• Considering buying a Sound bar for my TV to improve the sound level. Under £100 preferred. Do they have a power supply ? I do not want batteries. From my web search they only have an HDMI connection and a handset ? Has anybody got one of these and do they improve the TV speaker sound significantly ?
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 3 days ago
    12.00 - Thursday 15/4 I would have thought that the BBC would have televised this event, but only Sky 1 lists a TV showing at 14.45 to 16.00.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 28 days ago
    https://tinyurl.com/27e2tfct
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 24 days ago
    28 Mar 2021 - Daylight Saving Time Starts When local standard time is about to reach Sunday, 28 March 2021, 01:00:00 clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, 28 March 2021, 02:00:00 local daylight time instead. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 28 Mar 2021 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.
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  • I use Microsoft Edge Chromium as my default browser, but have DuckDuckGo as my default search engine. My browser opens with DuckDuckgo, but all tabs open with Bing. If I use Bing to search, a small panel comes up offering me the option of using DDG for the search item, which I then click. I like this arrangement. Bing provides a constant series of the most beautiful and breath-taking natural scenes possible. They have a "Like this image" button, giving a choice of "I like it" or "Not a fan". If you click "I like it" Bing will tell you where the image is taken and will then keep providing similar images. If you click "Not a fan", Bing will keep providing a series of alternative images until you do like one and select it. The purpose of this post is to emphasise what spectacular natural images Bing provides.
  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Our Council have introduced a charge of £40 per bin for period March to end of November. A payment sticker has been provided for those households who have registered.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    It is very advisable to have a backup for Windows to ensure you can recover your C-drive in case of Windows failure. Macrium Reflect is used extensively throughout the world as being the most popular backup program. Just search for Macrium Reflect on the web - links are there to install it and also explain how to use it. Imaging is the most popular choice, it is more versatile, but I use cloning. The Macrium Reflect boot media, a screen which offers a choice between Windows 10 or Macrium Reflect and displays for 10 seconds before going on to Windows start, is inserted into my PC startup procedure and my clone is placed on an external 1 TB drive. I refresh the clone every 3-4 weeks. https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree Select the FREE version.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Google is incredibly intrusive, a fact which is widely known globally. All your web activity, habits and private information is collected, analysed and used on a huge scale. I have used DuckDuckGo for years on all my browsers - https://duckduckgo.com It is an excellent search engine and is completely private, neutral and reliable. Make DuckDuckGo your Home Page today. It is used and recommended by many computer geeks.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Check Vehicle MOT, Tax, Insurance of any vehicle online - https://www.aph.com/community/holidays/check-road-tax-licence-endorsements-and-mot-online/#insurance
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Do not work on SL - see https://www.scooploop.com/thread/something-3
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Census day is 21 March. Has everybody received their Census letter ? I have not. I will complete my Census online - https://census.gov.uk/
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Whilst the Granny brigade advocate that tomatoes cause Gout, the rest of the world`s nutritional experts say that tomatoes are the best health food in existence. They are apparently a miracle food in helping to prevent Prostate Cancer and provide benefit against a whole load of other ailments, plus supplying the body with vitamins for a healthy lifestyle. So, stuff yourself with tomatoes and die of old age..
