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Sunday
Dec212014

Fixing draughty uPVC windows

Here's a useful item on repairing draughty uPVC windows. I found a high quality white seal that's easy to use, strong and durable (good for 8 years or more). Much cheaper than trying to find new seals, it also looks OK both indoors and out. Read more...

Sunday
Dec212014

Deleting the Omiga-Search Plus adware browser hijacker

A combination of my speedy new PC, my failing eyesight, poor flat screen LCD contrast and an errant mouse-click while googling around, meant that my brand new installation of Windows 7 Professional got itself a browser hijack right before my very eyes. Curses. My Google home page in IE 11 was hijacked by Omiga-Plus Search - a useless, third-rate duff search page with some garbage links to gambling, gaming and other junk. Read more...

Friday
Dec052014

Celebrating the Ambra PC - the computer that so nearly broke the mould

In 1992 along came Ambra, an IBM-compatible PC made by an offshoot of IBM themselves, called ICPI Ltd.  It could have been maybe too good for IBM's own comfort and it was mercilessly axed by IBM after just a few short years. This stylish PC was smart, fast and aggressively priced. Some reprints of original Ambra literature from 1992/ 93 are included in this article. Read more...

Friday
Nov282014

Time to build a new PC

You know it’s time to swap a PC when it takes 10 seconds to open a window, nothing happens so you click two or three more times, then you get two or three windows opening at once. Web browsing grinds to a halt and anti-virus software brings it to its knees.  You have time to make a coffee while it updates itself. So, I’ve decided to build myself another one, and I expect it will last me another ten years, so it has to be future proof.

How to build a new PC step by step (with photos) ...

Tuesday
Nov252014

NEW Basic Soldering Guide Worklab Edition now on sale

The Basic Soldering Guide Worklab Edition

The Basic Soldering Guide Worklab Edition

The Basic Soldering Guide Worklab Edition by Alan Winstanley is the No. 1 resource to learn all the basic aspects of electronics soldering by hand. This Worklab Edition is spiral wire-bound, lays flat on a bench or table and is brightly presented with appealing graphics that makes it perfect for…

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Sunday
Nov232014

Interview Part 7: At the surgery

With Teach-In 93 behind me I find myself at the helm of Circuit Surgery, Ingenuity Unlimited and more at EPE Magazine. Also I have uploaded copies and prototype notes of my final constructional projects including the popular Windicator of EPE July 1995. Read more...


Tuesday
Nov182014

Clearmymail down: domain expired

Updated on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 12:57PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

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Updated on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 10:14PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Clearmymail's domain name problem (or their ISP's, anyway) caused an outtage for several days which broke my incoming Email. Here's the background and some workarounds.

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Tuesday
Oct282014

Interview Part 6: a labour of love

In Part 6 of my potted history (nearly there now!), we pick up the story as we entered the early 1990s. The hobby electronics market was still quite buoyant at this time and Everyday Electronics and Electronics Monthly (to give it its full title then) was going from strength to strength. I tackled the flagship tutorial series, Teach-In '93 featuring the Mini Lab and Micro Labs.  Read more...

Saturday
Oct182014

Soon be 2015 - time for a new diary...

It’s time to start thinking of next year’s diary and the new 2015 diaries are now in stock. I’m not one to put all my eggs in one basket so I never use PC office software nor my mobile phone to keep track of appointments. Instead I use an old-fashioned product that contains strange white material called “paper” and data is entered using a “pen”. 

Collins Wiro A5 notebook diary is simple to use, opens flat and has plenty of space to jot down notes every week [click to see]My personal favourite diary for many years has been the Collins 61 Wiro Weekly Notebook diary. It’s spiral wire-bound so it opens easily and lays flat on my desk. Its best feature is the lefthand side which is left blank for notetaking. Great for scribbling down reminders, jotting down things to do, taking notes during phone calls and so on, I use it all the time. Also, there’s no guff that bulks up other diaries and things like dialling codes and national holidays are kept to the minimum. The Collins Wiro Notebook diary is easy to use, versatile and focussed on the job of showing a week to a view.

Interior view - the lefthand side is for notes [click to see]

The A5 size (my preferred choice) is perfect for many desks and tabletops, so if you’re starting to look ahead to 2015 now’s the time to source a useful diary like the Collins 61 Notebook. If you’re busy with more notes and appointments, the A4 size is probably better. I also like to use neon pens for writing or highlighting notes and you can try some fun stickers too.

  • Just a tip, it’s worth keeping diaries for several years because you never know when you might want to look back and refer to useful notes, phone numbers, quotes etc. that you jotted down.

Wednesday
Oct152014

Get rid of BT 1571 and save £22 a year

Updated on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 3:37PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

BT’s 1571 service is a simple voicemail service that takes a message when you’re line is engaged or there’s no answer. If you’ve already got 1571 then you can’t turn it on or off, and BT now charges £1.75 a month (rising to £1.85 shortly) for the privilege of having it. To see how to delete 1571 and save money, check this article!

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