Getting that eChristmas spirit

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”

Getting the message across

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”

Can you hear me?

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?”

Keeping your files safe from disaster

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”

Email Demystified

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”

Watching the TV from your PC

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”