Showing posts from August, 2018


There have been a number of serious wildfires during the long hot spell (which ended earlier in Cumbria where I live than in many other places). We are familiar with places such as California and Australia experiencing wildfires. This year there have even been reports from Sweden . (No, this is not going to be a post about global warming.) Our area experienced one of the earliest fires of the season beginning on 12 June. Perhaps our dry spell began sooner than elsewhere. May was very summery – a welcome change after a long winter. The sandy soil on the cliffs and the plants growing there had dried out. Tinder dry. The evening the fire started The fire on St Bees Head was visible from our windows. Although almost a mile away, at times we could see flames as well as smoke.  Smoking cliffs on 13 June The fire was declared a major incident; many fire crews and appliances worked day and night for a few days to extinguish it. The popular footpath nearby (on the Coast to Co

Remote Support

What do you do when your PC and/or printer fail? Aside from throw it out the window. If you have someone technically competent nearby they can come over and help, or talk you through it.  But. What if there was a way they could help from the other side of the world? There is. Teamviewer ( is a free to use tool that will enable someone to log onto your PC from wherever they are and help. If your PC is not starting or won’t load Windows/Mac/Linux they won’t be able to log in, but for all other problems this could be a useful tool. The person of competence can log in, sort your problem out, make sure it works, then log off.  How does it work? After opening Teamviewer, you’ll see the box below: You give your ID and password to the other person, they’ll connect and once you say yes, they’ll have access. When they’ve finished, close Teamviewer down and the connection is cut.  No one can get control of your PC unl