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From Fr om th the e Ed Ediitor Every new year I hav Every havee the same resolution – to be more choosy about what I download. And every year I break it before the Christmas decorations come down. Te problem is that, faced with so many new programs, apps and tools, curiosity takes ov  , my resistance crumbles, and I embark on a download spree. Te inevitable result is that I end up with much that’s substandard. substandard. I’m sure many of you do, too. So in our Cover Feature Feature (p50) we’v we’vee compiled a more discerning download list, preparing you for 2015. As well as essential new software software and apps, you’ll you’ll find free security tools to fight upcoming threats, must-read must-read ebooks, exciting betas exciting betas and  and brilliant games. It’s

your companion for the next 12 months. One program I’ve already downloaded is the 2015 version of Kaspersky Internet Security, Security, which has won our past four antivirus group tests. You’ll You’ll find secret tips for this softw software are on page 48, and an exclusive reader offer (half  price!) on page 68. Daniel Booth Daniel [email protected]

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New Skyp Skype e too ooll tran transl sla ates lan angu gua ages as you speak kype has released the beta the beta

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groundbreaking tool that groundbreaking translates translat es llanguages anguages being spoken in real time. It provides instant spoken and text translations as you chat with someone via a video link (see screenshot right), although for now it only translates Spanish into English, and vice versa. It works on Windows 8.1 and 10. It’s been trialled on school children in Mexico City and Tacoma in the US state of  Washington, with one classroom speaking Spanish and the other English. e program works by comparing your speech with millions of recorded audio samples. It recognises and remov rem oves es speech speech “disfluen “disfluencies cies”, ”, such as “um” and “er”. Announcing the launch on the Skype blog (www.snipca. (www.snipca. com/14865), com/14865 ), Gurdeep Pall

COMMENT Skype Skype Tr Transl anslator ator is a landmar landmark k mome moment nt in technology technolo gy because, like time tra trave vell and tele teleport portatio ation, n, an instant-tr instant-translatio anslation n machine mach ine has alwa always ys been se seen en as one one of the the key inv inventio entions ns that sy symbol mbolise ise a more mor e advanc advanced ed futu future. re. Even Even before before this laun launch ch we love loved d

wrote: “Skype wrote: “Skype Tr Transla anslator tor relies relies on machine learning, which means that the more the technology is used, the smarter it gets”. He added: “is is just the beginning of a journey that will transform the way we communicate with people around the world. Our long-term goal for speech translation is to translat translatee as many languages as possible on as many platforms

as possible”. Skype hopes to make Translator Translat or work with 40 languages, including Klingon, which will delight the most dedicated Star Trek  fans.  fans. To try the Skype Transla Translator tor beta, you have to register on the site (www.snipca.com/ (www.snipca.com/ 14861). 14861 ). Skype will ask you which device you currently use it on, and which languages you’re “interested in”. Selecting these will help

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Skype decide which languages to add to the service next. We will test Translat Translator or in an upcoming issue.

It’s offi fficial cial:: Win Windows 10 will will be ‘aw ‘aweso esome’ e developers working on the next version of  Windowss 10 are so excited Window by what it contains they havee codenamed it hav “FBL_AWESOME”. Writing on the Blogging Windows blog on 17 December (www.snipca. (www.snipca. com/14858), com/14858 ), Microsoft engineering manager Gabe

Aul admitted that the name “is a bit corny”, but that it acts as a “daily reminder to ourselves that we want this build to be great”. His comments came a couple of days after the latest version of Windows 10 was leaked online. It includes several new features, such as a fully integrated version of the

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voice-activated personal assistant Cortana (see screenshot). Microsoft is expected to unveil unv eil the Consumer Preview of Windows 10 on 21 Janu  y. e company says more than 1.5 million people are testing Windows Windows 10, the most beta testers for any version of  Windows to date. Around

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Microso Micr osoft ft su sues es phon one e sc scamm ammers ers who gi giv ve bog bogus us tech su sup ppo port rt Microsoft Microso ft is fightin fighting g back back ag agai ains nstt one one of the the mo most st common comm on and irritating irritating phone pho ne scams scams of recen recentt ye years ars,, bysu by suing ingon onee of the the co comp mpani anies es alleg allegedl edly y behi behind nd it. it. In the scam, scam, ta targ rget eted ed peopl peo plee rece receiv ivee a phon phonee call call fr from om someon someonee pur purpor portin ting g to be a tech-s tech-sup uppor portt wor orke kerr fr from om Microso Microsoft ft.. e ca caller ller cl claim aimss th ther eree is a prob proble lem m wi with th the the user user’s ’s PC, PC, an and d as asks ks to tak take remo remote te cont contro roll of it so the they ca can n fix it it.. ey then then dem demand and mon money ey to resolv resolvee this non-exist non-existent ent prob problem lem,, and ma may y als also o ins insta tall ll malwa mal ware re and steal steal person personal al info, info, suc such h as pas passw swor ords ds and bank-account bank-acc ount details. Over Ov er th thee past past few few yea ears rs hundreds hund reds of Computeractive  re reade aders rs have have to told ld us the they’v y’vee re recei ceive ved d such such pho phone ne cal calls. ls. In Decem December ber,, Microsoft Microsoft’s ’s Di Digi gita tall Cr Crim imes es Unit Unit file filed d a ci civi vill

laws lawsuit uit in the Centr Central al Dis Distri trict ct of Cal Califo ifornia rnia agains againstt Omni OmniT Tech Su Supp ppor ortt and and ot othe herr fir firms ms for for “unfair “unfair and deceptiv deceptivee business business practice pra cticess and tradema trademark rk infringement”. Outlini Out lining ng the laws lawsuit uit on it itss bl blog og (www.snipca.com/ 14852), 14852 ), Mic Micro roso soft ft sa said: id: “In “In some instances instances,, OmniT OmniTech ech has actuall actually y created created securi security ty issues issues for for victim victimss by gainin gaining g ac acce cess ss to th thei eirr PCs PCs an and d installing inst alling mali malicious cious softwa software, re, including inclu ding a pass passwo word rd grabber grabber

that cou that could ld pr prov ovide ide ac acces cesss to per person sonal al and fina financi ncial al information”. It warned arned tha thatt wh while ile these scammers scammers “don “don’t ’t discriminate”, elderly people are parti particular cularly ly vulnerable: “According According to the the FBI, FBI, se senio niorr ci citi tize zens ns are are oft often en mo more re trust trusting ing and con artist artistss explo exploit it these tra traits its”. ”. In the the bl blog og post post Microso Micr osoft ft gave gave ad advic vicee on how how to avo void id bein being g sca scamme mmed: d: “Nev “Never er pro provide vide cred creditit-card card or financial financ ial informat information ion to some someon onee cl clai aimi ming ng to be fr from om Microsoft Micro soft tech supp support ort”. ”. Micro Mic roso soft ft adde added d th that at it had had recei receive ved d mor moree than than 65,0 65,000 00 complaints complain ts about tech-su tech-support pport scams since May May. You can can re repo port rt sc scam amss to Microsoft Micro soft using the comp compan any’s y’s online onl ine fo form: rm: www.snipca. com/14853.. com/14853

Make li Mak libr brar ariies mor ore e li lik k  cofee shop shops, s, says says reportt Public Pub lic libr librari aries es must must emula emulate te coffe coffeee shop shopss by offer offerin ing g fr free ee

e-len e-lendin ding, g, so peo people ple can can re read ad books books

Wi-F Wi-Fi, i, says says a new new repor report. t. It’s on onee of th thee main main re recom commen mendat dation ionss made made in the Independen Indep endentt Libr Library ary Report, Report, commis com missio sioned ned by the the Departmen Depar tments ts for Cult Culture ure,, Media Media an and d Sp Spor ort, t, and and fo forr Communitie Comm unitiess and Local Local Government. e repo report rt sa said id that that a “W “Wii-Fi Fi connec con nectio tion n sho should uld be delivered deliv ered in a comfort comfortable able,, retail-standard retail-st andard environment, environment, with with th thee us usua uall amen amenit itie iess of  coffee, coff ee, sofas sofas and to toile ilets ts,, and off   , in ad addi diti tion on,, su such ch ne new w

on ta table blets ts and e-r e-reader eaders, s, the report repo rt said. said. It ad adde ded: d: “By not not providing pro viding Wi-Fi Wi-Fi and high-quality computer computer facilities facil ities,, libra libraries ries ofte often n pr prese esent nt a neg negat ativ ivee ima image ge of  being old-fashio old-fashioned ned places places th that at have have little little relev relevanc ancee in today’s toda y’s society”. William Willia m Siegh Sieghart art,, aut author hor Te  of the repor report, t, told Independent th that at he fin finds ds it “asto “astonishing nishing”” tha thatt one-thir one-third d of Eng Englan land’ d’ss libr librari aries es (aroun (around d

serv servic ices es as would ould ma make ke the the library libr ary a vibr vibrant ant and at attr tract activ ivee communit comm unity y hub hub”. ”. As well as fr free ee Wi Wi-F -Fi, i, librari libr aries es sho should uld off offer er more more

1,0 1,000) 00) don don’t ’t have have Wi-F Wi-Fi. i. He said said th that at while while librari libraries es remai emaine ned d a vit vital part part of a commu com munit nity y, wit with h 35 per cent cent of peo people ple in Engl Englan and d st still ill

INBRIEF TWITT ER ‘SHO ‘SHOULD ULD BAN TWITTER RACIST WORDS’

A Lab Labour our MP said said Tw Twitt itter er should sho uld block block racis racistt wo words rds afterr she receiv afte received ed 2,500 anti-se anti -semitic mitic mes message sages s on the site site in an inter interne nett ca camp mpaig aign n again against st her her by wh white ite supremacists. suprema cists. Tal Talking king to the Daily Telegraph  elegraph Luciana Berg  , shad shadow ow minis minister ter fo forr pub publi lic c heal health, th, said said that that Twitter Twi tter shou should ld ban “r “racis acistt wo words rds whi which ch aren’t aren’t all allow owed ed to be pri printe nted d in news newspa pape pers rs or broa broadc dcas astt on TV and that that couldnev ouldnever er be used used in a posit positiv ive e wa way y – suc such h as kik kike”. NEW IPL IPLA AYER RAD RADIO IO APP FO FOR R TABLE ABLETS TS

e BBC has red redesi esigne gned d its iPl iPlay ayer er Radio Radio app to mak make it easi easierto erto use use on table tablets. ts. Wh Whil ile e the app wa was s previousl prev iously y ava available ilable for tablets, tabl ets, usin using g it wa wasn’t sn’t eas easy y becau because se it had had been been bui built lt specifi spe cifical cally ly for pho phones nes.. It also contains contain s more inform information ation aboutt prog abou progra ramme mmes s on the schedu sch edule le page pages. s. You’ll ou’ll find li link nks s to the new new versio ersion n fo forr An Andro droid id table tablets, ts, the iPad iPad and Amaz Am azon on Fire Fire on the BB BBC’s C’s Internett Blog: www.snipca. Interne com/14821.. com/14821

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to dise disease ase and dec decline line”. ”. He added: added: “For “For the these se reaso reasons ns find finding ing way ayss to support sup port people people’s ’s social connec con nectio tions ns is a reall really y import imp ortant ant goal goal.. is st stud udy y shows sho ws how how te techn chnolo ology gy can be a usef useful ul tool tool fo forr en enab ablin ling g social soc ial connec connectio tions, ns, and that that su suppo pporti rting ng old older er people people in our commu com munit nity y to use te techn chnolo ology gy effectiv effe ctively ely can have have impor importan tantt benefit ben efitss fo forr their their health health and well-being”. Doyouagree that Doyouagree that usingthe usingthe web makes makes elderl elderly y people fee feell les less s lonely lonely? ? Letus know: know: [email protected]

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others to deciphe others decipherr the them. m. A GCHQ spok spokesw eswoman oman said said th thee ap app p is in inte tend nded ed as a “fun fun te teac achin hing g aid aid” to he help lp 14 to 16 ye year ar olds olds st stud udyin ying g at the the Key St Stag agee 4 lev level. el. e app is part art of the agency age ncy’s ’s comm commitme itment nt to help hel p “incr “increas easee th thee upt uptak akee of  STEM (Science, Technology, Enginee Eng ineerin ring g and Maths) Maths) subjects subje cts at schools”. schools”. Launc Launchin hing g the app, app, Mini Minist ster er

to work work at Bletc Bletchle hley y Park Park.. Toda oday y, I’m pl plea ease sed d to an anno noun unce ce a similarly similar ly crea creativ tivee solution solution in th thee hunt hunt fo forr exper expertise tise,, but with wit h a 21s 21stt-cen centu tury ry spin spin”. Cryptoy Crypt oy is curr currentl ently y

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for the Ca Cabine binett Office Office Fr Franc ancis is Maudee MP said: “Famou Maud “Famously sly, the Governm Government ent recruite recruited d wi winn nner erss of a Daily Telegra elegraph ph crypticc crosswo crypti crossword rd com competit petition ion

ava vaila ilable ble onl only y as an And Andro roid id app (www.snipca.com/14738 ), th thou ough gh repor reports ts say say GCH GCHQ Q is workin orking g on an iOS versio ersion n to launc launch h nex nextt ye r.

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Th Ther ere ar e fher ears earrsbil tha that BT’s BT ’sgh plann planned edcusto pu pur rchase cha se obile obi le-p -pho hone networ ork k EE coul could d le lead ad teoare highe hig bills, ls, tthou th ough rural rural cus tome mers rs of migh mim ght t ben bene et t ne netw T’s announcement in December of its intention to buy EE, the UK’s biggest mobile-phone network, for £12.5bn sparked lots of  business busine ss inter interest. est. e company’ss share price rose, company’ and City investors spoke of  “substantial cost synergie  . But what does the deal mean me an to cus custo tome mers rs of th thee tw two o companies? First off, anyone on an EE contract will be automatically moved to BT. e biggest concern is that BT will need to hike prices in or orde derr to finan finance ce the pur purcha chase se.. e company says significant cuts to a number of  departments departmen ts will help fund the deal, but some analysts value this saving at only £5 billion. Where will the rest of the money come from? Another fear is that BT’s customer service performance, already seen as poor, will sink even further. In Ofcom’s latest report on

 

THE FAC ACTS TS •   BT BT is in talk talks s with with EE EE,, Britain’ Brit ain’s s bigg biggest est mobi mobilelenetw networ ork k group group,, to buy buy the compan company y for £12.5 £12.5bn. bn. •   e two compan companies ies previousl prev iously y work worked ed together in Cor Cornw nwall all to deli delive verr high highspeed spe ed broa broadb dband and vi via a 4G to remote areas areas.. •   By purch purchasi asing ng EE, BT woul ould d  

 

 

rush of customers following the launch of TV channel BT Sport in 2013. Attempting to integrate EE’s 24.5 million customers with its existing services could be just as problematic. So who will win from the deal? One group who might benefit are people living in remote areas. In 2011, BT and EE worked together in

that BT’s main motivation for wanting to buy EE is to fully compete with Virgin Media as a so-called ‘quad-play’ provider, provid er, offering broad broadband, band, mobile,, landline and T V in mobile one bundled package. Existing BT and EE customers are likely to be offered discounted deals and freebies to buy bundled packag pac kages, es, but but the they y offer offer

deals, but it’s always worth taking the time to compare and understand what you need versus what you want – esp especi ecially ally in an inc incre reasin asingly gly complicated market . at advice applies especially to EE broadband customers because it seems likely BT will try to lock them into 18-month contracts on its own fibre network. e move should be relatively painless, though, because EE already offers fibre broadband based on BT’s network. Whateverr the final details Whateve of the deal, many EE customers will simply accept it and switch to BT with little fuss. But those put off by a potential deterioration in customer service or the restrictive nature of quadplay bundles should shop around. Rival companies like Sky and Virgin will be sure to offer competitive deals of  their own to tempt you away.

customer satisfaction (www.snipca.com/14746), www.snipca.com/14746), published in December, December, BT came came bott bottom om in the ‘landline telephone’ and ‘fixed broadband’ categories.

Cornwall to deliver highspeed broadband via 4G to properties that were too remote to reach with underground cables. at collaboration ended in June

value for mo value money ney only if you take all four four services services.. Switch Switch to anoth another er compan company y for o one ne of those services and you’ll probably end up paying more overall. is disincentive to switch is one of the main reasons companies prefer signing you up to bundled deals. Experts warned customers not to be dazzled by BT’s tempting offers. Dominic Baliszewski, telecoms expert at broadbandchoices.co.uk, said: “If you find yourself in

EE didn’t fare any better, coming last in the ‘mobile’ category. BT has admitted that it struggled to cope with the

2012, but BT may now revive plans to reach customers in rural areas, thereby avoiding the expense of laying cable. However, analysts agree

this situation, don’t feel rushed or pressured into signing up to a new contract. BT will likely offer some very attractive customer-retentio customer-retention n

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be abl able e to offer offer cu cust stome omers rs so-called so-cal led ‘quad-pl ‘quad-play’ ay’ packag pac kages es that bund bundle le home hom e phon phone, e, bro broadba adband, nd, TV and mobi mobile le con contra tracts cts into into one one deal. deal.

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Why co Why could uldn’t n’t Win Windo dows ws 8 have ha ve also bee been n del delay ayed? ed?

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lot about how Google invades our wantss to priva y, avoids paying tax and want be above British law. No doubt we’ll soon discover that it is planning to enrich uranium in order to build its own nuclear arsenal. But I’m prepared to forgive Google all its naughtiness if it manages to kill off  the hated Captchas (News, Issue 439). Every time I see one my heart sinks. My eyesight is failing now, which makes the task of identifying the letters and numbers even harder. I find the letter B impossible to distinguish from the number 8. Te same applies to the letter S and the number 5. I think ancient Greek would be easier to decipher. Please, Google, hurry up with your Captcha replacement. Bill Mich Michaels aels

 an han hands-f ds-frr ee ca calls lls wh whil ile e driving dri ving too I wholly endorse the points by Arthur Marshall in his Star Letter in Issue 438 (‘Name and shame people who use phone while driving’). But I am wondering if many people would endorse my wish to see the law taken even further. I quote from an article which appeared in, I think, an AA magazine of yesteryear: yesteryear: “It is all very fine having your hands on the wheel, but it is of no use if your brain is not connected to your hands”. I defy anybod anybody y to fully concentrate concentrate on driving if, for example, they are discussing a difficult business matter. So I would like to see even hands-free calls being made illegal while a vehicle is moving. Built-in phones could be disabled when the engine is running apart from registering an incoming call, to which the driver could respond when safely at rest. Roger Castle-Smith

betw bet ween this this vers ersion ion and Wind indow owss 8.1, which I wou which ould ld ne neve verr bu buy y. Ev Even en the ba back ckgr grou ounds nds ar are e the sa same me.. Wh What at is missin missing g is an any y fo form rm of instru instructi ction on lit liter erat atur ure e from from Microsof Micr osoftt o outli utlining ning or selling selling the adv advance ancess made mad e sin since ce Wi Windo ndows ws 7.

I use my PC for serious work and am not interested in an app store full of  games and gimmicks. Neither do I want gaudily coloured start screens or even a touchscreen. I have all of that on my smartphone.. Microsoft smartphone Mic rosoft should learn from Apple and have two separate operating systems systems - one for comput computers, ers, one for mobile devices. I am sure that Microsoft want to lure users of Windows 7 and indeed XP into buying the latest version. In that case, they should be busy buying advertising space in magazines such as yours, selling the differences that an investment investment in Windowss 10 would bring. Right now they Window are not convincing many people

Not convince con vince tha at I nee eed d Windo Win dows ws 10 d th Like man Like many y oth others ers I ha hav ve ins insta talle lled d Microsof Micr osoft’s t’s Window Windowss 10 Technic echnical al Prev Previe iew w. I can canno nott see an any y differ differenc ence e

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Issue 439 thatofMicrosoft delayed the release Windowshas 10. I wish they had also delayed the release of  Windowss 8, prefer Window preferably ably by about 47 years.   w y , I wouldn’t have been tempted Tat to upgrade from an operating syst system em I loved (Windows 7) to one that I find as hard to operate as an octopus would buttoning butt oning a duffel coat. Da David vid Lee

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Does Nathan Brazil have something to hide? Having read his Star Letter in Issue 439, it certainly seems that w y. Otherwise, why would he be so concerned about GCHQ being able to monitor his emails? I’m perfectly relaxed about the prospect of the James Bonds and Miss Moneypennys Moneypenn ys at GCHQ reading my emails because I’ve never planned to behead a British soldier, nor arranged to travel halfway across the world to wage  jihad.. If they interc  jihad intercept epted ed my emails emails the they y would read me moaning about my football footba ll team to my brother; moaning about my job to my wife; moaning about To Tony ny Steele my dodgy knee to my physiothera physiotherapist; pist;

Let’s Le t’s hve ear ea r mughts ore or e ts positi positive though tho abou abo ut tech How refreshing it was to read Jane Hoskyn’s Hoskyn’s p positivity ositivity in Issue 439 (Te Final Hurrah, ‘St ‘Stop op moaning about tech’). While I do enjoy Stuart Andrews’s grumpiness, his antieverything attitude can feel a little overwhelming. over whelming. Not everything is as bad as he makes out. If he really hates tech that much, he could try living in a cave, rubbing sticks together together for warmth. warmth. ane’s ’s wor ords ds re remin mind d us tha thatt wh while ile Jane

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ransom ranso mwar are, e, the net eff effect ect is st still ill positiv posi tive. e. Ho How w quic quickly kly we becom become e compla com placen cent. t. We ar are e usi using ng de devic vices es no now w that th at,, jus justt 10 ye years ars ag ago, o, woul ould d ha have ve fe felt lt like lik e sci sci-fi -fi.. Fas astt fo forw rwar ard d 10 year ears, s, and I’ I’m m sure su re to toda day’ y’ss tec tech h wil willl see seem m pr prehi ehist stori oric. c.

