About My Index to my Helpful Hint pages


Exec Summary... I tried to move my Helpful Hints pages FROM a site that only offers http access TO a site that offers http*S* access. I made several false starts along the way.

If you choose to click the second link in the previous paragraph, you need read no further! (^_^)

Some of what follows is out of date, no longer true.I made a huge mistake, 9/23. I forgot how much work I'd already done trying to move my Helpful Hints pages FROM arunet *to WYWTK.COM*... and started a NEW attempt along the same lines. (I was trying to move it to

I am abandoning the attempt to move it to Skywoof. If you find links to the Skywoof site, I would be VERY grateful if you were to tell me about them!

If you try to use a link, and it doesn't start "", then try it that way!

I.e., while "" will not work, should!.

In other cases, e.g. "", you can get the mage with Be sure to NOTICE that for the arunet site, you have to use http, not httpS.


I apologise for your inconvenience... but I can assure you that I have paid dearly for this mistake! About 5 hours wasted.

It is early days for "Helpful Hints" at this site... but they go back a long way to early editions from before, I think, even 1/2000! (Back then, they were on my second web-home,, bits of which still exist... but you can only go there if you're willing to "risk" mere http... not httpS.

I taught computing for many years. Among other pursuits, I subsequently spent years providing 'house calls' to support computer users.

There are certain things that I tell people time and time again... for instance some simple tricks to make web browsing easier on the eyes... so perhaps if I give you the link to that page of helpful hints here, you may find them useful too? (That will open in a new tab. Just close that to come back here.)

New computer?...

I have a guide with recommendations for what I try to do when just getting started on a new computer.

Web services and Windows software....



Re- "For the Ambitious", above: I'm torn when I try to describe it. Any reasonably intelligent, somewhat experienced, home user could have a lot of fun with the material in this guide. (Of course, the higher you score on any of those criteria, the easier it will be.) Within that crowd, there are many who will find the guide interesting. You don't need to be interested in all of the following to enjoy bits. Don't be put off by what you may consider "advanced" projects... That's what I thought. When I got down to work, I found I could do these things!! Don't flinch when you see "server". The guide looks at: "Serving" your own web pages. Multi-user databases... across a LAN or across the internet. Apache. ooBase. MySQL. Dynamic web pages, programmed with PHP.

Further to "For the ambitious": The guide is written to help novices in any of these areas. "Relatively impecunious" was once in the list of user qualifications. That was back when I had hopes of making the whole thing work with a Windows 98 box at the heart of the system. Well, I nearly made it work, but in the end I gave up, and spent $200 on a second-hand XP box. That was adequate for serious "play" at having your own Apache, MySQL, PHP server... either securely within your personal LAN, or, for the more adventurous, accessible to The World. (I still get a thrill when I realize that anyone, anywhere, can see what I've put up for them, on my server, the one across the room from me as I type this. (I know... I should Get A Life. But there are others out there as sad... and they could get to where they're having the fun I'm having without spending quite as many hours as I spent getting there.)) (Anyone can put pages up on a commercially maintained server!) Of course, if you open the "own server" door, be careful about how far you open it.

Other advice, ideas...

Raspberry Pi? Arduino? Neither?- The chattering classes are all excited about the Raspberry Pi... and I would certainly commend the Pi's creators for what they have made, and even more I would commend them for their hopes of re-kindling interest in programming as a hobby, and activity for schools. But is a Pi the best way to go, for you, if you are considering one? I taught computing for many years, and have been using computers since 1968. The link above will take you to some thoughts I hope you will find useful.

Disk images and things to do with a new PC- How to copy your whole hard drive, and advice on steps to take while your computer is new, before it is too late. If your machine isn't new, there are still things here for you about disaster recovery and different "restore" options. If you house catches fire, you will find it is too late to go to the store for a fire extinguisher. Computers do Get Sick. While the ideas in this essay are dull, no difficult tasks are proposed.

Music anywhere on your LAN- Blow by blow account of setting up a FreeNAS server, and WinAmp clients. The good news: Only free software used. Stream your MP3s to where you are working; free disk space on your computer by putting your music on a central, shared computer.

You may also find useful things in another archive by me of similar material. It addresses more topics and has more links to other people's work, but it is much less polished. Bookmark this page, then click here to reach that archive.

Click here to go to the site's main index... Helpful Hints is just one corner of the site. You can get freeware and shareware from Sheepdog Software among other things.
Here is how you can contact this page's editor.

This page's editor, Tom Boyd, will be pleased if you get in touch by email. Suggestions welcomed! Please cite "wywtk/hh.htm".

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