Category: Articles

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 »

04/10/14

Permalink 05:56:00 pm by Eugene Gardner, Categories: General, Articles
Most printers bought today have a wireless card and so can be used from any device anywhere. This can happen in different ways. Typically you will run the printer manufacturer's installation program on your computer that will guide you through settin… more »

06/09/14

Permalink 09:54:00 am by Eugene Gardner, Categories: General, Articles
The word on the street is that Windows 9 will, as OS X and Linux have for years, support virtual desktops – the ability to group many programs’ windows and move the whole lot on/off the display together.  The functionality is available now free by runni… more »

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