Add top gadgets to the Windows 7 desktop

It is a shame that Microsoft abandoned desktop gadgets because they were a great feature of Windows 7. They partly died out because few people used them, but this was because Microsoft gave little support. Other developers created some fine gadgets [...]

2014/06/05 // 0 Comments

Use a NAS drive with Windows 8 File History backup

File History is a new way to back up your files in Windows 8 and it replaces the old backup facilities that were in previous versions of the operating system. The problem is that people never bothered to back up. This one is simpler, you don’t [...]

2014/06/04 // 0 Comments

Add a preview pane to Gmail

Google Mail is not like other email services and people either love it hate it. One of the ways in which it is different is that it does not have a preview pane. Do you miss it? do you wish Gmail had one? You can add [...]

2014/06/03 // 0 Comments

Enhance browser security with Avira Browser Safety

Security is a constant worry and when you are using the internet there is always someone, somewhere that is watching you. Mostly it is harmless and advertisers are always trying to get better information about the people that see their adverts, [...]

2014/06/01 // 1 Comment

Add topics, sources, feeds to the Windows 8 News app

Do you use the News app on the Windows 8 Start screen? If you haven’t yet explored its capabilities, you might be surprised by what it can do. For example, it can be configured to fetch only the news you are interested in and it can filters out [...]

2014/05/30 // 0 Comments

Store Broker high CPU usage solved in Windows 8

An odd thing happened recently and I noticed that the fan on the computer was working harder than it should be. It wasn’t going flat out, but it was clearly audible when it is usually very quiet. This is a sign that the computer is working hard on [...]

2014/05/27 // 2 Comments

Solve problems with OneDrive and backup software

OneDrive, or SkyDrive as it used to be called, is Microsoft's online cloud storage facility and it is very useful for storing documents, photos, work files and so on, especially if you use multiple computers and/or devices. Have you found that [...]

2014/05/24 // 0 Comments

Discover alternatives to popular websites

There are tens of millions of websites on the internet, but how do you discover them? Many people know the popular sites for news, sport, their favourite hobby or interest and so on, but obviously these are not the only sites that cover these topics [...]

2014/05/23 // 0 Comments

The Microsoft Surface 3 is king of its market

Yesterday Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3 and it is already a market leading product that blows away all competitors. That is because it is very nearly the only product in its market and there aren’t many competitors. I have seen one or two [...]

2014/05/21 // 0 Comments

Replace Windows Firewall with Comodo Firewall

Windows already has a firewall, so why would you need another one? That’s a bit like saying Windows comes with Paint, so why get a photo editor, or it already has WordPad, a word processor, so why bother with Word? Windows Firewall is simply very [...]

2014/05/17 // 0 Comments

Solve Windows 8 store problems and app issues

If you are experiencing problems accessing the Windows 8 Store using the Store tile, if you cannot update Windows 8 apps, or if Windows 8 live tiles don’t update on the Start screen, here is a collection of possible solutions. Most people don’t [...]

2014/05/13 // 0 Comments

Secure USB flash memory drives in Linux

USB flash memory drives (thumb drives or pen drives as some people call them), are great for carrying files from one computer to another, such as from work to home, or even from your desktop to your laptop. Unfortunately though, they are very easy [...]

2014/05/12 // 0 Comments

Discover useful IP addresses on your network

Computers work with IP addresses rather than the names and URLs that people use. Your computer has an IP address, your router has an IP address, a NAS (network attached storage) drive has an IP address, even wireless printers have IP addresses. How [...]

2014/05/08 // 0 Comments

Customise Quick views in Windows Live mail

Windows Live Mail is a reasonably good email client that can be used for standard POP3 mail or online webmail like Gmail, and Yahoo! Mail. If you are used to Outlook Express running on XP, it makes sense to switch to Windows Live Mail [...]

2014/05/06 // 0 Comments

Monitor web pages for changes automatically

Sometimes you want to know the minute a website or web page changes and it could be because of a breaking news story, concert tickets for your favourite artist going on sale, a new job listing you have been waiting for, and so on. Having to visit [...]

2014/05/04 // 1 Comment

Set the default save location in Windows 8

Create a new document or file in an application in Windows 8, then go to the Save facility and you might find that it always defaults to the same location - OneDrive. It might be irritating if you don’t want to use that location and it is possible [...]

2014/04/30 // 0 Comments

Use Microsoft Office in Linux

Microsoft Office is the standard when it comes to word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. It is used in millions of offices around the world and the file format has become a standard way to exchange documents. It runs on Windows and Apple [...]

2014/04/29 // 0 Comments

Remove web clutter with Readability for Chrome

Some web pages are so cluttered that it is hard to read the actual content. There are menu bars, banner and skyscraper adverts, sharing buttons, links to other pages, comments and more. To make matters worse, many page elements trigger effects as [...]

2014/04/26 // 0 Comments

Search Word for invisible characters like tab and return

People do strange things in Word and if you work with documents created by others you will find odd things like lots of extra spaces at the end of lines and paragraphs, extra carriage returns where none is needed, multiple tabs, section breaks and [...]

2014/04/25 // 0 Comments

Back up Sticky Notes before you lose them

Do you use sticky notes or Sticky Notes? The first kind are those paper notes with a sticky strip at the top that you can stick to your monitor, desk, fridge door and other places. The second kind is the computer version in Windows that lets you [...]

2014/04/21 // 0 Comments

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