I would like to read more from Jane on the benefits of technology. Maybe she and Stuart Andrews could have a ‘for and against’ tug of war every issue? Tey could pick a subject, then tackle it from opposite ends of the spectrum. Catherine Madele Madeley y

 

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and moaning about Windows 8 to Computeractive . ey would take one long at my emails and conclude that I am a moany old git. And they would be right. ey would also conclude that I pose no threat to anyone. Mr Brazil says that he’ll happily show GCHQ his emails if they show him theirs. I have another proposition for GCHQ. I’ll show them my emails if they promise to keep me, and brave members of our armed forces, safe from terrorist attacks. James Barclay

Scamm mmed ed by my wi wife fe!! Sca Here is an idea that your lady readers may find interesting. It was invented inven ted by my wife. I have named it ‘Free Bay’ and ‘Free Pal’. It works like this: my wife finds something she wants on eBay then say sayss to me, “I want that, but I’m not an eBay memb r, so I’m not sure about this bidding procedure and I don’t havee a PayPal hav PayPal account. Could you do it for me?” It’s obvious what happens next: I bid, I win, I pay and she gets the goods. What a great scam! Peter Pet er Bric Brice e

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Stuart Andrews’s rant against recommendations recommenda tions being showered showered on you, before you have even had the chance to read or view your latest purchase, really rang my bell (e Final Straw, Issue 438). I am constantly nagged for reviews of purchases I have have bought (and even reviews of packaging!). en I am pestered to declare myself a student so as to obtain discounts because I previously bought certain volumes normally only used for study, such as Te  Communistt Manifes Communis Manifesto to and books by John Maynard Keynes and Jeremy Bentham. My tastes are varied and I should like to be left in peace to indulge them when I ca can n aff affor ord d to, to, no nott ha harr rried ied an and d ha hassl ssled ed into into whatever what ever channels the online merchants have chosen for me. Susan Susa n Plat Platter ter

Referendum theonmost discussed UKwas topic Facebook Face book (News, Issue 439) because my friends on the site seemed more obsessed with mindless pap like Co Come me Din Dine  e  With With Me , what they had for breakfast (mostly (mostly Shreddies) and earth-shattering earth-shat tering observations observations about the weather (“I can’t believe it’s raining outside”). How I wish my friends possessed the political awareness awareness to say something articulate and pertinent about Alex Salmond’s mutinous plans. When my friends aren’t talking rubbish, they’re posting daft photos of  themselves. Some of these are just boring holiday photos. Having to look at all these is the modern equivalent of  being forced to endure a neighbour’s slidesh slid eshow ow of the their ir re recen centt tri trip p (“ (“and and her heree is the restaurant we went to every night”- so what, what, I don’t care!). care!). To give my friends some credit, not many of these photos capture capture them drunk. However, I’m clearly in a minority. Facebook obviously thinks there are too many photos of tipsy

twits because it is planning a ‘drunk photo filter’ to stop people posting them. According to the BBC’s story (www.snipca.com/14719 (www.snipca.com/14719), ), Facebook will deter people posting drunk photos by asking: “Are asking:  “Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?” I this?” I wish Facebook Fac ebook would also introduce a ‘tedious holiday photo’ filt r, that would ask the question: “Do you really want to bore your friends to sleep with another snap of yourself  on the beach?” It’s It ’s clear that two options face me. One, to find a new set of Facebook friends, preferably preferably some that don’t require a dictionary when using words of more than one syllable; and two, to abandon Facebook and look in the ‘real’’ world for like-minded souls. ‘real Which should I choose? Douglas Doug las Grah Grah 

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Instead of complaining about the competition, why doesn’t Royal Mail compete better (Question of the Fortnight, Fortnigh t, Issue 438 438)? )? With vans, mostly half empty, empty, calli calling ng at addresses everywhere in the UK, they have a huge advantage over other companies. But what a lot of courier companies have realised is that they can offer doorstep collection quite cheaply, just as they offer the delivery of reasonably sized packages, based on weig weight ht rather than complex size calculations. It is totall totally y unfair to say that Yodel Yodel and similar companies cream off urban work – I live in a rural area and I have not yet found a courier compan company y that refuses to deliver or collect from me at the same price as if I lived in a ci  .

e Royal Mail’s biggest problem is that the staff ne   to work much harder than they do now. ey need to operate seven days a week and make their services easier to use. Nowadays even sending a letter involves weighing each item and then measuring all the dimensions, even the thickness of  a lett r, to find out what has to be paid. Parcels, letters, packets and registered mail should all be handled by one delivery driver driver and not two or even three as they are currently. e same postman, already calling at homes, could just as easily collect parcels at the same time. e problem is that they would no doubt expect to be paid more for doing it. Royal Mail could, and should, be the cheapest, fastest and most reliable service, so the question is, why isn’t it? Clive Cliv e Richards

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Consumeractive Curry’ rry’ss Was Cu sal salesm an trying ng to cesman on m e?tryi   I de deci cide ded d to buy buy an HP St Strrea eam m la lapt ptop op fr from om my loc local al Curry Curryss stor store e for £22 £229. 9. e sales salesma man n sa said id I’d al also so have to buy buy a £35 £35 32 32G G USB mem emor ory y stic tick to be us used ed in case case the com comput puter er cras crashes hes.. He re refus fused ed to sell sell me the the la lapt ptop op wi with thou outt this this.. Su Sure rely ly this this is a con? con?

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  We’re not sure whether whether this is a con, but it’s certainly very strange. While it’s wise to have some form of backup storage, it’s hardly mandatory and we can’t think why this salesman thought so. If Nick had bought the memory stick under those conditions, he could have argued that he’d been missold the laptop. He would have had a case under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and the Sale of Goods Act for an item not as described.

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We spoke to our customer-service contact at Currys, who was equally bemused. He said that he couldn’t comment without further information because it may have been a misunderstanding misunders tanding.. Nick told us he will go back to the shop and get the salesman’s name. If he does, we’ll salesman’s pass this on to Currys so it can investigate. We’ll let you know what happens.

What ar Wha are e my ri righ ghts ts aft fter er buyi ying ng a bro br oken phon one e from hon s 4u 4u? ?   I bo boug ught ht a Noki Nokia a Lu Lumi mia a 63 635 5 phon phone e on a 24 24-m -mon onth th,, EE contr con trac actt fr from om Phone Phoness 4u in Augus Augustt 201 2014, 4, but it won’t on’t con connec nectt to the inter interne net. t. Becaus Because e Phone Phoness 4u went bu busst in Se Sept ptem embe berr, EE sent sent it away fo forr butt this this was un unsu succ cces essf sful ul.. EE repa  , bu ha hass no now w washe ashed d it itss hand handss of th the e matt ma tter er an and d won’t on’t can cancel cel the co contr ntrac act. t. I’m pa payi ying ng £19 £19 a mon onth th for for a phon phone eI can’t can ’t use. use. Wh What at ar are e my ri righ ghts? ts?

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  Sadly Sadly,, Stephen Stephen’s ’s rights are very limited, as are those of all Phones 4u customers. EE doesn’t doesn ’t ha have ve to fix the phone because Stephen’s contract was with Phones 4u. EE also doesn’t have to cancel the airtime because although it formed part of the deal, it’s actually a separate contract contr act to the handset; and it works fine. But rather than giving up – leaving leavi ng Stephen with a useless phone – we pursued other options.

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When Phones 4u went bust, EE agreed to repair phones for free if the handset wasn’t covered by insurance and was still under warr warran anty. EE may have stopped trying to repair Stephen’s Stephen’s phone because it believes the fault isn’t cover covered ed by the warranty. Confusing the matter is that it’s unclear which warranty EE has

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Nokia’s or Nokia’s Phones 4u’s. We’ve asked EE to clarify. We’ve also suggested to Stephen that he makes a claim as an unsecured creditor with Phones 4u’s administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers. Admittedly Admitt edly,, this is a long shot because unsecured creditors rarely get any money back, but it’s worth trying. If  you’re you ’re in a similar situation to Stephen, you can make a claim on the PwC website by clicking on creditors and suppliers and downloading a claim form (www.snipca.com/14651 (www.snipca.com/14651 ). Stephen didn’t take out Phones 4u’s care plan, but any anyone one who did still has this protect protection. ion. e phone number for this service is 0333 222 6730. Technical Support is also still ava available ilable on 0844 871 2233.

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get get a ful fulll re refu fund nd for for a faul faulty ty prod produc uctt wi with thin in the the fir first st 30 days days,, afte afterr whi hich ch the the compa com pan ny can ins insis istt on re repai pairin ring g or repl replaci acing ng it ins inste tead ad.. Is that that st still ill the case? case? Sally Shaunessy

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refunds for longer. Amazon sometimes offers a full refund for up to six months after purchase, especially if it can no longer replace the item. Sally needs to contact Amazon (through the ‘Contact ‘Contact Us’ 12

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option at  at  www.snipca.com/14652) www.snipca.com/14652) to find out what it’s prepared to offer her. If Sally had bought the sat-nav from a trader on Amazon Marketplace, Marketplace, she would probably have to put up with a repair or a replacement. replacement. She wouldn’t wouldn’t need to prove the fault is inherent because the burden of proof is on the

seller to prove prove otherwise. Amazon provides information information on how to return an item bought through Marketplace at www.snipca.com/14656. www.snipca.com/14656.

 

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Afterr inst Afte installing alling the ap app, p, victim victimss unwittingly unwit tingly began a subsc subscri ript ptio ion n to a premium-rate premium-r ate service simply sim ply by ta tappin pping g an anyw ywher heree on the phone’s phone ’s screen. screen. Tis subscription charged users between £1.50 and £4.50 a week. Most people didn’t know they were being charged because the apps stopped the notification confirming payment from appearing. So Some me peo peopl plee re repo port rted ed bil bills ls of  hundreds hund reds of poun pounds. ds. Othe Others rs complain complained ed to Phon Phonepa epayPlus yPlus tha thatt they receiv received ed sexually sexu ally expl explicit icit text text message messages. s. PhonepayPlus said that the companies were unable to prove they had obtained customers’ consent to be charged. As

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well as being fined, the companies were ordered to refund their victims.

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Te new version of IObit’s system-cleaning program now includes the excellent IObit Uninstaller, and it lets you fix Registry errors, boost your PC’s boot time and remove hidden  junk,, all from one  junk one simp simple le dashbo dashboard ard.. When you run Advanced SystemCare, SystemCare, its taskbar icon has a little face on it. It’s not just being friendly; the face is there to show you how healthy your PC is. Our little taskbar face looked rather glum, so we clicked Scan to track down the cause of our PC’s unhappiness. As great as all this sounds, we recommend Advanced

SystemCare with reserv SystemCare reservations. ations. Te eagle-ey eagle-eyed ed among you will remember that we criticised the program in our Issue 436 coverr feature, because its installer included loads of unwanted cove unwanted extras, including the dreaded Yahoo toolbar. Tankfully, these PUPs have  have now disappeared, but you still have have to download PUPs the program from a third-party site (clicking Free Download www.snipca.com/14849 –  – a CNet page), and it takes you to  to  www.snipca.com/14849 tries to install Driver Booster 2 (another IObit tool) without being asked. Be vigilant, and don’t click the orange Activate Now button in the progr program am window – that’s another adve advert. rt.

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In our Wor orksh kshop op ‘S ‘Sto top p Russia Russian n hac hacke kers rs usin using g yo your ur webcam webcam’’ (Issu (Issuee 43 439) 9) we sh sho owed you ho how w to us usee this this port portab able le ne new w tool tool to disa disable ble your our PC’s PC’s web ebca cam m comp comple lete tely ly so it can can’t be ac acce cess ssed ed by hack hacker ers. s. No so soon oner er ha had d we publ publish ished ed th thee Works orksho hop p than than its creat creator or Sor Sordum dum upd updat ated ed it. You can now now sw switc itch h multip multiple le web ebca cams ms on an and d off (use (usefu full if yo you u have have an exte extern rnal al web ebca cam m as wel elll as a buil builtt-in in one), one), an and d cl clic ickin king g the the Web ebca cam m but button ton no now w op open enss a prev previe iew w wind wind  , where here you can can ta tak ke a sc scre reen ensh shot ot an and d zo zoom om in or ou out. t. It’ t’ss fa fast st bec becom omin ing g th thee on only ly webca ebcam m to tool ol you need need..

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Te look lookan and d fe feel el of th the e Fuze uze is re remi mini nisc scen entt of early home computers such as the ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro. Its laptop-style keyboard key board is positioned at a surprisingl surprisingly y steep angle, but we found it reasonably comfortable to use for short bursts of  typing such as when coding. It’s less suitable if you need to type lengthy text documents.. Te unusually small, offset documents space bar proved proved to be a slight problem, but we got used to it after a couple of days.

 

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Another place where the Fuze stands head and shoulders above most Raspberry Pi bundles is in the quality of the printed teaching materials materia ls that come with it. e Fuze comes with a

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series of progr programming amming projects, written in a light, clear manner that’s easily comprehensible to children and people with no experience of programming. By completing the projects, users will learn about concepts common to all programming programming languages, all while creating short and simple progr programs ams that produce tangible results results.. e last couple of projects use the FUZE to control an external external electronic circuit and the robot arm. e arm can only perform simple tasks such as picking up objects from one pile and moving them to another another,, but successfully programming it gives a great sense of  achievement. achievem ent. Unlike the comput r, the robot arm arrives in kit form so you havee to build it yourself hav yourself.. As well as being entertaining to program and control, the arm is fun and satisfying to build: you start with a collection of motors, loose gears, and bits of plastic casing, and end up with a working robot. It takes a bit of patience and a few hours to assemble, but both the process and the result are educational and entertaining. ere are lots of little pieces involved, so a steady hand and a sharp eye are essential. e printed project cards that come with the Fuze are great, but we’d have liked more electronics projects. Plus, not all of the components th t th Fuze comes with hav havee a role in the supplied lesson plans. For example, the Fuze comes loaded with BASIC code snippets to use the supplied light sensor, but there’s no accompanying accompan ying tutorial tutorial sso o you have to work things out for yourself. However, the official website (www.snipca. (www.snipca.

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and a tutorial series to create a simple space-shooter space-shoot er game. If you’re going to take on a teaching role when using the Fuze, it’s a good idea to work through all the projects yourself before guiding someone else through them. If you’re already reasonably reasonably familiar with BASIC, devising new projects for a beginner to work with is fairly simple. e example code in FUZE BASIC’s default directory default  directory provides some useful jumping-off points. e Fuze-T2-R is a great way to encourage encoura ge a budding programm r. If  the £230 Fuze-T2-R with its robot arm is a bit pricey for you, a version without the arm, but with everything else, costs £180. If you already have a Raspberry Pi, you can buy the stand-alone Fuze case and input/output board for just £70. SPECIFICATIONS

700 MHz ARM11 ARM1176JZ 76JZ-F -F proc processor essor • 512M 512MB B memor memory y• 8GBmicro SD car card d • Raspb Raspbian ian Linux • Micro MicroSD SD slot • dual-core dualcore Vid VideoCo eoCore re IV integrat integrated ed graphics graphics chip • 4x HDMI port port • 1x 10/100Mbp 10/100Mbps s Ethe Ethernet rnet USB2 ports • 1x HDMI port • 70x33x 70x33x23mm 23mm (HxW (HxWxD) xD) • 1.8kg  

 

 

 

 

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We award award every every prod product uct that that gets gets fiv five stars stars ou ourr   U Y  T ! Buy Buy It! stamp stamp of app appro rova val. l. ★★★★★ It mean means s we were extreme extremely ly impr impress essed ed by the prod product, uct, an and d we thin think k you wi willbe llbe too. too. Every Every produ product ct that that gets gets a fou four-st r-star ar rev review iew is giv given en the Grea Greatt Pi Pick ck award award.. We highly high ly rec recomme ommend nd thes these e produc pro ducts, ts, altho althoughthey ughthey jus justt fail fail to mee meett the hig high h stand standar ard d of our Buy Buy It! wi winne nners rs..

 

 

 

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8in 1920x1200-pix 1920x1200-pixel el touchscreen   • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Qual comm Snapd Snapdrag ragon on 801 quad quad-cor -core e processor processor   • 3GB memor memory y  • 16GB storage storage   • Micr MicroSD oSD slot   • Android 4.4KitKat   • 270g   • 213x12 213x124x6mm 4x6mm (HxW (HxWxD) xD)   • One-year One-ye ar warran warranty ty www.snipca.com/14702

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Ricoh Afici ficio o SG 2100N 2100N A gel gel-ba -based sed al alttern erna ativ tive to an inkjet inkjet or laser laser prin printer Te Rico Ricoh h Afici Aficio o SG 21 2100 00N N is an un unus usua uall col colour our print printer. Ins Instea tead of us usin ing g in ink k or to tone nerr cartr cartrid idge gess like like an in inkj kjet et or lase laserr, it usess blo use block ckss of so soyy-bas based ed gel. gel. Ric Ricoh oh claims claims this techno technolog logy y all allow owss the prin printer ter to match match a ch chea eap p mono mono lase laserr fo forr sp spee eed d an and d ru runn nnin ing g costs, cos ts, but with with the hig high-q h-qual uality ity col colour our printin prin ting g of an ink inkjet jet.. One cle clear ar ad adv van anta tage ge is th that at prin prints ts ma made de with with it itss gelgel-ba base sed d inks inks dry quick quickly ly wit withou houtt smudg smudges. es. Te stur sturdi dily ly made ade SG 2100 2100N N ha hass an Ethe Ethern rnet et port port,, so you can can conn connec ectt it to a ro rout uter er an and d shar sharee it am amon ong g your co comp mput uter ers. s. Unusually, everything on this printer is accessed from the front, which means you could squeeze it into some tight spaces such as shelv shelves, es, or eve even n stack SPECIFICATIONS

3600x1200dpii maxim 3600x1200dp maximum um printresolut printresolution ion  • 29ppm  • A4 pap paper er sizes sizes  • 213x399x360mm (HxWxD)  • 9.5kg  • One-year One-ye ar warran warranty ty www.snipca.com/14646

other devices on top top.. Ricoh ntt sayss that it’s designed to pri say print so up to 10,000 pages a month month sso  o iitt can easily handle the printin printing g n eedss of most small offices. ivee Whil Wh ilee Rico Ricoh h clai claims ms an impressive ressiiv 29 pa page gess per minut minutee (ppm) (ppm) in bll c  ck ck o r co colo lour ur,, in ou ourr te test st th this is pr prin intte r w s f r slower. A te text xt doc docum umen entt prin printe ted d at

11.4pp 11.4ppm, m, ris risin ing g to 19. 19.5pp 5ppm m usi using ng the the draf drafttquality qua lity setting setting.. We we were re impresse impressed d with th thee prin printt qual qualit ity y on only ly whe hen n we used used the the slightl slig htly y slower slower High Quality Quality set setting ting.. Tis produ produced ced cri crisp sper er te text xt an and d sharp sharper er col colour our grap graphics hics,, par particu ticular larly ly on coa coated tedink inkjet jet pa paper per..

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Te SG 2100N has pretty low running costs of 3.6p per black page and 10.6p for colour, but many inkjets are now even cheaper to run and have better print quality. Unless the SG 2100N’s spacesaving design is a priority priority, you should spend a little more for an inkjet instead.

Epson WorkFor orkForce ce WF-3540DTWF littl ttle e mor more e £110 A li ex expens pensiv ive, e, but this ink inkjet jet ha has s better better print print quality qual ity and lowe lowerr runn running ing co costs sts

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Samsun Sam sung g als also o cla claims ims that that 3D V-NAND -NAND increase increasess performan perfo rmance. ce. We wer weree initially initially scep scepti tica call as the the 25 256GB 6GB 85 850 0 Pro Pro was was act actual ually ly slowe slowerr tha than n oth other er SSDss at copy SSD copyin ing g sm smal alll files files,, managing mana ging 90 90MB/s MB/s,, alt altho hough ugh this is sti still ll a res respec pecta table ble sco score re.. It blazed blazed ah ahea ead d wh when en co copy pying ing larg largee fil files es,, thou though gh,, with with a  ja  jaw-dr w-droppin opping g scor scoree of 613MB 613MB/s /s – it’s it’s ea easi sily ly the the fast fastes estt SSD 22

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 xtrem xtreme eme e  a n i sk  xtr P ro 480G very fast fast SS SSD, D,  u t a litt little le pr pric ice ey  

also ve very ry expe expensi nsive ve Te Samsung 850 Pro is the first SSD first  SSD to  to use a new storage technology called 3D V-NAND. Samsung claims this lets them make even more spacious SSDs.

