GSUITE - TURN OFF SECURITY CHECKING FOR 10 MINUTES

For admins to access someone's email you might need to bypass the painful but necessary security checks as you log in. You can do this from the gmail admin console, search for Login Challenge under the user account in question.

ENABLE [ALL MAIL] IN GMAIL TO ARCHIVE

If you are archiving a gmail mailbox to your local hard disk, then you will need to enable [All Mail] in your settings so that you can access those old emails from your Outlook or Thunderbird client via IMAP. Once you a have enabled it, re-launch your email client, find the All Mail mailbox, wait for an hour or so and then start moving the old mails off to your local PST or whatever.

ACTIVATING OUTLOOK REQUIRES EXCEL TOO

If you have a problem activating Outlook 365 version, you may need to open Word or Excel and make sure they are activated correctly as well, otherwise Outlook will not activate.

 

CTRL KEY SEEMS STUCK DOWN

Weird problem experienced with Chrome, like the Ctrl key was stuck down so if you press "p" the print box comes up. 1010 users have reported this to Google. Reboot or press both Ctrl keys at the same time to clear.

 

WINDOWS 10 PHOTOS APP PLAYS SUBTITLES TOO

Make sure the SRT file is the same name as the MKV, MP4 or AVI file and in the same folder. Then open the film and click the 3 dots, Choose Subtitle File.


EXCHANGE PLAN FOR BUSINESS PLUS OFFICE 365 HOME

Smash these 2 products together to get the cheapest way of enjoying Office 365 and Outlook. The Business Exchange Essentials is £4.50 per user per month and the Office Home 365 which includes Premium Office is £79.99 per year or £7.99 per month for up to 6 devices in your household.

MICROSOFT OFFICE 365 – REMOVE AND UNLINK A DEVICE

If you need to recycle licenses for your Office 365 account then go to http://myaccount.microsoft.com and Remove PC, then Unlink so that the licenses return to your Store account.

 

FIREFOX FILES FOR IMPORTING/MOVING

1. bookmarksbackup – import your latest json file into Firefox using Import Bookmarks

2. You can copy these two files to transfer the passwords:
logins.json and key3.db
The latter (key3.db) stores the encryption key and need to match the logins.json file to make this work.

GEO LOCATE AN IP ADDRESS WITH GOOD ACCURACY

https://www.iplocation.net/

But only refer to :-

Geolocation data from ipinfo.io (Product: API, real-time)

MYSQL IS NOW MYSQLI

Upgrading from PHP 5.0 to PHP 7.0 means you need to make some changes to your code:

OLD
$cor_rs3=mysql_query("INSERT INTO...
NEW
$cor_rs3=mysqli_query($dbh,"INSERT INTO...

OLD
$dbh = mysql_connect($host_name, $user_name, $pass_word)...
NEW
$dbh = mysqli_connect($host_name, $user_name, $pass_word, $data_name)...

OLD
mysql_fetch_array($cor_rs2,mysql_ASSOC))
NEW
mysqli_fetch_array($cor_rs2,MYSQLI_ASSOC))

RDCMAN – REMOTE DESKTOP CONNECTION MANAGER

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44989

GSUITE: FOLDER ON OUTLOOK – WTF?

This happens when you’ve created a filter that Skips the Inbox, yet you didn’t specify a Folder (Label):-

MICROSOFT DITCHING EDGE BROWSER FOR EDGE CHROMIUM

As much as Microsoft made a valiant attempt to modernize the built-in Windows browser with Edge when it launched Windows 10, it hasn’t proved popular among consumers. Often cited as simply the best tool to download Chrome with — although you should be careful doing so — Edge hasn’t made much of an impact on the wider web-browsing population. At the last count, it had just 2.15 percent of the global browser market share. That’s still less than Internet Explorer’s 2.8 percent, and far behind the likes of Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge

REG FILE TO MAKE MS CHROMIUM OPEN FILES WITHOUT PROMPTING

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

 

“ExternalProtocolDialogShowAlwaysOpenCheckbox”=dword:00000001

WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE STILL AVAILABLE…GET IT NOW!

Google for Windows 10 Download and download the MediaCreationTool.exe from the Microsoft.com site, this will kick off the upgrade.

  • Say NO to all the bollocks about Find My Device, targeted ads and Cortana
  • Download and install Classic Shell, http://classicshell.net/downloads/
  • Control Panel, Users, turn off User Account Control
  • Open Settings, Apps, Default Apps and set your browser to Chrome/Firefox/Maxthon, not Edge!

MICROSOFT SUPPORT AND RECOVERY ASSISTANT

If that does not help, you may remove all traces of Office 365 installation by running the fixit from the following article.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2739501

Now download and install Office 365 by logging into www.office.com/myaccount with the registered email address and click Install Office.

ANOTHER FAILED SEAGATE DRIVE

FREE TRIAL OF OFFICE 2013 PRO PLUS

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/jj720318?download=dlm3&url=http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/2/9/C/29CC45EF-4CDA-4710-9FB3-1489786570A1/OfficeProfessionalPlus_x86_en-us.img

RESTORE DELETED FILES WITH RECUVA

Looks like CCleaner has bought Recuva, the file recovery utility for when you’ve deleted files and emptied the bin already, you twat.

https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva/builds

MINITOOL PARTITION RECOVERY

DELL OS RECOVERY TOOL

If you need to reinstall Windows 10 on a Dell then you may need to download the operating system from Dell or Microsoft. I recommend you have an 8gb memory stick (at least) to generate a bootable USB drive.

Dell’s utility is here:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/uk/en/ukbsdt1/drivers/osiso/recoverytool/WT64A

Microsoft’s tool is here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

EASYBCD and EASYRE

Download here: https://neosmart.net/

This utility (free non-commercial) allows you to add a boot entry to your PC so you can reinstall Windows. You have to create a small separate partition first, then copy Windows disc files to that partition. You can then use EasyBCD to add the entry to the boot menu, select the Boot.WIM on the recovery partition, under Sources.

🎦
How to Create a Bootable Recovery Partition in Windows 7
https://youtube.com/watch?v=MSycEzLn__8

Not a huge fan of Windows 10 Startup/Repair options? Why not add your own System Recovery process to your Windows PC.

WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE IS FREE

As part of Windows 10’s first November update in 2015, Microsoft changed the Windows 10 installer disc to also accept Windows 7 or 8.1 keys. This allowed users to perform a clean install Windows 10 and enter a valid Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 key during installation. Windows 10 would then report that key to Microsoft’s servers, and Windows 10’s activation servers would give your PC a “digital entitlement” (now a “digital license”) to continue using Windows 10 for free, just as if you had upgraded.

Now, even though the free upgrade offer is technically over, this method still functions in every version of Windows 10, from 2016’s Anniversary Update to the November 2019 Update. It works when installing Windows 10 with installation media or by entering the key after installing Windows 10. Enter any Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 key that hasn’t previously been used to upgrade to 10, and Microsoft’s servers will give your PC’s hardware a new digital license that will allow you to continue using Windows 10 indefinitely on that PC.

FIX ANY COMPUTER RELATED ISSUE

UGETFIX https://ugetfix.com/

NEW VERSION OF CRYPTOPREVENT

Download the new version here: https://www.d7xtech.com/cryptoprevent-anti-malware

CryptoPrevent Anti-Malware

CryptoPrevent is a robust anti-virus/anti-malware software supplement, filling a huge gap that exists with traditional security solutions to provide protection against a growing multitude of new and emerging ransomware and other malicious software threats.

Introduction to CryptoPrevent Anti-Malware

YES, this is the original CryptoLocker prevention tool you’ve read about, designed to prevent infection from the first “ransomware” threat which emerged in late 2013, encrypting valuable data on the infected PC and offering decryption in exchange for large payment.  Within a few months of CryptoPrevent’s initial release its reputation for effectiveness had created quite a buzz with features from Brian Krebs security blog (among many others) and by educators everywhere such as Ken Dwight ‘The Virus Doctor’, the infamous Britec09 on Youtube, and ultimately reaching televised news such as CNBC and The Today Show!  Read more about the history of CryptoPrevent.

Today CryptoPrevent has evolved into a robust anti-malware supplement to combat all forms of malicious software!

SELFIES: WHY ARE THEY MIRRORED?

Have you noticed that by default selfies are mirror images of you, whereas the rear camera is not. You can change the settings so that your selfies are saved “flipped” the correct way on most smartphones.

KETO DIET EXPLAINED

*this is a work in progress and citations are needed for some of the references*

“The Keto diet mimics the typical homo-sapien winter diet which we would have eaten since we left the trees 3 million years ago,  foods that were high in fat and protein with very little carbohydrate. Unfortunately, we now have a supermarket on every street corner feeding us Summer foods all year long.”

What is the Keto Diet?

The ketogenic diet is where you eat mostly fat so excess fat gets converted into “ketones” which your body can use as fuel instead of glucose. Once this effect happens your body will start to burn it’s own stored fat for energy.

Why would someone do it?

  • To lose weight (ketones reduce appetite)
  • To reduce insulin (diabetics)
  • To reduce inflammation
  • To reduce tiredness
  • To avoid Alzheimer’s
  • To avoid Heart Disease
  • To reverse Type 2 diabetes
  • To reverse obesity
  • To reverse atherosclerosis
  • To lower blood pressure
  • To suppress epilepsy
  • To increase longevity
  • To keep you looking young
  • To boost energy levels (especially for sport)

Why do we want to reduce insulin?

Insulin is the fat storage and blood-sugar level control hormone, without it you wouldn’t be able store fat for the winter or stop sugar from permanently damaging your arteries. Diabetics (Type I and II) sometimes go blind and need amputations of limbs because sugar blocks and corrodes the very tiny capillaries that exist in the eye and at the fingertips. Insulin generally helps to combat the effects of a sugar-rich diet, but insulin-resistance can occur over time, leading to weight-gain, diabetes, inflammation, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Why does the Keto diet work?

It works because:-

  • the diet Keeps your insulin response ridiculously low, which results in burning off your own fat stores
  • Ketones also reduce appetite so you naturally eat less

It emulates what would have happened every year in the past (before supermarkets) during winter time when carbohydrates such as fruit, veg and berries were scarce and animal fats and proteins were more readily available. In modern times, insulin is ever more present in our veins and arteries and increasing due to the food industry’s emphasis on sugar and carbs as the main food source, and this is leading to terrible epidemics of diabetes and obesity. It is estimated that 415 million people are living with diabetes in the world, which is estimated to be 1 in 11 of the world’s adult population. 46% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed. The figure is expected to rise to 642 million people living with diabetes worldwide by 2040. https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-prevalence.html

What can I eat on the Keto?

You compose your meals based on the keto food pyramid, the base of the pyramid contains the most eaten foods, the top for the least eaten:

You compose your meals of:

  • 75% fat
  • 20% protein
  • 5% carbs

The high fat content triggers ketosis (fat burning) after 2 or 3 days. It’s a normal state of being for humans when carbohydrates are not available. The fat provides energy and keeps insulin low, the protein for building tissue, the carbs for various other nutrients. 75% fat sounds like a lot but don’t forget fat is twice as dense as protein so actually it’s less in terms of weight.

  • steak, pork, bacon, sausages, chicken (with skin)
  • eggs, butter, cream, cheese
  • salmon, trout
  • avocados, olives
  • walnuts, almonds
  • olive oil, lard, dripping, coconut oil
  • spinach, kale, lettuce, cucumber, cabbage, celery, asparagus, tomatoes
  • garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper
  • tea & coffee (no milk)
  • 90% cocoa chocolate

 

For how long do I eat like this?

It’s not really a diet, it’s a way of eating. You can be on the keto for a few weeks, for several months, for several times a year or for the rest of your life. Epileptics stick to the low carb/keto for their whole lives because it reduces their symptoms. It may take up to 6 months to get fully fat adapted.

What does Fat Adapted mean?

It’s where you can draw upon your fats for energy. The initial phase can take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks of carb addiction withdrawal, then a second phase of about 6-8 weeks of hormonal up-regulation. It’s different for everyone which is what makes the keto so damn interesting! https://medium.com/swlh/i-tried-keto-for-a-month-and-heres-what-happened-707ca174213a

How will I know if I’m fat-adapted?

  • You will not be constantly hungry (if you’re still hungry you’re doing it wrong!)
  • You will be thinking clearly
  • You will be peeing a lot, initially
  • Your blood pressure will be at normal levels
  • Your energy levels will be up

Is it dangerous?

No, It’s completely natural and was experienced every year by our ancestors who lived in the northern or southern hemispheres, less so for equatorial humans.

I thought fat was bad for your heart?

So did the rest of the world but it turns out it’s not. See Ancel Keys and the great saturated fat myth that’s pushed up obesity and diabetes to epidemic proportions over the past 70 years since his fraudulent 7 Countries Study, where he cherry-picked data to support an incorrect hypothesis. Sugar and carbs have been added to the standard western diet in huge proportions since the incorrect fat theory was developed.

What are statins for?

Do not take statins, do not overly concern yourself with cholesterol. Unfortunately, statins were foisted upon the world when 3 things happened; 1) Ancel Keys declared that saturated fat was bad, 2) they discovered that there was a weak relationship between cholesterol and heart disease, and 3) someone invented a drug made from fungus to lower cholesterol. It turns out that statins lower LDL cholesterol which was not implicated in the relationship between cholesterol and heart disease. Also, all the advice about statins is carefully couched in terms of relative risk, for example the “RRR in stroke is 48% for high-risk diabetic patients over 4 years” simply means the risk of suffering a first-time stroke is reduced from 28 to 15 per 1000 over 4 years, or 1.3%, for diabetics. In other words, you would need to treat 77 patients to prevent just 1 stroke! Of course they calculate the risks from statins not in relative risk but absolute risk so it appears small.

What about total cholesterol?

You are likely to live longer with high levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, regardless of how high your LDL (bad) cholesterol is. So it’s actually the ratio between the two which is important, therefore total cholesterol could be higher if you have high HDL as well as high LDL. And that’s just fine.

And my Triglycerides?

This is a good measure of how much fat is circulating in your blood and too much could indicate a bad diet of carbs and fat. Remember, carbs and fat is a combination found most often in processed and junk food.

Is there a calorie limitation?

Men are supposed to eat around 2200 calories per day, women 1900, but on the keto you won’t really need to track your calories because…..you won’t be hungry AND your body’s own fat storage makes up the deficit anyway. You’ll probably find it very difficult to stuff yourself stupid like you do on carbs and sugars, which is just one of the reasons the keto works. Food manufacturers know that humans can’t resist sweet flavoured things especially when combined with fat (think ice-cream, doughnuts, milkshakes – they are exactly 50% fat and 50% sugar, a combination NOT found anywhere in nature). They have teams of food-testers who are constantly looking for the “bliss” point to keep you eating more.

What is the LCHF diet?

The Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet – is basically the same as the Ketogenic diet, along with the Banting diet and the Noakes diet, and is similar to the Atkins diet. They might have slightly varying degrees of carbs/fat/protein but the physiological and metabolic results are the same, insulin stays low so that fat storage doesn’t happen. Within the Keto diet regime carb intake can vary – initially we try to keep carbs to below 20 grams per day, making up the deficit in fat, keeping protein roughly the same, but at other times we might want to keep carbs to below 7 grams, and at other times people feel more comfortable with carbs at 40 grams per day on the LCHF. The important point is that there are NO essential carbs for human health, only essential fats and proteins. Your liver will make glucose if necessary, from proteins.

Can you do Keto as a vegetarian/vegan?

You can but you have to try to keep your carbs down to 5% of your food intake, that’s pretty difficult as a vegetarian and even more difficult for a vegan.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is where you don’t eat breakfast (so 16 – 18 hours of fasting from previous night’s meal) which combines naturally with the keto diet because keto dieters are simply not hungry, unlike glucose burners. If you eat lots of carbs (glucose-based meals) and sugars then the insulin spike will crash a few hours later making your hungry again. This is a natural response that helps you pile on the weight ready for the coming winter, but these days we never plunge into a cold, food scarce winter like in ancient times.

What are the benefits of IF?

IF allows the body to experience a period of not eating, without any drawbacks or hunger, which in turn lowers inflammation, boosts the immune system and promotes autophagy.

What is Autophagy?

Autophagy is where your body hoovers up bits of old proteins and amino acids for re-use to build new proteins. It only occurs when there is a lack of proteins entering the body via your meals. It may take 72 hours of fasting for autophagy to begin in certain people.

Can I do a longer fast?

Many cultures around the world have known about the benefits of fasting and many religions incorporate it into their teachings. The longest fast ever recorded was 382 days by a Scottish man who was morbidly obese. He slimmed down from 32 stone to 12 stone in weight, drinking only water and some vitamins/nutrients.

Why does eating Keto keep you young?

As you get older, you naturally stop creating some hormones in the quantities you enjoyed in youth. One such hormone is IGF1 which has the effect of keeping your body’s own proteins safe from being used as energy. When IGF1 production decreases and if you reduce your food intake, as many older people do, then don’t be alarmed to see bingo-wings, turkey-neck and a puckered top lip occurring. That’s because these areas are full of collagen which the body favours for it’s protein raids. The keto boosts your IGF1 production to protect your protein stores.

Is there an easy way to get into Ketosis?

Yes, 2 or 3 day fast and some exercise will put you into ketosis very easily, or simply cutting out as much carbohydrate as possible over 2 or 3 days. Before doing a fast it is highly recommended to eat meat and fat for a few days as this will suppress any hunger pangs. It’s very cruel to make a glucose-burner do a fast. Also, eating butter and MCT oil in a “Bulletproof” coffee will help to switch you into ketosis.

What is Bulletproof Coffee?

Bulletproof coffee is fresh coffee with butter and coconut oil (or MCT oil) and it exists for 2 reasons; it helps to get your fats up to expedite ketosis, and it staves off hunger until well after lunch if you are doing IF or OMAD.

What is OMAD?

One Meal A Day is another approach to health and weight loss that combines naturally with Keto. For 23.5 hours of the day you don’t eat anything, except water and perhaps the occasional black/bulletproof coffee. Of course, you won’t get “ill or tired because you are not eating” because you are in fact eating….your own body fat.

What is this “Keto Flu” I’ve heard about?

If you’ve never switched from glucose to fat burning before, then you might experience a day or two of feeling rough whilst your body adjusts. This is normal because you are unplugging from the Kellogs/KrispyKreme/Coca-Cola merry-go-round for the first time and you need to synthesise a bunch of new enzymes.

Are there any side effects?

You will need to drink more water and eat more salt (e.g. Malvern sea salt or Himalayan) to make sure you are getting the right balance of electrolytes and to prevent mild constipation because cutting out carbs will mean lowering your salt and water intake significantly.

Who is Dr. Richard Atkins?

Dr. Atkins ran a clinic for obese people where he introduced them to a diet of high fat/low carb and they saw their weight reduce dramatically. He didn’t understand why it worked but he new that it did and he successfully treated around 64,000 patients. The Atkins diet is kind of similar to the Keto but at the time the diet book came out in the 90s people were too afraid of saturated fat. Ironically, in the year after the Atkins Diet was released, Gary Taubes discovered the research Ancel Keys buried (The Minnesota Study) regarding saturated fat and heart disease. He buried the research, performed upon 8000 people in mental institutions in the Minnesota area over 6 years because the “results were disappointing” – meaning even Ancel Keys couldn’t find any evidence that eating saturated fat caused heart disease, and it was his fucking idea!

Didn’t Dr. Atkins die of a heart attack?

He died of complications after slipping on the snow and banging his head. He was in a coma for several weeks and probably suffered a heart attack.

What if I am not losing weight on Keto?

Some people might find they cannot lose weight as rapidly as others on the Keto, and this is usually because they have been “Serial dieters” in the past. They have struggled with weight and have tried lots of calorie restriction diets so that now their metabolism has slowed down. It’s very sad and it’s a well known effect for people on shows like America’s Biggest Loser where they eventually put all the weight back on again, and more, even though they are eating less than ever.

Why don’t calorie restriction diets work?

Calories restriction diets simply do not work because when you restrict calories your body seems to go into a “famine” mode where it tries to conserve resources, and when you eventually start eating normally again your body works extra hard to keep hold of the calories as fat. In fact, it’s worse than that, the more calories restriction diets you’ve done, the more difficult it can be to lose weight, even on the keto.

But I’ve heard you lose weight by counting calories

The old “Calories In, Calories Out” paradigm simply doesn’t work, your body is not as simplistic as it seems. Hormones play the most important role if you are trying to lose weight, and a good example to see how this happens is to think about how girls and boys put on weight during puberty. At around the age of 13 teenagers tend to grow quickly, adding fat and muscle in certain areas, growing taller and broadening out. This doesn’t happen as a result of more food or less exercise etc as is often thought, it occurs through a process driven by hormones. These hormones are called testosterone and estrogen and are incredibly powerful, just like weight gain is directly linked with the powerful, fat-storage hormone insulin in adults.

How do you actually lose weight on the Keto diet?

For anyone who has tried a traditional calorie restriction diet it seems “the less I eat, the more weight I lose” or “eat less, move more” ideas do not work and that’s because weight control is hormone based. Instead you have to eat foods that keep the fat storage hormone (insulin) low, so that the body can tap into it’s own fat reserves. And remember, even an average person has 63 meals on their body already, stored as fat!

But where exactly does the weight go?

Ah, you’ve made it to the sciencey bit. Fat is stored in fat cells (adipose tissue) in the form of a triglyceride, chemical formula C55 H108 O6 (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen). Your body sheds weight by expelling the Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen……………….via your breath. Yes, every ounce of weight you shed is actually expelled via your lungs in the form of CO2 and H2O. It leaves by attaching to Oxygen molecules whilst you breathe, so breathing more will expel more, which is why exercise can help you lose weight marginally quicker than sitting. That’s not to say you need to exercise – paraplegics are still able to shed weight by simply regulating their diets even though they cannot exercise. In fact, exercise can often be the undoing of many traditional diets because it makes people hungry. If however you go Keto, your hunger will be suppressed.

Who’s on the Keto diet?

  • Pat Cash (tennis player)
  • LeBron James (NBA player)
  • Venessa Hudgens
  • Halle Berry
  • Gweneth Paltrow
  • The Kardashians
  • Megan Fox
  • Mick Jagger
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Robin Wright
  • Jessica Biel
  • Madonna
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Kobe Bryant (NBA)
  • Elle MacPherson
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Courtney Cox
  • Catherine Zeta Jones
  • Ben Affleck
  • Gerry Halliwell
  • Joe Rogan (Blogger)
  • Shane Watson (Australian Cricketer)

And the Scientists?

  • Prof. Tim Noakes
  • Prof. Stephen Phinney
  • Peter Attia MD
  • Dr Eric Berg
  • Ivor Cummins BE(Chem), CEng
  • Dr Jason Fung
  • Dr Eric Westman
  • Dr Richard David Feinman
  • Dr Joseph Kraft
  • Dr Zoe Harcombe
  • Dr Robert Lustig
  • Dr Aseem Malhotra
  • Dr Jeffry Gerber MD
  • Dr Joseph Mercola
  • Dr Malcolm Kendrick
  • Dr Ken D Berry MD

Are there people who don’t think Keto is great?

  • Jillian Michaels (America’s Biggest Loser)
  • David L Katz
  • John McDougall
  • James Cameron
  • …and many others

These are mostly people who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, e.g. they don’t want you to know HOW to lose weight (Michaels) or they are heavily invested in pea protein operations (Cameron), or they may receive funding from the sugar/food industry (Katz, McDougall). To be fair, these are people who believe that the whole planet should eat a plant-based diet with fewer saturated fats and they point to “Blue Zones” as evidence of this, but the fact is there is not a single civilization on Earth that eats an exclusive plant diet. For most of Human history we have subsisted on a variety of plant and meat items (although probably more “seasonally” than in current times).

What are Blue Zones?

Blue Zones are areas of the planet where it’s citizens live the longest. They are often used to promote a vegan or vegetarian diet, but in reality they are always shown to include some meat and fish which the vegans invariably play down or hide. I personally have nothing against vegans or vegetarians, I was a vegetarian for 3 years, but the vegans of today subsisting on the processed “beyond meat”, industrial seed oils and monocrop agriculture are a far cry from what the long-lived citizens in Blue Zones are eating. Blue Zones almost always enjoy more sunshine as well.

Why is sunshine important?

Natural sunlight brings UVB (ultraviolet B) rays to the skin which synthesises 25HydroxyD from cholesterol, which in turn helps the liver create vitamin D3. Vitamin D is a wonder drug that boosts the immune system and is important for many hundreds of natural processes in the body. It’s so vital humans literally change skin colour as they inhabit areas of the planet with different sunshine indexes.

What’s Glycemic Index?

GI is a theory that particular foods are handled differently by our digestive system. Foods that are high on the GI scale such as sugar and bread cause a large and instant spikes in insulin, whereas low scoring foods like green banans and porridge produce a much lower spike, handled over a longer period. Some foods, such as fats, have a GI of zero, meaning that they don’t produce an insulin response at all.

Which is best, high or low GI?

Low, most probably. Both types of food require that insulin processes them fully, so insulin will be in your bloodstream and fat storage will be happening in both cases. However, the low GI food will be digested further down the digestive tract, leading to more stable blood sugar levels.

Vegetable oils

For less than 100 years we’ve been encouraged to eat industrial, highly processed, chemically treated seed oils, known affectionately by Dow, Kraft, Unilever and Nestle as vegetable oils. It’s up to you if you believe they are heart-healthy! That also goes for Flora and Benecol.

What does a typical day of eating look like?

9am Coffee with double cream (or bulletproof coffee for newbies) 2pm Bacon, scrambled eggs, avocado (lots of butter) 6pm Steak, broccoli, fried egg

The next day?

9am Coffee with double cream 2pm Feta cheese salad, olives 6pm Salmon, asparagus

And the next?

9am Coffee with double cream 2pm Sausage, sauerkraut, courgette 6pm Lamb chops, cabbage

One more?

9am Coffee with double cream 2pm Hard boiled eggs, bacon 6pm Pork chops, spinach

 

You can always snack on nuts and cheese IF you need to, especially before you are in ketosis.

Can I get more information?

Sure! Try these iconic videos on YouTube or buy The Big Fat Suprise by Nina Teicholz

OUTLOOK SIGNATURE ISSUE

There’s a bit of a weird issue on certain windows/office installations where you can’t select the Signatures button, Outlook just throws a fit and crashes. The solution is to uninstall Microsoft Office Desktop Apps app in Settings.

GOOGLE FONTS

Web developers can make use of some great fonts in their webpages by co-opting Google Fonts:-

https://fonts.google.com/

WAITROSE “FREE” COFFEE

The premise was simple…you shop in Waitrose, you get a free coffee, barista-style (but actually from a machine). Unfortunately, there are 3 hoops you need to jump through…

  1. You need a cup (bring your own or buy one of theirs)
  2. You have to tell them when you are at the checkout (so they can add it to your receipt)
  3. You need a Waitrose Card

KETO DIET…STRANGE OUTCOMES

After another alcohol and chocolate fuelled Xmas, I believe I am still feeling the benefits of my Ketogenic diet experiment of May to July. The keto diet is 75% fat, 20% protein and just 5% carbs which has the effect of switching the body into burning ketones for fuel instead of the normal Western source, sugar. At one time, people in the northern or southern hemispheres would have entered ketosis during the winter months, living off stored fat from a carb-filled summer and mainly eating livestock or game. Of course, these days, a supermarket on every corner takes away this important, annual, physiological process. But switching to a keto diet by force teaches your body about this process again and it doesn’t forget about it easily! I am virtually incapable of gaining weight, even after several blowouts of gigantic proportions along with booze, chocolates and mince pies.

62226 TEXT FROM PAYPAL, SCAM?

Here’s a strange one, I received a text from PayPal asking me to confirm an eBay transaction I had just made. The amount was exactly right, but I had never received such a request before so this was quite worrying. I decided not to confirm the transaction and it went through anyway. I suspect it is a scam to get you to cough up a premium rate text but it looks like it is actually from PayPal.

Not content with adding 3% more or less to every transaction they now also want us to top up their massive world piggy bank with premium rate text charges. Shame on you PayPal, you genius baddies.

FAKE FOODS ARE NOW HALF UK DIET

Absolutely incredible how the British diet has changed from just a generation or two ago. Crisps, chocolates, biscuits, cakes, cereals and other ultra-processed foods are now making up half our national diet.

OIL DOESN’T COME FROM DEAD CREATURES

“Oil is generated deep in the core of the Earth, it’s like a gigantic oven, and through the enormous temperature and pressure it’s forced up through the granite mantle through fissures and cracks into various reservoirs. It’s basically calcium carbonate and iron. No dead dinosaurs involved.”

This is a really interesting piece because although you can get oil from dead plants and marine organisms, you can also get it a-biotically. NASA’s Cassini probe has discovered what is most probably hydrocarbons on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons and which amounts to more than all the oil on Earth. Since there has never been biogenic life on Titan it must be a-biotic. A-biotic “oil” has also been created in the lab as well, so we know it’s certainly possible.

The next step is to create hydrocarbon fuel from carbon in the atmosphere, using the power of the sun to knock out oxygen atoms of the donor carbon material, water (H2O) is converted into hydrogen (H2), and carbon dioxide (CO2) turns into carbon monoxide (CO), which can be used to produce fuel: specifically, gaseous or fluid hydrocarbons such as methane, petrol and diesel.

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

See how your PC or laptop stacks up against other computers by running this benchmark program. For Gaming, my PC is a Tree trunk!

https://www.userbenchmark.com/

ANDROID PHONE – DO NOT DISTURB

Under Settings, Sound, Do Not Disturb. Notice “Allowed contacts” is set to favourites, this means anyone you have marked as a favourite in your Contacts WILL be able to call or message you at any time.

 

FOOD UNWRAPPED DIET SPECIAL

Channel 4 – still perpetuating the myth that fat makes you fat and lowering calories help you lose weight. Come on people, you know this, sugar makes you fat and lowering calories lowers your metabolism, making you gain weight when you start eating again. Check out America’s Biggest Loser Danny Cahill’s story on YouTube.

More Popular Myths:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-13-nutrition-lies-that-made-the-world-sick-and-fat

1. Eggs Are Bad for Your Health?
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and do not raise your risk of heart disease. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.

2. A Calorie Is a Calorie?
All calories are not created equal. Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and have varying effects on hunger, hormones and health.

3. Saturated Fat Is Unhealthy?
New studies show that saturated fat does not increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. It raises the good cholesterol and changes the “bad” cholesterol to a benign subtype.

4. Eating a Lot of Protein Is Bad for Your Health?
Studies show that protein has positive effects on bone health in the long run and does not raise the risk of kidney disease in healthy individuals. Eating a high protein diet has many important health benefits.

5. Everyone Should Be Eating “Heart-Healthy” Whole Wheat?
Wheat is the biggest source of gluten in the diet. Many studies are showing that wheat, including whole wheat, can contribute to various health problems.

6. Coffee Is Bad for You?
Coffee contains very large amounts of antioxidants. Studies show that coffee drinkers are at a much lower risk of developing many serious diseases.

7. Meat Is Bad for You?
Studies show that unprocessed red meat does not raise your risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. There is a very weak association with cancer, but most likely caused by excessive cooking and not the meat itself.

8. The Healthiest Diet Is a Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet?
The low-fat, high-carb diet recommended by the mainstream nutrition organizations is a miserable failure and has been repeatedly proven to be ineffective.

9. Refined Seed- and Vegetable Oils Are Healthy?
Excess consumption of refined seed- and vegetable oils can increase inflammation in the body and dramatically raise your risk of cardiovascular disease.

10. Low-Carb Diets Are Ineffective and Downright Harmful?
Low-carb diets are the easiest, healthiest and most effective way to lose weight and reverse metabolic disease. It is pretty much a scientific fact at this point.

11. Everyone Should Be Cutting Back on Sodium?
Despite sodium restriction being able to mildly reduce blood pressure, this does not lead to improved health outcomes

12. Sugar Is Bad Because It Contains “Empty” Calories?
The harmful effects of excess sugar go way beyond empty calories. Sugar can have severe adverse effects on metabolism, leading to weight gain and many serious diseases.

13. Fat Makes You Fat?
Studies consistently show that diets that are high in fat (but low in carbs) lead to much more weight loss than diets that are low in fat.

SAGE REPORTS NETWORK LOCATION

If you are using Sage Line 50 accounts on a network, you have to tick a box under Settings, Company Preferences, Reporting to Use Data Path with Reports in order to save your reports on the Company.000 folder, instead of your local one. You will need to move any custom reports you have already made MANUALLY as well.

Sage support, which we pay for, did not seem to know this and I took a little bit of Googling to find out.

IPHONE LCD REPAIR: REPLACE SCREEN + HOME BUTTON IN 5 MINS

When replacing an cracked iphone screen, why not purchase the screen including home button and camera in order to save lots of repair time. To buy a complete module saves you time and effort and it’s just £30 instead of £20.

CALORIES IN, CALORIES OUT – WRONG!

Any dietary advice you are given that references calories in/calories out as a weight loss method should be immediately ignored because the data supporting this theory is from just ONE study involving 12 PEOPLE. Coca Cola and many other food producers base their entire culture on recommending that you can enjoy their products as long as you watch your calories in/calories out, usually their adverts contain sporty scenarios showing how fit people can chug away on sugary drinks and snacks with impunity.

But, we already know from shows like America’s Biggest Loser all the sad, tragic tales of contestants putting the weight back on in the following weeks because this idea is basically wrong. Hormones play a much bigger part in weight gain/loss than calorie counting, which is why puberty (i.e. hormones) adds so much fat and muscle to kids growing up, why gastric bypasses work, why insulin (a hormone) resistance is such a massive problem worldwide, why there are 1.5 billion overweight people in the world eating the recommended high carbohydrate diet.

🎦
Dr Zoe Harcombe PhD - Facts About Food To Help Real Foodies Fight Back
https://youtube.com/watch?v=wdznfiWvGq0

GMAIL – OUT OF OFFICE

GMail.com , Settings, General Tab to change your Out of Office settings, just below your signature:

 

SMOKER BACKDOOR HACK

 

AN IMPORTANT HEALTH PROCESS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT

Autophagy (Orr-toff-agee) is a process in all of us whereby the body collects “debris” left over from cellular death (apoptosis) and various chemical reactions, and recycles the material or dumps it to waste.

It is known that the older you get the less efficient it becomes, especially if you are overweight and it’s really easy to see why. Your body turns on autophagy in order to reclaim materials it can re-use but it only really goes into hyper mode in times of famine or fasting, it seems humans are not meant to be full all the time.

Fasting could mean not eating from 8pm on one day until 11am on the next, i. e. skipping breakfast altogether. Unfortunately, with a supermarket on every corner, we never get to that stage and so inevitably we run the risk of not clearing up the debris as it builds up inside.

Diseases of autophagy inefficiency might include; alzheimers, other forms of dementia, inflammation, infections, cancer, neurodegeneration, aging and heart disease.

Consumers of high sugar/starch diets may require 2 weeks of fasting to enter autophagy, ketogenic or low starch diets may only require 2 days, keto and low starch being our natural “winter” diet, which we would have experienced every year in our distant past.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2696814/

SPELL CHECK FOR VIRGINMEDIA EMAIL

While browsers have spellcheck enabled by default, it is possible to turn it off. Check your settings as below:

  • Safari: Edit menu, Spelling and Grammar, Correct Spelling Automatically needs to be on.
  • Chrome: Settings, Advanced, Languages, Language and input settings, Enable spell checking needs to be on.
  • Firefox: Preferences, Advanced, General, Check my spelling as I type needs to be on.
  • Edge and IE: Windows-I. Devices, Typing, Highlight misspelled words needs to be on.

GET READY FOR REDMOND 5!

Windows October update is about to hit us.

FOR MEN – DEBENHAMS IN GUILDFORD

If you like to shop in relative peace and quiet (the exact opposite of Primark, TKMaxx etc) then please check out Debenhams in Guildford, Lower-ground floor. This is the busiest I’ve ever seen it!

ONE DRIVE – 1 TERABYTE WITH MS OFFICE 365

Microsoft are offering 1 whole terabyte of cloud space when you subscribe to Office 365. Of course, it does lock you in nicely to their products, so good luck with that!

SAGE LINE 50 – NOT LAUNCHING

You launch Sage from the icon, it flashes up the green logo, but the Company Chooser box doesn’t appear. You will need to uninstall Sage, search your PC for “Sage*”, then delete all the matching folders and files. To make it easier, use Everything Search to perform this operation. There is obviously a file somewhere that is corrupt or referring to something that is no longer available.

PAT TESTER – COM PORT NOT FULLY INSTALLED

If you have an issue with your PAT testing software, such as KEW Report, then you may need to install the driver for the USB/COM port device. You will find the driver on the CD that came with the PAT tester, under a folder called Driver. Once installed, you should be able to choose the correct COM port (it might be something way down the list like COM23) and then you will be able to download the data.

LISTEN TO ONE OF MY MIXES – ON MIXCLOUD

From Toca Me to Coral Sea (hmmm, that rhymes), this selection is going to fill you with nostalgia and maybe introduce you to a couple of new choons you will love. You will find Howard Jones and Paul Van Dyk in there too, all mixed by Yours Truly. Enjoy!

CALL BLOCKER FOR LAND-LINE USERS

If you have a land-line and want to block scam numbers. (The red button reminds me of that one in Father Ted that Dougal mustn’t press on the airplane).

https://www.cprcallblocker.com/products/call-blocker-v5000-stop-nuisance-calls

“Our newest Call Blocker features a 3-inch caller display screen – large “Block Now” button – 5000 Pre-Programmed Number List and 1500 number blocking capacity and has the ability to block unwanted callers from Cordless DECT extension handsets.”

REAL BOUNCE TECHNOLOGY

You can’t argue with this, Pat Cash!

SOLO, A(NOTHER) STAR WARS STORY

Is it any good? I have to say when your expectations are low you can sometimes be pleasantly surprised.

So without raising YOUR expectations I can tell you that the story, acting and action all make sense and drive the franchise on, even though we are probably being over-exposed to the whole thing by Disney.

Woody Harrelson totally out-plays the rest of the cast, including Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, who is also out-acted by a robot, L3, who is reminiscent of C3PO, and Han himself who is a relative unknown portraying the young Han with more or less most of Harrison’s “Buster Crabbe” persona.

Look out for lots of references to the original Star Wars films as well as many of the same elements like weird aliens, cantina bar scenes, evil warlords, robot malfunctions and hologram chess.

We meet Chewie and Lando for the first time, stormtroopersand I’m glad to say we are not inundated with funny bits, but there are a few, as well as times for reflection.

