This is my site for links to Genuine Free Stuff as well as some useful advice. I use most of these programs regularly. It's good gear. It's all worth having.

** April 2014. Major revamp and update for relevance happening, especially now that support for Windows XP has ended, and now that we all are addicted to our Android phones. A lot of old stuff is going.

This post in particular started this whole website...

I have been building and using computers since about the Ice Age, from DOS 3 through to Windows 7.
I have been mucking about with mobile phones for quite some time, using Symbian S60 and then Android.

Press F8 at boot to start in safe mode - Windows XP and 7
To see the details of you computer, download, install and run 'Speccy' - shows Operating System, Firewall, Anti-virus and hardware.
If you think you have a virus, start here 'Free Online Virus Scan'. Try any or all, and be patient.

September 29, 2010

How To choose a new phone - for mobile phone handset reviews.

Here's my latest tip if you are looking for a new mobile phone.
A lot of my friends ask me... How do I choose a new mobile phone. I direct them here to read.

GSMArena - I always come here for in depth phone reviews when buying a new phone.

Here's the page for the HTC Desire specs, and there's a link under the picture of the phone for the full review.

This is the best site that I have found for phone reviews.
How do I choose a new phone ? Read the reviews first on

Connected. Cheers. Si.
Checked for links and relevance, April 2014.

September 14, 2010

Turn Windows Updates ON, repeat ON.

Here's today's very important piece of advice. Turn Windows Updates ON, not off, ON.
** April 2014 - still relevant except that Windows Updates is now built in to the Control Center of Windows

Now that's a little obvious for a topic for a blog post, but I have just debugged yet another friend's computer. They could barely use it because all their software was out of date and they had weird pop-ups etc.

They were still using Internet Explorer version 6. They couldn't even view some websites because of this.
They now have IE 8.06 as well as Firefox and Google Chrome to play with as web browsers.
Their original one year anti-virus had lapsed. They now have free Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus which is up to date.
But worst of all, they had turned off Windows Updates because they were 'annoying'. Sigh. My father does this too (hi Dad.)
They now have Windows Updates turned ON and they have all the latest Windows Security Updates, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tools, Windows updates for Word, Excel etc, and all the other good and useful things that come with those updates.

Check yours now !
Click on Start-Control Panel-Security Center and make sure that Automatic Updates are ON.

Grab all the updates. Reboot. Grab all the updates. Reboot.
Make another cup of tea and do it again.

Cheers. Si.
Checked for links and relevance, April 2014. Still very relevant for Windows XP and Windows 7

September 12, 2010 - to publish your blog posts to Facebook, Twitter etc

Here's my latest thing I have just joined up to use. ''

Here's the link -
It's pretty easy to use. One or two clicks, and add a link to your blog.

Try it out. It's a good way to publish your blogs to other outlets.
Cheers. Si.

September 7, 2010

How To make your own mobile phone themes with Ownskin

Here's a good website if you want to personalize your phone. Ownskin.
Use their online program to make an entire theme for your phone.
You can use your business images, pics of the dog, racing cars etc.
You can alter the color of all the text, battery and signal bars, etc.


Here's what it looks like.

I have used this to make a few Star Wars and Matrix themes to stick on my old Nokia 5500.
The end result is a .sis file that I transfer to my Nokia using Nokia PC Suite.

Here's another theme. Note the icons, signal strength bars and panel colors.

It's easy enough and good fun.

Cheers. Si.
Links checked April 2014