Working in a zen-like paper-free office

By Mark O’Neill Back in 1999, I created a bit of a mini-uprising when I was working for the Scottish Civil Service. We were drowning in paper and so I proposed that the Scottish Executive buy scanners to digitially copy everything onto the computer, and then revert to a paper-free office. Although I had a […]


Geek Lair: 6 Lamps to set the mood

It is customary for the geek lair to contain lots of computers, disassembled electronics, and other gadgets which have long since lived out their usefulness. Although the geek lair –a nerds equivalent to the all powerful bat-cave– is quite interesting to bear witness to, it often lacks worthy lighting which is replaced by boring light […]

Using GTalk and Twitter to update your Google Calendar

By Mark O’Neill Following on from my previous article regarding updating your social networks using Google Talk, I thought I would briefly mention today that you can also update Google Calendar using both Google Talk and Twitter. Once you have everything set up, you can input your calendar entries into your desktop Google Talk and […]

How to make your own ethernet cables

Here is an excellent video tutorial that will teach you how to make your own ethernet cables. The whole procedure can seem complex at first, but after a bit of practice, it becomes very easy. If it interests you, We’ve also published a similar guide on [GAS] 1.0. Enjoy!

Using Google Talk to update your social networks

By Mark O’Neill I am a HUGE fan of Google Talk, so much so that I am trying to find more diverse ways of using it, apart from chatting to people and sending / receiving files. I never quite clicked (excuse the pun) with the Gmail version of Talk and so I am using the […]

How to Retrieve or Reset your Lost Windows Password

Here’s an interesting video showing you a few techniques that can help you recover or reset your lost windows password. If this kind of thing interests you, we’ve also written about several password recovery techniques on our old blog.

One for the SEO Firefox geeks

By Mark O’Neill If checking a website’s PageRank or number of backlinks on Firefox is what fuels your loveboat, then you’re going to love this one. SEO Book has an excellent Firefox extension which gives you more than the standard information that Google normally offers.    It also works on Yahoo. Before you install “SEO for […]

Personal Disaster Recovery: Backup, Don’t Archive!

By Rob Dunn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Aside from malware/spyware and viruses, the biggest trouble with most home computers can probably be attributed to the build-up of user data over time. You’ve seen it happen over and over again: digital pictures, videos, documents, spreadsheets, and more fill up the drive and eventually adversely affect the performance […]