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Search Engines

To make things easier to submit a site to the various Search Engines, we recommend AceBit's Hello Engines currently in version 10 for under £100 and this version will allow submission of up to ten different websites (Free version allows submission for two websites).

Also available is the professional version of Hello Engines, called AESOPS 10 which currently costs approximately €350/£280 for an unlimited number of web sites.


Remote Assistance

If you are after Remote Assistance and we have agreed to this, we will probably connect via Teamviewer to your desktop. Please download this Quick Connect program in readiness. We will require the ID and password once this is run.

If we require FTP access, please arrange for us to receive temporary FTP access to your server and let us know the details, URL, username and password. Thank you.

If we are de-bugging something like Joomla or phpList please ensure we have the access details, url, username and password.

Getting an error whilst emailing like this?

Relaying not allowed. Please use SMTP Authentication

If you are trying to send an email to someone @ o2.co.uk then double check that you are not trying to send to 02.co.uk as both domains exist but only the o2 domain accepts emails. Ensure you are using o2 as in lower case letter "o" and the numeral "2" rather than numerals "0" and "2"

If you get this error and it's not to o2, then double check that the domain/email address actual...

There are a number of free software programs out there, some more useful than others.

Here's a list of Microsoft Programs that I have found that are totally free and in most cases, fully functional.

Microsoft Office 2010 Starter (Includes ad-supported versions of MS Word and MS Excel)

Microsoft Expression Web 4

Microsoft Expression Web Design 4

Microsoft Security Essentials (XP, Vista, W7, W7-64bit)

Microsoft Word Viewer 2012 (lets you view a Word file, but not...

Owning a computer does not have to be as expensive as you might imagine.

There are reconditioned and refurbished computers, both desktops and laptops that are suitable, especially as a first computer, and these can be quite reasonable in price.

Software is the next big expense, especially if you decide on MS Office for example. There is a free Open Source alternative, Open Office. This is a multi-program package, similiar to Office and documents can be exchanged between the...

Ever lost/forgotten your password to a mySQL Database user?

This is unrecoverable and you are recommended to re-create the user afresh. This unfortunately messed up any existing CMS website that uses that original user.

My solution? Nice and simple.

Create a fresh user, make a record of this new user's password for later, then add the new user to your original database, retaining the old user as well, and use the new user to access the database using your newer...

If you have an All-in-One computer (cpu & monitor in one piece) that is running slow, REALLY slow?

Before taking the drastic steps of 1) Bunging it out the window or 2) resetting Windows, try this little tip.

Turn the computer off, turn the power off at the wall socket, then with it still plugged in via the mains cable, but turned off, press and hold the power on button for one full minute. This is supposed to clear the machine of a static build up.

I tried this on a client's...

If you've been able to update your Windows 10 machine with this Anniversary Update then well done! None of my machines have successfully managed this. Instead I've had to press the reset button 3 times to get my machines to revert to the older Windows 10 OS.

The current version of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is a lot more helpful than the earlier versions thankfully. Several of my clients have now found their machines updated to the newest version without much fuss.

However, Cortana is...

ringing telephone - animationDo you get those annoying phone calls from some Asian call centre advising you that your computer is faulty and as a Microsoft Centre these people can help you fix it?

It's a scam by the way, let's get that out of the way first, Microsoft will NEVER call you to say your computer is faulty, only scammers will do so. Well, you've had a call from these scum and they want access to your computer and they can do this remotely, all you need to do is (usually) visit a website and allow them to take...