Showing posts from June, 2015

The crazy world of Windows updates, startup items, and 'normobs'

Got to get this off my chest. Here's the situation. Joe or Josephine Bloggs uses their Windows PC every few days. Sometimes. For a few hours at most. Sounds OK, doesn't it? Except that they keep saying to you "I still use my PC but it's so slow now, do you think I should get a new one?" Tempting though it is to say "yes'(!), what's actually happening is that Microsoft's update system doesn't take into account PCs which are only turned on for a few hours every few days. With patches being pushed out weekly (or so), they get no chance to download and install in the background (because the computer is - literally - not usually turned on), so when the user does fire up the PC, they have to live with 'updates downloading' in the background. All the flippin' time. Because they're rarely turned on, and online, long enough for the updates to complete. Add in that when they do boot up their PC it takes 'longer and longer'

iCloud Photos issues!

I'm posting this here, since other short form social networks are proving inadequate 8-) Here's the problem. Friend's iPhone, latest iOS, patched up to date etc. She has a PC with Windows 7 and iCloud installed. Again all up to date. iCloud is on default settings, set to sync all photos to Pictures\iCloud Photos etc. The iPhone is set to upload all photos to iCloud and 'My Photo Stream' and, after taking a photo, something seems to happen in terms of uploads. However, we've waited a few DAYS now, and iCloud doesn't seem to have synced anything down. Any clues, from Apple experts, as to what to try next. It's driving us insane!! Comment below to add your tuppence worth? Ideas from me so far: re-install iCloud on the PC pray smash the iPhone with a large hammer and switch my friend to Android or Windows Phone Cheers! [I'll update this post with more info as requested by anyone kind enough to help!] Hmm...