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BT Open Reach Scam Calls

This morning I had a call from a man claiming to be from BT Open Reach. He told me that there were problems with my internet, and he would help me fix them. I thought it was odd, and asked him to confirm where he was calling from, and he got a bit annoyed, saying “I…

Windows 10 Critical Error – Start Menu and Cortana

Windows 10 Critial Error Start Menu and Cortana

Just had my first Windows 10 problem since installing. Last night, before shutting down, my start menu button stopped – I used the trusted old method of Ctrl-Alt-Del to shut down. This morning I was greeted with a Critical Error. The message reads: “Start menu and Cortana aren’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next…

The Growth And Impact Of Travel Deal Websites

I am old enough to remember the days before travel websites. To book a holiday you had the option of either walking into a travel agent on the high street (Thomas Cook, Thomson etc.) or contacting a hotel direct. Cruises were an exception, as you would contact P&O direct. Travel guide books, such as Lonely…

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Will It Live Up To The Hype?

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For months, Microsoft developers have been anticipating the arrival of Surface Pro 4, which recently became available to purchase in North America and is a significant upgrade on the previous Surface Pro 3. Today I got talking with Simon Kalp, the Technical Director at Objective IT, who was one of the first developers in the…

ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR for Facebook in Chrome

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Just got a ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR when I tried to open Facebook. Does this mean Facebook is down? Maybe not. My first thought was that maybe Anonymous or ISIS had taken it offline, although, not sure why they would do that. But, I opened Wordscraper, which is on the apps subdomain (https://apps.facebook.com/wordscraper/) without any problem. A quick search…

Free Cloud Drives for Data Backup

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In the week that Microsoft announces plans to cut its free cloud storage limit, Alex Viall from Mustard IT looks at the implications and suggests some affordable alternatives. Bucking the Trend In recent years, there has been an almost universal trend for companies to raise their cloud storage to satisfy the ever-increasing consumer demand for downloading movies,…

Wot No Word? Windows 10 Removed My Word!

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On Windows 7 I had a version of Word, downloaded from Microsoft, which allowed me to open and edit Word docs. It was very handy. I just tried to open a Word doc in Windows 10, and I am redirected to a page suggesting that I install Office. Not only that, but Office is crazy expensive…

Dark Clouds on the Horizon – Google Drive is Down

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When I started a new job about 7 months ago I recommended that we move away from Excel spreadsheets shared in Dropbox and do everything on Google Drive. I am starting to regret that now. Google Sheets, and all other Google Drive products, appear to be down. Some load sloooooowly, but many are not loading…

Will You or Your Google Car Need a Licence and Insurance?

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This morning I was renewing my car insurance while reading the latest news on the “Google Car” – Google is using more advanced AI to allow cars to “think” more like humans – see CNET’s article. Anyway, I was thinking, would I still need insurance if I bought a Google Car? Well, it seems that…

Top Gear Is Moving Online

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Are Clarkson and the boys coming to a computer screen near you?By Gemma Sheldrick Now that Britain’s favourite motor head trio have parted company with the BBC and Top Gear – with Chris Evans stepping in to replace them – it seems Clarkson, May and Hammond are now going to keep up with the times…