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Review: Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen Smart-phone

Three months with Motorola’s SIM-free smart-phone  – £129 as at Dec 2015 – and one thing’s for sure: there’s no going back to contract phones filled with telecoms carriers’ bloat-ware crap. With a fine, full HD screen, good performance, a pure, unsullied Android experience with automatic updates, it’s a reminder of Motorola’s place as a … Continue reading

How-to: Computer Networking Primer Part I

The perils of being the ‘knowledgeable friend.’ At this time of year, this means family and friends acquire all sorts of shiny new tech kit, then ask someone with half a brain to help set up their home network. This often means me. Down the phone line. From a different country. So here we go; … Continue reading

Opinion: ‘The Cloud’ vs ‘The Fog’

DropBox, GoogleDrive, OneDrive; Office 365; Zoho Office; AWS, Microsoft Azure… I could go on. That’s before we get to Social Media. You may have noticed everything these days is in ‘the Cloud.’ But what does that mean? Are you, like me, a Cloud-sceptic? Granted, I still play CD’s and DVD’s. An occasionally vinyl records. This … Continue reading

How-to: Get Windows 10

It’s been over a month since Microsoft launched Windows 10 and if you missed the initial push – well done, where have you been? But, now you’re back on Earth, how do you get Windows 10 installed? You have three choices: upgrade, buy a new computer, buy a retail copy. Microsoft has slimmed down the … Continue reading

How-to: Breeze Skype Interviews

Article originally appeared on social media,  Philippa Hammond ‏@TalkingSpeaking, June 2015 Skype interviews – top tips coming up… Skype interviews with video: they can see you… dress for business, remove everything from the background. keep your hands still and resist the urge to fidget. Sudden rapid movements distract attention from your message.

Opinion: Android Hacks and the Stagefright from Hell

You may have read about the multiple-hack affecting Stagefright, the code in Android that plays back media in MMS (multimedia messages). An enterprising hacker (allegedly) needs only send an MMS containing the exploit to the phone number of an Android 2.2 or later device and Stagefright will write code to any part of that device … Continue reading

How-to Stop Skype starting automatically

Ever since Microsoft took over Skype, it installs automatically with Internet Explorer, starts itself at boot time and is impossible to stop from the Skype client as there is no longer an option in the settings to do so. Nor does it sit in your Start Up Programmes folder. In fact, alongside the in-stream advertising and the … Continue reading

How-to: Generate Good Passwords Part II

For those of you on the front-line dealing with user accounts and password resets in large organisations, we return to the thorny issue of passwords. We will soon be implementing a tougher security standard for encrypting passwords within the our events database. It should occur invisibly behind the scenes and I won’t bore you with … Continue reading

How-to: Use Dashes and Hyphens on the web

A note for the  punctuationally-challenged. There’s a brilliant article on A List Apart: The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters) by Peter K Sheerin from way back in October, 2001, now sadly marked “This article, while brilliant for its time, is now obsolete.” However the topic doesn’t go away and we’re still … Continue reading

How-to: Make a drop-down list in Excel

If you’re wanting data validation in spreadsheet forms and template documents, a drop-down list remains the most common way to achieve it. Skipping over the question why am I covering a Microsoft product when there’s a perfectly good LibreOffice alternative, let me just say; ‘because someone asked me.’

Review: Codes that Changed the World (BBC R4)

Aleks Krotoski explores the history of programming languages. The history of computing is dominated by the hardware; the race for speed and power has overshadowed how we’ve devised ways to instruct these machines to do useful tasks. All this week on BBC Radio 4, Aleks Krotoski tells the story of the languages that have been … Continue reading

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