Welcome to my series of completely random computer tips, presented in no particular order. Whether you’ve just bought a PC running Windows 10 or you’ve been using it for a while, there are bound to be things you didn’t know you could do.
Whether it’s tweaks to get the desktop the way you want it, tips for troubleshooting or ways to squeeze more performance from Windows, lgbt computer geek aims to cover it in future posts.
Tips are based on the general level of skills that I encounter whilst sorting out people’s PCs or providing 1-1 tuition.
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I don’t want to scare you; there are people using dating sites and apps who want to scam you. Call it what you want. Romance fraud. Online dating fraud. Confidence trick. Catfishing. Online scam. It’s [...]
I accept a range of payment methods, but if you struggle with PayPal and have not set up PAYM on your mobile phone, then paying through with a gmail account is a quick and easier [...]
Windows has always offered its users some accessibility tools. As computers have become more powerful, and big tech companies have become more aware of the needs of their users, the scope and range of [...]
Yahoo passwords hacked. You may have seen that Yahoo! announced that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from its company’s network in late 2014. Yahoo! is the provider of some of BT’s [...]
Prevention is better than cure, they say. These are some of more common things we do incorrectly at times, and how to do them to help avoid damage and having to pay someone like me [...]
There's no foolproof system to manage passwords you use. You are never meant to use the same password for more than one website. Browsers, like Chrome above, can often save a password and username for [...]
Passwords. Most people have problems remembering their usernames and passwords. I spend more time helping people with their passwords than probably anything else. Chrome can save your login usernames and passwords for the various websites [...]
LibreOffice offers a powerful suite of office applications and is a great alternative to Microsoft Office. With laudable principles, nothing to pay and no ads, there's no reason not to give it a try. LibreOffice [...]
I know it's easy to just go with what you're given when you sign up for your internet service. Your internet service provider (ISP - the people who supply your broadband), be it BT, Virgin, [...]
If you are concerned about your privacy and upload images to dating and photo sharing sites you should read this article by John Mosley. You'll find out how to easily remove personal information from pictures you upload or [...]
To make sure that you're protected by the latest security updates, Google Chrome can automatically update when a new version of the browser is available on your computer.
Most of of us could do with a rugged external hard drive – a sturdy and high-functioning portable hard drive – especially those who prone to accidents like dropping their external hard drive. I [...]
YOU SHOULD DO THIS ASAP! As soon as you have a solid and working Windows 10 installation, you should create a System Image and System Repair Disc. In this way should something go wrong, you [...]
Want to change your desktop background (wallpaper)? That's to say, the main picture on your PC screen. Go to Start, then Settings and then Personalisation. In Lock screen, select a picture. And because it’s Halloween coming up [...]
A way to quickly open favoured folders is, well, by adding them to the Favourites or Quick Access section at the top of File Explorer. The process for doing so isn't exactly obvious, however. Drag [...]
When you're shuffling files around your massive hard drive, you're bound to accidentally drop one in the wrong place. Or accidently make copies loads of files rather than simply dragging them to a new location. [...]
- No Wi-Fi sense Sharing is caring, but Windows 10 may have pushed the sentiment a little too far. A new feature in Windows 10 is called WiFi Sense, and it aims to create a [...]
If you use Twitter on an iPad or iPhone, check your settings now, as its new 'autoplay' default video setting could increase your mobile data bill. And for Android users, it's 'coming soon'. Twitter have [...]
Most modern PCs and laptops are pretty speedy when you first get them. Give it a few years though and problems with start-up speed and loading times soon creep in. This can lead to even [...]
There are many reasons why you may need to remove programs from your PC from time to time. Some programs may not work properly, or you may simply want to remove some old programs in [...]
Instead of using File Explorer to navigate through the computer’s folders to find files in your computer, you can create a desktop shortcut that allows you to quickly open or access files, folders or programs. [...]
Back up anything that’s important to keep – you need at least two copies in separate places. You should really use two separate types of storage too, such portable hard drives, flash drives, or online [...]
We love a good fingering. Fingering your keyboard (also known as keyboard shortcuts) can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive strain, and help keep you focused. And increase your pleasure. For example, highlighting text with the keyboard [...]
Since your email service provider probably uses some type of spam filter, I ask that you add me to your trusted list of senders, contacts or address book. All also known as "whitelisting." If you [...]
Cable storage If you are a tech head, geek, or just a regular pc user, you've probably amassed quite a collection of miscellaneous cables that you aren't currently using, but might need later on. I've [...]
With the first days of March comes the welcome reminder that spring is just around the corner, and with it that oh-so-necessary task of spring cleaning.
Everyone at some point suffers from a dead or dying battery. Here are my tips for squeezing out the last few drops of power from your battery before your laptop completely runs out of power. [...]
Cleaning out your PC on a regular basis creates drive space and helps it run better / faster. One of the easiest ways to clean up files you no longer need is by using Disk [...]
Laptops don't like it hot. Even in ordinary weather they can overheat. Overheating can rob your laptop of performance and often cause a host of hiccups, such as system crashes and freezing. Every computer generates [...]
Slow PC? Does it take too long to boot (or to 'to startup'), it’s possible that you have far too many programs running at startup. Reducing this is easy, and it will make your PC [...]
Haven't got quite used to Windows 8? Update to 8.1 (it's free!). This is usually straight forward, but if you struggle, please contact us. After you update to Windows 8.1, you can then set up [...]
ClearType - Use the built tool to improve the readability of the text on your LCD. So if you feel the text isn't displaying sharply, use it. The tool will take you through a series [...]
Use private browsing - The uses for not having cookies and history saved are obvious for certain activities, you know, like shopping for gifts on a shared computer. Or viewing porn - not that anyone [...]
Ever get annoyed because you don't seem to get certain email messages? Well, email messages can be blocked or filtered into the SPAM or bulk folder. As a result you may not see certain email [...]
We've all been in a situation when your PC is doing something it isn't supposed to do. When you call someone for help, they often respond “that’s not possible.” With the built-in Problem Steps Recorder [...]