Registering my protest..

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As time passes and new software versions are being released, I am constantly being forced to change the way that I do things. Change is good. Windows 7 is better than any other Windows OS before it.. BUT Windows Classic Menu With us since Windows 9x, we had it in Windows 2000, XP and Vista. […]

IE 9 Compatibility

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It pays to read the blurb on the webpage which appears when you initially start up IE9. If you don’t, like me, you will miss really important info on how to get to the full range of IE tools. Help pages re the tools tell you where to look in the menu, but don’t tell you […]

USB Ports..

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Back in the old days, all ports on a computer were on the back panel (in the case of the BBC Micro, underneath too). This worked for mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, speakers etc. Then along came headsets and plug ‘n play USB devices. So case manufacturers started to include front panel audio and USB ports. […]

Internet Explorer 9 – revised

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It is definitely a browser,  still looks like a browser but is even more minimalist than IE7 or 8, and it is fast. During installation, you are given the chance to disable add-ins and you are told how much time will be saved when opening the browser. I elected to keep some, the useful ones. […]

Gadgets

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I don’t like the weather gadget which comes with Vista and Windows 7. I much prefer the Weather Networks offering, at least I did until very recently. Accuweather do a nice line in gadgets, various versions but, strangely, the smallest version does not show the correct temperature. When I installed it and connected to their […]

I had to start over

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Problem:: one Western Digital 160Gb SATA drive, used as the primary, and developing faults. I ran error checking and it cleared them. Then I ran Easeus Partition Copy, which told me that the drive still had problems and could not be copied. Three times I tried, and three times I got back the same message. […]

D-Link.. more woes

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Recently, I was asked to set up a ‘new’ computer, transfer files and connect it wirelessly to a home network. The computer, an aging HP business desktop, was supplied by a third party, had XP installed, and also a D-Link WDA 2320 PCI wireless card. According to the supplier, all was well and the WDA […]

Windows 7 Gaming

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Command and Conquer Generals According to the Windows 7 Compatibility Centre, the game will run under Windows 7 (both bit versions) So I installed in compatibility mode and ran the game as an administrator. Results: The game’s initialization screen is a complete mess, but you can ESC out of it The screen where you first […]

Adobe Flash not working?

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It doesn’t happen often, but more than it should. If you can’t play YouTube videos or from any other online video source, you have a problem. Installing over the top of what is already there doesn’t work. You have to first uninstall.. Link here for the uninstaller.. http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html When you come to re-install AF, it […]

Return of the Family Pack..

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It is all here. Great news for those who are still pondering the upgrade to Windows 7 http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2010/09/01/family-pack-returns-in-time-for-the-anniversary-of-windows-7.aspx

More on Hibernation and sleep

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Hoping that this works long term.. it did last night.. Control Panel > Power Options > Choose when to turn off the display > Change Advanced Power Settings > Open the Sleep Timers thread > Open the Allow Wake Timers thread > Set to Disable > Apply > OK


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