So buckle up and get ready to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, it’s not a bad Star Wars installment at all, despite the franchise fatigue.

MORE GOOD LAPTOPS FOR SALE

Splendid pre-owned laptops, refurbished and good as new, over £900 new so a total bargain and better than ANYTHING you can buy at PC World right now. The Elitebook on the left is £250, the Probook £300. Both are Intel Core i5 with plenty of power and all the features necessary for office and study. I have 5 x Elitebooks, and 2 x Probooks. I now have 2 x Elitebooks, and 1 x Probook.

OUTLOOK WEB – BETA THAN EVER…!

The new Outlook Web is Beta then ever (see what I did there?) – a MUCH improved, new user interface and many more features. This is now a serious challenge to Gmail’s web interface which is packed with features. Switch it on with the “Try the beta” setting:-

The old style will then be replaced with the new:-

OFFICE FOR BUSINESS USERS -THE OFFERS

Microsoft Office suite for business users, the 3 options depending on what apications you want:-

OFFICE FOR HOME USERS – THE OFFERS

Microsoft Office suite for home users, the 3 options depending on what apications you want:-

DON’T MIX UP YOUR GIVENCHY, GENTLEMEN!

Gentleman by Givenchy is a fabulous, masculine, sweet, aromatic, powdery, fragrance with notes of bergamot and patchouli…not to be confused with Givenchy Gentleman, which is a men’s fragrance from the time of the dinosaurs.

62226 TEXT FROM PAYPAL, SCAM?

Here’s a strange one, I received a text from PayPal asking me to confirm an eBay transaction I had just made. The amount was exactly right, but I had never received such a request before so this was quite worrying. I decided not to confirm the transaction and it went through anyway. I suspect it is a scam to get you to cough up a premium rate text but it looks like it is actually from PayPal.

Not content with adding 3% more or less to every transaction they now also want us to top up their massive world piggy bank with premium rate text charges. Shame on you PayPal, you genius baddies.

OFFICE 365 AUTORESPONDER WITH FORWARDING…

…doesn’t work if you haven’t checked “Keep a copy of forwarded messages” which is pretty bizarre!

For some reason, the Outlook.com autoresponder doesn’t seem to generate the message IF you also happen to be forwarding messages, unless you are keeping a local copy.

WHY I LOVE GMAIL

This is good. If you send too big a file through gmail, it automatically prompts you to send it as a link via Google Drive.

HYPERDUO CARD OVERHEATED

Well this was unexpected, the Marvell Hyperduo card from IOcrest that I use in all my SSD/HDD caching servers started crashing in one of them onsite, at intervals of 10 or 20 minutes uptime, and it turns out the card had burned out! Can you see the burn marks?

WEIRD – WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE TOOL

I just upgraded my Windows 7 to 10 without Microsoft bitching about a license!

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

DYNAPDF.DLL – HALF A PAGE PROBLEM

This is either because you need to change to using OutputTo method (see earlier tip) or you need to set scaling on (Auto Resize) in your report, in design mode.

Earlier Tip:

When using DynaPDF.DLL with Access 2007, 2010 and 2013 to print a report, you may only get half a page. To solve, you have to dispense with ConvertReportToPDF function and use Docmd.OutputTo instead:-

numVersioneAccess = CLng(SysCmd(acSysCmdAccessVer))
If numVersioneAccess <= 10 Then ‘ Access 2003

blRet = ConvertReportToPDF(vReport1, vbNullString, FilePath, False, False, 150, “”, “”, 0, 0, 0)

Else ‘ Access 2007 or over

DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputReport, vReport1, acFormatPDF, FilePath

End If

BIG PHARMA FINDS CURES?

I hate to break it to you, but drug companies don’t find medicines for diseases, they find diseases for medicines. Examples of this are everywhere:-

  • AZT – a cancer drug from the 60s, they switched to using it for HIV in the 80s
  • Statins – a drug developed for hypercholesterolemia, they switched to using it for lowering LDL cholesterol
  • Viagra – a drug developed to lower blood pressure, they switched to using it for erectile dysfunction

And hundreds of other cases, no doubt. What’s wrong with that? Well, just look at the first two, AZT wasn’t a cure for HIV, in fact it allegedly killed more people than it cured and it put a whole generation off HIV drugs completely. Statins lower LDL cholesterol which has been shown to be completely irrelevant to heart disease. If you put a 1000 patients on statins for 3 years you *may* prevent 2 heart attack deaths, which is statistically insignificant.

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2016/mar/30/new-drugs-development-costs-pharma

PDFCREATOR

https://ninite.com/pdfcreator/

CUTEPDF

https://ninite.com/cutepdf/

ECOSIA – BROWSE SAFE AND PLANT TREES!

Check out this innovative new browser which maintains your privacy and plants trees on your behalf as you browse.

ROME2RIO – TRAVEL WEBSITE

Very good for planning a journey, with timetables and approximate prices.

MITEL 3360 IP PHONE HAS 100MBPS PC SOCKET

The PC ethernet socket on the back of the phone is only 100mbps instead of 1000/1gbps which is strange as it is billed as a gigabit phone.

BLACK BOX INSURANCE…DON’T DO IT!

You might think it is worth saving a few quid on your insurance by having a black box installed but the consequences of transgressions by speeding or braking too quickly, which are very easy to do, is far too punitive….leading to having a policy cancelled and then having quotes of £8000.

KINGHT RIDER WAS RUBBISH!

I obviously never properly watched Knight Rider as a kid because, having just sat through an episode, the whole plot, storyline and acting is shambolic. Michael Knight just had to “turbo boost” KIT into the air to hit a building so that it would rupture a pipe thus saving a young lady trapped inside a pumping station. However, he pulls her out of the pipe via a near-by inspection hatch, no pipe rupturing necessary. Did we really think this was good? I can’t imagine we’ll be saying the same thing about Game of Thrones in 30 years!

MALWAREBYTES ANTIVIRUS

Exclusive Offer: MalwareBytes Antivirus Premium 1-Year

 

Click on the button above to purchase a full copy of the fabulous MalwareBytes Antivirus Premium softwarecurrently costing £39.99 (for 2 devices) via the www.malwarebytes.com website, but only £19.99 (for 2 devices) exclusively for my customers. (No PayPal account? Checkout as Guest.) As soon as payment is received I will send you the 1-year subscription key so that you can activate the Free product to make it Premium.

https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/

OUTLOOK: TURN OFF CONVERSATION VIEW

There is a feature (which I can’t really believe even exists) called “Conversation View” in Outlook (and Gmail) which should be called “Confusion View” because it causes normal emails to be completely missed by grouping them together if it sees the subject and parties involved as part of the same conversation.

Fortunately, you can turn it off in View, Show as Conversations. In Gmail, it’s under Settings, General. Sadly, you can’t turn it off in the Gmail App which is why I use Edison or MyMail App.

THE NO. 1 MOST EFFICACIOUS DRUG IS…VITAMIN D

Some recent studies are revealing that Vitamin D is the most important element in the body to fight cancer and a whole raft of other diseases. Vitamin D, or rather a steroid hormone substrate, is produced on exposure to the UVb light from the sun and circulates through the blood system enabling your immune system to respond where necessary.

Unfortunately, over the last few decades we’ve been told to fear the sun, and worse, to stay indoors or use sunscreen whenever we venture outside. But getting proper levels of Vitamin D helps your body fight cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, ms, diabetes and flu. The common cold is mainly active during winter, when exposure to the sun is at it’s year round lowest, and the more northerly people live, the more likely they are to catch a cold.

https://www.creighton.edu/creightonmagazine/2017smrfeaturevitamind/

GMAIL FOLDERS

There is one important fact about Gmail that is stopping you from understanding it…Gmail doesn’t actually have folders.

All emails are actually in but some have labels, such as Inbox, Drafts, Spam etc. so they appear to be in separate folders. They’re not.

If you access Gmail via Outlook or Thunderbird then those labels are interpreted as folders, and this is where the confusion happens.

Another interesting tidbit is that contains all your sent emails, but it automatically sorts anything sent by you into another special folder called .

So you see, “There is no spoon”.

DESKTOP ICONS DISAPPEAR OCCASSIONALLY

On your Windows 7 PC, shortcuts that you create on the desktop may go missing.

This can happen if the the System Maintenance troubleshooter detects the shortcuts as broken.
The System Maintenance troubleshooter performs a weekly maintenance of the operating system. The System Maintenance troubleshooter either fixes problems automatically or reports problems through Action Center. When there are more than four broken shortcuts on the desktop, the System Maintenance troubleshooter automatically removes all broken shortcuts from the desktop.

What is a broken link?

A “Broken” shortcut is a shortcut to a file, folder or drive that may not always be available, for example, a desktop shortcut for a USB device may be regarded as broken if the USB device is not connected when the System Maintenance troubleshooter performs its maintenance, or, a network folder that is currently not available due to the network not being available.

Workaround

To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Remove all but 4 broken shortcuts from your desktop
Keep the number of broken shortcuts on your desktop to four or less. You might accomplish this by removing all but 4 of your most used shortcuts on the Desktop. If have more than 4 shortcuts, you can also create a folder on your desktop and move the shortcuts to that folder. These shortcuts will not be removed since they don’t sit directly on the desktop.

Method 2: Disable the System Maintenance troubleshooter
If you must have more than four broken shortcuts on your desktop, you can disable the System Maintenance troubleshooter. Control Panel, Troubleshooting, Change Settings, Off

INFURIATING SITUATION – GMAIL ACCOUNT BLOCKED SENDING

Yes, you can get blocked if your PC is full of viruses and you send 2000 emails out to a spam list!

SAGE EMAIL VIA OUTLOOK WITH TWO PROFILES

Be careful if you send Sage reports to customers via Outlook with 2 profiles as your precious work might never hit the inbox as expected. I don’t think Sage can cope with this scenario and therefore you end up with nothing happening and your reports dissappear.

AGAIN, WEIRD PRINT SETTINGS WITH KONICA MY TAB

When you set up all your print settings for your Konica Minolta BizHub and click Add (to make a favourite) DON’T FORGET to click “Select All” to override everything with what you just set. I mean, if you selected A4, Tray 2 etc then presumably you want those settings to happen, but by default they won’t unless you choose Select All while saving the settings with a name. Bonkers.

NURSE STUDY FINDS LINK BETWEEN CANCER AND LACK OF SLEEP

A study in China collating 61 studies has found a link between night shift workers and certain types of cancer.

I find this interesting because I recently read Matthew Walker’s book “Why We Sleep” and he mentions 8 hours sleep per night is absolutely necessary for good health.

The increase may come from the lymph system not removing cells that are due for recycling (about every 6 weeks) which occurs at night, instead they fester and can turn cancerous.

Two separate hormones are at play here, 1) Melatonin, released by the pineal gland which builds up gradually as darkness falls to begin the scavenging process and 2) Seratonin which increases with daylight.

Two other major factors in cancer prevalence are Vitamin D and high meat consumption. Vitamin D is a essential to maintain a healthy immune system, and meat is extremely healthy when eaten in the right quantities, but not when out of proportion to vegetables.

Obesity is also a known factor, thought to be the second major cause of cancer in the UK.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/women-night-shifts-cancer-risk-higher-diet-exercise-study-a8147956.html

DIABETES TYPE 3…YES, 3

Type 3 diabetes is a title that has been proposed for Alzheimer’s disease which results from resistance to insulin in the brain.

Studies carried out by the research team at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University identified the possibility of a new form of diabetes after finding that insulin resistance can occur in the brain

Lead researcher, Dr Suzanne de la Monte, carried out a further study in 2012 to further investigate the link.

The researchers pinpoint resistance to insulin and insulin-like growth factor as being a key part of the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/type3-diabetes.html

AIRLANDER 10 – THE NEW AIRSHIP

The largest aircraft in the world is the UK’s Airlander 10, a hybrid airship filled with helium. It can take off even in 35 knot winds, carry a 10 ton payload and can stay in the air for up to 5 days.

The shape of the structure-less envelope acts as a wing to provide lift and four propellers powered by diesel make it fast and maneuverable. It weighs a net 1 tonne for additional control and stability.

Here is the Airlander 10, moments before it famously crashed!

CALORIES IN, CALORIES OUT – WRONG!

Any dietary advice you are given that references calories in/calories out as a weight loss method should be immediately ignored because the data supporting this theory is from just ONE study involving 12 PEOPLE. Coca Cola and many other food producers base their entire culture on recommending that you can enjoy their products as long as you watch your calories in/calories out, usually their adverts contain sporty scenarios showing how fit people can chug away on sugary drinks and snacks with impunity.

But, we already know from shows like America’s Biggest Loser all the sad, tragic tales of contestants putting the weight back on in the following weeks because this idea is basically wrong. Hormones play a much bigger part in weight gain/loss than calorie counting, which is why puberty (i.e. hormones) adds so much fat and muscle to kids growing up, why gastric bypasses work, why insulin (a hormone) resistance is such a massive problem worldwide, why there are 1.5 billion overweight people in the world eating the recommended high carbohydrate diet.

GMAIL – OUT OF OFFICE

GMail.com , Settings, General Tab to change your Out of Office settings, just below your signature:

INBOX – A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO EMAIL

Available for Android, iPhone this app is similar to Gmail but it displays things rather like a ToDo list. Flights, emails, appointments, meetings show up as cards and allow you to respond and keeps you informed. Quite good.

LOGMEIN UNINSTALLER

I wrote an uninstaller for LogMeIn because sometimes you can’t get rid of that bloody crap! It’s in this folder:-

http://brightnet.co.uk/remote

CONTACTS.CSV IMPORT FAILED TRANSLATOR – GMAIL TO OUTLOOK

If you look at the contacts.csv file generated by Google and compare it to the one Outlook usually exports, you will notice that the Outlook one contains quotes around every field. This gave me the clue that perhaps the data itself was the culprit when the import failed with the “translator failed” message, and indeed I traced the error to a contact that had a photo assigned to him. The contact’s photo was a very long URL beginning with http://…… and after taking this one contact out of the csv file the import worked fine. Suggestion: Google; add quotes around your fields when you generate a CSV file!

 

THE EXACT TIME NOW IN YOUR TIMEZONE

https://time.is/

Shazams#183

My latest Shazams collected from pubs, clubs, radio and when I’m out & about going places. Includes Foxes, Chemical Brothers, Fragma, Avicci, Bag Raiders, Kungs, Hurts, Billy Ocean and Lykke Li.

EXCEL – THERE WAS A PROBLEM SENDING THE COMMAND

Excel 2007: “There was a problem sending the command to the program”
  • Open Excel 2007.
  • Open the Menu in the top left.
  • Click the “Excel Options” button.
  • Click the advanced tab on the left of the options screen.
  • Under the general options uncheck the box “Ignore other application that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)”

Excel 2007: “There was a problem sending the command … – InterWorks

https://interworks.com/…/excel-2007-there-was-problem-sending-command-program/

RDP SESSION INCORRECT PASSWORD – BUT IS NOT!

I found my own answer to this issue after I got access to the machine physically and was able to view the security logs for the failed login attempts.  For some reason windows seven required that I use the entire computer name \\computer name\account name\ to get to the machine whereas Vista did not require full name.  Problem solved as long as I use the full name convention for the computer as expected behind the ts gateway.  Also don’t pass the ts gateway credentials on to the remote computer as this causes it to want to log on with those credentials at the machine.

WINDOWS 7 PC DOES NOT GO INTO STANDBY

Uncheck this box “Allow this device to wake…” on your Network Adapter, in Control Panel, System, Device Manager:-

PDF CONVERT TO WORD

WPS Office (https://www.wps.com/download/) has a brilliant PDF to Word converter built in.

And the results are remarkably good! First the PDF then the Word doc.

CLASSIC SHELL NOT OPENING ON START BUTTON CLICK

Works with Ctrl-Esc but not clicking Start Menu icon.

<?xml version=”1.0″?>
<Settings component=”StartMenu” version=”3.6.5″>
<DefaultMenuStyle value=”Vista”/>
<MouseClick value=”Nothing”/>
<DisableHotCorner value=”DisableAll”/>
<EnableStartButton value=”1″/>
<StartButtonType value=”AeroButton”/>
</Settings>

Ah, there it is – MouseClick is set to “Nothing”. Go to the Controls tab in the settings and change “Left Click opens” to “Classic Start Menu”.

MERGE MP3s TOGETHER

BEFORE YOU REINSTALL WINDOWS

*Here to assume that disk 0 is a booting device.

a) After you boot your computer using Windows 8 DVD or System Repair Disc, a black screen
appears with gray text “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD“. Press any key.
b) Select the correct time and Keyboard type.
c) Click Repair your computer in the lower left corner.
d) Select Troubleshoot from Choose an optionscreen.
e) Click Advanced options in Troubleshootscreen.
f) Click on Command Prompt.
g) Type these following commands and hit enter after each line of command:
“#” is an instruction comment so not to type it 😉

# to execute diskpart program
diskpart
DISKPART> list disk
DISKPART> select disk 0
DISKPART> list volume
# find your system partition with fat32 file system. Here to assume it as volume 2.
DISKPART> select volume 2
# To assign drive letter.
# If you want to remove drive letter, use remove command.
DISKPART> assign letter=b:
# To terminate diskpart command.
DISKPART> exit

# Now, you sould move to b:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\, as windows stores BCD in this folder.
cd /d b:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\
# this is not necessary.
ren BCD BCD.bak
# To write a new bootsector on your system partition.
bootrec /fixboot
# If your windows running, you should do from here.
# To create BCD store. “/f ALL” is to update BIOS setting including UEFI firmware/NVRAM.
# Replace “ja-JP” with your language or remove “/l” option if you use English, of course.
# It might be sense only typing “bcdboot c:\Windows“.
bcdboot c:\Windows /l ja-JP /s b: /f ALL

That’s that. Booting information of your PC has been written over.

Let’s reboot and see whether it go fine or not!”
A couple things to note. First, when using command select disk, this is referring to your Windows 10 boot/repair media located in your CD or USB drive. Second, at the final step I was a little confused by the wording when addressing the language. The command I used was bcdboot c:\Windows /l en-US /s b: /f All. That’s about it! I was just about ready to wipe everything out and do a fresh install, so I’m incredibly glad I found this post.

WINDOWS TO GO – ONTO A USB STICK

https://www.disk-partition.com

BOOTREC OPTIONS

The full gamut of options for bootrec, e.g. fixing the boot process of a Windows PC from the CD.

Boot with Windows 7/10 installation DVD, select repair and open a command prompt.

Type diskpart
Type select disk 0
Type list partition then note the partition number where you installed windows 7/10
Type select partition X   (X is the partition number where Windows is installed)
type active
type exit
type bcdboot c:\windows   (if C is your windows partition)

ADD YOU OWN SYSTEM RECOVERY TO A PC

Not a huge fan of Windows 10 Startup/Repair options? Why not add your own System Recovery process to your Windows PC. https://www.disk-partition.com

SYNCTHING – BATCH FILE TO START SERVICE

Simple batch file to start Syncthing without a Dos window running (users could be tempted to close it). Edit the path to match.

============================================================
rem stelss bat
@echo off
rem create work bat
echo dir /s c:\^>log.txt>wait.cmd
rem Script file cooking
echo Set WshShell = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”) >start.vbs
echo WshShell.Run “C:\syncthing\syncthing.exe”, 0, false>>start.vbs
rem run cooked script, dont wait exit
cscript.exe //b //nologo start.vbs
rem del temped files
del /f /q start.vbs
del /f /q wait.cmd
============================================================

VOIP APP FOR YOUR MOBILE

Good FREE app for your Android called CSipSimple if you have a geographical phone number and a VOIP service, so you can make and receive calls without needing a dedicated VOIP phone on your desk.

MP’S EXPENSES

Hello, what’s going on here? Diane Abbott has claimed more expenses than Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg or LibDems Vince Cable and Ed Davey….tell me again Diane, how does socialism work?

GOOGLE CHROME PASSWORDS MANAGER – SIMPLES!

If you want to see, change or tidy up your password auto-entries then the best way is this URL:

https://passwords.google.com

Gives you a clear listing of all the username/password entries you have stored and makes it easy to delete or change them. Obviously, this is for people with a Google Mail / Gmail account or other Google-based app like Google Earth, YouTube etc.

GLARY UTILITIES

Free pack of utilities (you can download from ninite.com) for keeping your PC running smoothly. Includes:-

  • Disk Check
  • Defragment Drive
  • Driver Backup
  • Registry Analyzer
  • File Encrypter
  • Undelete File
  • Startup Analyzer
  • Duplicate File Finder
  • Disk Space Analyzer

AND JUST FOR A LAUGH……

Mixed Nuts? I think not!

1.1.1.1 – THE FASTEST DNS SERVER, WITH PROTECTION

1.1.1.1

If you access the Internet via a broadband router then you will no doubt be using the built in DNS server provided by your ISP. DNS servers just lookup the ip address of the webpage you are looking for, but it is possible to change your DNS server to different ones around the world that have specfic features like super-fast speed, family filters, DDOS protection and many other things.

Cloudfare’s 1.1.1.1 and a backup of 1.0.0.1 offer very fast lookups and filters from bad websites. You can also use OpenDNS for family filtered lookups using 208.67.222.123 and 208.67.220.123.

“To use FamilyShield, you should set your DNS server entries as: 208.67.222.123 and 208.67.220.123.  On our website, you’ll may notice that OpenDNS’ DNS servers are 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220, but these do not apply to FamilyShield customers.”

TRY THIS PEPPERMINT TEA ★★★★★

You won’t be disappointed if you love mint tea with this offering from Morrisons. Enjoy a pot of this instead of coffee in the evening for a better night’s sleep (less caffeine).

CURRENT ACCOUNT SWITCH GIVES 3 YEARS FORWARDING

Stray payments from old accounts after you’ve switched will continue for 3 years, but that may be extended to 10 under new plans. For example, if you’ve switched from Barclays to Starling and somebody keeps sending you payments to your old Barclays, then it will still be credited to your Starling, even 3 years from now. The new plan is to continue as long as a payment is made within an 18 month period (a keep-alive period) for up to 10 years, otherwise the forwarding will stop.

TURN OFF WI-FI AT NIGHT?

While you are sleeping, as your body repairs and regenerates, as your brain sorts and files memories, why not do yourself a favour and turn off your WiFi?

It’s questionable whether EMF radiation is having a lifetime impact on your health, but why not buy a timer for £5 from Wilko, Argos or Homebase and set it to go off automatically from 11pm until 7am (and engage airplane mode on your phone as well if you have it next to you in the bedroom).

There’s very little actual data showing even basic correlation of smartphone and WiFi use causing cancer or tumours, because it’s thought that the frequencies used (being lower even than visible light) passes through us harmlessly and we’ve now had 20 years of data to research the effects.

Also use a blue filter if you read your smartphone in bed, many smartphones now come with “comfort mode” viewing buit in these days but if not download an app.

If you want to go the whole hog you should use your smartphone at least 1 inch away from your ear, or use a headphone cable, and get an EMF liner for your bag which blocks harmful radiation.

GDPR COMES INTO EFFECT 25TH MAY 2018

The new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect across all member states (which includes UK right now) which means an upgrade to the data privacy laws across Europe. In simple terms, the rules are designed to make companies who deal with personal data look after them with more care and consideration in order to guard against data breaches like the one we saw with Talk Talk recently.

I have updated my Privacy Policy to make you aware of how secure my systems are, what data I might hold on you and how you can request or remove any personal data. Also, if you want to continue receiving my Newsletter I am asking everyone to consent to it again by opting in on my website by clicking on the Subscribe button.

WINDOWS 10 PROFILE CORRUPTION

There’s a strange thing happening occasionally on Windows 10 machines, the profile gets corrupted and you end up with a TEMP user to log in with, and all your icons are missing. The fix is quite easy and I outline it below:

  1. Start, Run, Regedit
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\S-1-5-21-12345… (whatever your user profile)
  3. Set “State” to “0”
  4. Set “RefCount” to “0” (if it doesn’t exist make it – DWORD 32bit)
  5. Reboot

WHAT VERSION OF 10 ARE YOU RUNNING?

Start Menu, winver. Here’s mine:-

 

PEAS PLEASE!

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is fighting hard to turn more of us on to veg and to get healthy in his new TV programme on BBC1. Next time your offered a choice of “beans or peas” in a diner or restaurant, go with the healthy option, say “Peas, please“. BTW, have you ever seen such an absolute little evasive shit as Jeremy Hunt? This man checked out from helping the nation’s health long ago. And funny how his name rhymes with his general constitution.

NEVER, EVER BUY A NAS DRIVE! – HERE ARE THE REASONS:

Network Attached Storage “seems” like a great idea, a nice, neat, little box sitting in the office whirring away storing your office files and not taking up too much room or power. BUT little do you know how dangerous these devices are to your files, in so many ways:

  1. They contain a mirrored pair of hard drives so that if one drive fails the other carries on, but there is no warning because no one is monitoring it, and believe me, it WILL fail eventually.
  2. They run Linux, so unless you know your way around it expertly, you are gonna eventually hit trouble.
  3. You can’t hook up a monitor to it, so if you can’t access it via the network port you are stuffed.
  4. In the event of failure, if you take it apart, remove the drives and hook them up to a PC you *might* be lucky to see the data.

My colleague was asked to help set up a NAS for a new customer, “Throw it in the bin now,” was his advice. “But it’s got two drives”, “Ok, throw both of them in the bin now!”

A NAS drive earlier today, before losing all your data.

FAKE FOODS ARE NOW HALF UK DIET

Absolutely incredible how the British diet has changed from just a generation or two ago. Crisps, chocolates, biscuits, cakes, cereals and other ultra-processed foods are now making up half our national diet.

ITV1 TRICKS OF THE RESTAURANT TRADE

No wonder we are getting cancer and dying. They get the rice pre-cooked and frozen, the butter chicken packed in plastic and microwaved when ordered.

Sheesh, I think it’s gone too far. And the worse thing is the presenters Simon Rimmer and Sophie Morgan are smiling and laughing all the way through it, taking it all as normal…THIS REALLY IS NOT NORMAL.

I eat out maybe twice a month, but even that seems too much knowing how restaurant food is prepared. Thankfully, I prefer home-cooked food anyway and I know exactly what’s going into it.

WINDOWS 7 INTERNET EXPLORER 11 IS THE LAST

If you have Windows 7 then the last version of Internet Explorer you can install is 11 and it’s available here:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17621/internet-explorer-downloads

SQL SERVER CANNOT FIND PIPE

CFP WinMan couldn’t connect to the SQL Server, the “SBS2003\CFP” pipe was being found but “Access Denied”. I created an entry in the LMHosts file (and the Hosts file for good measure) of SBS2003 <-> 192.168.1.100 and bingo! it started working.

EUROVISON 2018!!!

After carefully reviewing all the entries several times I have made my decision BUT that won’t really help in predicting who will win. Although this is the world’s PREMIER song writing contest, there are a few peculiarities within the voting system that make it difficult for the best song to win.

Firstly, there are many, many people who still think the Eurovision is a “Boom Bang-a-Bang” type affair and will pick the song that has some chintzy novelty to it (ISRAEL). Then there are the countries that block vote for each other (Greece / Cyprus, Russia / Belarus, Serbia / Croatia, Sweden / Norway) usually because they are neighbours or ending hostilities but in the case Turkey / Germany more to do with the massive Turkish population in Germany. Then there are the countries like France and Britain or, strangely, Ireland and Britain who hate each other. Also, there are the smaller countries like San Marino and Malta who will be coming near the bottom, again, not because of voting but more to do with lack of promotion and song-writing credentials.

Taking these into consideration, you can arrive at a prediction with some manipulation of the votes. The UK could win again one day if we split into Wales, Scotland, N.Ireland and awarded each other top marks, and perhaps reviewed our Foreign Policy. The voting system has been altered slightly for this year, adding some weight to the top ranked song by group of judges and taking out the outlier judgements, similar to the marking in Olympic figure skating, and also the results will be announced in 2 stages, jury then popular. This means the winner won’t be known until the last moment.

My picks? Top: FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden. Bottom: Iceland, San Marino, Denmark. Winner: Israel or Belarus.

Who should win Eurovision 2018? Vote now!
(Scroll halfway down) http://wiwibloggs.com/2018/03/20/poll-who-will-win-eurovision-2018/219915/

WINDOWS 10 APPS NOT LOADING FIRST TIME

I have been experiencing a problem with the new Metro apps on Windows 10, they half load up then stop. If you close then re-open and they are absolutely fine. It seems this is quite a common problem and the solution is to create a new Power Plan in Settings. That’s all there is to it (see My Custom Plan 1 below).

WINDOWS 10 – UAC SET to NONE, NOT WORKING

There’s a peculiar thing going on with User Account Control, you set it to “none” but in fact it doesn’t actually change it in the registry. Check the registry entry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System. In the details pane (Right Pane), locate the EnableLUA key (REG_DWORD type). Double click to Modify. In the Value data box, type 0 (zero), and then click OK.

THE START MENU is THE DESKTOP NOW!

In Windows 10, the Desktop is still there but it plays a less important role. The idea is that the (Metro) Start Menu IS the Desktop and Start Menu rolled into one. Just as you would with the Desktop, you have to configure it to your liking, your needs. You can also change the settings to show the various folders you need quick access to ON THE LEFT. It even says “START” at the top. In a way, this is better than the Desktop because you need only click the Start Button to access your programs and folders, with an unlimited scroll all the way down, like the proverbial turtles.

MICROSOFT EDGE PROBLEMS? SWITCH TO IE

If you are getting on board the Microsoft Windows 10 train wholesale, then here’s a useful tip if you have issues with Edge browser, e.g uploading files, “Open with Internet Explorer” is an option on the “…” menu to switch into IE quickly, which will 99/100 allow you to complete the task that Edge is denying.

 

BROTHER CONTROL CENTER 4 CONTAINS MULTIPLE PRINTERS

Over a few months you tend to get several Brother printers appearing in the Control Center program for some weird reason. The extra printers/scanners have a #2 or #3 designation and you can build up a nice big list of them. In the picture below, the printer is a MFC-J4625DW LAN but there are 2 more, MFC-J4625DW LAN #2 and MFC-J4625DW. What you should do is choose the non-functioning extra printers and then choose Uninstall from the Tools section. Do this as many times as is necessary, bearing in mind if you remove all the printers then you will need to re-install the brother printer driver software from scratch because the final printer uninstall gets rid of everything.

WINDOWS 10 OCCASIONALLY FREEZES…

…and the Disk activity in Task Manager is 100%. These are classic symptoms of a disk problem so it’s time to replace it. My suggestion would be to go SSD by cloning your disk with MiniTool. You connect BOTH drives, old and new to the PC or laptop and then do the clone. When finished, you remove the old drive and with any luck you will boot off the new drive and it will no longer freeze AND be super fast.

OUTLOOK – VERY SLOW WHEN REPLYING

Sometimes in Outlook you can find it takes ages to reply to an email. This could be because you received an email in Word format and your Outlook changed to Word as the default compose mode. Just go into Options and put it back to HTML – it will be super-fast again now.

MICROSOFT STORE – SPOTLIGHT

If you have Windows 8 or 10 then you are able to access the Microsoft Store which gives you tons of “Metro” apps, designed to work across ALL Windows platforms by keyboard, mouse or touchscreen. Many are free to install and use (go for FREE not FREE* – too may ads) . Here are some of the highlights:

Send, Browse all your WhatsApp chats and media via the Metro app.

A collection of classic Solitaire games.

Buy from Amazon using the app.

Track the Bitcoin markets.

Purchase a version of Office for you PC at home, school or work.

Remote control another PC with the Teamviewer app.

Find out how your WiFi is delivering the signal.

(APPLE STORE) (GOOGLE PLAY STORE) Now there’s…MICROSOFT STORE

If you have Windows 10 then you also have an App Store that allows you to download Apps, Games & Movies just like Apple’s or Google’s. It’s called the Microsoft Store and you have a link in your Taskbar on any Windows 10 machine by default. Many are FREE but some do contain rather intrusive adverts, so much so that you have to look for Free instead of Free* or you will need to buy the app if you like it. To uninstall an app go into the Windows 10 Start Menu (yes, the new “Metro” one).

WHY DRINKING CHOCOLATE TASTES RUBBISH

In a nutshell, chocolate is made by roasting the beans, pressing or grinding to separate the cocao powder from the cacao mass, adding sugar and then re-combining, with added fat. So, it should come as absolutely no surprise that drinking chocolate tastes rubbish as it does not contain the cocao mass. It’s really only half the product. To put that into perspective, white chocolate IS the cocao mass, and that’s exactly what’s missing from drinking chocolate.


Some chocolate earlier

GMAIL AUTO-SETUP IN WINDOWS 10 MAIL!

Wow, will wonders never cease? Gmail is now an option for auto-setup in Windows 10 Mail, meaning you can use your gmail account from Windows 10 Mail app and it will sync automatically.

MY DOWLOADS FOLDER THINKS IT A MUSIC FOLDER

Navigate to the folder, go one level back and right-click, Properties, Customize. You will see the option to set it to General Items. You can apply to subfolders too.

INTERNET PORN – NOFAP

I recently watched that episode of Seinfeld where the George gets “caught” by his mother and the gang end up having a contest of abstination. In those days sexual gratification came with relationships with real people, or in Kramer’s case looking out of the apartment windows for naked ladies undressing! These days however kids are finding Internet porn everywhere and it is having a detrimental effect on their lives. A movement has arisen called “NOFAP” which advocates not looking at porn and seeking help in doing so.

More information here:- https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/may/30/online-porn-addiction-reddit-nofap

OUTLOOK – SENDING INCREDIBLY SLOW OVER IMAP

Could be the Get folder unread option:-

  1. Go to “File -> Options”
  2. Select “Advanced”
  3. Click the “Send/Receive…” button under the “Send and receive” section
  4. Select the “All Accounts” group and click the “Edit…” button
  5. Uncheck “Get folder unread count for subscribed folders”

Optionally:-

  1. Select “Use the custom behavior defined below” option are under “Receive mail items”
  2. In the “Select folders from the selected account to include in send/receive” box, check any folders that automatically receive mail. This would include inbox and any others folders that may have content filters that automatically deliver new messages to them.
  3. Close Outlook and re-open
  4. Mail should now send and receive.

2.7MN EUROPEANS IN FACEBOOK BREACH

Facebook have indicated that Cambridge Analytica may have harvested the personal data of 87 million people round the world, 2.7 million in Europe.

Personally, I cancelled my Facebook account last year and it came as a relief to me. I wasn’t sure how much personal information they extracted from me, but I was certainly spending too much time catching up with people I barely knew, and often getting myself into trouble.

I probably spend a bit too much time on YouTube but at least it’s restricted to mainly Tennis and Tech.

BITCOIN… END OF BANKS?

When you see stories in the main stream media trashing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies you know something good is happening. The latest stories are about how the Bitcoin phenomenon is a bubble and how people will get burned.

Obviously this is propaganda and is to be ignored. What’s happening is volitility whilst things settle down. Bitcoin is supposed to be a monetary unit to be used just like money to buy and sell goods and services, but it seems for the moment that it’s being hijacked by Wall Street to make a quick buck or to trash it’s reputation.

In a few years you will pay your employees in Bitcoin and they will pay their bills with it, if that doesn’t happen the banks have won and it’s business as usual.

Interesting times we are living through.

WINDOWS 10 – THICKER BORDERS PLEASE

I am a bloody genius with a mouse and Windows but even I can’t easily grab the borders of a Window in Windows 10. There’s no “Setting” anymore to change the border thickness so you have to do it with a Theme. The theme is here if you want to have a go:-

http://brightnet.co.uk/files/aerolite.theme

Create a file on the desktop, text, paste that stuff in and save, rename file to extension “.theme” and double-click.

WINDOWS 10 – NEARBY SHARING OVER BLUETOOTH

Nearby sharing has been introduced with the new Spring Creators Update of Windows 10. I know, I know, it’s a bit “meh, who cares” but it could be useful for laptop users with their built-in Bluetooth. Most people would probably dump the file on their Dropbox and then send them a link via email.

AMYUNI PDF CONVERTER – THE ENDLESS PDF ERROR

That old chestnut got me again today, what an Right Royal Pain it is because it usually means re-installing the Windows OS (yes, Windows itself) and re-installing Quickbooks (or Sage) to alleviate the error. I found this from 2008:-

As you most probably have read in the forum, error code -41 is generated when “trying to activate a new version of the PDF Converter with an activation key of the previous version”.

So it seems there might be a fix where you remove registry entries and then install again.

The situation you have described occurs because there are a couple of registry keys which get created when the install.exe is initially run and these registry keys contain licensing information. These keys can not be accessed by standard users and therefore cause the situation you have described.

“TC”=dword “Code”=”07…F” “License”=”Your License value”
“TC”=dword “Code”=”07…F” “License”=”Your License value”
“TC”=dword “Code”=”07…F” “License”=”Your License value”

In order to resolve this issue you can
A- Include the install.ini file with the correct “License to” and “Activation code” values in the same directory as the install.exe. The install.exe will read these values from the ini file.
B- You can install the printer and assign the “License to” and “Activation code” values to it by passing these values as parameters to the install.exe.
E.g.: Install -s “My Company Printer” -n “Evaluation Developer License” -c “07ABCDA0ABCDABCDABCD012301230123…..”.

  1. Browse to your network printer objects.
  2. Right-click the default printer object and select Properties for Windows XP and Printer Propertiesfor Windows Vista and Windows 7.
    Note:If the error occurs while printing to a .PDF or a .XLS file, then also verify the permissions on the TS PDF Generator.
  3. From the Security tab, check Allow on the proper users group for PrintManage Printers andManage Documents.
  4. Click .

Hi, We had the same problem.  We installed CutePDF writer for free, and then you select this as your printer from the drop down list of printers.  When  you download the software from their website, http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/writer.asp, it automatically sets up the printer in your list of printers……
See how you go with that…

CAN’T PLAY MP4 VIDEOS WITH WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER

Go to

http://ninite.com

and tick CCCP, then Download. Install and open the MP4 with MPC (Media Player Classic). You should permanently associate all media files with MPC by right-clicking any MP4 file and choosing Open With.

ALL MY DESKTOP ICONS ARE GONE!

And everything looks different. My desktop is not the same. Windows 10.

Just log off, click on the wallpaper, choose the CORRECT user account. All fine now.

Windows 10 will revert back to the first user account all by itself, no explanation, maybe an update occurred.

