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We are often asked for help with IT issues. On this page we offer a few suggestions.

To make effective use of today's technology, you need to be using the right technology. As this doesn't necessarily come preinstalled on your computer, we list below software we recommend, which you can download and use - for free!

office (word processing, spreadsheet, etc)

Open Office or Libre Office - why pay for MS Office when there is this excellent open-source equivalent you can download for free?

email software

Thunderbird - amazingly customisable email client that is vastly preferable to the ubiquitous Outlooks. Easily backed up.


Foxit reader - a lighter solution than Acrobat for reading the many documents distributed over the web in PDF format.

Avast antivirus - why pay for the invasive Norton or Symantec, when there is a free, easily installed (and removed) shield against the perils of the internet.

Spybot and Ad-aware - If you are having problems which your antivirus cannot remove, then this freeware may help remove lurking nasties, such as ads, trojans, premium rate diallers, etc.

Karen's Replicator (Windows only) - an excellent utility that allows tailored incremental backups to external drives/USB sticks.


PayPal - the cheapest supplier of online credit card processing which accepts the majority, but not all, of cards. Also provides an excellent and transparent administrative interface, far superior to that of any bank.

Co-op bank - the most ethical of the UK banks they provide excellent telephone and internet banking

carbon offsetting

We are looking into Climatecare, Co2balance, Carbonneutral, Carbon-clear and Growaforest. Given recent concerns raised about emissions from trees, it would seem that supporting energy conservation/alternative energy projects might be preferable.

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