Bob Williams


  • The changes brought about in this country after the smoke clears from whatever form our future will take, will become more and more inescapable.

    Political parties will never be the same: how the electorate votes will change, existing Polls and voting “expert” opinion will be proved incorrect. I fully expect a period of extreme uncertainty amongst…[Read more]

  • Thanks StevieP, been looking for something like that myself, for the 1,000’s of tracks on my NAS and in the USB stick in the car.

    Cheers, Bob.

  • Now when I was in the marines, after being out in the field for weeks at a time, when back at Base, we put a couple of cap fulls of the real stuff in a bath full of water, (don’t try with the cheap stuff), as way to clean out all our cuts, grazes, stings and blisters etc… while sleeping in the bath for a few hours.

    Steve, that brings back sim…[Read more]

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Travel Router in the forum Other Tech 9 hours ago

    Thanks for all that advice and info,Dave.

    I am processing it all and will probably change/improve network, hardware, methods and functions when I get my faster connection. At the same time, I am waiting for the landlord to remove our fireplace, which contains a coal-fired back boiler from the early 1960’s. This is, according to HSE and the…[Read more]

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Travel Router in the forum Other Tech 1 day, 16 hours ago

    Thanks Dave. I have had a Zyxel nsa 310 for about 3 years now, the 2TB is about 40% full, use it regularly for backup images of my desktop, SWMBO’s lappy and No.2 gson’s desktop. Never used it as a file sharer, always intended to do that and will have to take a look at it. I store my music, photos and videos in a separate folder on the Hdd, with…[Read more]

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Travel Router in the forum Other Tech 2 days, 6 hours ago

    I have mentioned my TP-Link 9980 router before, but currently I have Plusnet’s own VDSL Router, Hub One, which is working OK although I would prefer the 9980. I have to wait until Openreach have connected our new closer Cabinet and improved my miserable Download speed.

    In a previous Plusnet incarnation, I had an ADSL TP Link 1043ND and an…[Read more]

  • Good to know that I have given out a reliable recommendation JB, thanks!


  • Having had a good look at what you need Les, I found this site, no idea of their reliabilty as have never bought from them:

    I well recall trying to find DDR2 RAM for No.2 gson’s first (used) PC, after DDR3 had been in vogue for a good while. Eventually gave up on cost grounds, upgraded the whole thing and fitted DDR3.…[Read more]

  • I remembered what I bought from Dixons. Must have between 1976: I had left the Army and moved in with parents, until 1982, when they moved into  a Sheltered Housing flat. Mam wanted a new larger TV (got it) and dad wanted a radio, for footy and other stuff live from Radio Nottingham. He only watched TV for sport or wildlife, documentaries and…[Read more]

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Travel Router in the forum Other Tech 4 days, 2 hours ago

    Full of Ads, but lots of reviews Steve:

    I like TP-Link personally and will install my 3 yo VDSL 9980 on my FTTC service to replace the Plusnet Hub One when Plusnet get around to making Openreach connect my new cabinet (just around the corner from my Close) to my line, instead of the old one a mile away. Should get…[Read more]

  • Had the same email Ryan, immediately changed my password, etc. I rarely visit Currys now, last time was to buy my Humax Freesat box, because I had a £50 voucher from a previous Currys purchase, a substantial reduction over every other outlet. My rare visits are usually to the store and check out a bit of ‘on show’ kit, usually for a mate or…[Read more]

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Cheap 120GB SSD in the forum PC Talk 4 days, 8 hours ago

    Someone at a Computer Fair (remember those?) told me this a long time ago. I recently found the typewritten notes in one of my old boxes.

    Considering the rapid rate of change in computer power and associated demands upon PC components:

    *’Enough’ memory is rarely sufficient for long.

    *’Enough’ backups are rarely sufficient for long.

    *’Enough’…[Read more]

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Cheap 120GB SSD in the forum PC Talk 4 days, 16 hours ago

    Couple of bad reviews there Boris, drives failed early.

  • I have used Macrium Reflect making backup images to my hoary old Zyxel nsa310 NAS for years, backing up my desktop, SWMBO’s laptop and No.2 grandson’s various PC’s. I set it to delete any backups above 5 and have never had a problem.

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Arthritis? in the forum Ailments 5 days, 7 hours ago

    That is useful Nolan, passing it on to a parent of an adult on the spectrum. Good spot.

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Text jumbles up. in the forum PC Talk 5 days, 7 hours ago

    Thanks Ed, but there was only one Logitech driver ever on the laptop: the wireless M235 is the only mouse of any description, used with it. The main problem was the PS/2 vs Logitech conflict, and the KB drivers, which I uninstalled, rebooted and latest drivers were installed at reboot. I also updated the M235 Logitech software and drivers.

    As an…[Read more]

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Great book … in the forum Books 5 days, 12 hours ago

    I recommend “Dunstan” to anyone who likes fact-based historical fiction. St. Dunstan was an actual figure during the 11th Century, involved in the creation of England by Aethelstan, the grandson and heir of King Alfred. Conn Iggulden carries out deep extensive research when writing his historical books and it is as true to real events as…[Read more]

  • Thanks Richard, no message from Plusnet yet, which may be a good sign: they usually send a message regarding an engineer visit, very soon after the visit. I found the cabinet and it is much closer to our Close. Have to hope that this will give me better service.

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Fat v NTFS in the forum PC Talk 6 days, 9 hours ago

    Thanks Nolan. I have lost 2 good mates to Alzheimers and Dementia over the last few years. We are living longer, but at what price? Know I have many medical problems, but just got to hope my marbles stay in the bag.

  • Bob Williams replied to the topic Travel Router in the forum Other Tech 6 days, 9 hours ago

    You won’t lose that bright yellow box, Chris!

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