Is It So Hard To Be Positive? Be Proud of Hull!

Because of two comments in my local newspaper, the Hull Daily Mail, I decided (again) that it was time to dust off the word-processor. I put some rock music on the radio, sat down with a pile of digestive biscuits and a cup of tea, and thought about positivity. Hull is a great city. It’s got so much going for it. We have art (and famous artists), music (and famous musicians), museums, and a rich, rich history with many famous sons and daughters. Why then do many people in Hull have such a negative outlook? I’ve commented before on the
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One Hull of a Boat: Together, a Community Can Make a Difference!

It all started in the bath. Hull businessman Sam Whitaker had that morning attended a meeting where two major events for the East Yorkshire region had been announced – The Rugby League World Cup, and the P1 Powerboat World Championships. The P1 director had mentioned that due to logistical issues there was a spare boat, going cheap. “It’s yours if you want it”, he joked. Sam was laid in the bath, and an idea struck him. If he submerged the King’s crown… Nope, Archimedes had already done that, and Sam wasn’t the type to run naked down the street –
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Cleaning Your Computer Part 2: The Laptop, Netbook or Notebook

Cleaning Your Computer Part 2: The Laptop, Netbook or Notebook To repeat some of what was said in the previous cleaning article, you’ll have a more reliable and longer lasting machine if you clean it regularly. This is especially true of laptops, netbooks, and notebooks. There is very little free space in portable computers, so any blockages are proportionally larger. A clean machine is quieter, as the fans aren’t working as hard. A clean machine runs cooler, increasing both reliability and also the life of the components inside. Unfortunately, unlike the standard desktop, a laptop is not as easy to
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Home and Small-Business Data Backup And Storage

Home and Small-Business Data Backup And Storage It doesn’t matter if you’re a home user or small business, you still need a data backup plan. Being able to protect your computer’s data files is something everyone should know about and deal with before it is too late. It is not a complicated or expensive process. These are some of the things I’ve seen over the years that are NOT backups. Backing up your laptop to an SD Card kept in the same laptop is not a backup. Backing up to a hard drive that never moves more than 6 inches
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Why do I need a website, or “What have the Romans ever done for us?”

Why do I need a website, or “What have the Romans ever done for us?” Your business is moving along. Sure, there are quiet patches, but we all have those, don’t we? When things are quiet, do you find yourself looking on the Internet? Do you find yourself wondering “Why do I need a website? What can it do for me?” Remember the scene from Monty Python’s “Life of Brian“? “What have the Romans ever done for us?” The Internet is probably the most cost effective form of advertising available. The Internet is better than the Yellow Pages, better than
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Cleaning Your Computer Part 1: The Desktop or Tower Unit

Cleaning Your Computer Part 1: The Desktop or Tower It doesn’t matter if your computer is in your home or your office, you’ll have a more reliable and longer lasting machine if you clean it regularly. A clean machine is quieter, as the fans aren’t working as hard. A clean machine runs cooler, increasing both reliability and also the life of the components inside. When I say clean, I’m not talking the wipe over it gets when dusting, I’m talking a real clean – the outside case and the internal hardware. It’s not that hard, and it’s not something to
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Business Networking: An Introduction

Business Networking: An Introduction Everyone Has To Start Somewhere! The most important people you will meet in your business (after the customer or client) are other businessmen and women. Networking helps you to build up a contact and information book or database. This information that you gather will help you to get new customers or clients, and it will help you if you have a problem. Someone knows the answer, even if you don’t. Others network for exactly the same reason. Some day you may become the customer or client; someday you may be able to help them when they
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How to Fight Viruses, Malware, and Trojans

How to fight viruses, malware, and trojans. Do you use online banking? Run your own blog? Store data in the cloud? Do you use email accessible through a web-browser? Does your business rely on the data held within your computer? What would happen if your accounts became compromised, and your data is deleted or worse, used for criminal purposes? Have you ever thought about this? The simplest anti-virus precautions are also the most effective. Switch off the image preview function in your email program. This removes what is called in security circles an “attack vector”, a method where unauthorised programs
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