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Laptop Repair Service – Get Your Notebook Fixed
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Kodi Not Working On Sky Broadband? Here’s How To Fix It.
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How To Choose A Good Digital Marketing Consultant

Laptop Repair Service – Get Your Notebook Fixed

Whilst there are a number of laptop problems that you can fix by yourself, if there is a serious problem with the underlying hardware you may need to use a laptop repair service.

Where Can I Take My Broken Laptop?

Fortunately there are loads of places where you can take a broken computer to be fixed. Each of these are explored below with some pro’s and con’s of each.

National Brand PC Repair Shops

There are a few large nationwide brands that can fix laptops. Curry’s PC World is just one example. The big brands can be more expensive than smaller independent outfits, but some people like the consistency commonly found with larger brands. I would recommend reading online reviews before going to any particular company with your laptop. Trustpilot and Yelp are two trustworthy independent review sites. Google Reviews is another, however these reviews tend to be less trustworthy as there is little moderation on the Google Reviews platform.

Independent PC Repair Shops

Most towns and cities have at least a few computer repair shops dotted around. Do a Google Maps search for computer repair on your mobile – you should see local businesses listed with contact details being presented. Again, be careful to check for online reviews and maybe ask family and friends if they have used a shop that they would recommend.

Online Laptop Repair Service

Another option is to send your laptop to an online laptop repair company. These businesses will typically ask you to post your device to them. They will then inspect it and if they think it can be fixed, they will provide a quote to repair. You can choose to go ahead and have them fix it, or just post it back to you.

Some internet laptop repair services charge a fee for inspecting and returning your laptop, whilst others only charge you if they are successful in fixing it.

If you are considering using an online laptop centre, be sure to check their fees and make sure they are reputable and display their full contact and address details. Independent online reviews are also important. Would you seriously post your £800 laptop to a random address without confirming they are legit first?

Kodi Not Working On Sky Broadband? Here’s How To Fix It.

Kodi Streams Stop Working On Sky

If you use Sky Broadband and Kodi has not been working recently, then you are not alone. A lot of people have reported problems watching Kodi streams whilst using Sky broadband.
You may have noticed that more and more movie or TV show streams seem to be down these days. You search for the latest move and click ‘Play’, only to be shown a ‘stream unavailable’ or ‘connection error’ message. You try the next available stream, only to be confronted with the same message.
Eventually, you may have become unable to find any working streams at all.

Sound familiar?

Many Kodi Streams Are Blocked On Sky.

Yes, it’s not just your Kodi installation that is broken. Sky, just like many other ISP’s in the UK have blocked a lot of Kodi streams.
At the time of writing, the following Kodi streams are known to be blocked by Sky Broadband:

  • FreeMusic
  • HDPopcorn
  • M4UFree
  • MVLinks
  • ExtraMovied
  • AnimeToon
  • SeeHD
  • WatchEpisodes
  • OceanOF

That’s far from an exhaustive list however, it is likely that many move video streaming services will be blocked by Sky into the future.

Why Does Sky Block Kodi Streams?

Sky don’t block streams just to be mean. They do it as they were forced by the courts to prevent copyright infringement by blocking people’s unrestricted access to copyrighted content. In an attempt to comply with the courts, Sky have actively blocked their customers from accessing a growing list of domain names and IP addresses.

As well as blocking access to video streams, Sky are also prohibiting access to torrent and filesharing websites.

Does My Current Broadband Provider Block Kodi Streams?

The simplest test you can do to see if there are active blocks on your current broadband connection is to try to visit a website that they are likely to have restricted.
At the time of writing, Sky are actively blocking access to www.thepiratebay.org and redirecting visitors to a warning message. Click on the button below to attempt to view www.thepiratebay.org.

Check For Block

If you see a Sky ‘Access Blocked’ message or other ‘access denied’ type messages, then you are being prevented from accessing at least that website, and quite likely popular movie video streams too.

If The Pirate Bay loads up, or any website loads at all that isn’t a block, then you’re probably not being blocked and video streams probably aren’t being actively blocked either.

If the web browser connection times out or if you see a DNS error of some sort, then access to pirated material may or may not be blocked.

How Can I Access Kodi Video Streams?

