Palmerston Saints Hockey Club Website Under Construction

Palmerston Saints Hockey Club has recently formed and they needed a temporary placeholder or under construction webpage.

These web pages are vital for business. They assist in to not only reserve their preferred URL, but also to assist with google searches and help direct potential clients to relevant social media pages. They are Search Engine Optimization (SEO) friendly and can be great value when a full website is not needed.

If you would like a simple one page website created for your small business or community group, we would be happy to help. Please contact us for a very reasonable quote.

Palmerston Saints Hockey Club

Palmerston Saints Hockey Club






Project Ted-E-Pi

Project Ted-E-Pi

– Media Centre Built into a plush portable teddy bear –


To create a portable Kodi (xbmc) media center and house it inside a plush teddy bear. Want it to look like a teddy with all electrical components (raspberry pi) hidden.


Items Needed

– Teddy (big enough to house the raspberry pi unit) $40
– Raspberry Pi 4 Complete Starter Kit
I selected the 2gb version which cost $140 at the time.

Total $180

Also Needed

– Sewing kit
– Friend/family member who can sew
– OpenELEC / Kodi Software (



Obviously all parts will be assembled and configured for use. The media center will be controllable by IR remote control or phone app (wifi or LAN connection must be available)


Kodi is my favorite choice for media center software, I have used it on my original xbox, nexus tablet and an makeshift media center PCs. Details below.
Once configured I can stream media from my NAS whist at home or copy media to the device for viewing when elsewhere. There are many optional plugins available and its on a linux OS so the device can be tailored to do many things.

Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Youtube pages. More info

I want to house the hardware inside the teddy with the power and hdmi cords neatly coming out the bum area. When not in use, I want the teddy to look fairly standard. I think it’s best to have the opening to the hardware fastened with a zip or Velcro. This is to enable access the hardware occasionally and it gives the option to put all the cords inside when transporting. Another positive to this is that we can leave the back open for ventilation.



Heat – I have been warned about the possibility of the hardware heating up and causing fire within the plush teddy. I must combat this risk by opening the teddy up while in use and/or incorporating cooling heatsinks.



8th October – All parts arrived and the hardware/software is assembled and confirmed working.

27th October – Sewing is done. Used a ‘hidden zip’ to conceal it as much as possible. It’s obviously noticeable but I’m happy with the result.

10th November – Project fully assembled and confirmed working. Very happy.


Case with built in fan – After discussing this project with people on reputable raspberry pi forums, guidance was given that the hardware should be ok in the teddy, under the proviso that none of the circuitry touches fabric. A case with built in fan was purchased to blow air on the chips at least.

USB Powered – It was also suggested that I ditch the wall power adaptor and only power it from the tv/amp usb port. This will ensure that when the tv/amp is off, the pi is too, thus minimizing fire hazards.


Everything came together as per plan. Apart from having to order a new case with built in fan, there was no road blocks or major variations. I’m happy with the result. Its super portable as intended and looks great perched next to any tv.



Purchase your Raspberry Pi Starters Kit now


How to Catch Tuna Revamp

How to Catch Tuna was created in 2009.

I was participating in the internet marketing challenge i have taken part in each year. The site was originally created as a micro niche on how to catch tuna. The purpose was to generate a top 5 page rank on google for the keywords How to Catch Tuna, Catching Tuna, Tuna Fishing and Fishing for Tuna. After establishing this website the plan was to generate 200 hits a day and to market affiliate products relates to my keywords. i failed in that task as it took me two weeks to get 200 visitors and i didnt make one affiliate sale. I then converted the site to google adsense to generate income that way.

Whist this site was created for a marketing challenge and to generate income for myself i do genuinely have a interest in fishing. I had to make the site information to get users here, hold their attention and entice them to click on the products. Without the interest i have on the topic this wouldnt have worked.

This site has sat dorment for many years and it was only in late 2017 that i revamped it to a scaleable responsive layout. I plan to build the site up a bit more in the 1st quarter or 2018 by adding more content about catching tuna. I have also decided to post some tuna recipes.

If you have any questions i’m very approachable and will be glad to respond. Visit the contact us section of the website and drop us a line (pun intended). Happy Fishing!!!

Be prepared. Back up your files on March 31st

Every year just before April Fools’ Day, World Backup Day takes place on March 31st. Unlike April Fools, World Backup Day is no laughing matter—it’s an important reminder for people worldwide to back up their personal data!

