All Useful Stuff Categories

All of the articles we have at Useful Stuff are grouped into Categories, or subject areas. These categories will contain posts that are logically related to each other, so if there's a particular subject area you're interested in you can browse that specific category.

Each category listing will show you the category title, with the number of articles in brackets beside it. There's also a handy quick overview outlining what each category is about. Please do feel free to have a browse.

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Admin (1)

This category is where I'll post stuff that relates more to the Administration aspects of this website itself. You could probably consider it to be a bit of 'site news' even. But it's for Administravia type stuff anyway. So enjoy :)

Comparisons (3)

In this category you will find posts where we compare one product or service with another. You can use these posts for example when you're trying to decide which is right for you when you're faced with two competing products or services. Our information will always be based purely on our own experiences and does not constitute advice on whether one should purchase any specific product or service. It will try to outline the positives and negatives of each product in a fair and independent manner. But just because we prefer one product or service does not necessarily mean that you will. You should use the information provided to further your research before making your own decision.

Cryptocurrency (1)

Cryptocurrency is taking the world by storm and can be complicated to understand and work with. In this category we look at various cryptocurrency topics ranging from BitCoin or DigiByte or other cryptocurrencies themselves as well as topics around the edges.

Gatsby (1)

Gatsby is a static site generator which can, with the right configuration, be set up to talk to WordPress so you can use WordPress for the backend content creation, and Gatsby to display the site to your users. In fact, that's how Most Useful is now generated (after a brief flirt with Eleventy - which worked nicely, but Gatsby gives me more flexibility and structure. And I need structure!) This category will discuss all things that I found out about Gatsby as I continue to use it for various sites I operate.

Hardware (11)

This topic looks at aspects of computer hardware and might include how to do things with your computer hardware, which hardware is best to buy, or even building or repairing different aspects of hardware.

Home Security (1)

Home security is a hot topic as the crime rate continues to escalate around the world. This topic looks at various different aspects surrounding ways to improve the security of your home. We'll look at different cameras available, different ways to record the videos and audio from your cameras and best ways to store and secure it.

How To? (9)

This broad ranging topic will look at all sorts of different How Tos. If you don't know 'how to' do something, you'll likely find the answer in this topic. Assuming we've written about it of course. But then you probably wouldn't be here if we haven't!

HTPC (6)

HTPC is an abbreviation for Home Theatre PC and in this topic we look at different ways to build, run and enjoy a home theatre PC system. The topic has been partially superseded by the rise of streaming music and streaming video services such as Netflix - but a lot of people still like to keep their own media libraries locally at home and Home Theatre PC provides a space saving (shelf wise) way to keep all your DVDs, CDs and Blueray disks at hand and convenient without necessarily needing internet access.

Lifestyle (5)

In this topic we look at different areas of our, usually digital, lifestyle. Whichever particular lifestyle aspect we're looking at, you'll find that the information is still, Most Useful

Linux (10)

As avid Linux users ourselves and with 25 years experience (yes, we started when you had to download Linux onto floppy disks. Indeed, they were downloaded through UUEncoded e-mails) we feel somewhat qualified to talk about various Linux subjects. Often incorporating Windows Subsystem For Linux - which we know a lot of purists won't necessarily like - but always Linux focused, these posts will look at installing and using Linux of various flavours

Mac (7)

Most Useful authors have used various computer systems throughout their time, including Apple Mac and this topic will be explored in these posts. From whether a particular Mac application is useful and how to use it, through to new Mac hardware or how to use Mac in the cloud for example

Money (4)

Money makes the world go around so they say. It makes life easier that's for sure. We're not money experts and anything in this topic will be general in nature. You should always consult a professional money advisor for any actual advise regarding money. But this topic will look at different ways you can make some money online, or how to spend it.

SEO (2)

Search Engine Optimization is a must if you have a website you're wanting people to find your website. This category investigates and details various aspects of search engine optimization.

Should I Buy? (13)

Should I buy? Well there's a question. In this topic we're not going to say yes or no directly. But we will give you enough information that you can make your own decision on whether you should buy or subscribe to something. Our Should I Buy section is always influenced by our own use of the products or services we're looking at and come with hands on experience

Surface Pro (13)

It would come as no surprise to many who look at this website that I love my Surface Pro collection. Now, at the minute I only have some Surface Pro 3's and Surface Pro 4's - so I can't really help much with any of the newer ones. I used to be a Mac person though. The Surface Pro range brought me back to Windows. Then the Surface-Linux team also got me into running Linux on the Surface range, because, well, Windows 10 is pretty decent but I am concerned about the level of telemetry that goes back to Microsoft. So in this category you'll find all sorts of things relating to Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4

Uncategorized (1)

This category is used for posts that don't fit it any other area of our website. Posts shouldn't linger in here for long as they ought to get their own category if they don't already have one. So if you see something here, do feel free to drop us a line and let us know

Web Hosting (11)

Web hosting is a hot topic and has been for some time. And since we run a (number of) websites, we know a thing or two about different hosting providers. It's fair to say though, we haven't used ALL of the web hosting providers out there and unless we've actually used a provider there's little chance of us writing about them. But aside from web hosting providers, this topic will also go through other aspects of web hosting such as technologies to help host your website, control panels to ease your administration headaches (or create more for you) and things such as backups, and anything else relating to web hosting information

Windows 10 (2)

Windows 10 - the only decent version of Microsoft Windows since Windows NT. OK, maybe not the only one. But still, Windows 10 is a good version of Windows and has been around for a long time. But it's not without its foibles and this topic will look at the different issues you might encounter with your Windows 10 operating system and how to fix them. Or it might review a Windows 10 application to give you a better idea on whether that software is right for you.

Windows 11 (1)

Windows 11 is the latest Microsoft Windows version released on 5th October 2021. This category will look at various different aspects of Windows 11, including the Windows Subsystem for Linux with Graphical User Interface

WordPress (13)

WordPress is the premier content platform, powering over 35% of ALL internet websites according to recent reports. This category contains posts that include how to set up development servers, live servers, different hosting providers and how to write your own extensions or themes for it. If you need Useful Information about WordPress, this is the place to look

WSL (5)

WSL, the Windows Subsystem for Linux which perhaps should be called the Linux subsystem for Windows really, since it's Linux running within Windows - but semantics... This topic looks at all sorts of aspects of WSL and WSL2 including running GUI apps on WSL (something that will soon be able to be done natively) as well as VPNs for WSL use and why you might want one. If it involves WSL you can probably find it in this topic