Author Archives: John Holdsworth

IFA Consumer Electronics Show: Brilliant innovation or useless gadgetry?

The IFA (consumer electronics unlimited) show was held in Berlin from 5-11 September 2013. Thousands upon thousands of consumer electronic products. Some good, some not so good, some just plain bewildering. Anyway, I went so you didn’t have to*. And … Continue reading

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Passwords. You’re meant to have loads, and change them regularly. They’re meant to be a mixture of letters, cases, numbers, symbols and, if you really want to stop your bank account being robbed by Croatian hackers, shapes that have not … Continue reading

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Backing up your data

You may well back up your important data, but you probably don’t. It’s something that you know you ought to do, but never quite get around to doing it. Like regular exercise or reading some Dickens. Maybe you never think … Continue reading

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Ten things about IT that I think are myths

You need to pay for virus protection. I’m not certain that you need virus protection if you don’t go to dodgy websites or open attachments that look suspicious. But if you want it (and on balance, I do) then don’t … Continue reading

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The Problem with Passwords

So I went to buy something from a little-known shopping website and found myself at the checkout. I entered my card details and all the other stuff that it wanted, and pressed the “buy” button. I assumed that everything was … Continue reading

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Copying and pasting – A sticky business

Copying and pasting from a website. We do it, of course, in a selective way and always quote our sources. We would never copy huge tracts of text and dump it aimlessly on the page. We’re not students. But copying and … Continue reading

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Take a break and never return

You’re writing an article using Microsoft Word and decide that you want to begin a new page on the same document. Do you (and I can hardly bear to type this) press the ‘Enter’ key, over and over again until … Continue reading

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Red and green should never be seen

Sending out documents as Microsoft Word attachments is a minefield. Pdf is often a better format to use, but sometimes this isn’t possible. A major bugbear of mine, is that people don’t know how (or can’t be bothered) to take … Continue reading

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