Technical Articles

Martin Bailey regularly writes this website and supplies articles for various magazines. Here are a collection of articles, some of which have been published in trade press around the world.

How to work from home

working from homeWith many people now facing the prospect of working from home to protect themselves against coronavirus what can you do to ease the transition? As someone that has worked from home (and therefore ‘self-isolated’) for 21 years there are a number of considerations along with a few tips and tricks to make the most of it.

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Keeping your home network and data secure

The average family home now has over a dozen devices connected to the internet – laptops, tablets and phones, not to mention smart speakers, TV streaming boxes and newer ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) devices. So, how can you take advantage of technology at home and keep it safe from hackers?

Short answer? You can’t. Well, at least not 100%. But there is a great deal you can do to make it much more difficult for hackers to attack.

How to back up your digital life

hard disc repairBackups; We know that we should be doing them regularly, but the fact of the matter is that many of us only consider this retrospectively once the data is lost. In the past backing up used to be limited to just your computer, but most people now have multiple devices – PCs, laptops, tablets and mobiles – all of which store precious data in the form of videos, pictures, emails and documents.

The question you have to ask yourself is this: If I lost my PC/laptop/tablet/phone right now what exactly would I lose? If the answer is too painful to contemplate then read on!

Before we look at individual device types we should explore the different types of backups you can make. Note that this is not an exhaustive guide – merely something to point you in the direction of popular solutions.

What is important is that you should always have more than one backup type, just in case one fails. It also needs to become routine – set a dedicated time to perform backups if you cannot automate them.

Backing up and freeing up space on your iPhone

One of the biggest problems with the iPhone is that it has fixed storage, so if you made the mistake of buying one of the smaller capacities it can be a real problem. So what can you do to make the most out of the storage you have?

Gadgets for St Valentine’s

St Valentine’s Day is not one traditionally associated with technology, but everyone needs someone to love, and you can show that special nerdy person in your life how much you care with these suitably geeky gifts.