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Fancy saving 20% off a 240GB Kingston SSD? Today only!

Fancy saving 20% off a 240GB Kingston SSD? Today only!

Just been told about this offer by my friends at Ebuyer.com…   A 240GB Kingston SSD for £52.99 instead of £65.96 Thursday 15th October 2015 only I love Solid State Drives (SSDs) – they make new PCs amazing and tired older PCs great again. Anyway, here’s how to get the offer… 1) Pop along to Ebuyer.com…

Windows 10 : Google Drive 0

Windows 10 : Google Drive 0

Or “What to do when your Windows 10 upgrade results in your Google Drive folder missing”

Good news for Google Calendar birthday haters?

Good news for Google Calendar birthday haters?

About 3 months ago I wrote about how to remove google+ contact birthdays from your calendar and then, about a month and a half later had to sadly report that the fix was no longer working. But it looks like this time I can report some good news!

Remove Google+ Contact Birthdays from your Calendar

Remove Google+ Contact Birthdays from your Calendar

It’s bad enough I have to have people in Google+ circles, why do I have to have their bloomin’ birthdays in my Google Calendar? This isn’t Facebook you know!

3 quick steps to better Facebook security

3 quick steps to better Facebook security

Somebody in New Zealand tried to use my Facebook account today. Thanks to my Facebook security settings they failed.

Drugs of Choice – Performance Enhancements for Geeks

Drugs of Choice – Performance Enhancements for Geeks

Reading a blog featuring a post about another blog (and now writing one about it) is pretty standard fare for this geek nowadays – it’s all about content and social now, my friends. However, today was a pleasant change as one particular blog set the old memory lane / flashback sequence going.

How to change your PayPal email address

How to change your PayPal email address

PayPal is probably the easiest, safe way to transfer money or make payments online. But sometimes the simple things, like changing your email address, are not as obvious as they should be.

Big Brother is watching – do I need a VPN?

Big Brother is watching – do I need a VPN?

A VPN allows you to keep your online activity secret from the prying eyes of your internet provider or just someone sharing your network.

eM Client – no time to review – 50% off this weekend!

eM Client – no time to review – 50% off this weekend!

If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s procrastinating. For weeks I have been planning a blog about eM Client, a great alternative to Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail etc for Windows PCs. Personally, I usually use the normal web version of Gmail but plenty of people prefer a client running on their local PC….

How to stop Office 365 sending those pesky winmail.dat attachments

How to stop Office 365 sending those pesky winmail.dat attachments

If you have used Outlook for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of winmail.dat – you may not have seen it but someone you have sent a message to may have complained about not being able to open an attachment you sent. Usually the people complaining are using something like Thunderbird, some weird webmail…

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