Here you will find bits of information - some important & some not so!, snippets of my opinions - some serious & some not so!
I also include some recommendations - not always computer related but things I think are worthy of your consideration. Note I will only make suggestions of products that I either use or have used and genuinely consider worth a mention. I do not believe in random adverts all over the place!
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Windows 19 is here. No hang on, that's confusing - it's actually 2004. Any clearer?...
Actually as of May 28th 2020 Windows 10 has had it's first upgrade of the year, calling it version 2004.
So that makes it version 19 if you have read my previous on the number of upgrades since Windows 10's release in 2015. I guess it doesn't really matter to most what its called - after it's still Windows 10!
However.....BEST ADVICE is to not go hunting for it - just let Windows do its thing and it should install itself automatically in good time (if it doesn't then you may have other problems). There are few changes in this release - but nothing worth the risk of forcing an upgrade if it could problems - best let any issues get ironed out first.
ISPs - all as bad as each other? Perhaps - I deal with a lot of problems and some are certainly worth avoiding, whether it be just poor service, convoluted pricing or something else. However I have great experience with plusnet and they have never let me down....and before you say they are not the cheapest - I just say that sometimes you get what you pay for!
Every year or so I found myself searching for the best possible deals - some fixed - some not, some long-term, some short-term (sadly they all come at a cost!) but I have found Bulb to be amongst the best offerings out there and have been very happy with their service. Take look and get some free electricity!
Mobile phones, networks, data, contracts, plans, packages,.....the list goes on...AND YES I find it boring too! But it needn't be all bad and here is giifgaff that offers a great service that is almost certainly going to save you money - no contracts, no leaving penalties and you can keep your own number at no extra cost.
Well meaning friends and relatives - we all have them - but beware. I have come across so many problems that have been made ten times worse by those who mean well. So at the first signs of trouble give me a call and don't let something simple become a major problem.
Before you throw out your old computer (or even sell it - the same applies), take a moment to THINK.....
Are all your personal documents, photographs etc still on there - just deleting files and emptying the recycle bin does not remove the data completely .Do you really want them to be accessible to somebody else? Don't become a victim of data theft and ensure that all your information is completely erased.
November 2019 - Windows 18 has arrived.....
Well, not quite - just the 2nd 'upgrade' of the year for Windows 10 - making version 9! With Microsoft at one time saying things like this will be their last operating system i.e. no windows 11 etc. it can be a little hard to understand - after all, since its release in 2015 and the twice-a-year upgrades, by my reckoning, we will effectively be on Windows 10 version 9....
Perhaps we should just call this release Windows 18 and be done with?
Windows Vista reached END OF LIFE: on 11th April 2017. Windows Vista is longer supported by Microsoft and unlike Windows XP I don't think Vista will be missed by many. However if you are still using Vista then what does this mean for you?