VERDICT: e SG2100N SG2100N is chea cheap p to

we’v we’vee se seen en in th this is te test st.. TeSamssun TeSam ung g 850 850 Pro Pro is a cr crac ackin king g SSD SSD,, bu butt th thee 25 256GB 6GB mode mo dell cos costs £140 £140,, or 55 55p p per per gigab gigabyte yte.. Te 512 512GB GB Cru Crucia ciall MX100 MX1 00 (see our revie review w, Issue Issue 42 427) 7) co cost stss less less (£ (£15 150 0 or 29p 29p pe perr giga gigaby byte te)) for for twic twicee as mu much ch sto stora rage ge.. Althoug Although h it’s it’s not as fast fast at copy copying ing lar large ge file files, s, it it’s ’s st still ill ou outs tstri trips ps th thee 85 850 0 Pro Pro in copyin cop ying g sma small ll files files.. VERDICT: Incredible performance perform ance,, but yo you u pay pay a hi high gh pric price e fo forr it

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SanD SanDis isk k is best best know known n fo forr it itss rang ra ngee of SD card cardss an and d US USB B sti stick cks, s, but the the com compa pan ny al also so makes SSDs. SSDs. Te Extr Extrem emee Pro, Pro, its late latest st mod model, el, is avail ailab able le in 240,, 480 an 240 and d 960 960GB GB capa capacit cities ies.. Te Ext Extre reme me Pro Pro was was fa fast ster er th than an ol olde derr SanDi SanDisk sk SS SSDs Ds in our larg largee files files te test st,, with with an MB/s.. Tis av aver erag agee spe speed ed of 559 559MB/s mak ma kes the the Extr Extrem emee Pro Pro the the sec second ond fa fast stes estt SSD we’v we’vee ev ever er seen see n in our lar large ge-fil -files es te test st,, se seco cond nd only only to the the Sams Samsun ung g 850 850 Pro Pro (s (see ee le left ft). ). It was le less ss impre imp ressi ssive ve in our sma smallll-file filess te test st wi with th an averag eragee spee speed d of  86MB/s. 86MB/ s. Although Although slow slower er than

othe otherr SSD SSDs, s, it it’s ’s st stil illl fa farr fa fast ster er than tha n an any y har hard d drive drive.. Te Extr Extrem emee Pro Pro is back backed ed by a len length gthy y 10-ye 10-year ar warr arran anty, but but unle unless ss this this is a prio priori rity ty there the re are bet better ter-v -valu aluee SSDs availa vailable ble.. Te 512 512GB GB Extre Extreme me Pro Pro cost costss a rela relati tive vely ly hig high h 43p per gig gigab abyte yte.. Te 512 512GB GB Cru Crucia ciall MX100 MX1 00 (see our re revie view w, Issue Issue 42 427) 7) isn isn’t ’t quit quitee as fa fast st,, but but cost costss  justt £150  jus £150,, or 29p per gigab gigabyte yte.. VERDICT: Very fast fast and wi with th a long long wa warr rran an y, but but it’s it’s no nott che cheap ap

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Windows Phone 8.1 is operating a slick andsystem, well-designed mobile but until now almost all of the new phones which come with it pre-installed havee been pretty mediocre. Tat’s all hav changed with the Nokia Lumia 830. Although it looks very similar to the Lumia 930 (see our review review,, Issue 431), it actually has lower specifications. However, several sever al refinements in the 830’s design de sign help make it the best Windows Phone yet. While Wh ile th thee 83 830 0 lo look okss very ery si simil milar ar to the the 930 930 with with its its colo colour urfu full pl plas asti ticc re rear ar pane panell an and d a meta metall band band runni running ng ar arou ound nd its its ed edge ges, s, it’s it’s fa farr sli slimm mmer er than than the the 930, 930, makin ma king g it mu much ch mor moree comfo comfort rtab able le to ho hold ld an and d us use. e. Pl Plus us,, un unlik likee th thee 93 930, 0, the the meta me tall band band didn didn’t di dig g in into to our our fle flesh sh as we were ere usin using g it it.. e 830 830 al also so ha hass two small sma ll but useful useful feat featur ures es that that its more more ex expens pensiv ivee count counterp erpart art lac lacks ks – an easily easily re repla placea ceable ble bat batte tery ry and a slo slott for adding adding moree sto mor stora rage ge using microSD cards. e 93 930’s 0’s ba batttery tery lif lifee was dis disap appoin pointin ting, g, so we fe fear ared ed a sim similar ilarly ly poor per perfo forma rmance nce fro from m the thinne thinnerr 830. 830. It actua actually lly las lasted ted fo four ur hours hours lon longe gerr th than an SPECIFICATIONS

5in 1280x720 1280x720 pixel pixel touch touchscree screen n • 1.2GHz Qual Qualcomm comm memory Snapdrag Snapd ragon on 400 quad coreprocessor coreprocessor • 1GB memory • 16GB storage storage • 4G • mic micro ro SD slot slot • nan nano o SIM • Win Window dows s Phone Phone 8.1 • 150g • 139x71 139x71x8.5mm x8.5mm (HxW (HxWxD) xD) • One-y One-year ear warran warranty ty www.snipca.com/14634  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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core A8 proc proces esso sorr lik like th thee iPad iPad Air Air 2, it itss A7 dual-core proce processo ssorr is st still ill ve very ry fast, fast, ma makin king g it one of th thee fast fastes estt ta table blets ts avail ailab able le.. It can can ea easi sily ly ha hand ndle le the the late latest st ga game mes, s, pl plus us iOS ofte often n ge gets ts the the late latest st ti titl tles es befo before re An Andr droi oid. d. Bes Bestt of all, all, it cost costss ju just st £239 £239 fo forr the 16GB 16GB WiFi-o WiFi-only nly mod model el (from (from www. snipca.com/14467). snipca.com/14467 ). If you ca can, n, it it’s ’s wor orth th payin paying g just just £40 mo more re for for th thee 32 32GB GB mo mode del. l.

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If £239 £239 is st stil illl too too mu much ch,, then then cons consid ider er th thee Tesco esco Hud udll 2 (£129 (£129 from from www.snipca. com/14705). com/14705 ). It Itss In Inte tell pr proce ocesso ssorr was aroun around d 30-50 30-50 per cent cent slow slower than than the the

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Motorola Mo Motto X (sec (secon ond d ge gen nera eratio tion) n) The Th e lea leathe ther-ba r-backe cked d phon phone e you you can con control trol hands-fr hands-free ee

With Wit mos most t smar smartpho nes there’s ther little le y ouhca can n do to cust cutphones stom omise ise th thei eirre’s litt appe appear aran ance ce,, as asid idee fr from om ad addi ding ng a case case of  your our choi choice ce.. Te ne new w Mo Moto to X br brea eaks ks the the moul mo uld d in th this is re resp spec ect. t. When When boug bought ht direct directly ly online online fr from om Motor Motorola ola,, eac each h phon phonee is made made to or orde derr so you ca can n custo cus tomis misee the colou colours rs (front (front and back). back). For £20 £20 extr extra a you ca can n ev even en go for a lea leathe therr or wooden ooden rear rear (see ima image) ge).. Tis sounds sounds ta tack cky y but act actual ually ly looks looks very very cl class assy y in the the fle flesh sh,, thou though gh you can can’t choo choose se to hav have a phot photo o on the the re rear ar casi casing ng,, which wh ich is a dis disapp appoin ointin ting g omi omissi ssion. on.

The Th wood ooden en ca casin sing g option optio neact actuall ually y loo looks ks very cla classy ssy Te Moto Moto X’s buil build d is so sl slen ende derr th tha at it slot,, but but it can’t can ’t accommoda accommodate te a microSD slot is excep exceptio tiona nally lly ro robus bust. t. Ev Even en after after we ac accide cident ntall ally y dr dropp opped ed it a coupl couplee of tim times es (incl (includ udin ing g a dr drop op on to co conc ncre rete te from from a heig height ht of ar arou ound nd fo four ur feet feet), ), ther theree was no damag dam agee to either either the meta metall ban band d arou around nd th thee ed edg ge of the the phon phonee or th thee pl plas asti ticc re  . Terre’s mor Te more to th thee Mo Motto X th than an ju just st it itss customisa cust omisable ble appea appearan rance. ce. You can cont control rol a nu numb mber er of it itss fun funct ctio ions ns wi with thou outt ev even en to touch uching ing it, it, sim simply ply by sa sayin ying g ‘H ‘Hello ello Moto Moto X’ (or a ph phra rase se of yo your ur choi choice ce)) fo follo llow wed by a co comm mman and. d. Wh Whil ilee this this is a boon boon for people peo ple with with de dext xteri erity ty pr probl oblems ems,, it it’s ’s not a unique uni que fe feat atur ure. e. Mos Mostt of the com comman mands ds ar aree act actua ually lly handled handled by Goo Google gle Now Now, the voice-a voice-activ ctivate ated d perso personal nal assistan assistantt present present on al alll ne new w An Andr droi oid d phon phones es.. Bu Butt on th thee Moto Mo to X you ca can n iss issue ue comm comman ands ds from from anyw anywhe here re on you ourr phon phone, e, no nott just just th thee home home scr scree een n as is th thee ca case se with with most most otherr Andr othe Android oid phone phones. s. Tere Te re ar aree al also so a co coup uple le of ba basi sicc moti motion on contr con trols ols.. For examp example, le, you you can wave yo your ur SPECIFICATIONS

5.2in 1920x1080-pix 1920x1080-pixel el touchscreen • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Qual comm Snap Snapdrag dragon on 801 quad quad-cor -core e processor processor • 578MHz 578M Hz Adreno Adreno 330 graphics graphics chip • 2GB memory • 16GB storage storage • 4G • Nan Nano o SIM • Andr Android oid 4.4 KitKat KitKat • 144g • 141x73x10mm (HxWxD) • One-y One-year ear warran warranty ty www.snipca.com/14630  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Motorola’s Motoro la’s customisa customisation tion options options it does doesn n’t do quit quitee en enou ough gh to just justify ify it itss high high pric pricee. If you ha hav ve th this is ki kind nd of  budge bud gett and want an And Andro roid id pho phone ne,, th then en choo choose se th thee Sa Sams msun ung g Gala Galaxy xy S5. While Wh ile it has has a lo lott of surp surplu luss soft softw ware, are, its waterp waterproof roof casing, casing, bett better er camera camera an and d lo long nger er ba batt tter ery y lif lifee ma make ke it a better buy buy.. VERDICT: A good good And Andro roid id phon phone e but but

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small snapshot of what the camera picked up. However, unless you’re prepared to pay a subscription fee, you can’t actually watch the footage itself. To watch, save and share recordings from the past seven days you need to pay £7.99 a month (or £79 a year) for the Silver package. package. To extend this to the past 30 days, you need to pay £27.90 a month or £279 a year for the Gold package. is is poor p oor value compared with the Y-cam HomeMonitor, which lets you access seven days of recordings for free, and only costs £30 a year for 30 days of recordings. In itself, the Philips In.Sight is a good security camera that’s very easy to use. However How ever,, the camera is of little use unl unless ess you pay the high subscription costs, making it hard to recommend when Y-cam’s cameras are of equal quality, but subscription-free. subscription-free.

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When you When you’r ’re e re read ady y to ma mak ke your your firs firstt recor recordin ding, g, repea repeatt Step Step 2. Recor ecord d as mu much ch as you ca can n in on one e go. Don Don’t worry orry ab abou outt an any y mista mis take kes, s, re repet petiti itions ons or lon long g pa pause usess as we we’ll ’ll sh show ow you you ho how w to re remo move ve these these in the the ne next xt st step ep.. After After you’v ou’ve e fini finishe shed d recor recordin ding, g, click click the the hich is us used ed to sele select ct any any sect sectio ion n of your our file. file. To on onlly Selection Select ion Tool   1 , which pla play a se sect ctio ion n of a re reco cord rdin ing, g, high highli ligh ghtt it an and d pres presss th the e sp spac aceb ebar ar.. Use the the Zo Zoom om In   2  an  and d Zo Zoom om Ou Outt   3   op opti tion onss at th the e top top to zo zoom om in into to a sp spec ecifi ific c area area of your re recor cordin ding g an and d see it mor more e cle clear arly ly. You can also also use the the key eyboa board rd shor shortc tcut ut Ct Ctrl rl+1 +1 to zo zoom om in an and d Ct Ctrl rl+3 +3 to zo zoom om ou out. t. ST

Edit Editin ing g mi mist stak akes es in Audac udacit ity y is as eas easy as edit editin ing g te text xt in Wor ord. d. Ens Ensur uree that that the the Selecti Selection on Tool is cli click cked, ed, then then highli highligh ghtt the section sect ion yo you u wa want nt to delete delete (mista (mistake kes, s, long long pa pause uses, s, repet repetiti itions ons)) and then then pr press ess Delet Deletee on your your keyb keyboar oard. d. To undo undo a de dele leti tion on,, pres presss Ctrl Ctrl+Z +Z.. Audac udacit ity y has has to tons ns of  For ex examp ample, le, effect effectss to ma mak ke your our au audi dio o soun sound d bett bett  . For if you noti notice ce that that your our re reco cord rdin ing g is to too o soft soft,, pres presss Ctrl+A Ctrl+A to sel select ect yo your ur rec recor ordin ding. g. Ne Next xt,, cli click ck Effect Effect   1 , then then Am Ampl plif ify y. Now Now mov move the the sl slid ider er a fr frac acti tion on to the the (movin ing g it to the the le left ft ma mak kes it soft softer er)) an and d cl clic ick k right   2   (mov Preview   3   to hear hear how how a port portio ion n of your our tr trac ack k wi will ll soun sound d with with the the ap appl plied ied effect effect.. If you li lik ke it it,, ti tick ck ‘Allo Allow w cli clippi pping ng’’ the then n cli click ck OK to amplif amplify y the rec recor ordin ding. g.

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A gr grea eatt way to be beg gin you ourr aud udio iobo book ok is to fade fade in wi with th a music mus ic tr trac ack. k. Here Here,, we’r we’ree using using the int intro ro of Bob Dylan Dylan’s ’s Like a Open th thee fold folder er co cont ntai ainin ning g that that tr trac ack k on your our Rolling Stone . Open PC an and d then then dr drag ag an and d dr drop op th thee tr trac ack k in into to Audac udaciity. You’ll ou’ll see see it load loaded ed in a second second wave wavefor form m   1   at the the bott bottom om of your our or orig igin inal al re reco cord rdin ing. g. If you ST

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Print Con Print Conduct ductor’s or’s Export Export List fea featur ture e co come mess in hand handy y if you in inte tend nd to prin printt the the same same files files ag agai ain n in fu futtur ure. e. Wh When en you co come me to print print th these ese file filess ag again ain,, you simpl simply y imp import ort the the then select select wh wher ere e sa sav ved lis list. t. Firs First, t, click click Ex Expor portt Lis Listt   1 , then you wan antt to sa save ve it by na navi viga gatin ting g thr throu ough gh th the e menu menuss on the the left left.. Na Name me th this is list list file file   2 , th then en clic click k OK OK.. Open Open it th the e nex extt time time you wan antt to pr prin intt th the e fil files es on th the e lis list. Alternativ Altern atively ely, click Import List   3 , na navi viga gate te to th the e list list ST

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Pri Print nt Con Conduc ducto torr let letss you you spe specify cify wh which ich page pagess within within a docu docume ment nt yo you u wan antt to prin printt an and d th thee numb number er of  copie copies. s. Be Bear ar in mi mind nd,, th thes esee se sett ttin ings gs wi will ll appl apply y to all all selec lectt ‘Page Pagess to prin printt’   2  and fil files es in the the lis list. t. Cl Clic ick k Se Sett ttin ings gs   1 , se en ente terr the the pa page ge ra rang ngee (f (for or ex exam ample ple,, 1-3). 1-3). Ente Enterr the the nu numb mber er of    3 copie copiess you wan antt in the the Numb Number er fie field ld . Clic Click k OK OK.. ST

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You’ll ou’ll nee need d to fa famili miliari arise se yo yours urself elf wit with h the va vario rious us recor recordin ding g option optionss in Fast Des Deskt ktop op Re Recor cord d r. On the homesc hom escre reen, en, clic click k Opt Option ions, s, the Video Video Cod Codecs ecs dr drop opdo down wn me menu nu at the the top top le left ft,, then then Micro Microso soft ft Vide Video o 1   1 . is se sets ts the the prog progra ram m to re reco cord rd vid video eoss in th thee AVI fo form rmat at,, whic hich h can can be pla playe yed d bac back k on mos mostt vid video eo sof softw twar are, e, inc includ luding ing Windo Windows ws Media Med ia Playe Playerr and VLC. VLC. Next Next,, mo move ve the Video Video Out Output put Qualit Quality y qualit ity y th that at suit suitss you. ou. e lo low wer th thee qual qualit ity y, the the slider   2  to a qual less less hard hard-d -dri rive ve spac spacee a video video ta take kess up, up, but but to keep keep the the vid video eo legi legibl blee we don don’t re reco comm mmen end d go goin ing g below below 50 per per cent cent.. A 10-sec 10second ond,, full-qu full-quali ality ty cli clip p we recor recorded ded use used d up 44MB of  sp spac ace, e, while hile a cl clip ip at 50 per per ce cent nt qua quali litty used used up 10M 0MB B. ST

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Back on th Back the e Fast Des Deskt ktop op Re Recor corder der ho homes mescr creen een,, you ha have ve two two way ayss in wh which ich you can make make recor recordin dings gs.. One One of th these ese is Fu Full ll Scr Screen een,, whic which h sim simpl ply y ca capt ptur ures es every everyth thin ing g on th the e scree screen. n. e othe otherr op opti tion on is Spec Specifi ific c Area Area.. Cl Clic ick k th this is if you want ant to reco record rd on only ly a speci specific fic part part of you ourr scr scree een. n. i iss is pa parti rticul cular arly ly useful useful if you ou’re ’re priv privac acy y consci conscious ous an and d don’t don’t wan antt th the e recip recipien ientt of your vi video deo see seein ing g ev every erythi thing ng on your Des Deskt ktop op.. then en on th the e grid grid ho hold ld left left-c -cli lick ck and and dr drag ag Click Click Spe Specifi cific c Ar Area ea   1 , th you ourr mo mous use e ac acro ross ss th the e ar area ea you wan antt to reco record rd   2 , whic which h will will cr crea eate te a red red bo box x ar arou ound nd it. it. If you hi high ghli ligh ghte ted d the the wron wrong g ar area ea,,  just highli highlight ght another another area and the old one will disa disappe ppe r. Once Once you’v ou’ve e select selected ed your recor recordin ding g ar area, ea, pr press ess Ente Enterr, then then on th the e ST

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Fast Desk Desktop top Rec Recorde orderr hom homescr escreen een clic click k Rec Record ord . When you start When start recor recordin ding, g, the the Recor Record d butt button on wil willl chan change ge to a flas flashin hing g blue blue Stop Sto p but button ton   1 . If you ou’r ’re e re reco cord rdin ing ga   2 speci specific fic ar area, ea, fo four ur red red mar marke kers rs  will ap appe pe r, in indi dica cati ting ng the the co corn rner erss of th the e ar area ea wh whic ich h is bein being g recorded reco rded.. Anyth Anything ing out outside side the these se mar marker kerss will no nott ap appe pear ar in the the reco record rdin ing, g, so ma mak ke sure sure th that at what wh atev ever er you wan antt to recor record d is wi withi thin n this this ar area ea.. When Wh en recordin recording, g, move move your your mouse mouse quit quite e slowl slowly y, othe otherwi rwise se the the recor recorder der may may not not catch catch ev every ery move mo vemen ment, t, ma makin king g the the mo mouse use ap appea pearr as if it’s it’s  jumping  jump ing aro around und the scre screen en in the final video. video. ST

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Upda pdatte Windo Windows ws with wi tho out rebooting ebooting What yo What you u nee need: d: ABC ABC-Up -Updat date; e; Windo indows ws Vista ista,, 7, 8 or 8.1   T Time ime required: 15 min mins s

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an and d cl clic ick k th thee ‘C ‘Clic lick k to down downlo load ad .ZI .ZIP P file’ file’ link link un unde derr Down Downlo load ads. s. On Once ce the the ZI ZIP P file ha hass do down wnlo load aded ed,, open open it, it, double-clic doubl e-click k the ABCABC-Upda Update te executa executable ble file   1 , then then clic click k ‘E ‘Extr xtract act all all’. ’. Cho Choose ose a des destin tinat ation ion for for the file (for (for our pur purpos poses es,,   2   3 we’ll we’ll use C:\Users\u C:\Users\usern sername\ ame\ ), th then en cli click ck Extr Extract act . Bec Becaus ausee you you ope open n ABC ABC-U -Upda pdate te throu through gh comman command d pro prompt mpt,, yo you u should should make ma ke sure sure th thee dest destin inat atio ion n path path is easy easy to type type.. On Once ce yo you u’ve ’ve extr extract acted ed ABC ABC-U -Upda pdate te,, cli click ck Start Start,, ty type pe cmd, cmd, right right-cl -click ick it in the sea searc rch h resu results lts,, then then clic click k ‘R ‘Run un as adminis administr trat ator or’. ’.

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(for (for exam example ple,, C:\W C:\Wind indow ows\s s\sys yste tem32 m32\), \), ty type pe cd .. then then press press Enter Enter.. Re Repea peatt thi thiss pr proce ocess ss until until you you’re onl only y left left with with the the le lett tter er of your our hard hard driv drivee (us (usua uall lly y C:) C:),, th then en type type the the locatio loca tion n of ABC ABC-U -Upda pdate te (in our cas case, e, C:\User C:\Users\us s\usern ername ame\ABC \ABC-  1 Update ) and pre press ss Ent Enter er.. You ou’ll ’ll see the st stat atus us me messa ssage ge ‘Connecting to Window WindowsUpdate sUpdate’’   2  as it scan scanss fo forr ins insta talle lled d an and d miss missin ing g upda updattes on you ourr PC. PC. Af Afte terr a fe few w min minut utes es,, you’ll ou’ll se seee a list list showin sho wing g all av avail ailab able le Windo Windows ws updat updates. es. Scroll Scroll up the lis list, t, and look loo k fo forr upda update tess that that st star artt with with th thee word ord ‘Miss ‘Missin ing’ g’.. ese ese are are updat upd ates es yo you u need need to downl downloa oad d and ins insta tall. ll.

