Category: Articles

18/07/15

Permalink 08:07:00 am by Eugene Gardner, Categories: General, Articles
A decent new printer/copier/scanner will cost about £65 currently so should you ditch the old printer at the first sign of a missed line ? No.  Although it is not worth spending too much time trying to resurrect a typical domestic printer there are a f… more »

17/07/15

Permalink 08:06:00 am by Eugene Gardner, Categories: General, Articles
Windows 10 (the last such release of Windows - the '10' to be gradually dropped) is due for release at the end of this month and will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users.  I have a pre-release beta test version running on a PC here in my works… more »

07/04/15

Permalink 08:23:00 pm by Eugene Gardner, Categories: Articles
Say you find yourself in a cheap motel on the wrong side of the tracks.  There's no ethernet signal available but you can pick up a mobile phone signal.  You can use your smart phone to make the internet available to other devices - tethering - can be d… more »

03/04/15

Permalink 04:33:00 pm by Eugene Gardner, Categories: Articles
When I am given a laptop to repair I always ask for the power adapter.  This is not because I don't have a perfectly good £30 universal adapter of my own, but so that I can measure the voltage and check the current.  It's a bit like air dusting and vacu… more »

26/03/15

Permalink 10:15:00 am by Eugene Gardner, Categories: Articles
One of the items on my suggested housekeeping tasks is to check the state of your surge protector.  Some people don't bother or worse, don't even have one. All mains connected electrical equipment worth more than about £10 (the cost of a cheap surge pr… more »

14/02/15

Permalink 07:39:00 pm by Eugene Gardner, Categories: Articles
So here’s the thing – if you are kind enough to invite me round for dinner and afterwards place a cup of coffee before me I will feel bad.  I’d appreciate the gesture but I don’t drink coffee so I would either have to drink it (yuk) to avoid upsetting y… more »

18/01/15

Permalink 09:29:00 am by Eugene Gardner, Categories: General, Articles
It is sometimes interesting to know how your broadband speed is varying over time, or perhaps check on the quality of your line graphically.  Two free tools that help this are Jack Dinn's AutoSpeedTester available from http://www.gmwsoftware.co.uk/  Th… more »

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