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sa 18 Jan

recycled tipPC TipsPerhaps obvious but if your wireless mouse/keyboard gobbles batteries get some rechargeable batteries and a charger.  Rechargeable batteries come in ... more here

fr 4 Jan

PC TipsA bit techie but if you have your own web site this might be interesting.   We hadn't visited Google's PageSpeed Insights for quitenearthecoast.com 100% speed score a while.  Today we discovered it's had a major makeover, doesn't optimise graphics anymore and it looks like Lighthouse buried in the Chrome browser is more useful.  (Lighthouse didn't like our robots.txt file but 100 speed score.)  Yes, we're confused too.

th 20 Dec

Amazon Basics USB leadThis week we ordered an Amazon Basics USB leadPC Tips, when it arrived we'd ordered the wrong thing.  Shall we bother sending it back?  Decided yes more out of principle than financial gain.  Went through the return process and at the end Amazon said they'd refunded our credit card but we didn't need to send the lead back ... Merry Christmas eh?

tu 4 Dec

PC TipsAmazon 30-Day Free TrialAmazon have sent us a card inviting us to try a second 30 day free trial with a letter telling us we won't believe the changes they've made.  Hopefully this time they wouldn't start charging our credit card without warning.

mo 12 Nov

PC Tipsrecycled tipHopefully you know about Have you tried turning it off and on again?  It should work with anything that has control programming: washing machines, digital ... more here

tu 23 Oct

PC TipsA chum complained to us that on the pop up print window (Ctrl + P) in web browser Chrome the Print button had changed to Save.  We fixed it by clicking on Change... where Print Destinations was set to Save as PDF and changing the destination to a printer.

tu 2 Oct

PC TipsUseful keyboard shortcut is Windows + E which pops up file explorer with Frequent folders and Recent files ... go on, try it.

tu 11 Sep

PC TipsWindows 10 taskbar settingsOften an extra line at the bottom of the screen would be useful.  We sort of created one by setting the taskbar to auto hide (right click on the taskbar/Taskbar settings/Automatically hide .. more here

we 29 Aug

PC TipsBBC RadioWhen listening to a BBC radio station on Freeview you can get the red button ... who would have thought?

th 9 Aug

Windows Magnifier windowWe recently had to copy a postal address in thePC Tips Russian alphabet from an email to a package with a non-digital pen.  To make the foreign address easier to ... more here

mo 16 Jul

nearthecoast on that there FacepackPC TipsLooks like Facebook is uploading pix in hires by default so we've reduced the size of our uploads.  Don't mind you using our pix for editorial as long as you credit us AS A LINK, making the pix is work for us so to acknowledge it for hires we make a nominal charge.

th 5 Jul

PC TipsRoy: Have you tried turning it off, counting to ten (gives your un/sub/conscious a chance to get your attention and point out where your getting it wrong), and turning it on again.

sa 16 Jun

Mr Google's letterPC TipsThat Mr Google has been not very nice to us over the past couple of years so when we received a letter (a letter not an email) from him this morning we thought maybe he was worried he'd offended us ... no, he was suggesting that if we give him £120 he might be a bit nicer to us.

sa 2 Jun

PC TipsBT router with useful thingyOur previous BT router had a useful pull out thingy on the top with the logon details.  When we got our new and present router the useful thingy on the top had gone, What a pity we thought.  We moved the new router last week and discovered there's still a useful thingy but it's on the side.

fr 11 May

PC TipsWindows ME Quick Start GuideDo you recall Windows Millennium Edition?  Released in September 2000 (a year before Win XP) it was Windows 98 with some extra goodies like Movie Maker.  We always suspected that Lady KRJ thought everybody else's copy said Windows Kate ...

th 3 May

Thunderbird email appThunderbird is the free multiple Operating System email app that's particularly useful if you're running an older OS.  It's moved from thePC Tips Mozilla web site to its own domain ... hopefully we don't have to have a bad feeling about this.

th 5 Apr

PC TipsWe've pointed out/complained before that if you use RAW files and upgrade your camera be prepared to upgrade your edit software as well.  More recently we found our newer camera had a new to us USB Superspeed 3 connector so we had no lead to tether it to a laptop, older camera would tether but wouldn't work properly with the new to us flashes ... same old same old.

fr 23 Mar

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

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