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Tech Time Warp: Charles Babbage, the father of computing

Tech Time Warp: Charles Babbage, the father of computing

After celebrating the dads in your life on Father’s Day, consider raising a glass to Charles Babbage, the 19th-century Englishman known as the “Father of Computing.” An independently wealthy man, Babbage was able to indulge in his fascination in mathematics and science to the world’s benefit. His impact can be found not only in actual inventions, but also in prescient plans, such as the concept of a “black box” to derive information about railway accidents. He is most known for another...

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How to create multiple profiles on Google Chrome

How to create multiple profiles on Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world, so there is a good chance you are using this as your main browser. What you probably didn’t know is that you can create multiple profiles. It is a good idea to do this if you share your device with other people (kids, family) without the need to create a new Windows user account. Also, the ability to use multiple profiles can come in handy if you use your PC for both work and personal use and need to keep everything separate. This...

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Solution to Cortana “i’m sorry, something went wrong”

Solution to Cortana “i’m sorry, something went wrong”

Cortana says "Something went wrong, try again in a little bit" My Cortana has not been working properly since last last, when I tried to create a reminder it would get as far as far as the part where you tell it the time of the reminder and then it would bomb out with "i'm sorry something went wrong. Try again in a little bit" So if I said "cortana, remind me" or "Cortana remind me to do somehting", this works, and then it asks when you want to be reminded, which is when the error occurs. If I...

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Gmail auto deletes forwarded emails

Gmail auto deletes forwarded emails

Gmail auto deletes forwarded emails I learnt something new about how Google G Suite (Gmail) treats forwarded emails this week, which may explain why you have had issues with forwarded emails vanishing into the abyss, because it turns out Gmail auto deletes forwarded emails. Email forwarding is something that is done regularly, usually because the end user needs another business email address but already has an email account and doesn't want yet another mailbox to login to and check email, so...

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cURL error 60: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

cURL error 60: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

I have had this "cURL error 60: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate" error occur a few times now on my Windows server with my WHMCS installations. It primarily has affected payment gateways which are using curl to communicate, which in my case was Go Cardless. Not being a PHP developer, I always tend to forget the cause of the problem when it crops up, so hopefully, this will serve as a reminder to myself as well 🙂 The reason for this error is that curl needs a...

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Google alienates kids & parents + How to recover files from a suspended G Suite account

Google alienates kids & parents + How to recover files from a suspended G Suite account

I was one of the early adopters of what is now known as Google G Suite and have been using since it was launched back in 2006 when it was originally called Google Apps. Like most early adopters, I started with the free Google Apps account, which was open to anyone and was originally intended for personal use. Like most people, I got it just so I could use my own domain name with Gmail. A few years later I upgraded to the paid plan, which then became Google Apps for Business and then G Suite...

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How to reliably send email from your website

How to reliably send email from your website

Solving email delivery problems Almost all websites need to send out emails for one reason or another, the most common reason being your contact form, but there are plenty of other emails which website owners often do not consider when checking email deliverability, such as:- Notifications to your blog or newsletter subscribers. Plugin notificationsNotifications, warnings or reports from your security pluginscomments on blog postsRegister emailsPassword reset emails There are many issues which...

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Password managers are not just for passwords

Password managers are not just for passwords

Securely store your password and personal data There’s no doubt that LastPass has saved me a lot of time and headaches – by remembering and filling passwords for me. But what many people do not realise is that password managers like LastPass or Dashlane can be used for a lot more than just passwords. There is lots of information besides passwords that most people need to access and use in their day-to-day life, online and offline. Whether you are booking your next family holiday,...

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Google Find My Device not working

Google Find My Device not working

Ever since Google updated its "find my device" page for Android a couple of years ago, it has not been working for us. We would still get the old version of the page with a message saying "This page cannot load Google maps correctly". Google find my device page Clicking on the "try the new and updated find my device" link, would just redirect back to this same page. The issue only affected my g suite account but not my regular, free, gmail account. I tried contacting Google support back when I...

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My Facebook account was disabled, WTF?

My Facebook account was disabled, WTF?

I got a big shock this week, I went to login to my facebook account only to be met with the dreaded "Account disabled" message.Why the heck had my account been disabled? I was very confused at first since I had received no warning or notifications and I could not think of any reason why. Then later that day, I got an automated email from Facebook. The short answer, because their AI (Automated Idiot) system is seriously flawed, screwed up, and incorrectly banned me for copyright infringement...

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