Google Chrome’s new design not working for you? Do this.

So, this week Google Chrome received a design refresh for its 15th birthday.

Only, I didn’t get it.

Well, I saw the refresh on my work laptop first, and then my own laptop. But even after a complete reinstall of Chrome on my desktop PC, I didn’t see the redesign until I switched them on via the Chrome flags.

Go to chrome://flags/

Then search for ‘Refresh’ and enable the four options:

  • Chrome Refresh 2023
  • Chrome WebUI Refresh 2023
  • Chrome Refresh 2023 New Tab Button
  • Chrome Refresh 2023 Top Chrome Font Style

Restart Chrome and ta-da!

Similarly, if you do have the refresh and don’t want to switch to it yet (understanding that at some point it will be switched on by default), you can always disable these settings for now.

How to set up your own local Minecraft Java server using AMP

AMP control panel with one Minecraft instance running

So, having given up my Shockbyte server earlier this month and moved our Minecraft world to a local single player instance, I have now created our own local Minecraft server using AMP (Application Management Panel) from CubeCoders.

Here’s how I did it…

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How to move a Minecraft world from a server to a single player game

A modern house on our Shockbyte server

Over the last year, my children and I have been enjoying playing together on a 6GB Minecraft server from Shockbyte.

The service has been superb from Shockbyte, the interface is clear and being able to connect to the server via FTP has been very helpful.

But over the last few months, I have been the only one playing on the server while my children have either been working on their own single player worlds or servers run by their friends.

So, I have decided to shut down our server and move the world from the online server to a local single player game. This is how to do it…

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Windows Defender got stuck!

Screenshot of Microsoft Defender
All is quiet on the Windows front

For the last few weeks, I’ve been getting a daily email from Microsoft Defender telling me about a threat it had found on my desktop PC.

Only, I’d already deleted the offending files manually, but Defender got stuck—thinking they were still there, but unable to find them to remove them.

Here’s how I eventually fixed it.

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