By Richard Churchill – First Published December 2010
It’s December that means pretty much whatever religion you follow, or even if you don’t follow a religion, there’s a festival to celebrate. This generally involves cards, presents and good wishes. This is now the age of the computer so what is the ‘tech savie’ way to spread goodwill? This month I will point you in a few directions that will give you an easier or more interesting time. Continue reading “Getting that eChristmas spirit”
By Richard Churchill – First Published November 2010
I don’t know about your but I’m fascinated by aerial photographs and maps, I love looking at where thing are, and how they relate. You can follow old road ways or marvel at the beauty and elegance of the design of the gardens of a stately home.
Continue reading “Find your place in the world”
By Richard Churchill – First Published October 2010
Email has been around for decades, but in recently years the number of ways of communicating have been multiplying. You can now send instant messages,hold debates on forums, phone friends over the internet, hold video conferences, find out what old friends are doing with social networking. There is a lot of noise out there but how much of it is actually useful? Continue reading “Getting the message across”
By Richard Churchill – First Published August/September 2010
If you think about international calls, I’ll bet you think of long numbers and high bills. If you have relatives that live abroad, it is a real pain, especially if you also have to think about time differences.
While it has been possible to talk to someone over the internet for at least 10 years, until recently it wasn’t easy. Slow connections meant call quality was poor, even getting a connection seemed to require a degree in computing, certainly not for the general user. What we want is a service that is easy to use, tells us when our friends and relatives are available, it would even be nice if we could see the person we are talking to. Continue reading “Can you hear me?”
By Richard Churchill – First Published July 2010
Backup, its an awkward subject, something we should all do but with no right answer for everyone. How do you keep your treasured holiday pictures safe without it costing more that the holiday did?
There are a number of strategies that can be used singly or in combination to keep your valuable files safe. I’ll go over each here so you can work out what is the best solution for you. Continue reading “Keeping your files safe from disaster”
By Richard Churchill – First Published June 2010
The world wide web is a fabulous resource, containing many times the information of even the largest encyclopedia, in fact is contains many of the worlds best encylopedias. Finding the information you want in this massive resource can be far from easy, the trick is to use the web to help you. Continue reading “Getting the most out of the web”
By Richard Churchill – First Published May 2010
Email pre-dates the internet. It developed to ‘aid’ communications in companies during the 70’s and 80’s. This business origin is still evident in the strange and opaque terms used in email. Despite, possibly because of its age, no one ever really explains how email works. So here I’ll go over the basics that should be explained but often aren’t. Continue reading “Email Demystified”
By Richard Churchill – First Published April 2010
There are few things more irritating than missing your favourite program, especially if it part of a series. Currently if the program is one of the 5 analogue TV channels you can set your old video recorder but by the summer this will stop working unless you have a freeview box. Virgin media or Sky will supply you with a hard drive recorder which automatically records programs for you, you can buy units that will do this for freeview as well. Continue reading “Watching the TV from your PC”
By Richard Churchill – First Published January 2010
After you have had a digital camera for a while, you computer can start filling up with a disorganised mass of pictures. Pictures of your birthday, summer holiday and your nephews wedding (who is still waiting for you to send him the pictures), it’s a mess but there is a way out. Continue reading “Keeping your pictures in order”
Article by Richard Churchill – First Published December 2009
Security on the internet is about more than just the programs installed on your computer, there are other more subtle threats. There are thousands of fake websites and millions of fake emails which are all designed to get your personal details, simply by looking official and asking you for them. Continue reading “Tricked and Conned on the Internet.”