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    The greener the banana is, the greater the content of resistant starch. Resistant starch has been linked to several health benefits : Bananas are a good source of several nutrients, including potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and fibre. They also contain various antioxidants and plant compounds. Bananas are high in fibre. Unripe bananas are also rich in resistant starch and pectin, which can provide numerous health benefits. Taking 24 grams of banana starch each day for 4 weeks caused weight loss of 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg), while also improving insulin sensitivity in patients studied. Bananas are high in potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Bananas are a good source of magnesium, a mineral that plays hundreds of roles in the body. Magnesium may protect against heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Unripe, green bananas are rich in resistant starch and pectin, which may promote digestive health and reduce the risk of colon cancer. Eating a moderate amount of bananas should not raise blood sugar levels significantly. However, diabetics should be careful with fully ripe bananas. Bananas don't seem to have any known negative health effects, but they may cause allergic reactions in some individuals with latex allergy. Although bananas are unsuitable on a low-carb diet and may cause problems for some diabetics, overall they are an incredibly healthy food.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Many URL's are very long and look unsightly when posted. It only takes a few seconds to shorten these URL's using - https://tinyurl.com/app There are other shorteners, but this is my favourite.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Robert O'Neill a highly decorated 45 year old and16 year veteran former team leader of the US elite SEAL Team 6, that raided Bin Laden's hide-out in Abbottabad-Pakistan on 2 May 2011 has been banned by Delta Airlines for not wearing a face mask inflight. https://tinyurl.com/pkd5nvrc
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  • Anything ! Bigfoot (Edited)
    Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Bigfoot sightings go back to the 1800's. Bigfoot attention has been intense over the past 50 years. There have been countless expeditions by scientific groups, many thousands of sightings, hundreds of foot casts and photographs taken and even scientific and laboratory studies involved. Most of the activity we see on TV is of North American origin, but countless similar sightings and expeditions have also been made in Russia and Asia. Oddly enough, I have never come across any reports of Bigfoot activity in South America and Africa. I have been recently watching two TV programs on Bigfoot and find them very plausible, interesting and very well compiled. Confronted with all the "evidence" accumulated, one can only be left open minded to conclude that such creatures may well exist in the vast uninhabited areas of our planet. Over the past 50 years, science and technology have made enormous advances. I am therefore left in total confusion. As no definite DNA evidence has been found, no dead bodies or remains of these creatures have been found, none of these creatures have been shot by the countless thousands of trigger-happy hunters who shoot anything that moves and no close-up photographs have ever been taken - only long distant shots - the creature cannot possibly exist. Over a 50 year period, I find the absence of these factors far outstrip the enormous amount of "evidence" found to conclude that these creatures do exist.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    I was once a very big Lion ruling the largest territory the world has ever seen, spanning 22.6% of the worlds land area and 20% of the worlds population. I was a very BIG boy indeed. But Alas, though evolution, circumstances, bad management, self inflicted wounds and other stronger Lions coming onto the scene, I am now a tiny little Mouse. I did have a mighty roar, but now can only mutter a squeak. Ah well, I can always look back on grand memories of power and Empire, the thin red line, Queen Victoria, Pomp and Circumstance, sing "Rule Britannia" in my North Sea mouse-hole and be careful not upset anybody too much, in case they tread on me.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    A Dung Beetle is not only the strongest insect on Earth, but also the strongest animal on the planet compared to body weight. They can push 1,141 times their own body weight. This is the equivalent of an average person pushing six double-decker buses full of people. Now that’s strong!
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog. I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc. just because I like the way they smell. The litter box is not a cookie jar. The sofa is not a ”face towel.” The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet. Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is an unacceptable way of saying "hello. I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house - not after. I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt on the carpet. I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch. The cat is not a squeaky toy so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing. P.S. Dear God: When I get to Heaven may I have my testicles back?
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    What does this mean and actually do
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Age old question - Why are bees honeycombs comprised of hexagonal cells ? Clue, whatever the web says, the bees are not super mathematicians and DO NOT physically construct hexagonal cells.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    The Earth's rotation is anti-clockwise as viewed from the North Pole. Water swirls down the plughole anti-clockwise in the Northern hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern hemisphere. Well - does it ? I am assuming that water swirl is entirely caused by the Earth's rotation and gravity. I see no other parameter. Coriolis effect is not applicable since the volume is far too small. So why do you think that water goes down the plughole anticlockwise as viewed in the Northern hemisphere and clockwise as viewed in the Southern hemisphere ?
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    For a very long time now Documentaries have been plagued by irresponsible program producers implanting over-loud noise on all programs where people are talking. The noise is usually created by abusing musical instruments to such a degree that it is difficult to hear what the people are saying. Incredibly bad manners on the part of the producers. There is no need for this irresponsible behaviour and complete disregard for viewers pleasure. Sometimes this infernal din is coupled with loud noises on the film clips, it is then utterly impossible to hear what the presenter or person is saying. Often, the person talking is simply sat in a room and why some idiot should spoil their speaking with some instrument or other noise is beyond comprehension. The age of silent films where some guy went mad on a piano to create a sense of excitement are long gone. But who needs excitement when the person is sat in a quiet room talking ? Oddly enough, I have never noticed this infernal row being made when the news is on or when the Queen or Prime Minister are giving a speech. Where program producers get the idea that when people are talking, their voice must be completely obliterated by some unbelievable racket performed by abusing a variety of musical instruments or some other noise, I will never ever understand. People who have hearing problems simply cannot hear what is being said. Many battle scenes where the sounds of battle are loud enough, are still inflicted with background noise by the producers. Do you have this irritating problem ?