RESTORE DELETED FILES WITH RECUVA

Looks like CCleaner has bought Recuva, the file recovery utility for when you’ve deleted files and emptied the bin already, you twat.

https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva/builds

IDEALO – PRICE COMPARISON SITE

It’s definitely worth checking out Idealo, a price comparison website that includes Amazon and Ebay for general items like computer stuff, beauty products and tools etc that you can find on the Internet in many different places. They also do Flights.

https://www.idealo.co.uk/

GLASSES OFF TO READ?

Found this intersting article about people who suffer from BOTH myopia (short-sightedness) and presbyopia (long-sightedness) and what the options are.

After age 40, the single pair of glasses or contact lenses you previously wore generally will no longer give you clear vision at all distances — or at least not without some compromises. These vision problems are caused by presbyopia, which affects all of us beginning in middle age and reduces our ability to see at all distances. Many vision correction options are available, such as presbyopia surgery and multifocal contact lenses or eyeglasses. If you need cataract surgery, you also have the option of choosing multifocal intraocular lenses to restore your ability to see at all distances. In some cases, however, you may need to consider a combination of options to fully address problems caused by presbyopia.

If you are nearsighted, you have an advantage when you reach your 40s. Once presbyopia occurs, nearsighted eyes still see well up-close — if you remove your eyeglasses. Of course, with your glasses removed, distance vision is blurred. So you will need to put your glasses back on to see clearly across the room. Beginning at around age 40, you’ll find that the usual glasses or contacts you always wore will not correct focusing problems caused by presbyopia.The amount of nearsightedness you have determines how close or far you need to hold an item to see it clearly without your glasses on. If you are mildly nearsighted (with a prescription of -1.50 or -2.00 D, for example) you will see very well at a normal reading distance of 14 to 16 inches from your face. But if you’re highly nearsighted (let’s say -5.00 D or higher), you’ll have to bring items much closer to your eyes to see them clearly. If that’s the case, you may want to consider the next option.

http://www.allaboutvision.com/over40/presbyopia-options.htm

SLEEP DOCTOR ON THIS MORNING

I have just finished reading Matthew Walker’s excellent book “Why We Sleep”, and here he is with Philip and Holly on This Morning. You need 8 hours sleep everynight and evolution hasn’t selected it out of us, or any other creature. Why? Because NREM and REM (the 2 main stages of sleep) are responsible for repair and sorting. Without sleep you would be dead within a few weeks. Here, Matthew is explaining how to wind-down in the evening, dim the lights, stop eating and drinking etc in order to get a proper night’s rest.

DELETE FACEBOOK

Facebook not only steals 2 hours from your day, it also steals your data and sells it to other people. I deleted my account 2 months ago, which was quite difficult actually. Even Brian Acton, who sold Whatsapp to Facebook, is recommending we all get rid of Facebook ASAP! A quick guide to deleting Facebook is available here (with the option of downloading an archive of your account first):

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/facebook-delete-how-to-step-by-step-remove-account-permanently-deactivate-a8264656.html

Don’t worry, something better will be along soon, hopefully with your privacy in mind first and foremost.

WINDOWS 10 UPDATES – STOP THEM

You can stop Windows 10 updates by:

  • Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services, Windows Update, Disable.
  • Network & Internet, WiFi, Advanced options, Set as metered connection

RENE QUINTON – SEA WATER AS MEDICINE

We all know taking a dip in the sea is very good for you; ocean water differs from river water in that it has significantly higher amounts of minerals, including sodium, chloride, sulphate, magnesium and calcium. This is why it’s highly useful for skin conditions such as psoriasis, but did you know humans have been using sea water for medicinal puroses since at least ancient greek times?

Plato said, “The sea cures all ailments of man.”  Euripides said, “The sea washes away all men’s illnesses.”  Plato, Hippocrates and Aristotle recommended hot seawater baths.  Cato the Elder served his slaves a mixture of wine and seawater to restore their energy. Animals on Earth originally evolved in the sea, making it our biological “home”. Chemically, it is spookily similar to our own blood plasma.

I don’t much fancy drinking it, but Rene Quinton, a French biologist, recognised the benefits of purified sea water which he called “Quniton Plasma” and admistered it to 100s of children and adults in the early part of the 20th century, curing cholera, athrepsia, dyspepsia, rheumatism, psoriasis, alopecia, colitis and many other ailments. Today, you can still experience sea-water therapies under the banner of “Thalassotherapy”, which I noticed a lot of whilst in Barcelona. Oh, and back in England don’t forget to check out Newcastle’s Ocean Baths.

http://www.greekmedicine.net/therapies/The_Water_Cure.html

http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Explore/Recreation/Beaches-Baths/Ocean-baths

VIRGINMEDIA – WEB SAFE KICKED IN, UNINVITED!

So, my brother couldn’t access my brightnet.co.uk website the other day through his Virgin connection, but no problems via 3G on his phone. After an hour of literally scratching my head I found the culprit. Virgin Web Safe. Somehow it had kicked in a few days ago automatically. He logged in to his MyAccount at virginmedia.com and turned the bloody feature off and “hey presto” he was back on my site.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “How did you even guess that could be it?” Well, it was part genius, part luck, mostly luck though. The other day a customer couldn’t load TeamViewer (remote control program) due to an error from TalkTalk Scam Protection saying that the site was blocked! I unblocked it and everything worked as normal, but of course told him to be wary of Indian Scammers claiming to be from Microsoft!

STILL NOT CLUED UP ON DIET – PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

UNBELIEVABLE…Public Health England are still in the 70s when it comes to recommendations about food/calories/portion sizes, they must be sponsored by Papa John’s! These people are responsible for our nation’s health! Let’s take a look at the idiotic statements heard today on LBC’s Nick Ferrari show:

  • PHE says children eat up to 500 too many calories a day — equivalent to an extra meal WRONG
  • A HEALTHY diet does not offset the harm of too much salt, say experts. It raises blood pressure which is linked to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke WRONG
  • PUBLIC Health England wants people to regulate their diet by eating 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner — that’s 1,600 a day WRONG
  • Snacks and drinks should take the amount up to a daily total of 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men WRONG

I’m very surprised they didn’t mention low fat substitues and exercise to complete this debacle! They must have a vested interest in keeping the population eating carbohydrates, otherwise the lid would be blown off by now. Obesity, diabetes and metabolic diseases are NOT caused by excessive calorie intake but by hormones, otherwise nobody would enter puberty as a teen. Did you start eating more and exercising less one day when you were 13 in order to gain body mass? Of course not, and it’s the same in adulthood, hormones (this time insulin) is responsible for weight gain and, don’t forget, it’s completely normal for your body to pack on the pounds if you are eating a “summer” diet rich in carbs and sugar, fattening up for winter.

However, you must at some point start the opposite and regulatory process of eating a “winter” diet. It matters not how much you eat and how much you exercise, but what you eat and when. Your current Western diet of carbs, soda, sweets and fruit is perfect for your “fattening up” phase, but you can’t eat that all year round and expect to remain slim and healthy, you must at some point enter the “hibernation” phase where carbs are slim pickings and you need to shoot a rabbit or dear to survive.

ALCOHOL DISRUPTS SLEEP

You don’t necessarily realise it, but alcohol is preventing you from having REM sleep (dreaming phase, memory sorting) as well as your nightly NREM repair.

There are 2 main phases of sleep, NREM (bodily repair) and REM (memory organisation). You need approx 8 hours sleep every night to perform both phases at least twice.

You may find that a night cap or a binge booze before bedtime gets you to sleep and keeps you there, but in fact studies show that the process of alcohol breakdown produces aldehydes which interfere with the normal patterns, leaving you starved of both types even though you believe you’ve been rested.

A similar effect is produced by sleeping tablets, which is why low level mood lighting, hot milk works much better for actual sleep and why blue-LED (iPhone, TV) activity should be avoided an hour or two before bedtime.

CANNED TOMATOES – WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT?

The problem with canned vegetables is the resin used on the inside of the tin, it’s very toxic so try to get your chopped tomatoes in tetrapaks or glass. Glass is ideal becuase it is probably the cheapest resource on the planet (far cheaper than metal) and is recyclable in many places. “The problem with canned tomatoes is the cans themselves, which are lined with a resin that contains the synthetic estrogen bisphenol-A (BPA).”

MDAEMON – DON’T OVERDO DYNAMIC SCREENING

Block IPs that connect more than x times in x minutes, but make it a reasonable number:

WIRELESS / LAN PRIORITY ON WINDOWS PC

It’s hidden away under Advanced, but you have to tick View Menu Bar under Organize in that window to see the option:-

PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES – £6.99

Wish I had found these years ago! Amazon now sell prescription sunglasses off-the-shelf. These ones are -1.50 in each lens but you can go from -1.0 to -5.0.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XCVMPCG

PLEX – HOME MOVIES

If you have movies and TV shows that are NOT showing up on Plex, you just need to create a new Library, call it “Home Movies” or some such and then add the folder where all your movies etc are stored. It won’t attempt to retrieve DVD art work or running times, ratings etc but it will definitely show up all your videos in that particular folder.

Incidentally, I downloaded an episode of Walking Dead and it just wouldn’t see it, so I renamed the file to simply “Walking Dead” and it showed up as the 1995 film starring Bernie Mac.

THE NEW ZENITH ZO 342 OSCILLATOR

So, I’ve been thinking about the new Zenith Oscillator that powers the Defy Lab watches, a movement that replaces the traditional balance wheel/hairspring/escapement of all other mechanical watches (quartz, of course, gets it’s isochronism from running an electric current through it). The isochronism is the interesting thing here because, just like the pendulum, escapement or quartz mechanism, there is a standardised unit of time that can be extracted from a part that remains constant no matter how much power is put into the system (within certain parameters) so that the watch keeps ticking at the correct interval.

In a pendulum, for example, a large swing returns to zero point exactly the same time as a smaller swing, it just accelerates there more quickly. This means that uneven energy into the system has no bearing on the frequency.

The new Zenith Oscillator has such a mechanism and you can see it from the picture below quite easily. It’s the 3 beams with the thicker semi-circles, that connect to the wheel that enable the pendulum-like wobble (with a mere 6 degrees of amplitude), the frequency of the wobble remaining constant, of course. You can even see where the energy enters the system (presumably from a mainspring) by imagining a wheel where the 2 teeth are to be found. Other beams hold the structure together, or a least transfer the power along, and notice that there are 3 almost identical zones to guard against shocks. There is also an adjuster (looks like a spanner) which presumably can be moved from side to side and fixed with a screw.

So, overall, it’s really 3 pendulums working together, all made in one piece from silicon. There doesn’t appear to be any jewelling of the teeth meaning the whole oscillator might need replacing after a few decades? Also, I assume that silicone doesn’t suffer from fatigue like metal as the joints (3 of them at the center) must be subject to the most wear-and-tear.

 

ROKU EXPRESS – WONDERFUL MEDIA DEVICE

Get one! Pay only a paltry £29.99 on Amazon for a Roku Express and enjoy YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime or any number of other streaming services PLUS your home Media Server (e.g. Plex) for your photos and movies and you will never have to use that terrible software that came with your Smart TV ever again (yes, I’m talking to you Panasonic). The Roku Express is super-fast, it comes with a 3M sticky pad so you can attach it to the side of your TV without power (works off HDMI and USB slot to provide source and power), and the remote control is absolutely superb. The Ultra does 4K, the Express+ has added composite cable, the streaming stick is more portable.

SAGE LINE 50 ACCOUNTS – COMPANIES GO MISSING

INVALID DIRECTORY PATH“, it says. Nothing’s changed, no one’s messed with it, but nevertheless you are faced with this bullshit again. Now you have to Add Company and browse to the location of the COMPANY.001 folder. I can see how it can happen on a network because the server could idependenty go down but on a PC with everything local? Come on Sage, sort it out!

ASTIGMATISM – MORE MYSTERIES OF OPTHAMOLOGY EXPLAINED WITH EASE!

An astigmatism is some sort of anomaly occuring in the eye that requires more strength (usually) for your glasses, over and above the normal eyeball-elongation that is causing myopia. It’s due to a mis-shaping of either your cornea or lens and so has to be corrected for, in addition to the normal axial elongation of the eyeball. The two eyeballs below have the same axial elongation, but the lower one also has a rather bent cornea, so the glasses will need extra correction. Mystery explained!

PLEX MEDIA SERVER – FREE

NO JAVA REQUIRED, THANK GOODNESS. You know my aversion to Java running on my customer’s machines! Free (Pro version also available) for home use to stream all your media to connected devices, plus loads more.

DRIVER SEARCH

Hardware ID search:-

https://drp.su/en/catalog

ZENITH UNVEILS INCREDIBLE NEW WATCH MOVEMENT

For 325 years, pocket watches and their later cousins, wristwatches, have derived their pendulum-free time-keeping ability from the balance wheel/escapment mechanism (which takes advantage of isochronism, same as a pendulum), an invention attributed to British horologist Robert Hooke (erroneously credited to Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens until the discovery of a missing manuscript in 2006) in the 17th century.

But something momentous has happened recently that marks the start of a new era of watchmaking. Zenith has unveiled a new mechanism but with 30 fewer parts, a much higher frequency, lower amplitude and a longer spread of consistant power delivery, meaning even higher accuracy. Zenith’s new Defy watches employing the new Caliber ZO 342 movement are around €30,000 currently but as time goes by the price of movements are expected to go down to around €1000 each and will begin to rival quartz watches for accuracy, for the first time ever.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/zenith-defy-lab-oscillator-introducing

GOOGLE DRIVE: JUST RECEIVE?

Google Drive (Google Backup & Sync) is a great way to get your precious files up into the cloud, but what if you also want a copy on, say, your laptop but without making a second area for files. Well, under Advanced Settings (see image) you can sync your existing Google Drive folder (My Drive) down to a laptop or second PC, without specifying anything to be backed up from the laptop.

GDPR: 7 STEPS TO COMPLIANCE

GDPR is the biggest shake-up in Data Protection for 20 years, and your company will most probably want to implement some of the ideas found within the regulations, even if they don’t all apply to you. The following checklist will guide you through the major concepts to see if you can match up your compliance. Cue terrible graphic:

GDPR: WHAT THE HECK IS IT?

You know those idiots who release customer details all over the web and take ages to make an apology after they’re found out? Well, a new Data Protection standard is coming into force 25 May 2018 in the EU called General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). It is primarily aimed at large corporations who process sensitive customer data and it lays down rules for storing, accessing and maintaining that data.

For small businesses, say below 250 employees, the rules probably won’t apply to a large degree but you should be aware so that you don’t fall foul in any way, after all there are HUGE fines for miscreants. It covers data you process for your customers, suppliers and employees.

BREXIT won’t be an antidote as the UK has already agreed to the rules and also if any country does business with the EU, say the US, they also have to “self-certify” that they are following the regs.

HYPEROPIA – WHY YOUR GLASSES GOT THICKER

One of the things your opticians will probably never tell you because, bless, you are frankly quite stupid and could not possibly grasp the incredible stuff they know, is Hyperopic Defocus. When you have strained your ciliary muscles, gone to the opticians and they’ve prescribed you glasses, and you are now a fully paid up member of the four-eyes club, glasses will get stronger and stronger over time. I went from -1.0 glasses to -2.0 glasses in around 20 years. Not too bad actually.

(Note: I remember going to an optician’s in Surbiton and asking for contacts for playing tennis. I was given -1.5 lenses whereas my glasses were -1.75 and I remember him saying “they are a little weaker so that you don’t struggle with close up things because unlike glasses you can’t quickly take them off”.)

But why the progression? Well, contrary to what the opticians might say, it’s really simple to explain. The glasses correct the bend of the incoming light to focus the image on the retina, but part of the image, around the edge, is projected slightly too far beyond the retina. Since the eye is a magnificent stimulus responder, it ELONGATES the eyeball to accommodate this, thus your distance vision (not your near vision) gets even blurrier.

Don’t forget, after the initial locking-up of the ciliary muscle, the subsequent elongation of the eyeball was always to give you better close-up vision (thanks eyes), since that is what you primarily do all day (evidently). 2% of farmers wear glasses but 34% (and growing rapidly) of academics. By 2020 there will be 2.5 billion people with glasses (Johnson & Johnson WILL be pleased).

EYESIGHT AND THE BILLION DOLLAR EYE INDUSTRY

MYOPIA, or near-sightedness, is a condition whereby images from distant objects entering the eyeball are incorrectly focussed slightly in front of the retina, usually due to elongation of the eyeball. This condition is currently reaching epidemic proportions around the world with more and more people developing the condition, and at an earlier age.

The standard solution is to precribe corrective eye-glasses (it’s a great time to invest in Johnson & Johnson) but what is actually driving this disease? Common theories include “near work” like studying, the rise of iPhones, computer games and other tasks that cause us to continually focus close up.

But new research suggests that the cause is actually lack of sunlight, in particular UV-B. Children who spend 3 hours in bright sunshine per day have significantly lower rates of the condition. Australian children, who live in naturally brighter daylight conditions, enjoy lower rates than their Asian counterparts. Exercise and near work seem not to be a factor.

Interestingly, over 100 years ago William H Bates invented some steps to help improve eye-sight and, although he admitted he didn’t know why it worked, one of his steps was to expose the eye to the brightness of day.

A very good article with references here:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/02/01/improve-nearsightedness-with-the-help-of-sunshine.aspx

LLOYDS BANS BITCOIN BUYS ON CREDIT CARDS

“Lloyds bank has stopped credit card customers from buying bitcoin, amid concerns of a credit risk surrounding the cryptocurrency’s rapidly falling value.

Banks are also increasingly concerned about the use of Bitcoin purchases by miscreants, fraudsters and money launderers.”

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/05/lloyds_bans_bitcoin/

I love the last paragraph, it’s almost the same as, “don’t buy a car, they are sometimes used for bank robberies“.

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE…OR BITCOINS

Barclays seems to be cancelling transactions to buy bitcoins and, on some occasions, closing your account. There is also some disruption to some pre-paid bitcoin Visa cards, which is quite worrying:- https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/01/05/spending-bitcoin-with-a-debit-card-just-got-a-lot-harder/ Obviously, Visa and MasterCard have a massive stranglehold on payment options in your far-flung Greek cafe’s and Portuguese restaurants so they can act with impunity for now. Once these establishments start taking bitcoins as payment though these crusty old institutions will be up against the wall. All the merchant needs is a mobile phone to accept bitcoin so they’d better play nice!

GLASSES ELONGATE YOUR EYEBALLS

34% of academics wear corrective glasses, only 2% of farmers.
Have you ever gone the Optician’s and they’ve said, “You need to make some lifestyle changes in order to prevent your ciliary muscle from locking up due to constant close-up focusing, what we call near-induced-transient-mypoia (NITM)”? No? Or did they just sell you the 2 for 1 bullshit on glasses? Your eyes respond to stimuli, they are the product of millions of years of evolution, so why do so many people need glasses today and do we just have to accept that mother nature is getting it wrong?

The cause of myopia – Read this and you will know…
There’s a circular muscle in your eye that controls the lens and changes shape to give you clear vision at both near and far distances. This is the “ciliary” muscle. When you look at something far away the muscle is relaxed, and when you look at something near the muscle contracts. The closer the point of focus, the greater the contraction in this muscle. For almost everybody, the first sign of myopia is just a spasm of the ciliary muscle from too much close-up focusing. It’s temporary. The muscle locks up and the lens gets temporarily stuck in the “close-up” mode. For this reason, you can’t see distances clearly. This is pseudomyopia (or NITM) — but you won’t need glasses to treat this. Stopping the progression of your myopia is important because increased myopia means higher risk of lattice degeneration (a symptom of which is bright light spots, or “floaters”—a bad sign), elongation of the eyeball, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, and a whole lot of other serious eye problems.

COINBASE FOR CRYPTOCURRENCY

What is Coinbase?
Coinbase allows you to deal in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash (fork of Bitcoin), Ethereum and Litecoin (new, faster Bitcoin). It keeps your money safe in a digital wallet, allows you to pay or accept coins, and tracks changes to the value of bitcoin if you are thinking about cashing out into fiat currencies like sterling.

Using your wallet
To pay for goods and services, use the Coinbase App to scan a QR code of any vendor. Likewise, show your QR code to any purchaser. https://support.coinbase.com/customer/portal/articles/1834716-where-can-i-spend-bitcoins-

STARLING BANK

A new bank built from the ground up with the Internet in mind. Mobile only, for iPhone or Android, Starling Bank was founded by Anne Boden, previously COO of Allied Irish Banks and Head of EMEA, Global Transaction Banking across 34 countries for RBS and ABN AMRO. This is the start of something good.

IT’S SO GREAT NOT HAVING FACEBOOK

So, I closed down my account on Facebook finally, been meaning to do it for a while but I seriously couldn’t find the option.

I, probably like many, was spending far too much time catching up and diverting my attention to trivial matters and not enough real work and play.

To deactivate your Facebook account, follow these steps:
  1. Click the account menu down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page in your web browser.
  2. Select ‘Settings’
  3. Choose ‘Security’ in the left column.
  4. Choose ‘Deactivate your account’, and then follow the steps to confirm your decision.

DVLA, IT’S A SCAM

Careful if you get a text regarding your tax disc renewal…it will definitely be a scam because the DVLA have confirmed they don’t send texts!

NOT CHOLESTEROL, BUT INFLAMMATION

The word is slowly getting out about cholesterol/heart disease/statin obfuscation:

4 FREE GOODIES

1. Puffin browser – It’s Wicked Fast! Puffin speeds up browsing by shifting the workload from the resource-limited devices to the cloud servers, and resource-demanding webpages can run super-fast on your devices. https://www.puffinbrowser.com/

2. Pot Player – Daum Potplayer is a free Multimedia player that supports a variety of different video codecs and formats.Potplayer already includes built in codecs. https://potplayer.daum.net/

3. VSDC – VSDC Free Video Editor allows for creating different shaped masks for hiding, blurring or highlighting certain elements in your video. http://www.videosoftdev.com/free-video-editor/download

4. CPU-Z – freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system: https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

RIPPING A DVD TO MP4…..FOR FREE

A couple of people recently asked me about ripping DVDs to files, which contrary to popular belief is not illegal, and so I have made this quick guide. It can be done for free using VLC.

Essentially, you stream to a file, but it was sooooo complicated when I tried it, and I am a computer genius, that I feel it’s virtually impossible to make a decent rip of a DVD via this method.

DELL OS RECOVERY TOOL

If you need to reinstall Windows 10 on a Dell then you may need to download the operating system from Dell or Microsoft. I recommend you have an 8gb memory stick (at least) to generate a bootable USB key.

Dell’s utility is here:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/uk/en/ukbsdt1/drivers/osiso/recoverytool/WT64A

Microsoft’s tool is here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

BIOS ENTRY CODES FOR MAJOR PC MANUFACTURERS

https://www.lifewire.com/bios-setup-utility-access-keys-for-popular-computer-systems-2624463

Acer
Aspire, Predator, Spin, Swift, Extensa, Ferrari, Power, Altos, TravelMate, Veriton
Press Del or F2 immediately after powering on.
The Acer Veriton L480G uses F12.
The BIOS on the Acer Altos 600 server uses the Ctrl+Alt+Esc key and the F1 key for advanced options.
Older Acer computers may use also use the F1 or Ctrl+Alt+Esc keys to access BIOS.

Asus
B-Series, ROG-Series, Q-Series, VivoBook, Zen AiO, ZenBook
Press (or press and hold) F2 until you see the BIOS screen. You might need to press the key repeatedly until the BIOS utility appears.
Some Asus laptops might require that the Del, Esc, or F10 key be pressed instead.
Older Asus computers might boot to the BIOS setup utility only if you hold down the Esc key until you reach the Boot Device Selection screen; continue to BIOS by selecting Enter Setup from the menu.

Compaq
Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro, Systempro, Portable
Press F10 while the cursor in the top right corner of the screen is blinking.
Older Compaq computers may use the F1, F2, F10, or Del key to give access to BIOS.

Dell
XPS, Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude, OptiPlex, Precision, Alienware, Vostro
Press F2 when the Dell logo appears. Press every few seconds until the message Entering Setup appears.
Older Dell desktops and laptops may instead use Ctrl+Alt+Enter or Del to enter BIOS.
Older Dell laptops may use Fn+Esc or Fn+F1.

eMachines
eMonster, eTower, eOne, S-Series, T-Series
Press Tab or Del while the eMachine logo displays on screen.
Other eMachine computers may use F2 to enter BIOS.

EVGA
SC17, SC15
Press Del repeatedly while the EVGA laptop is booting.

Fujitsu
LifeBook, Esprimo, Amilo, Tablet, DeskPower, Celsius
Press F2 once the Fujitsu logo appears.

Gateway
DX, FX, LT, NV, NE, One, GM, GT, GX, SX, Profile, Astro
Press the F1 or F2 key repeatedly after restarting the Gateway computer to access the BIOS Setup utility. You might have to press and hold the key in order to reach BIOS.

Hewlett-Packard (HP)
Pavilion, EliteBook, ProBook, Pro, OMEN, ENVY, TouchSmart, Vectra, OmniBook, Tablet, Stream, ZBook
Press the F1, F10, or F11 key after restarting the computer.
HP Tablet PCs may use F10 or F12.
Other HP computers may allow access to BIOS using the F2 or Esc keys.
Still others might require that you press the Esc key and then F10.

IBM
PC, XT, AT
Press F1 immediately after powering on the computer.
Older IBM computers (including some laptops) may utilize the F2 key for BIOS entry.

Lenovo (formerly IBM)
ThinkPad, IdeaPad, Yoga, Legion, 3000 Series, N Series, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation
Press F1 or F2 after powering on the computer.
Some Lenovo products have a small Novo button on the side (next to the power button) that you can press to enter the BIOS setup utility. You might have to then enter BIOS Setup once that screen is displayed.
Older Lenovo products allow access to BIOS using Ctrl+Alt+F3, Ctrl+Alt+Ins, or Fn+F1.

Micron (MPC Computers)
ClientPro, TransPort
Press F1, F2 or Del immediately after powering on the PC.

NEC
PowerMate, Versa, W-Series
Press F2 to enter the BIOS Setup.

Packard Bell
8900 Series, 9000 Series, Pulsar, Platinum, EasyNote, imedia, iextreme
Press F1, F2, or Del to enter BIOS.

Samsung
Odyssey, Notebook 5/7/9, ArtPC PULSE, Series ‘x’ laptops
Press F2 to start the BIOS setup utility. You might need to press this key repeatedly until the BIOS screen appears.

Sharp
Notebook Laptops, Actius UltraLite
Press F2 after the computer starts.
Some very old Sharp PCs require a Setup Diagnostics Disk to access BIOS.

Shuttle
Glamor G-Series, D’vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, XPC, Surveillance
Press F2 or Del on startup.

Sony
VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series
Press F1, F2 or F3 after turning on the computer.

Toshiba
Portégé, Satellite, Tecra, Equium
Press F1 or Esc after powering on to access BIOS.
Press F12 on a Toshiba Equium.

DON’T USE SUNSCREEN

 

Who do you trust? A million years of evolution or Cosmopolitan Magazine? Sunscreen blocks UV-B (5% of the sun rays), which is known to increase the risk of skin cancer (sqamous and basal cell – relatively easy to treat), it does not block UV-A (95% of the sun’s rays), thought to be the primary driver of melanoma (deadly).

So, by putting on sunscreen (even “spectrum” products) you are blocking UV-B which is the body’s safety net when it comes to sun exposure (UV-B creates vitamin D, repairs UV-A damage, promotes tanning). It’s a bit like driving a car without a seat-belt. With sunscreen you are fooling your body into being out in the sun for longer without any benefits and increasing your chance of cancer.

So the rule is, take around half an hour of sun per day without sunscreen, giving yourself 10,000 units of Vitamin D, more if you are darker skinned or have built up a tolerance. Outdoor workers NEVER get melanoma. And DON’T get sunburned. Sunburn is nature’s way of telling you to get out of the sun. Did you really think Ambre Solaire was concerned with your health?

Armed with this information, read this article again: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/11/15/a-behind-the-scenes-look-into-sunscreen-manufacturing_a_21607058. If you want to hear the facts and figures take a look here:-

 

VITAMIN D – SUNNY “D” IS ESSENTIAL

As humans have moved away from the equator, our skin has become less pigmented and allows for more of the Sun’s rays to produce Vitamin D in  adequate quantites (actually Vitamin D is not a vitamin, it’s a pre-hormone substrate made from cholestorol in your blood and cells that goes on to provide one of the most important substances for hundreds of related processes).

But with clothing, suncreen and lots of indoor activity, humans in the northern hemisphere especially DON’T get enough Vitamin D which leads to rickets, colds, flu, colon cancer, breast cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, immune deficiency, cardiovascular diseases (e.g., hypertension, heart failure, sudden cardiac death), osteoperosis and myriad other diseases.

BUT WHY? It all goes back 400 million years ago when sea creatures first migrated onto land. In order to exist out of the water, calcification (for bone development and hundreds of other processes) needed to continue, but without the calcium (readily available in seawater) evolution required another mechanism to provide it. Sunlight and cholesterol build pre-hormone substrates that enable proper califerous processes to occur.

73% of people in the US are not getting the required levels of sunlight, especially in the winter, but you can do something about it. Get more sun, eat more foods containing vitamin D or take a supplement and you could STAVE OFF THIS YEARS FLU!

FLU VACCINES, WHY ALL THE HATE?

The public AND medical backlash against the flu vaccine is making headlines again. Three reasons as far as I can see: 1. Efficacy – 99% of recipients are not protected 2. Heavy metals – flu vaccines contain huge amounts of mercury (see small print) 3. Big Pharma – the huge profits associated with vaccines are worrying.

HOW PENN JILLETTE LOST 100 LBS

Purely through diet, not exercise (as I’ve mentioned before exercise makes you hungry) he:-

  • reset his eating habits by eating only a single food for 2 weeks (he chose potatoes)
  • now eats only whole plants, no animal products

So even though I don’t agree with his chosen diet of whole plants (because northern and southern hemisphere dwellers should eat carbs in the summer and animal fats/protein in the winter) he does make the point that humans are eating like it’s summer, always preparing for a winter that never comes (due to supermarkets existing on every street corner).

TWO CAMERAS, ONE GMAIL ACCOUNT, GET SPYING!

Alfred is an app that allows you to remotely view video on motion detection with a smartphone camera that you can place somewhere strategically.

All you need is a couple of smartphones and a Gmail account and away you go. It is very easy to set up and can be set to motion detect, continuous monitoring, audio and video and even allows you to record if you want to capture something that’s happening!

TESTED: EMF RADIATION FROM MY MOBILE PHONE

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) are being emitted by your TV, computer, kettle, washing machine and mobile phones whenever they are in use, but how much is really coming off them? Is it enough to worry about?

Yesterday, EMF guru Robert from emwatch.com made a visit to my property and do a full EMF test. All good, no EMF low-frequency issues, but what was interesting were the readings from the bathroom shaver socket. Several milliGauss units were being emitted, so I will have to replace the transformer.

He also tested my mobile phone and I have to say, the readings were quite worrying. Whilst making a call the meter was showing up to 15 milliGauss (1.5 microteslas), which may be enough to cause serious health issues if you are exposed to them over long periods of time. So the message is that mobile phones do give off pretty bad EMF, and you could do yourself a favour by keeping calls short, using the speakerphone more often or using a wired earpiece. Robert recommends keeping at least 1 or 2 feet away from appliances where possible.

Less serious is WiFi because the signal is quite low powered, whereas with cellular networks, the mast could be a mile away so the signal has to be strong enough in BOTH directions to allow calls and texts. I have posted a video on YouTube if you would like to see what’s going on. You can contact Robert at emf-survey@emwatch.com.

REMOTE DESKTOP PRINTING – ALTERNATIVE

Sometimes you just can’t get printing to work in Remote Desktop Services so what can you do? Easy, use your Gmail account to set up a Google Drive scenario between the local and remote computers and print to XPS or PDF.

  1. Set up a PDF Printer (http://cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp)
  2. Create and share a folder in your Google Drive account on the server (you need a gmail account)
  3. Copy the shareable link
  4. Open the shareable link on the client PC web browser
  5. Add to My Drive (https://www.google.co.uk/drive/download/)

Now both ends have the same folder available. Print from the server, save to the folder and it will appear shortly after on the client PC, where you can now print it. NO NEED FOR FRICKING TS PRINTING. Plus as an added bonus you have copies of all your print-outs!

WINDOWS 10 COMPATIBILITY MODE

Windows 10 and your Old Printer

When Windows 10 drivers are not available for your printer, you may be able to use Compatibility Mode as a means to install printer drivers from past versions of Windows. Just right-click the printer setup file (usually a executable *.exe) and choose a comptible version of Windows.

WHY ARE CRASH DIETS BAD?

Channel 4’s How To Lose Weight Well saw four people put through separate diets to see how effective they were and, sadly, 2 of the participants were put on crash diets.

Q. They both lost weight so what’s the problem? A. If you restrict calories in a short period of time your body slows down your metabolism in an effort to “hold on” to resources. But it gets worse, as soon as you eat again your body packs on the pounds, often increasing your weight to MORE than it was originally.

This is why America’s Biggest Loser is such a terrible tragedy, consigning almost all of it’s contestants to a life of weight struggle. Even small portions of food are effectively worth more calories than ever before. Series winner Ryan said “before I wake up it’s like I’ve already had 2 cheese quarter pounders”.

Only ONE of the diets featured passed long-term muster; the low carb, moderate protein, high fat Banting Diet, which of course is very similar to how our ancestors in the northern or southern hemisphere would have eaten during winter, to get your body through the tough times (without feeling hungry) until summer comes round again with it’s carb bounty.

Dr. Zander signed off with another absolute fallacy… “I need to exercise more and eat less”… WRONG! Losing weight is all about hormones, not calories, and, as if to prove my point, the Banting Diet contestant, Jake, lost by far the most… 4st 10lbs!

WINDOWS 10 – HORRIFICALLY SLOW ALL OF A SUDDEN

Assuming you don’t have a virus (because you use 360, Maxthon and Gmail), adjust the following:

  1. Virtual Memory (use the values shown for Total paging size…)
  2. Visual Styles (adjust as shown below, or turn them all off)
  3. Do a DriverpackSolution update, update everything
  4. Turn off Dropbox
  5. Restore to an earlier time (System Restore)


 

OOPSIE DAISY – INTEL BALLSED UP

Over the next few weeks you will be hearing a lot about SPECTRE and MELTDOWN, a couple of serious vulnerabilities in Intel processors that means your stored passwords could be gleaned by a piece of malware.

It affects all Intel processors from 1995 onwards, so yeah, yours. Anti-malware will probably cope with it, but best to make sure you get all your email via Gmail, tread carefully on the web and check with your AV program to see if it’s covered.

BREAKING NEWS:

Windows PCs are likely to be hit hardest by Meltdown and Spectre, regardless if they run on Intel or AMD processors. The good news is that Microsoft seems to be on the case and has said that it has already released a security update on Wednesday for Windows 10, as well as previous versions of Windows.

 

Windows 10 should download the update automatically, but to be sure, type ‘windows update’ in the search bar of the taskbar, and select ‘Check for updates.’Download and install any new updates it finds.

KYOCERA PRINTERS – HAIL THE NEW KING

Everywhere I go in business environments lately they’ve got Kyocera printers. Doctors surgeries, dentists, even Principles, the printer specialists who lease their printers with on-site technical support only supply Kyocera. Everybody has them and it’s no wonder when you consider the following £100 printer is 40ppm, 7 seconds first page, and toner cartridge is 7,600 pages for £87.

Kyocera ECOSYS P2040dn
  • NHS Prescription Printing Approved
  • Up to 40ppm Mono Print
  • Up to 7 Seconds First page
  • USB, Network
  • Automatic Double Sided Printing
  • 1200 dpi Print
  • PCL5/6 & Postscript 3
  • 250 Sheet Universal Cassette
  • 100 Sheet Multipurpose Tray
  • 800MHz Processor
  • 256MB RAM
  • Windows & Mac Compatible

Kyocera ECOSYS P2040dn Consumables

Genuine Kyocera TK-1160 Black Toner Cartridge (7,200 Pages)
Genuine Kyocera TK-1160 Black Toner Cartridge (7,200 Pages) 1T02RY0NL0

£87.59 ex VAT£105.11 inc vat @ 20%

 

3 REASONS WE SLEEP

It seems such a bizarre process, horizontally comatose for a 3rd of our lives. Easy prey for predators, yet not “selected out” by evolution. Crazy. It must be much more important than we give it credit for.

A typical sleep cycle contains:

1. NREM – Organisation of neural pathways (think disk defrag)
2. REM – Acting out scenarios (rehearsals, dreams)
3. Repair of bodily systems (reboot)

THE THIRD REASON is the health part, a full 8 hours must be enjoyed to allow the body to repair itself and to sustain a long, healthy life. Less sleep will result in a shorter life with more disease. Unfortunately, as we age our sleep gets more disturbed by toilet breaks, less efficient NREM and REM, resulting in fewer healthy sleep cycles.

In the afternoon/evening drink LESS coffee, don’t nap, fewer drinks, keep bright lights (daylight bulbs) on. You have to allow melatonin and adenosine to accumulate, don’t mask them with coffee and don’t deplete them with a nap. Your 24 hour circadian rhythm will keep you on track for sleep periods but your melatonin and adenosine will kick you off to sleep. And sleeping tablets can’t help you either.

WIFI RANGE EXTENDERS

If you need an extra wifi boost about the house for that spare room or dead spot in the garage, then you could try a range extender. The neatest, cheapest one is the Belkin N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender 2.4ghz at £14.99 from Argos. Or you could go for this one from BT at £32.99, which has much more information like the range detector on the front and both 2.4 and 5ghz. You have to place them IN RANGE of your wifi router, otherwise they can’t boost the original signal.


FOOD UNWRAPPED DIET SPECIAL

Channel 4 – still perpetuating the myth that fat makes you fat and lowering calories help you lose weight. Come on people, you know this, sugar makes you fat and lowering calories lowers your metabolism, making you gain weight when you start eating again. Check out America’s Biggest Loser Danny Cahill’s story on YouTube.

More Popular Myths:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-13-nutrition-lies-that-made-the-world-sick-and-fat

1. Eggs Are Bad for Your Health?
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and do not raise your risk of heart disease. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.

2. A Calorie Is a Calorie?
All calories are not created equal. Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and have varying effects on hunger, hormones and health.

3. Saturated Fat Is Unhealthy?
New studies show that saturated fat does not increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. It raises the good cholesterol and changes the “bad” cholesterol to a benign subtype.

