Monthly Archives: May 2010


Published on: Author: Mike Hall Leave a comment

As of June 1st 2010, Microsoft will start to close down the lesser used parts of the msnews newsgroups, and by the end of the year, all will be gone, replaced by forums. In view of the above, and the fact that Microsoft never set up any Windows 7 groups, I have not been accessing… Continue reading

Eating a little crow..

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I don’t usually have much faith in driver finders, in fact none at all. However, I was answering a post in Microsoft Answers, and I happened on ‘DriverMax’ as being a solution for backing up hardware drivers. So I downloaded and installed it (it is free, btw) and I tried one or two functions including… Continue reading

The Ultimate Mouse Pad?

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In a former posting about overcoming the problem of friction between a mouse and mouse pad, I suggested cutting strips of Scotch® tape (Sellotape® in the UK) and carefully placing them over the mouse ‘feet’. You should use the opaque tape, not clear, and always use scissors for a nice clean cut. The above works… Continue reading

Wireless router performance

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..  is affected by the amount of obstacles  between the wireless device and the router. Drywall (plasterboard in the UK) does not inhibit signals too much, but concrete (especially re-enforced), brick and metal take at toll. Something else also affects wireless performance too. Interference from 2.4ghz wireless phones and proximity to other wireless routers. In… Continue reading