Newsletters

January 2022 Windows 11

This newsletter is about Microsoft’s new Windows 11 (released in 2021) and its impact. There are some important things that are worth pointing out first, and probably only one or two of them will affect you, but as long as you can pick them out this will hopefully be worthwhile. If you can’t, or if

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December 2021 Bitdefender Free is going

Sorry to bother you twice in one month – normally twice in one year is a lot for me – but something has come up that might be bothering a few of you, that I need to address. BitDefender, the antivirus that I have wholeheartedly recommended for the last 5 years or so, is pulling

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June 2021 Papers and refurbished PCs

There are 2 reasons for this email, the first is to tell you that I have stopped advertising in the local newspapers. I stopped for a while during the lockdowns and didn’t notice much of a difference to my workload, so I decided to save some money, but I have since come across one or

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July 2020 Covid

As some of you are already aware, I have recently started doing home visits again and I wanted to let you all know this, in case you have been saving up your computer problems. I also wanted to let you know that when I do make a home visit, I arrive wearing a face-covering, with

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August 2019 Windows 7 End of Support

This newsletter is particularly aimed at those of you running Windows 7 on your PC’s, though sooner or later those of you running Windows 8 will find themselves in the same boat, so it’s probably worth thinking about it sooner than later, not least because like most people I know, I think getting off of

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April 2017 Backups – Yet Again!

I’m afraid that I am going to get on my hobby horse, again– I do this when I start to see a rise in the number of a specific type of problem as I go about my daily visits. If you are using a computer then there will almost certainly be some files that are

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April 2015 Backups (Again)

Backups, Recovery Disks and Windows 10. It was a while ago when I last wrote about backups, but I think it is probably time to go into it again. It is scary how often I find myself at someone’s house with a messed up computer, and no backup. It is an easy thing to do

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March 2014 Windows XP Warning

I’ve got Windows XP! DO I NEED TO PANIC? Here’s a topic I am increasingly being asked about, and not surprisingly as Microsoft keep telling XP users that the end of the world is nigh come the 8th April 2014! So what does it mean? How does it affect you? What – if anything –

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February 2013 Online Payments

Online Payments Here’s another topic that I find myself repeating a lot, and it’s an important one, namely making payments for stuff on the internet. How can you minimise the risks of paying for products or services online? Well, here are a couple of very simple things you can do, to make yourself feel safer

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January 2013 Email

ISP Email Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) gives you email addresses for free. Very nice of them isn’t it? Well in one way it isn’t! If you use these email addresses, then it makes it harder for you to leave them should you ever find a cheaper or better or more convenient broadband alternative, or

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March 2012 Home Networks

Dear All, Hi! It’s your friendly local neighbourhood all-things-PC fixer-upper. I hope that your PC(s) and/or Laptop(s), Wireless and Wired Networks, Websites and the like are all working the way you want them to. OK, this time I want to talk a bit about home networks, something which most of you will have, but many

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September 2012 Cash Back

Dear All, Hi again! It’s your friendly local neighbourhood all-things-IT fixer-upper. I hope that all of your PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Wireless and Wired Networks, Websites and the like are all working the way you want them to. This time I wanted to talk about something different that a lot of people are missing out on

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October 2011 Backups

Dear All, Hi! It’s your friendly local neighbourhood all-things-PC fixer-upper. I hope that your PC(s) and/or Laptop(s), Wireless and Wired Networks, Websites and the like are all working the way you want them to. This time I want to talk very briefly about backups. It never ceases to amaze me how often people don’t make

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October 2011 Backups – Additional Detail

Dear All This time I want to talk a bit about backups. It never ceases to amaze me how often people don’t make backups of any kind. Most of you will have something on your computer that you would be upset about losing, be it family photographs or videos, business accounts, that time consuming genealogy

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July 2011 Laptops

Dear All, Hi! It’s your friendly local neighbourhood all-things-PC fixer. I hope your PC(s) and/or Laptop(s), Wireless and Wired Networks, Websites and the like are all working well! I have seen a fair number of clients of late who are having problems with laptops, and every time that I found myself pointing out some simple

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August 2010 AntiSpyware/AntiVirus

Dear All, Sorry to bother you like this – an email appearing every year or so like this could be annoying! I hope all your PC’s, Laptops, Networks, Printers and whatever else you have are all working beautifully. There are a couple of things I thought worthy of passing on this time, the first of

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