4. Eating a Lot of Protein Is Bad for Your Health?
Studies show that protein has positive effects on bone health in the long run and does not raise the risk of kidney disease in healthy individuals. Eating a high protein diet has many important health benefits.

5. Everyone Should Be Eating “Heart-Healthy” Whole Wheat?
Wheat is the biggest source of gluten in the diet. Many studies are showing that wheat, including whole wheat, can contribute to various health problems.

6. Coffee Is Bad for You?
Coffee contains very large amounts of antioxidants. Studies show that coffee drinkers are at a much lower risk of developing many serious diseases.

7. Meat Is Bad for You?
Studies show that unprocessed red meat does not raise your risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. There is a very weak association with cancer, but most likely caused by excessive cooking and not the meat itself.

8. The Healthiest Diet Is a Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet?
The low-fat, high-carb diet recommended by the mainstream nutrition organizations is a miserable failure and has been repeatedly proven to be ineffective.

9. Refined Seed- and Vegetable Oils Are Healthy?
Excess consumption of refined seed- and vegetable oils can increase inflammation in the body and dramatically raise your risk of cardiovascular disease.

10. Low-Carb Diets Are Ineffective and Downright Harmful?
Low-carb diets are the easiest, healthiest and most effective way to lose weight and reverse metabolic disease. It is pretty much a scientific fact at this point.

11. Everyone Should Be Cutting Back on Sodium?
Despite sodium restriction being able to mildly reduce blood pressure, this does not lead to improved health outcomes

12. Sugar Is Bad Because It Contains “Empty” Calories?
The harmful effects of excess sugar go way beyond empty calories. Sugar can have severe adverse effects on metabolism, leading to weight gain and many serious diseases.

13. Fat Makes You Fat?
Studies consistently show that diets that are high in fat (but low in carbs) lead to much more weight loss than diets that are low in fat.

KETO DIET…STRANGE OUTCOMES

After another alcohol and chocolate fuelled Xmas, I believe I am still feeling the benefits of my Ketogenic diet experiment of May to July. The keto diet is 75% fat, 20% protein and just 5% carbs which has the effect of switching the body into burning ketones for fuel instead of the normal Western source, sugar. At one time, people in the northern or southern hemispheres would have entered ketosis during the winter months, living off stored fat from a carb-filled summer and mainly eating livestock or game. Of course, these days, a supermarket on every corner takes away this important, annual, physiological process. But switching to a keto diet by force teaches your body about this process again and it doesn’t forget about it easily! I am virtually incapable of gaining weight, even after several blowouts of gigantic proportions along with booze, chocolates and mince pies.

ANOTHER AWFUL VW AD

Ever since Jeremy Clarkson and James May tried to make a proper car advert for Volkswagen in Top Gear we’ve had to endure ever more naff, patronising, tree-hugging ads. “Born Confident” is the bland message, something for the soccer mums to get behind.

When you try to offend no one you end up boring everyone.

Ironically, the disconnect between the lefty values of the marketing dept versus the hipocracy of the boardroom couldn’t be wider!

CUVVA… TEMPORARY CAR INSURANCE

Here’s a great idea, temporary car insurance cover from 1 hour to 28 days, online or in an app.

Most insurance policies I’ve ever had allow me to drive any other car as long as it’s not mine, but just in case you ever need to drive a car that’s not covered then this is very handy.

Other temporary insurance companies are available.

BAD APPLE

So, at last we find out that Apple have been mugging everyone off for years by surreptitiously forcing people to upgrade their phones to newer models by slowing the old ones down!

SO, YOU’VE BEEN PRESCRIBED STATINS

Statins are being prescribed by doctors in the UK at higher rates than before and the catchment level may soon be lowered to include patients at just a perceived 10% risk of heart disease within 10 years.

But should you really be taking them and have you understood the benefits/risks of doing so?

Here I am going to arm you with a few questions for you to challenge your doctor.

1. What is the heart attack prevention rate for someone with no previous history (known as primary prevention)?

2. What are the alternative ways of lowering LDL cholesterol?

3. What evidence is there, not funded by pharmaceutical companies, that cholesterol causes heart disease?

4. Are you being incentivised e.g. with extra payments, for prescribing statins?

5. What are the common side-effects associated with statins?

By asking these simple questions and taking notes you should be able to gauge whether the doctor is fully aware of why he is offering statins. I’m not suggesting whether or not you should take them, just that you weigh up their validity.

The answers to the questions are:

1. 2 fatal cardiac events are thought to be prevented if 1000 people take statins for 3 years. Yes, just 2! There is some evidence for statins preventing secondary prevention. Grenoble University, analysing all published statin studies since 2006, said statins showed “no benefit” in heart disease prevention and caused “potentially fatal” muscle weakness.

2. NHS Choices recommend diet, exercise, giving up smoking and cutting down alcohol. These measures are likely to have the best effect on your risk of heart disease.

3. There is very little strong evidence that LDL cholesterol causes heart disease. What’s far more a predictor is low levels of HDL, the so-called “good” cholesterol, but there’s no drug to increase this.

4. Are doctors prescribing statins for extra money or is the motivation truly about health?

5. A extraordinary high percentage complain of muscle and joint issues. The medical industry denies everything with sponsored research.

NEW PHONE? – DIFFERENT SIM?

Got a new phone for Xmas? Does it take the same size SIM card? If not, you need to order a “SIM Swap” from your network provider which will take a day or two. DON’T CUT YOUR SIM DOWN WITH SCISSORS unless you know it’s a new sim with no extrusions. I’ve cut down 5 sims and 2 of them no longer worked, but I had already backed up the SIM contacts. Choose your provider here to get the details:

https://kenstechtips.com/index.php/how-to-replace-your-sim-card-with-a-micro-sim-card

MS ACCESS / VBA – REFERRING TO A LISTBOX COLUMN BY NAME

Believe it or not, but you can’t refer to items in a listbox or combobox by their column name, only their ordinal (number based on their position in the listbox) which makes things difficult if the listbox is taken from a constantly-changing table or XML file. To get round this you can refer to the first line of the listbox which carries the field names, pull them into an array, and then assign a name to some variables based on finding the right entry in the array. Then, it doesn’t matter if the contents of the listbox change positions because your code can now refer to things by name.

 For i = 0 To Me.List1.ListCount - 1
 strList1 = strList1 & "," & Me!List1.Column(i, 0)
 Next
 array1 = Split(Mid(strList1, 2), ",")
 vONumX = IsInArray("oh_order_number", array1)
 vNameX = IsInArray("ih_delivery_name", array1)
 vCoidX = IsInArray("Account Number", array1)
 vCredX = IsInArray("ccd_credit_limit", array1)
 vBalaX = IsInArray("ccdt_balance", array1)
 vINumX = IsInArray("ih_number", array1)
 vStatX = IsInArray("ih_credit", array1)
 vDeliX = IsInArray("delivery_gross", array1)
 vShipX = IsInArray("delivery_address", array1)
 vHoldX = IsInArray("ccd_onhold", array1)

Now, change your code to use the variables, like this:

vCoid = Me.List1.Column(vCoidX, x)

Instead of:

vCoid = Me.List1.Column(2, x) 'columns start from 0

MUSIC MAGPIE – WEBUYANYSTUFF

Got something to sell but don’t want to wait? Similar to WeBuyAnyCar, Music Magpie will take stuff like phones, tablets, DVDs and books off your hands if it’s in good, fair or poor condition. You can get an instant quote for your items and then you just need to package them up and send. musicmagpie.co.uk  You won’t get the best price for it, e.g. if you had sold it on eBay or Gumtree, but at least it will be out of your darned hair.

SHIFT + RESTART FOR SAFE MODE IN WINDOWS 10

Question: You need to do some troubleshooting in Windows 10 and you’d like to start in Safe Mode, Microsoft has made the operation:

A) Easier or B) Harder?

Yes, you’re right, it’s B. It used to be F5 or F8 (for the menu) in previous versions of Windows, but now they have fiendishly removed this facility (you can put it back by editing the Startup menu options) and made it more difficult. Now, you have to have Windows running and then choose SHIFT + RESTART. If you can’t boot Windows then it is supposed to enter Troubleshooting mode automatically. Power off during a reboot to see this happen (Disclaimer: don’t power off during a reboot unless you know how to re-install Windows!)

LAST CHANCE UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10

Ok, to be honest, I have been using the Windows 10 Assistive Technologies upgrade for my customers on the quiet to give everyone a free upgrade to Windows 10 from 7 or 8. Like most techies we’ve known about it for 2 years and Microsoft have been very quiet on the subject, in fact they’ve been encouraging it.

But as from 31st December 2017, less than 2 weeks away, this avenue will be closed off. Just google it from the target machine running a legit copy of Windows 7 or 8 and download the file, run it and sit back while it installs, provided you pass the compatibility checks. It’s a good idea to switch off any anti-virus or weird stuff running in the background first. You can reverse the upgrade for 10 days.

THE LAST JEDI ★★★★

The new Star Wars film is out and I got the opportunity to see it on Friday. I won’t be spoiling anything here but just offer you a few things to watch out for. If you want to see it completely cold then stop reading.

The Good: Marvellous film, it’s very well done and very entertaining. The scenes with Kylo Ren, Rey and Luke are WAY ahead of the rest of the film. Several of the fight scenes are amazing as well as some of the space battles. There are a few artsy-fartsy moments I like, where a character watches a sunset or takes a breath and you could literally hear a pin drop in the cinema. Harry and Wills are stormtroopers, apparently. Adam Driver’s performance is the best thing in there, but the villainy is a bit different. This film is a hotchpotch of new ideas, explains a few things about the force.

The Bad: A bit too long and a few plot threads that peter-out without being resolved, too many capture/escape scenes, and some unnecessary characters with pointless lines (sorry Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, John Boyega, Phasma and a menagerie of furry creatures). Not all the weird and wonderful creatures are, well, wonderful, which sadly harks back to the terrible “prequels” that almost killed the franchise (think Ja Ja Binks). Some of the biggest action scenes are very far fetched, not to mention some of the coincidences. Finn’s character is relegated to the sidelines. Finn should have stuck with Rey but instead it was Chewy and he was no more than an extra. The full-on menace of a Darth Vader is not really there. Many ideas left dangling.

WHY IS AMERICAN CHOCOLATE SO BAD?

The British love chocolate, Americans don’t. Ever wondered why? Well, it’s useful to know how chocolate is made to understand why. First the beans are ground to separate the cocao mass (butter) from the powder. Next, sugar is added to the powder and then recombined with the mass. This magically takes chocolote to a new level. The US, Europe and UK also add dairy milk when recombining but it’s the milk processing that makes the difference, and it all comes down to that milk. As you know, milk goes off, so there are various ways to prevent souring. Cadbury’s (and Irish makers) cook the milk with sugar first, then add liquid chocolate which forms a “crumb” that can be stored for ages until made into bars of chocolate. Hershey’s, the favourite brand in the US, uses “lipolysis” to create milk powder which results in some butyric acid forming (as found in parmesan) so Hershey’s has that weird vomit flavour. Plus they use more sugar and less cocao. Other US chocolate manufacturers actually have to add butyric acid to their chocolate unnessasarily to make it taste like Hershey’s. Imagine that, adding vomit flavour to emulate the worse chocolate ever!

OFFICE COMPLETE UNINSTALL

Normally, you’d remove Microsoft Office by simply using the un-installation utility. If removing Microsoft Office this way doesn’t work or you simply want a super clean un-installation, Microsoft also offers a less advertised Office Removal Tool that works much, much better. Here’s how to use it.

Download the Microsoft Office Removal Tool. The Office Removal Tool should work for any version of Microsoft Office (Office 2007, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 365) on any modern version of Windows (Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10)

https://aka.ms/diag_officeuninstall

NEW COFFEE SHOP IN EFFINGHAM

I promised the owner Cassie I would tell all my subscribers about her new coffee shop…Coffee Bar, The Street, Effingham (where the Post Office used to be). I can confirm the coffee is very good, roasted in Wimbledon by a small, independent artisan coffee company. The milk is served in little milk bottles, like we used to have delivered in the old days. Plus, you can get a Tea or Coffee for £1 before 9am, every morning. There are sofas, tables and a bar with stools, and a newspaper to read if you’ve got the time. coffeebar1.co.uk

LG V30+ ….DEFINITELY MY NEXT PHONE!

This is the new LG and notice it is one of the new 15:9 aspect ratio phones which look a bit taller than the usual ones. Sturdy and Seamless; Behold the bezel-less beauty. With its seamless curves and balanced 2:1 ratio, the LG V30+ gives you full immersion while still fitting in your hand. The pleasing, textured finish protects it from stains and smudges – in fact, the phone has an IP68 rating and has even passed the *US Military Standard Drop Test (MIL STD-810G). 6.0″ QHD+ OLED FullVision Display. WITH THE BEST CAMERA. Capture brilliant wide-angle shots with less round-edge distortion. The rear dual camera has both a 16MP lens and a wide angle 13MP lens – great for group shots or landscapes. £589 on eglobalcentral.

https://www.eglobalcentral.co.uk/lg-v30-h930ds-dual-sim-128gb-4g-lavender-violet.html

BITCOIN PROPAGANDA – WATCH OUT!

As Bitcoin gathers pace and seeks to become the new global currency, Governments across the world are running scared and continue to publish fake news stories, trying to associate crypto-currency, which has no central bank, with thieves and murderers. They know their “fiat currency” days are numbered but they will go to ANY lengths to protect their privileged positions and will not allow their control to wane easily. Look out for stories of people-traffickers using Bitcoin, or drug cartels etc. They won’t mention how they also use good old cash!

THE BEST CHEAP FRAGRANCES FOR HER

Well, since I got SO MANY HITS for my recent Best Fragrances for Him / Her (quite unexpected), I promised to do a follow-up on cheaper perfumes. These are all a combination of highly recommended perfumes and ones that I have tried. You can get some of these on very.co.uk and there is a perfume category sorter.

THE BEST CHEAP FRAGRANCES FOR HIM

Well, since I got SO MANY HITS for my recent Best Fragrances for Him / Her (quite unexpected), I promised to do a follow-up on cheaper perfumes. You can also try Marks & Spencer, Primark and Next for cheaper alternatives to popular fragrances. Here are the Men’s ones, all of which I have tried:

ANDROID – EXPORT CONTACTS TO GMAIL

Step 1: Export

Follow these steps to export your contacts:

  1. Open the Contacts app (on some devices, such as the Moto X, it may be labeled People)
  2. Tap the app’s menu button (this will either be the device menu button, such as with the Samsung Galaxy S4, or the overflow menu, which is denoted by three vertical dots)
  3. Tap Import/Export
  4. Tap Export to SD card (if an SD card does not exist, tap Export to USB storage)

Step 2: Import

The next step is to import the newly created vCard from the SD card (or USB storage) into your Google account. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Contacts app
  2. Tap the app’s menu button
  3. Tap Import/Export
  4. Tap Import
  5. Tap Google
  6. Select Import vCard file, and tap OK
  7. If you have multiple vCard files in the location selected, you’ll have to select which vCard file to import)
  8. Tap OK
  9. Allow the import to complete

Another way is to plug your LG Android smartphone into a PC will give you a CD style drive from which you can run a setup file. From there, you can back up your Android contacts. Yes, I have an LG smartphone.

THE SURE FIRE WAY TO SAVE EVERY MONTH

  1. The best way to save a bit of extra money for a rainy day has to be the Moneybox app from Digital Moneybox Limited. You link it to your bank account and it rounds up any purchases to the nearest pound and collects the total on a weekly basis. You hardly know this spare change has gone and you can withdraw it at any time (minus a delay). The money is actually invested in the stock exchange so it will grow as well, tax free if you choose the ISA account option. This is a great way to get kids to save and teaches them something about investing. There are some boosters available if you want to save more, like double round-ups or the pay day booster, and there is a “time machine” to see what happens to your money over time based on your investment. 
  2. Another great way to save money every month is DON’T SIGN UP FOR ANOTHER MOBILE PHONE CONTRACT! Go Giffgaff. In fact you should keep your existing phone and put the savings into Moneybox.

TOP FRAGRANCES FOR HIM

TOP FRAGRANCES FOR HER

SCREENCONNECT – GUEST PASS INTO A SYSTEM

ScreenConnect is a God-send to tech support staff who regularly remote into customer PCs to fix problems etc, and a great feature that is now included is the facility to allow anyone to have a guest pass into a system for a short period of time.

INSTALL GOOGLE BACKUP AND SYNC FOR GROUP SHARING – THE RIGHT WAY

After going about this all wrong, I finally managed to configure this product the correct way in order to create a shared folder that was shareable amongst several computers, just like Dropbox. Of course, you already know how much I hate Dropbox mainly because it turns your Intel Core i5 7th Gen processor into a 1990s Pentium!

  1. Install GoogleDrive (Google Backup and Sync) onto the main computer
  2. Right-click the little icon in the System Tray (this can take 30 seconds), three dots, Preferences
  3. CHOOSE FOLDER (and optionally deselect suggested folders)
  4. Using Explorer (My Computer etc) right-click the folder you chose, Google Drive, Share or View on Web
  5. Type in the email addresses of all the people you want to share the folder with

WINDOWS 10 VERY SLOW AFTER UPGRADE FROM 7

I have seen this many times and there are many reasons, the main one being a driver missing. Load up Driverpack Solution and install any missing drivers. Slow bootup could be resolved like this:

Fast startup is a feature in Windows that helps your computer start faster. You can use the following steps to enable or disable fast startup. Type Control Panel in the search box. Click Control PanelClick Power OptionsClick Choose  hat the power buttons doClick Change settings that are currently unavailableScroll down to Shutdown  ettings and uncheck Turn on fast startup.Click Save changes.

or

powercfg /h off

ASUS UX330 SLEEK LAPTOP ★★★★★

I have 10 of these beautiful Asus UX330 laptops coming before Christmas if anyone is interested, 8 left. They are light-weight, slim, Intel Core i5 6th Gen, 8GB RAM, Windows 10, 256Gb SSD with 13.3″ 3200×1800 Screen, but more importantly they are gonna look COOL when you are in Starbucks catching up on Facebook. £729.

AMAZON’S CHRISTMAS TAKEOVER IS ALMOST COMPLETE

Visiting Wimbledon recently for a bit of Christmas shopping was probably the worst experience ever… due to the parking situation. When exactly will our councils finally realise that we, the public, have the inclination to shop locally but we are being systematically forced to do it online because of the inconvenience?

Instead of the parking restrictions and woefully inadequate, extortionate charges and disproportionate fines, they should be wooing us with fabulous offers, not driving us into the arms of the online behemoths who pay no UK tax.

GMAIL CONVERSATION VIEW CANNOT BE TURNED OFF?

Why the geek bods at Google decided not to allow the disabling of this feature I’ll never know but excellent news…Edison Email App looks and feels like the Gmail app but fortunately you can turn off the intensely annoying, ridiculous, unbearable, havoc-wreaking Conversation View.

Finally I can get to the email I actually want without having to scroll down to the end of a large email to-and-fro because Gmail has stupidly clumped them all together.

I just want things to be simple, dammit.

32 HOUR WATERPROOF CIRCULAR BLUETOOTH SPEAKER ★★★★★

Splashing down on Amazon is this KINPS (not physically possible to pronounce) 10W bluetooth speaker that comes in at £23.99 and sounds pretty amazing. It’s IP68 waterproof and has a long battery life of 32 hours. The sound quality is bordering on the sumptuous and is definitely worth all the praise in the reviews.

WINDOWS SERVER 2012 RESIZE DISK – USE “OLD” MANAGE APP

You don’t have to use the NEW disk management app to play with your Disks, you can right-click the server and choose Computer Management to get to the OLD interface, which works much better. Yes, Microsoft, I did just say that.

ATP TOUR FINALS – SEE YOU THERE

I’m helping out again this year at the ATP Tour Finals at the O2. Murray not there but Goffin and Sock have made the top 8!

FAST LAPTOP THAT WILL SURVIVE A NUCLEAR WAR ★★★★★

If you need a reliable laptop that still looks cool in Costa’s then you should get one of these bargain pre-owned laptops from me. HP Elitebook 8470p with a fast Intel Core-i5 processor with smart, aluminium casing. They literally sold millions of these and they are still the standard business executive laptop. They are only a fraction heavier than a brand new Pavilion or Inspiron but they will outlast anything you can buy at PCWorld for twice the price.

PC KEEPS FREEZING – 100% DISK UTILISATION

What’s going on here? The disk pulsates at 100% utilisation with a breather every 5 seconds! This looks like a weird situation but the HDD was recently replaced with an SSD and it just started happening. Coincidence or dodgy SSD?

LAST KNOWN GOOD – IN THE BOOT.INI

You can keep a Windows 2003 Server or XP machine in a permanent state of non-upgrade heaven by simply setting this in the boot.ini file:


timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server” /noexecute=optout /fastdetect /lastknowngood

And if you are wondering why, well sometimes if you have a system that is working fine but an upgrade has messed things up, you can just keep booting into the previous configuration automatically.

IS THIS A RANGE ROVER EVOQUE?

No. It’s a Chinese – made “Land Wing X7”.

MOST WANTED UPGRADE – HDD TO SSD

For the most bang-per-buck, by far the best option is an HDD to SDD upgrade. Two main reasons for this, 1) no backup required beforehand, 2) the performance difference is amazing. It’s not quite as easy or as cheap as a memory ugrade, but it is far more satisfying, especially when you see your Windows boot up in 22 seconds instead of 2 minutes!

WHAT’S WRONG WITH MARKS & SPENCER?

Nothing! I popped into Marks on Sunday so I thought I would have a quick look around. 20 minutes later I had a new pair of brogues (with the correct rubber soles) and some leather boots same colour as Timberlands, and a leather belt. Very stylish.

Their clothing is completely respectable, high quality and with good pricing, so why all the negativity towards them? In a word – zeitgeist. T K Maxx, Next and River Island are all my preferred clothing shops but that’s only because they are forfront in my mind. I couldn’t even recall where Marks & Spencer’s was on the High Street, can you?

http://marksandspencer.com

BUDGET BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES ★★★★★

Bluedio H+ (Turbine) headphones are a great way to enjoy your Android or iPhone music and calls. They are of reasonable build quality and deliver a very good sound, for £20. They charge with an android cable and run for 15 hours.  There’s an AUX port, FM radio, SD card slot and MP3 track advance. Bargain.

OIL DOESN’T COME FROM DEAD CREATURES

“Oil is generated deep in the core of the Earth, it’s like a gigantic oven, and through the enormous temperature and pressure it’s forced up through the granite mantle through fissures and cracks into various reservoirs. It’s basically calcium carbonate and iron. No dead dinosaurs involved.”

This is a really interesting piece because although you can get oil from dead plants and marine organisms, you can also get it a-biotically. NASA’s Cassini probe has discovered what is most probably hydrocarbons on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons and which amounts to more than all the oil on Earth. Since there has never been biogenic life on Titan it must be a-biotic. A-biotic “oil” has also been created in the lab as well, so we know it’s certainly possible.

The next step is to create hydrocarbon fuel from carbon in the atmosphere, using the power of the sun to knock out oxygen atoms of the donor carbon material, water (H2O) is converted into hydrogen (H2), and carbon dioxide (CO2) turns into carbon monoxide (CO), which can be used to produce fuel: specifically, gaseous or fluid hydrocarbons such as methane, petrol and diesel.

APPLE WATCH? JUST CHECK THESE OUT

I have not really had any interest in “Smart Watches”, especially Apple’s offering which makes my blood run cold just looking at it (being a traditional watch fan) but some of these are just incredible. Most are now combining the looks of a traditional watch with the features of a smart watch to produce a stylish-looking, hybrid, dynamic and connected wearable. 5 amazing smartwatches here:-

TV SWITCHES ON EVERY NIGHT AT 3AM

Seems this is an extremely common occurrence all over the UK and is because of…the nightly EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) update. Well that finally explains it!

AMAZON KEY

Not going to be home to receive that delivery? No worries, Amazon Key is here! Amazon Key is a new service that uses remote execution to start CCTV recording and unlock your front door so that the delivery person can safely leave a parcel in your house. I would be OK with it because the most valuable thing in my house is the thing they’d be delivering (e.g. Laptops)!

APPLE WATCH SERIES 3

Apple Watch Series 3, the first version to have functionality with Apple Music and its 40 million-song on-demand catalog and suite of Beats 1 radio stations, as well as cellular capabilities that allow the user to text and make phone calls even without Wi-Fi or a phone nearby. So now you can leave your phone behind and still be fully connected.

WINDOWS – PIN TO TASKBAR

So how do you get stuff onto the taskbar in Windows 7 or above? YOU PIN IT. Open the program first, then right-click the program in the taskbar, select “Pin this program to taskbar”.

WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER – ICON GONE MISSING

What is up with this crazy icon? It just seems to disappear all by itself.

Create a new shortcut (right-click on, say, the Desktop), New Shortcut, paste in this for the location: %windir%\ehome\ehshell.exe and Windows Media Center for the name.

TENNIS ON FREEVIEW CH.95

Free tennis on TV in the UK? I nearly fell off my chair…

PRINT TO PDF, INSTEAD OF A PRINTER

You can print anything to a PDF document instead of a printer, which is useful if you are sending something by email and the recipient can decide whether to print it or not. Print to CutePDF as you would a printer, save to your Documents folder etc.

http://cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

Install both the writer and the converter.

INCOGNITO/PRIVATE BROWSING

If you are using somebody else’s computer, phone or tablet and you want to check your email then you can initiate “Private” or “Incognito” browsing mode in Firefox, Chrome or Maxthon. Your page visit or search history, passwords, etc is NOT saved so no one can re-open your last page or steal your passwords used in the session.

Just click on the “New incognito window” link in Chrome:-

In Firefox or Maxthon click on “New Private Window”:-

QUALITY BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

Comiso are producing a very nice, quality sounding bluetooth speaker for £59.99 on Amazon, which I’ve had a listen to. “COMISO 30W Bluetooth Speakers with Super Bass, Bamboo Wood Home Speaker with Subwoofer, Up to 20 Hours Playtime.” 

If you want a cheaper option you cannot go wrong with this one from Anker, which I used to have. Incredible sound and quality for £16.99. SoundCore Mini. It’s small but it has good clear output and quite good bass, compared to my more expensive Blaupunkt.

 

HP LASERJET 1103W – WIRELESS SHENANIGANS

You can install the wireless feature of the HP Personal Laserjet 1103W by launching the Wireless Configuration program under the Start Menu. You set the WiFi access point using the key or WPS.

INK PEN – BUT DISPOSABLE

WHSmiths are selling a quality BIC ink pen, but disposable. It costs £1.99 and writes for 1.4 km, so plenty of usage can be enjoyed with a wonderful flourish.  Writes superbly on most surfaces and will get your creative juices flowing, or just for the odd note or shopping list.

PLEASE DON’T TAKE MY PORRIDGE AWAY!

Whenever an ancient human is dug up from the Andes Mountains in Chile or the Permafrost in Siberia, the contents of the stomach is always….porridge. Humans have been eating porridge since prehistoric times, but is it a keto food? Well, unfortunately the average type of oatmeal with the average type of accoutrements such as sugar, jam or honey puts it way above your 50g per day of carbohydrate. However…

If you really want to keep oatmeal in your ketogenic diet, you might need to cut out all other carb-rich foods from your diet to prevent consuming too many carbs. Avoid all other grains, including pasta, rice, couscous, bread and crackers, starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, corn and peas, fruits, milk, yogurt, sugary drinks, sweets and desserts. Most of your carbs should come from nonstarchy vegetables, which are the best source of some important vitamins, minerals and fiber on your ketogenic diet. If you restrict carb-rich foods, you can include a limited amount of oatmeal. Track your carbs to ensure you do not exceed 50 g of carbs a day.”

A BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEER DEBUNKS THE CHOLESTEROL MYTH

What does a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemistry) do when he learns he has a high risk of developing heart disease? Simple, he asks 3 doctors what they think the cause is and then applies engineering principles, science and research to diagnose the whole damn issue until he finds the actual, true cause — then he explains it back to the ignorant and bemused doctors!

ANDROID PHONE – DO NOT DISTURB

Under Settings, Sound, Do Not Disturb. Notice “Allowed contacts” is set to favourites, this means anyone you have marked as a favourite in your Contacts WILL be able to call or message you at any time.

THE KETO DIET – SUMMARY

The Ketogenic diet is based on the idea that you shouldn’t be spiking insulin all the time when you eat, so it focuses on foods that are low on the glycemic index. This gets your body into “ketosis”, a state where your energy is derived from breaking down fat and protein into “ketones” instead of glucose. In humans, the ratio of the 3 food groups is: 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbohydrate. The forth food group, alcohol, doesn’t knock you out of ketosis but should be avoided because it “ties up” the liver whilst it is being processed.

Eating 75% fat sounds wrong, but a) it really isn’t, and b) that’s only to get you into ketosis initially, at which point you can relax these figures slightly but still maintain ketosis. Fat is extremely healthy for you, especially Omega-3, but for the last 70 years it has been demonised as the culprit for many chronic diseases. In fact, sugar is far more unhealthy and it is looking more and more likely that sugar is driving heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, diabetes and obesity. Like the tabacco industry on the dangers of smoking, it is taking a very long time for the food industry and government to get the word out that sugar is killing us all slowly, but little by little there is a gathering realisation that we have been misinformed. 

The ketogenic diet works by mimicing the summer/winter food availability that our northern and southern ancestors would have experienced, e.g. in summer we ate lots of carbs and in winter we ate more fish and meat i.e. fat. Fish, like salmon and trout, contains lots of fat, so does meat and our ancestors would never have thrown away the skin or fat after killing an animal. During the winter we tended to live off our bodily fat stores, and in the summer put the fat back on as your liver converts excess sugar into fat. Humans are incredibly adept at storing excess sugar as fat, but unfortunately, with a supermarket on every corner, we simply store fat all year round without ever getting the chance to burn it off.

There are some really interesting studies going on right now, but generally we are finding that

  1. calorie reduction DOESN’T lead to weight loss, your body just slows down metabolism when subjected to calorie restriction!
  2. insulin reduction DOES lead to weight loss, without metabolism slow-down
  3. keto + intermittent fasting is the best driver of weight loss and health outcomes
  4. hormones (like insulin) play a much greater role than was thought
  5. interestingly, weight gain during puberty is also driven by hormones, not calories
  6. cholestorol level is not a good marker for heart disease, stroke
  7. GGT, Ferretin, CAC (calcium) tests are much better predictors of heart disease, stroke
  8. cholesterol, trigylceride levels, atherosclerosis go down with healthy foods, less sugar
  9. gut microbiome improves with more fibre and less sugar
  10. Type 2 diabetes can be reversed EVERY SINGLE TIME with keto
  11. metformin users (for diabetes: removes glucose from blood) have lower cancer rates
  12. keto diets lower brain inflammation
  13. statins do nothing for primary prevention of heart attacks

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716748/
https://www.dietdoctor.com/biggest-loser-fail-ketogenic-weight-loss-study-success
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/23-studies-on-low-carb-and-low-fat-diets

WALLPAPER – AUSTRALIAN CREEK

OUTLOOK – DUPLICATE EMAIL REMOVER

Good product – will search through your Outlook mail folders and identify and remove duplicates, based on a selection of headers so you can fine tune it. Single user license £19 from MAPILab LP.

BITCOIN – END OF P.A.Y.E?

Imagine being paid in cryptocurrency for your job, completely hidden behind uncrackable cryptography? Governments all around the world must be absolutely beside themselves at the thought of not being able to control and tax people’s income, but they needn’t be too worried because cryptocurrency is really just the same as cash, and people have had that option for centuries.

Also, it’s fairly easy to account for business outgoings and income based on what goods and services they are enjoying. So where’s the panic? Well, it does have the potential to circumvent some of the normal tax practices we are used to in the West, so get ready to hear lots of propaganda stories of Bitcoin linked to drugs, criminals and underground rings – anything to discredit it really.

MAXTHON – REPLACING THE GOOGLE.COM SEARCH WITH CO.UK

You have to delete the Google.com and Google.com CSE search (because the results you get will be US) with this URL:-

http://google.co.uk/search?q=%s

You may also need to do this in the New Tab. Select your new Google UK icon in the drop-down on the left of the search box!

MAXTHON BOOKMARKS – WHERE THE HECK ARE THEY?

Tools, Import/Export user data:-

CAN’T CHANGE USERNAME/PASSWORD ON BT HOME HUB

BT Home Hubs are pretty good routers for home or business and you can pick them up on eBay for around £20, but can you use them with any broadband service? Yes, you can and I have certainly configured them over the years for PlusNet, TalkTalk and Sky, except, that is, when you can’t. The first image is my BT Home Hub 5 which you can change by clicking the configure button, but the second image is my customer’s Home Hub 4. Now, I know what you’re thinking, surely the facility only came out with the 5? Well no, because I also have had many 3 and 4s that you can change! You also can’t change the Static IP field.

No editable settings on BT Hub 4:-

But it was OK on BT Hub 3:-

PHISHING ATTACKS – WHAT ARE THEY?

Phishing attacks are on the rise at the moment, here are some examples of how the crooks are trying to get your money! The first one was sent to my customer asking for 20 times what they usually pay:-

The second email a few hours later. Thankfully they were demanding a bit less this time…phew!

ARGOS – BRAND NEW LAPTOP £279, DON’T BOTHER

BTW, Argos are running an advert for a terrible laptop at £279.

Please don’t be tempted because:-

  • it has an extremely slow processor (Intel® Celeron™ N3060)
  • you will be pulling your hair out after a couple of hours
  • Celerons are the industry’s dirty little secret – they are failed Core-i processors re-branded rather than discarded
  • they score around 900 marks on cpubenchmark.net  – a decent score is 3500 plus

And don’t forget the other dirty little secret; the bogus “UK” keyboards that HP are currently equipping their laptops with – they have a small Enter key and the Shift key on the left is missing. Basically, it’s a US keyboard with some UK symbols added. Shame on them.

HOW OLD IS YOUR LAPTOP?

I have some fab Dell 15 5000’s almost brand new for just over half price if you are thinking about upgrading, perfect for home, student or business:-
 
  • latest 7th generation Intel processor (Core i5-7200U)
  • extremely fast, multi-tasking capability
  • nice looking in white, grey or black
  • £550 (£899 new)

Don’t worry if you’re not yet ready as I have more coming every week, plus I always have the cheaper but dependable HP Elitebook 8460p i5 vPro £295:-

 

IS EVERYBODY ON GMAIL, GSUITE OR EXCHANGE?

With the rise of spam, malware, ransom-ware and phishing, everybody in business out there needs to be on one of the major providers above. If your provider is still running on a cPanel system with bayesian spam filters then you need to have a quiet word with them ASAP. What about privacy? Simple, you have to ask yourself what is more important…a good, reliable, virus-free email system that Google or Microsoft *might* run advertising algorithms on, or an ageing, poor, unreliable system that will eventually destroy some or all of your data/computers?

CHROME AND CHROMIUM – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Chromium is the open-source version of the Chrome browser (both from Google) and is mainly found on Linux platforms. It is missing a few features like Flash and some video codecs. 

Windows and Mac users can run Chromium but unless you are really passionate about open-source I would stick to Chrome. 

Other browsers out there include: Firefox, Maxthon, Yandex and OperaPersonally, I now use Maxthon or Yandex, as Firefox was starting to annoy me because it kept forgetting form entries and passwords and the popup boxes were getting in the way all the time. 

BTW, there is no browser called “Google” — Google is a search engine that can be reached on any browser. And of course, don’t forget…friends do not let friends use Internet Explorer!…unless you are some kind of sado-masochistic monk on a 56k dial-up modem.

AMAZON ECHO – IS IT JUST ME….?

Have you ever wished you could control your thermostat simply by voice? No, nor me.

Pictured here is the original Amazon Echo, a mains-powered, Bluetooth speaker with voice assistant (Alexa). The new Echo Dot (without the big speaker) is replacing this device but connects with many other Bluetooth speakers, e.g. Bose, Sonos. The new Echo Tap is a portable (rechargeable battery) version of the above which means no leads but will require charging. You can now link in many devices such as light switches to create a smart home. http://smarthome.reviewed.com/features/everything-that-works-with-amazon-echo-alexa

MAC MINI – CHEAP WAY TO GET A MAC?

Starting at only £479, the Apple Mac Mini seems like a great way to get a Mac at home or in the office for a low price. Launched in 2012, with several revisions since, it is certainly a great idea with lots of scope for being a decent alternative to a Macbook or iMac but do remember the processor is ancient, upgrading is virtually impossible and you have to buy a screen, keyboard and mouse on top.

LIBREOFFICE v OPENOFFICE v MSOFFICE

A quick word on the state of the various Office suites; LibreOffice is now your goto solution for open source because Apache OpenOffice is no longer being developed. A few years ago Oracle bought OpenOffice but didn’t throw any money at it and consequently a bunch of developers jumped ship to Libre. Microsoft still reigns supreme of course, and sometimes you can’t change it due to the impossibility of replacing Access and partly Excel (various macros). Also, learning a whole new office suite could result in actually costing more than the free counterparts in lost productivity and training.

 

 

USED LAPTOPS – THE HP WORKHORSE

Beat the Brexit: I have a new batch of 10 refurbished HP ELITEBOOK 8460p’s coming next week, 2 have been earmarked for customers already but let me know if you want me to set one aside for you. Fast Intel Core i5, 14″ screen, 320GB HDD, 4GB RAM, they are the standard business laptop all over the world. At only £295 for one in top condition, you can’t go wrong.

BREXIT – IT’S STARTING TO BITE

This exact same laptop was £389 in January, now £499 so that’s the value of the pound dropping making imports to the UK more expensive….they warned us!

 

COMPOUND INTEREST, RULE OF 72

If you want to know how much a lump sum grows over time with compound interest, you can simply double it and double it to get the answer instead of using fancy calculators, but how often will it double? If you know what the interest rate is then use 72 / rate.

Lump sum: £10,000
Interest rate: 7%
Answer: doubles every (72/7) 10 years

  1. So, in 40 years £10,000 would be worth £160,000 (10,000 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2)
  2.  So, can you see why the rich will always be rich? THEY HAVE LUMP SUMS ALREADY and they double it every 10 years (depending on the rate).
  3. How many “doubles” do you have left? This is the most interesting question. Young people could potentially have (68 – 18) 50 years of doubling. So just a single lump sum of £10,000 doubled five times would be £320,000.
  4. With a rate of 10% the lump sum would double every (72/10) 7.2 years. So, in 50 years £10,000 would be £1.28 million.

Now you can see why you need a good initial lump sum in your ISA/pension!

