External storage for video files

Where’s the best place to store video files? A client asked me this question this week. He wants the files to be accessible, but doesn’t want them on his hard drive. Video files are by far the largest files that you are likely to want to store on a home computer. They can consume anywhere …
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Windows 11 – the story so far

Upgrading to Windows 11 may not be the doddle it appears Since my blog post of 23rd October (Windows 11 – first look), several of my IT Support clients have asked me for an update on my Windows 11 experience. Should they update to Windows 11? Do they need a new computer? Well, I’m afraid …
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Blocked email on an Apple arriving in your inbox?

Have you ever wondered why blocking email senders on a Mac or IOS device doesn’t seem to work? There may be a very obvious reason why Apple allows emails from blocked senders to be delivered to your inbox, but I certainly can’t imagine what that reason might be. Indeed, I would have thought that the …
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Mounting a monitor above your desk

Have you considered mounting your monitor above your desk to make more space and position the monitor more favourably? It’s not hard to find the item you need. Just search Google for “monitor arm”. I bought two some time over five years ago and they have been completely solid and reliable, fixed at the back …
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Hate cookie popups? Try this

Can there be anyone at all who uses the internet who isn’t sick to death of cookie popups? That really irritating popup telling you that “this site uses cookies” is a legal requirement. It was meant to make us all more aware of the fact that websites track what we are doing online and can …
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Removing item grouping in “open” dialog boxes

Here’s a really silly setting in Windows that I saw on a client’s computer for the first time last week We don’t know how it happened and I couldn’t immediately see how to change it (but we got there in the end). When this client wished to attach a file to an email message, she …
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Windows 11 will be available from 5th October 2021

Yes, I know, we thought Microsoft had promised us that there wouldn’t be any more versions of Windows. Windows 10 will go on forever. To infinity and beyond If you look into it a bit deeper, though, Microsoft never actually said that “Windows 10” would go on forever. It’s more a question of branding and …
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