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    This is a superb way to keep your files maintained. I run it frequently, it takes about 20 minutes and repairs any files found which are corrupted. Click the search button - second from the left on the taskbar. type CMD then click Open or Admin. Click YES on the popup panel. A black command prompt screen shows. Where the cursor mark is blinking - type sfc /scannow - press enter. The file checker will then start. On finishing, it will say that either all is OK or that some files have been repaired. NOTE - See first comment by John H for more information, and more tools.
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  • sfc /scannow This is a superb way to keep your files maintained. I run it frequently, it takes about 20 minutes and repairs any files found which are corrupted. Click the search button - second from the left on the taskbar. type CMD then click Open or Admin. Click YES on the popup panel. A black command prompt screen shows. Where the cursor mark is blinking - type sfc /scannow - press enter. The file checker will then start. On finishing, it will say that either all is OK or that some files have been repaired.
  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Supernatural, Paranormal, Ouija boards, Mediums, Fortune Tellers, Ghosts, Poltergeists, Evil Spirits, God`s, Devil`s and Demon`s, plus things that go bump in the night The human brain is Schizophrenic, being capable of astonishing and miraculous abilities in creating man-made marvels whilst on the other hand believing passionately in what can only be described as Fairy Stories. It is incredible to see such split intelligence taking place in abundance all around us regardless of extreme educational and scientific progression. I guess that it is due to a genetic inheritance situation, going back to when Homo Sapiens split off from the Apes in the evolutionary family tree and developed a separate intelligence. In those prehistoric times, humans believed that all of life`s events were due to Gods and Goblins. So entered the idols and other effigies of earthly worship to provide a focal point for this homage. It was and still is today, thought that humans are somehow special creatures and could never really die. So the concept of eternally surviving Spirits and Souls was introduced, destined to be transported to some divine paradise of infinite pleasure where all ills are banned. Consequently, any tendency of humans to sense that Ghosts or Spirits were about, although being due to our natural inbred inclination to get the spooks at times was attributed to restless Spirits or some evil presence. So was born the fictional mind-conceived idea of Ghosts, Supernatural and the Paranormal. Subjects which a vast army of gullible humans still solidly believe today and even devote their entire working lives to with total commitment. Everything that happens in a terrestrial or extra-terrestrial sense has a perfectly logical scientific explanation. Many of these events are currently not understood, in which case they are simply "unexplained" and must NOT put down to some Alien or Supernatural activity as was the practise of our pre-historic ancestors. I have given my views and now await your views. Hopefully we will each respect the others. Supernatural or Super Fictional ? What is your opinion ?
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Sometime you cannot show the desktop when a screen is open and working e.g creating something or updating a program, because the screen cannot be minimised. Simple - just press Windows Key + D and the desktop shows - the web page is minimised to the taskbar. When desktop shows, press Winkey + D again and you will return to your web page.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Due to the COVID situation, the NHS have sent a circular round offering home eye and hearing tests for those people who cannot attend an Eye or Hearing Clinic. It is an impressive letter stating the extreme precautions that the visiting Optician or hearing specialist will take. They give a phone number - 0800 954 9091 and a website - outsideclinic.co.uk
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Quick access - Far right on taskbar, click Notifications icon (dimpled rectangle) - click All Settings in selection options - All Settings is displayed.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Quick access - Far right on taskbar, click Notifications icon (dimpled rectangle) - click All Settings in selection options - All settings is displayed.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Windows 10 When a program is frozen or giving problems, go to - Winkey + X>Task Manager>scroll down the list to find the program>right click it>click End task>re-launch Problem should be cleared.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Windows 10 When a program is frozen or giving problems, go to - Winkey+X>Task Manager>scroll down the list to find the program>right click it>click End task>re-launch Problem should be cleared.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    https://commodity.com/data/uk/debt-clock/ Marching on to £2 trillion on the short scale and we still give up to £15 billion in Overseas Aid. We borrow billions just to give away. Our economy must be in ruins with the COVID crisis, Brexit and all the world's economies in tatters.