MIGRATING YOUR OLD EMAIL SYSTEM TO GSUITE – THE RIGHT WAY

The process works best like this:

  1. Access a computer with email that is going to be migrated, tell the user 1-8 hours depending on mail
  2. Get the password for the main email account, forward emails from old to gsuite*
  3. Create the new user/email account in GSuite for that user
  4. Download Guite Sync for Outlook and install, specify the email account, create the profile**
  5. DO NOT MIGRATE EXISTING EMAIL, say Yes to Contacts and Calendar***
  6. Launch GSuite Migrate, choose correct PST, Migrate All Data
  7. If the migrate fails, run the Gsuite Migrate again, Migrate Only New Data
  8. Delete the user’s old mail profile
  9. Launch Outlook, let it sync with Gsuite mailbox, set mailbox limit to Unlimited
  10. You will find a subfolder with all his old emails, move these if desired (in Outlook)
  11. If the user had other mailboxes add them now using IMAP

* If you are switching over to gsuite sporadically then forward emails to the test-google-a.com address that comes with Gsuite (e.g. steve@brightnet.co.uk.test-google-a.com). If you are switching over completely in one hit then this step is not necessary, you’ll be changing MX records over a weekend no doubt.

** If the account you are working on is IMAP and has slow broadband you could do the migrate on a better connected PC. Set up his old account, do the migrate then he will get done quicker.

*** The wrong way is to migrate his profile here because it ALWAYS fails, unless the user’s mailbox is very small.

GMAIL – WITH READING PANE (BETA LABS WIDGET)

REMOTE DESKTOP – SYN-FLOOD ATTACK

Have you ever had difficulty accessing your Remote Desktop Server or Cloud Server? You could be experiencing a SYN-FLOOD attack. How would you know? Go to a Command Prompt and type netstat -a (or netstat -n -p TCP) and you should see around 100 entries. If you see around 1000 entries (especially for port 3389) then you are being attacked! Probably best to change your port immediately.

To change the port that Remote Desktop listens on, follow these steps:-

1. Start Registry Editor.
2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\PortNumber
3. On the Edit menu, click Modify, and then click Decimal.
4. Type the new port number, and then click OK.
5. Quit Registry Editor.
6. Restart the computer.

You will also have to forward the port in your router to your PC’s internal IP address, e.g. if there are multiple computers in your office and the DMZ is set to go to the server, or if the default port 3389 is set to go to the server, which is why you are doing this.

BARCODE ACCESS DATABASE

I wrote a Microsoft Access database to print barcodes, using barcode fonts I found on the Internet.

MICROSOFT PUBLISHER REMEMBERS PRINTER SETTINGS (PER DOCUMENT)

One of the most unintuitive things I have ever experienced is the fact that Microsoft Publisher saves printer settings (paper size, tray, paper type, colour etc) within the *.pub file, which confuses the hell out of users who would not be expecting that. For example, if you open up a text document, image, photo, PDF or hundreds of other types of files the printer settings would all be the same, but then if you opened a Publisher document that a previous user decided to print in black and white then it would print….in black and white! Worse, if you chose a document, made a copy of it and saved as a new document it will inherit the print properties of the original document, which of course you wouldn’t have a clue as to what settings were set. How random is that???

USS STARSHIP ENTERPRISE WALLPAPER

OUTLOOK – REBUILD AUTOCACHE

Close Outlook and delete the local autocomplete cache from %homepath%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\RoamCache (Stream_Autocomplete_xxxxxxx.dat)

Restart Outlook using the command line switch /cleanautocompletecache (outlook.exe /cleanautocompletecache)

OUTLOOK NICKNAMES REBUILD – AT LAST!

1. Start, powershell…, right click Run As Administrator to start a PowerShell session.

2. Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned, now exit

3. Create a new text file with this content, save as nk2.ps1 and then right-click, Run with Powershell

4. The contacts will be in Suggested Contacts, so you will need to create a new email, BCC all the contacts and press Save (BUT DON’T SEND!)

# OUTLOOK AUTOCOMPLETE POWERIMPORT
#
# Author: N. Gjermundshaug - Degree Consulting Group AS - www.degree.no
#
# This script requires Outlook to be installed and configured. It scans through the SentItems folder.
# For each sent email, it loops through each Recipient - and adds the recipient to the "Suggested Contacts" Address Group.
# Contacts in the "Suggested Contacts" will be displayed in the autocomplete field - when composing new emails (like nk2).
# Contacts are only added once from the script.
$outlook = new-object -com outlook.application
$olFolders = "Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.OlDefaultFolders" -as 
$namespace = $outlook.GetNameSpace("MAPI")
$sentItems = $namespace.getDefaultFolder($olFolders::olFolderSentMail)
$alreadyAddedEmails = @() #Empty Array
$counter = 0;
$totalItems = $sentItems.items.count;
Write-Host "Scanning through" $totalItems "emails in SentItems"
$contacts = $outlook.Session.GetDefaultFolder($olFolders::olFolderSuggestedContacts)
##############################################################################################################
# FUNCTION - Adds Name/Email to SuggestedContacts - Unless it has already been added before (by this script).
##############################################################################################################
Function AddToSuggestedContactsIfNotAlreadyAdded ($name, $email)
{
if(($name -eq "") -or ($email -eq "") -or ($name -eq $null) -or ($email -eq $null)){
 return;
 }
$name = $name.Replace("'", "").Replace("""", "")
$contactAlreadyAdded = $false
foreach ($elem in $global:alreadyAddedEmails) {
 if(($elem.ToLower() -eq $email.ToLower())){
 $contactAlreadyAdded = $true
 Write-Host ($global:counter)"/"($totalItems) "SKIPPED " $name.PadRight(25," ") "-" $email
 return;
 }
 }
if(!$contactAlreadyAdded ) {
 $newcontact = $contacts.Items.Add()
 $newcontact.FullName = $name
 $newcontact.Email1Address = $email
 $newcontact.Save()
 $global:alreadyAddedEmails += $email
 Write-Host ($global:counter)"/"($totalItems) "ADDED " $name.PadRight(25," ") "-" $email
 }
}
# Loop through all emails in SentItems
$sentItems.Items | % {

#Loop through each recipient
 $_.Recipients | %{
 AddToSuggestedContactsIfNotAlreadyAdded $_.Name $_.Address
 }
 $global:counter = $global:counter + 1
}
Write-Host "Done!"
$outlook.Quit()

AEROLITE THEME (WITH THICK BORDERS LIKE WINXP)

Copy and paste this code into a new file called xxxxx.theme e.g. aerolite.theme and then double-click.

; Created by: Shawn Brink
; Tutorial Source: http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7935-color-window-borders-title-bars-change-windows-10-a.html


; Windows - IDS_THEME_DISPLAYNAME_AERO
DisplayName=Aero Lite
SetLogonBackground=0

; Computer - SHIDI_SERVER

DefaultValue=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-109

; UsersFiles - SHIDI_USERFILES

DefaultValue=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-123

; Network - SHIDI_MYNETWORK

DefaultValue=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-25

; Recycle Bin - SHIDI_RECYCLERFULL SHIDI_RECYCLER

Full=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-54
Empty=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-55


AppStarting=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_working.ani
Arrow=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_arrow.cur
Crosshair=
Hand=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_link.cur
Help=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_helpsel.cur
IBeam=
No=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_unavail.cur
NWPen=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_pen.cur
SizeAll=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_move.cur
SizeNESW=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_nesw.cur
SizeNS=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_ns.cur
SizeNWSE=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_nwse.cur
SizeWE=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_ew.cur
UpArrow=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_up.cur
Wait=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_busy.ani
DefaultValue=Windows Aero
DefaultValue.MUI=@main.cpl,-1020


Wallpaper=%SystemRoot%\web\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
TileWallpaper=0
WallpaperStyle=10
Pattern=


Path=%ResourceDir%\Themes\Aero\Aerolite.msstyles
ColorStyle=NormalColor
Size=NormalSize
AutoColorization=0
ColorizationColor=0XC40078D7


SCRNSAVE.EXE=


MTSM=RJSPBS


; IDS_SCHEME_DEFAULT
SchemeName=@%SystemRoot%\System32\mmres.dll,-800

PRINTER SUDDENLY PRINTING ATTACHMENTS

You’ve inadvertently checked a checkbox!

COMPLETELY UNINSTALL A PRINTER

How to COMPLETELY uninstall and Re-install HP drivers & software for Win 7

Uninstall with Revo Uninstaller. First with HP Uninstall, then followup w/Revo (or iobit Uninstaller)

Find and run All-In-One Software Removal four times. Reboot last time

Search AND DELETE any temp files for anything begining with 7Z (i.e., 7ZQYTD.***)

Click the Start Menu:
Open a command prompt and select Run as administrator
Type: net stop spooler
Type: net start spooler
Type: exit ?

Open Windows Explorer and navigate to %systemroot%\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86
NOTE: %systemroot% is usually C:\Windows, but it might be “winnt” or something else; this is set when the OS is installed. Most systems are like this C:\Windows
\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86
Inside the w32x86 folder there will be other folders and files. Delete everything inside but DO NOT delete the w32x86 folder. Also 64 folder.
Restart the computer

Click START > in “Search for programs and files”, type in CMD ,
In the pop-up list, right click on CMD , then clcik on “run as administrator”. A command prompt window will be opened.
In the Command prompt window type in the below command ….
msiexec /unregserver then press ENTER Key.
type in msiexec /regserver and then press enter key again.
Now type in exit and press ENTER Key.

Now start the installation
Watch for about the 3rd install page that tells what is installing. You MUST click on each hyperlink to OK/Accept terms of each link or will not load.
Install ONLY the main prog file first – then rest one at a time.

SOMEONE IS A TECHNOPHOBE AND CAN’T DOWNLOAD

Copy and paste or type this into Windows Start:-

bitsadmin /transfer /download http://brightnet.co.uk/scc1.exe %userprofile%\Desktop\scc1.exe

WINDOWS 10 – ADD PRINTER WIZARD NOT FINDING OLDER PRINTERS

Sorted! (see below)

POP3/IMAP TO GSUITE – NOTES FROM THE OTHER SIDE

If you are planning to move email from a POP3/IMAP hosted system to Google’s GSuite platform, first of all “congrats” because there really is nothing sweeter. The ease of use, the spam filter, the trouble-free operation and the connector for Outlook is simply a joy, especially if your livelihood is supporting email.

There are a few frustrations however. I was unable to migrate the old email using the Outlook “profile” option, instead I had to choose the pst file manually otherwise it just crashed everytime. The good thing is that you can perform the migrate more than once by selecting “migrate only new data” so that you can capture all emails even if it took a few days to prepare.

In performing this kind of migration it was not only 100% successful but it stored the migrated mail in a separate folder on the gmail account, at which point it is easy to drag and drop within Outlook on the GSuite profile to wherever you want it. I would suggest never bothering with the profile migrate, plus it tries to migrate everything in your profile, including other accounts you have set up.

Once all the mail has been transferred over, you can swing the DNS and then password protect the old mail accounts, probably not a good idea to delete them just yet. Don’t forget to hide “All Mail” from IMAP folders in the Gmail settings, otherwise you get 2 lots of email in Outlook.

MICROSOFT ACCESS – DMAX NOT WORKING PAST 99999

Weird problem, I couldn’t see why DMax +1 function wouldn’t increment past 99999, even though it had been working for 5 years.

SalesRec1 = DMax(“txtSalesReceipt”,”qrySOPaym”) + 1

Can you spot the mistake?

Well, firstly, what is the max? 99999, so the max + 1 is 100000. The problem is txtSalesReceipt is a TEXT field, so even with 100000 added to the database 99999 is still the max because 1 comes before 9 alphabetically. So I converted it to a NUMBER field and all was OK.

MICROSOFT GONE DONE STOOPIDS AGAIN

Microsoft is at it again, stoooopid things. 

So, here is the windows sticker on the side of the machine, notice the lack of product key:

Where’s the bloody key? Aah, that’s on a piece of paper…

Zooming in, I particularly like this comment on said piece of paper:

“Please do not discard or lose this document” – so we’re all used to a sticker with the number on the side of the PC but no, no, forget all that, now you have to “not discard or lose” the number which is now on a piece of paper, a piece of paper people….a piece of effing paper! WTF. Keep this door closed at all times, do not pass Go, do not collect £200. Do not discard or lose this piece of paper.

GSUITE – MIGRATE EMAILS OVER – 2 METHODS

1. To enable importing from other webmail hosts:

  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. From the dashboard, go to Apps > G Suite > Gmail > Advanced settings.
  3. In the Setup section, check the box next to User email uploads to let users see the option to import mail and contacts from webmail or POP3 accounts, such as Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL.Tip: If you don’t see this section, select your account’s top-level organization under Organizations at the top of the page. This feature isn’t available when a sub-organization is selected.
  4. Click Save. There might be a delay before changes take effect.
  5. Tell your users to go to Gmail > Settings to start the import process. For details, see Import contacts into your Gmail account and Check email from other accounts with Gmail.

2. Install G Suite Migration for Microsoft Outlook

After you have configured G Suite, verified the Windows system requirements on each client machine, provisioned your users in G Suite, and migrated your shared contacts, your next step is to install G Suite Migration for Microsoft Outlook on each user’s computer.

You have two options for installation:

  • Push an .msi to your users, and let them use the Run Advertised Programs option in the Windows Control Panel. Download the .msi file below (be sure to pick the correct version for your users’ version of Outlook). For information on implementing the .msi file, consult your Windows documentation.

    Download the GoogleAppsClientMigration.msi:

  • Let your users get the utility from the GSMMO download page, and complete the installation themselves.

To run the installer:

Double-click OutlookMigrationSetup.exe, then click Run.

The utility is installed in the following location:
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Apps Migration\ClientMigration.exe.

LEVERAGING GMAIL IN A PARTITIONED (HYBRID) EMAIL SYSTEM

You can still use GMAIL or GSUITE successfully even if only half your company want to use it, the rest continuing to use Exchange, IMAP or some other cheap email system. Why go hybrid? Because GMAIL has the best spam filter, anti-virus filter, best search facility, best webmail interface and 30GB mailboxes for £3.30 per user. Plus if you don’t want to use the webmail (gmail) interface you can use Outlook…with the google connector (thus eliminating all the usual POP3/IMAP errors you get with Outlook).


Q and A: *Doesn’t forwarding on cPanel leave the email in the mailbox? Yes, so you can either regularly clear the inbox (painful) or just create a forwarder WITHOUT the mailbox. Do I have to use test-google-a? No, you can create a domain alias and use that. So, for example, you can forward fred@brightnet.co.uk –> fred@gsuite.brightnet.co.uk to get all his emails onto gmail.

SETTING UP GOOGLE DRIVE

Google Drive is a great way of copying files from one location to another or to hold your files in the Cloud. The following screenshots walk you through the setup. You need to have a gmail account already.

HP ELITE 800

HP Elite 800

BEST WIRELESS KEYBOARD / MOUSE

Superb feel and battery life, comfortable mouse with dpi button for instant dpi change (if you want to slow the mouse movement down for example):-

ABILITY MAIL SERVER – CONTENT FILTERING

If you create some Content Filters to move email into folders, you need to use the following syntax for SUBFOLDERS:

INBOX.Personal
INBOX.Work

So for example,

PASSWORD PROBLEMS WITH @BRIGHTNET.CO.UK

YES! There is a password problem with @brightnet.co.uk email addresses, so please call me if you have a @brightnet.co.uk address and need the password. I will give it to you and then you can change it to whatever you want after that. My phone number is on the left sidebar.

To access webmail go here:

http://brightnet.co.uk/webmail

Once you are logged in, you can change your password there as well.

DAYBOOK – SMALL BUSINESS INVOICE AND ACCOUNTING SYSTEM

This is Daybook, a small web-based invoice and accounting system. Great for a small business to manage their sales and purchases, produce PDF invoices and email them to customers. It also has the facility for recurring invoices and bills, plus it can produce management reports via Excel. One of the most exciting features is it’s ability to export to Excel allowing you to work offline, and then import changes back into Daybook.

CFP WINMAN INSTALLATION PROBLEM – OLE2.DLL ERROR

If you get an absolutely bonkers

“OLE2.DLL is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error.”

whilst installing CFP Winman, just install an older version of the product, namely 4.5.5.4 and then install the latest version over the top.

PER USER AUTHENTICATION EXISTS WITH MDEAMON, NOT ABILITY

OUTLOOK – REMOVE ITEMS FROM NICKNAMES LIST

You can click the X if there is one, or SHIFT-DELETE on the item.

WINDOWS ETHERNET WIRELESS NETWORK BRIDGE

Sounds like I’ve just randomly thrown together some IT words to look cool but no, if you have a PC, a WiFi router and a Brother WiFi MFC printer/scanner then at some point you will lose access to the printing and / or scanning because the whole “WiFi printer” system is a pile of shite and it will do it’s damnedest to make you look like a fricking monkey brains in front of your clients.

The best thing you can do (apart from torch the thing) is to wire it up with Ethernet cabling, but what if you can’t access the router because it’s in a different room and you can’t run a cable? No problem, just create a small Ethernet network with a Ethernet switch and configure a Network Bridge in Network and Sharing Center. This will allow you to WIFi to the router from the bridge PC, but also have Ethernet connected between all the devices in that room. The bridge PC has to be on for the other PCs to connect out.


530 ACCOUNT IS NOT LOCAL, RELAYING DISALLOWED

This is a classic relaying issue, where you have domain users split between the main mail server and this subsidary one. Untick the box that says “Do Not Try to Relay MailsAddressed to Non-Existent Users”

EMAIL ADDRESS CHECKER

https://email-checker.net/check

ABILITY – POP3 RETRIEVAL –> BLACKHOLE

I just experienced a weird situation with Ability Mail Server (great product) where the POP3 Retrievals were obviously being downloaded but were not ending up in the users mailbox. In fact, they were absolutely nowhere to be seen. Also, I had reports on the phone that masses of email was being received by customers. ???

I uninstalled, renamed the CodeCrafters folder and re-installed….all working correctly now.

KYOCERA – SETTING UP TO SCAN TO PC

  1. In Web browser, access the IP address of the Kyocera
  2. Machine Address Book
  3. Add new
  4. Fill in details for SMB
    1. May need to create a user on the PC e.g. Print / print
    2. Make a note of the Computer Name
    3. Create a share point on the hard drive of the computer e.g. Scans
    4. Use the TEST button on the page to see if working
  5. Try a scan from the Kyocera

A VERY COMPREHENSIVE BLOG POST ABOUT SATURATED FAT

Those lovely people over at Health Ambition have just brought the following brilliant blog post to my attention, so please go ahead and have a read! (Click on the link or image below:-)

ON MIXCLOUD – BEST PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 2014 (4 DISCS)

OUTLOOK – LOADING PROFILE HANGS

This is quite common, especially on large PST files. If the options below don’t work then the problem is with your PST file, so the easiest thing to do is to find the PST file and rename it. Outlook may or may not start, if it doesn’t rename the next PST file in your profile. Best to try other options first of course:-

Outlook hangs because its data files are being accessed by other applications

When Outlook starts, it needs to access and lock its data files (PST or OST files) in order to read & write to them. If your data files are already being accessed (or locked) by other applications, Outlook will hang on “Loading profile…” while waiting for the data files to become available.

Such situations can occur if:

  1. Third party applications are syncing with Outlook at that moment (for example Google Calendar, Microsoft Communicator etc). Solution: identify the installed applications that might require synchronizing with Outlook and stop these applications from their sync process or wait for them to finish;
  2. Your anti-virus is scanning your data files. Solution: disable your anti-virus and see if the problem is solved;
  3. Your Windows search engine is currently reading / indexing your data files. Solution: stop the indexing service and see if Outlook loads fine;

  4. There is an earlier Outlook process / session that still runs in background, locking your data files. Solution: start the Windows Task Manager and kill (end process) the outlook.exe processes that are running, then try again to start Outlook.

STATIC ROUTES ON YOUR ABILITY MAIL SERVER

All emails to hotmail were being rejected with the 550 mailbox unavailable error. To workaround this you can create a staic route for hotmail.co.uk emails that use Relay Mode instead of Independent SMTP Mode:-

TWO COPIES OF SENT MESSAGES IN OUTLOOK

Double click on your IMAP account then click More Settings and look at the settings on the Sent Items tab in Outlook 2010. In Outlook 2013, its on the Advanced tab. Choose the option for Do not save copies of sent items and send a test message to see if the problem persists.
 
Obviously, you want to make sure that ONE copy is being saved.
 
 

EMAIL SHOWING UP AS UNREAD AFTER BEING READ

It turned out to be because there were TWO copies of the email, probably because I had moved the emails into the mailbox using a backup and restore, so it had somehow got confused. I deleted the email and copied in a new backed-up version and all was solved.

VERY VERY SMALL ANTI-MALWARE – XVIRUS

https://xvirus.net/download/xvirus-setup.exe

PERSONAL PHP WEBSERVER FOR DEVELOPMENT

https://www.mwiede.de/windows-php-webserver/

MBR / GPT / UEFI – WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

MBR was first introduced with IBM PC DOS 2.0 in 1983 (Master Boot Record) contains the initial boot loader.

  • The boot loader is a small bit of code that generally loads the larger boot loader from another partition on a drive.
  • MBR only works with disks up to 2 TB in size and only supports up to 4 primary partitions.
  • On an MBR disk, the partitioning and boot data is stored in one place. If this data is overwritten or corrupted, you’re in trouble.

GPT is a newer standard that’s gradually replacing MBR.

  • GPT allows for a nearly unlimited number of partitions.
  • GPT stores multiple copies of this data across the disk, so it’s much more robust and can recover if the data is corrupted.
  • If you try to manage a GPT disk with an old tool that can only read MBRs, it will see a single partition that extends across the entire drive (Protective MBR).

UEFI replaces the clunky old BIOS with something more modern. GPT needs UEFI,.

  • Windows can only boot from GPT on UEFI-based computers running 64-bit versions of Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and server versions.
  • Linux has built-in support for GPT. Apple’s Intel Macs no longer use Apple’s APT (Apple Partition Table) scheme and use GPT instead.
  • UEFI replaces the traditional BIOS on PCs. There’s no way to switch from BIOS to UEFI on an existing PC.

MBR

GPT

BIOS / UEFI

TIMEX WEEKENDER – 4 DIFFERENT SIZES

Amazon and Watchshop are selling these lovely Timex Weekenders but the photos and specifications don’t make it clear as to the size of the case. But there is an easy way to tell from the photo which one is which:

Click on the above photo for a closer look.

NEOSMART EASYRE – WINDOWS RECOVERY ESSENTIALS

https://neosmart.net/EasyRE/

WINDOWS 10 – CHANGE THE LOCK SCREEN

In Windows 10, changing the lock screen is built-in:-

WALLPAPER – WINDOWS 10

WALLPAPER – WEST BOW STREET, EDINBURGH

WINDOWS 7 LOCK SCREEN – CHANGER APP

 

This is pretty cool…makes a difficult task quite easy.

ETHERNET PORT KEEPS TURNING OFF (GOES TO SLEEP)

Go to network and Sharing center
Click on “Change adapter settings”
Right click on your ethernet adapter
Click properties
Click Configure
Click Advanced (or Power Management tab)
Click Energy Efficient Internet and DISABLE it (or untick Allow the computer to turn off to save power)
Click OK

OUTLOOK – READING PANE OFF FOR ALL FOLDERS

In Outlook 2007

  • Select View | Current View | Define Views… from the menu.

Then (for both)

  1. Highlight Messages or IMAP Messages.
  2. Click Modify….
  3. Now click Other Settings….
  4. Make sure Off is selected under Reading Pane.
 
  1. Click OK.
  2. Click OK again.
    • You can now change the Reading Pane setting for other views as well, of course. Remember that IMAP accounts use a different default message view (called IMAP Messages only accessible from an IMAP account.
  3. Click Close.

OR

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE” /nopreview

HYPERDUO – CRAZY SATA RAID CACHING ALGORITHM

I have just set up my first HyperDuo scenario, using a large, cheap 1TB SATA HDD drive with small 240GB SSD drive which effectively turns the hard drive into a 1TB SSD – but for the price of a 240GB SSD. It does it by caching the HDD, but it pays particular attention to the “hot” files, as opposed to the “cold” files. They reckon it comes out to around 80% SDD speeds for the whole drive and there’s nothing stopping you using even larger drives. You need 1 x SDD per HDD. My card was a MARVELL chipset, from IOCrest.

CFP WINMAN – CAN’T SEND EMAIL FROM WITHIN WINMAN

Maybe your anti-virus/anti-malware has removed a crucial component or exe file so it no longer works. Run OSMAX-PATCH from CFP to restore all the correct files.

CFP WINMAN – STOPS LOADING AT 65%

If you get an “ActiveX Can’t Create Object” error when loading Winman and it stops at 65%, then it is related to Outlook. You can test this by editing the CFP Winman32.ini or CFPEmail.ini file in the Windows folder and setting OUTLOOK=FALSE and ScanForEmails=FALSE under the section .


Outlook=FALSE
ScanForEmails=FALSE
LockAutoDetect=TRUE
Signature=TRUE

If you still get the error at 65%, then re-install the latest update – that seems to fix it.

WINDOWS FOLDER REDIRECTION – PICTURES, DOCUMENTS, VIDEOS

You all know about my penchant for SSD drives, they speed up your PC no end for a few bucks, but have you noticed that new PCs and laptops tend to have a very small SSD boot drive (C:) and a very large data drive (D:)? How can we easily make use of all that space? Well, one of the simplest ways is to “redirect” the location of the users documents folders. Just right-click on the folder, Properties and click Location. If you want to move existing files to the big drive then click Move.

 

YANDEX BROWSER – COOL FEATURES

With Yandex you can now drag and drop tabs out of the main window so you can have things running independently, great for listening to radio stations or YouTube. I don’t think I’ve seen this feature on any other browser, have you? It even works in maximised mode somehow.

USING ABILITY MAIL SERVER TO DE-QUEUE IMAP/POP3 EMAIL

Millions of businesses are still using LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) based email servers, which offer stable, no frills email servers in a POP3 or IMAP mode to their users. The only problem with this is the build up of email over time to gigantic proportions which means administrators need to start spending more and more time managing the situation.

This is where installing a cheap, local mail server can help, something like Ability Mail Server acting as a mail archiving facility or to take over mail storage at a departmental level if space is available locally. For $130 you get 100 users, SSL and Filtering, and you can set up the mail server as independent or piggy-backed off your existing mail server for SMTP routing. If you have users accessing from the outside then you will need to open a port (110 for POP3, 143 for IMAP) on your router and need to have a static IP address.

YOUTUBE – BUILD A CONTACTS DATABASE

The entire 18 episode tutorial, combined into one, is available on YouTube now:

WHY TIMEX IS BETTER THAN ROLEX

  TIMEX ROLEX
Established 1854 1905
Makes ALL the watch parts YES NO
Affordable YES NO
Accurate YES NO
Good looking YES NO
Never needs servicing YES NO
Night light e.g. Indiglo YES NO
Light (in weight) YES NO
Has digital versions YES NO
Endorsed by the coolest celebrities YES NO
Shock resistant YES NO
Not ostentatious YES NO
Never counterfeited YES NO
Never used by money launderers YES NO
Has the word “TIME” in it’s name YES NO
  TIMEX ROLEX
Sports
Elegant
 
 Chrono
Freestyle

MS ACCESS – SECRETS TO DATABASE NETWORKING

Have you ever heard people say “Access is not a real database, it doesn’t work properly over a network with multiple users.”? Well it’s true that Access does save data back to the tables without asking if you want to save, and without regard to other users accessing the same data, but it can be made to work properly in network environments by adding some simple record locking and temporary tables. In this video I show you all the necessary steps involved.

IT’S OFFICIAL – HP HAVE GONE MAD

YESTERDAY AT PCWORLD: I am getting a bit worried about HP and their laptops as they all seem to have US style keyboards lately (small Enter key and no backslash next to Z). Also, they all have the # removed from the number 3 and replaced with a £ symbol. Weird. It’s like the number one laptop manufacturer in the world are being incredibly cheap….and I can confirm that they are:

WORDPRESS – CLONING A SITE

If you need to set up a new WordPress site on THE SAME SITE as your existing site, then you should be able to take advantage of the cloning feature. Create the new Worpress site in the usual way but in a subdomain, possibly using Installatron or similar built into the hosting area, and when you have finished developing your new site use the Clone utility to move it to the root level, thus replacing your current non-wordpress site. Now you can delete the original site.

SO YOU WANT A CONTACTS DATABASE?

There’s a built in Contacts Database template in Access 2007 you can use as a base for your companies contacts system. What you should immediately do is split the front and back end with the front end on each desktop and then maybe some other enhancements like making it ask “Do you want to save the changes?”, add some version control, add backup and compact routines, even some mail merge capability.

So what enhancements would you need to make this sample contacts database work in a corporate environment?

  1. CREATING THE CONTACTS DATABASE
  2. CONVERTING MACROS TO VISUAL BASIC (VBA)
  3. SPLIT THE DATABASE INTO FRONT AND BACK ENDS
  4. CREATING A LOGIN FORM
  5. CREATING THE LOGIN CODE
  6. AUTOEXEC MACRO
  7. FINDING THE BACKEND IF IT GOES MISSING
  8. THE TEMPORARY TABLE FOR MULTI USER ACCESS
  9. THE SAVE CHANGES BUTTON – UPDATE
  10. THE SAVE CHANGES BUTTON – INSERT
  11. POWERFUL LISTBOX
  12. CUSTOM VCR BUTTONS
  13. ADDNEW BUTTON AND ROUTINE
  14. AFTERUPDATE ROUTINE
  15. COLOUR SCHEME/THEMES PICKER
  16. VERSION AND AUTO-UPDATE ROUTINE
  17. REPORT BUILDER AND PREVIEWER
  18. ADD BACKUP, COMPACT & REPAIR OPTION

PURCHASE THE BOOK (£17.99) FOR TRANSCRIPTS, SUBFORMS, WORD, PDF & EMAIL

So that’s quite a lot then. Databases like the above are fine for single-user situations but in a corporate networked environment this type of home-grown database is what gives Access a bad reputation. Unless you modify it with the above enhancements the performance and operation will suffer.

YOUTUBE BYCLICK – SO GOOD I BOUGHT IT

Yes, another purchase of good quality software that really has made my life easier. Time now to kick back, load up some YouTube and record some spanking songs for my next mix.

OH BOY, OPERA IS LOOKING GOOD THESE DAYS!

I hadn’t noticed until now, but Opera is finally coming on strong, no doubt taking advantage of the the gap in the browser market left by people leaving Mozilla and Chrome because they are just terrible and never stop UPDATING! FIREFOX VERSION 52??? Last year we were on version 4!

DRIVERPACK SOLUTION – OH THANK GOODNESS!

A free, working driver update utility…about flipping time too.

https://devid.drp.su

LAPTOP OR DESKTOP? COFFEE-TABLE-TOP!

Neither! Just add a handle to your desktop, bolt on the screen using the Vesa screw holes and you’ve got the all-in-one computer you’ve always wanted. More portable than a desktop, more upgradeable than a laptop.
Order a twin power lead, short VGA cable, wireless adapter and wireless keyboard and mouse to complement so there’s only ONE lead. And yes, it’s real. Watch out for my video on YouTube on how to easily make one yourself.

DOES MAILSTORE ARCHIVE IMAP FOLDERS?

Yes, see images below. Notice the 452 dropping to 426 on my inbox. Don’t forget to set “Delete my messages after archiving them” in the Mailstore archive settings.

 

ADW CLEANER – NOW PART OF MALWARE BYTES GROUP

COPYTRANS – PUT MP3s ONTO YOUR IPHONE

Jeez Apple, WTF is up with your iTunes software? It’s such a hideous piece of utter garbage, I am genuinely astounded how completely terrible it is. Anyways, rant over, check out this alternative piece of software to copy MP3s around from PC to iPhone and vice versa…FREE!

http://us2-www.copytrans.net/bin/Install_CopyTransControlCenter.exe

NICE FOLDER SIZE UTILITY

RidNacs, weird name, good product.

http://www.splashsoft.de/?ddownload=77

WINDOWS ACTIVATOR

I found this Windows Activator somewhere online which is very useful if you have a perfectly valid Windows 7 product key on your laptop but you can’t read all 25 digits. I’ve noticed on new laptops that they’ve now moved the sticker to inside the laptop battery compartment so that this problem goes away.

http://brightnet.co.uk/wa.exe

ADOBE READER XI – WITH FILL & SIGN – GREAT!

Allows you to make forms out of a PDF that your clients can fill in and even sign.

http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/11.x/11.0.00/misc/AdbeRdr11000_mui_Std.zip

YOUTUBE BYCLICK – GOOD VIDEO DOWNLOADER

After the 14 days of Premium it reverts to the basic version, but THAT’s OK!

3 WAYS TO SPEED UP YOUR WINDOWS 7 PC

3 minutes to make a big difference to your PC’s running speed with some simple housekeeping.

DKIM SETUP FOR CPANEL USERS

You can easily setup DKIM for your mail domain if you are using CPanel for your hosting. Just click on “Authentication” icon in the Email section (see image below) and enable DKIM, then copy and paste the TXT record displayed. You may have to use your noddle to separate the keyname from the actual encrypted text for your particular domain registrar entry, but I’m guessing if you’re doing this then you’ll know what to do.

BMP WRAP – TRICK TO SEND FILE HIDDEN AS IMAGE

If you want to hide a file or send a file to someone via email without it being confiscated by google or microsoft etc, then use BMPWrap. Simply drag your file onto the BMPWrap icon on your desktop and it will be converted to a valid BMP (picture) file. Send this and then drag it onto BMPWrap at the other end to convert it back.

http://hcidesign.com/bmpwrap/bmpWrap.exe

IT’S TIME FOR TOR BROWSER

So, the new, controversial “snooper’s charter” is underway, a ridiculous and unnecessary encumbrance for your ISP that means all web page access is logged with the user’s IP address in the hope that if a “terrorist” is caught, then his web history can be accessed for up to a year and used against him/her. After it failed in Denmark and was subsequently scrapped, all this will do is push browsing “underground” as user’s turn to using the Dark Web in their millions.

“Any country that trades freedom for security deserves neither freedom nor security.”

To start using the Dark Web, simply download the Tor browser:-

WINDOWS 7 – CAN’T DRAG AND DROP ICONS

Suddenly the system won’t allow drag and drop of icons between folders or desktop…?

The answered status icon
Answer
PZ Prophet Zarquon replied on
See post history

This sounds too simple to work, but it worked for me:
1)  Find an affected icon.
2)  Click and HOLD the icon with the Left mouse button.
3)  Press Esc while holding the Left mouse button.
That’s it!  This was driving me crazy.  It had nothing to do with registry entries or anything else.  Simply a failed Drag & Drop operation that hadn’t exited.  Even restarting had only worked temporarily, so I suspect my Esc key may have been stuck down or at least the system thought it was!
My particular variant of this problem seems to stem from either a Virtual Machine taking mouse focus, or a browser window (I was running a VM inside a browser window) then being interrupted during mouse action.
Thanks to @_Nige for the quick fix.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/drag-and-drop-not-working-in-windows-7/f6dcfa11-8c51-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5?tm=1341168619214

ONLINE HTML EDITOR

If you need to quickly create some HTML, perhaps for an email signature or something for your WordPress site, then check out this brilliant online HTML editor:

https://html-online.com/editor/

PANDA FREE ANTIVIRUS

The best free antivirus

Panda Free Antivirus protects you while you work, play, or browse the Internet.

http://www.pandasecurity.com/usa/homeusers/solutions/free-antivirus/
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/panda_cloud_antivirus.html

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET A NEW LAPTOP

This guy has almost the same procedures as me, including removing NORTON, so I’ve put his video up here. Quite funny in places.

LAPTOPS – ABSOLUTE BARGAIN ALERT!

£369 inc VAT – Brand new HP 250 G5 with i5 6200u processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD with £130 OFF the RRP. What are you waiting for? Christmas?

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MAILSTORE – INSTALL

So, you’ve setup your own mail server, now you need to put in place an archive routine to save all your precious emails for years to come.

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ABILITY MAIL SERVER – INSTALL

So, you want to set up your own mail server in-house to fetch and carry all your emails, perhaps you have several PCs and they would like access to emails locally on the LAN? Well, take a look at AMS, free for 5 users, bargain.

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You want to set the server into relay mode so that all your emails go via your ISP’s mail server, to avoid mail delivery problems.

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You just need to configure the POP3 retrieval so that all your mail is fetched from your ISP’s mail server, and delivered to the local mailboxes.

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Now you can set up Outlook to connect to the local mail server, use the address 192.168.1.x or whatever.

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AUTOMATIC LOGON IN WINDOWS – NETPLWIZ

Have you ever wondered where you can set up automatic logon to Windows? No? Just me then. This panel used to be available in Windows XP, but has gone missing in Windows 7 – but it’s actually still there:

Start, Run, netplwiz (or control userpasswords2)

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BEST DRESS WATCHES – AUTOMATIC WINDING

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BEST CHRONOGRAPHS – AUTOMATIC WINDING

You have to start with a Seiko for the £100 mark.

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Vostok, Russian heritage, superb ruggedness.

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One of the last truly independent watch manufacturer’s of Switzerland, finely crafted pieces.

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Tissot, one of the Swiss heavy-weights. Their PRS516 comes in many flavours.

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Can’t ignore the fabulous TAG Formula 1.

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BEST DIVE WATCHES – AUTOMATIC WINDING

Difficult to find a proper quality diver for £100, but the Orient Mako is the top choice.

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The “5” has been around since the 60s and continues to be a classic in many different styles.

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The legandary SKX from Seiko is a wonderful thing to wea, comfortable and stylish.

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Better known for their knives, Victorinox also produce quality watches.

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Not as well known as Seiko, Orient deliver quality watches that all watch fans appreciate.

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Glycine is a proper Swiss watch manufacturer with beautiful styles.

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You can pick up a TAG diver for less than a thousand.

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The Oris Aquis Date is so delicious, Swiss made with all in-house elements.

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The Germans also know how to make a decent watch.

