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Tech tips: how to blow up your phone when it’s stolen?

January 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
Tech tips: how to blow up your phone when it’s stolen?

Every mobile smart phone comes with an IMEI number which helps police and insurance companies to identify it when it’s stolen. British network operators can then stop a stolen phone from working across their networks with your phone’s IMEI. Find your IMEI number by dialing *#06# from your phone and keep a written note of […]

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In An Emergency, Don’t Break Windows 10 by GF Willmetts.

January 4, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
In An Emergency, Don’t Break Windows 10 by GF Willmetts.

You should read and hardcopy this piece for emergencies. Last night, Windows 10 decided unannounced to do an update, even when it was in sleep mode. Unfortunately, once past the restart and password, all I got was a black screen. Well, that and a ‘Personalised Settings’ announcing that it wasn’t working. Ctr/Alt/Delete revealed the Taskmaster […]

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Coding Owners’ Workshop Manual by Mike Saunders (book review).

December 11, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Coding Owners’ Workshop Manual by Mike Saunders (book review).

A problem often with only seeing a cover of the book on a small scale is that you don’t tend to see or even read all the text. It wasn’t until I got this book, ‘Coding Owners’ Workshop Manual’ that I realised it wasn’t a general programming book for computers but Python, specifically for the […]

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Pure Windows 10: another look by: GF Willmetts.

April 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pure Windows 10: another look by: GF Willmetts.

Early this month, I had a modem failure in my laptop. I get a lot of electrical interference in my area, only this one finally nobbled both its modem and a range extender, which I suspect as probably too close to computer and it got blitzed as well which I discovered much later. One cannot […]

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The Designer’s Dictionary Of Colour by Sean Adams (book review)

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Designer’s Dictionary Of Colour by Sean Adams  (book review)

The problem with a lot of graphic software is that it shows you a selection of colours but no names to associate with them. You have to have a good eye for colour and hope you’ve picked the right shade and hope your videocard’s choice is a match to the colours your printer uses. In […]

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Quantum computer breakthrough.

December 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Quantum computer breakthrough.

Scientists at the University of Sussex have invented a ground-breaking new method that puts the construction of large-scale quantum computers within reach of current technology. Quantum computers could solve certain problems – that would take the fastest supercomputer millions of years to calculate – in just a few milliseconds. They have the potential to create […]

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Windows 10 Again : the w7 moment article by: GF Willmetts

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Windows 10 Again  :   the w7 moment article by: GF Willmetts

With the Windows 10 freebie gone by the end of July (2016 if you’re reading this later), the time for decision as to whether I should install it on my back-up computer. As much as I like Windows 7, the back-up computer is primarily for that and other than Hewlett-Packard not supplying updates for any […]

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Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash (book review).

May 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash (book review).

Despite having a long title, Timothy Garton Ash’s book, ‘Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World’ is something that should be of interest to all of you as it examines just how much control each country has over the medium we all used called the Internet. Thought that might get your attention. With half […]

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How’s Your Computer Today? by GF Willmetts

May 24, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
How’s Your Computer Today?  by GF Willmetts

An odd thing happened the morning after my W10 update of 23 May 2016 (I’m citing the date for longevity of this piece) in that it seemed to be locked in a logic loop with the circle icon whirling around endlessly and no noise from the CPU indicating it was doing further installation. I should […]

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Virtual Billions by Eric Geissinger (book review).

April 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Virtual Billions by Eric Geissinger (book review).

I have to confess that I think I’ve only heard the term ‘Bitcoin’ a couple times and thankfully not ever had to work with the currency. Eric Geissinger’s book, ‘Virtual Billions’, explains its history as well as how normal money systems evolved. The latter, I was originally familiar with, as indeed, I suspect most of […]

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