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Lock an ap app p to you ourr sc scrree een n If a numb number er of peop people le ar aree handlin han dling g yo your ur pho phone ne or ta table blett (y (you ou mi migh ghtt be sh show owin ing g th them em a ph phot oto o or app), app), you do don n’t wan antt them them stra straying ying into into ot other her ar areas eas of your your devic device, e, such such as ot othe herr phot photo o al albu bums ms or em email ails. s. To ma make ke sure sure th they ey see only only wh what at yo you u want ant them them to se see, e, Andr Androi oid d 5.0 Lolli Lollipo pop p lets lets you you ‘pin ‘pin’’ an app app (whic (which h effect effectiv ively ely ke keep epss it open open on sc scre reen en un unti till you clo close se it). Go to Set Settin tings, gs, Securit Security y, Screen Screen Pinnin Pin ning, g, then then ta tap p the the swit switch ch to tu turn rn it

‘On ‘On’. Next Next time time you want ant to pass pass your your ph phon onee arou around nd a grou group p of people people,, open open th thee ap app p you wan antt to pin, pin, th then en pres presss the the ‘Rece ‘Recent nt ap apps ps’’ butto button n on yo your ur de devic vicee (to the right right of yo your ur Ho Home me butto button). n). You’ll ou’ll no now w see see th thee app in a win indo dow w wi witth a gree green n pin icon icon at the the bott bottom om ri righ ghtt (see (see scr screen eensho shott belo below w lef left). t). Tap the ico icon, n, se sett an un unlo lock ck co code de (if (if you wan antt to be ult ultra ra-ca -cauti utious ous)) by tic tickin king g the box, box, the then n ta tappi pping ng St Star art. t. e app app is no now w ‘pinne pinned d’ an and d can can on only ly be clos closed ed by pr press essin ing g the Back Back and Re Recen centt Apps/ Apps/Ov Overv erview iew butto but tons ns on yo your ur de devic vice. e. ANDROID

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Right-cl Right -click ick any any blank blank space space on yo your ur Deskt Des ktop op and click click Perso Persona naliz lize. e. Next Next,, click click ‘Chan ‘Change ge mouse mouse pointe pointers rs’’ in the lef leftt-han hand d pane pane,, then then the the Poin Pointe ters rs ta tab, b, an and d th then en cl clic ick k th thee Sc Sche heme me drop dropdo down wn me menu nu.. In th thee menu men u (see scr screen eensho shott belo below), w), you you’ll see sever sev eral al cursor cursor option options, s, each each off offeri ering ng ‘large ‘lar ge’’ and ‘e ‘extr xtra a larg large’ e’ va variat riations. ions. Try out out a sele select ctio ion n of th thee la larg rger er si size zess by selecti sele cting ng the them m and cli clickin cking g Ap Apply ply. When Wh en you you’re happ happy y wit with h your your cho choice ice of  clic ick k the the Poin Pointe terr Op Opti tion onss ta tab, b, then then cursor, cl tic tick k the ‘D ‘Disp ispla lay y pointe pointerr tr trails ails’’ box. box. is make ma kess th thee curs cursor or le lea ave a trai traill in its its wake ake as yo you u mov move it it,, ma makin king g it easie easierr to keep keep trac track k of of.. You ca can n ad adju just st th thee leng length th of this this

customise cust omise the item itemss th that at ap appe pear ar in your your Start Start Menu Menu.. For For exam example ple,, yo you u can change chan ge the Documents Documents,, Music Mu sic and Pic Pictu ture ress links links to me menu nuss that that di disp spla lay y all all the the item itemss in th those ose folde folders rs wh when en yo you u move mo ve yo your ur cursor cursor ov over er th them em (sim (simila ilarr to th thee All All Progra Pro grams ms menu menu). ). To do this, this, right right-cl -click ick an empt empty y spac spacee on yo your ur Taskb askbar ar,, click Propertie Pro perties, s, then the

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Start St art Menu Menu tab. b. Clic Click kll Customi Cus tomize, ze, ta then scro scroll thr throu ough gh the list, list, ch choos oosing ing how how yo you u want want each each Start Start Menu Menu item item to be dis displ pla aye yed, d, by se sele lect ctin ing g eith either er ‘Dis ‘Displ pla ay as a link’ link’ or ‘D ‘Dis ispl pla ay as a menu menu’. ’. At th thee ve very ry bott bottom om of the the lis list, t, yo you u’ll also lso see see that you ca can n adda li link nk or me menu nu to your your Video Videoss folde folderr, wh which ich isn isn’t ’t dis displa playe yed d in the Start Start Menu Menu by def defau ault lt..

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Cr Cre eat ate e a log di diar ary y in No Note tepa pad d Note Notepad pad is much much mo more re than than just just a po poor or ma man n’s Microso Micr osoft ft Wor ord. d. In Issue Issue 438,, fo 438 forr ex exam ampl ple, e, we ex expl plai aine ned d in a Wor orks ksho hop p how how you can can use use Note Notepa pad d to

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create create ke keyboa yboard rd shortcuts shortcuts.. Anothe Ano therr great great feat featur uree of Note Notepad pad is the the opti option on to crea create te a log log file, file, which hich ca can n help help yo you u ke keep ep recor records ds of ongo ongoing ing sit situat uation ionss by au auto toma matic ticall ally y add adding ing a da date te and tim timee ever ery y ti time me you open open th thee fil file. e. is is ca can n be ve very ry use useful ful,, for for exam example ple,, if you you’re kee eepin ping g tr trac ack k of ho how w ofte often n your our PC is cras crashi hing ng or if you wan antt to log log you ourr

When you When you’v ’vee finis finished hed twea tweaking king your your Start Start Men Menu u it items ems,, cli click ck OK OK,, Appl Apply y an and d OK again again.. Ne Next xt,, cl clic ick k the the St Star artt but button. ton. All the the it items ems yo you u’v ’vee turne turned d int into o men menus us will now now have have arr arrow owss besi beside de them. them. Move Move your our cu curs rsor or to th them em to se seee all th thee option opt ions, s, fo folde lders rs and files they they con conta tain in (see scree screenshot nshot). ).

communications communica tions with a compan company y that that yo you u’r ’ree havin having g a di disp sput utee with with ( see scr screen eensho shott belo below w left left). ). To do this this,, open open No Note tepa pad d an and d type type .L .LOG OG.. Clic Click k Fi File le (a (att th thee top top le left) ft),, Save Save As As,, then then name name th thee file an and d cl clic ick k Sa Sav ve. No Now w whene heneve verr you open open this this file, file, it will will auto automa mati tica call lly y ad add d th thee date date an and d ti time me – rea ead dy for you to ad add d your our lo log g entry. WIND WINDO OWS 7, 8, 8.1

Disp Di spllay al alll th the e dr driv ives es on you ourr PC Extr Extra a driv drives es on your our PC – SD ca card rd slo slots ts,, fo forr exampl exa mplee – aren aren’t ’t displa displaye yed d wh when en you you cli click ck Com Comput put r , unless unl ess yo you u insert insert st stor orag agee med media ia into into them them.. is make makess it diffi difficu cult lt to know know whet wh ether her those those drive drivess are are worki working ng,, especi especiall ally y if yo you u don’t don’t use them them regul regular ar y . To dis displ pla ay al alll driv drives es on your your PC by ools, then then default, defa ult, click Start, Start, Comput Comput r , Tools, ‘F ‘Fold older er opt options ions’. ’. Click Click the Vie View w ta tab, b, untick untick the the ‘H ‘Hid idee empt empty y driv drives es in the the Comp Comput uter er fo fold lder er’’ box, box, th then en cl clic ick k Apply pply and and OK. OK.

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Office Offi ce 20 2013 13?? ese ese can bol bolst ster er yo your ur Offic Officee pr prog ogrram amss with with al alll kin kinds ds of  ex extr tra a fe feat atur ures. es. One of our fa favo vouri urite tess is the the Wik Wikiped ipedia ia ap app, p, wh which ich lets lets yo you u ins insert ert te text xt and image imagess direct directly ly from from the the web ebsi site te to yo your ur Word documents. Click Clic k the Ins Insert ert ta tab, b, th then en in the the Apps se sect ctio ion n cl clic ick k Stor Store. e. If you ca can n se seee Wikiped ikipedia ia lis liste ted d in th thee Apps sectio sec tion, n, it means means your your ver ersio sion n of Office Office ca came me ca came me wi with th it prepre-ins insta talle lled. d. If no not, t, in the Ap for Offic Office’ wind dow type type‘Apps wiki wips kiped pedia ia in e’ the thwin e se sear arch ch, ba barr, clic click k Add Add ne next xt to the the Wi Wiki kiped pedia ia se sear arch ch re resu sult lt (wit (with h the the ‘W’ ‘W’ ic icon) on),, th then en cl clic ick k Tr Trus ustt It.

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Make ch Mak chan ange ges s to tw two o tab tablles at th the e sa same me ti time me In Is Issu suee 416, 416, Make Make Offi Office ce Be Bett tt r , we sho showed you how how to us usee Excel Exc el’s ’s ‘transpos ‘transpose’ e’ function function (see (see ‘Con ‘Conv vert ert ro rows ws to co colu lumn mnss in one one click’ clic k’). ). Trans Transpos posing ing a ta table ble bas basica ically lly mean me anss cr crea eatin ting g a ne new w ta tabl blee of yo your ur origin original al da data ta with with ro rows ws prese present nted ed as col column umnss and col column umnss pre presen sented ted as rows rows.. By defaul default, t, the origin original al and tr trans anspose posed d table tabless ar aree indepe independe ndent nt of each each other other (c (cha hang nges es ma made de to one one ar aree no nott appli applied ed to th thee ot othe her). r). We’ll e’ll show show you you ho how w to crea create te a tra transpose nsposed d ta table ble tha thatt aut automa omatica tically lly updat upd ates es wh whene eneve verr yo you u make make ch chang anges es to the orig original. inal. Firs irst, you ne need ed to ma mak ke a no notte of th thee nu numb mber er of ro rows ws an and d colu column mnss in yo your ur origin original al table table.. For For exam example ple,, if the ta table ble star starts ts at A1 and and en ends ds at C7 C7,, no notte down down ‘A1: A1:C7’ C7’ (it ha hass se seve ven n ro rows ws and and thre threee col column umns). s). Next Next,, hig highlig hlight ht a blank blank area area in the spread spreadshe sheet et with with the reve reverse rse value valuess of the origin original al ta table ble.. Using Using ou ourr examp example, le, th this is is thre threee ro rows ws and and se seve ven n colu column mns. s. In the the long long for orm mul ula a ba barr at th thee top top of th thee spread spr eadshe sheet et (wher (wheree it sa says ys A1:C7), A1:C7), typ typee =(TRANSPOSE(A1:C7)). Now Now, ins inste tead ad of pressin pressing g Ent Enter er (whic (which h will trans transpose pose yo your ur da data) ta),, pr press ess

content conte nt.. is pane pane works orks similar sim ilarly ly to the the websi website te,, assumi assuming ng yo you u have have an internet inte rnet conne connection ction.. Type your our se sear arch ch te term rm in the the searc sea rch h bar bar,, pr press ess Enter Enter and brow browse se the resu results lts.. You can filt filter er resu results lts by ‘sect ‘sections ions’, ’, ‘image ‘images’ s’ or ‘r ‘ref efer erenc ences es’. ’. If you you want ant to ad add d an imag imagee fr from om Wikipe Wikipedia dia to yo your ur document, docume nt, click ‘ima ‘images ges’, ’, move mo ve yo your ur cur cursor sor over over an imag image, e, th then en cl clic ick k the the ‘+’ sym symbol. bol. e Wiki ikiped pedia ia icon icon will will now now ap appea pearr in the the App ppss secti section on of Word ord (see (see sc scrree eens nsho hot) t).. Clic Click k it to se seee a pa pane ne on th thee

Tothe ad add d te text ,u cl clic ick ‘s ‘sect ection ion’, ’, highli highlight ght te text xtxt, you yo wkant to add, add, then then cl clic ick k th thee ‘+’ symb symbol ol th that at appear app earss when when you you hig highlig hlight ht it it..

our data data wil willl ap appe pear ar in Ctrl+Shift+Ent r . Your the tr trans anspose posed d ta table ble,, and an any y chang changes es yo you u make make in the the orig origin inal al ta tabl blee will will fr from om now now on au auto toma matic ticall ally y be ap applie plied d to it it..

dis displa playe yed d on your your summ summary ary page page,, the then n click clic k Cre Creat atee Summ Summary ary Pa Page. ge.

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Cre Cr eator CI20 Mov Mo ve over Raspbe Raspberr rry y Pi – th ther e’s s aynew ne w thund pock poc ket et-si -sized zed com comput puter that that wan wa nts toere’ st steal eal our th under er Wha hatt is it it? ? A new new micro microcom comput puter er (ma (main in pictur picture), e), priced jus priced justt £50. It It’s ’s ma made de by Im Imag agina inatio tion n Technologies, Tec hnologies, a Hertfordshire-based Hertfordshire-based compan com pany y bette betterr kno known wn fo forr bui buildin lding g proces pro cessor sorss that that handle handle gr graph aphics ics in iPads iPads and other other mo mobile bile de devic vices. es. e compan company y hopes hop es it will ri riva vall the cr credi editt-car card-s d-size ized d PC Ra Rasp spber berry ry Pi Pi,, which hich ha hass bee been n a huge huge hit wit with h com comput puting ing ent enthus husias iasts ts and amateur ama teur program programmers mers since launc launching hing in 2012. 201 2. You can pre pre-or -order der the Cr Crea eato torr CI20 with th un unit at http://store.imgtec.com/uk, http://store.imgtec.com/uk . itss due du e to be post posted ed at th thee en end d of,Jwi an anu u ry

How is it di How diff ffer eren entt to th the e Raspbe Ras pberry rry Pi? It It’s ’s a lo lott more more pow powerful erful,, an and d ha hass been been dubbed ‘the dubbed ‘the Ras Raspbe pberry rry Pi on ster steroid oids’ s’.. e mos mostt signifi significan cantt diff differ erenc encee is th thee Creator Crea tor CI20’s CPU CPU,, whic which h ha hass doub double le the the cl cloc ock k spee speed. d. i iss mean meanss it ca can n perform perfo rm tasks tasks mor moree quickly quickly.. It al also so has has 1G 1GB B RAM, RAM, al almo most st do doub uble le the Pi’s Pi’s 512MB 512MB.. Furt Further hermor more, e, unli unlike ke storag ragee (4GB (4GB), ), wh which ich th thee Pi, Pi, it has flash sto you ca can n ad add d to us usin ing g an SD car card. Its connec con necti tivit vity y is bet bettt r, too: oo: it has has Wi-F i-Fi an and d Bl Blue ueto toot oth h 4.0 buil builtt in in,, neit neithe herr of  whic wh ich h th thee Ra Rasp spbe berr rry y Pi can can bo boas ast. t. For grap graphic hics, s, it us uses es a versio ersion n of the the Imagin Ima ginat ation ion chip chip that that is als also o fo found und inside inside App pple le’s ’s iP iPad ad.. It hand handle less 10 1080 80p p video video at 60 fram frames es per per se seco cond nd,, le lettting ting yo you u pla play y high-definit high-d efinition ion videos. videos.

The Creat Creator or CI20 wil willl rival rival the Ras Raspbe pberry rry Pi, wh whic ich h is used used in proj projec ects ts such such as the the Brew BrewPi Pi

Can I run Lin inu ux on it? Yes, es, like like th thee Pi. Pi. But But un unlik likee its its fr frui uity ty ri riv val it also also come comess with with An Andr droi oid d 4.4 built built in in,, pr pro ovidin viding g a chea cheap p way to lear learn n how how to de dev velop elop phon phonee and and ta tabl blet et ap apps ps.. is may may make ma ke it mo more re at attr trac acti tive ve than than the the Pi to ch child ildre ren n kee een n to tu turn rn a passi passion on fo forr gaming gam ing int into o a career career..

Is th the e Ra Rasp spbe berr rry y Pi be bette tterr in an any y way? Yes es.. e Mode odel B+ Pi (www.snipca. com/14677)) has com/14677 has four four US USB B slot slots, s, tw two o mo more re th than an its its ne new w riv rival. al. An And d it’s it’s st still ill much much ch chea eape perr than than th thee Cr Crea eato torr CI20, CI20, at le less ss th than an ha half lf th thee pric pricee – th thee ne new w Mode Modell A+ co cost stss just just $20 (ar (arou ound nd £15 £15). ). is will will co cont ntin inue ue to ma make ke it mo more re po popu pular lar with with te teach achers ers eage eagerr to int intro rodu duce ce pupils pupils to pr prog ogra ramm mmin ing g at a pric pricee th that at fa falls lls within their school’s school’s budget. budget. An Anot othe herr adv advan anta tage ge the the Pi has has is that that it ha hass alre alread ady y prov proven en to be a grea greatt succ succes ess, s, spawnin spa wning g man many y websit websites, es, forum forumss and books boo ks (includ (including ing our own own Ra Rasp spberry berry Pi  For Kids Kids: www.snipca.com/14658 www.snipca.com/14658)) th that at give give ins instru tructi ctions ons,, off offer er ad advice vice and su sugg ggest est pr proj ojec ects ts.. It ha hass a th thri rivin ving g onlin onlinee co comm mmun unit ity y, as yo you u can can se seee on th thee offi officia ciall www.raspberrypi.org/community), ), sit site (www.raspberrypi.org/community

an and d ther theree are are al also so lo lots ts of Pi ac acce cess ssor ories ies,, such uch as th thee Fuz uzee robot obot ar arm m (s (see ee ou ourr five-s five-sta tarr revie review w on page page 18). Owni Ow ning ng a Pi is li lik ke jo join inin ing g a cl club ub wher wh eree the mem member berss neve neverr run out out of am amaz azin ing g id idea eas. s. It re rema mains ins to be se seen en if the the Crea Creato torr CI20 CI20 capt captur ures es th thee imagin ima ginat ation ion as dee deeply ply. Will Will it it,, fo forr example, exam ple, inspire inspire devic devices es as inno innova vativ tivee www.brewpi.com), ), as the the Brew BrewPi Pi (www.brewpi.com which hich uses uses th thee Ra Rasp spbe berr rry y Pi to moni monito torr the ferm ferment entatio ation n tem temper peratu ature re of wine an and d beer beer (see (see phot photo o below below le left) ft)??

the e Cr Cre eat ator or CI2 I20 0 But is th eas asie ierr to us use? e? Yes. es. It has has a lo lott mo more re func functi tion onal alit ity y buil builtt in in,, which hich me mean anss le less ss fiddli fiddling ng arou around nd to mak akee it wor ork k. But But fo forr ma man ny peop people le it is this this very ery fiddli fiddling ng that that ma mak kes the the Pi such such a re rew wardin arding g piece piece of kit. kit. So Some me crit critics ics have have sa said id that that the the Crea Creato torr CI20 CI20 fe feels els lik likee a do-it do-it-y -yourse ourself lf compute computerr that that doesn’t doesn’t requi require re yo you u to do mu much ch yours yourself elf.. But But th thee Crea Creato torr CI2 CI20 0 will will ap appe peal al to peop people le who find find th thee Pi too too basi basic. c. You shou should ld cons consid ider er buyin buying g one one if you fe feel el you ou’v ’vee outg outgro rown wn the the Pi Pi,, an and d wan antt a new new pr progr ogramm amming ing chall challeng enge. e. It has a dul duller ler name name,, but but it can can do a lo lott more. ore.

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 OWNLO in 2015 This year’s real must-ha ust-hav ve softw softwar are e is here, ere, lo long ng bef before ore Win Windows 10 10..  Jane  Jan e Hoskyn revea eals ls the the free free tools ools and an d trea treats ts your our PC an and d table ablett can’ can’tt li liv ve wi with thou outt in 20 2015 15 ha hatt do you want ant to downl download oad in 201 2015? 5? Windo Windows ws 10, of course course.. When Wh en do yo you u want ant it? it? Now Now. Ideall Ide ally y for fr free, ee, and withou withoutt a tr traum aumat atic ic installa inst allation tion process process that that lea leaves ves you you weepin weeping g with with regr regret et that that you you dit ditche ched d Window Wind owss 7. You can can’t ha hav ve it ye yet, t, at le leas astt no nott in all its full, full, stab stable, le, non-P non-Pre revie view w gl  y. e most most-ant -anticipa icipated ted dow download nload of  2015 2015 is no now w due due in th thee aut utum umn, n, says says Microso Micr osoft ft,, havin having g been been pushed pushed back back from April. April. We’ e’re re act actual ually ly gr grat atefu efull fo forr the the

 

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Ov Over er the nex nextt fe few w pages pages we’l e’lll reve reveal al the the down downlo load adss that that’ll ’ll help help you ge gett th thee best best out out of your our PC in 2015 2015.. We wi will ll show sho w yo you u the progr programs ams that that embr embrac acee curre cur rent nt tec techno hnolog logy y tr trend endss such such as portable port able softwa software, re, instant instant file-sh file-sharing aring and vir virtu tual al PCs – wh which ich you you’ll defi definit nitel ely y need nee d if yo you u’r ’ree te temp mpted ted by tha thatt Windo Windows ws 10 preview. We’ e’ll ll al also so re reve veal al the the ap apps ps that that an any y sel self-r f-res espect pecting ing ta table blett needs needs in 201 2015, 5, toolss that that are are so and highlight highlight beta tool go good od we don don’t mi mind nd if they they’r ’ree not not quite qui te finis finished hed.. We’l e’lll als also o reve reveal al which which securi sec urity ty to tools ols can com combat bat toda today’s y’s (and tomorro tomorrow’s) w’s) thr threats eats,, including including the latest ransomware and rootkits rootkits.. Aft After er all that that,, some some light light relie relief. f. We’ e’ll ll sho show you where here to find find lo load adss of  content cont ent to dow download nload,, lega legally lly, for keeps. keeps. We’ e’v ve go gott game games, s, films films and and ev even en an ad adve vert rt fo forr your your old Atari Atari.. Every Every tool tool and downl download oad tha thatt we re reco comm mmen end d here here – fr from om a bi bigg-na name me officee ap offic app p to an offens offensiv ivel ely y diffi difficul cultt gam amee of ch ches esss – is fr free ee and and avai aila labl blee to download dow nload right now.