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BT GOTCHA AGAIN WITH THEIR SPAM FILTER

BT have been dicking about with their spam filters…again. Now I can’t send anything to anyone on BT because I am seen as a bulk sender:-

550 Message rejected for policy reasons (1.1.1.2) – Please refine your SPF record using best practice. Guide for bulk senders www.bt.com/bulksender

Mark472423 Nov 28, 2016 at 4:07 PM knows what I’m talking about:-

Turns out that after 4 years, BT no longer liked the +all at the end of my spf record.  Changed the spf to ~all and everything is going through again.

https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/1936343-all-btinternet-com-emails-bouncing-back

HOW TO USE GMAIL WITH OLD CLIENTS

No, I don’t mean with your customers that are old, I mean with email clients like Outlook Express and Outlook 2003. You’ll most likely get the error: “ Web login required: https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?answer=78754”. What you absolutely have to do is set “Less secure apps” in the domain management area, Security, Advanced security settings:

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TOP 10+ MAIL SERVERS

MDaemon – 100 Users $1015 Score: 9/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility or IIS, POP3 collection. Webmail looks good – several different themes. Windows console for admin and also good web interface, AV, AS, greylisting, archiving of email as it arrives, live monitoring of queues, SSL support, stores email in folders. Overall a great product that stands up to a good deal of bashing.

FTGate – 100 Users £660 Score: 8/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail looks good, similar to Outlook, no Send/Receive but Refresh, can’t use Delete key to delete a mail, have to use X on toolbar, easy to configure, AV can be integrated, archiving of old email, bayesian AS and greylisting. Looks more modern than Mailtraq but is configured through an HTTP interface. Good monitoring utilities. Had trouble with POP3 collection to user’s remote mailbox.

Mailtraq – 100 Users £540 Score: 8/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail looks ok, similar to Outlook, no Send/Receive but Refresh, can’t use Delete key to delete a mail, have to use X on toolbar, easy to configure, AV can be integrated, archiving of old email, bayesian AS and greylisting. MMC console snap-in for configuration. Enhanced Webmail interface if using IE. SSL support, stores email in a proprietry file.

Axigen – 100 Users €340 Score: 8/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. No Windows console for admin, but good range of features. Free version for 10 users available, stores email in a proprietry file. IMAP syncs between users immediately.

Ability Mail Server $200 Score 7/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail functional, auto-responders, anti-spam, anti-virus via command line, no archiving facility, very minimal live monitoring, SSL support, stores email in folders. IMAP syncs between users immediately. Had a few issues with IMAP through Outlook. Free 5 user version.

Mailenable – Professional 100 Users $349 Score: 6/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, Webmail needs IIS, POP3 collection. More complex options and broad range of settings but let down by webmail issues (unknown user and host headers not configured). Good monitoring of services. Migration from legacy email servers. SSL support, stores email in folders. Free unlimited users version available.  IMAP syncs between users immediately but doesn’t always see read/unread.

Winmail Mail Server (Magic Winmail) – 100 Users $499 Score: 6/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail looks good, traditional webmail look, Receive button, can’t use Delete key to delete a mail, have to use Delete button, easy to configure, AV can be integrated, archiving (copying) of email, greylisting, live monitoring, stores email in folders. IMAP doesn’t sync between users immediately but other than that this program is amazing. Has fallen over a couple of times when bashed by a lot of email.

HMailServer – 100 Users £Free Score: 6/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, POP3 collection. Max 20MB email size is a shame, lots of configuration options. Stores email in a database.

ArGoSoft – $59 Score: 6/10
.NET required. POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, Webmail needs IIS, POP3 collection. SSL support, stores email in folders.  IMAP syncs between users immediately but doesn’t always see read/unread.

AA Mail Server – $168/year Score: 5/10
POP3, SMTP mail server, NO IMAP, Webmail needs IIS, POP3 collection. Anti-spam, no archiving. No SSL.

EVO Mail Server – 100 Users $799 Score: 5/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, no webmail facility. Simple to configure, fewer options.

Mercury/32 Mail Server – 100 Users £195 Score: 5/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server with HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Antiquated install and program look. Configuration options are all there but looks dated. No uninstall routine.

Microsoft Exchange – 100 Users £4000 Score: 1/10
Everybody knows Exchange is the top-selling mail server for business, but why? It is so unbelievably terrible and terrifying that I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot barge pole, having installed, maintained and taught it (in my training days) for years at various client sites. You would have to be completely off your rocker to go anywhere near this product. The main problem is that it stores email in one file, Priv1.edb, so you are absolutely guaranteed a failure and catastrophic loss of all email at some point during the life of your Exchange server, unless you have a backup – from which it would take days to recover. It does, however, have every conceivable feature that a mail server might need, but you’d better have a pair of brown trousers handy when it all goes wrong.

GOOGLE DRIVE – SYNC TO THE CLOUD

If you have a Google Mail account (G-Suite or gmail.com) you can take advantage of Google Drive to share files within your organisation. Download the program here:

https://tools.google.com/dlpage/drive/index.html?hl=en

and configure it with your gmail address. An icon appears in your system tray and will allow you to drag files over, at which point the files will be copied to the cloud. They are synchronied as well, so any changes will be replicated in the cloud. Other users can also download and install the Google Drive software to access the files and make changes, add new files etc.

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GO GOOGLE APPS (G-SUITE) FOR SPAM PREVENTION

I have been recommending to my customers that they move to the gmail platform to host their email, you keep your own domain (you don’t have to be @gmail.com) but you benefit from their unbelievably good antivirus and antispam controls. It’s £3.30 per month per user so a bit more than brightnet, but you get 30GB of space per user, which is much more than I offer. You also get a calendar, you can share each other’s calendars too, and the gmail mobile app makes things easy for mobiles and iPads.

Eventually, I am planning to move all my customers off the brightnet server which is getting more and more spam, so let me know if this sounds sensible for you. I have migrated around 8 of my customers so far and all have said it’s much better.

p.s. Aliased accounts are FREE, so you can reduce your costs by creating aliases that forward to personal email acounts, or by eliminating mailboxes that are seldom used.

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RUNNING A FREE 5 USER MAIL SERVER

Ability Mail Server has a free 5 user version, so for a home or small office sharing a small 1GB mailbox like that offered by BT, this could be ideal for you. It would also be good for a company that wants to make their email available “offline”. The setup would go something like this:

  1. Install the mail server and configure domain and users on a PC that is always ON
  2. Configure “POP3 retrieval” of incoming email from your ISP
  3. Configure your ISP as smarthost to deliver outgoing email
  4. Connect users to your local mail server, using IMAP (or POP3)

You could also use Mailstore Home to archive really old email into a fast, searchable database.

http://download.codecrafters.com/ams.exe

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OFFICE 365 / OUTLOOK.COM POP3, IMAP & SMTP SETTINGS

IMAP is disabled on the Office 365, 1GB Mailbox offering, but here are the other settings:

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MAILSTORE – ARCHIVE PST OR EVEN GMAIL

So now you can use a free piece of software (or purchase if you are archiving regularly) to EXPORT your emails from a PST, GMAIL, EXCHANGE OR IMAP and then search them quickly.

MailStore Server is one of the world’s leading solutions for email archiving, management and compliance for small and medium-sized businesses. Trusted by over 35,000 organizations in 100 countries. MailStore Home lets you archive your private email from almost any email source and search through them extremely quickly. You will never lose emails again. FREE VERSION FOR HOME USERS.

http://www.mailstore.com/en/mailstore-home-email-archiving.aspx

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AMAZON CLOUD STORAGE – REVISITED

It’s been years since I looked at AWS and cloud-related services from Amazon, but happily I took a look recently and can report some good news: You can use the very nice “O-Drive” product as an interface to Amazon and you’ve got yourself a nice Dropbox alternative. Download and install the two necessary files after signing up for each service:

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Now, right click a folder you want to upload and off you go!

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LOOKOUT! GOOGLE WANTS AUTHORISATION FOR OUTLOOK

What a pain but I guesss there’s a reason why you have to periodically give Google access to services from Outlook. It looks something like this and you won’t be able to send or receive until you’ve done it.

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MAIL DELIVERY 550 5.7.1 ERROR

GOT IT!

If you get this error it is most likely a “mailing list” as the receiver and the mailing list is closed to outside recipients.

The mail system <clsh@thecapitolgroup.co.uk>: host 109.228.47.115 said: 550
5.7.1 steve@brightnet.co.uk (headers) may not send mail to
clsh@thecapitolgroup.co.uk (in reply to end of DATA command)
Original-Recipient: rfc822;clsh@thecapitolgroup.co.uk
Action: failed
Status: 5.7.1
Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 550 5.7.1 steve@brightnet.co.uk (headers) may not send
mail to clsh@thecapitolgroup.co.uk

DRAG AND DROP PDF CREATION

You can create PDF files really easily from other types of documents by simply dragging and dropping onto an icon on the desktop using PrimoPDF which is FREE.

Install from http://filehippo.com/download_primopdf

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Drag your document onto the PrimoPDF icon:-

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and voila, a new PDF is created:-

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The PDF is created automatically and saved to the same location as the original document, in this case a Word doc. Now, how cool is that?

 

STREAMING MOVIES OR TV SHOWS TO YOUR PANASONIC TV

If you have an Android or iPhone, you can “cast” movies to your TV via sites like Putlocker. I’m not sure of the legalities of certain films, but for free movies and shorts it is certainly possible and quite easy to do. First, go into the Google Play Store and find an app called Web Video Cast:-

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Install and launch the app and look for putlockers.ch, for example. Now within putlocker find a movie or tv show and cast it to your Chromecast, DLNA-compatible, Roku or other TV or device. You may need to scan or re-scan to find the device first.

MDAEMON – CONTENT FILTER TO ADD CORPORATE SIGNATURE

With Mdeamon mail server you can add a personal signature, domain signature or server signature so that a standard message or disclaimer can be added automatically to the footer of all emails sent out from the server but you can also do this via the Content Filter and doing it this way gives you much more control over the standard default signature feature. In this real example below, an HTML-based logo and disclaimer is being added but if the email has “RE:” or “Re:” in the subject, or if the recipient happens to be “WHSMITH” then the processing stops and no disclaimer footer is added. You can even sort your mail users into GROUPS and then control which groups the footer is added on to. Cool!

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SAGE – CAN’T RUN TRIAL BALANCE OR OTHER REPORT

If you get an error like “The report file cannot be found” when you try to run a Trial Balance report etc., then you may need to configure the data path setting in the Company Preferences like this:

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WINDOWS SERVICES – STOP AND START

If you have a Windows service you want to be able to stop and start easily, then you can create a DOS batch file that sits on your desktop and is easy to launch. First, find out the name of the service – sometimes this is not the same as it’s display name. For example, Print Spooler is actually “spooler”. Get the actual service name from the service Properties page:

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Now create a text document on your Desktop containing the following code:

net stop spooler

and save as *.bat or *.cmd (change the file extension). If there are spaces in the service name, add quotes around it:

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You can now double-click the cmd file to either stop or start the service:

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This could be useful to reboot Exchange, iTunes, or a dodgy Print queue (as you probably know if you’ve ever owned an iPad or Laserjet, Apple and HP software is a joke).

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AAAA RECORD NOW REQUIRED BY GMAIL

If you are forwarding email to Gmail on your Exchange or MDaemon Server, etc, and you have IPv6 ENABLED in Windows, you now need to create a PTR record for IPv6 addresses — what are known in the biz as AAAA records.

First, before the record exists:-

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Addinig the AAAA record:-

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After DNS has propogated:-

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Or you can just DISABLE IPv6. This seems crazy to me because Google are effectively punishing you for using IPv6, when they should be encouraging you to use it. Don’t forget most ISPs and registrars don’t allow you to alter the PTR records of the hosting server you are using because most ISPs suck. For example if you want the IP address (v4 or v6) to report back to any calling server that you really are xxxxx.com or whatever, good luck with that! Real spammers must be laughing all the way to the bank.

SOCKET ERROR 10060 – THAT OLD CHESTNUT!

If you get a socket error 10060 then outgoing port 25 is being blocked. So there you are, sending an email and it will just not go. What’s happened? I tell you what’s happened, your ISP has just flicked a switch and blocked you on port 25. Give them a call/email/chat and tell them, they will hopefully come back to you within the hour to tell you “it’s our policy to block port 25” but they’ve now enabled it for you. Oh, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. Somewhere a toilet flushes.

ARCHIVE WINMAN CFP

\\SERVER1\WINMAN32\DATA\SQL\STATES contains PDF and RTF pairs of the exact same files, so you can happily delete the RTFs to reclaim GBs of space.

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR GUT MICROBIOME IN A DAY

http://www.drnorthrup.com/how-to-improve-your-gut-microbiome-in-a-day/

By now you probably know how important your gut health is to your overall health. If not, you need to! 80 percent of your immune system is in your microbiome, your body’s bacteria, which help your body with just about every process, including helping you to digest your food, think clearly and even maintain a healthy weight.

The good new is that you can change your gut microbiome. You see, the average lifespan of a bacterium in your microbiome is 20 minutes! So you have the opportunity every time you eat to begin to change the population of your gut microbiome. This is good news because it means that rather than having to subscribe to theories, such as the Paleo diet, which assumes our genes evolve so slowly that we all need to eat like cavemen, we can begin to change our gut microbiome (and thus it’s genes) one meal at a time, and even achieve a healthy gut very quickly.

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Here are my suggestions for following the 4Rs and improving your gut microbiome starting today:

Eat the Right Foods. Your gut microbiome responds to what you feed it. When you regularly eat a variety of healthy, non-processed foods, your microbiome becomes programmed to work for you. The more varied your diet, the more flexible your microbiome becomes, allowing for that occasional dessert.

  1. Remove the sugar and processed foods from your diet. Refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods get absorbed quickly into your small intestine without any help from your microbes. That means your gut microbes stay hungry so they begin snacking on the cells that line your intestines, causing what we call Leaky Gut. Your intestinal lining is meant to be a strong barrier between your gut and the rest of your body. When your intestinal wall becomes leaky, particles of food enter your bloodstream, causing your immune system to attack them, and ultimately your own tissues. This leads to inflammation and whole cascade of conditions, including autoimmunity. Sugar also feeds organisms like Candida Albican, which also attacks your intestinal wall and can lead to a systemic Candida infection.
  2. Get your carbohydrates from vegetables and low-sugar fruits. Eating a lot of leafy green vegetables will help plant your gut with healthy and diverse bacteria. Dr. Kellman also recommends eating radishes, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, jicama, asparagus, carrots, and, of course, garlic and turmeric. Be sure to get a balance of healthy fats and protein with each meal as well.
  3. Include fermented foods in your diet. Fermented foods seed your gut with healthy bacteria. Eat sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kefir, yogurt (not processed), and kombucha. These foods are rich in prebiotics.
  4. Try a food elimination diet to determine if you have any food allergies. Do you often have cramping, gas, or stomach pain after eating? You may have a food sensitivity or allergy. The most common food allergies or sensitivities are to cow’s milk, soy, peanuts (nuts), corn, eggs and wheat (gluten). Some people find they feel even better if they eliminate all grains, including oats, quinoa, and spelt. But start with wheat at the very least. Do this for a few weeks and see if your symptoms improve. Also stay away from artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and coffee!

CANNOT CLICK HYPERLINKS IN OUTLOOK

Suddenly, you can’t click links in Outlook but it was working fine yesterday. Have you recently installed Chrome?? If so, set Firefox, Maxthon or IE as your default browser, test those hyperlinks again in Outlook. Working now? Set Chrome as default now and it should work OK now.

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HOW TO BOOT INTO SAFE MODE ON WINDOWS 10

Whenever you buy, install or upgrade to a Windows 10 machine you should do this…

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

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…from an administritive command prompt, then F8 will be available at boot time should you ever need it. As standard, the F8 boot option is disabled. They’ve done it to shave 2 seconds off the boot up time so that people think new systems boot faster than old systems.

HOW TO CHANGE THE DEFAULT SAVING LOCATION IN OUTLOOK

Are you fed up with finding the attachment location you have specified every time when launching Outlook? In this tutorial, we will show you how to change the default attachment location. After that, the specified attachment saving folder will be opened automatically every time you save the attachments even though you restarting the Outlook. Go to this location in the registry (using regedit) and add DefaultPath, then set it to “C:\Attachments”, or whatever.

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Shout out to https://www.extendoffice.com

GRAB THE PICTURE OUT OF YOUTUBE VIDEO

You can extract a full quality image out of any YouTube video, if you know how. Say you wanted to grab this picture of Keely Hazell:-

1) Press: CTRL + U (Don’t be alarmed, you will get a page of code)
2) Press: CTRL + F
3) Typ: thumbnailurl

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WINDOWS 10 START MENU IS FULL SCREEN AND CANNOT GET BACK TO DESKTOP

You have somehow entered “Tablet Mode” – it’s easy to do if you click the Action icon on the taskbar. Once you are in Tablet Mode there is no easy way out of it, and a reboot is required! This has surely got to be the second dumbest thing I have found on Windows 10 so far, the Start Menu being the dumbest of course.

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TASKBAR CANNOT BE CLICKED

Bit of a strange one — and a reboot was required to get it working, but basically, the Start Button and Taskbar were not responding to being clicked, left or right and the user could not shut the PC down without a hard reset.

SUGAR – SO WHAT’S THE STORY?

Sugar is being recognised as one of the major causes of the current obesity and diabetes epidemics, why?
Because sugar spikes insulin in a way that humans have not experienced so often at any point in history so far. Previously sugar has usually been locked up in fibre which is released more slowly into the system.

What is the evidence that sugar is to blame for the obesity and diabetes epidemic?
Countries that consume lots of calories in the form of sugary snacks and drinks are suffering the worst rates of these diseases. The number 1 country on the list is a hot country where they don’t drink alcohol; Saudi Arabia. Also, many studies are now showing that sugar is looking like the culprit, taking the place of saturated fat which is no longer seen as a driver of such diseases. According to NHANES data, sat fat consumption has steadily decreased over the past 40 years while sugar consumption has increased, obesity and diabetes rates have soared.

What is actual sugar?
Ordinary table sugar is half glucose, half fructose.

Why does it cause these problems?
Because when it enters your blood stream via your digestive tract, insulin is spiked in order to get the glucose into your muscles (for energy) and your liver (as backup energy). If there’s too much sugar it tries to bring your blood sugar levels down, to prevent damage to your blood cells, by a process called di-novolipogenesis, which is basically where the sugar is converted to triglycerides and stored in the only place available, your fat cells. After a while, the body starts to grow fatter and the triglycerides cannot be converted back to glucose for energy while insulin is continually being spiked by new glucose entering the body. More and more insulin is required to get the ever flowing influx of glucose into the muscles (lowering insulin sensitivity, resulting in insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes).

Why is a fat person always hungry?
Because of the high levels of sugar and triglycerides and blood, insulin is always present and this makes you feel like you are hungry all the time because the brain is not able to see the signals from insulin and another hormone, leptin. This becomes a vicious circle and leads to a fat accumulation disorder.

How do you break the cycle?
Type 2 diabetics will tell you that you have to avoid sugary things and eat more protein and fat. In fact, studies are showing that type 2 diabetes is reversable with the right diet.

Won’t a diet of mainly fat and protein give you a heart attack?
No, that is now definitely known to be a myth. However, it is so ingrained into our culture that many people, including doctors, still have trouble believing it. Reviews of all the data over the last 70 years shows that we were wrong about fat. See FRAMINGHAM, MRFIT, WESTERN ELECTRIC, MINNISOTA, LRCPPT, COCHRANE COLLABORATION 2001 and 2006, WHI 2006.

Why do people get fat?
It’s a fat accumulation disorder brought on by diet and hormones, not a “calories/in calories out” issue as MacDonald’s would have you think. If the diet spikes insulin constantly, then the body will gain weight and you will feel hungry. The reasons this is true are: a) You can eat 10,000 calories a day without getting fat, as long as it’s fat and protein, b) teenagers put on weight, fat and muscle without more or less exercising and without big changes in their diets, c) undernourished children can have obese parents, d) stomach stapling works because you eat less and don’t spike insulin. So it’s really a hormone issue, brought on by certain types of unadulterated sugary foods.

What’s the difference between Type 1 and 2 diabetes?
Type 1 is where the Islets of Langerhans in the pancreas don’t produce insulin, cause unknown. 2 is where insulin resistance has occurred due to fat accumulation disorder.

What should I eat?
Just eat what your great grandparents ate, not what food guidelines tell you. Fibrous veg, organic meat, sat fat (omega 3), fish, nuts, olives and some fruit. Unfortunately the world now produces less of these and more bad veg oil (omega 6), simple carbs and processed foods. It’s almost like governments want us to be sick, so they can charge vast sums of money for drugs to combat the symptoms. Currently in the US, 70% of healthcare is spent on metabolic diseases, e.g. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia, atherosclerosis to name a few.

Can I still enjoy bread, pasta, rice, potatoes?
Yes, starch does give you energy, all the great civilizations were built on starches, just combine them sensibly with the right foods so you don’t spike insulin. Think of sat fat as an insulin brake.

TRANS FATS – SO WHAT’S THE STORY?

So, what’s happened about nasty TRANS FATS?
Trans fats are banned in Europe and gradually being phased out in the US.

So they’re not safe?
Imagine boiling veg oil for 3 hours and passing hydrogen bubbles through it under high pressure. Does that sound safe to you?

So they’re gone now, yeah?
No, they are only banned in shops, not restaurants. And products that make trans fats are still out there too. Also, the food industry has renamed some trans fats as emulsifiers, side stepping the ban.

Like what products?
Any polyunsaturated fat or oil e.g. spreads, veg oils that you can heat. When you fry things in them, trans fats are created.

I thought polyunsaturates were good? 
They are when you eat them in fish, eggs, olives, nuts etc. They are broken down into essential fatty acids that carry out important bodily functions.

Why are trans fats so bad?
Because they look like normal good fatty acids and your body incorporates them into bodily functions that now go badly wrong. A bit like a bug in the software.

Can’t your body see they’re bad?
No, because trans fats are man made and new to us. We have no defence against them yet. There are natural trans fats in animal produce but they are thought to be inert.

What problems do they create?
Many problems have been linked to man made trans fats…diabetes, arthritis, insulin resistance, multiple sclerosis, inflammation, metabolic syndrome eg heart disease, damage to blood vessels to name a few.

So what should I do?
Use animal fats instead e.g butter, lard, dripping. The fatty acids that they contain are not used for bodily functions, only energy, so even if you could create trans fats they can’t hurt.

I thought animal fats were unhealthy?
Not at all, humans have always eaten some animal fats. Even chimpanzees are partially omnivorous. Animal fats deliver vitamins too because many vits are fat soluble.

But what about animal fats and heart disease?
There’s no link, its becoming clear we got it wrong. Google “Ancel Keys”. Human breast milk is full of saturated animal fat (think about it). Cholesterol is NOT a contributory factor to heart disease either.

So how do I avoid them?
Cook your own food at home with animal fat, never eat deep fried food out, don’t eat crisps, biscuits, crackers or anything with mono or diglycerides or emulsifier (labelled as E472e) found in cheap bread. Use proper butter for spread and gentle fying and eat fish, eggs, olives and nuts.

What about omega 6?
That’s vegetable oil. Avoid. You want to eat omega 3 (e.g fish, nuts, olives, eggs)

My doctor says I shouldn’t eat saturated fat.
He’s one of the 70% of GPs that still doesn’t get it. He probably prescribes statins too, another travesty. If 1000 people took statins for 3 years, only 2 will be prevented from suffering a fatal heart attack, so over 99% will not benefit but have all the dangerous side effects including joint pain, neuro-degenerative diseases, etc. And remember, a 20 minute walk per day will protect you from heart attack without side effects.

I’m nearly 50, isn’t it a bit late for me?
No. If you are still feeling healthy then your immune system has been mopping up well. Steer clear of trans fats from now on.

Butter can’t be spread from the fridge.
Don’t keep it in the fridge. Buy a butter dish and leave it out.

It goes off too quickly.
Keep only half of it out of the fridge then.

Why do restaurants still use veg oils?
It’s cheap! That’s all there is to it. You can bet they don’t change their oil very often, either. And they probably don’t know trans fats are being created.

When will restaurants go back to animal fats?
Probably never, they’re far too expensive. Remember, veg oils are cheap. The public would have to boycott all restaurants to make a change, just like some of us boycotted trans fats in the shops. By the way, Rick Stein, James Martin, Heston Blumenthal, Mary Berry and many other well-known cooks and chefs are using dripping now! Dr Carina Norris, the nutritionist on Channel 4’s Turn Back Your Body Clock, says: ‘Now that we know sugar and refined carbohydrates are worse for us than we thought, it’s a good time to reassess the old-fashioned foods we have dismissed. ‘We need fats to help our bodies absorb vital vitamins, including vitamin A, which helps the digestive system, vitamin D for bone growth, vitamin E, which aids the immune system, and vitamin K, which helps blood to clot.”

THE BEST CLOUD BACKUP

This is a link to a review I found online, having tested the following online backup solutions:

The Best Cloud Backup – 30 Services Compared

BBC WEBSITE – GREAT BRITISH BUDGET RECIPES

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b036x3pv

A list of really good budget recipes which, interestingly, have the costs to make them from the various supermarkets like Asda, Tesco etc. This is a good place to find different recipe ideas that aren’t going to break the bank. Look, it’s that Hotel Inspector staring blankly at TV chef James Martin.

JOTTACLOUD – DROPBOX ALTERNATIVE FROM NORWAY

Jottacloud shared folders:-

jotta_share

PRETTY OBVIOUS, BUT…MICROSOFT AREN’T PHONING YOU!

google
microsoft


In order to stay safe on the Internet and to guard against being hacked, please:

  • DON’T accept a phone call from Microsoft
  • DON’T accept a phone call from Google

Also, please:

  • DON’T call Microsoft on the phone
  • DON’T call Google on the phone

If you ever feel like you need to call them because your computer is running slowly, or there’s something not working, DON’T. Google do not offer phone support and Microsoft don’t speak to the public via telephone. Google or Microsoft will never offer to “remote into your PC and fix it

FIX WINDOWS UPDATE – MICROSOFT COMMUNITY ARTICLE

What to do if Windows Update is not working. Excerpts are taken from this article:-

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-update/windows-7-update-problems-read-this-first/28147a5f-b0b0-480b-bed9-834a2da7a375

The new method involves downloading some updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog and seems more reliable but you must use Internet Explorer to download the updates. If you visit the Microsoft Update Catalog with another browser these downloads will not work. To access the Microsoft Update Catalog you must use Internet Explorer. In Control Panel, choose Windows Update, Change Settings and set to Never Check. Open Internet Explorer and copy and paste this URL into the address bar: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/home.aspx The first update to search for is KB3020369, then search for the second update KB3172605. Restart your system, the go back to Control Panel, Windows Update and choose to Check for Updates. Wait patiently…  The Microsoft servers are also very busy after Patch Tuesday (the second Tuesday of every month) and several days after that as millions of systems around the world are being updated.

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A DRIVE IN THE CLOUDS – GOOGLE, SPIDEROAK, PCLOUD

Servers used to hinge everything together in the office computing environment of the 90s and 00s including files, email and remote access, but now with the advent of high bandwidth Internet you no longer need that single point of failure sitting there all noisy and waiting to go wrong or be hit by the latest crypto-virus because you can now spread your system out across the web like a hero with the likes of Google, Microsoft, Dropbox and cloud server providers like 1and1. Let’s take a look at Google’s “Drive” offering.

First pricing:-

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£1.59 per month sounds like a bargain for 100 GBs, £7.99 also great value for a whole TB. Access to the drive is via web browser, PC application (Google Drive Sync) or smartphone app. You can simply copy files to the cloud by dragging and dropping via Windows, or uploading through the web interface. The drive appears in your system through Explorer, or you can access via an icon in your system tray.

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Once you have your files up there, you can share them with your team using the drive app or web interface.

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Google Drive is by far the easiest of the file storage programs out there, but you need a google account and the sync isn’t the fastest — I would say Dropbox is the quickest (but there again it absolutely kills your PC due to the heavy processing requirements, even when not syncing). SpiderOak’s Group Hive is a good alternative but although it has zero-knowledge encryption it is very fiddly to set up. PCloud is more like Dropbox but it can exhibit file conflicts.

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Download the Google Drive software using the cog icon in the web browser.

360 TOTAL SECURITY PATCH-UP INSTEAD OF WINDOWS UPDATES

I had a server that just wouldn’t do Windows Updates, so I used 360 to do patch ups instead:-

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NEW VERSION OF SCREENCONNECT

If you have been asked to load the new ScreenConnect software, please click here:-

screenconnect_logo

 

WORDPRESS – TRAFFIC STATS WIDGET

Counts the number of visitors of your blog and shows the traffic information on a widget. TSW shows the number of visitors / hits / unique IPs in the past 24 hours, 7 days and 30 days. It also shows the number of users currently online. It provides a robots filter, but the automatic traffic could also be considered. Traffic Stats Widget offers language support and automatic log deletion.

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SPIDEROAK – REMOVE A DEVICE

Remove a device, you have to use the Spideroak app, so don’t uninstall it yet:-

spideroak-remove-device

SPIDEROAK – DE-AUTHORIZE A DEVICE

There is nothing on the Spideroak website about removing devices, only adding them.

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NEW HP ELITEBOOK… JUST SEEN THE AD

This is the new Elitebook 1040 G3

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SYSTOOLS – READ EXCHANGE .EDB FILES OFFLINE

Exchange Server crashed?

Convert Exchange EDB to PST

The Exchange EDB to PST converter recovers the Exchange Server EDB mailboxes and save it into PST file format. You can create single PST file for a EDB mailbox with all the data. The software by default creates UNICODE PST file thus, you can easily convert any size of EDB mailbox into PST file.

https://www.systoolsgroup.com/convert-edb-to-pst.html

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360 TOTAL SECURITY – NOT TOOTHPASTE

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“360 Total” might sound like a toothpaste but it happens to be a damn good, free anti-virus, anit-malware solution that I have been using for several years. One of the great features is that it is low on system resources so it can be used on even the oldest and slowest PCs and laptops.

EXCHANGE ONLINE OR GOOGLE APPS?

For the past few months, I have been in the process of moving over all my customers from cPanel email hosting to either Microsoft Exchange Online or Google Apps. I have read a lot on the web about people’s experiences of these technologies and the ones that choose Microsoft must be fully paid up, card carrying members of the Bill Gates Fan Club.

There is absolutely no way that any sane person would choose Exchange over Google Apps, once you’ve tried both…and I’ve used both these technologies for years. The simplicity and compatibility of Google, not to mention the awesome spam and virus controls, are incredible. I can only assume this comes from building a system from scratch later on in life as opposed to using an old technology like Exchange that was built over 20 years ago, when the name “Exchange” was actually the name of the mail client we used, before it was re-appropriated for the server product and the mail client was renamed to Outlook.

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The DNS entries alone for Exchange give you a clue to the complexity you are going to be faced with in the months to come, let alone the service packs and updates required just to get Outlook working.

WHAT’S HAPPENED TO HP AND LENOVO LAPTOP KEYBOARDS?

It’s obviously now a “thing” because the new batch of budget HP and Lenovo laptops all come with a hybrid UK/US keyboard, essentially a US keyboard but with the £ and @ swapped round into the UK configuration. That means it has a small Enter key and a large left hand Shift key, plus the backslash “\” is not next to the Z, but near the Alt Green.

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OMG MOMENT – MS ACCESS TO MYSQL

A big thanks to Joseph Styons on StackOverFlow.com who suggested a way of creating tables in MySQL from within Access. Prior to this, I was creating the tables manually!

You should be able to do this by setting up an ODBC data source pointed at MySQL, right-clicking on the Access table, and hitting “Export”.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/442915/what-is-the-best-way-to-synchronize-data-between-ms-access-and-mysql

THINSTUFF REMOTE SERVER – LOGOFF OLD CONNECTIONS

You can tidy up your Thinstuff server with the console, much like the Terminal Server console allows you to do. Just click on the server name on the left to reveal all the sessions that are running:

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PARALLEL’S 2X CLIENT – STUCK WHILE LOADING

If you get a stuck Parallel’s 2X Client, maybe because you are out of connections on the server, server is unreachable etc:-

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then all you need to do is “Disconnect” the session from the Parallel’s console:-

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You don’t have to go into Task Manager and end the session.

EMAIL FORWARDING TO GMAIL – GOING NOWHERE

A very strange problem affecting one of my customers, any emails sent or forwarded from his standard POP3 email to his gmail account just never arrived. No bounce-back, no message saying why. When I created a new email and sent it to his gmail account, I got this:

SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO:<xxxxxxxxxx@gmail.com>:
550 5.7.1 recipient is in suppression list “bounces”

I contacted the registrar and the hoster. Finally, I got this from the hoster:-

Hello Steve,

The gmail address was added on the suppression list of our outgoing spam filter. I have removed it and you should no longer have this king of problems. Please wait about 10-15 minutes and try again to sent an e-mail test.

Regards,
xxxxxxxxxx

Suppression list???!! 5 days of email problems, all because of a spam filter.

 

WINDOWS 10 – ANNIVERSARY UPDATE

Start menu look a bit weird? Microsoft have just released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and things look a bit different. The Start Menu has been messed around…again, the Edge browser now has extensions, Cortana has been updated (but who cares), Action Center has a bit more granularity, and various other things. Terrible. Can’t you leave it alone, Microsoft? Who does your market research?

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DISABLE INTERNET EXPLORER ENHANCED SECURITY CONFIGURATION

In Windows Server 2003, you can disable IE ESC in the Control Panel through the Add or Remove Programs applet with the Add/Remove Windows Components function. You can do this either for administrator groups or for all other user groups. If you are using Server 2008 / 2012 then it’s in Server Manager, Security, Configure IE ESC (see second picture)

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EITHER:

OR:

PHP PASSWORD_HASH

You may have a PHP webpage that checks username / password credentials to allow access to an0ther page on your website. The username / password you are checking against will be stored in the login check page, but that leaves you open to SQL Injection-type attacks, so with PHP 5.5 and above there is a neat PASSWORD_HASH function you can use to “hash” the password into a string (using encryption which cannot be easily reversed) so that if the hacker is able to view the page, the password will not be discovered.

All you then need in your login routine is to hash the password passed from the login page, then match it to the stored hash. If they match, then the user must have known the correct password. If he didn’t then the hash would be completely different. Depending on the encryption, he could sit there for 100 years trying to guess you password. Use the function PASSWORD_VERIFY to compare the two pieces of information, as this is more secure than a string compare. Some sample code:-

$pass = $_POST;
$hash = ‘$2y$10$uEMB1bBylNHZg8Aqz456m.NCvq6kImrXYbj0ov4Kpbf22OX3dem2u’;
if (password_verify($pass, $hash))
{
$_SESSION = true;
include ‘secret.php’;
}
else
{
$_SESSION = false;
// show error
}

You can easily create the password hash by using:-

echo password_hash(“whatever”)

SQL INJECTION

A simple example of a SQL Injection-type attack on your system:

Suppose you have a webpage with a form that asks for username and password to access a second webpage. The first page might look like this:-

<input name=username>
<input name=password>
<input type=button value=submit>

The second page might then have some PHP code that checks against a password held in a database or simply held in the page itself:-

<?php


SELECT PERMS FROM SECURITY WHERE USERNAME = ‘”.$_POST.”‘ AND PASSWORD='”.$_POST & “‘”

?>

But if the hacker fills in the username of “Admin!–“, notice the last 3 characters  (!–) that would be entered into the POST string and the SQL statement would look like this:-

SELECT PERMS FROM SECURITY WHERE USERNAME = ‘Admin”

The rest of the SELECT statement isn’t run, so the hacker doesn’t need the password, he’ll have access as Admin (if there is such a user).

HOLIDAY PHONES – WITH EMAIL CLIENT

A few people have asked me to add some old-style feature phones with a built-in email client, so here they are:-

 Name Image Camera Standby Features Price
Nokia Asha 300  
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 5 MP  550 Hours Camera, Email, 3G, FM Radio, Bluetooth, more…  £44.90
Nokia Asha 301  
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 3.2 MP  936 Hours Camera, Email, FM Radio, 3G, Bluetooth  £51.00
Samsung S5611  
Samsung S5611
 5 MP  310 Hours Camera, Email, FM Radio, 3G, Bluetooth, more…  £79.89

BANDWIDTH USAGE THROUGH THE ROOF?

Maybe you have transferred email, used POP3 protocol to download all your email.

HOME, WORK OR PUBLIC NETWORK

Can’t see a server/workstation on your local area network? Change network type to “Home”.

PATCH TERMSRV.DLL TO ALLOW MULTIPLE REMOTE LOGINS

Microsoft installed a limit on certain versions of XP/Vista/7 Terminal Services to prevent multiple users logging in remotely. This patch removes the limit.

It requires administrator rights, so right-click the exe file, select Run as Administrator. After patch, Restart computer to take effect. Backup file: \windows\system32\termsrv.dll.backup.

Download Link 1: UniversalTermsrvPatch_20090425.zip (zip File, 66 KB)

HOLIDAY PHONES – WITH MASSIVE STANDBY


Smartphones tend to need re-charging on a daily basis, so why not purchase a second phone for your hols, or to keep as a standby? These old-style feature phones have long battery life, basic camera and an FM radio. The higher up you go in price, the better the camera, sometimes including auto-focus, flash and other features.

For battery life, the Archos 24 Power is unbeatble with 55 days standby but the Nokia 130 is close with 864 hours (36 days) plus email functionality. If you can’t do without your Android or iPhone you could always turn off the 3G to make it last longer. 2G phones will generally have double the standby of 3G phones.

Some of these phones are becoming more difficult to find in 2016 but most of them are still being made. Look on eBay and choose “New” in the filters.

Note: None of the following phones have an email client.

 Name Image Camera Standby Features Price
 Alcatel 20.07
Alcatel 20.07
3 MP 375 Hours Camera, Email, 2G, Bluetooth £29.99
Nokia 130  
Nokia130
864 Hours FM Radio, more… £24.20
Archos F24 Power  
Archos F24
 2 MP 1320 Hours (55 Days) Camera, FM Radio, 2G, Bluetooth £32.99
Kazam Life B7  
Kazam Life B7
 5 MP  470 Hours Camera, FM Radio, 3G, Bluetooth  £39.99
Nokia 225  
Nokia 225
 2 MP  864 Hours Camera, 2G, FM Radio, Bluetooth, more…  £44.99

 

GOOGLE RECKONS IT TAKES 1 HOUR TO PROCESS DNS UPDATES

The slight giveaway is this screen when you point your MX records to Google Apps:-

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OUTLOOK SENT ITEMS NOT RESPONDING – DISK SPACE?

Whenever one of my customers clicked into their Sent Items, Outlook would stop responding. It turned out that the PST file was 44GB and there was only 12GB left on the drive. Making 100GB of room on the hard drive solved the issue.

