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we 11 Nov
2015
Armistice Day

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

mo 22 Jun
2015

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.

mo 25 Jan
2016
Burns Night

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.

tu 2 Jun
2015

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
2015

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
2014

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
2013

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
2013

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.

tu 22 May
2012

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.

mo 19 Nov
2012

PC TipsExif data (EXchangeable Image file Format) is embedded in using a Camera Modelpicture files and for most digital cameras includes info about the camera/lens and their settings.  On Flickr it used to be clicking on using a Camera Model on the right popped up the Exif (if the snapper hasn't disabled it) but now you get mini data about the camera and a graph of its usage.  You can still get the Exif info by clicking the Actions pull down on the left above a pic and then View Exif info.

tu 21 Feb
2012

PC TipsFriend or FollowFeeling vindictive?  It's a very human characteristic and here's a good opportunity to apply a little spite ... friendorfollow.com will tell which of those lovely fellow tweeters you follow don't follow you back!

fr 10 Feb
2012

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
2012

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).

fr 8 Jun
2012

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.

th 27 Oct
2011

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
2011

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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