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PORTABLE PORT ABLE PROGRAMS

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Po Port rtab able le Ap Apps ps Pla Platf tform orm (P (PAP) AP) is like like Ninit Nin itee for for por porta table ble progr programs ams.. It It’s ’s built built aroun around d an open-source Por Portab table le App Director Direc tory y dat databas abasee tha that’s t’s constan constantly tly updat upd ated ed with with new progr programs ams and new new versi versions ons.. You can downl download oad an any y one of  th thes esee prog progrram amss – or load loadss at once once,, if you want – wit ith h a tick ick an and d a clic click k (s (see ee screensho scree nshott below). below). Te da data tabas basee conta contains ins more more than than 300 program prog rams, s, from AbiWord AbiWord Portab Portable le (also av availab ailable le to dow download nload from Porta PortableA bleApps. pps. www.snipca.com/14790)) to ZSof ZSoftt com: www.snipca.com/14790 Uninstall Unins taller er Portable Portable (www.snipca. com/14791). com/14791 ). It offer offerss port portab able le ve vers rsio ions ns of 

many wel many welll known known installa installable ble pro progra grams, ms, su such ch as VL VLC, C, Chr Chrome ome and Lib LibreO reOffice ffice.. Port Portab able le tools tools are are bec becomi oming ng the the sma smart rt choic chograms oiceeams fo forr don’t savvy savvy softw softwar areetallin use users. rs. Tese pr progr don ’t need nee d ins insta lling g –Tes you youejus justt file to you ourr comp comput ut r , download dow nload the EXE file copy copy an and d mo move ve it to where hereve verr you want ant (USB stic stick, k, ext externa ernall drive, drive, cloud cloud sto stora rage), ge), an and d cl clic ick k the the EXE EXE to run run th thee prog progra ram. m. Consequen Conse quently tly, they bypa bypass ss the gro growing wing me menac nacee of ad adw ware are in sof softw twar aree ins insta taller llers, s, they they don don’t li litt tter er yo your ur PC with with caches and Reg egis istr try y junk junk,, an and d yo you u can can run run them them fr from om a USB sti tick ck on an any y PC. PC. Te Tey’ y’rre softw softwar aree minus minus the has hassle sle.. Port Portab able le Apps Apps Pla Platf tform orm it itself self works works bet better if you in inssta tall ll it on your our PC, PC, so it ca can n updat upd atee au auto toma matic ticall ally y every every tim timee yo you u run it it.. Click Click the the gree green n ‘D ‘Dow ownl nloa oad d Now Now – Fr Free ee’’ 

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VirtualBox www.snipca.com/14806 ista ta,, 7 or8+ Whatt you Wha you nee need: d: Windows    , Vis

We’r e’ree being inundate inundated d with oper operatin ating g sy syst stem emss in 20 2015. 15. Just ust som somee of th thee launc launches hes we’ll ’ll see see in 20 2015 15 ar aree e Ma Mach chin ine, e, a ‘rev ‘revolu olutio tionar nary’ y’ OS fr from om printin printing g giant giant HP (www.snipca.com/14786); www.snipca.com/14786 ); a PC ver ersi sio on of  Steam SteamOS OS (www.snipca.com/14788 www.snipca.com/14788), ), designed desig ned for running running powerpower-hung hungry ry gam games; and fa fabul bulous ously ly named named Ubunt Ubu u www.snipca.com/14807), ),ntu Vivid Vivides; Vervet erv etthe (www.snipca.com/14807 du duee in April pril.. An And d a new new Micr Micros osof oftt OS yo you u might mig ht have have hea heard rd abo about ut.. Bu Butt how how ar aree you su supp ppos osed ed to choo choose se one? one? It’s not not as thou though gh you ca can n try try th them em all all out, out, un unle less ss yo you u’v ’vee got got 20 PCs PCs at home home.. You can can ei eith ther er st stic ick k with with th thee OS you’v ou’vee got, got, blind blindly ly choo choose se a new new one one an and d ho hope pe fo forr th thee best, best, or make make thos thosee 20 comp comput uter erss a (virtu (virtual) al) reali reality ty by ins insta tallin lling g Virt Virtua ualBo lBox. x. is fr free ee progr program am let letss yo you u cr crea eate te secure secure

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Y ounus can saf ely ign ignor ore erthe drkopdow nking menu me s insafel th the eyin inst stal alle ler an and ddropd ee eep pown clic clickin g Next Next unt until il insta installa llatio tion n is comple complete te.. If yo you u do hav have any any prob proble lems ms,, turn turn to the the excel excellen lentt onli online ne use userr man manua uall fo forr ad advic vicee (www.snipca.com/14661). www.snipca.com/14661 ). ere’s er e’s an even even cle cleve vere rerr al alte terna rnati tive ve fo forr the Linux Linux-curio -curious. us. Free Free tool LinuxL LinuxLiv ivee US USB B Cr Creat eator or (www.snipca.com/14789 www.snipca.com/14789)) le lets ts yo you u crea create te a port portab able le versi ersion on of an any y Linux Lin ux OS (Ub (Ubunt untu, u, Fedor Fedora, a, Debian Debian and so on) with with it itss own own built built-in -in vir virtu tual al

WHA WHAT T CAN YOU PUT IN YOUR VIR VIRTU TUALBO ALBOX? X? If yo you u inst install all Vi Virtua rtualBo lBox, x, yo you’re u’re imme immediat diatel ely y faced faced wit with h a prob problem: lem: wh where ere can you find ope opera ratin ting g syste systems ms to ins instal talll in your vi virtu rtual al machines? It’ It’s s no big hassl hassle e find findin ing g free free disk disk ima image ge file files s of Wind indow ows s 8, XP and the lik like e on fil file-s e-shar haring ing we webs bsite ites, s, bu butt they they won’t won’t co come me with with legit legitim imate ate lic licens ensing ing,, so you wo won’t n’t be able able to runthem. Ins Instead tead,, head head for the Vi Virtual rtualBo Boxe xes s lis listt on Sour SourceF ceForge orge (www. snipca.com/14822), snipca.com/14822 ), where where yo you’ll u’ll find 46 open open-sou -source rce oper operatin ating g syste systems ms tha thatt are free free and and le legal gal to do down wnlo load ad and and run run.. e lis listt inclu includes des Ubu Ubuntu ntu (b (by y far far the most most pop popul ular ar,, acco accord rding ing to the ‘Do ‘Downl wnload oads/W s/Week’ eek’ gra graphs phs ne next xt to the lis list); t); Android Android (sec (secondond-mos mostt popular); popu lar); and FreeDOS FreeDOS,, an open open-so -sourc urce e versi version on of MS-D MS-DOS OS that let lets s you runyou runyourr old old 198 1980s 0s softw software are and games games.. To do down wnlo load ad an OS OS,, cli click ck it, then then cli click ck a versionfold ersionfold  , th then en clic click k the rel relev evan antt fil file e to do down wnlo load ad it. e files files are eit either her dis disk k ima images ges (usuall (usu ally y OVA OVA for format, mat, supp supporte orted d by Virtual VirtualBo Box) x) or arch archiv ive e files (usual (usually7Z, ly7Z, an ope open-s n-sou ourc rce e vers ersion ion of ZIP ZIP). ). If yo you u don’t don’t reco recogni gnise se a file exten extensi sion, on, ty type pe it in into to Googl Google. e. So Sour urcef cefor orge ge is des design igned ed by and fo forr enthus enthusias iasts ts and and do doesn esn’t ’t offer offer muc much h help help to co compl mplete ete beginners begin ners,, but the Vi Virtua rtualBo lBox x FAQ FAQ and Communi Community ty (www.snipca. com/14823)) willhel com/14823 willhelp p if you get get st stuc uck. k.  

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Windo Win dows ws beta, beta, th thee su super perb b Andr Androi oid d app, app, and and the the fair-to-middling fair-t o-middling iPad and iPhone iPhone ap apps, ps, wh which ich would ould be bett better er if the the Send Send file files, s, web li link nks s and and note notes s inst instant antlly to a frie friend nd (or (or keypa keypad d didn didn’t obscur obscuree the yoursel you rself) f) using Push Pushbull bullet et Mess Messag agee box box (fix it, it, pl plea ease se,, Pushbu Pus hbulle llet). t). You can als also o add Pus Pushbu hbullet llet Opera Ope ra), ), and sen send d and recei receive ve ‘push ‘pushes es’’ to your your bro brows wser er (Chro (Chrome me,, Fir Firef efox ox or secur sec urel ely y via the websi website te..

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PWGen

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Your our rout router er is th thee wea eake kest st lin link k in your our acco cord rdin ing g to a ne new w su surv rvey ey homee secu hom securi rity, ac by Avast vast.. e ant antivi ivirus rus firm sur surve veye yed d 2,000 2,0 00 UK hous househ ehol olds ds an and d fo foun und d that that half  half  of us have haven n’t chang changed ed our ro rout uters ers’’ passw pas swor ords ds fr from om the def defaul ault. t. Few of us have have ever ever though thoughtt to swit switch ch to th thee saf safes estt available DNS se serv rver er (DNS (DNS Jum umper per is the the bestt free bes free tool tool fo forr that that:: www.snipca. com/14815). com/14815 ). As a re resu sult lt,, our our ro rout uter erss are are an open open door door to hac hacke kers rs,, nos nosey ey neighb neighbour ourss and an anyo yone ne wh who o fan fancie ciess stand standing ing ou outsi tside de our our hous housee us usin ing g our our Wi Wi-F -Fi. i. Avast tar targe gets ts this this probl problem em hea head d on wit with h th thee 20 2015 15 versi ersion on of it itss fr free ee anti antivir virus us su suit ite. e. e su suit ite, e, which hich outc outcla lass ssed ed ma man ny of its its fee-ch fee-char argin ging g ri riva vals ls in the las lastt antiv antiviru iruss test test run run by our our se secu curi rity ty team team at De Denn nnis is Tech echnol nolog ogy y Labs Labs (see Iss Issue ue 437 437), ), includ includes es a ne new w Ho Home me Netw Networ ork k Se Secu curi rity ty tool tool that that scans sca ns your your ro rout uter er fo forr sec securi urity ty flaws flaws and he help lpss yo you u fix them them.. It ca can n ev even en dete detect ct intru intruder derss on yo your ur home home Wi-F Wi-Fii net netwo work rk.. It won won’t ch chang angee yo your ur pas passw swor ord d for for yo you, u, th thou ough gh – th that at’s ’s yo your ur job job (here (here’s ’s how: how: www.snipca.com/14813 ). See Avast’s www.snipca.com/14813). ast’s blo blog g fo forr mor moree ro rout uter er sec securi urity ty tip tips, s, inc includ luding ing updating firmware and disabling disabling rem remote ote managem mana gement ent (www.snipca.com/14814). www.snipca.com/14814 ). Avast’s ast’s ant antivi ivirus rus suit suitee is the onl only y pr prog ogra ram m in this this feat featur uree th that at has has an unw unwant anted ed extr extra a in its ins insta taller ller.. You ou’ll ’ll need need to sel select ect ‘C ‘Cust ustom om ins insta tall ll’’ in the set setup up wizard wiza rd and untic untick k the fr freeb eebie. ie. We don’t don’t begrud beg rudge ge Avast vast its inc income ome (the (the pro progr gram am nott is free free,, af afte terr al all), l), bu butt ad addin ding g PUPs is no th thee way it sh shou ould ld go ab abou outt it it..

If you can can re reme memb mber er an any y of you ourr passw pas swor ords, ds, the they’r y’ree not st stro rong ng eno enough ugh.. It It’s ’s the modern modern Catch Catch 22. Soo Soon n pas passw swor ords ds will be rrepl eplace aced d by more more fut futuri urist stic ic login login meth me thod ods, s, bu butt un until til th then en your our best best be bett is to crea create te pattern pattern-based -based passwo passwords rds using this ingeni ingenious ous ope open-s n-sour ource ce tool, tool, which which be beg gan life life as a Ph PhD D th thes esis is.. PWGen PW Gen conjur conjures es up crypti crypticc passw passwor ords ds base based d on patt patter erns ns that that you ch choo oose se (see (see scr screen eensho shott belo below), w), and unl unlike ike other other password passw ord-gen -genera erator torss it doesn doesn’t ’t sto store re th them em on it itss se serv rver erss or on your our PC. PC. You can,, how can howev ever er,, ex expor portt yo your ur passw passwor ords ds in an en encr cryp ypte ted d te text xt file th that at onl only y yo you u can ope open. n. Do Downl wnload oad an ins insta talla llable ble versi version on of  PWGen PW Gen from from Sourc SourceF eFor orge ge (www.snipca.

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com/14797) or port com/14797) portab able le vers versio ion n fr from om PortableApps.com Porta bleApps.com (www.snipca. com/14798)) or vi com/14798 via a the the Porta ortabl blee Apps pps Pl Plat atfo form rm.. Do make make sure sure yo you u vis visit it th thee de deve velop loper er’s ’s websit websitee too too (www.snipca. com/14799), com/14799 ), an and d down downlo load ad the the fr free ee PDF PDF user user ma manu nual al (www.snipca.com/14800). www.snipca.com/14800 ). ADWARE ADW ARE REMOVER

Bitdefender Adw Adware are Removal Remov al Tool www.snipca.com/14757 What Wh at you you nee need: d: Windows    , Vis ista ta,, 7 or8+

Bitd Bitdef efen ende der’ r’ss new new tool tool has has been been in beta beta fo forr a while while (se (seee Prot Protec ectt Your our Tec ech, h, Issue Issue 437)) and was 437 was pre previo viousl usly y av availa ailable ble fo forr Mac only only, but but it it’s ’s final finally ly had had it itss full full re rele leas asee fo forr Window Win dows, s, including including for   . It It’s ’s porta portable ble,, so there there’s ’s no set setup up wiza wizard rd to worry orry ab abou out. t. Just ust ac acce cept pt th thee te term rmss an and d condit con dition ions, s, click click Get Start Started ed and wait wait a few minu minute tess as it sc scan anss your our PC for browse bro wser-h r-hija ijacking cking too toolbars lbars and other other PUPs PUPs.. It It’s ’s slo slow wer than than our fa favo vouri urite te adware adw are-killing -killing tool, tool, AdwClean AdwCleaner er (www. snipca.com/14760;; cli snipca.com/14760 click ck the the blue blue Downl Downloa oad d No Now w but button), ton), but but we fo foun und d it ea easie sierr to use, use, an and d it cert certai ainl nly y dese deserv rves es to jo join in your our PC’s PC’s sec securi urity ty arsena arsenall in 2015. 2015. We’d also rec recomme ommend nd dow download nloading ing Uncheck Unc hecky y (http://unchecky.com http://unchecky.com), ), which which au auto toma matic ticall ally y opts opts yo you u out out of ad adw ware are when whe n you you’re ’re installing installing progra programs. ms. No ad adw ware are block blocker er or remo remove verr can ev ever er st stan and d in fo forr a full full an anti tivir virus us suit suite, e, su such ch as Ava vast st Antiv Antiviru iruss 2015. 2015. ese ese are are compleme com plementar ntary y too tools ls that that run alon alongside gside yo your ur ant antivi ivirus rus.. You sho should uld neve neverr have have tw two o antiv antiviru iruss sui suites tes ins insta talled lled and ena enabled bled on th thee sa same me PC, PC, be beca caus usee th they ey wi will ll confl conflic ictt and effect effectiv ivel ely y can cancel cel each each oth other er out. out. 

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Microsoft’s Office app is finally free – properly free. Te app, which incorporates incorporat es mobile versions of Word, Excel and Pow PowerPoint, erPoint, was launched in March 2014 and has alw always ays been free to download, but its uses were pretty limited unless you subscribed to Office 365 (www.snipca.com/14824 (www.snipca.com/14824;; £7.99 a month, Windows 7 or later). Now Microsoft has removed the cheeky hidden cost, so any anyone one can make spreadsheets, spreadsheets,

edit documents and create PowerPo PowerPoint int presentations presenta tions on their tablet or even their phone. Tere’s still a catch, but it won’t last long. At the time of writing the app isn’t officially available for Android tablets tablets,, only phones. However, you can download a preview version by joining a special Google+ group (www.snipca.com/14752 (www.snipca.com/14752;; click ‘Ask to join’). Microsoft says the full version for tablets will be “generall “generally y available in early 2015” (www.snipca. (www.snipca. com/14753). com/14753 ). INTERNATIONAL INTERNA TIONAL CALL CALLS S

Ringo www.ringo.co Whatt yo Wha you u nee need: d: iPhone iPhone,, Androi Android d phone phone or  Windows Window s Phone

At last, an app that lets you ring your overseas over seas relatives and friends without having to pay through the nose or mess around with video chat (we don’t all

Create doc Create documen uments ts and spr spread eadshe sheets ets usin using g Offic Office e for iP iPad ad,, wh whichis ichis now now free free

enjoy being looked at while we talk, you know). And unlike Skype or Firefox Hello, Ringo doesn’t even require an internet connection for making calls on your mobile. Ringo is free to download, but you do have to pay for international calls – just as

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First 100 days    in ows 10  Jane e Hoskyn installs In th the e nal nal insta instalm lmen entt of her her Techni echnical cal Pre Previe view di diari aries, es, Jan yet an ano oth ther er build build and and sees sees a leak leaked ed Co Cons nsum umer er Pre Previe view (or wha whatev tever it it’s ’s calle called) d) Day 80 Anot Another her day, day, another anoth er build build Farewell then, Technical Farewell Technical Preview. You’v ou’vee left left me with with a hea heavy Ne New w Year ear co cold ld an and da lapt laptop op that that no lo long nger er wor orks ks,, but but at leas leastt we ha had d fu fun n (mai (mainl nly y on th thee lo love vely ly Su Surf rfac acee Pro Pro that that I swit switch ched ed to af afte terr my la lapt ptop op br brea eath thed ed its its la last st). ). Now Now it it’s ’s ti time me to pack pack you off to th thee gr grea eatt bi big g vi virt rtua uall PC in th thee sk sky y, an and d repl replac acee you with with... ... oh wait, ait, yet another Technical Preview. Aft After er a hefty hefty do downlo wnload ad and sever several al rest restar arts ts (a (all ll in al all, l, a proc proces esss ro roug ughl hly y as tedio tedious us as wai aitin ting g fo forr Wi Wind ndo ows 7 to star startt ev ever ery y ti time me I sw swit itch ch on my work ork comput com puter) er) I now now have have Windo Windows ws 10 build build 98 9879 79.. It fix fixes es a few few bugs bugs,, ad adds ds su supp ppor ortt fo forr hig high-d h-defin efiniti ition on MKV vid video eo file filess and ext extends ends tra trackp ckpad ad gestur gestures es to mor moree comput com puters ers.. But to casual casual obs observ ervers ers it wo won n’t make make an aw awful ful lot of differ differenc ence, e, an and d to me it feel feelss li lik ke an anot othe herr tease ease on the long long ro road ad to tow war ards ds a proper proper relea release se fo forr Windo Windows ws 10.

via Window Windowss Update, Update, pref prefera erably bly in a part partit itio ion n or virtu virtual al PC usin using g a pr progr ogram am like like Virt Virtua ualBo lBox x (see pa page ge 52). I sh shou ould ld conf confes esss at this this poin pointt thatt I haven tha haven’t ’t actuall actually y road-t road-test ested ed this this,, bec becau ause se I’m sc scar ared ed of  destro dest roying ying my emp employ loyer’s er’s I’ve alr alread eady y Windo Windows ws 7 comput comput r. I’ve kil kille led dm my y Windo indows ws 8 PC by ins insta tallin lling g the first first Windo Windows ws 10

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Technica echnicall Previ Preview ew on it it.. But But plea please se,, giv give it a go on my beha behalf lf and and le lett me kno know ho how w you get on on.. Go to the curiou curiousl sly y nam named ed ‘Pre ‘Prepar paree yo your ur PC to ge gett Windo Windows ws Technic echnical al www.snipca.com/14867)) Previ Preview ew’’ pa page ge (www.snipca.com/14867 and and clic click k ‘Pre ‘Prepa pare re th this is PC no now’ w’,, th then en run run the EXE file accor accordin ding g to Micr Microso osoft ft’s ’s instructio instr uctions ns and sys system tem requ requirem irement entss (www.snipca.com/14869 www.snipca.com/14869). ). I rea eall lly y hope hope you do don n’t br brea eak k you ourr br bran and d new new compu com pute terr in th thee proces process. s.

Cortana Day 95 Leaky Cortana Day 86 Pr Prep ep your our PC e stra strang nges estt file na name me I’v ’vee seen seen all all wee eek k is ‘Prepar ‘Pr epareWin7 eWin7 For Window Wind ows s ogram Technical echnic alat Prev Pr eview iew .ex .exe’. e’. It It’s ’sFo a rfr free ee new new progr pr am th that down downlo load adss to your our PC to “prep prepar are” e” it for for Wind Windo ows 10 10.. If you insta install ll it on yo your ur Wind Windo ows 7 or 8/8 8/8.1 .1 comp comput ut r, itlets itlets you bypass bypass the the Ins Inside iderr Prog Progra ram m and ins insta tall ll the lat lates estt ava vaila ilable ble versi version on of Windo Windows ws 10

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Windo Wi ndows wsa10 Consu Con mer(aPrevi Prbi eview ew, wh which ich basica bas ically lly pub public licsumer beta bit t lik like e, Fi Fire refo fox xis Beta Beta,, se seee page page 51). 51). At th thee ti time me of writ writin ing, g, th this is st still ill feels feels a lon long g way off off.. Fortuna ortunatel tely y, a ve versi rsion on of th thee Consum Consumer er Previ Preview ew, moo mooted ted for for lau launch nch in a lat latee-JJan anuar uary y Micr Microso osoft ft publi publici city ty sh sheb eban ang, g, ha hass been been le leak aked ed to a websit ebsite, e, and that that websit websitee has prom promptl ptly y upl uploa oaded ded a vid video eo www.snipca.com/14868). ). (www.snipca.com/14868 Accordi Acc ording ng to Window Windowss news news websit websitee WinBe WinBeta, ta, the Cons Consumer umer Prev Previe iew w (b (buil uild d 9901 9901)) ma may y en end d up being called the January anuary Technic echnical al Previ Preview ew,, wh which ich as far as I ca can n se seee is just just diff differ eren entt words ords for “an “anoth other er Technic echnical al Pre Preview view”. ”. What Wh at’s ’s certai certain n is tha thatt you you won won’t have have to join an any y Ins Inside iderr Progr Programs ams to ge gett it it,, an and d it it’l ’lll in incl clud udee a new new You can no now w install install the Tech echnica nicall Prev Preview iew without without Xbox Xbo x app and Microso Micr osoft ft’s ’s  joining the Insider Pro Program gram – but you must voice-controlled ‘virtual ‘pr ‘prepa epare’ re’ yo your ur PC fir first st

assistant’ assistan t’ Cort Cortana, ana, hithe hitherto rto av availab ailable le only on ta table blets ts and phones phones..

