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  1. I’ve tried ‘em all and always come back to...

    I’ve tried ‘em all and always come back to FastStone Capture v5.3, a feature rich little freeware tool that doesn’t even have to be installed – just stick its folder somewhere and make a shortcut to...
  2. As you start off by saying ‘Like everything else...

    As you start off by saying ‘Like everything else all PC Users have the best Anti-Virus Programs, right?', I’m not really sure what you’re asking of us here. Sure, ask half a dozen people and you may...
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    Are you saying that you’ve followed the...

    Are you saying that you’ve followed the instructions in Google’s help (below) and it doesn’t work?

    https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/510?hl=en Lock or unlock SafeSearch

    If not, it...
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    It’s important to realise that manufactured DVDs...

    It’s important to realise that manufactured DVDs are pressed and as such are much more robust than a DVD that’s been burnt to a DVD-r etc. The digital imprint burnt to a DVD-r is just burnt into a...
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    Hi Garth, thanks for the tips. Following a...

    Hi Garth, thanks for the tips.

    Following a long stint with K-Meleon, I started using PaleMoon about three years ago and can’t remember why I went back to Firefox last year – possibly some...
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    I’ve had lots of trouble with extensions on...

    I’ve had lots of trouble with extensions on Firefox 39.0 – even Adobe Flash Player continually refused to install, despite several total uninstalls of Firefox and the broken Flash Player remnants....
  7. I’ve had/have numerous email accounts with just...

    I’ve had/have numerous email accounts with just about every free email company available in Europe and the sad truth is that only Gmail now appears to be secure and reliable. Although I’ve become...
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    To assess if the data is actually still intact on...

    To assess if the data is actually still intact on the partition I suggest you boot to a live Linux disk and explore the HD contents from that – you will even be able to back it up to USB from there....
  9. My personal experience is that Toshiba drives are...

    My personal experience is that Toshiba drives are amongst the least reliable but, unless it has committed harakiri, you may well be able to recover your data.

    Before you bin the Toshiba drive I...
  10. The ‘Recover Partition’ option on the free...

    The ‘Recover Partition’ option on the free version of Partition Wizard is excellent and usually works perfectly provided you have not messed about with the drive after the re-format. You may also...
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    Most likely your problems have been caused by...

    Most likely your problems have been caused by System Mechanic – as others have said, such automated registry tools cause far more problems than they solve.

    Before you uninstall System Mechanic...
  12. Most Linux distros have effectively had a 'Store'...

    Most Linux distros have effectively had a 'Store' for years – a version based ‘software centre’ or ‘software manager’ where available Linux software known to work on that version is listed for...
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    Couldn’t agree more about Google’s arrogance and...

    Couldn’t agree more about Google’s arrogance and pathetic ‘support’ forums.

    I was called out yesterday to a customer who said his BT Sport (subscription live sports) had stopped working. When I...
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    Yes toktok, since I made my post I saw another...

    Yes toktok, since I made my post I saw another online item about Gmail security and you are quite right that hyphen and underscore are no longer ignored as is the dot.

    When I signed up for my...
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    Unlike other email companies, Google does not...

    Unlike other email companies, Google does not give any significance to the dot, hyphen, underscore or capitals in Gmail email IDs (everything to the left of the @). It’s a security thing.
    You can...
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    Personally, I prefer a laptop for my mobile needs...

    Personally, I prefer a laptop for my mobile needs but if you want to try a pad my vote would be with an Android based one – there's a wide choice of makes, models and sizes at prices from £50 to £500...
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    Hi jun2015, The most likely thing to corrupt a...

    Hi jun2015,

    The most likely thing to corrupt a flash drive is not using the 'Safe to remove' process. At the very least this often corrupts the data but sometimes it kills the drive completely....
  18. I agree with Coochin, RAM would be first suspect...

    I agree with Coochin, RAM would be first suspect with this sort of problem.

    If you have more than one stick of RAM then pull one of them out and see if it starts. If it does start then the pulled...
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    [SOLVED] I turn my router off every night when I shutdown...

    I turn my router off every night when I shutdown and back on in the morning when I fire up.

    Despite all the guff about confusing the ISP/Exchange monitoring, I always have the fastest speed in...
  20. As we say on our side of the water: in for a...

    As we say on our side of the water: in for a penny, in for a pound!

    Like ‘feduchin’, I’ve been a Windows user since way back when - I love the plethora of software and still use it for virtually...
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    I’ve tried innumerable sticky note programs and...

    I’ve tried innumerable sticky note programs and always seem to return to the one I’ve used for yonks – Stickies from Zhorn Software.

    It’s a tiny but elegant piece of programming that, in its basic...
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    Ah - IObit enter the picture! Although simply...

    Ah - IObit enter the picture!

    Although simply updating the Ethernet driver is almost certainly what changed the device's 'wake on LAN' settings - I'd now give some thought to thoroughly...
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    I’ve seen this a few times in the past and from...

    I’ve seen this a few times in the past and from my notes it is almost certainly a 'Wake on LAN' problem:

    Open ‘Device Manager
    Expand ‘Network Adapters’
    Right click your Ethernet Controller...
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    Thanks for the heads-up, Drew. I’ve always been...

    Thanks for the heads-up, Drew. I’ve always been a big Windows fan and supporter and have been saddened to see them get so mired down by Windows8.

    I guess the penny has finally dropped that even...
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    Hi Jean, Sorry for the delay in responding but...

    Hi Jean,

    Sorry for the delay in responding but I’ve been away from home for a few days.

    As to some of your urls being broken, I can’t see any mechanism for that to have been caused by the Mint...
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