Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

Exploring old websites

8 December 2011

Have a look at this:


Ninite- keep you PC apps updated

30 October 2011

A great site for those that like to install various programs on their PC and keep them up to date:

Syncing bookmarks between browsers

14 April 2011

If you want to sync your browser bookmarks between browsers and between computer, use Xmarks

It supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari

Mac Mail – deleting an email address from Mac Mail

25 October 2009


For those using Mac Mail, please be careful when deleting an old email address – it will permanently delete ALL the emails associated with it. The best thing to do is simply to keep the email address in the system but render it inactive.

If you do delete the email accidentally and you do not have a backup in place like Time Machine or Carbonite, you will need a data recover software like File Salvage or Data Rescue.

The fact that Mac Mail behaves this is totally insane in my opinion. No other email program I know behaves in such a way and I have recently left Apple feedback about this.

Windows Genuine Advantage

25 October 2009


If your Windows XP starts up asking you to install Windows Genuine Advantage and you always click “Cancel”, the simply way to stop the message appearing on start-up is to go to Control Panel and remove it from “Scheduled Tasks”

Importance of defrag

22 June 2009

I always used to think that defragmenting a computer hard drive was a waste of time.

In short laymen terms “deframenting” a hard drive is like tidying a filing cabinet and putting all relevant files together. It is a long process taking hours and supposed to speed up a computer – however, I have never really felt a speed improvement following a defrag.

Recently, I had a client running vista on a laptop reporting just 5 gigabytes free. Her hard disk was 220 gigabytes in size and her file usage was under 50 gigabytes (which I checked several times).

Eventually, after hours of diagnositics we tried a defrag on the computer TWICE and finally it reported the correct amount of free space!

So if you want to give it a try, try defraggler which is completely free and very quick to download.

How to replace a key that came out of your laptop keyboard

28 April 2009

Replacing a key from a laptop keyboard can be a little tricky, but as long as the parts have not been broken, it should be possible.

The best way to proceed is to gently lift the top part of the neigbouring key and copy exactly what you see.

The trick is to assemble the lower plastic in place before snapping the key on top. In some unusual cases, a small screw driver might come in handy to straighten the metal hooks on the keyboard base.

Here you will find a very useful web link with photos on how to replace the key.  Good luck and be patient!

Large icons on quick launch bar

18 February 2009

Windows XP and Windows Vista both offer a “quick launch bar” which is very useful for single clicking your favourite programs.

To view the quick launch bar:

1. right click on the task bar at the bottom
2. click on “toolbars”
3. select “quick launch”

You can lock and unlock this toolbar.  This is done by right clicking the task bar and click the option to “lock the taskbar”.

If the taskbar bar is unlocked, you can right click on the quick launch bar and select “View” and change the icons to be “large icons”.

Blocking spam in outlook

18 February 2009

Outlook 2003 and 2007 have a built in spam filter. If you run microsoft updates regularly, the filters should update every month.

To manually block spam, try the following:

Right click on the email in your inbox and select the “Junk Email” option and then click on “Add Sender to Blocked Senders List”.

That should move future emails from this sender to the spam folder.

If you still suffer from spam, I highly recommend cloudmark.

Boost your Windows PC

7 December 2008

Boost your Windows PC – Tip number 2

Turn off or reschedule unnecessary scans

If your computer anti virus is set to scan daily at for example midday, then for two hours or so it will run very sluggishly while every single file on the system is being scanned!

If you consider yourself to be low risk to viruses, then just turn off daily scanning!

So long as your anti virus is still running in the background (and shows and icon near the time on the bottom right hand side), then your computer should have adequate protection.

Otherwise, reschedule the scan for a time when you are not on the computer.

Windows Vista comes with an anti spyware program called “Defender” which is set to scan your computer daily. I personally think that Windows Defender is useless, hardly catching any of difficult spyware and so I always turn it off completely.

To turn off defender in Vista, simply:

click “Start” and type “Defender”
then click on “Windows Defender” at the top
click “Tools” at the top
click “Options”
scroll down to the bottom and look for “Administrator Options”
un-tick “use windows defender”
click “save” and “ok” to any warning

If you decide to turn this off, please scan your computer regularly with a more effective anti-spyware program. For recommendations, see the useful links section.