New version of my computer help website!

help icon - clickable link to, opens in a new tabSo that prospective clients and customers can readily spot that Hereford Computer Help is UK-based, I have designed a version of my website.

I particularly wanted the site to be easy to access from mobile devices and smartphones, so I have incorporated easy to tap buttons to reach key areas of my site.

Please take a moment to visit Hereford Computer Help – the version, and let me know what you think!



Smarter interface for Gmail?

I’d like to share a tip with you about using Googlemail, or Gmail, on your Android device.  The tip is also useful for desktop and laptop users as well.

In this gallery, I’ve shown what can happen in various instances of the Gmail app, especially on Android tablets:

The screen seems very cluttered, in various views. Also, the pop-up keyboard occasionally masks key areas, etc.

Here is what I think is a better way to use Gmail on an Android:

Instead of using the Email App, or the Gmail App, use your browser:

Go to

This link should “force” web Gmail to open in basic HTML.

After you sign in, and confirm  you want to view in this way, you may see this screen next:


TAP on the 3 horizontal lines to access the menu:


This should bring-up a view like this:

You need to SCROLL down to the bottom of the page, to get to this screen:

TAP or CLICK on Older version

You then get this view:


Here, you can see everything you need to access:

Your INBOX shows itself clearly.

You can COMPOSE a new email

You can see your various FOLDERS

You can even access your CONTACTS stored in your Gmail account.


I think the basic HTML interface is a much cleaner, faster way to view Gmail on your tablet. The App seems to “overdo” it! This may not be quite so useful on the iPad, because I think that the Mail App on the iPad actually handles Gmail very well.

Please let me know what you think, via my Facebook page:

Thanks for reading another free tip from:

Mark Giles

What is a webcard? Why it’s useful to have one…….

Simply put, a web card is a powerful way to present your business details, all in one place, optimized for mobile devices. As you are probably aware, internet access from mobile devices surpassed desktop access about 12 months ago, so it is more important than ever for businesses to have a mobile-friendly presence. Web cards provide a convenient way to achieve this:



Click or tap on this next image to view my web card online:


As you can see, all the key information is presently clearly, in a mobile-friendly format. It works just as well on desktops and laptops, of course!

Why not have a go at creating one yourself?

Start you creation at:

Thanks for reading another free tip from:

Mark Giles

Let’s generate some QR codes……

I expect you’ve seen them; you know, those square, black and white images on posters, signs, adverts etc. Many websites and companies will charge you for producing them, or restrict their commercial use, or make it hard to use them without a fee.

I’ve found a great site where you can create your own, personalised QR code for free, and use it commercially!

The site is:

I used it to create the QR code in the cover-art on my business page:

You have the option to create a QR code for your website, or your telephone number, or just some text. You can even use it to create a VR card, to share your contact details with someone.

The site contains plentiful background information on the QR code system, and also explains why it is becoming a very useful marketing tool.

All in all, the site is simply and easy to use, and it’s a great way to get creative!

Create some free QR codes at


ios 11 makes your iPad feel like a new device – again!!

So, the much-anticipated iOS 11 is now available, after about 4 months of public beta-testing. I love the new App Switcher and Control Centre (I’ve been using the many beta releases for several months now). This release of iOS really does make you feel as if you’ve got a brand new device, particularly if you’re an iPad user. This review covers the main new features: