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tu 12 Jul

PC Tips123 regWhen you turn off auto-renew on a domain registration at 123 Reg (123 call it Domain Cancellation) you're told you won't be contacted again about the domain ... not quite true, ICANN require you are given three warnings that a domain is about to lapse.

fr 13 May
Friday the 13th

PC TipsA techy one this time, if you have a server side script running on a Linux server and it's reporting errors which include ^M then a carriage return has crept in from the Windows world.  To fix it use the vi editor on the server to remove the ^M.  The trick is start the editor with the argument -b, this puts vi into binary mode and you can see the carriage return ^M.

we 24 au 16

PC (an Amazon company) is a web site that ranks web sites opining how important they are in the cyber world, it's particularly useful getting an opinion where money is involved.  To give you some markers today the BBC is ranked 98, East Anglian 155,183 and the East African Daily Times 10,108,649.

There is a rewarding addon for your browser that indicates the Alexa ranking of every site visited though very occasionally we've found it slowing the browser down.

we 2 Dec

PC TipsPerhaps it's cynical and habitual journalistic hysteria#bloodychristmas ... eh? interpreting Ofcom's warning as Christmas lights mess up your wifi but a surprisingly informed Guardian article.

we 11 Nov
Armistice Day

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

th 9 Jul

PC TipsTo help declag a pc on the south coast we tried remote assistance ... multiple times.  So we then tried the free (for personal use) and doesn't need an install at the client end TeamViewer.  It connected so quickly it does make you wonder how secure it is.

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.

mo 25 Jan
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

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.

fr 16 Jan

TeamViewer WARNING  TeamViewer is a genuine (and free) remote access/control application software but we've encountered it beingPC Tips used in scams where a gentleman (usually with an Indian accent) phones, says he's from Microsoft and there's a problem with your pc ...

fr19 Dec

PC TipsGoogle image Face searchHere's one we've only just discovered (no doubt you've known it since before computers used valves and helped win the war).  When doing a Google image search if you click on the Search tools button to the right of the Web Maps etc toolbar a second toolbar appears.  If you click the Type pull down there's a Face option.

mo 7 Jul

PC TipsHere in Stately Terrace this am a Win7 desktop couldn't find the Internet, a system rollback past yesterday's Microscoft critical update solved the issue so either the prob was Microscoft perhaps combined with a recent Dreamweaver CS3 install ... just saying.

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.

th 30 Jan

PC TipsIf like us you're a little bemused by the Google page graphic today it's Chinese new year (year of the horse) tomorrow.

su 12 Jan

PC TipsFor years Grisoft's free AVG has been our default anti-virus/malware software but as is the way it's become bloated and greedy ofMicrosoft Security Essentials resources.  Surprisingly for Microsoft their Security Essentials is a tight little beastie that does the job and has become our default, we have it on a Win7 desktop and a laptop and netbook running XP, the only problem has been the netbook's Security Center(sic) initially didn't recognise it.

mo 2 Dec

PC TipsOn the basis you can't be too rich, too thin or have too many backups and finding the freeBT Cloud 5Gig of Google Cloud useful we tried out the 2Gig BT Cloud that comes with a BT broadband account.  Unless we're missing something (and we very well could be) it doesn't retain the filing structure of the source, it just makes one big flat mess of files ... so a bit useless then.

th 14 Nov

PC TipsWhen looking on ebay try searching spelling mistakes, for exampleebay if looking for a necklace try necklis or neklace.  The mistake may be ignorance or a typo but the expectation is a misspelled item will go for less as it shows in fewer searches.

su 11 May

PC TipsA whiles back here in Stately Terrace Framlingham we discovered that disconnecting the house telephone wiring from the master socket (all our handsets are cordless) gave something ... more broadband

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.

fr 7 Jun

PC TipsA danger of digital is the data is so vulnerable, if you're not backed up and you have a hard disc crash then there goes the family photos.  CDs are fiddly and not that reliable, memory sticks are slow and notGoogle Drive really big enough yet and both need to be stored off site for real security.  For all these reasons we've been meaning to try online backup because it must have got better since we last tasted.  Google supply a FREE 5 Gigs online with app Google Drive to sync with your selections on the hard disc.  As you might expect Google Drive downloads and installs very nippily and you put in the folder My Documents/Google Drive what you want backed up and that's it ... except in can take four hours to upload 500 Meg and when we added the live version of this web site to the Google Drive folder things could get very slow indeed.  We took this web site out of Google Drive and though now sometimes things can get slow, particularly at start up, it's acceptable as long as the Google Drive contents are not constantly changing ... gonna try BT Cloud next.

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 Feb

PC TipsIf the power goes off during daylight (like it did the other weekend in Framlingham) looking out the window to see if other people's lights have gone off too won't work.  Here's a cunning ruse if you have a wireless connected smart phone, do a wireless scan and if your neighbours' routers have gone off too then it's a power cut not just you.

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.

mo 19 Nov

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

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

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).

fr 8 Jun

PC TipsSelect 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

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.

su 18 Sep

PC TipsGoogle Earth has gained a timeline control so now like us you can see you old car in 2000 and that the park you played in as a child was still allotments in 1945.

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.

su 13 Jun

PC Tipsscammers Domain Renewal GroupIf you have a web site and you get one of these ignore it, essentially it's a fiddle.  It will almost certainly be cheaper to renew the domain with your present registrar at typically half the price, and they will certainly be contacting you about renewal.

we 24 Feb

PC TipsPicked up a bit of nastiness twice this weekSystem Restore that pretended it had found a virus on our main machine and wouldn't let us do anything except watch it ... so we restarted the pc whilst holding down user key f8, user key f8 opens a DOS type screen and we chose to start Windows in Safe Mode.  Then we used System Restore to roll the system back to before the nastiness appeared; surprisingly straight forward.

tu 5 Jan

PC TipsBefore you throw your dial up modem away remember it's what you use to send a fax, and even now we find occasionally we still have to (the police still use ... more at pc hardware.

su 15 Feb

Select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and then click propertiesWindows XP thinks everything is fine with your network connection but when you try to use the browser or email you get Not found messages.  If you use a router or hub to access the Internet then check the TCP properties of the active network adaptor on the computer (it's entirely likely your PCObtain an IP address automatically has two network adaptors, wired and wireless).  Unless you're pratting about with fixed IPs Obtain an IP address automatically should be set on the General tab so the hub or router can set the IP ... should have got this quicker at Craig's last week but we're not very good before 10am.

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