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Fixing my SEAT Ibiza 2012 power Steering

The power steering (PAS) on my 2012 SEAT Ibiza 1.4 FR suddenly became intermittent. After a 30 mile trip and fortunately only a few miles from home I stopped to refuel but on restarting the car there was no PAS whatsoever. Testing it out on the driveway, it came and...

Apple Mail on El Capitan like treacle?

Apple Mail was becoming a total pain in the arse but downloading and re-installing Xcode with the most recent version for El Capitan has completely solved the issue!

Sugru – some ideas for making use of this cool stuff.

Made a 90° bend jack plug for a guitar lead. I just removed the barrel from a normal jack plug, re-soldered the lead and moulded Sugru around the whole thing with the cable coming out of the side. The brown coloured Sugru gives a nice retro look and I pressed an old...

Stop the foam pads falling off your Grado headphones

The original foam pads on my Grados disintegrated and I was never comfortable with them anyway so I bought some cheap replacements off Amazon. The trouble with these is that they don't stay on very well. The rim around the speaker is very shallow and doesn't provide...

Hotpoint Induction Hob Controls

Our Hotpoint CID740B Induction Hob got a good review from me last year but it's now becoming impossible to work with. The touch controls have slowly become less and less responsive to the point where we now have to use a metal spoon to operate it. Sometimes a finger...

Whirlpool Maytag Admiral fridge flashing panel

Whirlpool Maytag Admiral fridge flashing panel

This is a problem that we had been living with for a while now: when using the ice dispenser a solenoid bangs away all the time the delivery motor is running. The front panel and the light also flash at about 10 times a second. It does eventually dispense ice but VERY...

Install Windows 10 using old OEM Windows 7 COA

Install Windows 10 using old OEM Windows 7 COA

For anyone who's interested, I've just managed to get my spare Mac Mini dual booting Windows 10 and OS X. The Mac was purchased a while back on eBay for £99*, I upgraded it with an SSD and 8GB RAM and kept it as a backup for my iMac should anything go wrong. In...

Samsung Wireless Link security hole

Samsung Wireless Link security hole

(Or wtf is SEC_Linkshare?) Samsung Smart TVs have the ability to connect to other devices using wifi - you can turn this feature on in the Network settings on the TV. This could, for instance allow you to use an iPhone app as a remote control for the TV or play a...