Day 100 Awesome? Really ? Day In an ap appa pare rent nt bid to dis distr trac actt us al alll fr from om this leaked leaked Cons Consumer umer Pre Preview view, Microsoft Microsoft has has ins insis iste ted d th that at it won’t on’t be calle called d Consumer Cons umer Pre Preview view or January anuary Technica echnicall Previ Preview ew after after all all.. It will be called called Windo Windows ws 10 Awesom wesomee (see News News,, page page 6). Sorry, I need need a mo momen ment.. t.... .. “Awesom wesome?” e?” Ap Apart art fr from om being being the mos mostt obn obnox oxiou iouss word ord in mod modern ern English English usage usage,, isn’t isn’t that that a bit dan dange gero rous? us? It It’s ’s so pr pres esum umpt ptuo uous us tha thatt it it’s ’s askin asking g fo forr tr trou oubl ble. e. No ea earl rly y re rele leas asee of   r, has been bee nraw “aw aweso me”. anything anFything, or me me,,, ev it it’s ’s th thee final fin al st stra w esome (wit (with h ”. apolog apo logies ies to Stuar Stuartt And Andre rews) ws).. As a Chri Christ stma mass pres presen entt to myself yself I had had my Ac Acer er la lapt ptop op wi wiped ped and and re rest stor ored ed to it itss and I have to fo form rmer er Windo Windows ws 8.1 gl ry, and conf confess ess I’m fa farr happ happie ierr wi with th it it.. e tr trac ackp kpad ad is st still ill usel useless ess,, so I’v ’vee pl plug ugge ged d in a US USB B mous mousee and, and, so far ar,, it se seem emss to work ork fin finee. Al Alll I need eed to do now is set set up Win indo dows ws 8.1 so it it’s ’s even even bett better er than than Win indo dows ws 10. 10. In the the next next iss issue ue,, I’ I’ll ll sho show you how how to do ju just st th that at..

Windows Windo ws 10 Tech echnic nical al Pr Prev evie iew w– final ve verdi rdict: ct: 8/10 If I co coul uld d go back back an and d star startt ag agai ain, n, I wo woul uldn’ dn’t. t. I’d wa wait it for for the full full relea release se (or the Consu Consumer mer Prev Previe iew w, at the very leas least) t) and spe spend nd my time time mak making ing the mostt of Windo mos Windows ws 8.1 instead instead..

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  mov poin poi ntl ss Windows fi  s Your our PC is li litt tter ered ed with with les les and and folde olders rs you nev never asked asked for and and don’t don’t ne need. ed.  Jane  Jan e Hoskyn ex expl plain ainss what what this this junk junk is and an d reveal ealss how how to dele delette it for good good pen your Documents folder, folder, and what do you see? More folders, with obscure names like CrashDump and NativeFus_Log,

 

and files with weird extensions, such as umbs.db and desktop.ini. Oh, and maybe may be a few documents.

Wit ith h the the exce except ptio ion n of at leas leastt some some of  the doc docume uments nts,, you you did didn n’t cre creat ate e these these item it ems, s, and and you may may hav have no id idea ea what hat th they ey are are or who put put the them m th ther ere. e. You ou’r ’re e pr prob obab ably ly given n tha thatt not not kee een n to touc touch h th them em eith eith r, give they they look look li lik ke viru viruse ses. s. If you do de dele lete te them,, the them they y usu usuall ally y reg regener enerate ate,, whi which ch doesn’t doesn ’t exa exactly ctly mak make e them ende endearing aring..

Over the next few pages we’ll take a closer look at the mysterious files and folders that turn up in Documents or on your Desktop. We’ll reveal what they are, why they’re there and how to get rid of  them for good – or even hack them into something useful.

Use Use Swi wiftS ftSea earc rch h to see see how how many many Thumb Thumbs.d s.db b files files are are clog cloggin ging g up your your PC

Tumbs.db

su suppo pposed sedly ly mak makes es thumbn thumbnails ails loa load d more more quickl qui ckly y, bu butt you won on’t ’t see much much differe difference nce unles unl esss your our PC is pa part rticu icula larl rly y ol old d or sl w.

Wha hatt is it? it? Tumbs.db Tumbs. db is a dat datab abase ase file contai containin ning g photo to thumbn thumbnails ails,, and it’s it’s a cache of pho creat created ed autom automati atical cally ly when when you ope open na fo folde lderr of pho photos tos or vid videos eos.. Tumbs Tumbs.db .db

umbs.db files may be hidden by de defa faul ultt on your our PC, PC, so you may may not not re real alise ise how many you’ve got and how much hard-drive space they’re taking up. To un-hide them, follow the steps in the box on page 59.

You ca can n del delete ete al alll Th Thumb umbs. s.db db fi file les s in one one go using using the Comm omman and d Prompt

Fi Find nd a Tum Tumbs bs.db .db fil file e on your PC an and d hov hover over over it to se see e how much hard-drive hard-drive space space it’s it’s clo clogg gging ing up up.. We’re e’re not talking talking gigab gigabytes ytes,, but these fil files es can ea easi sily ly ru run n

to hun hundre dreds ds of meg megab abyte ytes, s, and you ma may y hav have lo lots ts of them them.. Besi Beside dess ta taki king ng up spac space e on you ourr PC PC,, they they’ll ’ll al also so ea eatt in into to any any cl clou oud d st stor orag age e sp spac ace e you ou’v ’ve e pa paid id for for - and and th they ey ser serve ve no purpos purpose e whats whatsoev oever er in the clo cloud. ud.

Can Can you de dele lete te it? it? Yes. First, track down all your umbs.db files using the free, portable tool SwiftSearch, SwiftSearc h, which you can download from the open-source the open-source site  site Sourceforge (www.snipca.com/14709). www.snipca.com/14709 ). Run the program, select ‘C:\’ (your main hard drive) from the dropdown menu at the top left, type thumbs.db, then press Enter. e results appear instantly. Our PC contained 35 umbs.db files, including four bigger than 100MB (see screenshot, sc reenshot, abov above). e).

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Remo Re mov ve poin pointle tless ss Win Windo dows ws fles fles SEE TH THE E FI FILES LES WI WIND NDO OWS HI HIDE DES S FR FRO OM YOU You ourr PC may may be set set to hi hide de sy syst stem em files files such such as Tum Tumbs bs.db .db and and des deskto ktop. p. ini by default default.. Tis mak makes es Expl Explorer orer and and your your Deskt Desktop op look look tid tidii  , bu butt th the e intended inte nded benefi benefitt is more patronis patronising ing than that: that: Wi Windo ndows ws hid hides es them them bec becaus ause e it do doesn esn’t ’t tru trust st you wi with th them. them. It assum assumes es you’lledit ou’lledit or delete delete them them and mess mess up yourr operatin you operating g sys system. tem. As yo you’ll u’ll discov discover er in this fe featur ature, e, deleti deleting ng files files such such as Tum Tumbs bs.db .db certa certainl inly y doe doesn sn’t ’t br brea eak k your PC, PC, and and can fr free ee up a lot lot of wa waste sted d hard-d hard-dri riv ve spa space ce.. Be Being ing able able to se see e these these fil files es and fo fold lders ers al also so gi giv ves yo you u mo more re contr control ol over over your PC and and how how it’ it’s s organ organis ised, ed, and le lets ts yo you u see ho how w much much sp spac ace e the these se often often point pointle less ss it item ems s are are ta taki king ng up. up. So go ah ahea ead d an and d un-hide un-h ide them them.. Go to Fo Fold lder er Opt Option ions s in the Contr Control ol Pane anell (get (get there there qui quickl ckly y by ty typin ping g fo fold lder er opt optio ions ns int into o Sta Start) rt) and cli click ck the

Re Remo mov ve it fo forr good good Deleti Del eting ng all your your um umbs.d bs.db b files using Swif SwiftSear tSearch ch and/or and/or Window Windowss Explor Exp lorer er (Fi (File le Explo Explore rerr in Windo Windows ws 8/ 8. 8.1) 1) would ould tak take a while hile,, so use use the the Comma Com mand nd Prom Prompt pt.. Ty Type pe cmd int into o Start Start an and d pr pres esss Ente Enterr to op open en it, it, th then en type type del /s /a /ah h um umbs.d bs.db b (see scr screen eensho shot, t, pa page ge 58) and and pres presss Ente Enterr. If you ha hav ve lo lots ts of phot photos os on you ourr PC PC,, it won’t on’t tak take lo long ng fo forr u umb mbs.d s.db b files files to cr cree eep p back back in into to your our sy syst stem em an and d st star artt ch chew ewin ing g up sp spac acee ag again ain,, but but you can can preve pre vent nt this this wit with h a quick quick Win Windo dows ws hack hack.. You’ll ou’ll need need to be lo logg gged ed in as adminis adm or..then Press Pren esstype Wi to open opecnan the   , th Ru Run n inistr wind wintrat dator tyWin+R pen+R gp gped edit it.ms .msc and d

View View tab tab.. Click Click ‘Sh ‘Show ow hidden hidden files, files, fol folders ders,, or dri drive ves’, s’, untick untick ‘Hid ‘Hide e pro protecte tected d operating operatin g sys system tem files (Recomm (Recommended)’, ended)’, cli click ck OK, OK, then then click click Yes in the Warn arning ing

Untick Unti ck ‘Hide ‘Hide pro protect tected ed opera operating ting sy system stem fil files’ es’ to see see wh what at Window indows s hides hides from from you you

clic click k OK OK.. In the the wind window ow that that open opens, s, navig navigat atee thr throu ough gh these these folde folders rs on the left: Use Userr Confi Configur guratio ation, n, Admi Administr nistrati ative ve Te Templates, mplates, Window Windowss Components, Components, then the n Windo Windows ws Explo Explore rerr (Wind (Window owss 7) or File File Ex Explo plore rerr (Windo (Windows ws 8/8.1). 8/8.1). In the right right-ha -hand nd pan pane, e, dou double ble-cl -click ick ‘T ‘Turn urn off  th thee cach cachin ing g of th thum umbn bnail ailss in hidd hidden en thumbs thu mbs.db .db files’ files’ and click click Ena Enable bled, d, then the n OK OK.. You’ll ou’ll neve neverr be bot bother hered ed by umbs.db umbs .db again. again.

CrashDu mp and Nativ NativeFus_L eFus_Log og CrashDump What are What are they? they? esee tw es two o are are th thee Twee Tweedl dled edum um an and d

Tw Tweed eedled ledee eeyour ofur folde foDoc lders, rs, usu usuall ally y turnin tur g up to toge gethe ther r in yo Docume ument nts s fo folde lderning r and alwa always ys getti getting ng in the w y. Double Dou ble-cl -click ick to ope open n eit eith her, an and d you ou’ll ’ll find find more more ju junk nk (cras (crash h log log fil files es,, wh whic ich h can can be huge huge)) or noth nothin ing g at al all. l. e ey y weree created wer created by prog programs rams,, such suc h as Ne Nero ro DVD sof softw twar aree or Kies Kies Andr Androi oid d fil fileemanagem mana gement ent soft softwa ware re (ww w. snipca.com/14724), snipca.com/14724 ), and and they they sto store re informat information ion abou aboutt CPU usage usa ge and cr crash ashes. es. is inf info’ o’ss usefuln usef ulness ess is limit limited, ed, especiall especi ally y if you you’ve ’ve rem remov oved ed the original original soft softwa ware. re. We’ve e’ve see seen n lot lotss of ques questio tions ns about these folders on malware forums. Be assured, they’re not malware, but they CrashDumps Cras hDumps and NativeFus_L NativeFus_Log og contain crash lo log g files files,, which whi ch waste waste lo lots ts of spa space ce do act like it – they have odd

box. box. Mic Micro roso soft’ ft’s s us use e of the wo word rd ‘Re ‘Recom commend mended’ ed’ is its last-di last-ditch tch attem attempt pt to keep yourhands off them. them. Onc Once e that’s that’s don done, e, use use Swi wiftS ftSea earch rch to find out how how manyof manyof the the files files we ment mentio ion n here here have hav e been liv living ing and mul multipl tiplyin ying g secr secretl etly y in your PC. PC. Un-hidin Un-h iding g yo your ur sy system stem files and fol folders ders does doesn’t n’t magi magicall cally y make make them safe safe to mov move and delete delete,, of cour course. se. Onc Once e you can see see these these un unfa famil miliar iar items items,, they they make mak e Exp Explor lorer er a much mes messier sier place. place. You may may need need to be ca care refu full not not to cl clic ick k or delete delete the wr wron ong g thing. thing. Al Alwa ways ys check check Goo Google gle for adv advice ice befor bef ore e you edit edit or delete delete a syst system em file or fold folder er that that you don don’t ’t re reco cogni gnise, se, and system stem res restore tore poin pointt before cr crea eate te a sy you mak make e any any cha change nges. s. We’d also also rec recomme ommend nd looking looking up myster mystery y sy system stem file files s on the ex excel cellen lentt free site Fil FileInf eInfo.c o.com om (www.snipca.com/14722). www.snipca.com/14722).

names, they appear out of nowhere and they regenerate when deleted.

Can Can you de dele lete te them them? ? Yes. If the fo folde lders rs are are em empty pty, the they’r y’ree an annoy ann oyanc ancee rath rather er than than a probl problem, em, but if  they they con conta tain in huge huge cr crash ash log files they’r they’ree better bett er off rem remov oved. ed. Us Using ing Sw Swift iftSea Searc rch, h, look look fo forr file filess with with the exte extensi nsions ons LO LOG G or MDMP MDMP (‘mini (‘minidum dump’) p’) and del delet etee the them m if they’r they’ree hogg hogging ing spa space ce.. To we weed ed out out point pointless lessly ly lar large ge fo folde lders, rs, use the the fr free ee pro progr gram am Wi WinDir nDirSt Stat at (https // windirstat.info;; best windirstat.info best down downlo load ad li link nk is Sourceforge: www.snipca.com/14726). www.snipca.com/14726 ). Wi WinDir nDirSt Stat atspac is grea gre, eat t fo forr manag man aging ingeyo your ur har hard-dri d-drive ve space, because (unlik (unlike Explo Explore rer) r) it reve reveals als fo folde lders rs’’ exact exact sizes sizes and which which sof softw twar aree cre creat ated ed them. them. Howe Howeve verr, it ta take kess a while while to ga gathe therr its detai detailed led ‘t ‘tre ree’ e’ of fo folde lders rs and their their sizes, sizes, so you mi migh ghtt pref prefer er the the fr free ee new new to tool ol www.snipca.com/14727). ). It Itss SpaceSniff Spa ceSniffer er (www.snipca.com/14727 findings findin gs aren aren’t ’t as det detailed ailed as WinD WinDirSt irStat, at, but it it’s ’s much much fa fast ster er,, reve reveali aling ng massi massive ve fo folde lders rs at a gla glanc nce. e. It It’s ’s al also so rath rather er beauti beautiful ful..

Rem emov ove e them them for for go good od Windo Windows ws’’ builtbuilt-in in too tooll Dis Disk k Cle Cleanu anup p can au auto toma matic ticall ally y cle clear ar out out cr crash ash logs logs and ot othe herr spac spacee hogs hogs.. It It’s ’s ea easy sy to use, use, but but it ca can n be a bi bitt gung gung-h -ho o – it does doesn n’t gi giv ve you much mu ch con contr trol, ol, and we’v we’vee see seen n it remo removin ving g useful use ful progr program am files files.. Inste Instead ad,, use CClea CCleaner ner (www.piriform.com/ccleaner ). It Itss defaul defaultt Win Windo dows ws Cleane Cleanerr to tool ol can find find an and d re remo move ve Memo Memory ry Du Dump mpss an and d   

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Remo Re mov ve pointle pointless ss Win Windo dows ws fles fles Windows Log Files, and if you click Applications you can add Crash Reports and many more file types to the clean. To add even more options to CCleaner’s Applications list, install the new tool CCEnhancer (www.snipca. (www.snipca. com/14728;; see Best Free com/14728 Software, Softwa re, Issue 439).

WHEN FI WHEN FILE LES S N FOL ERS REFUSE TO DE DELETE LETE You ow own n your PC, PC, but it often often acts acts li lik ke it ow owns ns you. you. Wh When en it’s it’s not not busy busy hid hidin ing g fil files es and and fold folder ers s it doe doesn sn’t ’t wa want nt you to touch, touch, it’s it’s try trying ing very hard hard to prev prevent ent

Desktop.ini Wha hatt is it? it? Every folder on your PC has a desktop.ini file that contains the folder’s display settings, You can rem remov ove e all desktop desktop.ini .ini fil files es fr from om yo your ur PC by including its icon and the ‘info creat creating ing a new Regist Registry ry val value ue tip’ text that pops up when you hoverr your mouse ove hove overr it. Like umbs. up to too o mu much ch sp spac acee on you ourr PC, PC, the the an answ swer er db files, desktop.ini files are created is to red reduce uce yo your ur folde folderr ta tall lly y. automatically autom atically (and repeatedly) repeatedly) by In fact fact,, de desk skto top. p.in inii fil files es can can be ver ery y Windows. ey’re always hidden by useful use ful.. You can cus custo tomis misee a fo folde lderr by default, so you’ll need to un-hide them crea creatin ting g a des deskt ktop op.ini .ini file usin using g jus justt No Note tepad pad before you can discover how much and the Com Comman mand d Pr Prom ompt pt.. For exam example ple,, space they’re taking up. to custo customi mise se a fold folder er’s ’s in info fo ti tip p to sa say y ‘is ‘is Aft After er yo you u un-hid un-hidee yo your ur sy syst stem em file filess fold folder er is for for cat cat phot photos os’, ’, cr crea eate te a Unicode yo you u’ll see two two deskt desktop op.in .inii file filess on your your Deskt Des ktop op.. is is beca because use yo your ur PC has has tw two o Deskto Desk top p fo folde lders rs – one fo forr the adm adminis inistr trat ator or (normall (norm ally y sto stored red at C:\Use C:\Users\Y rs\YourNa ourName\ me\ Deskto Desk top) p) and one one in Users\ Users\Pub Public lic.. We found no fewer than 401 desktop.ini files on our PC – nearly 12 times as many as umbs.db files. On the upside, they’re not as big. Our biggest desktop.ini file was 3MB, and most were a few kilobytes. e Mac equivalent of desktop.ini is DS_Store.. You ma DS_Store may y see these files popping up in Explorer if you’ve ever connected an iPad or iPhone to your PC.

yo you u deleting deleting them them.. If you want ant to dele delete te one one of the the fil files es or fol folders ders we we’v ’ve e mentione mentioned d here and yo you’re u’re deni denied ed acc access ess,, don don’t ’t put your your foo foott throu through gh yo your ur monit monitor or – there there ar are e wa ways ys to bea beatt the (oper (operatin ating) g) sy system stem.. Free new newprog program ramTa TakeO keOwner wnershipP shipPro ro www.snipca.com/14729)) ad addsan dsan (www.snipca.com/14729 optio option n to the right right-cl -click ick men menu u for for an any y fold folder er or fil file, e, inc inclu ludin ding g syste system m and program prog ram files files.. Righ Right-cl t-click ick and clic click k Tak akeOw eOwner nershipP shipPro ro to rega regain in ful fulll con control trol of the the item item,, whic which h you sh shou ouldnowbe ldnowbe ab able le to dele delete te.. If it stil stilll won’t on’t go, go, open open

te text xt fil filee in Note Notepa pad d an and d in incl clud udee the the li line ne ‘Inf ‘InfoTi oTip=is p=is folde folderr is for for cat pho photos tos’. ’. Sa Save ve the file as ‘desk ‘deskto top. p.ini ini’’ insi inside de the rele releva vant nt folde folderr, the then n use the com comman mand d lin linee to apply apply the customisa customisations tions.. Micr Microsoft osoft has full full ins instru tructi ctions ons on the Dev Develo eloper per sect section ion of it itss websi ebsite te (www.snipca.com/14714). www.snipca.com/14714 ).

Remov emove e it fo forr good If you you reall really y want to remo remove ve all ins insta tance ncess of des deskt ktop op.in .ini, i, try thi thiss Re Regis gistry try hack hack.. Type regedit regedit into into Star Start, t, click click ‘re ‘regedi gedit.ex t.exe’, e’, th then en clic click k Yes to op open en th thee Regis egistr try y Edit Edit  , and go to the HKE HKEY_L Y_LOCA OCAL_M L_MAC ACHINE HINE root root key key. Now Now follo follow w the folde folderr pat path: h:

Can Can you dele delete te it it? ?