We all have important data on our computers, phones, and tablets. There’s photos of our family and friends, contact information, important documents, and much more. No matter how careful you are, it’s very easy to lose that data. Accidents and hardware failures happen, phones get lost, viruses and malware destroy (or ransom) your files, and disasters can occur.

What is backup?

A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails. Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.


But why should I backup?

Losing your files is way more common than you’d think.
Ever lost your phone, camera or tablet? That counts. Your stuff could have been saved with a backup.
One small accident or failure could destroy all the important stuff you care about.

  • 30% of people have never backed up
  • 113 phones lost or stolen every minute
  • 29% of disasters are caused by accident
  • 1 in 10 computers infected with viruses each month


So how do I backup?

Most people backup their files in one of two ways: to an external drive, or somewhere on the Internet.
It’s really easy. You’ll need an external hard drive for this, preferably one that holds more than your computer can.
The good news is, they’re cheap!

For further information and instructions, visit the bottom of this page


And finally, don’t forget your phones! If you have an iPhone, you can backup to iCloud, and it’s a good idea to occasionally backup to iTunes on your computer, too (this way, your computer’s backups will also backup your phone). Android users can use Google Sync to back up, and again it’s worth occasionally connecting your phone to your computer and copying files over.


Free Virus Program – Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials offers comprehensive protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. You can download it for free. You can also download the free Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Avoid tech support phone scams

A great article from Microsoft about Support Scams

Cyber criminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following:

  • Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.
  • Take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
  • Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
  • Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.

Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) to charge you for computer security or software fixes.

Telephone tech support scams: What you need to know

Cybercriminals often use publicly available phone directories so they might know your name and other personal information when they call you. They might even guess what operating system you’re using.

Once they’ve gained your trust, they might ask for your user name and password or ask you to go to a website to install software that will let them access your computer to fix it. Once you do this, your computer and your personal information is vulnerable.

Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.

Here are some of the organizations that cybercriminals claim to be from:

  • Windows Helpdesk
  • Windows Service Center
  • Microsoft Tech Support
  • Microsoft Support
  • Windows Technical Department Support Group
  • Microsoft Research and Development Team (Microsoft R & D Team)

Report phone scams

Learn about how to report phone fraud in the United States. Outside of the US, contact your local authorities.

How to protect yourself from telephone tech support scams

If someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support calls you:

  • Do not purchase any software or services.
  • Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the “service.” If there is, hang up.
  • Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it is a legitimate representative of a computer support team with whom you are already a customer.
  • Take the caller’s information down and immediately report it to your local authorities.
  • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support.

What to do if you already gave information to a tech support person

If you think that you might have downloaded malware from a phone tech support scam website or allowed a cybercriminal to access your computer, take these steps:

  • Change your computer’s password, change the password on your main email account, and change the password for any financial accounts, especially your bank and credit card.
  • Scan your computer with the Microsoft Safety Scanner to find out if you have malware installed on your computer.
  • Install Microsoft Security Essentials. (Microsoft Security Essentials is a free program. If someone calls you to install this product and then charge you for it, this is also a scam.)

Will Microsoft ever call me?

There are some cases where Microsoft will work with your Internet service provider and call you to fix a malware-infected computer—such as during the recent cleanup effort begun in our botnet takedown actions. These calls will be made by someone with whom you can verify you already are a customer. You will never receive a legitimate call from Microsoft or our partners to charge you for computer fixes.

More information

For more information about how to recognize a phishing scam, see Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently.

If you need help with a virus or other security problem, visit the Microsoft Virus and Security Solution Center.

To help protect against viruses and other malicious software, download Microsoft Security Essentials.

NT Car Detailers Refresh

Darwin’s Finest Car Detailers has undergone a website redesign. Motivation behind the work was to improve search engine optimisation (SEO), make it look more vibrant and to implement easy updates.

WordPress was used for the back-end implementation with a custom theme created by us at Forward Slash.

The NT Car Detailers upgrade was a great success as the site now ranks in the top 5 for all the key search terms nominated by the client. Its no argument that the website is much better on the eye with its bright and fluid design. and updating the site is so easy Peters wife now does it for him.

Please check out his new site and give Peter a call if you require car detailing, window tinting or just need to remove that annoying stain.

If you would like a website created similar to this for your small business then we would be happy to help. Please contact us for a very reasonable quote.

Tips for everyday Microsoft Office 2007/2010 tasks

We know that Microsoft Office is your go-to program for getting everyday home and work tasks accomplished. That’s why, when we heard about the excellent features and improvements packed into Office 2010, we couldn’t wait to update our articles. Our articles now include advice on how to use many of the new features of Office 2010, along with instruction on how to find your favorite, tried-and-true Office tools.

