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mo 18 Mar
2024

Apple's lightning connectorPC TipsAs plugs have got smaller in this connected digital world (Apple's lightning and the increasingly ubiquitous USB type C) the tolerances of the physical dimensions must be more critical.  Our experience is the cheaper varieties can be a sloppy fit and consequently less reliable.

tu 16 Jan
2024

Radio 4 Long WaveRadio 4 Long Wave is not going away but from March (or possibly April) it will no longer have its own programming like the Shipping Forecast PC Tipsand the 198kHz broadcast frequency will still be maintained as an off air standard (see under Tech Spec).

tu 21 Nov
2023

PC TipsIf you find that the Microscoft Edge has started opening at startup and you prefer another web browser you can stop Edge by going Windows key/Settings/Apps and at the bottom of the list on the left Startup.

fr 8 Sep
2023

PC TipsMicroscoft have been pratting about again, this time adding an intrusiveFilmstrip Off/On toggle filmstrip to the bottom of the Photos viewer.  Thankfully you can turn it off; click on the See more three dots at the top of the Photos window, click Settings at the list bottom and then there's a Filmstrip Off/On toggle under Personalisation.

we 16 Aug
2023

PC Tips Highlight on your profileOn one of your Twitter (it'll be a while before it's X) posts click the three dot menu.  You'll get the option to Highlight ... but it's only available if you pay to be verified.  Lets hope Elon Musk does get beaten up in a cage and hopefully he'll stop pratting about with Twitter for a bit..

tu 25 Apr
2023
ANZAC Day

Power bankThere are at least two gotchas that might catch you out withPC Tips a power bank a rechargeable battery that can be used to charge other devices.  You need a less common USB lead to charge the power bank and on this one the green light means it's around a third charged not fully charged.

we 2 Nov
2022

PC TipsThe last time we can recall using a fax was for accreditation with Essex Police for Operation Utah and it seemed clunky then.  Seems the fax is joining Betamax, the tamagotchi (though you can still buy them) and 8 track cartridges.

th 8 Sep
2022

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

we 31 Aug
2022

PC TipsAdobe Lightroom started telling us the driver for the Intel display adaptor Intel Driver & Support Assistant on our HP workstation was out of date and could cause problems.  Windows Update and HP Support Assistant didn't know about the update but not surprisingly Intel Driver & Support Assistant did ... just saying.

sa 30 Jul
2022

PC TipsSending large files by email can be a bit hit or miss.  We've found WeTransfer.com very useful, you don't have to open an account, you don't have to pay and your recipient gets an email with a link to download your files zipped into one ... pretty much instantaneous and much less risky than a DVD in the post.

mo 11 Jul
2022

PC TipsWorth repeating; in Word highlight a word or phrase.  Whilstrecycled tip holding down the shift key press and release the user key F3 ... now do it again ... and do it again, good eh?  Works for other apps as well.

su 1 May
2022

PC TipsAfter 25 years the other Alexa (an Amazon company) has retired, Semrush is probably the best substitute.

sa 23 Apr
2022
St George's Day

PC TipsWe were pretty sniffy about new Freeview channel W but it is repeating sitcom My Family though seemingly the ones without Nick.  Don't expect any better from Talk TV going live Monday on channel 237, ironically just ... more here

fr 29 Apr
2022

nearthecoast's FaceBook pageFacebook have been pratting about with the pix at the top of a page (the cover); it's too PC Tipsbig, low res and by default the top half is missing when landing.  We dislike it so much we deleted it and FB then replaced it with a grey wilderness.  We gave up, laid back and thought of England ... and another thing the associated slideshow editor is buggy, clearly Wayne the work experience kid hasn't been properly supervised.

su 3 Apr
2022

PC TipsThe HP Support Assistant on our workstation is generallyHP Support Assistant annoying; it nags, is slow and usually unhelpful though it did recently point out the security on our User Account Control wasn't high enough.  Mind you it made a dog's breakfast of a recent BIOS upgrade.

tu 29 Mar
2022

PC TipsFreeview tv channels seem to continually change.  Freeview channel W promo on YouTubeYesterday channel 25 which was once ITV4 (for Le Tour and now on channel 26) became W.  Despite the promo W seems to be mostly some progs off of ITV and the same mix of emergency service and property shows just like most of the other channels.

fr 18 Mar
2022

PC TipsIn January the other Alexa said they were retiring in May but they already seemed to have shuffled off for pub lunches and Croc wearing.

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