16 March 2018

Google Calendar notifications - turn sound off/on

There is no obvious way to turn off the sound on Google Calendar notifications.

Hitting the cog on the notification itself leads nowhere.

To solve:

Go to calendar.google.com

Find the calendar on the list.

Hover over it to get the three dots

Click the dots then Settings and Sharings



and toggle the Play Notification Sounds box

10 March 2018

Gmail hangs when opening in Chrome

Hangs in Chrome, fine in Firefox.

To fix:

Open Chrome (if not already open)
Close the offending Gmail tab.
Go to History (ctrl-h)
Select Clear Browsing History
from the profferrd list select:

  • Browsing history
  • Downloaded files.
  • Cached images and files
  • Hosted app data
Do not clear cookies, password etc.. Cookies are not at the root of this problem.

Your Gmail should then work OK.

1 March 2018

High print spooler CPU

Reported incident print spooler running at 49%

To remedy:

Stopped service.
Checked for detritus in
Cleared all files
Restarted service.

All now good.

Fix applies Win 7 and 10.

2 February 2018

Open the Windows Control Panel

Windows 7: press/click the Start/Windows key then select Control Panel.

Windows 10:-

press/click the Start/Windows key and "X" then select Control Panel.

If "Control Panel" is not an option, then press/click the Start/Windows, type "control panel" into the Cortana search then click on the Control Panel icon.

Check the View (top left Corner), make sure it says Large Icons or Small Icons. You may pick whichever you prefer.

24 January 2018

Mac and External drives

I wanted to use a USB disk for a Mac backup.

Plugged the disk in and found that it was 'read only'.

I plugged the disk back into my Windows PC and created an ExFat partition.

On plugging back into the Mac it was able to write to the new partition.

30 October 2017

Open Broadcaster

Download from https://obsproject.com/

The RealSense option is only for Real Sense cameras.

Once running, try the Auto Configuration Wizard.

If it asks things you don't understand then cancel it and go to manual. Nothing is lost.

To get started you need to define a scene and name it.

Media input can be selected from a variety of sources.

Audio input capture picks up from a microphone such as the built in laptop one (proved to work).

Video capture device is probably  webcam (not able to test)

Windows Capture is pretty need. It looks at each current browser window and quite a few programs (even Excel) and lets you pick one as a recording source. Works with Youtube and even with BBC iPlayer PC app.

Sound fidelity is not great.

Static web pages can be captured. It is also possible to browse through a series of webpages and do a voice over.

To record, assemble the desired sources and press Start Recording. Continue until done and hit Stop Recording (there is no Pause!).

File - Show Recordings takes you to the standard Videos folder on your computer. Files are stored in .FLV format and can be played by VLC player and probably a variety of other players.

Each Start creates a new file,


Not yet tested


Not yet tested.

28 October 2017

G Suite Add User fails with Outlook 2016.

After installing Office 2016 you then install the Google Apps Sync and try to run the "Set up a G Suite user".

Program runs for a few seconds then vanishes.


Open Settings - Apps (Win 10) or Control Panel - Programs and Features (Win 7).

Left click (Win 10) or Right click (Win 7) on Microsoft Office 365/2016.

Select Change then Repair.

Reboot the computer.

Try the G Suite program again.