Software\Microsoft\Windows\

Y es, but Window Windows s will wil l replace it automatically autom atically with a new desktop.ini file, and the folder’s settings will return to default. Remember Remember every folder has a desktop.ini file, so if these files are tak taking ing

CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer Right-c Righ t-click lick the Explorer Explorer folder folder,, click clic. k

New New an and d clic click k DWOR ORD D to cr crea eate te a new new va value. lue. Call it UseDeskt UseDesktopIniC opIniCache ache and se sett it itss value alue to ‘0 ‘0’. ’.

Find Find ou outt wh what at any sy system stem fil file e is an and d do does es by typin typing g it into into FileInfo.com

Make Mak e stubbo stubborn rn fil files es easier easier to del delete ete wit with h Tak akeOw eOwner nershipP shipPro ro – but only only if yo you’r u’re e sur sure e they they nee need d del deletin eting g

the Comma Command nd Promp Promptt and and type type cacls cacls C:\Windows\System32\en-US\  

filename.e filename.extension xtension /G YourName substitu sub stituting ting the filen filename ame and yo your ur , us usern ername ame as ind indica icated ted.. No Note te there’ there’s sa spac space e bef befor ore e ‘c ‘c’’ and ‘a’. ‘a’. If this this doe doesn’ sn’tt work, ork, re rebo boot ot in Safe Safe Mode Mode andtry again again.. To be hone honest st,, unle unless ss the the fil file e is particul part icularl arly y larg large e and trou trouble blesome some,, we we’d ’d giv give up at ‘deni ‘denied ed acce access’ ss’.. If you do go furthe furtherr than than that, that, you mus mustt cre create ate a sy system stem res restore tore poin pointt firs first. t. System ystem fil files es yo you u can can’t ’t ide identi ntify fy ar are e bestt left bes left alon alone. e. Gi Gigab gabyte ytes s ar are e che cheap ap these thes e day days, s, and yo you u shou shouldn ldn’t ’t hav have e an any y spac space e prob proble lems ms if you stic stick k to a sensible sens ible hous housek ekeepin eeping g plan plan:: keep yo your ur Temp Fil Files es fol folders ders and Rec Recyc ycle le Bin cl clea ean, n, run re regul gular ar sc scans ans wi with th CCleaner CCle aner and malw malware-scann are-scanner er AdwCleaner AdwCl eaner (www.snipca.com/14730), www.snipca.com/14730), an and d do a mont monthl hly y boo boott defr defrag ag.. Your PC wi willthan llthank k you for for it. it.

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Your mos ostt po pop pula  prog ogrram amss of 20 2014 14 Our URL-sh URL-short orteni ening ng servi service ce Sni Snipca pca sho shows us how how man ma ny clic clicks ks ea each ch li link nk gets gets.. Here ere are are your our 10 most ost popu po pular lar progr programs ams fr from om the the past past 12 months onths N U M   R 

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software links you clicked most in 2014. Unsurprising  Unsurprising  , it appears that last year you wanted software that would remove junk, make your PC faster and speed up your internet. Here’s Here ’s the top 10.

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  DNS Benchmar Benchmark k www.snipca.com/12727

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  Process Process Hacker Hacker

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  Clean Clean Master Master www.snipca.com/14534

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  Wise Wise Ca Care re 365 365

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  CCEnhancer

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www.snipca.com/14176 First appe appearedin: aredin: Issue Issue 419 419,, p40 Whatt it doe Wha does: s: CCEnh CCEnhance ancerr turns CCl CCleaner eaner froma brill brillian iantt prog program ram intoan exce excepti ptional onal one.It one.It add adds s over over a tho thous usandprog andprogram rams s an and d program compo components nents to those CCle CCleaner aner canfix bydefa bydefaul ult. t. It’s It’s no nott offici officiall ally y approved approv ed by CCle CCleaner aner,, but we’v we’ve e neve neverr ha had d any any probl problem ems s with with it.

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  MyUninstaller

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Why y is Ex Exccel mul ulti tip plyin ying g my en entri tries es?? Wh   I am havi having ng a prob proble lem m wi with th Ex Exce cell 2010. 2010. I’m I’m at atte tendi nding ng a lea learni rning ng co cours urse e usi using ng thi thiss prog progra ram m an and d was doin doing g well ell unti untill I open opened ed it at home home.. When hen I ty type pe a number num ber into into a cel cell, l, it gets gets mu multi ltipli plied ed by 100 100 as so soon on as I pr pres esss Ent Enter. er. For exam exampl ple, e, if I ty type pe ‘1 ‘16’, 6’, then then it appe appear arss in th the e cell cell as ‘1 ‘160 600’ 0’.. I thin think k my versi ersion on of Exce Excell mi migh ghtt be fa faul ulty ty and and I’m very ery confus con fused. ed. Can you you hel help? p?

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us user er or PC own wner er ha has, s, for for some some re reas ason on,, se sett up Exce Excell to laun launch ch wi with th a cu cust stom om te temp mplat latee that that applies applies this form format attin ting g by defau def ault? lt? Admit Admitte tedly dly, thi thiss see seems ms an odd th thin ing g to ha hav ve do done ne,, but but it would ould explain expla in wha whatt you’re you’re experiencin experiencing. g. To fix it, it, you’ll ou’ll need need to crea create te and and sa sav ve a ne new w te temp mpla late te th that at appl applies ies th thee for forma matt tting ing yo you u want ant.. Beg Begin in by cre creat ating ing a ne new w works orkshe heet et in th thee norm normal al way an and d then then pres presss Cont Contro roll (Ctr (Ctrl)+ l)+A A to select sele ct all cells. cells. Now Now, as abo above ve,, rig right ht-click, clic k, cho choose ose Forma Formatt Cells, Cells, fo follo llowe wed d by th thee Forma ormatt ta tab, b, se sele lect ct Gene Genera rall in the the

this this one one fo forr a wh while ile,, but but we’ve e’ve had had an id idea ea tha that you ca can n explo explore re.. Bas Basica ically lly, we think think th that at yo your ur ve versi rsion on of Excel Excel is ap appl plying ying percen percenta tage ge fo form rmat atti ting ng to ev ever ery y cell cell.. is is no nott norma nor mall beha behavio viour ur but it would would expla explain in why wh y ev ever ery y numb number er you type type appe appear arss to be mu multi ltiplie plied d a hundr hundreded-fo fold. ld. first en entter a To test test this this theo theo  , first number num ber int into o an any y cell cell the then n right right-cl -click ick the the ce cell ll an and d choo choose se For orma matt Ce Cells lls.. No Now w cl clic ick k the the For orma matt ta tab, b, and and in the the Categ Cat egory ory list, list, if the sel select ected ed form format at is an anyth ything ing ot other her than than Gen Gener eral al (or Nu Numb mber er)) then then we’re e’re on the the way to an answ answer er.. Ou Ourr gues guesss is th that at th thee se selec lecte ted d

Ca Cate tego gory ry list list an and d th then en clic click k OK. OK. Assumi Ass uming ng you you don don’t ’t want to ma make ke any furth further er cust customisa omisations tions,, you no now w ne need ed to sav save th this is fil filee wi with th a partic par ticula ularr name name (‘book (‘book.xl .xltx tx’) ’) and in a par partic ticula ularr folde folderr (‘XLS (‘XLST TART’) ART’) – but th thee ex exac actt loca locati tion on of th this is fold folder er depe depend ndss on ho how w you ourr PC is set set up. up. e ea easi sies estt way to fin find d it is to clic click k St Star artt, type XLS XLST TAR ART T and then click click XLST XLSTAR ART T at the the top. top. A Wind Window owss Expl Explor orer er windo win dow w will ope open, n, showin showing g the conte con tent ntss of the XLST XLSTART ART folde folderr. Clic Click k th thee bar bar at th thee to top p to reveal eal it itss fu full ll path path.. Now Now, bac back k in Excel Excel,, cho choose ose File File follo follow wed by Save Save As, sel select ect ‘Exc ‘Excel el

categ cat egory ory will Pe Perc rcent entag age e or Cus Custo m. Ch Chan ange ge this th is tobeGene Ge nera ral l or Nu Numb mber ertom. an and d th thee nu num mber ber in th thee cell cell will will disp displa lay y as expected. Ho How wev ever er,, as we sa said id,, th this is is not not norm normal al.. So So,, is it pos possib sible le that that a prev previo ious us

T empla em (*.x (*.xlt ltx)’ as the ‘Sav ‘S(see ave e as ty type’ pe’,, type ty peplate book botes oks as th the ex)’ file fil e na name me (s ee scr screen eensho shott belo below) w) and then then clic click k Save Save.. Res esta tart rt Ex Exce cell an and d if our our shot shot in th thee dark dark is co corr rrec ect, t, yo you u’ll no now w be able able to use use Ex Excel cel as norma normal. l.

Try Try creatin creating g and savin saving g a new new Ex Excel cel template if yo your ur curren currentt worksheets have hav e for formatting matting problems

How can I accurately straighten imag im ages es in GI GIMP MP??   Lik Like e som some e of your your oth other er reade readers rs I’v I’ve be been en tr tryi ying ng out out th the e GI GIMP MP image-editing imag e-editing progr program, am, which which I’m I’m finding finding pow powerful erful but but qui quite te hard hard to mast  . I’ve ’ve work orked out out how how to use use th the e ro rota tate te tool tool to tw twis istt an and d tu turn rn my im imag ages es,, an and d I’d like like to use use this this to st strraigh aighte ten n some some of my misali misaligned gned pho photos. tos. Ho Howe weve verr, with advanc adv ancing ing yea years rs my hand-e hand-eye ye co coor ordi dina nati tion on isn isn’t what hat it us used ed to be, be, so I st strug ruggle gle to ge gett thi thing ngss wh wher ere e I want ant th them em.. Is th ther ere e a way to ma mak ke this this easi easier er? ?

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  We hav have a co coup uple le of ti tips ps th tha at should sho uld help help yo you. u. First First,, try us usin ing g a guid guidel elin inee as an ai aid d when wh en rota rotatin ting g yo your ur ima image ges. s. is work workss part partic icula ularl rly y well if th thee imag imagee has has a cl clea earr ho hori rizo zon n (l (lik ikee a shot shot of the the se sea) a) or fea featur tures es another another element element tha thatt shoul should d run hor horizo izont ntall ally y or ve verti rtical cally ly when when the alignmen alig nmentt is corr correct. ect. To do th this is,, open open your our imag imagee and and th then en open open the the Vie iew w me menu nu to en ensu sure re th that at Sho Show Ruler ulerss is ti tick cked ed (if not, not, cl clic ick k this this menu menu it item em). ). No Now w move move th thee curs cursor or to the the top top or lef leftt-han hand d rul ruler er (de (depen pendin ding g on wh wheth ether er

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yo you w ant ali align horizo hor izont ally y down orwn or to v erti erutica call lly) y)to th then engn cl clic ick k and an dntall drag dr ag do the the ri righ ght. t. Re Rele leas asee th thee mous mousee butt button on to dr drop op a gui guideli deline ne in the the app appro ropria priate te spo spot. t. Now Now sel select ect the Ro Rota tate te to tool, ol, then then cli click ck an and d drag drag to rota rotate te the the imag image. e. Second Sec ondly ly, fo forr more more accur accuracy acy in your your mov mo vemen ements ts,, ta tap p the the up and and down down curs cursor or (a (arr rro ow) keys eys to rot otat atee by a tenth enth of a degre deg reee eac each h tim time. e.

InGI  , use use gu guide idelin lines es and ar arro row w keys eys to help corr correctl ectly y straig straighten hten misaligne misaligned d images

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ind dows Li Liv ve How do I stop Win mark ma rkin ing g em email ailss as rea ead? d?   I fel felll for the pr propa opaga gand nda a of Windo Windows ws XP los losing ing Microsoft Micr osoft support support and therefor ther efore e ret retired ired my ‘old’ ‘old’ sy syst stem em and and spla splash shed ed ou outt on a la lapt ptop op loa loaded ded wi with th Wind indow owss 8.1. Oh dear dear!! With ith lots lots of he help lp I ma mana nag ged to set set up Win indo dows ws Liv Live Mail Mail 2012 2012 to wor ork k with with my exi exist sting ing int intern ernet et ser servic vice e pr prov ovide iderr, but I still still have have som some e pro problem blems. s. Fir First st,, as ne new w mess messag ages es arri arrive ve the sys system tem autom automaticall atically y show showss th them em as havi having ng be been en read read.. Tis Tis means me ans I’ I’m m no longe longerr su sure re whic which h

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instance,, that instance that your your securi security ty softwa soft ware re is being ov over er-officio -officious us and prev prevent enting ing your your syst system em fro from m doing doin g respo respondin nding g to anythi anything ng it it’s ’s identified ident ified as pote potentia ntially lly harmful. harmful. We don don’t ’t know know wh what at sec securi urity ty softw softwar aree yo you u’r ’ree usin using g but loo look k for a ‘r ‘realeal-time time’’ email-scann email-scanning ing opti option on.. If yo you u find find one, one, dis disab able le it it,, th then en tr try y usin using g WL WLM’ M’ss Junk unk button but ton again. again. If the pr probl oblem em persis persists, ts, then then If yo you’r u’re e having having pr probl oblems ems mov moving ing emails emails to yo your ur ‘Jun Junk k email’ email’ fo folde lderr try try emp empty tying ing it by rightright-cl clic icki king ng it it it’s ’s possible possible that that the Junk fo folde lderr

emailss I’ email I’ve ve ac actua tuall lly y ope opened ned an and d rea ead. d. Is ther there e a way to fix th this is? ? Al Also so,, I’m unable una ble to send send unw unwan anted ted me mess ssag ages es to the Junk Junk fol folder der.. Every very tim time e I   y, I see an erro errorr me mess ssag age. e. I clea clearr th the e me mess ssag age e to tr try y agai again, n, bu butt th the e same same thin thing g happ happen enss – so I get stu tuck ck in a loop loop.. Can Can you help help? ? Roy Pay Payne ne

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  To fix yo your ur first first prob proble lem, m, first first open open th thee Fi File le me menu nu (clic (click k the the bl blue ue down down ar arro row w at th thee top top left left))

th then en po poin intt to Op Opti tion onss an and d se selec lectt Mail Mail.. In th thee Opti Option onss di dial alog ogue ue box, box, cl clic ick k the the Rea ead d ta tab b an and d then then unti untick ck th thee box box la label belle led d ‘M ‘Mar ark k messa messages ges read read after after dis displa playin ying g for X second seconds’ s’.. e se seco cond nd prob proble lem m is a li litt ttle le more more curiou cur ious, s, not not least least beca because use yo you u didn didn’t ’t te tell ll us what what th thee erro errorr mess messag agee sa says ys.. Re Regar gardle dless, ss, there there are are a few few things things tha thatt might mig ht cause cause Windo Windows ws Live Live Mai Maill (WLM) (WLM) to refus refusee junk junk reque request sts. s. It It’s ’s possibl possible, e, fo forr

. has becom becomee co corru rrupt pt in som somee   y Right-cli Right -click ck the the ‘Junk ema email il’’ fo folde lderr in the lef leftt-han hand d pan panee and cho choose ose ‘Empt ‘Empty y ‘Junk email’ emai l’ folder’ folder’ As a la last st re reso sort rt,, tr try y re repa pair irin ing g WL WLM. M. From From the Start Start scr screen een,, ty type pe con contr trol ol panel panel then then pre press ss Enter Enter.. Next Next,, cli click ck Prog Progra rams, ms, ‘Progr ‘Programs ams and Fe Feat atures ures’, ’, find Wind Window owss Esse Essent ntia ials ls 2012 2012 in the the lis list, t, then then cl clic ick k to sel select ect it it.. Click Click Un Unins insta tall/C ll/Chan hange ge then then cli click ck ‘Repa ‘Repair ir all Windo Windows ws Essent Essential ialss pr progr ograms ams’’ and fo follo llow w the pr prom ompts pts..

pda ate my iP iPa ad wi with th onl nly y li limi mitted spa parre mem emor ory y? How do I upd   Igen hav haeration ve ation th thir irdd- iPa genera 16GB iPad d that that I’d I’d lik like upda update te to the the la lates testt vers ersion ion of iOS iOS.. Ho Howe weve verr, this require requiress at leas leastt 4G 4GB B of free free spac space, e, so I’d hav have to clea clearr off loa loads of my app ppss and and data data.. I on only ly bo boug ught ht th this is iPa iPad tw two o years ears ago and and I fe feel el a bi bitt chea cheate ted, d, an and d I wor orry ry that that even eventua tuall lly y I won’t on’t be able able to ins insta tall ll ne new w st stuff uff bec becaus ause e of  thi thiss pr prob oblem lem.. Do you ha have ve an any y ide dea as how I canke ankee ep it up to da datte or is it a los lost ca caus use? e?

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will contin continue ue to work work ev even en without with out updates. updates. If you have a PC or Ma Macc, then the n one way aroun around d your your la lack ck of spac spacee is to co conn nnec ectt your your iPad iPad to the the De Desk skto top p vers versio ion n of iTun iTunes es an and d use use th this is to upda update te.. is works orks because beca use the the iOS downl downloa oad d ca can n be st stor ored ed on your our compute comp uter’s r’s hard hard driv drive. e. Us Use e iTun iTunes es on yo your ur PCto up updat date e an iP iPad ad with with littl little e fr free ee sp spac ace e Do Downl wnloa oad d iTune iTuness (free (free fr from om www.snipca.com/14402)) an and d conn connec ectt www.snipca.com/14402 Robert Robe rt Cronin Cronin e en, n, your our iPad iPad will will en ente terr a lim limbo bo st stag age, e, you ourr iPad iPad to your our comp comput uter er via your our wher wh eree mo more re an and d more more ap app p upda update tess will will US USB B cable cable.. Now Now, in iT iTune unes, s, sel select ect yo your ur   As with with th thee or orig igin inal al iPad iPad,, no nott work, ork, as they they will will ha have ve bee been n crea create ted d devi device ce an and d th then en,, in the the Summ Summar ary y ta tab, b, relea released sed in 2010, 2010, ther theree will to work ork wi with th versi ersion onss of iOS that that yo you u cli click ck ‘Chec ‘Check k fo forr Up Upda date te’’ (or jus justt Update pdate,, come come a time time whe hen n Ap Apple ple will will cannot can not ins insta tall. ll. Ho Howe weve verr, for for the the third third-if the the Up Upda date te has has al alre read ady y been been de dete tect cted) ed).. no longe longerr issue issue upd updat ates es fo forr yo your ur mod model. el. gene generrat atio ion n iPad iPad th that at poin pointt is lik likel ely y to be Now Now cli click ck Downl Download oad then then Up Upda date te..

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an’t ’t I vi vie ew Why can sate sa tellit llite e imag images es in Fir Firef efo ox?   Chro Chrome me see seems ms to be gett getting ing

  I recen recentl tly y upgr upgrade aded d my PC from from Win indo dow ws XP to Wi Windo ndows ws 7 Home Home Pre Premium mium.. All All is wor orki king ng well ell wi with th the the excep exception tion of  of Sys System tem Rest Restore ore.. I dis disco cov vered ered that that,, al alth thoug ough h I ca can n sa sav ve res restor tore e poin points, ts, Win Window dowss deletes deletes th them em afte afterr a shor shortt time time,, le lea avi ving ng me wi with th no resto estorre poin points ts at all. all. I ha hav ve resor resorted ted to crea creatin ting g a ne new w re rest stor ore e po poin intt once once a week eek, but but I’d lik like a more mor e permanen permanentt solu solution tion.. Wha Whatt shou should ld I do? do?

sl slow ower er an and d sl slow ower er fo forr me so I have have bee been n try trying ing Fire Firefo fox. x. I like like it bu butt on one e el elem emen entt coul could d prov prove e a de deal al-br brea eake kerr. I use the Goo Google gle Ma Maps ps web ebsit site e a lo lot, t, bu butt I cann cannot ot get sate satell llit ite e view view to wor ork k in Fi Firrefox efox.. Wh When en I tr try y it, it, the the road roadss rema remain in but but ev every erythi thing ng else else go goes es bla black ck.. I th thou ough ghtt it mig igh ht be do down wn to a lack lack of  sate satell llit ite e imag images es in this this on one e ar area ea I was expl explor orin ing, g, bu butt when hen I tr trie ied d th the e same same area area in Chr Chrome ome,, the ov overh erhead ead pho photog togra raph phy y ap appea peare red d as ex expec pected ted.. I’m I’m usi using ng th the e lates latestt vers ersion ion of Fi Fire refo fox x and and ev every erythi thing ng else else seem seemss to wor ork. k. Am I doin doing g some someth thin ing g wrong?

Bob Hartley Hartley

Alan Hepworth Hepworth

restore rest ore poin points? ts?

