Computer Shopper - - WELCOME PAGE - Madeline Ben­nett, Editor madeline@com­put­er­shop­per.co.uk

WHEN I FIRST sat down to start writ­ing my monthly mis­sive, my plan was to fo­cus on our cover fea­ture de­tail­ing how to get per­fect Wi-Fi, and eas­ily. Surely the Holy Grail of modern com­put­ing, and no doubt why many of you picked up the mag­a­zine and are read­ing this now.

The good news is that the ar­ti­cle is a thor­ough and easy-to-fol­low guide to sort­ing out all those nig­gly wire­less is­sues you’ve been suf­fer­ing from for years – poor range, dropped con­nec­tions, slow speeds. I’ve fi­nally got re­li­able Wi-Fi af­ter much trial and er­ror; fol­low­ing this guide should mean you avoid wast­ing time test­ing so­lu­tions that won’t ac­tu­ally fix the prob­lems.

The bad news is that as soon as I started to think about all the ex­am­ples I could in­clude here of my own past #wifi­gate ex­pe­ri­ences, my blood started to boil. It brought back all too painful memories of the many times I’ve been sat at my key­board hit­ting the keys or al­most at the point of chuck­ing my lap­top out the win­dow out of frus­tra­tion at an­other lost con­nec­tion. Now breathe. So I de­cided it would be best to in­stead high­light some of the more life-af­firm­ing ar­ti­cles we’ve cov­ered this month, to help me re­dis­cover my Zen state of mind.

We’ve been look­ing into ways that tech­nol­ogy is help­ing to save the planet, rather than add to its demise. Com­put­ing and elec­tron­ics firms have a lot to an­swer for when it comes to in­tro­duc­ing harm­ful sub­stances into the en­vi­ron­ment and en­cour­ag­ing a more waste­ful at­ti­tude to de­vices such as smart­phones, which have now be­come more cheap dis­pos­ables than mea­sured in­vest­ments.

So it’s good to learn about tech­nol­ogy projects such as the WasteShark, which swims through our pol­luted seas gath­er­ing up plas­tics and rub­bish; and green benches, which can fil­ter pol­luted air.

In Mul­ti­me­dia Ex­pert, we’re cov­er­ing ab­stract pho­tog­ra­phy. We show you how to cre­ate in­ter­est­ing shots that en­cour­age the viewer to ap­pre­ci­ate the colours, shapes and tex­tures of the im­age rather than just the sub­ject mat­ter.

Can you guess what the pic­ture be­low is? Turn to page 136 to find out.

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