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fr 23 Mar
2018

PC TipsBT CloudFive years ago we didn't bother backing up to BT's Cloud as it didn't retain the source file structure.  Given time even mega organisations sort ... more here

fr 9 Mar
2018

Eneloop v LADDA recycle testWe've banged on about rechargeable batteries before.  Recently we bought eight Eneloop AAsPC Tips for a sizeable £20 but boy they made our flashes fly, they recycle faster than we've ever seen before.  Then we found this YouTube vid proving that the half the price Ikea LADDAs were even faster, but do they hold a charge well when not in use?

fr 23 Feb
2018

PC TipsWish we'd found this sooner, you can stop those bloody annoying nearthecoast on Twitteranimated gifs in Twitter auto-starting.  Click your Twitter profile pic top right, go Settings and privacy, halfway down unselect Video auto play and then Save changes.  BE WARNED you may have to enter your Twitter password to confirm the change(s).

we 7 Feb
2018

Freview changes Wednesday 7 FebruaryTODAY around near the coast Freeview will need re-scanning if it doesn'tPC Tips do it for itself.  No advantage to near the coast, the great and the good are moving some frequencies because they think they can make some money out of it.

su 14 Jan
2018

PC TipsIf you right click/Save Image as... on a small pic in a Twitter feed you nearthecoast on Twitterwill save the source usually bigger pic.  If you click on the small pic to see the source pic then Save Image as... comes up with the unhelpful file extension jpg_large and with multiple pix Save Image as... goes away completely.

fr 29 Dec
2017

S-VHS and USB video captureWe recently transferred a twenty year old S-VHSPC Tips tape to DVD using a nine quid USB capture adaptor from eBay and then made three copies of the DVD.  At nine pounds we didn't really expect the hardware and software to work, it did but it took some three days of fiddling about.  This video very much helped with the copying.

fr 8 Dec
2017

PC TipsWe upgraded one of the four hard discs in a Netgear NAS (Network Attached Storage) from 1Tbyte to 2.  The NAS did recreate the data on the new disc from the original three but it took nearly two days.

we 22 Nov
2017
St Cecilia's Day patron saint of musicians

PC TipsIt seems that Microscoft have been pratting about with the photo viewer in the latest Win10 upgrade.  The slideshow icon has disappeared but user key f5 will do it; and there's now a different response to the magnifying glass zoom so useful to know that Ctrl + mouse wheel will zoom a pic.

sa 4 Nov
2017

PC TipsWith our admittedly elderly iPhone 5s we've found that turning Bluetooth off reduces battery drain.  After a recent ios version 11 upgrade we found Bluetooth was on again, so we turned it off ... again.

su 22 Oct
2017

PC TipsPaper pickup roller on HP laser printerOur HP laser printer stopped picking up paper from the horizontal paper tray.  We cleaned the pickup roller with a micro-fibre cloth, no difference.  Oh poo, gonna have to buy a new printer.  An online H-P maintenance page said to clean the roller with water ... that did it!

th 28 Sep
2017

PC TipsIt's taken three attempts for BT to actually dispatch a router/hub, hopefully it will arrive today.  Worth tracking online and complaining sooner rather than later, we complain via the online chat.

th 14 Sep
2017

PC TipsAcronis softwareWhen upgrading a hard or solid state disc Acronis is really useful for cloning the old disc to new and these days the software doesn't have to ... more here

fr 25 Aug
2017

pc tips/the Internet has spawned a social media page.

th 24 Aug
2017

PC TipsIt worried us for quite a while that the Windows 10 accent system colour kept changing all by itself on a desktop.  It was happening because we'd set the background to slide show and when the graphic ... more here

th 27 Jul
2017

FreeviewAlthough there's no mention of it on their websitePC Tips Freeviews's channel on Freeview (100) says Wednesday the children's, news, text and streamed channels are moving.  If like us you ... more here

we 19 Jul
2017

PC TipsEmbarrassing how long it took us to work this one out <blush>. SpamFighter SPAMFighter's Block/Unblock/Empty Spam Folder buttons suddenly greyed out so they couldn't be used.  Uninstalled- ... more here

tu 27 Jun
2017

Firefox a free web browserWe have a couple of laptops here still running Windows XP.  We've given up trying to persuade no longer updatedPC Tips browsers Explore and Chrome and email client Outlook Express to run and replaced them with the still maintained and free Firefox and Thunderbird respectively.

su 4 Jun
2017

PC Tipsrecycled tip from May 2007Here's a bit of good clean fun.  Whilst holding down the Windows key press and release R.  This will pop up the Run window.  (The Windows key is usually second left ... more here

th 11 May
2017

PC TipsShould have ignored our own advice, connected two different (admittedly by the standards of flat screen elderly) tvs as a second monitor on a desktop, some the of the screen lost at top and bottom and an image sufficiently soft that though it didn't matter much with graphics it made reading text very hard going.

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