Setting up a computer for your grandparent or parent can be frustrating, especially if you’re trying to do it over the phone with them. If you can actually get your hands on the computer, though, you have an opportunity to make their internet experience way better.
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As parents, we do a lot of hand-wringing over how our children will handle social media as they enter their tween and teen years. This sort of stuff wasn’t around when we were their age, we lament. They aren’t mature enough to handle the responsibility, they can’t yet understand the longterm ramifications of what they post, they won’t grasp that once it’s there, it’s there forever.
The file-storing service Mega usually cuts free users off once they’ve downloaded around 5GB or so, forcing you to wait hours before you can resume whatever it is you were transferring. It feels like Mega is more generous nowadays (I downloaded 18.75GB of data the other day before I hit the wall), but it still has some kind of download quota. And if you want to get past it without waiting, there’s only one trick left in your arsenal.
There are a lot of services you can use to host your files in the cloud. Dropbox is one solid option, even though it doesn’t give you a lot of storage to play with if you aren’t paying its monthly fee. Still, it’s an incredibly convenient way to access a shared pool of files across your computers and devices.
Even if it’s reached “household name” status for software, here’s a guide to getting the most out of this great storage solution.
Impulse buying is a thing, and we’re all guilty of it from time to time. Sometimes, if you’re feeling a little down, it feels good to place an order for that little thing you’ve been meaning to buy, but never quite got around to picking up. Or maybe you see a deal for something you’ve been eyeing and figure, “Eh, now’s as good a time as any.”
Every once in a while, an app like Unroll.me pops into the spotlight to remind us that we all tend to authorise a lot of apps to access our email and social media accounts without much thought. Sometimes, as in the case of Unroll.me, those apps get busy selling off our data. Now's a good time to audit any other third-party apps you've given access to your accounts.
It's come to our attention that Martin Shkreli, the dagger-faced pharma bro who won't leave the world alone, is buying up domains for the names of journalists who have written about him. Let's make sure this doesn't happen to you.
Last week, IP Awareness Foundation released data showing Australia’s online piracy rates have declined. While the group didn’t cite one specific reason as to why this is happening, the fact of the matter is the figures show Australians are not doing as much illegal downloading of movies and TV shows these days. So are you a retired pirate?
Small businesses make up 96 per cent of Australian companies and while most of them have internet access, only half of them have their own website. It seems like a no-brainer for any company to have an online presence, but many small businesses have thrown this in the "too hard" basket. However, there are easy ways for even your local fish and chips shop to make themselves known on the world wide web.
Dealing with the any of the big telcos, banks or energy companies is usually a total nightmare. You'll be bounced from person to person over the phone before being "disconnected" and left to start the grind all over again. You have all done it before. So what do you do to solve your dramas when you're at the end of your tether? Find the answers online, you will.