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”

Christmas Shopping for computers

Article by Richard Churchill – First Published November 2009

With Christmas next month, it seems like a good time ask, “What is a good buy?”. The list of “technology” presents is so long it fills the catalogues of many good electrical retailers. So I’m going to focus on two popular presents. Here I’ll focus on laptops and, in a special bonus article on our website, digital cameras. I have chosen these because they both are both heavily laden with acronyms which seem to be purely designed to confuse. Continue reading “Christmas Shopping for computers”

Keeping your computer secure – part 2

Article by Richard Churchill – First Published October 2009

Last month I discussed what nasties are trying to get your computer, this time I’m covering what you can do to protect yourself.(the previous article is available via the website at the bottom of the page)

So what makes a good security program for your computer? It needs to have a firewall; protection against mal-ware (viruses and spyware), and a good reputation for reliability. Unfortunately the old adage “you get what you pay for” doesn’t fully apply in this case. Continue reading “Keeping your computer secure – part 2”

Keeping your computer secure – part 1

Article by Richard Churchill – First Published September 2009

If there is one topic that worries most computer users it is viruses (and other nasties) that get on to your computer, uninvited and reek havoc. But what can you do to protect yourself? You need security, some friendly programs that keep an eye on your computer and keep the malicious programs out. Continue reading “Keeping your computer secure – part 1”