At last! Fibre!

Well, it’s a pivotal moment here at ‘Pemberley HQ’. We’re finally, finally, FINALLY getting top-end full-fibre broadband installed. Regular readers will know that for as long as I can remember, internet speeds here have always been very much ‘behind the curve’ (actually, no sign of the curve AT ALL). During the many years that I …
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Job Done in Dunstable!

Headed off to Toddington in Dunstable this morning to catch up with long-time friend, Angela C. The journey there took longer than expected – it should have been around an hour, but with the M1 near Flitwick being dug up in both directions, it made my progress VERY slow! 😟 We made good use of …
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It’s Official – We’re UltraFast!

Well, maybe not QUITE yet, but the latest ULTRA Fast internet technology is officially on its way! Huzzah! 👏👏👍 At last! After spending the past 35 years or so, being firmly BEHIND the curve with internet-speed technology, we’re going to get the fastest available! The above leaflet arrived through our letterbox yesterday. I thought something …
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Virgin in our Post Code!

Well, after writing to Virgin Media in 1992, asking about the chances of improving my then pathetic Internet speed of about 1Mbps – it’s finally happened! Back then, their reply was ‘there was no demand in your immediate area for our services’. Today, finally, in August 2022, Cable has arrived! — Aw Bless! It only …
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Website Makeover (2021)

Yes, it’s that time again! An opportunity to refresh the look and feel of my personal website – StevePalmer.com. With ‘you-know-what‘ giving many of us plenty of time on our hands at the moment, it’s been the perfect opportunity to pick up some new knowledge and skills! 😁😁 In truth, I could have left it …
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Holiday: Devon in Seven! (Day 4)

No stress at all for ‘the driver’ today as we’re leaving the car at the station and travelling by train to Plymouth! Thanks to ‘Lockdown 2.0’, it’s also our final FULL day here as we’re heading home tomorrow (instead of Saturday). I shan’t miss those narrow, twisty-turny roads at all! 😏 10.05am: It was a …
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The Great (Fire)Wall of China!

It’s our big holiday-of-the year soon – to China – with our long-time travel companions, Ralph and Karen. But this trip is going to be a little different from our previous adventures together in terms of how we keep you up to date. Why? In China, most western-based social media activity is completely blocked or …
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London Mini-Break – Day 3 (of 3): Suits you Sir!

Our final day in London today! Ahh, that’s better! I feel a walk down Oxford Street coming on (before midday!) On our list today… 9.20am: We were out earlier than yesterday, but confident we’d miss the rush on the Tube. How wrong we were! It was nose-to-armpit for the whole of our journey in, and …
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Best Nest!

Ann and I drove over to Stratford-upon Avon for our regular(ish) get-together with good friends: Alan, Mags, Ian and Ann. Our eatery of choice this time was The Swan’s Nest Hotel opposite the River. It was the in-house eatery Bistrot Pierre that was our ultimate destination and I thought we’d never been to it before, …
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The Weekend – Sponsored by the letter ‘f’

A weekend of fun, friends, fine food, F1 and err, a fone! Friday Ralph and Karen are joining us for the weekend. We haven’t seen each other for a while and there was plenty to catch-up with! Probably the most important task was to begin finalising details for joint trip to China including understanding the …
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Easy PC!

Off to Cambridge today to meet up with Sally B. We’re on a mission to seek out a replacement Laptop to replace ‘Isla‘ (who has enjoyed a great innings since February 2015, but it’s time to retire her!) 👍 First stop was to be John Lewis who had some cracking good deals and where we’d …
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Normal Blogging Service Resumed?

Phew! After another very techy week problem-solving, I think things are now back to some state of normality with my Blog posts. It’s taken far too many hours days weeks getting it all working again – and I hope I never have go through all this again! 🤬 The Short Version It’s now working! If …
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Tablet Coaching: The Power of Search!

Auto cross-posted from my WordPress Tech Blog: Today, we discussed the power of Google Search – including some shortcuts for ‘power-users’ that speed-up search results. Steve PalmerI got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well into my 40s!  My lifelong love of technology and communication (in all …
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Laptop Coaching: Music Management & Photo Storage

Auto cross-posted from my WordPress Tech Blog: In this, our penultimate lesson for this Group, we recapped ‘sampling music’ (legally, of course) and ‘storing photographs’. Steve PalmerI got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well into my 40s!  My lifelong love of technology and communication (in all …
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Tablet Coaching: The Browser (Part 1)

Auto cross-posted from my WordPress Tech Blog: Today, we discussed the key features & benefits of the various Browsers that are available for an Android Tablet. Steve PalmerI got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well into my 40s!  My lifelong love of technology and communication (in …
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Laptop Coaching: One Drive (Recap)

Auto cross-posted from my WordPress Tech Blog: Today, we recapped the key features and benefits of Microsoft’s ‘OneDrive’ App. Steve PalmerI got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well into my 40s!  My lifelong love of technology and communication (in all its forms), together with a fondness …
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Laptop Coaching: Open Session

Auto cross-posted from my WordPress Tech Blog: Today’s lesson was a very flexible one! We spent time 1-to-1 with each Pupil addressing their individual needs Steve PalmerI got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well into my 40s!  My lifelong love of technology and communication (in all …
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Tablet Coaching: The Camera App

Auto cross-posted from my WordPress Tech Blog: Today, we lookeed at the capabilities of the built-in Camera pre-installed in modern Android tablets. Steve PalmerI got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well into my 40s!  My lifelong love of technology and communication (in all its forms), together …
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Laptop Coaching: Windows 10 – April 2018 Update (Tuesday Class)

Auto cross-posted from my WordPress Tech Blog: Tuesday Class : With the new update rolling-out to all PCs in the past week, today, we looked at the new features and improvements of this latest version of Windows Steve PalmerI got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well …
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Laptop Coaching: Windows 10 – April 2018 Update (Monday Class)

Auto cross-posted from my WordPress Tech Blog: Monday Class : With the new update rolling-out to all PCs in the past week, today, we looked at the new features and improvements of this latest version of Windows. Steve PalmerI got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well …
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Tablet Coaching: Setting up eMail (Part 2)

Auto cross-posted from my WordPress Tech Blog: After last week’s Lesson covering setting-up eMail, today, we discussed:- Steve PalmerI got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well into my 40s!  My lifelong love of technology and communication (in all its forms), together with a fondness for the …
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