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help - my desktop has disappeared and all files and folders - only Google Chrome opens when I put computer on and half a dozen sites in its toolbar, giving me access to my emails on and my…Continue

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My computer has been behaving itself for ages but now I seem to have a problem.  When I access the Orange Boites Vocales it tells me I need Flash Payer which I've got. So I uninstalled Flash Player,…Continue

Printing photos from facebook on my desktop

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Comment by Nick Aurelius-Haddock on April 3, 2012 at 20:18

This is why Linux is going to be a corner stone of tomorrow's computing future, because big business loves it, and it's owned by all of us to use as we please, not as we are told to use it. This short video gives a great overview.

How Linux is built

Comment by Nick Aurelius-Haddock on March 22, 2012 at 0:25

Looks very interesting Ronald. I use an Apple BT keyboard, but this does indeed look very handy.

Comment by Ron Birks on March 20, 2012 at 14:30

sorry for quality of pic, but this is the ipad 'cosy-cum-keyboard' I purchased yesterday @Lidl. The keyboard is Bluetooth, and integrated into a Euro leather expandable cover /stand. It is compatible with ipad and ipad 2, the keyboard is great. A must for those who find the the touch screen keyboard annoying!

I guess they are available in most Lidl stores, but probably won't be available for long.

Emma Chissit?


Comment by Nick Aurelius-Haddock on March 11, 2012 at 21:44

As Linux is booming at the moment in the computer industry, here is a nice easy way to get the skills needed to start a career in this massive new market. Just consider that the French government have embraced Linux, and their entire police force uses it, 70,000 staff.

Linux Professional Training

The exam is going to cost around £50 and all the course material can be found for free on the web, as it's open source ;-)

Comment by Nick Aurelius-Haddock on March 11, 2012 at 18:19

Firefox 11 stable has just been released for beta testers, so make sure you update your browser when you get the chance, as this will contain all the latest bug fixes and improvements over Firefox 11 beta.

Comment by Nick Aurelius-Haddock on March 11, 2012 at 12:07

If you are adventurous when it comes to your IT, or you just like playing with the latest joys, there is a new release of Ubuntu Linux for us to play with. It is still in beta form, and should be treated with care and not put on your main computer. You can however use it in a virtual machine or a old machine you use for testing.

I have upgraded, and this post is coming from that machine, and it seems pretty stable for a beta.

Anyway , if you like to test things, and don't mind the odd issue, then grab a copy from here.

Ubuntu 12.04 beta 1



Comment by Nick Aurelius-Haddock on March 7, 2012 at 12:41

Hello David, you are more than welcome. As you can see from the delay in my response I have a very busy professional job, so I'm not always able to get to questions as quickly as I would like. We don't allow company advertising on the forum, but I have no problem with the odd mention of external sites if they are of benefit to everyone on SFN.

What skills do you specialize in? Do you use multiple OSes like OSX, Unix/BSD, Linux and Windows? Do you do much with home/soho networking technologies?

They will all be very helpful.



Comment by David Hodge on March 3, 2012 at 21:28

Hello Nick.  I have just joined SFN as I am tired of some of the other forum opportunities.  I am an IT Professional and have a business in France providing PC hardware and software support to mainly the English-speaking population in my area.  On the other forum, everytime I responded to somebody's problem, I was advertising!  A friend recommended I join SFN so here I am.  I can see below you have a huge depth of knowledge yourself.  However, perhaps I can help you also in this group.  If I can help people with their PC problems then I am happy to do so.  Clearly this works both ways in that I see, for example, Teresa below who is a Word guru.  I am sure there will be times I will ask her "how do I ...?" as I can fix the boxes - making Word sing is a different proposition!  All the best, David

Comment by Nick Aurelius-Haddock on March 1, 2012 at 15:20

Here are five great open source tools that you can use on Windows as well as Linux or Mac OSX. It just shows the flexibility of the modern open source community.

5 Great Open source Tools



Comment by Teresa Crawford on February 29, 2012 at 10:56

Thanks Nick. Being an avid geek on the pc, I do enjoy surfing the www, helping people with Word problems, enjoy typing too!! I fancy doing a job in this trade so if anyone needs help with anything, just let me know!


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