Something Missing

Computer software companies don’t sufficiently consider their products and developments from the point of view of the average user This is something that I’ve contended for a long time, and I’ve often tried to reassure my computer support clients that it’s not their fault that they are struggling with programs that are ill-designed in the …
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My Favourite free utilities and programs (2 of 2)

What free software do I like to see on a Windows computer (2 of 2)? Following on from last week, here is the second half of the list of my favourite free Windows Utilities Dropbox I think that the main reason that Dropbox has made such huge inroads into the market for providing “cloud” storage …
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My Favourite free utilities and programs (1 of 2)

What free software do I like to see on a Windows computer (1 of 2)? There are a few free utilities and programs that I have come to take completely for granted over the years. So, the least I can do for them is to give them a little plug while drawing them to your …
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Plus ça Change….?

I recently blogged that the computer market appears to be maturing in that there are fewer innovations in the hardware from year to year. All the bells and whistles that nerdy people used to add to their computers are now all built in and taken for granted. The hardware is still getting faster, but there …
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Evernote – taking the plunge

I’ve done it – I’ve committed myself to Evernote for my digital administration Following on from last week’s blog, I have started using Evernote to improve my digital organisation. It may be a bit premature to start recommending it, but I think I’m ready to take the risk. It’s a very versatile program, but it’s …
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Recommendations – Hearty and Otherwise

“Recommended”, “Maybe”, and “Time for Something New” Anyjunk Not so long ago, I blogged about the pile of redundant and knackered stuff that has been sitting in my flat for months. I stopped driving many years ago, so I couldn’t just take this to the nearest proper place myself, and I didn’t want to presume …
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Talking to Your Computer

Keyboards aren’t necessarily the best way to talk to computers .. and that is why the mouse was developed. The invention of the mouse actually took place in the 1960’s (see this link, for instance, on the invention of the computer mouse), but it became widespread with the introduction into personal computing of the “Graphical …
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An example of Cloud Computing – ToodleDo Task Manager

Since I bought my Sony Tablet S I’ve been trying to consolidate all the different bits of software I use so that as much as possible is available on both my main Windows 7 laptop and on the Android tablet. “Android“, by the way, is the operating system on the Tablet. In other words, it …
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Treepad

A lot of business users and home computer users automatically turn to Microsoft Word every time they want to create text that needs to be saved. Word is a great fully-featured “word processing package” but using it often seems like using a sledge-hammer to crack a walnut, and it doesn’t necessarily offer a good solution …
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What is a spreadsheet?

Many people have Microsoft Office but have never used the spreadsheet application (Excel) that is part of it. Every now and again someone asks me what a spreadsheet is, so I’d like to give an overview. This is not a tutorial for financial or computer geeks: it’s just to give you an idea of whether …
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