Lots of new things this week – partly because I’ve been playing with Windows 10 (I know it’s not out yet, but I’ve been having a go anyway) and partly because there’s some good news about my tips…
Some exciting (well I think so) news about these emails
In fact, there are 3 bits of news:
First, from next week, these emails will be weekly instead of twice a month.
You see, I’ve found it hard to fit everything into each email and have ended up writing longer and longer emails, when I wanted to be writing shorter ones about one specific thing.
So I’m not saying you’ll necessarily get much more from me – just in smaller chunks!
It also means I can tell you anything urgent without waiting so long for the next newsletter.
I’ve picked Mondays, so you should get your email every Monday morning (but not tomorrow – the first one will be the 23rd Feb.)
Secondly, you can now comment on what you’ve read in each email.
If you go here you’ll see each week’s email there. And if you look at the bottom of the article, it’ll say “no comments” (if you’re quick) or “7 comments” or however many there are.
Click on that and you can comment on what I’ve written.
What might you say?
Well, you might want to say you agree. Or that what Virgin are doing is outrageous as you’re losing your email address (see below). Or if I’ve said a way to do something you might want to say “Yes, and here’s another way to do it” or recommend a program you’ve used for something.
You might even want to say “Thanks, that was really helpful!”
One thing, though. These comments aren’t for a technical help service. I thought it would be useful for everyone to be able to comment on the news in the email, but it’s not for saying “I’ve got this problem with my PC, can you help?”
I’m not trying to be mean – it’s just that we already have a service for that, which is currently not taking on new members. If you’re a member, you already know to ask questions in the clubroom there! If you’re not, keep your eyes peeled – we’ll probably open it up to let some more people in later in the year.
Anyway, if you want to say “I agree” or “I disagree” or “That’s helpful” or “How about XYZ”, then just go to the comments bit under the article here.
And thirdly, if you do go and see the comments bit on that website, you might notice some fancy symbols to the left of where it says comments.
If you use Facebook, you can click on the blue one with an F on it to share it with your friends on Facebook. If you think there’s something in there they might find useful, just click that button and that’s it.
The other buttons are for if you use Twitter or Google+. They do something similar to the Facebook button for Twitter and Google+.
Windows 10 – out late 2015? (But I have it set up now)
This is a very quick update but the latest is that Windows 10, the latest version, will be out in the second half of this year.
I actually have a pre-release, not quite finished version of it set up on a spare computer (I didn’t abseil down Microsoft’s offices to sneak in through an air-vent to get it, I’m afraid, they make it available to people like me to write about it and help find any bugs!).
My first impressions are that it’s a good improvement from Windows 8/8.1. They’ve listened to a lot of the criticisms of Windows 8 and done something about them.
Anyway, I’ll give you more info about it once I’ve had more of a play with it…
Virgin email customers abandoned (but not all of you)
Don’t panic yet, as it doesn’t affect all Virgin customers by any means, but some of you are going to be abandoned by Virgin.
If it’s you, they should have already told you, but in case they didn’t or didn’t make sense, if this affects you, they’ll shunt you off to TalkTalk instead. That’s bad for two reasons:
1) TalkTalk don’t have the best reputation
2) You’ll lose your email address ending in @virgin.net /.com/whatever
You don’t have to go to TalkTalk – in the meantime you can switch to any other provider. But if you don’t do anything, then they’ll switch you to TalkTalk and at some point your email address will stop working.
So are you affected? Well, about 100,000 people are. Quite a few. Basically it’s anyone who has broadband from Virgin through “ADSL” – like a traditional phone line. It doesn’t affect anyone who has cable.
So if your modem/router plugs into a phone socket on the wall and you’re with Virgin, chances are you’re affected.
I think they haven’t been taking on any new customers for this service for a year or more, so any new customers won’t be affected.
And if you have cable from them, you’re fine.
But if you’re not sure, you might want to ring Virgin to check.
And if it is going to affect you, best let everyone know that your email address will change (and don’t forget to tell us so we can make sure you don’t miss out on these emails – you can just reply to this email)
Phew, that’s it for this time.
Remember, you can comment on anything in this email. Click here or or click the link below my name. Then just click on the “No comment” or “34 comments” or whatever, at the bottom of the article. Keep it polite, though!