My PC is still slow, should I buy a new one now?

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In the previous article we considered the performance improvements through the software changes and updates. Although this may have improved performance you may find that this isn’t enough, or that the improvements Whilst your computer hardware won’t last forever, you could consider upgrading parts of it, or even entering into a maintenance regime to keep …

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My PC is slow, should I buy a new one?

If your PC is running slow, there are several steps you can take to improve its performance before considering the purchase of a new one. Whilst your computer won’t last forever, it could however keep going a little longer with some TLC and maintenance. There are 2 areas that could be affecting your computer, the …

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Microsoft Teams Video Call Review

Microsoft Teams, a flagship product of Microsoft’s Office 365 suite, has emerged as a leading platform for video calling and collaboration in both professional and educational settings. With its rich array of features, Microsoft Teams offers a robust video conferencing experience that caters to diverse needs. One of the standout features of Microsoft Teams is …

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FaceTime: Apple’s Video Calling App

As part of a review of video alternative, this time I’ll be looking at Apple’s FaceTime. FaceTime is Apple’s proprietary video calling application, it is  exclusively available on Apple’s iOS and macOS devices. When first launched in 2010, FaceTime was an instant game changer, as it allowed users to make video calls over Wi-Fi or …

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Facebook Portal Review

During the recent pandemic and lockdowns we’ve recently become used to video conferencing, mostly through Zoom for free. Unfortunately the free options of Zoom have been reversed back to the restrictions prior to the pandemic, now there’s a look for other methods of free video conferencing, one of these I have been asked to check …

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IT Army

It is absolutely abhorrent what is happening today in Ukraine as Russia continues it’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine has moral support from many parts of the world today, and has shown great effort in resting the invasion on a sovereign and independent country. In today’s world war is not only restricted to the real …

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April’s Patch Tuesday update issues

There are reports of issues with the April 2019 patch Tuesday update causing Windows to boot and run slow. The issues appear to be related to Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 2012 server machines and anti virus from Sophos, and Avast. See Beta News and Windows latest for more information.

One down, how many more to go?

Hacker and blackmailer gets caught, but is it enough? Users are still at risk as there are many more out there to take his place.. From London, a student used his programming skills to blackmail porn site visitors across the world. His scam is estimated to have been up to £4m, but only £700k has …

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Window 10 April 2018 Update

The  latest update was made available yesterday (30th April), Windows 10 April 2018 Update. So I decided to install this on one machine, which took in total over 4 hours to achieve from start to completion. There are a number of new and updated features (see the Microsoft Windows blog for further information). Here’s a …

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Password Expiry Policy

It has been accepted for some time that changing password regularly is a positive step to providing security for IT systems, but is it? On reflection both, views have valid points to make. Changing passwords has the advantage, that should a password be National Cyber Security Centre Guidance can be accessed at https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/password-guidance-simplifying-your-approach.