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fr 29 Apr

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 6 Dec

PC TipsInevitably we don't like Facebook's new makeover.  Particularly frustrating is the option to change the order of an album's photos seems to have gone.

th 22 Oct

PC TipsWe're back on Twitter and it only took four days ... it's taken us months to get a dental appointment.

mo 19 Oct

PC TipsEmbarrassingly our Twitter account has been locked.  When we openednearthecoast on Twitter (sort of) the account we were still at junior school and the software wouldn't let us set our true year of birth.  This June we turned 13 and we could set our year of birth to 2007.  Regrettably Twitter then concluded we must have been underage when the account was opened and locked it.  We've appealed but like everyone else on the planet Covid-19 has slowed them down ... 

tu 21 May

PC TipsAfter Twitter's recent makeover you can no longer save a tweet's largenearthecoast on Twitter pic by right clicking on the small pic you have to click through to the large pic and save that.  The large pic is now default saved with a jpg extension rather than the previous and unhelpful jpg-large.

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 to www.nearthecoast.com.  For hires we make a nominal charge.

fr 23 Feb

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).

su 14 Jan

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.

mo 25 Jan
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PC TipsWe put pix on Flickr so peeps can see them and you Flickr beta group interface get more people seeing them if you add pix to groups.  Flickr makes it easy to join groups but soon you're swamped and it's not that easy to leave groups ... unless your using the Beta group interface.  Hover just below the top toolbar and a pink line will appear offering you the Beta interface, click it.  In the Beta interface click on a circular icon on the far left of the group list and then Joined in the resulting pop up and you'll get the Leave this group dialogue.

we 11 Nov

nearthecoast on TwitterPC TipsOn Twitter yesterday FAVORITES (sic) became LIKES ... don't know what that tells us about the world.

mo 22 Jun

PC TipsThere are web sites which point out which of a tweeter'sclick three dots to mute many Twitter friends have unfollowed.  If you don't want to offend by unfollowing but can't stand the blether you can mute, click on the three dots at the bottom of an irritating tweet.

tu 2 Jun

PC TipsAnnoying that Ryanair who abandoned us in Spain for 26 hoursclick three dots to block without any recompense have started advertising on Twitter but you can block the sender of a sponsored tweet just like someone you follow, click on the three dots at the bottom of the irritating tweet.

sa 21 Feb

PC TipsIncreasingly the main Facebook activity of friends is sharing irritatingly cute or cruel videos that auto start if your mouse pointer goes anywhere near them.  Not only irritating but bandwidthFacebook vdieo settings consuming too and sometimes annoying enough we've unfriended the acquaintance.  Perhaps overkill because you can turn the auto start off: click the down arrow top right on a Facebook page, Settings, Videos (bottom left) and change Auto-play Videos from Default to Off ... Ahhhhh, that's better.

mo 30 Jun

PC TipsYour Twitter header may look brilliant on your phone but it will look rubbish on any decent sized computer display unless you've uploaded a high resolution pic ... like we did.

su 22 Sep

PC TipsA little while back Flickr without warningnearthecoast's Flickr photostream changed the way a user's photostream was shown and most snappers seemed to hate it.  Having got used to it we think it displays pix to visitors in a more engaging way but it's very short on info for the owner of those pix.  Add ?details=1 to the url for your photostream and you get the old display back.

sa 23 Feb

PC TipsWe're late adopters so have only now added a header pic to our Twitter profile.  Click on the gear wheel top nearthecoast's Twitter profilerow second from right and then Edit profile.  The online editor allows you to zoom in and out and move the frame about but the secret is to start with a pic where the interest is to towards the top because Twitter darkens the bottom half to make the text stand out.

fr 8 Jun

PC Tips Select an optionWith Facebook's new timeline you can still move photos from one album to another and choose the album cover but it took us a while to find out how.  You go to the album you want to edit and click Edit album in the row below the the album title, now here's the hidden bit point the mouse at the top right hand corner of the pic you want to move or whatever and a down arrow should appear.  Click on the down arrow and you will get this menu.

tu 22 May

PC TipsThe New Cut Halesworth on FacebookWhen you first register on Facebook it actively encourages you to register as a person not as an organisation, club or group ... but the New Cut Halesworth seem to have got away with it.

fr 10 Feb

PC TipsOh poo!  Twitter has just had a major makeover rubbishing yesterday's PC tip.  The shortcuts still seem to work but can't find any documentation, might start using TweetDeck more ...

Later This Day in History:  There it is, click on the pull down by the little head and shoulders top second from right, Keyboard shortcuts.

th 9 Feb

PC TipsTwitter shortcutsOn Twitter look to the right and then down, in between About and Resources there's Shortcuts.  Click it to find a whole hatful of keyboard shortcuts including g f to find the elusive Favorites(sic).

th 27 Oct

PC TipsFlickr lightbox modeWhen viewing a single photo in Flickr clicking on the photo or pressing L will toggle the lightbox mode on and off.  In lightbox mode pressing the right or left arrow keys will move to the adjacent photo.  The cursor control → and ← keys are usually kept on the right of the keyboard with the ↓↑ keys.

we 7 Sep

PC TipsWhen you click on an album photo in Facebook for a while nowFacebook 'theatre' mode it's been popping up in 'theatre' mode which has the advantage that it's aware of the window size and resizes the photo.  The ESCape key puts you back to the album but user key F5 displays the photo in the old non-theatre mode.

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