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th 23 Sep
2021

PC TipsThe free Windows 11 upgrade is due 5 October.  To check compatibility on a maybe five year old HP workstation we downloaded and installedWindows 11 due 5 October Microsoft's PC Health Check.  To download Health Check scroll to the bottom of the bloated Windows 11 page.  Our workstation failed on incompatible cpu and even after a BIOS upgrade Secure Boot and TPM 2.0.  Isn't necessarily game over though ... we'll wait and see.

we 1 Sep
2021

PC TipsNews and interests ... allegedlyAfter a Windows update a while back a new icon appeared on the task bar to the left of the system tray.  We found it popped up an annoyingly large window whenever the mouse pointer strayed near the icon.  It was surprisingly easy to get rid of, right click on the task bar then News and interests and then Turn off, that'll do it.

fr 9 Jul
2021

PC TipsWe find this keyboard shortcut useful to reduce distraction when doing something non-digital at a pc especially as our ... more here

mo 17 May
2021
PC TipsJunk E-mail Options...Spamfighter has stopped working unless we buy.  We were happy to pay but not a yearly subscription so uninstalled it.  After a bit we realised we now had to restart our email client's spam filter, in our version of Outlook go Actions/Junk E-mail Options...
we 21 Apr
2021

PC TipsThis hadn't occurred to us, use capitals in your hashtags #LikeThis so screen readers can pronounce the words, thanks Robin Paley York.

fr 26 Mar
2021
PC Tips Scam emailToday we got both a scam text and a scam email pretending to be Royal Mail about the same fictional delivery.  DON'T click on the links but if you hover your mouse over the links in the email you'll see the web addresses are nothing to do with Royal Mail.
tu 23 Mar
2021
PC TipsLife Skills 38 : The first law of electronics is It's always the lead; the second law is the same as the first.  The cable bending where ... more here
mo 15 Feb
2021

PC TipsPic in Windows photos viewerDon't know why it's taken us years to trip over this.  In Windows 10 photo viewer double click on an image and it zooms up, hold and drag to move the image about, and double click again to zoom back ... l♥ve it.

su 24 Jan
2021

PC TipsMost writers find it difficult to edit themselves so here are some useful tips from Gemma Arrowsmith on how to get the page count down.

th 10 Dec
2020

PC TipsWindows 10  feature update 20H2 this morning had two cracks at installing and prompted a .NET update.  Unsurprisingly the feature update suggests using Microsoft's browser, search engine and a free try of 365 so you can pay for it later.

su 6 Dec
2020

PC TipsInevitably we don't like Facebook 's new makeover.  Particularly frustrating is the option to change the order of an album's photos seems to have gone.

th 22 Oct
2020

PC TipsWe're back on Twitter and it only took four days ... it's taken us months to get a dental appointment.

tu 20 Oct
2020

PC TipsIf you inadvertently put the camera on the iPhone in your pocket into panorama mode it soon becomes a very acceptable hand warmer.

sa 26 Sep
2020

PC TipsWith our Apple devices we often remove the sense when typing by not noticing autosuggest has changed something.  Despite this we've turned autosuggest+ on for Windows 10 ... we'll let you know how it goes ...

mo 19 Oct
2020

PC TipsEmbarrassingly our Twitter account has been locked.  When we opened the account we were still at junior school and the software ... more here

fr 18 Sep
2020

PC TipsNew to Freeview Sky Arts is on channel 11 which was Pick.  Pick is now on channel 34 and no, we don't know what was on channel 34 before.

tu 8Sep
2020

PC TipsIf you receive an unexpected and perhaps unexplained parcel (it happens a lot at this end of Stately Terrace) it may be a brushing scam but it doesn't mean you've been hacked.

we 24 Jun
2020

Online auctioneers eBayPC TipsIf you go through the online process to return an eBay item, get to the end and then want to go back to the beginning to change the reason for return DON'T click Cancel.  If you cancel a return you can't start another one for the same item.

tu 9 Jun
2020

PC TipsWe've always found it irritating that when you delete (or move) a link in the Chrome browser bookmarks pulldown it closes the pullldown.  To do more than one change open the Bookmark manager with Ctrl + Shift + O (that's Oh not zero).  In what seems like some slightly mad recursion you can save the Bookmark manager as a bookmark ...

mo 6 Apr
2020

PC TipsWhen Windows 10 fired up this morning it offered to make our life betterLink your phone and PC by selling us Office 365 for eighty quid a year and linking our mobile to the pc.  We thought it could make our life better by leaving us alone but despite this perhaps foolishly gave it our mobile number for linking.  After texts/passwords/verifications we now have Microsoft's Edge browser on our iPhone ... we'll let you know if our life gets any better.

tu 24 Mar
2020

PC TipsSunday we had our first virtual dinner London-Dorset-Framlingham-Zurich via application Zoom and an iPad.  Quite touching to see and hear Lady KRJ's two little boys chattering and eating spaghetti.  Helps if you can get your device a little away, it puts you in context:)

th 30 Jan
2020

PC TipsThe BBC red button text service didn't switch off today.  After a petition from the National Federation of the Blind the decision will be reviewed in the spring ... though the red button itself doesn't seem to know this yet.

su 19 Jan
2020

PC Tipsrecycled tipUseful keyboard shortcut is Windows + E which pops up file explorer with Frequent folders and Recent files ... go on, try it.

mo 30 Dec
2019

PC TipsThat there Ed Sheraton in 2006 and Earl SohamWe find in the morning the BBC red button text service a succinct way of checking that the world is still going to hell in a handcart.  Regrettably the text service is closing 30 January.  We've tried the Beeb's news app but it's a bit tabloid for our taste ... Nine things you didn't know about that there Ed Sheraton. ♫

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