ESET Licencing

If you’ve been running a Trial version of ESET then this how to complete the set up.

LICENSING

Locate the ESET icon in the tray (bottom right) and double click. ESET will load up.

Click on “Activate Full Product

(if you don’t see the Activate Full Product button then go to Help & Support then Activate Product)

Click Use a Purchased Licence Key

Enter or paste the product key and click Continue

Turning Computer Off?

A question I’m asked from time to time is whether computers should be left on all the time or turned off.

When left alone your computer should eventually go to sleep and often eventually into a state of hibernation – if it’s been set up properly.

Closing your laptop lid can have the same effect.

At these times power consumption is vastly reduced (zero in the case of hibernation).

Doing this means that your computer is quickly up and ready next time you use it instead of spending a couple of minutes going through the start up procedure.

I leave my laptop on all the time but it does hibernate overnight and during quiet periods in the day. To save energy and as a safety feature, I turn off the charger (at the mains) overnight.

Obviously if you are going away or out of the office for a few days or at the weekend – or indeed at any time when the computer is unattended for 24 hours or more – then I strongly recommend turning all equipment off both at the device and at the mains.

Also do not leave your laptop charging overnight.

Whatever you do, restart your computer at least once a week.

It will do no harm (and will save on power) to turn off monitor and printers when they are no longer needed for the day.

Free email – pitfalls

Many of us use free email addresses, common ones include @btinternet.com, @gmail.com, @outlook.com etc.

All well and good but a problem lurks.

If you get a problem with your email then, as a non-paying customer, you will be at the back of the queue when it comes getting things fixed. You’ll also probably be denied the best access to the email provider’s support team.

I recently helped somebody whose Blueyonder email went out of service. It took 9 days to get the problem solved. During this time they could neither send nor receive nor even look at old emails.

SOLUTION?

The answer is to get a ‘proper’ domain and paid-for email service. If you are a business then this looks smarter as well.

REMEDY?

If you don’t want to go for the paid service then you can take a periodic backup using one of Microsoft’s Outlook programs (not to be confused with the outlook.com webmail). This will at least provide an email archive and allow (with a little help from A222) mail to be sent out even if it can’t be received.

Please contact us for further details.

Android storage space

There are means of releasing space on your Android phone without necessarily having to uninstall any apps. Here are some things which you can do.

Gallery

This app lets you see the media stored by the Camera, Whatsapp etc. Delete anything which you no longer need (having saved to you computer first if required)

Whatsapp

Do a ‘Clear Messages‘ on chats where you don’t need to refer to the conversation history. This does not delete your actual contact.

Having attended to these, then close all applications then go to:

Settings – Storage & USB – Internal Storage

Go to Cached Data and clear the cached data. This can release a surprising amount.

Then go to Apps. You can clear data from the following without harm. You might lose some history but logins will be retained.

Drive
Gboard
Gmail
Google Play Store
Maps
Photos (if you have no photos which you need)
Youtube

Do NOT clear ‘Google’ as this will reset your desktop/shortcuts.

 

 

Computer Mice

I’ve been using a ‘trackball’ style mouse for over two decades.

They look odd but I know that a child could use them as my son could manage one at the age of 5.

Benefits are:-

  • Avoid or reduce RSI problems associated with normal Mouse operation. This is because ones hand is at rest instead of under constant low muscle tension as experienced with a conventional mouse.
  • About three times quicker (by my estimation)
  • Never run out of mouse-mat (you don’t actually need a mouse-mat!)
  • Ambidextrous models available.
  • Anecdotal evidence suggests more durable than conventional mouse and therefore better value.

Disadvantages are:-

  • More expensive (but better value)
  • Need cleaning once in a while (just pop the ball out, dust the rollers and clean the ball-race – best done with a fingernail)
  • Ball can fall out when carrying the mouse! It suffers no damage but might roll under the sofa.

My personal choice is the Logitech TrackMan Marble but I’ve also used the Kensington Orbit Trackball which is also very good.

Prices from around £15 (used) or £22-£40 (new): Check on Ebay

Kensington Orbit

Logitech Marble

 

 

 

Teamviewer Operation

After installing Teamviewer for Mac or Windows, proceed as below.

Start the program.

Select Remote Control (top left) if not already selected.

Top centre you will see Your ID and Password. Give these values to the person who you want to connect to your computer.

They will then be able to connect and take over.

WordPress access

You will be notified of two logins to your WordPress account.

One will be an ‘editor’ account for content changes.

The other will be an ‘admin’ account affording access to everthing.

Under normal circumstances you will only need the Editor account.

The Admin account may be used to change the Editor account.

If you forget your Admin account then password may be recovered via your email address.

Login is via www.yourdomain.name/wp-admin

34SP auxilliary accounts

Customers with domains registered through myself via the registrar 34SP (as most are) will receive two emails inviting them to become billing and technical contacts for their domain.

This is to ensure that you are not left in the lurch should A222 be abducted by aliens or the like and be unavailable long term or permanently.

On receipt of  the first email, please click on

View Contact Request

then register your details and keep your chosen password secure and secret.

On the second email which will arrive a little later, click on

View Contact Request

You may need to login using the credentials set up with the first email.

Once logged in, click on

then logoff:

Logoff

Under normal circumstances there will no need to login to these accounts. Should you need to do so then go to account.34sp.com

You will receive a notification at domain renewal time. I will have matters in hand but it will do no harm to forward this to me.