Author Archive for Denis – Page 2

Death and the Digital Environment.

This may seem a fairly gloomy topic to be writing about, but it is one of the few certainties about our life is that it will eventually end. So it a good idea to think about what will happen when you are no longer here. Your family and friends will know of your parting; and […]

Why I have left Facebook

Perhaps it is because I don’t really get it!  Despite having IT skills, or perhaps because of it; I don’t like the way that it seems to have a ‘mind of its own’, and one doesn’t have control.  For instance when posting an item which has a link to a web page, It pulls an […]

Chain Email

I have not received a chain email for some time, and then one arrived this morning.  It contained a  warning was to watch out for emails form a person called SIMON ASHTON ( SIMON25@HOTMAIL.CO.UK). A quick Google for ‘Simon25’ revealed that this particular hoax had been circulating for well over 2 years.

Cloud Computing can reduce your IT costs

Cloud computing is a rapidly growing area, and as their future plans for Office 265 and Office 2013 demonstrate; Microsoft is committed to the cloud.  Office 2013 is being marketed as a cloud product – although the boxed version will also be available. But did you realise that one of the major benefits of using […]

TimePunch – Just What I Needed !

The problem of Time Logging Time management and logging can be a problem for some people. Being a sole trader working largely from a home office, I find that I have constant interruptions with phone calls or urgent emails.  The result is that I frequently have to drop what I am doing, then check out […]

Slow Websites

Parkinson’s Law; “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” This well-known adage could be applied to much of modern technology.  As hardware gets more powerful and more sophisticated, the software we use grows to utilise the available resources.  About 2 decades ago, I was running Windows 3.1 and word-processing on […]

The Price of WiFi

When business people are travelling, they frequently need to keep in touch with their business, and submit reports etc.  In fact some may be required to do so.  Nowadays, with Cloud computing, staying in touch is easy for many businesses.  The options for this are either mobile broadband, which can be slow and expensive or […]

Firefox Scam Revisited

Got an email this morning from Firefox suggesting an upgrade to Firefox 8.0, and was almost taken in.  But on closer inspection I found that it came from .  This is a more sophisticated version of the scam from a month ago: It was quite appealing, especially the message about being ‘optimised for […]

The Format Painter

A little used feature of most Microsoft Office programs is the ‘Format Painter’ If you have a format for a heading or paragraph (Font, size, colour etc.) which you want to repeat in several other places in a document, or even a different document – the format painter makes it much easier. Change the first […]

Firefox Update Scam

BE Warned! It appears that the hoaxers are trying a different approach. I have just had an email purporting to come from Mozilla Firefox and headed “New UpdateAvailable”.  They have never contacted me before, and I was not aware of giving them my email address. This is the content below – note the bad English “New […]