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If you’re wondering whether Caspian IT can help you with a computer problem you might have, the answer is most probably yes. We normally deal with home users or the owners of small and medium sized businesses. We not only repair broken laptops and desktop computers, we diagnose faults that might be caused by a virus or spyware. Caspian IT also offer a series of highly configured servers for sale that can provide you with an assortment of online services that maximise the flow of information in your organisation.  Full Story

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Firefox new tab homepage

So you want Firefox (Works with 47.01) to open you homepage when you open a new tab? Simply follow this link. It’s recently been updated to work again when for a while it didn’t.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/new-tab-homepage/

 

HDMI Lag when connecting to TV (Solved – Level easy)

Well you learn something new every day – at least I hope so.

I’m using my laptop to connect to my TV and noticed a really irritating lag between me moving the mouse and it appearing on my TV. I thought perhaps this was due to the video information being sent along the HDMI cable that was causing this issue. However I shortly discovered that NO, this was not the case. The lag was caused by the TV itself processing the video signal that comes in (presumably to clean it up) before displaying it. Of coarse with a computer or games console the signal is digital and perfectly clean anyway and so this process is not necessary and thus most TV manufacturers have a ‘Game’ (or similar mode) that disables this feature.

So I selected ‘Game’ mode and BINGO! No lag whatsoever!

hdmi-lag-solved

Sublime Text change colour of left hand panel (Easy to Follow)

If you’re new to Sublime Text like me, as soon as you boot the program up you’ll see that the default colour scheme really isn’t all that nice. Personally, working the long hours that I do, a darker colour scheme is a little easier on the eyes – especially at night.

To change the colour of the left-hand panel / side bar, you’ll need to change Sublime Text’s User Interface which is different from the COLOUR SCHEME. There are several nice dark colour schemes which affect the user interface two of which are  THEME – SODA and another being MATERIAL THEME.

As a new user you would think you should be able to select the side bar colour from a preferences menu, but sadly no there’s nothing like that. What there is however is something called PACKAGE CONTROL. This is something every Sublime Text user will want to install so it’s best to get it over and done with now.

If you’re on a Windows machine you’ll want to press Ctrl and (the ‘ is just under the @ sign on a UK keyboard). This will bring up Sublimes console window that will allow you to do all sorts of clever things, but for now all you need to do is to select the text below with your mouse, right click and select copy, then paste the text into Sublime Text’s console window and press Enter.

import urllib.request,os,hashlib; h = '2915d1851351e5ee549c20394736b442' + '8bc59f460fa1548d1514676163dafc88'; pf = 'Package Control.sublime-package'; ipp = sublime.installed_packages_path(); urllib.request.install_opener( urllib.request.build_opener( urllib.request.ProxyHandler()) ); by = urllib.request.urlopen( 'http://packagecontrol.io/' + pf.replace(' ', '%20')).read(); dh = hashlib.sha256(by).hexdigest(); print('Error validating download (got %s instead of %s), please try manual install' % (dh, h)) if dh != h else open(os.path.join( ipp, pf), 'wb' ).write(by)

This will enable Package Control which is in the Preferences menu. So now you need to go to Preferences > Package Control. When the menu appears select Install Package. Then type Material Theme, once it is visible select it with your mouse and by the magic of the Internet you will see Sublime go off to fetch and install everything necessary.

When this has completed go to Preferences > Color Scheme > Material Theme > Schemes > Material-Theme-Darker

That should be that, if not just try restarting Sublime Text.

How did it go? Let me know in the comments below…

Simon

Sublime Text Side Panel

EE – The wrong sort of data. (Blog)

ee-co-uk“The wrong sort of Contract”

So my contract with EE ran out at the beginning of this year (we’re now in July) and so I moved from a standard two year contract that pays both for the phone and for air-time and moved to a SIM only contract. The deal I got was for £7.50 per month which includes 500 minutes, 500GB and unlimited texts. Sounds like a good deal right?

Except my bill is never – ever £7.50. Instead it’s still £3 – £20 more. When I speak to EE about this I get:

EE: (paraphrasing) “Ohhh well since we moved your account it’s no longer on direct debit so we charge an extra £2.50 for that..”

ME: OK. I didn’t realise there was no longer on direct debit; so I had them move it back. I paid the extra and made a mental note not to do that again.

The next month still the bill comes in at more than £7.50. So I get in contact with EE again and…

EE: (paraphrasing) “Ohhh well even though you may not have made any calls or even remotely used all your data you did listen to an answerphone message for 60 odd seconds whilst you were in Spain so I’m afraid there’s another £20 charge for that…”

ME: OK. I didn’t realise that listening to an answerphone message for 20 seconds would cost me £20. I’ll make a mental note and be sure not to do that again either!

The next month the bill comes in and STILL it’s more than the agreed amount of £7.50

EE: (paraphrasing) “Ohhh, yes I can see it on your account. Apparently you sent four emoticons.”

ME: Emoticons? You’re charging me for sending those stupid images and ridiculous smiley faces?

EE: (paraphrasing) “Ohhh yes. I’m afraid that emoticons don’t come under your ‘unlimited SMS’ nor do they come under your regular data plan.”

ME: Sorry? So you’re telling me that an emoticon doesn’t come under the heading of ‘data’. Why? Are you telling me “It’s a different sort of data”? A type of data that you’re not normally used to relaying? One that’s more expensive and needs a special kind of charge or something?

EE: “It’s outside your plan sir.”

ME: Send me a bill next month for £7.50 or the past 13 years I’ve been with Orange/EE you can stick it up your bottom and I’m moving to another provider. You’ve been taking the piss for far to long and I’m not having it any longer.