Laptop cooling

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The user of the Toshiba L500 laptop on the home network recently reported that it was getting a little hot for laptop use. Needless to say, it did not take too long to ascertain that the single cooling fan had ceased to turn, Airflow through the exhaust vent was at an all time low. It […]

Apple on the block..

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I see that Apple are being criticised for getting products made overseas by what we see as slave labour. As bad as it seems for Chinese workers on the electronics production lines, it is probably a better life than they would otherwise get. I know that it is a poor excuse, but that is the […]

Consumer preview?

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This is what the next release of Windows 8 is being called. Uh-oh.. does this mean that Windows 8 is pretty much already written in stone just as Windows 7 was at the ‘beta’ stage? More than a few hardened beta testers were not happy to receive “we may include your suggestions in the next […]

The best anti-virus..

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.. is the one that can be installed and forgotten about thereafter. For home users, Microsoft Security Essentials is best and this is why.. Of all anti-virus programs that I have tried, it is the least invasive. It can be like this because it works in conjunction with the Windows firewall and doesn’t have to […]

Readying for Windows 8 Beta.

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While I was looking into the kernel power error, I did some work on tidying the cables inside, essentially to free up a SATA power cable for the drive that will hold the Windows 8 beta. I have a Seagate 160gb SATA drive which has been pushed through tests, and it has passed with flying […]

Kernel power error revisited

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All within the space of around three hours.. Yes, it happened again.. This time, I cleaned out all of the fans and closed the covers.. And again it happened.. So this time I removed the filter between the case and the power supply.. And again it happened.. Getting a little bored with the computer by […]

CES..

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I read somewhere that CES may not exist come 2015. Microsoft are making their last performance right now. Apple isn’t there. Others will follow. There is always a lot of hype for these shows, but does anybody care other than your local friendly technophobe down the hall? Will the news, weather and re-runs of Mash […]

An article on touchscreens..

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It brings up some interesting points: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9223361/The_hidden_dangers_of_touchscreens?taxonomyId=15&pageNumber=1 I wouldn’t say that they were ‘hidden’ dangers though. maybe some just not completely obvious. What is obvious is that with a reach of around 60cms, my dual screens are 20cms out of reach. They have to be back as far as they are to save me having […]

Warranties..

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If you haven’t already heard, Seagate and Western Digital have reduced the warranty period somewhat. It will affect home users most. Seagate are keeping ‘mission critical’ enterprise drives as they are but hybrids and Constellation 2’s will reduce from five to three years. Home user Barracuda’s will be cut from five to just ONE year, […]

Caring for a notebook/netbook..

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OK, so Santa gave you a new notebook or netbook for Christmas. Cute, eh.. It will not be cute for long if you don’t care for it properly. Cleaning the outside case and the keyboard area. Either buy a kit form your local computer store, or put together a kit of your own. You will […]

Groove GFS Stub Execution Hook..

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I can find out very little about what this is. I do know that it installs along with Microsoft Office. I now know that if it is removed from Start-up, it will send my machine into spasm. CPU activity stays at around 65% and will not go down. A ‘system restore’ and a couple of […]

FrontPage and the dreaded FPSE’s – You can finally leave them behind..

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Microsoft’s FrontPage in it’s various guises has been a godsend for many people. It has enabled wannabe website owners to create something reasonably meaningful without having to learn the conventions of HTML, PNP or any of the other obscure conventions required to produce a website. Microsoft hoped that the conventions set by FrontPage would become […]


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