Archive for August, 2010

Hiding GMAIL IMAP folders

19 August 2010

If you use IMAP for gmail there are a number of folders you may want to hide such as “Bin”, “All Mail”, and “Starred.

This is simple to deal with . Just login to Gmail in your web browser, click Settings (top right) and then “Labs” (top right)

Then “Enable” “Advanced IMAP Controls” and then “Save Changes” at the top.

Then click on “Settings” once again (top right) and then on “Labels” and you can hide the folders you no longer want to see in your email client (e.g. Outlook)

It is a very good idea to hide “All Mail” since temptation to delete mail will delete from all email that was filed in folders!


Typing french charachters

12 August 2010

Here is a useful article for typing in french on a UK / US keyboard

The import thing is to hold down the ALT key and only use the number pad on the right side of your keyboard (or the letters U, I, O, P etc. on your laptop)

Data Recovery

9 August 2010

If you need to recover a deleted file from your computer, flash drive, SD card, MP3 player, then try a free tool called recuva

What’s the difference between IMAP and POP?

6 August 2010

POP and IMAP are different ways to get your email in a program like Outlook and on your phone.

Here is a good article from GMail to explain the difference.

More and more people will now benefit from IMAP since it will synchronise Sent  Items and Inbox between devices (e.g. Outlook, Mac Mail, IPhone, IPad, netbook)

Video on how to sit at your computer

4 August 2010

Thanks to Danny Sher for this video clip with useful tips on the right posture for working at a computer

The Amazon Kindle- the latest generation

1 August 2010

In my opinion, the most impressive thin about the IPAD is that it has a great screen and it wonderful to read on. For those thinking about buying it, I would personally recommend waiting till the next generation that may hopefully support flash and USB.

In the meantime, if you are a keen reader, it may be time to consider the new Amazon Kindle which will be released on 27 August for just £109.

The main features adevertised are:

It is supposed to be much clearer to read (in greyscale and designed to look like paper)

It has built-in wifi so that you can download a book in a minute, download the newspapers  daily, browse wikipedia

Built in dictionary – easy to look up a work while you are reading

Voice Guide – it can read to you if you don’t want to read

Over 400,000 books available and quite a lot of free content

PDF reader and open any office document

No glare in sunlight

It is also extremely light and has an amazing battery life of up to one month

If you want to experience kindle you can also download their free apps for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone and IPad

Adding “Macintosh HD” to the Mac desktop

1 August 2010

Question: How do I add “Macintosh HD to the main screen?


1. go to Finder
2. Click “Finder” option at the top
3. Click “Preferences”
4. Tick “Hard Disks” option

The icon should appear on the top right and you can close the “Preferences” dialogue box.

External Hard Drive Woes

1 August 2010

In the past, if you purchased an external hard drive, you would just plug it in and go.

These days, external drives offer wonderful encryption software – great if you really want to protect the data on the drive.

Sadly, I have seen cases where the install procedure of the software on the drive is so confusing that leads to user error with disastrous implications.

In one case, the hard drive was filled with data and then at a later stage when plugged in to a different computer, it offered to encrypt the drive. As a result, all the data on the drive was lost.

In a second case, the encryption software wiped in internal hard drive on a Mac! (and not on the intended external drive)

Fortunately, formatting a drive can be reversed and the data can be retrieved but not without huge headache. The best course of action would be to speak to the supplier of the drive and explain how their software lead to disastrous results. Usually, they will offer to take the drive and recover the data. There is also software available to recover the data if you do not want to send the drive away.

The best course of action is to ask someone with experience to setup any new drive, or just say NO to the encryption if you do not feel you need it.