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How-to: Get Free Web-Hosting

If you want a conventional website, you’ll need space on a web-server somewhere to run it. That usually costs money. The more space, better bandwidth, better facilities you want, the more it’s likely to cost you. But the Internet is also inundated with offers of free web hosting. And like ‘free lunches’, there are many … Continue reading

How-to: Disable Bing in Windows 10 Search

Windows 10 is a Microsoft product, so by default, any desktop search is set to run through Bing, sending everything through Microsoft on the way. Fortunately, this is one of the Windows bindings that is easy to cut, so you can cut Microsoft out of your desktop or local device searches. Open the Start Menu … Continue reading

How-to: Understand XPS format

In case you never heard of it, XPS format is Microsoft’s competitor to Adobe’s PDF. First introduced in Windows Vista, the long head start enjoyed by PDF meant XPS never gained much traction, even with Windows users. XPS stands for Open XML Paper Specification, an open format in the same way Office Open XML is … Continue reading

How-to: Remove Text-Enhance adware

Text Enhance is one of those pesky adware browser hijackers that takes over pages in your web browser and overlays ads based on keywords in the page text. Underlined keywords are hyperlinked to pop-up boxes containing coupons in ads clearly identified as Text Enhance. A relatively benign and easily removed example of adware, it is … Continue reading

Opinion: Ad Blocking and why you’re not a pirate

Web user: I hate ads. They’re annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights. Advertiser: That’s my revenue stream you’re talking about. That’s … Continue reading

How-to: Resolve PayPal card rejections

We have PayPal as our payment processor for both our web shopping carts. It wasn’t my choice, but the sites are not their own legal entity, therefore we use the PayPal account belonging to the parent organisation. Where, we get calls from folks having trouble with PayPal processing debit and credit card transactions, there are … Continue reading

Review: Windows 10 ‘Threshold 2’

At one time, Microsoft used to release Service Packs for it’s software – Windows XP had three, versions of Windows Server would have a couple each. As Windows Update came to support more frequent and regular patches, Service Packs fell out of favour. Which is why Threshold 2 is a return to an old idea; … Continue reading

How-to: Introduction to Edge

Project Spartan. Sounds awesome (sic). It was the codename for Microsoft’s successor to Internet Explorer; the new browser: Edge. So is it cutting edge, leading edge or trailing edge? Is it finished? Is it fast? And is it the first properly functional Modern UI application? After all, we’re all going to spend a lot of … Continue reading

Opinion: Fingerprints Make Bad Passwords

We all know passwords are rubbish. We pick short ones, simple ones, easy ones; we never change them, we use our birthdays, childrens’ names, pets’s names, postcodes; and then we write them down on post-it notes and stick them to the screen. We think we’re clever when we use a password manager – right up … Continue reading

How-to: Disable Windows 10 Peer Uploads

It may come as a surprise that Microsoft incorporated peer-to-peer networking into Windows 10. Somebody thought “what a great way to accelerate and distribute the rollout of the Windows 10 upgrade – the early adopters can help those who come after by sharing the load, using the kind of torrenting technology everyone’s used for years … Continue reading

Opinion: Windows 10 Could Have Been Better

It isn’t finished, it isn’t coherent, aguably it isn’t even an ‘upgrade.’ But it may well be the last ‘version’ of Windows you ever get. The grand, visionary release of Windows 10 proves the adage you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Windows XP continues to run across millions of machine … Continue reading

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