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Friday
Feb132015

Clearmymail problems?

Regretably I found Clearmymail has been erratic for the past 3-4 days, and I now have tested and proved to myself that some mail disappeared into a black hole during this time.  The website may or may not be up (or down) and mail may still be collected (which I witnessed using webmail to view my POP3), but then it never arrives: I have nothing to collect, and my mailbox has fallen silent.

If you can't log in to stop CMM collecting, you can break the system by changing your POP3 password. That will stop mail being collected. Then in your email program, change the server from mail01.clearmymail.com to your regular one, and at least you can fetch mail again (spam and all).

It's easy to be harsh. It's a shame that Clearmymail can be good when it's working but when it breaks there is no information or support, and problems are becoming all too frequent. The suspected loss of mail (even worse than it piling up somewhere) is worrying. This however is reflected in the low price. There is no similar third party cloud-type service that filters mail this way for such a low cost, but the search is on for a more robust solution.

For those stuck in the lurch, there is more Clearmymail info and resources on my website, just use the Search box on the right, or click the Clearmymail tag below.

Friday
Jan232015

Cashback offers on Asus tablets - hurry

Upgrade your old 7”+ tablet for a new Asus and get up to £50 cashback

Thinking of buying a new tablet?  Me too! If you have an old, unloved but fully working 7”+  tablet you can currently trade up to a brand new Asus Android tablet and earn up to £50 cashback direct from Asus. This offer runs to 15th March 2015 and qualifying vendors including Amazon UK are taking part in this great promotion. If you order a new qualifying Asus tablet, register the purchase and a box will be sent to ship your old one back. After inspection and approval a cashback will be paid direct by bank transfer.

You might be wanting a better display or battery life, faster wi-fi performance, Bluetooth or removable memory cards (or all those things, in my case), or simply get another tablet for leisure or the kids. Now is a great time to buy, especially after Christmas when offers are keener than ever in these cash-strapped times: there's no need to fork out for an expensive, top of the range tablet when Asus offers better value and good quality.

The promotion rules are very clear – your old tablet must be 7" or more, in good, serviceable condition with no undue wear, cracks, chips or heavy cosmetic damage, chassis or water damage etc. and it must power up properly. You must claim within 14 days.

Popular Asus tablets including the MeMo ME170C (7” 8GB, wifi) and MeMo ME181C (8” 16GB, wifi) are great value but other Asus tablets (eg the 10” TF103) are also in the promotion. Some products on Amazon don't seem to highlight the cashback offer for some reason, but here is the definitive list of Qualifying Tablets and FAQs published by Asus.

I’ve chosen a funky purple (which was lots cheaper) Asus MeMoPad ME181C – it’s Intel 64 bit quad-core Atom-powered, has Android 4.4 (Kit Kat), an 8” 1280x800 IPS smudge resistant screen, 16GB onboard memory (expandable to 64GB with MicroSD cards, not supplied), 802.11n wifi, GPS, Bluetooth 4, G-sensor, 9 hour (max.) battery.

Note that Android tablets cannot work with Amazon Prime streaming video service. Consider an Amazon HD Fire instead for that.

Below are a few useful links for the Asus 8” ME181C , so you can check the details yourself.

Have a look at the Asus Tablet store on Amazon.co.uk and see what you think and you could bag yourself a bargain. I'll let you know how I get on with mine - even if it is purple!

Sunday
Dec212014

Fixing draughty uPVC windows

Here's a useful item on repairing draughty uPVC windows. I found a high quality white seal that's easy to use, strong and durable (good for 8 years or more). Much cheaper than trying to find new seals, it also looks OK both indoors and out. Read more...

Sunday
Dec212014

Deleting the Omiga-Search Plus adware browser hijacker

A combination of my speedy new PC, my failing eyesight, poor flat screen LCD contrast and an errant mouse-click while googling around, meant that my brand new installation of Windows 7 Professional got itself a browser hijack right before my very eyes. Curses. My Google home page in IE 11 was hijacked by Omiga-Plus Search - a useless, third-rate duff search page with some garbage links to gambling, gaming and other junk. Read more...

Friday
Dec052014

Celebrating the Ambra PC - the computer that so nearly broke the mould

In 1992 along came Ambra, an IBM-compatible PC made by an offshoot of IBM themselves, called ICPI Ltd.  It could have been maybe too good for IBM's own comfort and it was mercilessly axed by IBM after just a few short years. This stylish PC was smart, fast and aggressively priced. Some reprints of original Ambra literature from 1992/ 93 are included in this article. Read more...

Friday
Nov282014

Time to build a new PC

You know it’s time to swap a PC when it takes 10 seconds to open a window, nothing happens so you click two or three more times, then you get two or three windows opening at once. Web browsing grinds to a halt and anti-virus software brings it to its knees.  You have time to make a coffee while it updates itself. So, I’ve decided to build myself another one, and I expect it will last me another ten years, so it has to be future proof.

How to build a new PC step by step (with photos) ...

Tuesday
Nov252014

NEW Basic Soldering Guide Worklab Edition now on sale

The Basic Soldering Guide Worklab Edition

The Basic Soldering Guide Worklab Edition

The Basic Soldering Guide Worklab Edition by Alan Winstanley is the No. 1 resource to learn all the basic aspects of electronics soldering by hand. This Worklab Edition is spiral wire-bound, lays flat on a bench or table and is brightly presented with appealing graphics that makes it perfect for…

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Sunday
Nov232014

Interview Part 7: At the surgery

With Teach-In 93 behind me I find myself at the helm of Circuit Surgery, Ingenuity Unlimited and more at EPE Magazine. Also I have uploaded copies and prototype notes of my final constructional projects including the popular Windicator of EPE July 1995. Read more...


Tuesday
Nov182014

Clearmymail down: domain expired

Updated on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 12:57PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:46AM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:55PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 1:53PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 10:14PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Clearmymail's domain name problem (or their ISP's, anyway) caused an outtage for several days which broke my incoming Email. Here's the background and some workarounds.

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Tuesday
Oct282014

Interview Part 6: a labour of love

In Part 6 of my potted history (nearly there now!), we pick up the story as we entered the early 1990s. The hobby electronics market was still quite buoyant at this time and Everyday Electronics and Electronics Monthly (to give it its full title then) was going from strength to strength. I tackled the flagship tutorial series, Teach-In '93 featuring the Mini Lab and Micro Labs.  Read more...

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