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  • Follow this link - it is very simple and only takes 2 - 3 minutes at most to complete. You can then check your updates with a single click. https://tinyurl.com/b5mzjorq
  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 2 months ago
    I have had this beautiful clock on my desktop for many years. If you right click the clock, then cursor over Settings, suggest you click - On top, Load at Startup, Chimes, the clock will then display on top of each screen, suggest drag it to bottom right of screen. The link does not specify Windows 10, but I have been on Windows 10 for two years with no clock problem. http://www.respectsoft.com/vistaclock.php The download button is the orange bar 6 inches down the link page.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 1 month ago
    Sometimes you cannot show the desktop when a screen is open and working e.g creating something or updating a program, because the screen cannot be minimised. Simple - just press Windows Key + D and the desktop shows - the working program is minimised to the taskbar.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 2 months ago
    I have posted this issue on the two computer Groups I am a member of. It is not really a technical issue, but of interest to all PC users of Windows, hence my repeating the post on this Group. - I am posting this essentially as a general non-tech notification of interest rather than a technical issue. Many users think that Restart and Shutdown are the same thing - they are not. A desktop PC can be left on Sleep for long periods perfectly satisfactorily. A Restart should be done every 4 -5+ days to clear out accumulated clag. Shutdown is best for laptops to conserve battery life if absent for long periods, otherwise Sleep. In Windows 10, Shutdown and Restart are very different processes. Shutdown - Takes a quick image snapshot of your preferences and settings. On the next boot it will load them exactly as they were. Any problems that you were having, will still be there when you switch the PC back on. Restart - Does a whole lot more than Shutdown. Restart will clear the memory, refresh the Kernel and reset the cache. It will complete pending updates. It will fix 1001 problems, whereas Shutdown simply copies them to a piece of memory, so that your problems load quickly back the next time you switch on. Restart is your friend.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 2 months ago
    Copied from Group Tech Heads for general interest. I am posting this essentially as a general non-tech notification of interest rather than a technical issue. Many users think that Restart and Shutdown are the same thing - they are not. A desktop PC can be left on Sleep for long periods perfectly satisfactorily. A Restart should be done every 4 -5+ days to clear out accumulated clag. Shutdown is best for laptops to conserve battery life if absent for long periods, otherwise Sleep. In Windows 10, Shutdown and Restart are very different processes. Shutdown - Takes a quick image snapshot of your preferences and settings. On the next boot it will load them exactly as they were. Any problems that you were having, will still be there when you switch the PC back on. Restart - Does a whole lot more than Shutdown. Restart will clear the memory, refresh the Kernel and reset the cache. It will complete pending updates. It will fix 1001 problems, whereas Shutdown simply copies them to a piece of memory, so that your problems load quickly back the next time you switch on. Restart is your friend. NOTE - That is why Restart takes much longer (2-3 minutes is not uncommon) than Shutdown to boot up.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 2 months ago
    I am posting this essentially as a general non-tech notification of interest rather than a technical issue. Many users think that Restart and Shutdown are the same thing - they are not. A desktop PC can be left on Sleep for long periods perfectly satisfactorily. A Restart should be done every 4 -5+ days to clear out accumulated clag. Shutdown is best for laptops to conserve battery life if absent for long periods, otherwise Sleep. In Windows 10, Shutdown and Restart are very different processes. Shutdown - Takes a quick image snapshot of your preferences and settings. On the next boot it will load them exactly as they were. Any problems that you were having, will still be there when you switch the PC back on. Restart - Does a whole lot more than Shutdown. Restart will clear the memory, refresh the Kernel and reset the cache. It will complete pending updates. It will fix 1001 problems, whereas Shutdown simply copies them to a piece of memory, so that your problems load quickly back the next time you switch on. Restart is your friend. NOTE - That is why Restart takes much longer (2-3 minutes is not uncommon) than Shutdown to boot up.
