External CD/DVD Drives

There – it’s all in the title Let me explain A few times recently, I have had computer support clients asking for my advice when upgrading to a new laptop (as they do) and expressing concern that most modern laptops don’t have a CD/DVD drive. So, they ask, should they avoid such machines? “No”, is …
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Of iPhones, Amazon deliveries, and Sticky Notes

Nothing too involved today – it is a holiday weekend, after all iPad and iPhone tip – recent list If you wish to return to an app that is difficult to find on your home screens then a double-click on the home key will bring up a list of your recently used apps. You can …
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Free Cloud Storage

We are being bombarded with offers of “free cloud storage” The phrase “in the cloud” just means that computers remote from our own local network are involved. I covered this in a blog three years ago called Cloud Computing, but then I was thinking more of the provision of software in the cloud rather than …
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Internet Privacy (2)

We may be fighting a losing battle with online privacy. As mentioned in , companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon hoover up every crumb of information they can glean about us and use it to target us with ads and content that they think will appeal to us. As far as I know there’s isn’t …
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Amazon Kindle and Big Brother

Amazon are now selling more books on the Kindle e-reader than any other format – see this link There’s no doubt that e-readers have huge advantages over individual printed books: It’s very easy to carry lots of books around. Great for long journeys. It’s very easy to find, buy, and have books instantly available to …
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