Posts in Category: Computing

How to… Plusnet Fibre Broadband with TP-LINK Archer VR600 router

I recently switched to Plusnet’s “Unlimited Fibre” package, but as soon as the transfer took place I was disconnected. I’m using my own router instead of a PlusNet-supplied one. It’s a TP-LINK Archer VR600 “fully compatible with DSL connections, fibre/cable access and 3G/4G USB dongles”. I had already set the router to DSL Modulation Type = “VDSL” ... read more
 

Using LetsEncrypt with Orchard CMS

I wanted to move an Orchard CMS site onto https, without paying £$. LetsEncrypt seemed the obvious solution. This is not the place to talk about how to use LetsEncrypt, but if you have a web server with only one external i.p. running multiple sites you have to certificate them all at the same time, and suffice it to say that one site on our... read more
 

Setting up a website for a Maths and Science Tutor in Brecon

Lessons in SEO
When Lois gets back from her first term at Durham Uni she will probably sleep for two days, but then she wants to start offering tutoring for GSCE and A level students at schools in Brecon and the surrounding area (Crickhowell, Builth Wells etc). She designed a great poster which has gone up in the schools, but I reckon it's normally the parent... read more
 

Blogging test from MS Word (and a lightweight comparison with OpenLiveWriter)

Microsoft Word has also been able to function as a blogging tool for some time, so this is a test from Word 2016 with a picture of a Herdwick sheep. Figure 1: a sheep It's good, but not as good as OpenLiveWriter. For example, image handling isn't as easy (e.g. we cannot add alt text or title on the img element) and I've not found a way... read more
 

Test post from OpenLiveWriter

I saw with dismay that Windows Live Essentials is reaching end of support in Jan 2017 – dismay because it contains the fantastic Windows Live Writer. Also, on a PC I’m setting up for middle child, I cannot get the old installer to work. But now I’ve found that OpenLiveWriter is available for download. I’d heard that Microsoft were making it open... read more
 

Ethernet LAN vs Devolo dLAN 1200+ Powerline

We just got a Devolo Powerline dLAN 1200+ Starter Kit, with the intention of replacing the rather unreliable ethernet connection to our study. We had ethernet installed when we had the whole house re-wired, but JBW didn’t know what he was doing and this particular room has always suffered from dropouts and slower speeds. (Aside - this is actually... read more
 

Managing and publishing our photos: workflow notes

I’m writing this as notes to self really, as I’ve developed a new workflow that seems to work OK, and I’ll forget it if I don’t write it down. It may be of interest to others, and please comment if you think anything can be made simpler. The topic is… how to manage all the photos we take with camera and phone, and how to share these with family... read more
 

Can’t send emails after upgrade to Windows 10 fix

This evening I took the Windows 10 upgrade plunge… I “sat back and relaxed” as ordered, and all was going swimmingly – the kids oooo’d and ahhhh’d as we tried things out, and we all said it looked like how Windows 7 and 8 should have really been, etc etc, until I tried to send an email from Outlook 2013. Nope. Stuck in the outbox. Rebooted. Nope,... read more
 

How to transfer a vinyl LP to MP3 using Audacity

This is a note to self really, as I find that when I come to transfer an LP to computer once every few months I have forgotten how I did it before so it takes me twice as long as it should. There are a lot of possible variations in this process, but this basic workflow does the job for me. I hope it might be useful to someone else too. Setting... read more
 

Automatic closure is a bad thing

Lots of things open and close – doors, shops, windows, mouths, apps, free schools, etc. The “open” state is good for use, travel, ventilation, communication, education, aspiration and operation. The “closed” state is good for silence, darkness, stasis and rest. “Closed” is good only when the recovery it permits is necessary for “open” to be... read more