If your connection is being blocked by Sky or any other broadband ISP, then there are some ways around the block.

Disable Sky Broadband Shield

The first thing to rule out is Sky Broadband shield. Fortunately, you can just turn this off. Sky Broadband Shield is a parental firewall aimed to help parents prevent their children from accessing adult content.

Here’s how to turn Sky Broadband Shield off, in case it’s blocking access to your Kodi streams.

  1. Visit broadbandshield.sky.com and log in to your Sky account with your credentials.
  2. Find the option to ‘Switch Off’ the broadband shield altogether. You can select age ranges, but in this case we want to remove the shield facility altogether to make sure there is minimal chance of it effecting Kodi.
  3. Check to see if Kodi is working correctly.

Switch Broadband Providers

Possibly the most reliable way around Sky’s firewall is to switch broadband providers completely.

To find out if any particular ISP blocks video streams, try calling their customer service number and asking “Do you block any online websites or video streams?”. You can ask this without giving away any personal information if you’re worried about being identified.

Invest in a VPN

There are a wide array of private VPN providers on the market, each with their own particular perks and features. They’re all pretty much the same though, at least if you’re just looking to avoid your ISP from blocking traffic.

When subscribing to a VPN service, compare monthly rates between subscription lengths. Sometimes registering for a few years in one go can achieve big savings per month compared to smaller plans.

Tether Your Phone’s 4G Connection

This is only worth doing if you have a generous data limit on your mobile plan, or if you’re fortunate enough to have an unlimited 4g plan.

Most modern smart phones have a built-in ‘Wi-Fi Hotspot’ mode which creates an ad-hoc wireless network. You can connect to this from your laptop and try connecting again to video streams. Unless of course your 4G provider is blocking video streams too.

Other Computer Problems

There are many other computer problems that can affect Kodi, directly or indirectly. Since Kodi is software, most problems you encounter will be software and connectivity based. If however yu have a problem with your hardware, maybe you have a problem with your screen or your laptop trackpad isn’t working, then you may need to send your laptop in to a laptop repair service.

When you send your laptop in to be repaired, the electronics engineer working on it will inspect the condition of the electronics inside to asses the possibility of a fix. Parts are then replaced (or repaired if possible) to restore your PC’s full functionality.

 

How To Choose A Good Digital Marketing Consultant

So, you’re looking to hire someone to help with your digital marketing. How do you choose a good digital marketing consultant and not end up hiring a snake-oil salesman? Here’s some top tips for hiring a specialst.

What practical experience do they have?

Anyone can talk the talk, but can they walk the walk? Ask for examples of previous clients they have worked with, along with technical details of their achievements.

Look for at least 8 years experience working in digital marketing. Ideally they would have experience working within and alongside a number of agencies and other businesses. If they have worked in different positions within those agencies, that is a bonus.

Testimonials from past clients

Any half decent consultant should be able to reel off at least half a dozen examples of past successes they have had. They should be able to give the names of clients who can testify. If they’ve really made a positive impact, they should be only too happy to provide a testimonial, right?

Even better, after they have named some businesses they have helped, ask if you can cold call those businesses to verify. If the consultant is being totally honest, they shouldn’t have any problem with that. If they have a valid reason not to, perhaps due to a NDA or other personal reason, it would only be fair to give them the benefit of the doubt, but they should at least be okay with you calling a couple.

Thorough understanding of digital marketing

If you have digital marketing experience yourself, have a call with the consultant to discover where they are at. Ask some probing questions, preferably a few you know the answer to, to see if they genuinely get it.

Ask them to take a look at your website to see if they can identify any potential areas that can be improved. Usually, there will be all kinds of issues and potential improvement areas. Even if they don’t find anything, they should at least be able to explain their process for auditing websites.

Review their website

How can someone be expected to improve your website when they can’t even get their own right?

A good digital marketing consultant should have a compelling website that ranks well for ‘digital marketing consultant [area]’. There should be no obvious technical issues and it should load quickly and display correctly on mobile.

Review their LinkedIn profile

Their LinkedIn profile should list some of the businesses they have worked with and their skills etc. They should normally have a pretty complete and well-compiled profile page with a couple of testimonials at least.

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