1. The Type 55 0.5mm tip for my new favourite tool-in-the-box - an Antex XS 25 watt soldering iron! Ahem, while not exactly chrome, it does go shiny when tinned! I've only ever used my old workhorse cheap-and-cheerful 50 watt iron before now, which as far as I was concerned was as good as it got. So I was dubious when I was given this little gem to try. Imagine my surprise when I saw the difference that this iron/tip combination makes. I must say I'm absolutely astounded. It manages to pump much more heat into a joint than my supposedly more powerful iron that joints form instantly and cleanly. I'll never use another iron again ...
2. If you're having trouble downloading updates to the ever-so-likeable Google Chrome browser due to proxy issues or similar, then try this. Locate the event viewer for your Windoes system. This is usually in the Administrative Tools section of your control panel. There may well be an entry from the update manager which looks like this (click for a full resolution image):
You will see the URL to which the update service is attempting a connection. Cut and paste this into your favourite browser's address bar. In my case the download hoops are presented and I can duly jump through them, ending up with a newly polished chrome tool. Matron!
Double entendre added then