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.