Category Archives: Computers

Welcome to the Political Blogosphere

Please have a look at www.instantpolitics.co.uk. Myself and Malcolm Clarke have launched this site, the concept and code were written by yours truly and Malcolm has used his contacts, blog and inspiration to re-work that initial idea into a political blog portal.

What Instant Politics will do:

Instant PoliticsInstant Politics will take the latest 5 items from the RSS feeds of the blogs of many different parties and merge them into one neat list. You can filter this  list to give you the latest news from the political party you are interested in.

Instant Politics will, eventually, have lots of feeds, which will be added to as we find new blogs.

One of the common things Instant Politics has been criticised for is that it appears to be a replacement for the RSS reader. This is not what the site is intended to do.

We do not think RSS readers are as widely used as many think and this site is beneficial because it gives (or will give) lots and lots of feeds for you to click through to the site and at that point you can link them to your RSS readers.

Another benefit is that we will add the feeds, this means that you don’t have to waste time trawling the internet for political blogs – if the blog is worth the web space it takes up you’ll be able to find the latest headlines and links from that blog at Instant Politics – to put it simply we do the leg work of collecting the feeds and headlines so that you can sit back, relax and read what the political blogosphere has to say.

Instant Politics gives you blogs that fit the following criteria:

  • Our blogs are regularly updated – we do not link to out of date content
  • Up to date thoughts and feelings of the political blogosphere
  • Instant Politics is a search engine for political blogs weighted 100% towards blogs that are active.

Over the next week you will see many more feeds being added to Instant Politics and subtle improvements, so please bear with us and if you have any feedback please get in touch with us via the contact page.

Click here to visit Instant Politics and find a new Politics blog to read regularly.

Greatest Footballing Moments – MS Paint style

I was browsing the SMB – Sunderland Message Boards – today and stumbled upon a great thread, which is sure to go gold.

The thread is titled ‘Greatest Football Moments in MS Paint’ and can be found here.

Basically, the thread is full of Microsoft Paint drawn recreations of famous footballing moments – I urge everyone to take a look at it as some of the drawings are superb alongside some which are just plain hilarious.

This was my addition to the thread – Stuart McCall falling off of a car roof while celebrating promotion with Bradford City.

Stuart McCall MS Paint style

How to connect to a printer on another PC

Something I come across quite often at work is people needing to (re)connect to to a printer which is connected to another PC on their network via a USB cable.

This is actually a very simple task –  to complete it you need to:

  1. share the printer on the ‘host’ pc
  2. find out the IP address of the ‘host’ computer
  3. connect to the printer from the PC other pc

Sharing a Printer

This needs to be done on the Host PC.

To share a printer go to ‘Control Panel’ > ‘Printers’. Right click on ‘Sharing’ (if sharing does not appear click ‘Properties’ and then go to the ‘Sharing’ Tab.

Tick the box that says ‘Share this printer’ and give it a name. Something like ‘Printer on StephenPC’ is useful as it makes it easily identified.

Finding the IP address of the host PC

This needs to be done on the Host PC.

To find the IP address of the host PC (the PC with the printer attached) you need to open the ‘Command Prompt’. To do this go to ‘Run’ in the ‘Start Menu’, type CMD and click ‘OK’ (on XP – if using Vista / Win 7 type ‘CMD’ in the Start Menu search box).

In this Command Prompt window we need to make use of the ‘ipconfig’ command. This will show us information about our network settings. Type ‘ipconfig’ into the Command Prompt and press ‘Enter’. Now make a note of the number next to  ‘IP Address’. Right now my IP address is 192.168.0.54 so I’ll use that as an example.

Connect to the printer

This needs to be done on the PC on which you wish to connect the printer, in other words the ‘Client’ PC.

Go to the ‘Start Menu’ and click ‘Run’. In this box enter in the IP address of the Host PC. See above. You should be presented with an explorer window showing a shared folder and the shared printer.

You need to ‘Right Click’ on the printer and click ‘Connect’. This will connect to the printer and copy any drivers needed from the Host PC (as long as they are installed on the Host PC.

So there you go – you can now connect to a printer on another computer in under a minute.