What to do when files go missing

Things generally go right. It’s simply that when they go wrong it can be painful. And with computers it usually happens just when you need them to go right very badly indeed. So, once the initial shock and enthusiastic language subside, here are some suggestions for how to handle files going wrong in Windows. Let’s

Getting started

With a little preparation, getting going with your new PC can be easy and possibly even fun. Here are some links to help you make your computer comfortably useful. Easy installation Ninite.com is probably the easiest way to install a range of free software. While Ninite has a limited menu of software on offer, ‘limited’

Wireless technology

An Inconvenient Truth Do you go through a day without using a wireless device? From the phone in your pocket to your conveniently wire-free computer, wireless communications have become ubiquitous over the last 20 years. The new powerful 5G technology and Elon Musks’s Starlink satellite network will enable incredible possibilities. However, if the implications of

How to search and find!

Have you ever thrown your hands up in despair of finding the web page that you so tantalisingly remember? The Google behemoth is the dominant search engine in many parts of the world but you may easily have missed its rather impenetrable user manual. While Google searches well, how well do you Google? Here are

Have you heard of the Fairphone?

Mobile phones remain remarkable devices whose origins and practical workings are, on the whole, mysterious to most users. A combination of over 30 minerals mined in far-off parts of the world, each phone is expertly woven into the sealed magic box that handles your communication. The curious may have stumbled upon ifixit.com, the online repair

Choose your computer

Welcome to the launch pad for your research into your new computer.  Choosing a new computer can feel challenging so I recommend that you get clear on what you want from your computer by reading through my brief guide to selecting the right type of computer and what should be in the box. Then it is

How to choose a computer (part 1)

Your first step when choosing your computer: what does it look like? I bet you could choose between eating an omelette, salad or sushi. So why is it challenging to choose the right computer? A well-chosen machine should last you for 5 – 7 years. Making a good choice at the beginning will do much to

Does your laptop have legs?

It is surprising how fast your mobile phone, tablet or laptop can move. For hours your devices may stay still on your desk but put them down in a town coffee shop and they can disappear in moments. Crime statistics show that a UK laptop wanders off every minute each day taking with them treasured

Your computer’s spare time made useful

Can you spare a cycle? Your computer has a feature which, perhaps, no-one has told you about. This is a special, never-ending task that tells your computer to do… well, nothing actually. That’s right, it twiddles its digital thumbs in between the times of being busy with its other, useful tasks. This idle task runs