Hereford in The Times today

A specialist engineering university due to open next year is aiming to become the first to offer two-year degrees as standard and will charge students £13,500 a year. see this article in The Times 25/2/17


LinkedIn – What is it and should I use it?

Several of my customers have recently asked me about LinkedIn. What is it? Do I need it?  Why do people keep asking me to join them on LinkedIn?  

I like to think of LinkedIn as “A Facebook for businesses and professionals”. As an introduction to the many features of LinkedIn, This article at the excellent Lifewire site provides a good starting point for people who would like to know more:

Article on Lifewire…What is LinkedIn?

When to use PDF files







A question I often get asked by customers is: What is a PDF file, and when is it used?

I frequently CREATE my invoices and receipts in .docx format, and then SAVE A COPY in PDF format for emailing to my clients; they are more likely to be able to view a PDF file.

The following article, published yesterday at Makeuseof, gives a great explanation:

Pros and cons of PDF files (opens in a separate tab)

Airdroid – great way to manage your Android via your computer

airdroid-app-screenHere’s a great way to manage, manipulate and use your Android smartphone via your PC, simply by using your local wireless connection.

It’s called Airdroid, and consists of an App that you install on your Android device, and then a web link, which you use on your PC. (There is also a desktop App available, but I prefer the web link method.)

On the left is a screenshot of the app running on my Samsung Note 4.

Once you have set-up the app on your phone, and made the initial connection, no further installation is necessary; it all works from a link in your browser.




In the screenshot on the right, you can see how Airdroid Web appears, in your desktop browser. The icons and overlays can all be arranged according to your liking. In this view, you can see how I have opened the photos section, to view the photos on my smartphone.

There’s a whole lot more to Airdroid, which is fully explained in the online help, also accessed from the interface.

The best place to start is the online FAQ:

Airdroid – FAQ and help guide

Once you’ve got it installed, checkout the vast help resources from this link:

Airdroid: List of Help resources

Give it a go; it’s a simple way to manage your Android to your computer without a wire.

WinKey Tips – WinKey + TAB

A really cool use of WinKey is to combine it with the TAB key. Pressing WinKey + TAB displays a static overview of all your open Windows, allowing you to select the one you need with your mouse, or tapping it, on a touchscreen.winkey-tab-screen






Compare this with ALT + TAB, which sequentially switches between open Windows, and requires a bit of finger dexterity to release the WinKey at the appropriate time!