Stop the annoying green bar in Explorer windows

When opening an Explorer window you sometimes have to wait while a green bar very slowly works its way across the address box at the top. This can happen occasionally to everyone, but to some people it is a constant irritation. What is going on and [...]

2014/04/17 // 5 Comments

How to uninstall Office 2013 properly

It is easy to install software and try it out, so why isn't it just as easy to uninstall software? Uninstallers rarely perform a complete removal of software and there are often files and folders remaining, registry entries and so on. It really [...]

2014/04/15 // 0 Comments

Change the icon and colour of Windows 8 tiles

The Start screen in Windows can be customised to a certain degree, but what about the tiles? Do you like the icon on them? Do you like the colours they use? Would you like a different icon and colour scheme? It is possible, although with [...]

2014/04/14 // 0 Comments

The best way to get free Linux distros

There are many different versions of Linux available and the number runs into the hundreds. It can be interesting trying them and some are really good. If you want to download and try these Linux distros, what is the best way and where do you get [...]

2014/04/11 // 0 Comments

Disable the charms bar in Windows 8

The charms bar in Windows 8 is that panel of icons that keeps on popping up on the right hand side of the screen. It can easily be triggered accidentally and it can be very irritating when you do this. How do you get rid of [...]

2014/04/08 // 0 Comments

Play radio stations with Banshee in Linux

Banshee is a media player that is frequently bundled with Linux distros and it is a handy app for playing music. It has a built in radio facility, but the app does not give any clues as to how to use it. Here is how to add radio stations and play [...]

2014/04/05 // 2 Comments

Which email program is best for Windows?

A desktop email program has not been supplied with Windows since Vista and neither 7 nor 8 has ever had one. Many users that have kept up with Microsoft’s operating system have already sorted out their email requirements, but with the end of [...]

2014/04/04 // 0 Comments

Show recently added files and photos in Windows

The Pictures folder or library in Windows is ideal for storing photos and you can organise them into subfolders by date, occasion, subject or whatever is most useful. How do you view the most recently added photos though? It is easier than you might [...]

2014/04/03 // 0 Comments

Recognise text in Google Keep images

Google Keep is a note taking app that can be accessed in a browser on the web, or using an app on your phone or tablet, and it works everywhere. It is a convenient place to store text, images, lists and other [...]

2014/04/03 // 0 Comments

Amazon Fire TV is an Apple TV killer

   Apple TV hasn’t had much competition and has mostly had the set top box market to itself for several years now. Steve Jobs famously called it a hobby. Now Amazon has released Fire TV, which goes way beyond what Apple TV does and it looks like [...]

2014/04/02 // 0 Comments

Edit images in slides on Google Drive

Google's apps on Drive just keep getting better and in a recent update the facility to edit images within slides in presentations has been added. They can be cropped, frames and masks applied, and more. To see the new editing features that have been [...]

2014/03/31 // 0 Comments

Boost privacy with self destructing cookies

Whether cookies are harmless or whether they are evil devices for tracking people's activities on the internet is debateable. If you believe the latter you might want to take a look at a Firefox add-on called Self Destructing Cookies. It protects [...]

2014/03/29 // 0 Comments

Get dictionary definitions in your browser

There are around a quarter of a million words in the English language and that figure does not include technical terms, scientific words and slang. That's just ordinary everyday language and if you include every word used by English speakers the [...]

2014/03/27 // 0 Comments

Intel’s hot new processors for 2014

Intel is working on new processors and technologies for 2014 that will bring some exciting developments to the market. The company is focusing on all-in-one (AIO) computers that does away with the old separate boxes for the system and monitor. There [...]

2014/03/24 // 0 Comments

What is a webp file?

Have you ever been browsing the web and after seeing an image you would like to save and use elsewhere, you right click it and select the save facility only to find that it wants to save as a .webp file? What is a .webp file and why is it used on [...]

2014/03/23 // 0 Comments

What to do with Windows XP when support ends

If you have read some of the reports on the internet about Windows XP you might wonder if the world will end on April 8th. It seems that your computer will either stop working or instantly become the target for every malware and hacker out there. Is [...]

2014/03/23 // 0 Comments

Create photo panoramas in Linux

Panoramic photographs provide fantastic views that show you what you would see if you stood at a spot and turned and looked in every direction. There are two problems though. One is that your camera or mobile phone may not have a panorama function [...]

2014/03/22 // 0 Comments

Choose which version of Internet Explorer to open

There are two versions of Internet Explorer in Windows 8 and this can lead to some confusion. There is a full screen version of IE that can be opened from the Start screen and the desktop version that can be run on the old desktop. When you click a [...]

2014/03/20 // 0 Comments

Microsoft introduces a new mouse

Touch sensitive screens are great on a mobile phone and are much better than keys. Touch is also fantastic on a tablet and it is intuitive and easy to use. Touch on a desktop or laptop computer is completely different and despite Microsoft building [...]

2014/03/19 // 0 Comments

New version of Microsoft Office coming

Microsoft has announced that there are now 3.5 million subscribers to Office 365, the suite of applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The company has also revealed that there will be a new version of this suite and the aim is to boost [...]

2014/03/16 // 0 Comments

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