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 2 months ago
    Has anybody upgraded Windows 10 version 1909 direct to version 20H2 without installing version 2004 ?
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 2 months ago
    Has anybody had any after effects from having the Pfizer or Oxford vaccine ?
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 2 months ago
    US/UK keyboard/language is the major problem with keys suddenly changing characters. This can happen for several reasons, even a Windows update can do it. No other country has a dual language issue. But by a simple key/click action you can change your UK keyboard settings back to English UK without any complicated fixes or surgery, which many web links propose. If the Windows key is held down and the space bar pressed - an innocent action that is easily done in error - a language panel appears - in my case at the far right of the screen and can easily not be noticed if the action was unintentional. This panel has by default English US selected. As soon as this panel is displayed, any English UK keyboard will be immediately converted to English US - US users are not affected. Several keys will now show US symbols e.g @ instead of " and the £ and $ keys will show another symbol. SOLUTION Simply repeat the Windows key + spacebar press and click English UK on the panel - Hey Presto ! All back to normal for English UK users. Panel - showing English US as default
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  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 2 months ago
    There are a number of ways to put a desktop PC to Sleep etc - I find that the most convenient way is to use keyboard shortcuts as follows. First press WINDOWS KEY + X then + Sleep U + S Hibernate U + H Restart U + R Shut down U + U Sign out U + I
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  • I use an AIO desktop PC and have had both these extensions installed for a long time. Microsoft Edge Chromium is my current browser, much better than Google Chrome. These extensions do a 100% job in blocking all tracking cookies. 3 tracking cookies and 2 major tracker networks are currently blocked by DuckDuckGo for example on ScoopLoop. 1. Avast Online Security 2. DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials They can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store and appear as icons on the URL bar - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions?hl=en Just copy the extension name in the search bar and download. It only takes seconds. Browsers - Google Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Edge Chromium can all use the Chrome Web Store for extensions.
  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 3 months ago
    Can we travel at the speed of light ? No, we cannot travel at the speed of light. If an object travels at the speed of light, its mass will increase exponentially ! The speed of light is 186,282 miles per second and when an object moves at or close to this speed, its mass will become infinite. Therefore, infinite energy will be required to move the object, which is an impossibility. That is the reason why no object can move at the speed or faster than the speed of light. Excepting the Sun our nearest star is Proxima Centauri at 4.22 light years away from us. This isn't a single star, it's actually a triple-star system — three stars bound together by gravity. Alpha Centauri A and B are two bright, closely orbiting stars with a distant, dim companion named Proxima Centauri. .That is almost 78,000 years travelling at a speed of the Voyager space probe of around 37,000 mph . Other stars are tens, hundreds, thousands, millions or even billions of light years from us. Mars is currently NASA's dream child of a manned visit. Mars is 34.8 million miles from Earth at its closest orbit. At a speed of the Voyager space probe of around 37,000 mph, it would take 128 - 330 days to get there dependent on circumstances and the same to get back. The whole prospect of serious space travel is a theoretical pipe dream. Because of the mega-distances involved between planets, stars and galaxies, unless in the distant future an astrophysics means of bending space/time is found ( another pipe dream ), space travel is nothing more than an interesting but impossible dream. By the same principles, it completely rules out the slightest possibility of any Alien visitors ever visiting Earth. Our knowledge is curtailed entirely to what we can see and reach - there it stops dead at infinity.
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  • Simply click START, find the program you wish to create a desktop icon for, left click and hold down, drag it to your desktop. Edit - these icons are actually shortcuts.
  • Ryan T @RyanT Bernards Heath updated 3 months ago
    Jesus was definitely NOT born on 25 December. An extract of one of the many web links on this controversial matter gives - Jesus was NOT born on 25 December. The approximate month of Jesus’s birth is estimated to be around the time of Tishri (mid to late September). To arrive at this date, start at the conception of John the Baptist, Sivan (June), count forward six months to arrive at Gabriel’s announcement of the conception of Jesus, Kislev (December), then count forward nine more months, the time it takes for human gestation, to reach Tishri (September), when Jesus was born in or around 2 BC. The date and time of Jesus's birth is unknown and the Bible was written 50 + years after his death. Absolutely nothing is factual, simply hearsay and circumstantial. Comments are welcome.
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