ICONS ON TASKBAR WON’T SHOW

This was a weird one. All the little system icons on the bottom left near the clock were missing, except one or two. If you moved the taskbar to the side or top of the screen they all came back, but moving it back down the bottom and all were gone again. I solved it by making the taskbar double size, the resizing back to single – all icons showing normally.

A PROGRAM JUST WILL NOT LAUNCH

One of my customers was having an issue launching “Stickies”, a sticky-note program which is networked in their office to send notes to one another. Unfortunately, they had chosen “Block” when their Anti-Malware (the excellent 360 Total Security – NOTHING TO DO WITH THE TERRIBLE NORTON OF A SIMILAR NAME) had prompted them, so it was in the block list. I removed the item from the block list and all was well.

MAKE WINDOWS 10 LOOK LIKE 7…TILES BE GONE!

God only knows why Microsoft mucked it all about again, but the Start Menu is a complete dog’s dinner in Windows 10. Tiles? Are you having a laugh?

Should I Upgrade? 

Windows 10 is better for battery life on laptops and occasionally better on performance, so upgrading is sometimes desirable. On the other hand, Windows 7 will be supported for many years to come, 2020 at least, it has more driver support and you will eventually get Windows 10 when you buy a new PC anyway.

Whoops, I missed it!

You may have missed the free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 but it is still available via the “Assistive Technologies” route (see previous article). You don’t need to prove you use assistive technologies so effectively it’s a backdoor open to all. Don’t forget, Microsoft wants you to upgrade to increase it’s attractiveness to new programs and programmers.

Sort it out, now! 

But, to get to grips with Windows 10 you will need to make some changes to the deeply unpopular “Metro” Start Menu. It only shows the 5 most recently used apps, it can’t find your favourite apps for love nor money, you can’t pin stuff to the left-most panel, you can’t get portable apps into the All Apps area, etc

  1. Get rid of all the ridiculous TILES using “Unpin from Start” (Fig. 1)
  2. RESIZE menu to normal width by clicking and dragging across
  3. Pin your favourite apps to the DESKTOP or TASKBAR – they are still functional like before
  4. Make other IMPORTANT ICONS visible on the panel (Fig. 2)
  5. Use RIGHT CLICK on the Start Button for Admin stuff (Fig. 3)
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Fig. 1 Unpinning

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Fig. 2 Add good stuff to the Start Menu left panel

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Fig. 3 Use the hidden right-click for Admin functions

PICTURE AND SOUND THROUGH YOUR TV

Nowadays, you can hook up your PC quite easily to your TV, especially if your £20 graphics card comes with an HDMI port like this one. This is a Radeon 5450 PCI-E (PCI Express) card.

The front side of a Sapphire Radeon HD 5450

What about audio? Well, that can also be sent through HDMI of course, so just set your “playback device” under Control Panel to the newly visible “Digital Audio HDMI” object.

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IPHONE 6 HOTSPOT…BUT WINDOWS 10 NOT CONNECTING

If you can’t connect to your iPhone 6 Hotspot and the password prompt is not displaying on the PC, just click on the “Network Settings” link in blue and this will take you to a popup that will then show you the password box. Fill in the wiFi password you set on your iPhone and the PC will now connect. This looks like a simple Windows 10 bug.

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MISSED THE DEADLINE FOR THE FREE WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE?

You can still upgrade if you are a user of “assistive technology”, but there’s no requirement to prove it. Just go to the Microsoft website assistive technology page:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

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Hamachi Error

Error 52 on Windows 7: this should be solved by

1. installing Windows Update KB3033929 and then reinstalling Hamachi
2. installing an old version of Hamachi http://www.oldversion.com/windows/download/hamachi-2-1-0-296
3. rebooting into Safe Mode (F8 on start up) and selecting “DISABLE DRIVER SIGNING”. Now you should be able to install no problem. You can permanently set to disable driver signing by using
BCDEDIT:

bcdedit -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON

http://www.oldversion.com/windows/hamachi-2-0-2-85

UPDATES KB30164025 & KB3163251 – PROBLEMS WITH SAGE

Today, Sage Line 50 is extremely slow and coincidentally an update from Microsoft was made to servers and workstations called “Security for Framework xxx” last night. After uninstalling everything is running at normal speed again.

Windows 10 rollback option is only available for 30 days

Yes, you heard that right! The option to rollback disappears and you are stuck with W10. The only option is to dig out your W7 CD or download a copy from pirateproxy and burn, then do a new install. Don’t worry about your files, as you install W7 you will be told that your old files will be saved in a folder called “C:\Windows.000” — if you don’t get that message…STOP!

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PARALLELS RDP CLIENT – GOOD THINGS FOR YOU!

2 really good features with the Parallels 2X Client that make it much better than Microsoft RDP;

Create Shortcut on Desktop:-

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Autologon on startup:-

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RDP NOT CONNECTING

If for some reason you have real trouble connecting to your server via RDP, you could be being attacked by a bot, constantly trying to break into your server and preventing you from connecting.

Take a look at your security log in Event Viewer to see what’s going on. If you see lots of audits saying Logon Failure then that’s probably what’s happening. Change your port from 3389 first, then if it still happens use Hamachi to create a VPN.  It’s the easiest way to hide your remote server from hackers.

Hamachi

NEW BATCH OF HP ELITE 8300 (i5)

I am now in receipt of a new batch of HP Elite 8300 i5-3470 3.20GHz desktops, with 4GB RAM and 500GB Hard Drive. They go great with the Iiyama ProLite 24 monitor and HP wireless keyboard and mouse.

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Years of trouble-free computing are ahead of you with these fast, reliable, best-of-breed products. I haven’t had a single HP Elite or Iiyama go wrong and I’ve done almost a hundred of each over the past year.

DON’T GET CRYPTO-LOCKED!

If you are scared of being Crypto-Locked and held to ransom over your files, then please download and install CryptoPrevent by FoolishIT. It’s free and will stop you being infected if you, or someone on your computer, double-clicks a dodgy email with the virus attached.

brightnet.co.uk/cp.exe

Of course, you could get yourself a Gmail account and you wouldn’t get those nasty emails in the first place, but if you have standard email then a virus could get through.

addtext_com_MTQ1ODAxNTE5OTU

REVERTING BACK TO WINDOWS 7

If you have accidentally upgraded to Windows 10, you can go back to 7 by going into Settings, Recovery and choosing the option:-

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OUTLOOK 0x800CCC13 ERROR WITH WINDOWS 10

This error is absolutely infuriating when sending email via Outlook in Windows 10, in my case with an old BT Connect account. The solution was to run a Command Prompt (Admin) from the right-click of the Start Menu, and then type “sfc /scannow” in the dos box.

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Emails then started sending straight away, so god only knows what caused it but it seems to be fixed at last.

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OUTLOOK – ARCHIVE AND PURGE

Outlook can get a bit unwieldy if you don’t look after it, a bit like that understairs cupboard. Every now and again you should archive and purge old emails so that it’s size reflects what your PC can adequately handle. Archiving just takes email over a certain age and dumps it into a separate archive folder, in the tree on the left for easy access. You can choose one folder or just do them all.

If you share your mailbox in a group, check with your Administrator before archiving. If you download your email from an IMAP folder (as opposed to POP3 or Exchange Connector) then don’t forget to PURGE to remove the emails from your online storage.

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STAYING SAFE ONLINE – YOU ARE THE KEY

NEVER EVER be tempted to open a link in an email supposedly from your bank, even if it has your name or account number on it. Most of the scams I see are via email, because it’s an open system which requires no idenification to operate and even if it did, the scammers can fake it. Here’s an example of a link that has been opened from an email; looks genuine but notice the URL is not barclays.co.uk. Any information you enter is being logged by professional criminals with very little risk of being caught:-

barclaysscam

BACKBLAZE UNLIMITED PERSONAL BACKUP

How do they do it? Unlimited, uncomplicated personal backups for everyone – $5 per month. You don’t even have to choose what files to backup, it just does them all. If you don’t have a backup then try this one for free, on ALL your PCs and laptops at home. Business version available for your whole company  – $50.

https://www.backblaze.com/cloud-backup.html

CHEAP IPHONE? GO GIFFGAFF OR WAIT TILL THE NEW 7 COMES OUT

GiffGaff are offering the iPhone 5s 16GB in grey or silver for just £20 per month, which includes their £10 goodybag (1 GB, 500 Mins, Unlimited Texts). GiffGaff, like Tesco Mobile, is on the O2 network so it’s good coverage and far cheaper than O2 itself. Of course, the prices for older iPhones may go down when the new iPhone 7 is released in the UK soon, sometime in 2016.

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DKIM and DMARC

In  order to get through today’s spam filters it is highly recommended to set both your DKIM and DMARC settings, in addition to SPF and rDNS. DKIM just encrypts a little bit of info about where your email originated and tags it onto the email header. Any receiving system (and most are capable) will just decrypt the tag using the public key and verify it is who it says it is and allow the email through.

On MDaemon mail servers the feature is just a tick box under the Security menu for the receiving side. For the sending side, you create a public/private key pair and then add the public key as a TXT record in your domain name system. The DNS entries you need are:-

MDaemon._domainkey  v=DKIM1; p=FUHfNA0GCSwGSIb3DQEBAQ………….
_adsp._domainkey dkim=unknown
_domainkey  o=~
_dmarc v=DMARC1; p=none

SETTING REVERSE DNS ON A CLOUD SERVER

If you are using a cloud server to host your email then you will definitely need to set the reverse DNS record so that your emails don’t get filtered out as spam. On the 1and1 system there is a form to submit that will “assign” your domain name to your static IP:-

rdns1

Now you will see the assigned rDNS entry:-

rdns2

CRYPTOPREVENT- MUST ADD SPOTIFY TO WHITELIST

You might find Spotify gives you a “permissions” error after installing CryptoPrevent, so you will to whitelist Spotify:-

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CANNOT ACCESS CERTAIN WEBSITES

If you are getting something like this when accessing certain websites, but your iPad or iPhone is getting to them no problem, then it might be an IPv6 problem.

ipv6prob

To find out, open a dos window and ping the website. You should see this:-

ping

Notice the IPv4 address (212.227.196.80) or whatever. It shouldn’t look like this:-

ping2

Notice the IPv6 address format (2001:8d8:1000…). If you do see that, go into Control Panel, Network and Sharing, Change adapter settings, right-click the connection, Properties and remove the ipv6 protocol.

HELP! MY PC JUST UPGRADED TO WINDOWS 10!

…and I didn’t ask for it! Gotchas like this are happening all over the place. Are you going mad?? No, it’s just that Microsoft are using slightly guerilla tactics to get Windows 10 installed on your PC/Laptop. If you get this…:

cancel-windows10-upgrade

…you have to click “Reschedule or cancel upgrade”, you know that link you can hardly see! Then you’ve got to click it again here:

Cancel-Upgrade-button

So you see, it’s very easy to cock this up and end up with Windows 10 without your consent.

WHICH PC/LAPTOP SHOULD I GET NEXT?

It can be difficult to decide on a big purchase like this, but there are a few hard and fast rules you should be aware of.

hp250g4

PC or Laptop? Laptops will give you more portabilty of course, but the keyboard and screen positions are fixed. You will need a separate keyboard/mouse/screen to enable you to move things around.

Gaming, Home or Business? Gaming PCs will have a dedicated graphics card for extra video speed. Business machines will be duller looking but are much the same as home machines.

hp8200

Processor? You would want a quad-core processor ideally and as much as you can afford. You can upgrade RAM, storage, USB devices but you can’t do anything with a poor processor, so make sure you pick a good one. Check your speed here: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php 4000+ is good.

RAM? Between 4GB and 12GB for Windows 7 and 10. You can always upgrade later.

Storage? Anything over 500GB is great, you can always upgrade later.

Graphics? Dedicated graphics like NVIDIA or ATI would be useful for CAD, graphics, drawing, movie-editing, 3D apps.

Screen size? 24″ is now the norm for PCs, 15.6 for laptops. On laptops, you can go smaller if you want more battery life or bigger if you want to run specific apps like CAD.

iiyama Prolite E2483HS

SSD Hard Drive? You can always upgrade the hard drive in a PC or laptop from the standard HDD to SSD (flash drive) which will massively boost the boot-up time and general performance, and they are now at a price we can afford! You’ll probably need some help from an IT guy.

toshibaq300

Price? You can buy a laptop for less than £300 these days, but it will probably be a Intel Celeron or AMD A6 processor. You will find these very poor in terms of performance and everything will be lagging behind, to your eternal frustration. Intel don’t actually make Celerons, they are basically normal spec processors that have failed the test to be called an Core-i7 or what-not, but rather than chuck them away they are sold on as “budget” machines. Buyer beware!

All-in-One? The alternative way is to buy an all-in-one PC. They look great in your lounge but they are same as a laptop in terms of upgradability.

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MIGRATE FROM HDD TO SSD WITH MINITOOL PARTITION WIZARD BOOTABLE CD

If users want to successfully migrate OS to SSD on laptop, both SSD and HDD had better be connected via SATA (if possible) or SSD is connected via SATA at least. For your situation (only one SATA interface available), please place the new target SSD inside the laptop and connected via SATA, and the old source hard drive is connected via USB enclosure. Then, use MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD to migrate your system.

In the beginning, users need to boot their laptop from MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD to get the following window.

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HAMACHI – CREATE A LAN OVER THE INTERNET

You’ve probably heard of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) — a way of creating an enclosed network over the Internet, but VPNs are horrible to set up and worse for users to work with. If only there was a zero-configuration, Virtual Private Tunnelling solution for free…Well there is! Hamachi requires you to create an account, create a Network, create Client(s) and then it is easy to deploy, to create a private LAN sitting across the Internet…and free for 5 users. Anyone can join in with the VPN easily and then all your colleagues appear to be local, so you could access files from a server or print to an office printer, even though you are somewhere else completely.

SAGE – ADD EXISTING COMPANY TO NEW MACHINE

Launch Sage, Add Company, Existing, Browse and find the appropriate path to the COMPANY.00X folder.

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SCANNER ERROR – ANOTHER PROGRAM MAY BE BLOCKING ACCESS

I had a customer with this error popping up aevery few minutes.  I re-installed drivers and software but that made no difference. In the end it was simply powering the scanner off and on that fixed it.

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LONG PATH ERASER

Sometimes you just can’t erase a folder because the folder name is too long…(Oh, yeah? How the heck did you create it then in the first place???). You could use the utility below:-

http://www.entersrl.net/public/download/LPE.zip

SERVER ACTIVELY REFUSED CONNECTION

If you get this error whilst trying to connect to a remote server via ScreenConnect, VNC or similar it is because DHCP has issued an IP address to a wireless device that your server is already using. Your remote session will connect but then it will be occasionally, infuriatingly disconnected at intervals. Change your remote server IP address to one that is not in the DHCP range and Voila! all will be OK.

GMAIL TO THE RESCUE

Everybody who knows me knows that I am a big fan of Gmail. Why is it soooo good? Well, many years ago I used to spend the majority of my time dealing with email issues – usually related to Outlook or Outlook Express. Sometimes, it can still feel like that but thank goodness I’ve managed to get many, many clients over to Gmail, either as:

1.) a free personal account that fetches and sends their normal email,

2.) as their main account, phasing out their old account, or

3.) using their company domain-name, but hosted by Gmail

Now, only about half my time is spent dealing with email issues, still usually related to Outlook. Gmail filters out spam and viruses and being web-based you can’t really have a send/receive error. If you want to use Gmail as per option 1 then you need to forward all your email to your Gmail account and then set Gmail to send as your normal email.

Also, once you’ve done this you can set Gmail up on any PC, laptop, phone or tablet in 5 seconds!

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You: “But I don’t really like the look of it” – Me: “GET OVER IT!”

SSD’s REALLY ARE THE NUTS – GET ONE!

It seems that upgrading PCs and Laptops from standard Hard Drives to Flash Drives (or Solid State Disks) is becoming increasing popular, so much so that Mini-Tool’s Partition Wizard Free now carries an actual wizard to complete the migration process.

I’ve just completed my 12th HDD –> SSD upgrade. It really is the simplist and quickest way to turbocharge your old PC or laptop. So, who wants to be number 13??

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WIRELESS PRINTER NO LONGER PRINTING – 3 JOBS IN QUEUE

Sometimes in Windows a wireless printer can stop printing for no apparent reason. Take a look at Devices and Printers and make sure a “second” printer hasn’t been created and set to Default. If it has just delete the one that is greyed out (clear out the documents first) and now use the remaining printer.

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iPhone DIRECT VOICEMAIL – YOU GOTTA USE THIS

You may not know about a fabulous feature on the iPhone regarding voicemail…direct voicemail. It allows you to fetch your voicemails without calling it in the traditional way, but playing it directly from your phone in an neat App. You can even share your voicemails with other people/services:-

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HOWTO – RDP OVER IPSEC

After watching this incredible video on YouTube:-

which takes you through setting up RDP over IPSEC, it didn’t work. I played about with the settings and discovered I had to set Remote Access as the Connection Type (both ends):-

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BROTHER UTILITIES – EMPTY

After installing the Brother CD with a new printer I was presented with a nice shortcut on the Desktop called Brother Utilities. Unfortunately, it was empty, but it should have looked like this:-

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MICROSOFT STUPIDITY – AT IT AGAIN

What have the morons at Microsoft been up to recently? Well, not content with…

  • jerking us around with the Start Menu in recent versions of Windows, and
  • changing the copy function to give us tick boxes instead of buttons

they have now decided that the…

  • File Explorer main window should show “free space” on the drives, rather than “space used”!

So, now we need to use maths to see that this drive has 69GB used.

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“Hey, Microsoft! Leave it alone why don’t you?!”

PARALLELS RDP CLIENT

I personally don’t use the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection that comes with Windows, because I have multiple remote server connections so that would be time-consuming. Instead, I use the Parallels 2X Client:-

https://www.parallels.com/uk/products/ras/download/client/

Give it a try!

MAIL SERVERS – UPDATE

MDaemon – 100 Users $1015 Score: 9/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility or IIS, POP3 collection. Webmail looks good – several different themes. Windows console for admin and also good web interface, AV, AS, greylisting, archiving of email as it arrives, live monitoring of queues, SSL support, stores email in folders. Overall a great product that stands up to a good deal of bashing.

FTGate – 100 Users £660 Score: 8/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail looks good, similar to Outlook, no Send/Receive but Refresh, can’t use Delete key to delete a mail, have to use X on toolbar, easy to configure, AV can be integrated, archiving of old email, bayesian AS and greylisting. Looks more modern than Mailtraq but is configured through an HTTP interface. Good monitoring utilities. POP3 collection can’t connect to user’s remote mailbox.

 

Mailtraq – 100 Users £540 Score: 8/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail looks ok, similar to Outlook, no Send/Receive but Refresh, can’t use Delete key to delete a mail, have to use X on toolbar, easy to configure, AV can be integrated, archiving of old email, bayesian AS and greylisting. MMC console snap-in for configuration. Enhanced Webmail interface if using IE. SSL support, stores email in a proprietry file.

Axigen – 100 Users €340 Score: 8/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. No Windows console for admin, but good range of features. Free version for 10 users available, stores email in a proprietry file. IMAP syncs between users immediately.

 

Ability Mail Server $200 Score 6/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail functional, auto-responders, anti-spam, anti-virus via command line, no archiving facility, very minimal live monitoring, SSL support, stores email in folders. IMAP syncs between users immediately. Had a few issues with IMAP through Outlook. Free 5 user version.

Mailenable – Professional 100 Users $349 Score: 6/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, Webmail needs IIS, POP3 collection. More complex options and broad range of settings but let down by webmail issues (unknown user and host headers not configured). Good monitoring of services. Migration from legacy email servers. SSL support, stores email in folders. Free unlimited users version available.  IMAP syncs between users immediately but doesn’t always see read/unread.

Winmail Mail Server (Magic Winmail) – 100 Users $499 Score: 6/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail looks good, traditional webmail look, Receive button, can’t use Delete key to delete a mail, have to use Delete button, easy to configure, AV can be integrated, archiving (copying) of email, greylisting, live monitoring, stores email in folders. IMAP doesn’t sync between users immediately but other than that this program is amazing. Has fallen over a couple of times when bashed by a lot of email.

HMailServer – 100 Users £Free Score: 6/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, POP3 collection. Max 20MB email size is a shame, lots of configuration options. Stores email in a database.

ArGoSoft – $59 Score: 6/10
.NET required. POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, Webmail needs IIS, POP3 collection. SSL support, stores email in folders.  IMAP syncs between users immediately but doesn’t always see read/unread.

AA Mail Server – $168/year Score: 5/10
POP3, SMTP mail server, NO IMAP, Webmail needs IIS, POP3 collection. Anti-spam, no archiving. No SSL.

EVO Mail Server – 100 Users $799 Score: 5/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, no webmail facility. Simple to configure, fewer options.

Mercury/32 Mail Server – 100 Users £195 Score: 5/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server with HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Antiquated install and program look. Configuration options are all there but looks dated. No uninstall routine.

SPIDEROAK BACKUP – Restore files

Spideroak backup saved my bacon the other day. Initially I was restoring folders using the web interface but Chrome, Firefox, IE and Maxthon all had difficulty downloading the resulting ZIP files first time, some needed several attempts – tedious!

But in fact there’s an easier way…install the Spideroak backup utility on the PC and login with client details as normal, then go to Manage and find the folders/files you want to restore. A popup window then guides you through the downloads – and I had 5 or 6 folders downloading at once, no crashes.

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MDAEMON – MOVING TO ANOTHER SERVER

I was forced to re-setup from scratch an MDaemon mail server on Windows 2012, without access to the old server (thanks Vexxhost.com – you are really shit, seriously guys, doing a live migration without a backup? Thanks, 3 days down the toilet) and so I couldn’t perform a final backup or remove the license and services.

No matter, I restored from backup to a new server and then installed MDaemon over the top. A few things needed doing post installation:-

  1. Install Service (button in Preferences)
  2. Edit the mdaemon.ini ( StartedAsService=Yes)
  3. Pin the Mdaemon Start program to the Taskbar
  4. Modify DNS entries to point mail record to new IP address (also MX entries if not using a spam filter service, but I do so just had to update mailhost record on Spamhero.com)
  5. In Domain Manager, Hostname & IP needed to be modified to the new IP address
  6. Open up the Firewall and allow 25, 465, 587, 110, 143, 993, 995 through

The license seems to have been copied over ok from the old server so no issues there. All the user’s emails came down with the backup and I flushed the Spamhero queues to get any stored-up email across. I had to “up” the limit on my secondary ISP STMP server, for some reason it kept saying the limit of 50 emails per hour had been reached.

SPEED UP WINDOWS BY DISABLING SERVICES

Here is a list of services which you can disable in order to speed up windows:-

Application Experience (manual/disabled)

BitLocker Drive Encryption Service (disabled)

Bluetooth Support Service
Certificate Propagation (disabled)

Computer Browser (If you are not on a network)
Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (manual/disabled)

Diagnostic Policy Service (manual)

Distributed Link Tracking Client (manual)

Encrypting File System (disabled)

Fax (manual)

HomeGroup Listener(definitely disabled)

HomeGroup Provider (definitely disabled)

IP Helper (disabled)

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service (disabled)

Netlogon (manual)

Network Access Protection Agent (disabled)

Offline Files (disabled)

Parental Controls (manual)
Portable Device Enumerator Service (disabled)

Print Spooler (manual/disabled)
Protected Storage (disabled)
Remote Desktop Configuration (disabled)

Remote Desktop Configuration (manual)

Remote Desktop Services (manual)

Remote Desktop Services (manual)

Remote Registry (disabled)

Routing and Remote Access Service (disabled)

Secondary Logon (manual)

Security Center (disabled)

Server (disabled)

Smart Card (disabled)

Smart Card Removal Policy (disabled)

SSDP Discovery

Tablet PC Input Service

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper (disabled)

Themes (To get better appearance) (manual/disabled)

Windows Connect Now:

Windows Defender (disabled)

Windows Error Reporting Service (disabled)

Windows Firewall (disabled)

Windows Media Center Receiver Service (manual)

Windows Media Center Scheduler Service (manual)

Windows Media Center Service Launcher (disabled)

Windows Time

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service (manual)

Windows Search

NEW HP ENVY 34

Mmmm…..nice!

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IPHONE LCD REPAIR: REPLACE SCREEN + HOME BUTTON IN 5 MINS

When replacing an cracked iphone screen, why not purchase the screen including home button and camera in order to save lots of repair time.  To buy a complete module saves you time and effort and it’s just £30 instead of £20.

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EMCLIENT 7 BETA: NOW SUPPORTS GMAIL LABELS

The new version of EmClient now has some great extra features plus a new look and some nice themes.

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http://www.emclient.com/blog

OUTLOOK: IMAP EMAILS DELETED BUT MAILBOX STILL FULL

If you are connected to your mail server in Outlook using IMAP and you delete old emails you may need to PURGE in order to delete mails on the server.

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HP’s NEW SLIM LAPTOP

This is the new HP 250 G4 laptop – sleek, good looking, powerful. And Yes, I can get them cheap! I have 10 on order and they will be around £355 + VAT. Just let me know how many you want.

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Intel Core i5 / 4GB RAM / 500GB HDD / Wireless / Webcam / W10 / CD-DVD / 6 Hours / 15.6

MICROSOFT EXCEL – CAN’T PASSWORD PROTECT A FILE

Spreadsheets containing sensitive information can be encrypted with a password, but you may need to stop sharing the spreadsheet first:-

Review, Share Workbook, Untick the box. Now take a look at the Protect Workbook.

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Options are then made available.

RINGCENTRAL – CLOUD-BASED PHONE SYSTEM

Forget BT, O2 or Talk Talk. Your next business phone system should be cloud-based and over your broadband connection. This makes it simple to install, maintain, modify and means paying LESS than your current provider. Minutes to land lines, mobiles and international all included at the lowest rates.

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One of my customers has just gone with Ringcentral (provided through BT) and is paying approximately a third less per month. It also means that if they decide to move premises they can, easily, because it is portable. Any decent broadband will do!

CRYPTOLOCKER

You may have heard in the news about Cryptolocker, a heinous piece of malware that encrypts all your files and asks you to pay a ransom to get them all back. Foolish IT has come up with a piece of software that can prevent this from happening:

http://www.brightnet.co.uk/files/CryptoPreventSetup.exe

Install it, say NO to all the prompts, choose Updates, Check for Updates, and Apply.

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Crypto-locker has “got” this PC good and proper.

INKJETS? MORE LIKE ‘STINKJETS’ – BUY A LASER

A Brother MONO LASER WITH SCAN/COPY £60 – but is it any good? In a word YES…but maybe I wouldn’t put it in a busy office, just a home office or for a single user’s convenience. Laser is absolutely great for the likes of home office users instead of the dreaded inkjet, which is a bye-word for terrible, expensive printing, but lasers are rarely on the menu. Inkjets are so cheaply made that they often go wrong after a year or two, or the ink dries up, or it just stops working. Colour? Really? How much colour printing does your business do? You’re printing stationery in colour? Sheesh.

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Brother DCP-1510 Mono Laser Print/Copy/Scan

 

GETTING LOCKED OUT OF EMAIL – IP BLOCKING

I can now unblock failed login attempts to your email systems MYSELF:-

“In order to make things simple for our customers, UKWSD are introducing the option of IP removal self service. With this option, you will be able to remove your IP from the server firewall if it was blocked, in 3 easy steps:”

1. Login in to Customer Portal;
2. Choose your account / package;
3. Check if the IP was blocked, and remove it.

 

LOVE YOU LONG TIME, 45 DOLLAR!

Check out MAILBIRD, a new email client available for download to replace Outlook. It looks a bit like Outlook 2013 or maybe even the new Hotmail interface. It’s free for 3 accounts and it seems to find my mail servers correctly, unlike most other email clients (of course, with Outlook 2010 you can search for your settings as well but that never works!). It has a nice “Apps” feature which allows you to add-in Facebook, WhatsApp, Dropbox etc. You can upgrade to the Pro version for $1 per month, or $45 lifetime.

http://mailbird.com

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Mailbird – New free or low-cost email client to rival Outlook

 

SAGE PAYROLL VAT UPDATE NOT APPLYING

I have a customer who can’t update Sage Payroll with the new VAT rollup patch. Each time she goes into Sage Payroll, it just sits there trying to update but never finishes. The solution was to Google for the update, download directly from Sage and install.

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75,000 VIEWS ON YOUTUBE – DESPITE THE PYJAMAS

Can you believe it? I’ve now had 75,000 views of my Lenovo G570 Hinge Repair video on YouTube, and some nice comments!

Watch it here – Yes, that’s me in my pyjamas at Oaks Way, Surbiton….

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I’ve now had 75,000 views on Youtube – this time next year I’ll be a millionaire!

VIRGIN MEDIA HUB 2.4GHZ ISSUES – SWITCH TO 5GHZ

One of my customers was having a nightmare on the internet using his laptop, but his iPad was absolutely fine. I noticed that the iPad was running on 5GHZ wavelength to the Virgin Hub but the Laptop was on 2.4GHZ. After switching over…it all worked great.

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Switch to 5GHZ – if your laptop can

ELITEBOOKS ARE DEAD – LONG LIVE THE ELITEBOOK

Here is the Elitebook 8460p and  8470p (extra features) – looking good and only a year or two old. I have now stopped getting hold of the 8440p which has been a solid workhorse and great second-hand laptop, as seen on BBC News, Daily Politics and many other shows. £325 for an Intel Core i5, 2.6GHZ, 4MB RAM, 500GB HDD. SSD option (solid state drive) available. Solidly built, after WWIII these and cockroaches will be the only things still standing.

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TIME FOR AN UPGRADE?

It’s February and I have a load of HP Elite 8200 Dekstops at a good price – £275 for an Intel Core-i5 3.30GHZ with 4MB RAM and 500GB HDD. They are pre-owned but not too old with very little signs of mileage. Slim form factor, good for on the desktop, DVD Re-writer and very quiet. Pair it up with an Iiyama 24″ LED screen and a wireless deskset (mouse and keyboard). Upgrade to a 240GB SSD (fast solid state hard drive)

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NEED TO BACKUP YOUR IMPORTANT FILES?

Would all my customers without a backup please sign up for Backblaze by clicking the link below, especially for all your home PCs, and for your friends and family. It’s cheap and it’s easy so go for it! Start protecting all your photos, music, movies and documents today for just $5. It doesn’t need you to pick folders and file types, so it’s really easy.
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http://www.backblaze.com

OUTLOOK PST FILE GROWS EXTREMELY LARGE WITH IMAP GMAIL

It’s the….ALL MAIL folder – you have to unsubscribe it. By default setting up IMAP to a Gmail account will subscribe the All Mail folder. However, that folder is an amalgamation of everything so all that mail is downloaded yet again.

TURNING OFF GMAIL SPAM CHECKING

So I got to thinking, there’s got to be a way to tell it to forward me ALL the mail from these two accounts, spam included.  I couldn’t figure out a way easily, and I got to thinking, how can I use the filters.  Came up with this idea, and it seems to work perfectly.

  1. Click the gear in the upper right hand corner and then…  (this is a new step due to Gmail interface changes)
  2. Go into “Settings”, and then pick the tab “Filters”.
  3. At the bottom, pick “Create New Filter”
  4. In the resulting popup, place this text (without the quotes) “in:spam” into the “Has the Words” box, and click “Create filter with this search”.
  5. Gmail will complain about this, saying “giving you a popup that says “Filter searches containing…..are not recommended as they will never match incoming email.”.  IGNORE THAT.  Just press OK.
  6. Tick the check mark that says “Never send it to Spam”, and then click “Create Filter”.

NICKNAMES (AUTO-COMPLETE) IN OUTLOOK NOT WORKING

Turn off “Word as your email editor” in Tools, Options, Mail Format. You can use Rich Text or Plain.

ATI DRIVERS – WINDOWS 10 MODDED FROM VISTA

http://www.mediafire.com/download/9mj9eqotbxf73ro/ATI+Catalyst+12.11+B11+HotFix+11.09+V5+Final.7z

System will tell you not to install them but just go for it and you will have old non-Windows 10 compatible ATI drivers installed under Windows 10.

EUROSPORT ON TVPLAYER.COM

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TvPlayer offers digital TV over the Internet plus the ability to sign up for some premium channels on a trial basis.

https://www.tvplayer.com/watch/eurosport2

Driverguide.com for all your drivers — FREE

http://www.driverguide.com/

Cloning a WordPress Site

Since I couldn’t get any proper information on this from anyone, I sat down and worked it out for myself. Most of the tutorials and help on this require masses of steps or lots of configuration, but my method is a lot simpler. If you have paid for plugins or themes, then this method will be best for you because you won’t have to purchase things again.

  1. First install UPDRAFT (or UPDRAFT PLUS) on the source and target sites from the WordPress Dashboard (yes, this means you have to prepare the target site with a basic one entry blog first).
  2. From the source site, do an Updraft backup and download the 5 backup files that Updraft offers you; Database, Plugins, Themes, Uploads, Others.
  3. On the target site, make ONE backup with Updraft. Make a note of the folder they are in. You will need to overwrite these 5 backup files with your source backup files, but keeping the names.
  4. Copy the source backup files to the updraft folder as above, renaming them so they fool Updraft into thinking they are the same files.
  5. Now do an Updraft Restore.
  6. You now have to ACTIVATE all the various plugins that have been restored.
  7. ACTIVATE the theme you are using on the source.
  8. Finally, DO THE RESTORE AGAIN.

Windows boot issues – don’t forget about FIXMBR

A colleage had a PC that refused to boot after running the Windows Activator (he should have had no reason to run this as the PC had a proper product key sticker on the box, but it just wouldn’t activate). He re-installed Windows from scratch, but all he really had to do was run BOOTREC /FIXMBR and BOOTREC /FIXBOOT from a command prompt after booting from the Windows CD and choosing Repair.

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controlme.me

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isnotspam.com

Are you worried that your emails are being treated as spam, and are not reaching the intended recipient? Test your emails here:

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Recover passwords like this *******

Useful if you or your customer have forgotten the Outlook password:-

http://www.lostpassword.com/f/downloads/ariskkey/ariskkey.exe

Useful URLs

Free online network tools

http://centralops.net/co/

Send large files

https://www.wetransfer.com

SpiderOakGroups Backup Client

https://spideroak.com/business/download

Processor speed ratings

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

Domain name reputation

http://www.cyren.com/ip-reputation-check.html

Domain Blacklisted

http://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx

Sender Policy Framework Generator

https://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/safety/content/technologies/senderid/wizard/

Verify an Email Address

https://tools.verifyemailaddress.io/

Check your warranty status

http://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/wc/public/home

Google Apps Accounts Access

https://accounts.google.com

Microsoft Online Services Login

https://login.microsoftonline.com

Spamhero Service

https://www.spamhero.com/

DNSBL – Blacklist

http://www.dnsbl.info/dnsbl-database-check.php

Battery Supplier

http://www.duracelldirect.co.uk/index.html

Microsoft Print To PDF and XPS – download

Microsoft Print To PDF and XPS:-

https://download.microsoft.com/download/f/4/b/f4bfd843-a0b6-4031-aa98-0a3db7403d0f/SaveAsPDFandXPS.exe

Outlook – reloading Nicknames from Contacts

If you have moved to a new PC and need the Outlook contacts repopulated into your Nicknames cache (*.NK2 file) then you can either use Outlook /importNK2 (you need the NK2 file in the correct APPDATA folder), OR you can simply create a new email, add your entire contacts folder and save the message – DON’T SEND IT of course! They will now all be available in your Nicknames cache (*.NK2).

Excel 2007 on Remote Desktop – “File could not be accessed”

This was infuriating, one user COULD open files, but another user in a session could not. After much tinkering I still couldn’t figure it out, so in the end I re-installed Office 2007 and it is now all working fine. I am thinking that the user account that couldn’t open the files was created AFTER the whole initial server install and applications were setup, other than that I am stumped.

Error 100107 is the actual code (if you hit Ctrl-Shift-I on the error popup)

Teamviewer – Controlme.me

Use this to remote control a PC if your usual method doesn’t work.

http://controlme.me

Just get the target PC to run the QS file and then you can remote in using Teamviwer full using the code and password.

Wondershare – PDF to Word

Finally, a PDF to Word converter that really works…and is free:-

http://download.informer.com/win-1193025007-5c16d400-514cb31f/free-pdf-to-word_full893.exe

or

brightnet.co.uk/files/free-pdf-to-word_full893.exe

WETRANSFER – USE THIS TO AVOID SENDING LARGE FILES VIA EMAIL

If you have a problem sending a large file via email, you can try this. It’s free, easy and simple to use for a file up to 2GB and allows you to send to multiple recipients.:-

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https://www.wetransfer.com

Stop Windows 10 updating automatically

if you don’t want Windows 10 automatically downloading updates on your home network connection, just set it as a metered connection. Windows 10 will automatically download updates when you connect your device to an unmetered network, or when you set the network it’s connected to as unmetered again. And yes, Windows will remember this setting for each individual network, so you can disconnect from that network and reconnect all you like.

Users reporting Outlook crashes after installing Windows security patches

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Maxthon Cloud Browser – Quick Apps are Groovy!

Just right-click a tab as you are browsing and choose Save As Quick App and an icon will be generated on your Desktop that you can double-click to launch that particular site. It is incredibly good to have your Gmail, Ebay or Google Translate available on your desktop.

You have to re-authenticate first time, but it saves the username and password for next time.

The stupidest things in home/office computing

1. When Microsoft removed the Start Button from Windows 8 operating system.

2. When Microsoft removed the word “Start” from the Start Button in Windows 7.

2. When Microsoft changed “Add/Remove Programs” to “Programs and Features”.

3. When Apple changed the charging connector with the iPhone 5.

4. When eBay changed their logo.

5. When SIM cards split into three different sizes.

6. How Skype sits in the taskbar when minimised and you need to change preferences to hide it.

7. When Microsoft changed My Computer to Computer.

8. When Microsoft changed Computer to This PC.

9. Internet Explorer on Windows Server and it’s “Extended Protection Mode” which means “Tedious, Never-ending Pop-up Mode”.

10. When smartphones went all screen and no QWERTY keyboard.

This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine – temporary activation relief

To activate Windows in an emergency:-

1. Click on start menu.

2.Type cmd in search field.

3.Right click on cmd file and click on Run as Administrator.It is must to run command prompt with administrator privileges.

4. Type SLMGR -REARM (SLMGR is Windows software licensing management tool. REARM command will reset the licensing status of machine) and press enter.

