Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Afrihost DNS issues - work around until issues are solved 28 August 2013

Afrihost ADSL clients may experience errors with Web Browsing, YouTube access, Sending & Receiving Email and other services due to a DNS error on MTN network.

Here is a solution until the issues are solved

If your router has Afrihosts DNS servers in it or its set on 'Obtain  DNS automatically' ,  Log into your router and change it to Googles DNS

Primary DNS:
Secondary DNS:

If your router is set on obtain automatically your can use an alternative method but will have to do this on each individual computer.

Go to your network adaptor (wireless or LAN  local area connection) settings right click select properties.Select  Internet protocol version 4 (TCP/IP v.4) >>> Click 'Properties'

Then select the radio button  'Use the following DNS server adresses:'  put in Googles Primary  & Secondary DNS settings mentioned above. Click okay and now you should have browsing and email access again

If you have any questions please leave comments.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 - Error opening word and excel files that have been downloaded or sent to you as attachments.

How to fix an error opening word and excel files that have been downloaded or sent to you as attachments in Microsoft Office 2013

 Below: Error message
 image thumb How to remove protected view from Office 2013 when downloading documents from the web

The message that has nothing to do with the actual problem, and the problem is actually a Microsoft feature, as often is:

- Office now has a  "protected-mode" feature, which prevents office apps from doing certain things under certain conditions.
- One of them is to stop excel / word from opening attachments coming from outlook.

Click the Microsoft Office ButtonButton image, and then click Word Options. or Excel  depending on what you having a problem with.
 image thumb2 How to remove protected view from Office 2013 when downloading documents from the web 

Below: Click Trust Center, and then click Trust Center Settings. image thumb3 How to remove protected view from Office 2013 when downloading documents from the web 

Below: Click the "Protected View"  in the left menu and untick all 3  check boxes on the right.
image thumb4 How to remove protected view from Office 2013 when downloading documents from the web

Save and voila, suddenly  word / excel can open all your files and has absolutely no problems with your gigs of free memory.
Thanks to the brilliant minds who conceived such an awkward feature with awkward error messages and ultra-deep menu options to clear - and of course no simple help. LOL

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Legitimate Windows 7 ISO Images

These ISOs (image files)  are now available for those who currently have Microsoft Windows 7 with Genuine Activation Keys. These are the legitimate downloads, full ISO image to burn to a good quality blank DVD using any good image burning program such as ImgBurn or outher image mounting software.

These ISO images have the Service Pack 1 integrated into the installation setup, so therefore there is no need to separately install SP1 after the initial install of Windows 7.


Windows 7 SP1 ISO Download Links Including English and Foreign Language Versions:

x86 = 32 bit
x64 = 64 bit

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Win7 & Win8 Calculator in more detail

Windows 7 calculator looks just like Vista's version, but explore the Mode menu and you'll see powerful new Statistics and Programmer views. And if you're clueless about bitwise manipulation, then try the Options menu instead. This offers many different unit conversions (length, weight, volume and more), date calculations (how many days between two dates?), and spreadsheet-type templates to help you calculate vehicle mileage, mortgage rates and more.

Programmer Binary, Hex Values, Bytes

Scientific Calculator

Calculate, Angle, Area, Energy, Length, Pressure Temperature, Time, Velocity, Volume, Weight/Mass 

 Calculate Stats

Calculate Dates

Calculate Mortgages, Leases, Fuel Economy

Thursday, 1 August 2013

My BlackBerry Freezes and is Terribly Slow

I know this is not PC related, it is however very common question I get from many of my customers, so i thought i would post a little article on it.

Okay lets just start with rebooting the device With the BlackBerry device POWERED ON, remove the battery for a 20 secs , and then reinsert the battery to reboot.

After  using your Blackberry for a while you may experience freezing or lagging/slow response on any BlackBerry, the most important practice you can adopt is to be sure to CLOSE applications when you are finished using them.

If you just hit the red "end call" key to go back to the home screen the application actually stays open and running in the background. If you do this repeatedly don't close the applications properly,  you will have lots of apps open and consequently your memory will get used up pretty quickly.

The lack of memory is the biggest reason your BlackBerry slows to a crawl or locks up.
Get into the habit of actually using the menu key to close the applications this will at least slow down this memory-clogging process. You still may have to do a battery pull or use the "Quickpull" app once in a while when things get slow.

To check what applications are running on your device in the background, press the Menu key,
then choose Switch Applications. You will see the icons of each application there. Select the icon of the application you want to close open it then click the blackberry menu button scroll to the bottom of the menu and select 'Close'

So now, check your applications running in the background. There are commonly four or five applications that will always be running (Messages, Call Logs/Phone, BlackBerry Messenger, Homescreen, and the Browser;

There are other third party applications such as, Whatsapp, BlackBerry Alerts which will also run in the background which you cannot close if you want them to operate). Make certain that the browser is NOT on an active webpage. Close any other applications that do not need to be running (the camera or a game you were playing or Google Maps etc).

Next, Blackberry devices by default create event logs  you  can delete the event logs by doing the following:
 Holding the "ALT" button and pressing "L G L G" one after another, then press the menu button and  scroll down to 'clear log' and select it, then select 'delete'.

Clearing the memory log, we can free up 1-2 meg or so of memory space depending on amount of apps. If you do not want your blackberry to create event logs you  can select 'options' and untick the boxes  or  an even easier option is to press the menu button again and select 'Hide all Types'.

Microsoft Office suite will soon be available for Android users in the next few weeks

Just over a month after making available a mobile version of its Office suite for iPhone users, Microsoft is doing the same with an Android version of Office Mobile.

Just like it did with the iPhone version, Microsoft is tying the Android version of Office Mobile to Office 365. Users who want to use the mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on their Android phones will need to have an Office 365 subscription, such as Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 ProPlus or these other SKUs to get them.
Office Mobile for Android phones (known officially as "Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers") was launched initially in the U.S.  yesterday, ( July 31 2013)  and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for free. The plan is to make it available in 33 languages and 117 markets "over the next several weeks."
The Office Mobile for iPhone and Android suites are both like the Office Mobile suite that Microsoft preloads on Windows Phone, meaning they are optimized for the editing, viewing and creation of Word and Excel documents. (Microsoft already has offered OneNote for Android phones since February 2012.)
 Unlike Office Mobile for iPhone, Office Mobile for Android phones does not include an option to purchase an Office 365 subscription from within the app, however. Office Mobile for Android phones only has a “sign in” option.
Office 365 subscribers are authorized install Office Mobile on up to five iPhones and/or Android phones. (Office Mobile on Windows Phones don't count against that total.) Office 365 University subscribers can install Office Mobile on up to two non-Windows Phones.
Microsoft is still widely believed to be developing versions of its core Office apps that would be customized to work on iPads and Android tablets. As with the iPhone and Android phone versions, these Office tablet apps would likely be tethered to an Office 365 subscription, tipsters have hinted.

(credits  : Mary Jo Foley )