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Disable hard Disable hardwar ware e acceler acceleration ation in Fire Firefo fox x to view view all webpa webpage ge content content pro proper perly ly

drive drivers rs nee need d upd updat ating ing,, so che check ck the manufacturer’s manufact urer’s websit website. e. However However,, Windo Windows ws Up Updat datee is pr pret etty ty good good at keep keepin ing g such such th thin ings gs up to date date,, so we think think that that the there re’s ’s some some com compa patib tibilit ility y iss issue ue bet betwe ween en Firef Firefox ox and yo your ur graph graphics ics ca carrd. i iss is li lik kel ely y to be fixed fixed wi with th la latter upda update tess to th thee br brow owse serr, but but in th thee meantime mean time,, disable disable the har hardw dware are-acceleration accelera tion mode. Fi Firs rst, t, cl clic ick k th thee menu menu butt button on at th thee top top rig right ht (thre (threee hor horizo izont ntal al line lines), s), then then cho choose ose Option Opt ions. s. Next Next,, on the Gen Gener eral al ta tab, b, untick untick the ‘U ‘Use se hardw hardware are acce acceler leratio ation n whe when n avail ailab able le’’ box box an and d cl clic ick k OK to finish finish..

  is is stand standar ard d beha behaviour viour that that’s ’s dic dicta tate ted d by the amoun am ountt of har hard-d d-dri rive ve spa space ce reserve rese rved d for Sy Syste stem m Restor Restore. e. Adjus Adjustin ting g this figur figuree upw upwar ards ds will see Windo Windows ws stor storee mo more re rest restor oree points poin ts,, and for longe longerr. Of cours course, e, how how far yo you u ad adjus justt the reser reserve ved d stor storag agee depend dependss on your your free free har hardddr driv ivee sp spac acee – but but that that’s ’s up to you. ou. To do it it,, clic click k St Star artt fo follo llow wed by Contr Con trol ol Pa Panel nel,, and then then ‘S ‘Sys yste tem m and Security Secur ity’’ follow followed ed by Sy Syste stem. m. Nex Next, t, cli click ck ‘Sys ‘Syste tem m prote protecti ction on’’ on the leftleft-han hand d side side and and,, under under Disk Spa Space ce

  is is alm almost ost certa certainl inly y down down to Firefo Firefox’s x’s hardw hardwareareacceler acce leratio ation n fea featur ture, e, which which in recen recentt ve versi rsions ons is enable enabled d by defau default. lt. is feat featur uree mak makes use use of your our comput com puter er’s ’s grap graphics hics card card to spe speed ed up certain cert ain webpag webpagee elements. elements. It It’s ’s possibl possiblee tha thatt yo your ur grap graphics hics-ca -card rd

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U sage sage, mo move the th Max Madx to Usa sage slid sliment ider ernt to the right rig,ht. . Yve ou ou’ll ’lleneed nee exper exge perime to fin find d th thee ri righ ghtt amou amount nt fo forr you, ou, but but use the the Curre Current nt Us Usag agee figure figure ab abov ovee as a guid guide: e: if if,, fo forr ex exam ampl ple, e, it curr curren entl tly y says says 5GB 5GB then then try try doub doublin ling g it it..

Mo Movie vie Mak Maker’s er’s ‘hidden ‘hidden’ ’ videostabilisation stabilisation feature, featur e, which you rev reveale ealed d on pag page 57 of Is Issu sue e 43 432. 2. Ho How wever ever,, no ma matt tter er how how ha hard rd I tr trie ied dI could couldn n’t find thi thiss too tooll – it it’s ’s cert certain ainly ly not on the the Edit Edit tab, tab, as you indi indica cate ted. d. I’m runn runnin ing g a Win indo dows ws 7 PC wi with th 16GB 16GB of me memo mory ry and and a 2GB Nvidia vidia gr grap aphic hicss ca card rd.. Am I doi doing ng some somethi thing ng wr wron ong g or is my sys yste tem m not up to it?

pre prepar pared tol remai upd updat ate e to Win Windo dows wsto 8.1, thi fe feat atur ureeed wil will re main n una unava vaila ilable ble you. yothis u. s If yo you u do upda update te then then yo you u won’t on’t ne need ed to do an anyth ything: ing: the ‘Vide ‘Video o st stab abiliz ilizat ation ion’’ butt button on wi will ll appe appear ar on the the Edit Edit ta tab, b, as we descr described. ibed.

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  Y Your our compute computer’s r’s hardw har dware are is cert certain ainly ly up to th thee  job but but,, unfortu unfortunat nately ely, Window Wind owss Movie Movie Mak Maker’s er’s video-stabilisation featu feature re works orks only only in Win Windo dows ws 8/8. 8/8.11 – a factth cttha at we

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Windows Window s Movie Movie Mak Maker’s er’s video-stabilisa video-stabilisation tion fe feature ature is only avail availab able le in Window indows s 8/8 8/8.1 .1 on the Edit Edit tab

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How do I bo boo ot to my worki king ng ver ersi sio on of Win ind dows 7?   I rec recent ently ly upg upgra raded ded to Windo Windows ws 7 fr from om   . I chos chosee th thee 32bit versi ersion on be beca caus usee so some me of my XP prog progra rams ms will will not not work ork in the the 64bit editio edition. n. Aft After er som somee ini initia tiall unr unreli eliabi abilit lity y

box that that ap appea pears, rs, select select the Adva Advance nced d ta tab. b. Click Click th thee Se Sett ttin ings gs in the the ‘St Star artu tup p and and Re Reco cove very’ ry’ sec sectio tion. n. en, en, in the ‘S ‘Sta tart rtup up and Re Reco cove very’ ry’ dialog dialogue ue box, box, choose choose the health hea lthy y Windo Windows ws 7 ins insta talla llatio tion n fr from om the

(tr (trac aced ed to a fa faul ulty ty memo memory ry mo modu dule le), ), I ha had d to inst instal alll a ne new w cop copy of Win indo dows ws 7. Now Now wh when en my comput computer er boo boots, ts, I’m I’m offer offered ed th thee opti option on to boot boot to my old old Wi Wind ndow owss 7 ins insta tall llat atio ion n as well ell as the the ne new w one. one. How How do I ge gett ri rid d of this this pr pree-bo boot ot menu me nu so th that at my PC st star arts ts st stra raig ight ht in into to the new, workin working g Win Window dowss 7 installa installation? tion?

‘Default oper ‘Default operatin ating g sys system tem’’ drop dropdow down n menu. In a mome moment nt,, yo you u’ll need need to unti untick ck th thee ‘Tim ‘Timee to dis displ pla ay list list of oper operat atin ing g syst systems ems’’ box, box, but but hol hold d off for for now now, be beca caus usee it it’s ’s a go good od id idea ea to test est th thee selecti sele ction on you you’ve ’ve ma made de – other otherwis wisee you you co coul uld d be st stuc uck k with with a comp comput uter er that that boots boo ts to the wr wrong ong opera operatin ting g syst system em.. So, So, clic click k OK tw twic icee to clos closee both both di dial alog ogue ue boxe boxes, s, th then en re rest star artt yo your ur PC in the the norm normal al w y. As Assu sumi ming ng it boots boots to the the corr correc ectt operating oper ating-sy -syste stem m optio option, n, as expected expected,, repea repeatt the above above instru instructi ctions ons to cle clear ar the aforemen afor ementione tioned d tick box. box.

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Bill Power Power

  Cli Click ck Start Start and then then right right-cl -click ick Comput Com puter er and choose choose Propertie Pro perties. s. Nex Next, t, click ‘Ad Adva vanced nced sy syst stem em set settin tings gs’’ in the lef leftt-han hand d pane pane and then, the n, in the Syst System em Prope Properti rties es dia dialog logue ue

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How do I tr tran anssfer my l les es fr fro om Win Wi ndo dows ws to Ma Mac? c?   My Wind Window owss 7 la lapt ptop op is sh show owin ing g si sign gnss of ag agee and and,, beca because use I am no nott ha happ ppy y with with Microsoft Micro soft’s ’s policies, policies, I’m seriously seriously consid con sideri ering ng rep replac lacing ing it with with an Apple Apple MacBoo Mac Book k Air. Air. I unders understan tand d it it’s ’s pos possib sible le to trans transfe ferr my fil files es to th thee iOS oper operat atin ing g sy syst stem em,, but but ho how w ea easy sy is th this is and how how do you reco recomm mmen end d I go abou aboutt it it??

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Richard Richar d Gibbs Gibbs

  First First,, let’s let’s cle clear ar up your your confusion confu sion about about Apple’s Apple’s operatin oper ating g system systems. s. e MacBoo Mac Book k Air that that yo you u’r ’ree int inter eres ested ted in runs runs OS X, no nott iOS iOS – th thee la lattter bein being g the ope opera ratin ting g sy syst stem em that that runs runs on Apple Apple’s ’s mo mobile bile device devices, s, such such as th thee iP iPho hone ne an and d iP iPad ad.. While While th ther eree are are pl plen enty ty of visua visuall and techn technica icall sim similar ilariti ities es betwe bet ween en the tw two, o, the they y ar aree dis distin tinct ct plat platfo form rms. s. Mac Mac OS X is ra rath ther er mo more re like like Window Wind ows, s, concept conceptuall ually y at least. least. As fo forr tran transf sfer erri ring ng files files fr from om a Wind indow owss PC to a MacBo MacBook ok Air ru runn nnin ing g but the OS X the proc proces esss is easy, but eff effect ectiv ivene eness ss dep depend endss on what what you you want ach achiev ieve. e. For For exam example ple,, it it’s ’s easy easy to use Windo Windows ws Ex Explo plore rerr to copy copy Microso Micr osoft ft Office Office docume document ntss from from your your

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PC to a US USB B st stic ick k or ex exte tern rnal al hard hard driv drive. e. You can th then en connec connectt thi thiss st stor orag agee de devic vicee to th thee MacB MacBoo ook k Air Air an and d us usee Fi Find nd r, the Apple Apple equ equiv ivale alent nt of Windo Windows ws Explor Explor r, to co copy py your our file filess to the the MacB MacBoo ook. k. Howe However ver,, wha whatt happ happens ens next depen depends ds large largely ly on the the file filess and and wh what at you wan antt to do with with th them. em. If yo you u have have tr trans ansfer ferre red d Microso Micr osoft ft Offic Officee file files, s, for for exa exampl mple, e, then then in orde orderr to open open them them yo you u’ll need need to hav have insta installe lled d on your our MacB MacBoo ook k the the OS X ve vers rsio ion n of this this prog progra ram m (or (or a comp compat atibl iblee fre freee alte alterna rnati tive ve,, su such ch as Open OpenOffic Officee Digit ital al photo photoss – www.openoffice.org). www.openoffice.org). Dig

and vid videos eos will als also o tr trans ansfe ferr wit withou houtt prob proble lems ms,, an and d OS X has has buil builtt-in in tool toolss calle called d iPhot iPhoto o and and iMov iMovie ie th that at le lets ts you vi view ew th thes esee and and carr carry y out out some some basic basic editing. If yo you u’r ’ree hopin hoping g to tr tran ansf sfer er an and d use use yo your ur Wind Window owss program programs, s, then tha that’s t’s not possible possible witho without ut addit additiona ionall softw softwar are. e. A paid-f paid-for or progr program am cal called led www.parallels.com)) Parallels Par allels (£64.99, www.parallels.com will wi ll le lett you se sett up a ‘v ‘vir irttual ual PC’ PC’ in into to which wh ich you you cou could ld ins insta tall ll Wi Windo ndows ws,, which hich would ould then then le lett you insta install ll an and d run all your your Windo Windows ws ap applic plicat ations ions..

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Problem s Sol Solv ved Problems esss a depa part rted ed fr friien end’ d’ss web ebsi sitte? How do I acces   I join joined ed the the RA RAF F in 1952 1952,, along along with with 230 oth others ers.. To keep keep in touc touch h we hav have a websit ebsite e at www.70th entryhalton.talktalk.net that,

username will be 70th_entry_ be 70th_entry_ [email protected]  but we cannot tell you the password. Assuming your friend’s wife doesn’t know it, or can’t guess it,

desig igned ned until rec until recent ent  y , was des and and kept ept up to da datte by our our webmaster webm aster.. Unfortunatel Unfortunately y, he has has no now w pa passe ssed d  w y . I have volun voluntee teere red d to take take the the job on on,, bu butt we ha hav ve no in info form rmat atio ion n as to how how he lo log gged on to th the e site. ite. We ha hav ve bee been n in touc touch h wi with th the the chap chap’s ’s wi wife fe an and d she she ha hass giv given us a folder folder of inf inform ormat ation ion,, but but the there re was no nothi thing ng in the the pa paper perw work ork to help help us. us. Are Are you able ble to gu guid ide e me in the rig right ht dir direct ection ion? ?

then you (or more likely the widow) will need to contact TalkTalk’s bereavement team at www.snipca.com/14386 . Once you’ve obtained the password you’ll be able to log in to the FTP server to manage the website’s websit e’s words and images in whatever way you choose. From the website’s source website’s source code (right-click and choose ‘View source’ or ‘View page source’) we can see that your friend designed this website using a program called WebSite X5. You can download a free version of this

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To main maintain tain the websit website e of som someon eone e who has pas passed sed aw away ay,, retri retriev eve e lo login gin det detail ails s fr from om the site’s site’s host host and and go to the the FT FTP P serv server er

  First, we discovered that your website website is actually actually at www.70th_entry_halton. talktalk.net (with talktalk.net  (with underscores in the web address). We don’t think this is part of  your problem, per se, but the underscores will be b e important later.

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To access and update this website’s contents you’ll need to visit what’s contents what’s known as the FTP the FTP serv  , which you’ll find by going to ftp://www.70th_entry_ to ftp://www.70th_entry_ halton.talktalk.net.. At this point, you’ll be halton.talktalk.net asked for a username and password. e

from  www.snipca.com/14388 from  www.snipca.com/14388.. is program includes built-in FTP tools, so you’ll be able to download all existing assets from TalkTa alkTalk’s lk’s FTP serv  , letting you continue the job of  maintaining the site.

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emails with your mail provider’s serv provider’s serv  . Open Outlook 2010 on your comput  , select the File tab, then click Info. Click Account Settings in the Account Information section followed by Account Settings, then look for the account type

email em ails s astorequi resyn quire red. d.onise I’ I’m mew on onder dering ing if it it’s ’s poss possible ible synchr chronis my Outlo Outlook ok ca calen lendar dar with with my phone phone? ? I’m I’m qui quite te ha happ ppy y to do this this by conn connec ecti ting ng my phon phone e to th the e PC vi via a a USB ca cabl ble, e, bu butt I don don’t know know how how. Ca Can n you tell tell me if this this is possi pos sible ble an and d wh what at sof softw twar are e I’ll I’ll nee need? d?

in Next, the Type column. switch to your Lumia phone

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Richard Rich ard M Pri Price ce

  You can do this without without connecting your Lumia to your PC and without installing additi add itiona onall softw softwar are, e, th thoug ough h you you will need need a Microsoft account. You might already have one of these if you use Hotmail or Outlook.com, for example. But if not, sign up for free at https://signup.live.com at  https://signup.live.com.. You don’t have to use your Microsoft email address to send and receive email, though of course you are free to do so. Next, in Outlook 2010, find out if you are using Microsoft Exchange to sync

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and tap Settings, followed by ‘email+accounts’ ‘email+accoun ts’ and then ‘add an account’. account ’. If you’re using Exchang Exchange, e, tap Outlook; otherwise tap ‘Microsoft account’. account ’. Type your username and password. Your calendars will now sync whenever whenever your Lumia has an internet connection.

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Printter pr Prin prob obllems rint rinter erss and and I hav have a lo long ng an and d painful hist histo ory. Fr From om hellish hellishly ly noisy noi sy dot matri matrix x printe printers rs with with pa pape perr fe feeds eds th that at wou ould ld ch chew ew up my work work,, to per person sonal al lasers lasers that that woul ould d go wi wild ld an and d prin printt a lin linee of gi gibb bber eris ish h acro across ss 40 pa pages ges,, I’ I’ve ve hated hated alm almost ost ev every ery single single one.. Yet my lat one lates estt pri print nter er has take taken n th thin ings gs to a whol wholee ne new w le lev vel. el. It It’s ’s no nott  just incompete incompetent nt or belligere belligerent, nt, it’s act actual ually ly holdin holding g me to ra ranso nsom. m.

 

say say tha thatt third third-pa -part rty y inks don don’t ’t delive deli verr the same same qualit quality y, but as mostt of my prin mos printt-ou outs ts are are fairl fairly y prosai pro saicc docum document ents, s, I can’t can’t say say I’m bother bothered. ed. ey say say th that at th their eir inks inks last last long longer er and and ensur ens uree my prin printe terr keeps keeps running runnin g smooth smoothly. I’m not convin convinced ced.. ey als also o claim claim to inve invest st millio mil lions ns of dolla dollars rs in

I won on’t ’t name name and and sham shamee th thee ma mak ke or model, but model, but it’s it’s a wir wirele eless ss office-f office-frie riendl ndly y inkje ink jett from from a wellell-kn know own n br bran and. d. By th thee stand standar ards ds of my ot other her printe printers rs it it’s ’s qui quiet et and re reaso asona nabl bly y effic efficien ient. t. But But ov over er the pas pastt

ink resea researc rch, h, but this is som someth ething ing I’m I’m happ happy y to file under und er ‘not ‘not my proble pro blem m’. In th thee end end,, I to told ld my prin printter it could cou ld forg forget et th thee goo good d st stuff uff.. It was time time to swit switch ch fro from m Dom Perig Perignon non to Cava Cava,, from from Belg Belgia ian n Trap Trappis pistt Be Beer er to a pint pint of  ch chea eap p lage lagerr. In an ag agee of au aust ster eriity, we all ne need ed to mak make do wi with th secon second d bes best. t. Well, the manufac manufactur turers ers were were right about abo ut one thi thing: ng: swit switchi ching ng to thi third rd-pa -part rty y in inks ks ha hass led led to prob proble lems ms.. e firs first se sett of  inkss th ink thre rew w up odd odd warnin arnings gs an and d grum grumpy py

I thr threa eate ten n the prin printe terr with wi th a pr pre etty vi vici ciou ouss kicki ki cking ng if it do does esn’ n’tt men end d its ways ys.. It tel ells ls me th tha at it’s ru run n ou outt of blac bl ack k ink

year year I’ I’ve ve not notice iced d a dispar disparit ity y betwe between en the ink ink it uses uses up and and th thee pauc paucit ity y of it itss act actua uall outp output ut.. It al alw way ayss ap appea pears rs to be runnin running g lo low w, an and d see seems ms to ta take ke gr grea eatt pl plea easu sure re in warnin arning g me of th this is,, ev even en when when I know know it has has plen plentty of in ink k le left ft.. I ca can n’t he help lp but but notice not ice that that the ma manuf nufact actur urer er’s ’s ink is, shall sha ll we sa say y, exor exorbit bitant antly ly pric priced. ed. Wh What at is th this is stuff stuff ma made de of? Ca Cavi viar ar an and d crus crushe hed d scarab scar ab beetles? beetles? Now Now, I’ I’m m full fully y awar aree of al alll th thee ar argum gumen ents ts in fa favo vour ur of only only using using manufact manu facture urers’ rs’ inks. Printer Printer comp companies anies

messa mes sage ges, and now no wing mgytool printe prin seems ms he hell ll-be -bent nts,on do down wnin to olss ter fo forrr see go good od. .I do don n’t ac actu tual ally ly sit sit ne next xt to my prin printt r. It liv lives in a spar sparee room room up upst stair airs, s, while hile I work work downs downsta tairs irs at the kit kitche chen n ta table ble.. Becau Bec ause se of this this I te tend nd to pr prin intt some someth thin ing, g, th then en pop pop up late laterr to see what what has has em emer erge ged. d. With Wit h thir third-par d-party ty cartridg cartridges es installed installed,, the an answ swer er is us usua uall lly y a bi big g fat fat zil zilch ch.. Now Now, I ex expec pectt th thee prin printe terr to mo moan an about abo ut my use of thir third-p d-part arty y ink cartri cartridge dges, s, so I just just igno ignore re thos thosee mess messag ages es.. What What I do don n’t ex expec pectt is to prin printt a docu docume ment nt,, go upsta ups tairs irs and find the pri print nter er hasn hasn’t bu budg dged ed an in inch ch.. Ins Inste tead ad,, in a fit of pi piqu que, e, it sh show owss a bran brand d ne new w thir thirdd-pa part rty y ink err error or messa message ge on its int intern ernal al scr screen een.. I pres presss th thee OK bu buttton to force orce it to print. prin t. It go goes es ahe ahead, ad, the then n one mis miser erab able le blank blan k pag pagee churn churnss ou out. t. I swear swear lou loud dly, run run down down to my desk desk,, pres presss prin print, t, cl clic ick k thr throu ough gh the warn arning ing,, then then run bac back k

upstairs upsta irs.. e prin printe terr repea repeats ts it itss err error or mess me ssag age. e. I pres presss OK. OK. It prin prints ts half half a page page as a te teas ase, e, then then spit spitss out out th thee re rest st bl blan ank, k, whil hilee it cont contin inue uess it itss lit littl tlee stro strop. p. I re repea peatt the the cycl cyclee and and thre threat aten en the the prin printe terr wi with th a pret pretty ty vi vicio cious us kic kickin king g if it does doesn n’t mend mend it itss ways. ys. It te tells lls me that that it it’s ’s run run out out of  bl blac ack ink ink. . It hasn ha sn’t ’t. . e ca cart rtri ridg dgeetly is over over half ha lf kfull and was printi pri nting ng per perfec fectl y well we ll ven n when when my docu docume ment nt yesterd y. Eve final finally ly prin prints ts an and d I th thin ink k I’v ’vee won, on, I know know it it’s ’s go goin ing g to sulk sulk agai again n tomo tomorr rrow. All this this tr trou oubl blee is so arti artific ficia ial. l. Manufact Manu facture urers rs apply apply tech technolo nology gy tha thatt shou should ld be help helpin ing g us (by (by te telli lling ng us how how muc uch h in ink k we hav have le left ft)) to pers persua uade de us to buy buy th thei eirr own own bran brand d in ink k an and d th ther ereb eby y lo look ok af afte terr th thei eirr own bott bottom om lin line. e. At best best it it’s ’s rest restric ricti tive ve;; at wors worst, t, a tota totall sc scam am.. Wel ell, l, I’m go goin ing g to fix my li litt ttle le prob proble lem. m. If I can can’t use use what whatev ever er ink I lik likee ’lll find find a new new prin printter th tha at’s in my prin printt r, I’l les lesss fussy fussy. And the cur curre rent nt mod model? el? Enj Enjoy oy the recycli recycling ng plant, plant, you [exple [expletiv tivee deleted, delet ed, exple expletiv tivee deleted, deleted, expletiv expletivee deleted]! Do you agree agree with with Stuart Stuart? ? Let us know know at lette [email protected] [email protected] omputer teractiv active.co e.co.uk .uk

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