Tim's Tips

Hello, I'm Tim Sievers. I grew up fascinated by the computer revolution and since the 1990's I've been helping people navigate the jargon jungle!

Welcome to Tim's Tips!

My name is Tim Sievers. I've been helping people to get along with their gadgets for over 20 years. From an early age I was intrigued by technology and to my parent's dismay I would pull apart my mechanical & electronic toys just to see how they worked!

As a teenager in the 1980's I was troubleshooting all things digital for family & friends. Back then computers were beyond my budget, but I took every opportunity I could get to use them, from the Macs at school, to the IBM at the local library and even my next-door neighbor's old Commodore 64!

In the 1990's I started providing computer support and later became a certified Microsoft & Apple support professional. Over the years I learned that any technology can be let down by poor instructions or overly complex interfaces that ruin the user experience.

I can remember seeing some of the world's most amazing machines gathering dust in Office corners because users just couldn't get their heads around them. Still today it seems that some new gadgets are designed by geeks for geeks, with little thought for the rest of us.

These days I'm a full time tech writer. My guides are designed to cut through the techno-babble and help you get the most out of the latest technology.

I'm always happy to hear your ideas, feedback & suggestions. Please send your emails to:


Amazon Prime vs Kindle Unlimited

Amazon now has two different services that allow you to read ebooks (like many of my titles) for free! But what are the differences between these services?

Amazon Prime is a free 2-day shipping service that was first introduced in 2005. Membership costs US$99 a year. As well as free shipping Prime Members enjoy other benefits including online photo storage and access to movie and tv streaming from Prime Instant Video. In 2011 Prime members also got access to the Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL), which allows you to borrow one book per month for free. KOLL will only work on Kindle devices and is currently available in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan.

Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service that lets you read as many books as you like, and keep them as long as you want. Subscribers pay US$9.99 a month. Kindle Unlimited works with any device (like PCs, Macs, iPads, smartphones and Kindles) and is currently available in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Mexico.

Providing these services are available in your part of the world the choice is simple, if you're a shopaholic who does some occasional reading then an Amazon Prime membership should suit you. But if you're a bookworm who does some occasional shopping then Kindle Unlimited could be your thing. What if you're a shopaholic bookworm? Well nobody said you couldn’t have both!

Both Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited offer free 30-day trials, which allow you to take the services for a test drive. For more information check out these links:

Amazon Prime

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Owners' Lending Library

Check out my bestselling titles

Top 100 Tips for Windows 10

Available exclusively from Amazon in kindle ebook and paperback versions, my latest guide is designed to help you quickly conquer Windows 10. This straight forward guide is full of practical step-by-step visual instructions. Amazon Prime & Kindle Unlimited members can read the ebook version for Free! Click here to see the book on Amazon.com

Top 100 Tips for Windows 8

Updated for Windows 8.1, this guide is a collection of the best 100 tips that I have found for Windows 8. Now available exclusively from Amazon in kindle ebook and paperback versions. Amazon Prime & Kindle Unlimited members can read the ebook version for Free! Click here to see the book on Amazon.com

2015 Tim Sievers