Vienna.  AeroMobil’s chief executive Juraj Vaculik said it could “change personal transport on a global scale”.

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Lineal Director escorts PM David Cameron around FSB show tent

FSB Chairman for North Devon, Mike Matthews, spent 25 minutes with Prime Minister David Cameron, Agricultural Minister Owen Patterson and PPC Peter Heaton-Jones, guiding them around the FSB tent at the North Devon Show on Wednesday 7th August.  They discussed problems for small business owners and the role of the Federation of Small Businesses.

David Cameron and Mike Matthews can be seen talking to Grace Rodgers at her table displaying products from her Bideford company – On The Horizon.

The FSB show tent was one of 2 chosen by the Prime Minister at the North Devon show yesterday.  Mike Matthews, who is Managing Director of IT company Lineal Software Solutions, had organised the tent to showcase a variety of North Devon Businesses and their products / services.  Mike took the PM and other VIPs around the displays, introducing them to the FSB members and highlighting the problems faced by small businesses in North Devon today.

Mike Matthews said “It has been 25 years since I first set up Lineal so that I could concentrate on the development of my business software SQLWorks.  The rural location of North Devon has its benefits, but manufacturing problems, increasing employment issues and the slow roll out of superfast broadband have all been seen as barriers to growth by the FSB members.”

At his party’s spring conference, David Cameron said “There’s only one strategy for growth we can have now and that is rolling up our sleeves and doing everything possible to make it easier for businesses to grow, to invest, to take people on….Back small firms. Boost enterprise. Be on the side of everyone in this country who wants to create jobs, and wealth and opportunity.”

Agricultural Minister, Owen Patterson, also accompanied David Cameron and Mike Matthews.  His interest was in the rural location and nature of many local businesses.  They discussed the obstacles presented to them, and how they are overcome with help from organisations such as the Federation of Small Businesses.