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Bringing History to Life, issue 8

The second of my proofing jobs has hit the newsstands. This special issue of Bringing History to Life is entitled ‘Events That Changed the World’, and features a range of major historic events from Genghis Khan and The Black Death to 9/11 and Hiroshima.

As with the Science title, I proofed all the pages and made corrections using InDesign. From issue 9, I shall also be subbing and translating half of the pages.

To find out more and order this 148-page special issue, please click here.

Bringing Science to Life, issue 3

BRINGING-SCIENCE-TO-LIFE_NO-3The third issue of Bringing Science to Life magazine, called Future Energy, is on the news stands now. It’s a Danish import, lovingly translated and subbed into English and then proofed by yours truly (I also made corrections and translated the cover and contents using Adobe InDesign).

The editorial team have done fantastic job, and the magazine should appeal to anyone interested in where our future energy needs will be coming from. Large sections on renewable energy were particularly fascinating from a personal point of view.

The work is done for GlobalWorks on behalf of Bonnier Publications.

You can subscribe to the magazine here.

Your Family History Magazine

I don’t do enough to plug my regular contributions to Your Family History magazine, and so this is the first attempt to rectify that situation. Each issue I provide three software reviews for the magazine – in the current Spring issue I’ve reviewed Heredis 2017, JoyFLIPS and the new Evernote app for iPad and iPhone.

I also occasionally contribute two-page hands-on projects. Recent tutorials have included a guide to mapping your ancestors’ movements through Google Maps (from issue 179) and a tutorial on using the free Zotero tool to organise your web research (in issue 176).

You can purchase back issues of Your Family History for just £4.99 including postage from here.  For more details about the magazine in general – including the current issue and how to subscribe for as little as £3.50 an issue – please click here.

Maximum PC, issue 136

Maximum PC is published by Future for a US audience, and the current issue features three contributions from yours truly. There’s the lead feature, Speed up Windows 10, plus two tutorials on using Link Aggregation to boost performance and reliability on your NAS, and a guide to using Event Viewer to prevent PC crashes.

For more details and to order, please click here. A range of subscription deals are also available, prices starting from just $9 per year (digital).

MacFormat, issue 311

The latest issue of Future’s best-selling Mac title is out now, and features two tutorials and a review from yours truly.

The tutorials reveal how to set up your own free VPN service using macOS Server, plus install Elementary OS on to older Macs. I’ve also submitted a single-page review of Crossover for Mac 16.

For more details and to order a copy, please click here. To subscribe to the magazine, please click here.

Finally, my guide to setting up macOS Server on an older Mac, published in issue 310, is now available to read online at TechRadar.

Windows Help & Advice, issue 133

I feature rather prominently in the latest issue of Future’s popular title for Windows users. First, I contributed both lead features: Lock Down Your PC Now (a guide to protecting your computer and network from hackers) and What Your Computer is Really Up To (a look at the inner workings of Windows through Task Manager).

I’ve also written two brand new tutorials on writing blog posts offline and adding tabs to any window, while there’s repeat outings for a guide to managing photos with Adobe Bridge and planning study time using the free Study Planner app. And, for good measure, there’s my regular four-page Q&A column, Support Squad.

You can purchase the magazine through any good newsagent for £5.49, or click here to order it online. Subscriptions to the magazine start from £20 per year for digital.

iPad User, issue 34 (and 33)

I wrote two tutorials for the latest issue of Future’s digital-only magazine for iPad users – and both feature on the cover. There are guides to creating, editing and managing playlists in the Music app, plus tapping into Pages’ powerful document-editing tools.

I also featured in issue 33, contributing an article on organising your documents using the Microsoft Office suite of apps.

You can download the magazine app on your iPad here. Individual issues cost £2.99, or less as part of a subscription (prices start from £5 per quarter).

Recap: Maximum PC

Here’s part two of my summary of recently published work, this time focussing on Maximum PC magazine.

Issue 133: I contributed the feature ‘Build the Ultimate Windows Repair Disc‘ to the January 2017 issue.

Issue 134: the February 2017 issue features my two-page tutorial on optimising your low-powered Plex Media Server.

Issue 135: the current March issue includes two of my contributions: a feature on using Task Manager to examine your PC’s processes, and a tutorial on setting up an OpenVPN server in Ubuntu.

You can subscribe to Maximum PC for as little as $9 a year (digital). Click here for details.

It’s oh so quiet… MacFormat and Linux Format

… Apologies for the lack of updates recently, it’s not down to a sudden fallow patch, but just a lack of time. Here’s part one of a list of what’s been published in the past couple of months.

MacFormat: my guide to optimising the performance of virtual machines in macOS was published in issue 309, and is now available to read online at TechRadar.  Issue 310 has now been published, and includes my four-page guide to setting up an older Mac as a centralised server.

Linux Format: my regular series on using the command line via the Terminal has come to a temporary halt with a pair of tutorials: the first, on using environmental variables, appeared in issue 219, and the second, which looks at alternative Terminal emulators, was published in issue 220. Issue 220 also saw my four-page tutorial on programming IoT devices using Wyliodrin appear.

Windows Help & Advice, issue 131

SFX263.cover_uk.inddI have a number of articles appearing in the latest issue, all of which centre around a troubleshooting theme. We kick things off with a feature on building a Windows repair disc, which reveals a number of ways in which you can create a disc that gives you access to repair tools and your data should Windows suddenly refuse to boot.

I’ve also contributed a four-page tutorial on using Event Viewer to diagnose and – hopefully – find fixes to problems plaguing your computer, particularly those that don’t have an obvious cause.

There’s also the four-page Support Squad Q&A column before we round things off with a couple of guides to using the new Start menu, Taskbar and Action Centre in the latest version of Windows 10.

The issue is available in all good newsagents, priced £5.49. You can also find out more and order online or over the phone by visiting here.

Windows Help & Advice, issue 130

The January issue of Future’s popular Windows title is on the newsagents’ shelves now, and features two brand new tutorials of mine: a guide to installing a network printer, plus a tutorial on setting up and running a Homegroup. There’s also another outing for my tutorial on recording your family history with My Family Tree, plus my regular four-page Support Squad column, which answers readers’ questions.

The mag costs £5.49 in the newsagents, or you can buy a copy (or subscribe) online by clicking here.

Pi User, issue 1

PIU01The first edition of Future’s magazine for Raspberry Pi users has hit the newsagents’ shelves. The Windows 2016 edition includes my 11-page feature, 20 awesome Pi add-ons, which profiles 20 of the best hardware add-ons for your Pi, from audio DACs and sensory HATs to an arcade cabinet and touchscreen. Please click here for more details and to order.