Using Ebay for Profit

For many people looking to make money from the internet, Ebay is a natural starting place. It’s true it’s an easy way to get started, instead access to millions of potential customers and an easy to use platform. There are all sorts of people trading on Ebay from those making a little extra by selling […]

GoDaddy – My Web Hosting Experience

Firstly don’t believe that all web hosting is the same, because it simply isn’t. If you make this assumption and merely look at price I’ll guarantee you’ll regret it. The cheapest web hosting services can be very poor indeed, sacrificing speed and uptime in order to slash costs. It’s simply not worth it, after all […]

Has the HP Touchsmart Range Had it’s Day?

There are some ‘names’ in technology that seem to become famous in their own rights. Certain iconic brands in technology ensure that they always sell well, at whatever price point or irrespective of their quality. The HP TouchSmart is one of those ground breaking brand names, which many customers trust. Here’s the latest model and […]

First Look at the Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard With Touchpad

Sometimes it feels like the entire portable electronics market is deliberately ignoring a specific market sector – those of us with larger hands. I often am amazed as I see some teenager type out a few hundred characters on a tiny smartphone screen, whilst I muddle through a few words. Screens are getting smaller and […]

Safer Travel with a VPN

Most people now travel a lot more than a few decades ago, whether it’s for work or simply pleasure.  It’s simpler, easier and cheaper and in fact many of the inconveniences of travel have been made a lot simpler too by the internet.  Most of us have either laptops, tablets or smartphones that keep us […]

Creating Presentation Materials for Safety Talks

There is no doubt that the best way to engage with young people about online safety is to simply go and talk to them. However depending on the age range the approach needs to be very different. Although obviously you can discuss with children the issues about internet safety at any age, in reality faced […]

Fast Switching and Caching Technology

There are many different types of switching technologies that you may come across in educational and corporate networks.  Some are becoming outdated, for example process switching is still extremely common in older hardware but involves a high level of overhead and latency.   Newer routers have upgraded technology which has enabled their throughput substantially. The […]

Baselining your Network

Network problems particularly those related to speed and performance can be extremely difficult to diagnose.  Unfortunately they can also cause the most impact as anyone who has ever worked in a besieged IT department will have experienced if their network is running slow.   One of the main issues that a high network latency rarely […]

Acceptable Use Policies at Work

Many years ago, it would seem ridiculous that people would be allowed access to the internet.   I worked in a Police headquarters and no hardware was allowed direct access to the internet, even sending an email was a complicated process routed through a special X-400 gateway to a Police email system. Nowadays access to […]

Securing your Office Network

Most larger companies invest in an IT department,  it’s usually a business necessity and many wouldn’t survive without that support.   However for smaller companies it’s sometimes difficult to justify dedicated staff to deal with a small network and it usually gets allocated to someone with some IT knowledge.   This can be a difficult […]