Technical Articles

Would you give your kids heroin? Then why a smartphone?

February 8, 2018

Smartphone addiction, colloquially known as nomophobia (“NO MObile PHOne phoBIA” – fear of being without a mobile phone or being unable to use it), is fuelled by Internet overuse or an Internet addiction disorder and the problem is on the rise.  The problem is so bad that it’s now known as “digital heroin.” There is […]
Robert W. Taylor Dies

April 18, 2017

I guess the first question you are going to ask is “Who is Robert W. Taylor?” Well in 1968, Robert W. Taylor made a prediction that would guide the course of computer science for years to come. He said: “In a few years, we will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than […]
Is artificial intelligence the way forward

March 18, 2017

In December 2015 I wrote about the technical predictions for 2016 and Artificial Intelligence, or AI, was on that list. In the last three months it now seems that every other tech story is about AI.  The tech industries are all racing to make things smarter and smarter; but does that mean better? What is […]
Email is Dead, Long Live Email

March 15, 2016

For years technology experts have been saying that email is dead.  My opinion is that email is as strong as ever but sadly this March saw the passing of Ray Tomlinson.  I doubt if you’ve heard of this man but he invented email and is responsible for giving the world the “@” sign in an […]
DRC 2015 Final

June 17, 2015

Why can’t I open PDFs in IE10

November 20, 2013

I came across a really odd problem today in that I could not open any PDFs from the internet in Internet Explorer 10. To fix the problem, follow the below steps: Close Internet Explorer Open the registry editor. In the search box, or Run window, type regedit and hit enter Locate the following key Change the registry […]
What Laptop or Computer Should I Buy?

January 10, 2012

This is a question I get asked very often. But it is not one that is easy to answer. It’s like asking someone “What car should I buy?” Now if I worked for Renault or Ford then it becomes easier but as an independent IT technical support professional I have no such allegiances to any […]
iPhone Call Forwarding

November 23, 2011

I got asked an interesting question the other day about call fowarding on an iPhone, specifically conditional call forwarding where you may be either busy or out of range. There is an option for call forwarding on the iPhone but it can only forward ALL calls. Setting up call Forwarding on the iPhone You can […]
7 things to NOT do with your Laptop

September 28, 2011

These examples have all come from my years of dealing with laptop relative issues. 1. Do not use your laptop to process food. Believe it or not, I’ve had to replace a keyboard on Laptop because a young child had grated a banana all over the keyboard. Whilst this is an extreme example, it’s quite […]
How to fix the TimThumb WordPress hack in WooThemes

September 15, 2011

I’ve had to clear a number of sites recently that have been infected with the TimThumb hack in WooThemes.