Hints & Tips
Turn off Autoplay in Facebook
Help Desk - Hints & Tips

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Are you sick of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge videos autoplaying everytime you open Facebook and using your monthly allowance of broadband bandwidth.  Do you want to turn off this annoying feature but don't know how to.  Read on to find out how.

 

 

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Remote Assistance
Help Desk - Hints & Tips

lifebouy Are you having a little bit of trouble but not enough to warrant calling out a computer engineer?  Perhaps you just need a bit of help to carry out a particular task, i.e. attaching a picture to an email, formatting a Word document, running an anti-virus or malware scan, or just changing your screen background.  We can now offer remote access assistance to do this for you or show you how to do it yourself.

 

 

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Why Buy from Alien Technologies
Help Desk - Hints & Tips

Many people buy a new computer like they would a new fridge or TV. They consider where they are going to put it and when they are going to use it. Whether a laptop or desktop PC would be more suitable and possibly what colour would best fit in with their decorations.  Most do not realise that when they get their new PC home they will have to install their printer, camera and mobile phone software and that these items may not be compatible with the new PC.  The treasured photos and music that is currently on their old computer will need to be transferred to the new PC or will only be accessible if the old computer is also kept in working order.  If they use an offline email program such as Incredimail or Outlook Express, then the new computer will not have access to the address book or old sent/received emails.

 

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An Alternative To Windows 8
Help Desk - Hints & Tips

Ubuntu logo So the scenario is this, you have an older but not antique computer that is currently running Windows XP and you have just found out that XP is only going to be supported for another year, 8th April 2014 to be exact.  So are there any alternatives to Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system?

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32 bit and 64 bit Operating Systems Explained
Help Desk - Hints & Tips

Windows 8 is available in both 32 and 64 bit versions but how do you know which one is best for you?  This article attempts to explain the differences between the versions and relevance of this choice to you.

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Can I Upgrade to Windows 8?
Help Desk - Hints & Tips

Windows 8 Upgrade With the forthcoming demise of both Windows XP and Windows Vista, many people are wondering whether their current operating system could be upgraded to the new Windows 8.  Fortunately there is an app for that!  We have given some information regarding minimum system requirements, advantages and disadvantages along with a link to download a program which will check your system and programs to advise you what is compatible and what isn't.

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Do I need a new laptop screen?
Help Desk - Hints & Tips

Do I need a new laptop screen?It may be that your laptop has suffered an accident or possibly that you went to turn it on one day and the display wasn’t quite what it should be, in any event hopefully this article will let you know whether you need a new screen or not.

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Play Smart, Play Safe
Help Desk - Hints & Tips

Play Smart In May 2011 a 20 year from Sheffield died of a deep vein thrombosis after regularly spending 12 hours at a time playing on his Xbox.  The clot had started in his left calf and then travelled up to his heart.  A lot of people think that doesn't apply to them because they are not "game players" or don't play on an Xbox. 

From a health risk point of view it really doesn't matter whether you are playing games, typing out a letter, chatting on Skype or any other computer/console based activity, the mere fact that you are sitting still for long periods of time can put your health at risk.

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Just a Little Reminder
Help Desk - Hints & Tips

Sticky Notes for your Desktop Have you ever been tempted to stick a Post-It note to your computer screen to remind you to do something?  If the answer is yes, you will be delighted to know that no matter whether you are running Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7 you can without permanently marking your screen or leaving any sticky residue.

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Free Programs to Suit Your Needs
Help Desk - Hints & Tips

Free Software to Suit your Needs With the financial climate as it is not everyone can afford to invest the huge sums of money required for the latest versions of Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop but are there any alternative?  We have put together a list of free software that covers a wide variety of requirements for the domestic user.

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