Category Archive: Communications

Dec 18 2013

Unlock Free Skype Group Calling and Screen Sharing

Here’s a quick tip for Skype users out there. Microsoft is running a promotion where you can get twelve free months of Skype’s premium features, specifically: group video calls group screen sharing, removal of advertising, live chat customer support. You don’t need to provide a credit card number to take advantage of this offer which …

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Nov 30 2013

Latest Facebook Beta for Windows Phone

If you’ve not yet checked out the latest beta of the Facebook app for Windows Phone then you might want to look now. In the latest update, the Facebook Beta app sees almost instant notifications and private messaging which is a welcome change from the rather slow, sporadic or simply broken notifications functionality in prior …

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Sep 23 2013

Resolve Distorted Video in Skype

One of the main causes of a poor video experience in Skype is a low quality internet connection but there are other things that can also impact upon a reliable video conversation. I am going to cover one of the more quirky issues I have encountered personally. Upon initiating a video conversation you may find …

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May 03 2013

Facebook Beta for Windows Phone 8

Just a quick update for those of you with Windows Phone 8 handsets. Microsoft has launched a beta version of the Facebook app for those who like to try out the latest and greatest and I have to say that I really like it. The interface does seem a bit similar to those found on …

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Apr 30 2013

An OST file is in use and could not be accessed…

If you’re a user of Outlook you may encounter the following error message on the rarest of occasions when attempting to open the application: The file <OST file location> is in use and could not be accessed. Close any application that is using this file, and then try again. This was after I had closed …

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Apr 28 2013

Twitter for Mac OS X Finally Receives an Update

Another quick update. If you’ve been using Twitter for Mac OS X you may have been wondering where the updates have been for the official client. In particular, the lack of Retina display support may have been discouraging people from using the official client. Anyway, the latest version of the official Twitter client is now …

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Apr 19 2013

RSS Feeds Arrive in Bing News

This may have slipped under the radar for some but I reckon this is a fantastic update that will have me using Bing News far more often on my Microsoft Surface. It could also be a handy alternative for those facing the prospect of being orphaned by the shutdown of Google Reader. In the most …

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Mar 15 2013

Using Telnet to Delete Mass Amounts of E-mail

For whatever reason, you may end up with a huge amount of e-mail stuck on a mail server and it all just needs to go. Maybe you’ve been lax in clearing e-mail, your e-mail application isn’t managing your mailbox properly or perhaps you’ve just been spammed into oblivion. However, if you’ve got hundreds or even …

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Mar 14 2013

Useful Commands When Using Telnet on a POP3 Mail Server

This article in the series of telnet articles will give you some handy commands to use when connected to a POP3 mail server. You would not normally have reason to get at your e-mail in this fashion but it could be handy if there is a huge e-mail in your mailbox that is clogging everything …

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