5. Now you will see a confirmation window, click on OK.

6. Restart your PC.

Internet Explorer – ActiveX crap

You might need to enable ActiveX Filters to allow certain high security websites to work correctly, for example Barclays BARX system (which of course doesn’t work in Firefox):-

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MS Access can’t convert data types in a table

Method 1: Changing MaxLocksPerFile in the registry

Use Registry Editor to increase the MaxLocksPerFile value under the following key:

   HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Jet\4.0\Engines\Jet 4.0

Office 2007 – Signatures don’t match with account in Outlook

You need to install Office 2007 Service Pack 3 to get signatures to match with the right account if you have multiple Outlook accounts, otherwise it defaults to the default account’s signature.

360 Total Security

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http://software-files-a.cnet.com/s/software/14/47/24/09/360TS_Setup_Mini_OG_DS_DD.exe

Windows 10 – Thick borders theme

I have noticed people have some difficulty with the extremely thin borders that are the default in Windows 10, so here is a theme that enlarges them.

http://brightnet.co.uk/files/aerolite.theme

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Upgrade Office 2003 to 2007 but keep Outlook and Access

This works but it does give an error about Word as the editor in Outlook, so you have to set as text rather than Word.

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People have been asking me if they are OK upgrading to the new Windows 10 operating system?

Generally, I would say don’t upgrade until the product has been around for 6 months, so that all the worst bugs are resolved and missing hardware drivers are available. You could still register for the free upgrade if you are getting a message on boot up about it, just enter you email address. Free upgrade until 29 July 2016, so plenty of time.

 
If you really, really want to upgrade now, I would suggest:
 
– If you currently on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 you could upgrade and mostly everything would work, although you might want to download Startmenu8 or StartIsBack to give you a normal start menu. You can always rollback, if there were no install errors.
 
– If you have Windows XP you might just want to upgrade to Vista which is still supported until 2017, or Windows 7 Home Premium (£80 on Amazon). There’s an unlocked version of Vista floating around.
 

– If you have Vista then I would stick with that or install the free Windows 10 Technical Preview which allows you to upgrade and keep upgrading with latest updates.

Note, Windows 10 will be £80 for Home and £130 for Pro after the Get Windows 10 program has finished. You may also have to pay a yearly subscription in the future*, or get it free via Office 365.

 

Steve Manser

steve@brightnet.co.uk
Brightnet UK Ltd
0208 398 9968

 
 
 
 
* Rumoured on the Internet. Microsoft are vaguely following Apple’s pricing model and upgrade strategy, but they don’t have as much hardware for sale as Apple so that could change. I think they will have to start charging subscriptions in 2 – 3 years, unless everybody starts buying Windows phones and tablets, which is obviously their ultimate goal for Windows 10.

Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) Printer Not Working

Printer error icon.  RDC printer won't install.

Windows Remote Desktop Printer Redirection Problems – Clever Solution

You want to print to your local printer (redirect) when connected to a remote Windows PC through Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) but the printer refuses to show up on the remote PC’s Printer’s list.

Symptoms

  • The Event Viewer may be showing an error relating to Term orTermServDevices similar to the screenshot below.
    Event Viewer Entry
  • You successfully connected to a remote Windows PC through RDC but your local printer is not showing up as an icon in Control Panel > Printers  Faxes or in the Print dialog in any application.
  • Other Local resources such as Disk Drives show up and are accessible without any problems
  • Other printers installed on the remote PC (if any) have no known problems
  • The printer you are using may be a local USB printer or a network printer

Explanation

The remote desktop printer problem happens because either:

  1. the Printers check box is not selected in the Local Resources tab of remote desktop and/or
  2. if it is selected, the correct printer driver is not installed on the remote PC

If you have an error showing in your event viewer of the remote computersimilar to the screen shot above then it’s likely that you need the correct printer driver installed. The steps below should sort it.

 

Step 1 – Enable Printer as a Local Resource

Perform these steps on the local computer

    1. On the local PC, open Remote Desktop Connection (RDC)
    2. Enter the address you want to connect to
    3. Click Options
    4. Click the Local Resources tab
    5. Place a check mark in Printers in the Local devices and resources section.
RDC Local Resources Options
  1. Click Connect, enter your username and password details if required and allow it to bring up the desktop
  2. On the remote PC, check to see if the printer is visible as an icon in theControl Panel > Printers screen
  3. If the printer installed correctly then you’re finished! If not, then continue toStep 2

Step 2 – Install the printer driver on the remote PC

Perform these steps on the remote computer

    1. Firstly verify if you need to install the printer driver on the remote PC by checking that the printer driver is the problem as described in the symptoms section of this article.
    2. The easiest way to get the printer drivers installed in the correct place in Windows is by installing a dummy local printer on the Remote PC.
    3. Click Start > Printer & Faxes
    4. Click Add Printer
    5. Click Next > select Local Printer
    6. Uncheck Automatically detect and install my plug and play printer > ClickNext
    7. Select a Printer Port:  select Use the following port:  FILE: (print to file) > Click Next
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    1. Click Have Disk
    2. Browse to the location of the printer driver for the printer you are trying to use, select the INF file and click OK
A helpful tip.

You will probably have to download the printer driver from the manufacturers website to the remote PC and store them in a folder somewhere convenient such as the desktop. Links to the major printer manufacturers driver download pages are available below.

  1. Select the printer from the list and click Next
     
  2. Give the printer a name select that it should not be the default printer > Click Next
  3. Select Do Not Share This Printer > Click Next
  4. Do not print a test page (it’s only a dummy printer!) > Click Next
  5. Click FinishWindows will now copy all the required drivers and complete the install.
  6. Disconnect from your RDC session by clicking Start > Disconnect
  7. Reconnect to the remote PC through RDC
  8. Check the Printers list – you should have 2 printers installed now (in addition to any other printers on the remote PC of course); the dummy one and the real one.
  9. You should be able to tell the real one from the dummy one because the dummy one will have a little picture of a disk beside the printer icon.

How to Fix internet explorer, won’t open or closes immediately

Question

Internet explorer won’t open, are you getting these type of problems?

1. internet explorer won’t open
2. internet explorer closes after a few seconds
3. internet explorer flashes open and closes
4. ie open and closes immediately
5. internet explorer open and close right away

Solved Answers

That means some internet explorer setting gone corrupted, now here we go to repair them in advance mode, have to repair them manually, Please follow the steps below

Steps

1. Start “command prompt” with Administrator mode
Click on Start and then click on All programs then click on Accessories and now do right click on “command prompt” and then click on that and choose Run as administrator ( In XP you you just have to click on “command prompt”)

2. Copy and paste this below line (which is in orange color) into “command line” and then press enter button from your keyboard.
regsvr32.exe “c:\program files\internet explorer\ieproxy.dll”

3. Now you have to reset the Internet explorer for set the defaut settings. Please clickon below click that is the Ms fixit to reset the Internet Explorer.
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9646978

4. Download this IE Fix Utility this file and run it and run it (Right click on that and run as administrator)

5. Download this zip file IE_Reregister_dll.zip Unzip it and you will be getting 2 files here and run all 2 files one by one with admnistrator mode (Right Click on .cmd files and choose run as administrator (In windowsXP you just double on that file)

6. Now restart the computer once

7. then now again reset your internet explorer with below command
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9646978

8. Restart your computer and get resolved your problem.

if doesn’t work then got to Microsoft Fixit

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967896

Starter – Find all those startup programs in Windows

http://download.softpedia.ro/dl/97ca3a13a3204cc1ec547d0e8fa3711d/561cc423/100002345/software/TWEACK/StarterSetup.zip

Which Version of Windows Am I Using?

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/which-operating-system

Febees Backup

Automate backups to or from various sources including FTP sites to Windows folders or vice versa.

http://www.febees.com/FebeesBackupSetup.msi

Outlook – MAPI32.DLL is corrupt or wrong version

  1. Start Windows Explorer.
  2. Locate and then open the following folder on your computer:
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Msmapi\1033
  3. Right-click the MSMapi32.dll file, and then click Rename.

    Note The file (Msmapi32.dll) that you are renaming differs from the file (Mapi32.dll) that is mentioned in the error message.

  4. Type Msmapi32.old, and then press ENTER to rename the file.
  5. Start Outlook 2003.
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MDaemon – Multiple Aliases

You can have multiple aliases set up under MDaemon’s Aliases feature. That means you can have:-

  1. One email account going to two (or more) different addresses.
  2. Two (or more) accounts going to one address.

As long as they are NOT already email accounts in their own right. The target address(es) can be external email addresses, or local.

e.g.

steve@microsoft.com —> steve@gmail.com
steve@microsoft.com —> steve@hotmail.com
david@microsoft.com —> steve@gmail.com

OR

You can create a Mailing List and add all your email addresses as members.

MDaemon – Aliases

You can set up aliases that forward to external domains, even though there is no mention of it in Google. I did however find this snippet in the MDaemon help guide:-

Settings

It’s OK to relay mail for aliases that include foreign domains

Check this box if you wish to allow MDaemon to relay mail for aliases that include non-local domains. This option overrides the Do not allow message relaying option in Relay Control for those aliases.

That means you don’t need to create a mailbox for each account that you just want to alias, saving you dollars.

Outlook – ANSI to Unicode PST File

ANSI-type PST files have a maximum size of 2GB, so it’s best to upgrade them to the new Unicode-type. Yes, I know we are in 2015 now and this should have been done when upgrading from Office 2003, but there will still be customers with old pst files if they are using Outlook 2003, didn’t upgrade or simply don’t get much email.

Just CREATE A NEW PROFILE from Control Panel, Mail, set that as the default profile. Then launch Outlook and import all your email from the old PST if using POP3. For IMAP, you probably just need to import Sent Items only.

Matrox graphics cards slow when using remote control software

HP computers often use Matrox graphic cards in their systems and sometimes they can be  excruciatingly slow when accessing them using remote control software. The fix could be to turn off hardware acceleration in the graphics adapter properties.

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Cloud Server + MDaemon – Socket connection error

The hosting company had blocked port 25, so MDaemon could not send emails.

Problem Description: Every outbound email is not sending suddenly. Loads of users getting bounce backs. SMTP Out Queue:-

Tue 2015-09-22 14:06:28.552: Resolving AAAA record for kestrl.skynt.co.uk (DNS Server: 199.204.4.54)…

 

Tue 2015-09-22 14:06:28.707: * kestrl.skynt.co.uk added to internal AAAA lookup black-list
 
Tue 2015-09-22 14:06:28.707: * DNS server reports no valid records for the requested type found Tue 2015-09-22 14:06:28.707: Resolving A record forkestrl.skynt.co.uk (DNS Server: 199.204.4.54)…

 

Tue 2015-09-22 14:06:28.709: * D=kestrl.skyet.co.uk TTL=(3) A=
 
Tue 2015-09-22 14:06:28.709: Attempting SMTP connection to 80.9.167.6:25 Tue 2015-09-22 14:06:28.709: Waiting for socket connection…

 

Tue 2015-09-22 14:06:49.717: * Socket error 10060 – The connection timed out.

Import .nk2 files into Outlook 2010

To import .nk2 files into Outlook 2010, follow these steps:
  1. Make sure that the .nk2 file is in the following folder: %appdata%\Microsoft\Outlook
  2. Click Start, and then click Run (or use Search box)
  3. In the Open box, type outlook.exe /importnk2, and then click OK. This should import the .nk2 file into the Outlook 2010 profile

The blank, naked or no prefix domain

Your website should load up using www in the prefix but it should also load without it. This is known as adding the blank record. To do this in most DNS services you have to add a new A record with @ as the domain prefix. e.g.

A Record   @   1.2.3.4

Other systems may use a * instead.

In an Email, replace “Received Date” with the proper received date.

This is a script that I wrote that will run through a folder of .msg files and replace the email “Received Date” with the original date, because sometimes copying or moving an email using POP3 or IMAP will set a new creation date that Outlook will then display, so you get a mailbox full of emails that are the same date. I’ve also packaged the VBA into an Access Database File here: ReplaceEmailReceivedDate

Private Sub ReplaceEmailReceivedDateWithDeliveryDate(strPath As Variant)
Const ForReading = 1
Const ForWriting = 2
Set objFSO = CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
If IsNull(strPath) Then strPath = “C:\”
Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder(strPath)
For Each objFile In objFolder.Files
strFile = objFile.Name
If Right(strFile, 4) = “.msg” Then
strTemp = strFile & “.tmp”
‘read existing file
Set objFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strPath & strFile, ForReading)
strText = objFile.ReadAll
objFile.Close
If InStr(strText, “X-MDArrival-Date:”) Then
‘make new file
Set tmpFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile(strPath & strTemp, True)
arrLines = Split(strText, vbCrLf)
For i = 0 To (UBound(arrLines))
If Left(arrLines(i), 17) = “X-MDArrival-Date:” Then
vLine1 = arrLines(i)
strDate1 = Mid(arrLines(i), 19)
End If
If Left(arrLines(i), 14) = “Delivery-Date:” Then
vLine2 = arrLines(i)
strDate2 = Mid(arrLines(i), 16)
End If
Next
If Not IsEmpty(vLine1) Then
For i = 0 To (UBound(arrLines))
If Left(arrLines(i), 17) = “X-MDArrival-Date:” Then
arrLines(i) = Replace(arrLines(i), vLine1, Replace(vLine2, “Delivery-Date:”, “X-MDArrival-Date:”))
End If
If InStr(arrLines(i), strDate1) Then arrLines(i) = Replace(arrLines(i), strDate1, strDate2)
tmpFile.WriteLine arrLines(i)
Next
tmpFile.Close
objFSO.DeleteFile strPath & strFile, True
objFSO.MoveFile strPath & strTemp, strPath & strFile
End If
End If
End If
NextRow = NextRow + 1
Next objFile
End Sub

Moving Mail Servers

Notes:

IMAP to IMAP mailbox transfers using IMAPSize retains creation date, POP3 transfers picking up your mail via target mail system may not.

Should I Remove It?

Uninstall utility, to see if you have any installed applications that could be removed.

shouldiremoveit.com

File Server Resource Manager

Use this built-in Windows 2012 product to archive old files to a backup drive.

OKI MB451 “Please check that the device is set to Remote PC mode”

When configuring your OKI printer to use the supplied ActKey utility, you will get the above error when you try to perform a scan from the PC. You have to go to the control panel on the printer and set this mode manually at least once to enable scanning from ActKey. I have just one thing to say to OKI:-

BONKERS!

Windows 7 desktop icons not refreshing unless F5

Searched for occurrences of the word refresh and found this key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\Instance which contains three subkeys. One of them, curiously enough, is DontRefresh and it has a value of 1 (turned ON). I then changed the value to 0 (turned OFF) and hit F5 to refresh and save the now changed registry.
Guess what? Now, everything (moving, deleting, copying) works and even the Trash Bin refreshes immediately.

Outlook fails to send an email – Resource is in use

This is sometimes caused by Dropbox or BTSync having a lock on the .pst file. See if you can move or delete the *.pst file, if you get a file in use error then unload Dropbox or BTSync.

OUTLOOK IS SENDING EMAILS MULTIPLE TIMES, REMAINS IN OUTBOX

This is your antivirus interfering with the outgoing mail, so disable the outgoing scanning option. For example with Rising AV:-

rising

CFP Winman – User locked out

You will need to delete the temporary lock file, usually located in:-

C:\WINMAN32\DATA\SQL

on the server. There will be two files, *.mdb and *.ldb which are the related files blocking you from logging in. Delete the ldb and/or mdb.

Gmail – Archiving old emails

After trawling the Internet for some help on or utility for archiving Gmail, especially Sent Items, I think the easiest way is to use the archiving facility in Outlook. It doesn’t seem to work very well with IMAP, but it’s great with Google’s Outlook Connector. The Rules based solutions don’t work because you can’t do it on Sent Items by date, only the Inbox.

Once you have an archive.pst with the old emails you can save them or even IMAP then up to your secondary Gmail account.

Invoices: How to properly round and calculate totals

1. Don’t pass around unrounded values

2. Once you round, use the rounded value for all further totals

MS Access can’t do a running total/sum of calculated fields in a form like you can in DataEase. Instead, you have to use an AfterUpdate on the form/subform to call a function that adds up each line, rounding at each line:-

Private Sub Form_AfterUpdate()

Me.Parent.Form!curSubTotal = SumTotal(Me.RecordSource)
Me.Parent.Form!curVAT = SumTotalVAT(Me.RecordSource)
Me.Parent.Form!curTotal = Me.Parent.Form!curSubTotal + Me.Parent.Form!curVAT
Me.Parent.Form!curSettDiscAmt = SumDiscAm(Me.RecordSource)

End Sub

The functions:-

Public Function SumTotal(Me_Recordsource)
Set rs1 = CurrentDb.OpenRecordset(Me_Recordsource)
Do While Not rs1.EOF
SumTotal = SumTotal + Round(rs1!intQtyReqd * rs1!curPrice * (1 – (rs1!intLine / 100)), 2)
rs1.MoveNext
Loop
End Function

 

Public Function SumTotalVAT(Me_Recordsource)
Set rs1 = CurrentDb.OpenRecordset(Me_Recordsource)
Do While Not rs1.EOF
SumTotalVAT = SumTotalVAT + Round(rs1!intQtyReqd * rs1!curPrice * (1 – (rs1!intLine / 100)) * (1 – (rs1!intSett / 100)) * (rs1!intVAT / 100), 2)
rs1.MoveNext
Loop
End Function

 

Public Function SumDiscAm(Me_Recordsource)
Set rs1 = CurrentDb.OpenRecordset(Me_Recordsource)
Do While Not rs1.EOF
SumDiscAm = SumDiscAm + Round(rs1!intQtyReqd * rs1!curPrice * (1 – (rs1!intLine / 100)) * (rs1!intSett / 100), 2)
rs1.MoveNext
Loop
End Function

SpiderOak Blue – Setting Up New Users

DON’T install the spideroak software, just create a new user in the administrator’s web page and an email is generated and sent to the new user. The user can then click the included link and set a password and download the software.

If you bypass this method then you will have trouble logging in with the client piece, and possibly get the SSL3 error below:-

SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE ERROR

DOH!

Android – Disable the lock screen

You can turn off the lock screen on Android phones. I can’t believe I’ve had this on for over 2 years and it wasn’t necessary. Once you’ve turned it off, the button takes you straight to your home screen. Pressing the button again then blanks the screen, whilst you stow it in your pocket or handbag. What the heck is the lock screen for?

Cash Abroad – The definitive answer

So I took out €100 three times, once with Barclays, once with Nationwide and once with the local bank’s offer of converting to GBP, all at the rate of 1.41 Euros to the Pound. The results:-

Barclays: £73.54

Nationwide: £72.69

Banif: £73.71

In conclusion, there is little difference between them even though much has been written about the difference and how you should pay in the local currency, or exchange in the UK before you leave. If you are withdrawing a small amount then it really doesn’t matter, the best thing you can do to save money in any European country is to sit at the bar to order your drinks, making conversation with the bar staff!

EBAY – DON’T PUT A RESERVE ON AN ITEM YOU ARE SELLING

eBay charges you a percentage if you put a reserve on an item even if your item doesn’t sell . This is the price you pay for making your buyers “guess” what price your product really starts at. It’s better then to just put the reserve as the starting price, which means if it doesn’t sell you are only charged the initial insertion fee.

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Moving Gmail mail to another Gmail account

Sometimes you might want to move Gmail email from one account to another, for example, if you are archiving old mail. You can do this in 2 ways;

First, if you are moving everything then just enable POP3 access on the source account and set up mail fetching on the target account. There are lots of tutorials on this if you Google it.

Second way, if you want to be more specific, use Outlook on a PC. Set up Outlook with the 2 accounts, source and target, as IMAP accounts. Then, create a rule that moves the files from inbox #1 to inbox #2 by date or whatever, and run the rule.

SAGE 50: Moving Report Templates

Sage 50 and Payroll have reports that you can use and custom modify, but if you want to use them on someone else’s machine you have to copy them over or use them from a shared drive.

To find and copy them first locate the report file (.FORM) using Windows search or Everything (www.voidtools.com). Copy it to a memory stick/shared drive, making a note of the path where it was located, usually C:\Users\xxx\AppData\Local\Sage\Sage Designer 2007\SagePayroll. Now go to the target machine and copy the file to the same place.

If you go into Sage Payroll, you can’t see the report yet, but if you look under User Defined (Company) you can see it. Mark it as a favourite and it will then appear in your favourites.

SAGE 50: User still logged in

If you get an error regarding a user still being logged in but you have definitely logged everyone out, then you have to delete the QUEUE.DTA file in the COMPANY.000/ACCDATA folder. It gets recreated when you next log in.

Blocked access from particular IP address

Some ISPs will block you from accessing a website if you have entered the wrong password multiple times. It is very annoying, webpages don’t load, emails fail. You would either have to reboot your router to get a new IP address or you would need to contact the ISP to remove the block. If you have a static IP then the latter is the only option.

Flush DNS on Windows PC or Server

ipconfig /flushdns

Gmail pulled Send Via Gmail Servers in Oct 2014

…and because of this any new gmail accounts created after this time can’t have that feature, or can they? You can achieve the same functionality by configuring it this way; set up your account to send through an alternative SMTP server, and then just configure the Gmail SMTP server! Duh.

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BT Service Status

http://btbusiness.custhelp.com/app/service_status/

Microsoft’s SPF Record Wizard

It is very important that you set your SPF record correctly these days to avoid having your emails rejected by other peoples mail servers.

Sender ID Framework SPF Record Wizard

http://www.spfwizard.net/

My customer was having an issue sending via his home broadband so in the end I added “+all” to my SPF:-

v=spf1 a mx ip4:193.189.74.53 mx:mail.brightnet.co.uk ip4:89.238.188.251 +all

Repair SimpleMAPI (Right-click, Send To, Mail Recipient)

CLICK HERE TO REPAIR

After did all of the above was still not working for me after many
attempts, so I then went online with internet explorer, from any website
click on any send to: email address to send mail, now an outlook 2007
message window should open. Close it. Now in windows try right click
your file or image: send to : mail recipient. It should now be working
properly and finally open an outlook 2007 message window with your
selected file/s attached.

If that doesn’t work, create a new Outlook profile and set that as default.

There seems to be a problem with 32bit Office on 64bit Windows, especially if there was an install/uninstall of a previous version of Office, so create a new Outlook profile and PST file.

Blacklisting Removal Tools

Here are my sites and tools for checking blacklistings:

CYREN IP Reputation Check:

http://www.cyren.com/ip-reputation-check.html

The CBL:
http://cbl.abuseat.org/lookup.cgi?ip=123.123.123.123

Look Up – SenderBase:
http://www.senderbase.org/lookup/

Email Blacklist Check – See if your server is blacklisted:
http://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx

DNSBL Information – Spam Database Lookup:
http://www.dnsbl.info/dnsbl-database-check.php

Email Address Checker – Validate In Real Time | email-checker.com:
https://tools.email-checker.com/

TLS Email Tests:
http://www.checktls.com/tests.html

nslookup, dig, whois lookup
http://centralops.net/co/

DNS Record Viewer – A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, NS, PTR, SOA, SRV, TXT
http://dns-record-viewer.online-domain-tools.com/

Whois – View WHOIS domain records, query WHOIS databases
http://whois.online-domain-tools.com/

HP Print and Scan Doctor

Use this utility to test and repair common HP printer issues:-

http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib/software13/COL50848/Im-145520-1/HPPSdr.exe

HP Laserjet P1102 prints only first page of job

This was a weird one. I re-installed the drivers, all OK, or did I System Restore it? Can’t remember, anyway it’s HP’s dreadful software rather than their fantastic hardware.

P1102

Konica Minolta printer/photocopier not responding to ping

Turned out to be a print job on one of the computers on the network. It was a large PDF on a Toshiba laptop that wouldn’t print. Everytime the Konica was restarted it crashed, I guess when it started to receive the weird print job.

SendTo, Mail Recipient not working in Windows 7

Fixmapi.exe – didn’t work – so I created a new shortcut in the SendTo folder for the user and pointed it to the location:

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\Outlook.exe” /a

Logitech Keyboard – Low on battery causes standby!

This is a weird one; when a Logitech keyboard started to run out of battery, it would occasionally put the Windows 7 PC into standby mode, even though the user wasn’t anywhere near the sleep key.

ijinshan.com

Lots of Internet browsers are infected with some form of malware which causes very slow-browsing of sites and poups in new tabs. Look out for the site ijinshan.com appearing in a new tab. If you see it download AdwCleaner and remove. If not resolved, try HitMan Pro from Surfright.

Outlook – Grammar Check Not Working, Spelling OK.

Having tried all the other options, I fixed this issue by creating a new profile and pst file. The grammar check then started working. You have to import all the old mail from the other pst file back in, of course.

WeTransfer: Useful to send a large file to someone

If you have a problem sending a large file via email, you can try this:-

https://www.wetransfer.com/

It’s free, easy and simple to use for a file up to 2GB and allows you to send to multiple recipients.

AdwCleaner

This is quite a good adware cleaner, free as well. Got rid of some browser popup malwares in Firefox, Chrome and IE.

https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/

Gmail account as a spam filter

You can set up a Gmail account as a way of filtering spam from your normal email account. Create you Gmail account and configure the Settings, Account and Import, OR you can just set up a forward from your normal email account:-

forwarding

The benefit of the 2nd method is to reduce the delay in receiving emails through Gmail. Gmail uses a weird algorithm to fetch emails, you can’t just set it fetch every x minutes like you can with most other free email providers.

Don’t forget to occasionally check the SPAM folder on Gmail, just in case there’s an important email that’s been marked as a “false positive”.

Watch Live TV, Filmon

UK TV Channels available on your laptop/smartphone:-

https://www.filmon.com/tv/bbc-one

Speed up windows

You can speed up your Windows PC by adjusting the performance settings:

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Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox…has stopped working

Winsock entries tells Windows 7 how to access your network services. Additionally, your TCP/IP protocol can be corrupted. The TCP/IP protocol is a stack of 4 layers that includes several transport layers, but when this stack is corrupt you will constantly have connectivity issues.

You need Admin access to enter the codes below. Windows button + x, then choose Command Prompt (Admin)
netsh winsock reset catalog (reset winsock entries)

netsh int ip reset reset.log hit (reset TCP/IP stack)

You may have to reinstall Chrome and Firefox or reboot to have the chnage take place.

Is KB3038314 installed? Remove it to see if that fixes it.

HP Elitebook 8460p Screen Blinking

DESCRIPTION

When the notebook operates on battery power, the internal display panel may flicker slightly Additionally, when the images on the screen change (such as opening and closing windows, viewing photo slideshows, and opening and closing the Start menu, to name a few examples), the display panel may suddenly adjust its brightness level. The flickering stops after a few seconds, and the brightness level soon returns to its original setting.

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HP EliteBook 2560p Notebook PC

HP EliteBook 2760p Tablet PC

HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook PC

HP EliteBook 8560p Notebook PC

HP ProBook 5330m Notebook PC

HP ProBook 6360b Notebook PC

HP ProBook 6460b Notebook PC

HP ProBook 6560b Notebook PC

HP 6360t Mobile Thin Client

RESOLUTION

This is a known issue with the Intel graphics adapter. To resolve this issue, do the following:

  1. Click Start, then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Intel GMA Driver for Mobile. The Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel window opens.
  3. Select Power from the options on the left side of the window.
  4. Select Power Features and then select On Battery from the Graphics Power Plan Settings list.
  5. De-select the Display Power Saving Technology check box to turn off this feature. Alternatively, adjust the quality slider closer to Maximum Quality to reduce the frequency of the flickering or sudden brightness shifts.
  6. Click OK to save the changes and exit.

On some PCs with two monitors, you have to change CMOS setting

There are two ways to set up multiple monitors on PCs, a graphics card with 2 ports or making use of the onboard port. The first method is preferable but if there’s only one port on the card then you will need the onboard port.

Once you have adjusted the BIOS setting, you can see two graphics cards in Windows Device Manager.

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Termsrv.dll only supports one RDP connection by default

Windows 7 RDP host (termsrv.dll) only supports one connection by default. You can patch it to support multiple connections:-

http://www.nextofwindows.com/how-to-enable-multiple-concurrent-user-in-remote-desktop-windows-7/

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Binkiland – Removal Instructions

Very annoying, it comes down with fake iTunes or fake Java from a Google search. Easy to remove with Kingsoft AntiVirus 2012:-

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Download here:- brightnet.co.uk/ks.exe

 

Email: POP3 and IMAP Settings for Apple devices

If you are using an Apple iPhone/iPad/MacBook, you may have difficulty setting up mail accounts because of the “verifying server settings” feature which tries to test your settings but never times out. In order to overcome this, let it try to verify few moments and then press the home button or close the app and try again with different settings.

The most common POP3/SMTP settings without SSL/TLS:-

username: xxxxx@xxxxx.co.uk
incoming: xxxxx.co.uk
port: 110
outgoing: xxxxx.co.uk
port: 25
auth: ON

The most common POP3/SMTP settings with SSL/TLS:-

username: xxxxx@xxxxx.co.uk
incoming: xxxxx.co.uk
port: 995
outgoing: xxxxx.co.uk
port: 587
auth: ON

The most common IMAP/SMTP settings without SSL/TLS:-

username: xxxxx@xxxxx.co.uk
incoming: xxxxx.co.uk
port: 143
outgoing: xxxxx.co.uk
port: 25
auth: ON

The most common IMAP/SMTP settings with SSL/TLS:-

username: xxxxx@xxxxx.co.uk
incoming: xxxxx.co.uk
port: 995
outgoing: xxxxx.co.uk
port: 587
auth: ON

If you still cannot send using any of these settings, then your SMTP ports are being blocked by your broadband provider, and so you have to use your broadband provider’s SMTP settings. Find your provider’s settings here:

http://www.filesaveas.com/emailsettings.html

Windows 7 hacking – replace the on screen keyboard with a command prompt

If you boot a Windows 7 PC with a Linux boot disk and rename OSK exe file with CMD exe then you can summon a command prompt at login, with system privileges.

Of course you could then run “net user Administrator letmein” which would rename the Administrator password.

Your laptop doesn’t really know how much life there is in your battery

It just guesses it by maintaining an internal “idea” of the battery life (which is usually wrong), a bit like you guessing how much petrol is in your car based on when you fill it up at the petrol station. So there could be another couple of hours in your battery, especially if you had a crappy old battery in there before. To calibrate it again, follow this stupid long boring procedure:

 

CopyTrans – To copy stuff to and from an iPhone

Mental, absolutely mental. iTunes.

This program will allow you to do stuff with your iPhone that you just can’t do with iTunes.

http://www.copytrans.net

Sage Problem: There’s an update but I can’t even launch Sage

You may have to load the demo data or an alternative set  of data first, then allow the update to happen. After the update you should be able to go into your original database.

Outlook.Office365.com

All Hotmail addresses will eventually be migrated to Outlook.com, but there is also Outlook.Office365.com which often gets confused with the former. The latter is Microsoft’s “onmicrosoft.com” system, otherwise known as “Exchange Online”, which is similar to Google Apps for Business on their “mygbiz.com” domain:-

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You can access this via the web as shown, or you can connect to it via Outlook. It’s a full blown “Exchange Server” type connection, you know, the one you have to add via Control Panel, Mail, because Outlook can’t be running when you add it. However, you should install the account via the special software setup you can find in Office 365 Settings, Software:-

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You may have to do a fair amount of updating Office before it will install:-

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Email: Using Gmail with a POP3/IMAP account

Some people noted that the setup was a bit complicated on the preceding blog post, so I thought I would explain how a simplied version of the situation could be configured by just using a free Gmail account as an IMAP store in conjunction with a POP3/IMAP account with your own domain name.

The trick here is to use your POP account email address but setup everything else as per your Gmail account:-

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Including the outgoing server. It definitely works better with Outlook 2003 if you set Log on using:-

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Remember to set SSL on and the correct ports:-

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Then set up forwarding in your POP3/IMAP account:-

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You can do the same forwarding in Outlook.com:-

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Complete the Send Mail As feature in Gmail, making your POP3 account the default:-

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Note: Sometimes there’s a strange problem:-

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You sometimes get this in Outlook 2003 if you don’t use the actual Gmail address in your Email Address field (see first pic).

What about Sent Items? Do I have to say where to store them when prompted in Outlook 2007 an 2010? No, just save them locally. Because you are sending via Gmail, they will automatically be saved in the cloud Sent folder in your Gmail account.

Email – Leveraging Gmail in POP3/IMAP Environments

POP3 is a great protocol if you simply want to download email to your PC. You can keep archiving the older mail to a separate PST file if the working PST file is getting too big, but if your PC dies you run the risk of losing all your historic emails.

IMAP is better if you want to hold a copy in the cloud, but, again, as historic email grows lots of space is required on the cloud server.

Enter Gmail, with it’s free, massive mailbox and superb anti spam/virus features, you can take advantage of this to improve your email situation.

Create a Gmail account to use with your POP3/IMAP mailbox, any account name will do as your friends and colleagues will never see it. In Outlook, set your Outgoing mail server to be smtp.gmail.com:-

 

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Tick authentication and Log On Using must be set to your Gmail settings:-

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Don’t forget Gmail uses SSL, so set the correct SMTP port of 587:-

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Now send a message from Outlook and notice that because you are using gmail to send, you get a copy of the sent message in BOTH Outlook AND Gmail:-

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So, all we need now is an archive of everything we receive. This can be achieved in one of two ways:-

1. Tell Gmail to retrieve email via POP3 under Settings.

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2. Or create a rule in Outlook to send a copy to Gmail.

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Rules sometimes disappear of their own accord, so I would probably recommend the first option. What about IMAP subfolders? Yes, that is one of the benefits of using IMAP, the ability to hold your precious emails in folders in the cloud. You could add your Gmail account as an IMAP account into your Outlook, that way you can easily file those emails. You must configure the Email Account Settings in Outlook like this, so that they always appear to be from the correct email account, NOT the Gmail account (which you are trying to hide):-

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CDO Error 429

The error message is caused by an issue in Microsoft Collaboration Data Objects (CDO). This issue occurs if one or more of the following conditions are true:

  • The Cdosys.dll file is not correctly registered.
  • The user account does not have sufficient permissions to access the registry key for CDO for Microsoft Windows 2000 Library (Cdosys.dll).
  • An invalid Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) virtual server is being used, or the SmtpMail.SmtpServer property is incorrectly configured.
  • The user does not have permissions to relay e-mail messages through the SMTP virtual server.
  • The MailMessage.From property is not set to a valid e-mail address.

You may use one or more of the following methods to resolve the CDO issue.Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

Method 1: Make sure that the Cdosys.dll file is correctly registered

  1. Determine whether the Cdosys.dll file is correctly registered. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK.
    2. In Registry Editor, locate and then expand the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT registry subtree. Expand TypeLib, and then locate {CD000000-8B95-11D1-82DB-00C04FB1625D}.
    3. Expand {CD000000-8B95-11D1-82DB-00C04FB1625D}, expand 1.0, and then click 0.
    4. Click win32, and then confirm that the following value is displayed in the right panel:
      Drive:\WINDOWS\system32\cdosys.dll
  2. Register the Cdosys.dll file. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type regsvr32 %systemroot%\system32\cdosys.dll, and then click OK.

      Note You may receive the 0x800704da error code if multiple versions of CDO exist on the same operating system. To resolve this issue, use the regsrv32 -u cdosys.dll command to unregister the Cdosys.dll file. Then, reregister the Cdosys.dll file by running the following command:

      regsvr32 %systemroot%\system32\cdosys.dll

How to fix “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates”

Sometimes you can get in situation that Windows Update is not working and you are receiving error

“Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer”.

It can be caused by corrupted data for Windows update. If this is your case fix could be easy.

  • go to services and stop Windows update service
  • locate C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ folder and delete all its content
  • start Windows update service
  • check for updates

Mixcloud

Upload your DJ mixes to mixcloud. Fairly simple to upload and manage long mixes. Royalties are paid to the artist. Pro version available.

Virus Tools

The best free antivirus:

https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

The best free cleanup tool after a virus attack:-

http://www.kaspersky.com/antivirus-removal-tool?form=1

Removal Tool for Ask:-

http://autoclean.computersitter.com/documentation/li/ask-toolbar-remover

Honourable mention:

http://www.surfright.nl/en/downloads/

EMAIL ADDRESS CHECKER

I often get asked my clients if there’s something wrong with my email system when they get bounce-backs for emails they’ve sent. 90% of the time it is the email address that is wrong, a typo or mis-spelling. Please use this tool if you want to test an email address:-

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IMAP issue with Outlook and Gmail

Google Mail, this is unbelievable; If you are getting an error message from Outlook along the lines of “IMAP is requesting you visit the mailbox from your web browser”, then you need to turn on “Access for less secure apps” in your Google settings.

https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureapps

This is for any gmail accounts created after June 2014.

Microsoft SAFETY scanner

Not heard of this before, looks legit:-

http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

Food: GI Impact: Gushers vs. Tricklers

How does one identify gushers and tricklers? Several factors affect the digestibility of a carbohydrate and its GI value. The most important GI determinant is the physical state of the starch. The development of grinding, milling, and other food processing techniques over the past 200 years has had the greatest impact on the quality of the carbohydrates in our current diet. Removing outer fibrous layers and reducing the particle size of grains such as wheat enhances quick digestion. This is why breads, crackers and other bakery products made from finely milled enriched flours have high GI values, while stoneground products that are dense and grainy have lower GI values.

Along with milling and the like, simply cooking in water can have a big impact on the physical state of a starch. The longer a starch is exposed to water, the more gelatinized its particles, the more swollen it becomes, and the faster it turns into glucose. Thus, overcooking any type of pasta, for example, will increase its GI value. The presence of soluble fiber (rolled oats, beans, lentils, apples), acids (sourdough bread, pickled vegetables), and fat and protein are all factors that slow digestion and release glucose more slowly into the blood.

I can’t get on the Internet – various sanity checks

01. Reboot PC/Laptop

02. Reboot router (BT Hub, Netgear, DLink, Linksys, Zyxel)

03. Reboot local file server, if exists

04. Reboot switch/hub if exists (Netgear, EDIMax, TP-Link, Cisco)

04. Open browser (Firefox, Chrome etc), go to bbc.co.uk

05. In browser, go to 212.58.246.93

06. In browser, go to 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1

07. Windows Key + R, type “msconfig” without the quotes

08. Go to Tools, select Internet Prot…, Launch

09. In browser, go to the Default Gateway address as seen above

10. If you have smartphone, go to Settings, WiFi, look for router (see 02.)

Good grap