Backing up your PC and laptop files


Many of us use a PC or laptop for personal use and for work use. It is amazing how much information we store on our computers and that often we forget that as with any technology, they can fail and we risk losing everything. With this in mind, it is vital to back up your data as often as possible to avoid disruption and upset. In our personal lives, many of us store photos and videos on laptops or PC’s and often we don’t even have them printed out. These can be downloaded from cameras or from mobile phones, and often once we have downloaded them to the computer, we delete the originals. There are many ways in which to back up the documents and photos and possibly even settings...
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Creating a user friendly interface for clients


If you are a web programmer that designs website for clients then your client may require access to the back end system of the site to allow them to upload additional content, change or add products etc. Some programmers use an off the shelf content management system such as WordPress or Drupal and others use their own. If you are using your own content management system then you need to carefully consider how user friendly it is. As a programmer, you will be familiar with HTML etc., but there is a good chance that your client won’t be. Once you have built the back end system, why not get a friend (who has no developer experience) to log in and see if they find it easy to do the tasks...
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Working alone as a computer programmer


If you are a computer or website programmer that works from home, you will probably be all too aware of how lonely it can get. There are many advantages of working for yourself and particularly working at home and you may find that you hear comments such as “you are so lucky to be able to work from home”. In some ways this is true but it can also be very lonely and hard to stay on task when surrounded by distractions. Ideally you need to have quiet but this only adds to the loneliness. Many programmers are turning to the shared office space for a new way of working. There are many buildings all over the country that are now offering self employed professionals the opportunity to come in...
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Is your computer slow to start up?


Many of us use a computer in or daily life, either for personal use, part of a job or both. Time is often money or if using it for personal use, you may be limited on the time you have therefore you need your computer to be as fast as possible. There are many reasons why your computer may be running slow and there are often simple checks you can do yourself before taking it to a specialist who will charge you to carry out these checks and changes. Firstly you should ensure that your computer is free from viruses. You should already have a quality anti-virus on your computer but make sure that it is set to run a scan on all your hard drives as well as any...
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Looking after your PC and/or laptop


As with any item, the more you the look after it the better it will perform and usually the longer it will last. This is the same for computers, and not many people realise it. When you buy a new computer it will have the latest versions of software installed, be free from viruses and have most of the memory available. After a few months or years it is very easy for a computer to become full of files that aren’t needed, updates to be missed and lack in security. All of these issues can cause your computer to run slow, crash or stop working and be vulnerable to hackers or identity thieves. Once a month you should take the time to back up all of the important files on...
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