Setting up a Smart Home for the rest of us: Part 2 – Lights

In my first part of my setting up a smart home articles I looked at why I chose Amazon Alexa as the main way of controlling my smart home. In this post I will look at howI have setup my lighting to work Alexa using Philips Hue and my existing…

The Fall and Rise of the iPhone 6 Battery

My first iPhone was the 3G. At first it was brilliant – after a succession of Windows CE and Symbian smartphones, the IOS interface seemed the perfect match for a smarter phone. The 3G and I were very happy for a couple of years – I forgave it for the…

Putting a Windows 10 Insider Build on a Mac?

Trying out Windows 10 Insider builds from the fast ring is always a little like leaping into a huge pile of autumnal leaves.  It seems like great fun, but you can never be sure if this will be the occasion you find a stinky landmine secreted amongst the golds, yellows…

How I setup voice control for my Christmas Tree lights using Amazon Dot

Over the last few weeks I have playing around various smart home components and what other project could there be this time of year other than control of festive lights. There are lots of ways of controlling lights with home automation but my little project is nice and cheap and…

Destroying A Mac Mini

Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love My Soldering Iron [Ian:A warning tale for all of us tinkers from Richard! ] It was supposed to be so easy. Give a late 2012 Mac Mini a bit of boost with some RAM and an inexpensive SSD. The RAM was easy….

How to fix a Windows 10 app that crashes on launch

An issue I have seen quite a few times with Windows 10 is apps crashing on launch, so you click on app like Twitter or Facebook and it starts to load up and then immediately closes. I have seen this happen with a range of apps including Netflix, Twitter and…

What is new in with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update? (with video)

Next Tuesday (August 2nd) Microsoft release a big update for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile which Microsoft have called the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. During the development cycle it was codenamed Redstone and there are a lot of changes to the OS that really make a big difference to Windows….

Windows Update not installing the latest build? Here is a fix

Since Microsoft started with the Windows Insider program I have installed Windows 10 numerous time and most have worked without any issue however I have had the odd update problem, and most of the time the same fix seems to sort the problem so I thought I would document it…

How to fix Windows Store app install error 0x80073CF0 in Windows 10

As much as I love Windows 10 and its Windows Store over the past year or so I have found the Store can suffer the odd technical issue. Once issue I have come across that can be a real pain is when an app update fails, often with the cryptic…

Video: How to play network content to Windows 10 the Movies & TV app

Windows 10 comes with a great video play called Movies & TV (or Film & TV depending on your region) and as well as playing content from Microsoft’s video store it plays content on the Windows 10 PC. It can also play content stored on other Windows PCs or NAS…

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