April 13, 2012 |

Easy Fix for Hard to Read Websites

I’m sure most of us have had that frustrating experience of visiting and a website and whether by way of poor web design or just a background image that didn’t load correctly, you are faced with dark text on a dark background, which is difficult to read for most folks.

However…there’s a really easy keyboard command that remedies the situation:  hold down the Ctrl key and press A.

This is actually the command to highlight, so doing this turns the background colour blue and the text white – with the added extra benefit of  making it instantly easy to read!


March 1, 2012 |

Cloud Computing Explained

Mike Webb, who hosts the blog www. jwclst.co.uk, has done an excellent explanation of what cloud computing is all about in a post entitled  ‘To Cloud or not to Cloud: that is the question:

The latest IT buzz word which has been promoted to death is Cloud computing, which is about as new as AOL (which isn’t really new at all).
For those that have been bombarded by the marketing people and still don’t have a clue what they are on about, Cloud Computing is basically being provided with services such as email, CRM systems or online backup storage without having to buy the hardware…you just share someone elses.  This means that for the good providers you get a small chunk of some really good hardware with first rate support, for others…well you should be able to guess.  It’s the old adage of you get what you pay for!

The concept of Cloud computing is about as old as the internet, if you’ve ever had a home broadband connection, or used dial up with your modem to access your emails in Outlook Express, then you’ll be familiar with downloading your emails which are stored in your own little mailbox out on the internet.  That’s essentially where it started, but with the  improvement in internet connectivity speed, and the greatly reducing price to provide high speed access, then there are a lot of companies jumping on the bandwagon by setting up with a couple of servers in a cheap Data Centre and calling it Cloud Computing.

…..read his full article here:  http://jwcsltd.co.uk/2012/02/28/to-cloud-or-not-to-cloud-that-is-the-question/

April 28, 2011 |

Copying Web Links

Have you ever visited a web site that you just loved and you knew you had to share it with someone else? Or maybe the site had a picture or a video you knew someone else would like to see. Either way, there are a couple of easy ways you can do this.

First, you can just do a simple copy and paste. Go up to the address bar in your Web browser, highlight the link, right click on it and choose Copy. Then go to your e-mail program and open up a brand new message box. Place your cursor in there, right click again and click on Paste.

The Web link will then appear in the e-mail. You can then write a little message to your friend and tell them to click on the link to see the site. If you want to paste the link in another program (like Word, for instance), just do the same exact thing.

Now, if you are on a site and you see a link on it that you want to share, right click it and choose Copy Shortcut or Copy Link Location. You can then go and paste that link in an email or wherever you’d like as explained above.

This method also works if a picture/photo on a website  has a link included – you can right click it and choose the same options and then simply go and paste it say into an email and everyone you send it to will be able to see the image.