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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…

I’m dreaming of a G+ Christmas (Just like the ones we SEO…)

I’m dreaming of a G+ Christmas (Just like the ones we SEO…)

I’m also expecting drifts of 7-inchers. Yes, it looks like it’s going to be an Android Christmas and while many will be thinking of how filling those stockings is going to be emptying their wallets, it’s got me buzzing from a web design and SEO perspective. In case you hadn’t noticed (and if you’ve been…

My Windows 8.1 upgrade nightmare

My Windows 8.1 upgrade nightmare

My upgrade to Windows 8.1 turned out to not quite be plain sailing. If you’re not easily scared, read on for why 8.1 is in the store and not Windows Update, why you need to remember your password, why you may want to disable synchronisation tools and what to do with pesky ‘SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly’…

My early request for the man in the red suit…

  There’s little doubt that the television was one of the most significant technologies of the last century. If I think back to my childhood it was certainly a focal point of every home. It was how we found out news, how we joined in with major events, how we whiled away many, many hours!…

Running competitions on Facebook just got a lot easier

Running competitions on Facebook just got a lot easier

Thanks to a recent announcement on the Facebook for business blog, running a promotion or competition on Facebook just got a lot easier. Now, assuming you follow the rules (which, let’s be honest, not a lot of Facebook users do) up until now, if you wanted to run a competition on Facebook you had to…

How to Improve Chrome Password Security

How to Improve Chrome Password Security

The last few days have seen lots of press regarding Google Chrome password security, or a lack of it. In summary, someone has made a lot of press around their “discovery” that it only takes a couple of clicks on an unattended PC to display all the passwords you save in Chrome. Is the problem…

Why do my LinkedIn Groups posts keep disappearing?

Why do my LinkedIn Groups posts keep disappearing?

Dear Geek,   I’m trying to grow my business by posting to LinkedIn groups. But in some groups, every time I post something, it disappears. Is LinkedIn broken?   Social Media Guru   Dear “Guru”, No. It isn’t broken. You are doing it wrong. You have been posting in the Discussions section. This section is for,…

Turning down your friends’ volume in Facebook

Turning down your friends’ volume in Facebook

We all have them – perhaps I’m one of yours – those Facebook friends who say just a little too much. But how do you turn down their volume without hurting their feelings?

The new Facebook Reviews and Recommendations box

The new Facebook Reviews and Recommendations box

There’s an updated recommendations box on some Facebook pages – have you used it yet?

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