Don’t worry! Our Office 2007 tips are still included—the articles are now packed with even more helpful tips and advice.

4 power tools for students

4 reasons to synch your phone with your PC

4 ways to simplify your PowerPoint presentations

4 ways to take control of your email Inbox

5 beliefs that limit productivity – and how to overcome them

5 good computing habits

5 productivity tips for Windows

5 ways to collaborate successfully on a virtual team

6 ways to ensure your email gets read

6 ways to streamline your tasks in Outlook

7 ways to organize your email

7 ways to work faster on slow connections

8 tips for better holiday photos

9 tips to manage your files better

10 ways to work more securely

12 tips for creating better documents

12 tips for creating better presentations

Back up your data

Create incredible documents more easily using Office 2010

Get more from the notes you take every day and everywhere

Save time with quick computer shortcuts

Take files wherever you go

Take a web break: Watch a video, play a game, learn something new

Vacation checklist

Darwin Computer Repair

Forward Slash would just like to advertise we are getting involved with Darwin Computer Repairs again. We are servicing the local community with issues such as

Virus Removal
Insurance Reports
Hardware Failure
Networking/Internet Setup

If your havint troubles with your darwin computer dont hesitate to contact us!

Forward Slash Computer Repairs Darwin

Two monitors are better than one

Again another Microsoft document. Dual monitors are getting more and more common and its surprisingly easy to setup. Read below for more information.

Forward Slash are able to supply very affordable monitors. Contact us  for quotes.

Two monitors are better than one

You can never have enough screen space, especially when organizing and working on your digital pictures. Instead of buying a larger monitor, if you’re using Windows 7, Vista, or XP, you can buy an inexpensive second monitor and connect it to your computer—instantly doubling your desktop space.

Flat panel LCD monitors look great and will save room on your desk; CRT monitors also work well and can be less expensive.
Two monitors are better than one

There are several different ways you can make use of this extra screen space when working at home or in your office. If you take a lot of digital pictures, some of the advantages to having dual monitors at your work space include:


When browsing your picture library, you can view the thumbnails on one monitor, and use the second monitor to view pictures full screen to check for proper focus and image quality.

When editing photos, you can use one monitor to browse the pictures with Windows Explorer or a photo library program, and use the second monitor to edit the pictures with your photo-editing software.

If you need to stay on top of your email while working, you can keep your inbox open on one monitor and work on your photos on the other.

Set up two monitors on your desktop computer

Many new desktop computers support dual monitors without requiring any additional hardware. To see if you have more than one monitor connection, look at the back of your computer for two Video Graphics Array (VGA) connectors or two Digital Visual Interface (DVI) connectors or one of each.
VGA and DVI connectors for dual monitors

Most new desktop computers include two connectors to support dual monitors

If you only have a single VGA or DVI connector, you will need to install a video adapter. You can either install a second video adapter or replace your current video adapter with one that has two VGA or DVI connections. Installing video adapters can be difficult if you’re not familiar with the inside of your computer, so you may want to seek assistance from a local computer retailer that offers computer upgrade services.
Add a monitor to your laptop computer

If you have a laptop computer made in the last several years, you can almost certainly support an external monitor by connecting it to the VGA or DVI connector on the back of your computer. The external monitor can act as a second display to your laptop’s built-in display. Connect your second monitor. You may have to restart your computer so that it detects the new monitor. After you connect your second monitor, you have to adjust your display settings.

Configuring your displays:


For Windows 7

For Windows Vista

For Windows XP

Troubleshooting: If you do not see two monitor icons, your computer might not support multiple displays. First, make sure that you have Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP installed. Then, visit Microsoft Update, click Custom, and install any available hardware updates. You may also need to visit your computer manufacturer’s website to install an updated display driver. If you still do not see two monitor icons, you may need to install an additional display adapter.

If necessary, drag the monitor icons so that they are arranged in the same way as the monitors on your desk. Click the Identify Monitors button to verify which monitor is 1 and which monitor is 2.
Example of dual monitor setup

A dual monitor setup enables you to view the same image side by side.

Once your monitor is set up, you can use your mouse to grab the title bar of a window and drag it to your new display. If a window does not move when you drag it, double-click the title bar first, and then drag it. Having two monitors will forever change the way you work with your computer. Be creative and experiment with the sizing of application windows and what information you can keep in constant view while doing multiple tasks.

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