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Windows 8 Initial Setup – Bypass Microsoft Account (Use local account)

A very quick guide to the initial Windows 8 Setup screen, to show that you don’t have to use a “Microsoft” account, you can use a local account and get started straight away!



Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 100% Disk Usage – Possible Fixes

*UPDATE* This now stands for Windows 10 as well. You’re probably landing here by searching that as well anyway, so read on. Hopefully these can help. If, like me, you’ve used Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 then you’ll know that once you get used to it, it’s quite good. Yes, there are some bad parts, […]


Windows 8 100% Disk Usage

Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi R206 – Setup & Review

An upcoming holiday in a lovely little cottage with no fixed Internet access forced me to upgrade my old Vodafone USB Dongle (They stopped support for it). I was orginally planning on going “Off the grid” for the week, but that isn’t wise, practical, or advisable if you run your own business! Initially I was […]



Heartbleed – What You Need To Know

Let me explain a little bit. I’m talking about “The Heartbleed Bug”, a recent security threat that is affecting hundreds and thousands of websites. Now, you have more than likely seen a lot of press in the last couple of days about the ‘Heartbleed Bug’, whether it be on the BBC news, or the Radio […]



Hiding Pictures in Twitter

Do you use Twitter on your mobile device?? If so you may have been effected by a recent update to the software, which inline with it’s website, is now displaying by default images in your timeline. I use it, a lot, and this update annoyed me slightly as I really don’t want to be seeing […]



Adding a Print Button to Google Chrome

Another nice, simple and useful blog post. This time for all those Google Chrome users out there. Recently a client changed from using Internet Explorer as his main browser, to Google Chrome. The only thing that the user wanted to add, was a “Print” button. Now Google Chrome doesn’t have this as default, but we […]



Thunderbird Signature Appearing Grey? Read this …

Do you use the Thunderbird email client? Do you use an email signature? If you answered yes to both of those, then have a little read on, you may be in need of a little trick to help your email signature appear as you want it to. Not all “greyed out” and wishy washy looking, […]



How to Remove “Delta Search”

I don’t do many “How to’s” on my blog, I should do more. The reason for this one is an annoying and irritating search toolbar called “Delta Search”, you may have it installed on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer of Firefox. But one thing is for sure, if you have it installed, it’ll cause problems. Over […]


How to remove Delta Search

Microsoft Security Essentials – Upgrade Today!

Ok, so I’ve been guilty in the past of advising users to use Microsoft Security Essentials as a viable alternative to other free antivirus solutions. That was of course when it first came on the scene and was rated highly alongside other free security suites. Now, however, it’s come to light through various sources, namely […]



Set an Image in iPhoto as Your Desktop

I’ve decided to do a super quick post on this, as I’ve had a couple of clients ask me how to do this recently. Now apart from the obvious way of changing your desktop image through the System Preferences pane in OSX – you can actually do it direct from iPhoto, an option which they […]



#somethingsillyinjune 2013

Well, it’s getting close to June, and for me, and 13 others, that means we’re about to embark on our second “SSIJ” challenge, www.ssij.co.uk Last year we ran the South Downs Way in 3 days, that’s over 100 miles. This year however, we’ve decided to double up and do 205 miles of the Pennine Bridleway, […]



Bogus Microsoft Calls

Now, this is an archived post from my old blog, but the all the content is relevant as unfortunately it’s still happening, please read on. Over the past few months/years I’ve spoken to a number of clients and indeed friends and family members who have had a phone call from companies posing either directly as […]



LinkedIn Spam Emails

Hello again!! I thought I’d put together a quick blog post as over the past week or so I’ve had 2 of these false LinkedIn invitations come through into my email inbox. Now, on both occasions, my anti-spam program has flagged them as ***SPAM*** I felt that the way they looked was, and were formatted […]



Strava Thefts – How to Protect Yourself

There’s been a lot in the news recently about “Strava Thefts” and various articles have been published that talk about the relation to how thieves are using Strava, Garmin Connect, and a lot of other fitness tracking apps for that matter, to track where people live and therefore target them and steal bikes. It’s nothing […]



Add a Start Button to Windows 8

Seeing as most of the Windows 8 installations I’ve done recently have followed a very similar path, in that the user has asked “Where’s the start button??”. I thought I would put together a quick YouTube tutorial on how to install your own Start button with just a few simple steps. I’m using a program […]



Sign Up!

Just a little blog post – only really because I wanted to post a picture of the new building sign!



Operating System Updates – Windows

I thought I’d do a quick post on updating your operating system, Windows only I’m afraid, I’ll be posting a Mac and Linux one in the next few days. Whether you’ve got a desktop, laptop or netbook – this guide will apply for all. Windows Update – To keep things running smooth on your computer […]



Passwords, Passwords, Passwords

I know I know, I’ve said it before, and I’ve even given you tips on how to create a unique one. But recently I’ve had a number of experiences with customers and friends where a poor password has caused trouble. It’s never been more important to keep your personal details and data safe, no longer […]



Pink Facebook Scam

Quick post here about staying secure on Facebook and not allowing rogue applications to post on your wall. Have a read of this, and watch the video to see how to remove the rogue applications from your Facebook profile. Sophos – Pink Facebook Scam – How to Remove!



Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts! I’m going to give you a few basic keyboard tricks, all based on the “Windows Key”, which I hope, will help you speed up your computing experience. So here’s a couple of keyboard shortcuts that I use on a daily basis and find they really help – especially when multi-tasking! First […]