PC Pro Podcast 250

On this week’s podcast we discuss new devices unveiled at Mobile World Congress, including some low-cost Windows Phone 8 handsets and two phones from Asus that turn into tablets. We also question EE’s claim that unlimited mobile data tariffs are “unnecessary”, and mull over the new Chromebook Pixel. Our hot hardware candidate is the Wired2Fire HAL 4000 gaming PC.

PC Pro Podcast 249

In this week’s podcast we learn that PC shoppers are still opting for Windows 7; we discuss the prospects for Ubuntu’s tablet OS; we look over the results of the 4G spectrum auction; and we ask whether Microsoft’s licensing terms for Office 2013 are really fair. Our hot hardware candidate is Dell’s extraordinarily wide 21:9 UltraSharp U2913WM monitor.

Re-Set a disabled iPad that has never been connected to iTunes

Reset an iPad Never Synced with iTunes

Step 1

Disconnect the iPad from the computer, but leave the USB cable connected to the computer.

Step 2

Hold down the “Sleep/Wake” button for several seconds until a red slider appears. Move your finger across the slider to turn the iPad off.

Step 3

Connect the iPad to the computer while holding down the “Home” button to turn on the iPad.

Step 4

Release the “Home” button when you see a message that says, “Connect to iTunes.”

Step 5

Launch iTunes. iTunes will alert you that it detects a device in Recovery Mode.

Step 6

Click “OK” and click “Restore” to reset the iPad.


Update: 2016

Apple have closed this method with newer versions of iOS. People were using a reset to clear/wipe stolen iPads and iPhones, so it has been disabled completely.

iPhone and iPad / iOS Mail – Problems deleting email when on IMAP

This is more like a note to myself for if I ever get a new device, but I have had lots of problems since moving my email to a VPS server hosted by Webfusion in the UK. The primary issue is that the mail server that is installed as part of the Parallels Plesk Panel has an unusual quirk when trying to delete email from the server if you are using IMAP rather than POP on your Apple device.


“Unable to delete message from server” or similar error when deleting. Thankfully the solution is easy!

In the iPhone / iPad settings simply go to mail, and then the mail account and then advanced and in the IMAP Path Prefix add “INBOX” in capitals.

Problem solved!

PC Pro Podcast 248

On this week’s podcast: Intel plans its own online TVs; Surface Pro arrives in the US and immediately sells out; Microsoft Security Essentials continues to struggle; Opera moves to the WebKit rendering engine; and rumour has it that Apple may be working on a watch. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Canon EOS M, the company’s first interchangeable-lens compact camera.