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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: 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

Humour: The Hilarity of Spam

We all know some ridiculous percentage of email is actually unwanted spam that clutters the world’s mailservers. Normally you don’t see most of it, don’t give it a second thought; it’s straight in the junk folder and deleted. The quarantine server at the current client, however, sends you a list of the junk mail in … 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

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

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: ‘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: 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

News: Numbers Prove Nobody Uses Google Plus

As we all thought, nobody uses Google Plus. The unwanted and unloved social network foisted on us by the advertising machine masquerading as a search engine has been revealed as Tumbleweed Central. Of course, ‘nobody’ is a relative term. Google made Plus accounts a mandatory add-on to all it’s Google sign-ons from Gmail to YouTube … Continue reading

How-to: Understand Website ‘Identity Information’

…or more precisely, when a reputable website such as WordPress.com displays a warning triangle and the message: “this site does not supply identity information.” You may notice the warning triangle in the address bar on sites which use the HTTPS, SSL and TLS protocol and certificates, and get the message when you scroll over it. … Continue reading

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