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Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Jim is Editor of PC Advisor and has been testing and reviewing both hardware and software for 15 years. These days his specialities include tablets, smartphones and gadgets as well as writing and commissioning reviews, features and tutorials. Jim is also a proud dad, drinker (and brewer) of real ale and ardent motorsport fan.


 

Articles by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to increase the idle time in Windows 8: stop screen turning off and prevent sleep mode

By default, Windows 8 is set to save power which means your PC screen turns off rather quickly. Here’s how to increase the idle time and stop your…

Features: 
The 7 best CSC: the best sub-£500 compact system cameras you can buy in 2014

Here's where we bring to you 2014's 7 best compact system cameras available to buy in the UK for less than £500.

Features: 
Archos Weather Station: hands-on first look

Archos expands its Internet Of Things range with the Weather Station along with an optional Soil Sensor to monitor your favourite plant.

Features: 
Honestly, youll love Windows 8.1: Microsoft's desperate attempt to woo laptop and tablet buyers

Microsoft's latest advertising campaign is almost an admission it made a mistake with Windows 8's new interface.

Features: 
How to clean a laptop fan: make it run quieter and cooler

Laptops rely on small fans to keep cool, but it's all to easy for them to get clogged up with dust and dirt. Here's how to clean them.

Review: 
Parrot Asteroid Smart review: an Android infotainment system to make your dumb car smart

Want a modern infotainment system without having to buy a new car? The Asteroid Smart lets you do just that. Here’s our Parrot Asteroid Smart review.

Review: 
Wahoo Kickr review: an iPhone-powered bike trainer

The Kickr is unlike most bike trainers as it uses your iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac to control your training sessions. Find out more in our Wahoo Kickr…

Features: 
What is the ideal CPU temperature: how to check if your processor is too hot

We explain the acceptable temperature range for CPUs in laptops and PCs, and how you can monitor your processor to check if it’s getting too hot.

Review: 
Jawbone Up review: an easy-to-use activity tracker that lacks a display and wireless synching

Simple to use and easy to understand, the Up seems like a good fitness tracker, but it's let down by a lack of a display and a relatively high…

Review: 
Fitbit One review: a great activity tracker at a sensible price

If you need some motivation to get active, the Fitbit One will do the job. It tracks your steps, sleep and calories – all for a sensible price.…


 

Comments by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone

Which operating system are you running?

Features: 
How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone

I explain this in step 3. You cannot make the ringtone longer, otherwise it will not sync to your iPhone. It's a restriction imposed by Apple and…

Features: 
How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone

Are you using a Mac? I will update the article, since lots of people are having this problem. There are two things to try. 1- delete the…

Features: 
New HTC One (m8) launch event: live blog, video stream

No news on o2 as of right now, but it will be on EE, 3 and Vodafone.

Features: 
How to fix a corrupt user profile in Windows 7 and Vista: The User Profile Service failed the logon

Sorry - the broken link is now fixed. There was an errant space in front of the URL.

Features: 
How to fix a corrupt user profile in Windows 7 and Vista: The User Profile Service failed the logon

If those files don't appear when Explorer is set to show hidden files, then no, they don't exist. I think that if you copy them across, you end up…

Features: 
How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone

As above, try deleting the entry in your music library.

Features: 
How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone

It appears that in the latest iTunes for Mac, you need to delete the newly created song (not the original) from your music library before it will…

Features: 
How to download YouTube videos to your PC for watching later

Now added ChrisPC to the article following several requests and recommendations :)

Features: 
How to download YouTube videos to your PC for watching later

This isn't easy without editing the video after downloading. However, You might be able to use KeepVid. Before you copy the YouTube video URL,…

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