Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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My initial thoughts: It’s different. There is a button called ‘desktop, but it isn’t a Windows desktop. It is a screen view called desktop. Some of the ‘apps’ are interesting. I actually like the look of them.: The weather app opens up full screen and gives lots of information. That’s the good part. The weather […]

37 into 18.5 = disaster

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I am not coping too well with just one monitor. It’s like trying to walk with both feet in one shoe. Icons which once lived down the left side of monitor 2 are now in a folder just below the gadgets which have always been on the right side monitor 1. There are a couple […]

Compatibility and security issues..

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I knew a guy who always got lost whenever he ventured out in his car beyond his comfort zone. While his street hadn’t changed much, the road system beyond had and the 15 year old atlas map on the rear parcel shelf didn’t reflect the changes. Similarly, I saw in MS Answers a guy who […]

Words do no justice..

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.. well not printable words suitable for a public place anyway.. If you are a bit upset at the prospect of having no proper desktop, take some solace in the newly designed METRO styled Windows logo. Tada!! Nice eh.. some people are drooling over this.  Note that it may not be the finished version. As […]

The AMD System Monitor

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. And yes, you do have to be running an AMD m’board. Novelty value = 5. because it is more fun than a defragmenter.. So, what can you see? if you click on ‘Details’ in each, you get even more info. The CPU section opens into a graph with a sliding bar section for each […]

Another LCD panel bites the dust..

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This time, it is an LG W1934s (one of a pair), before this, an ACER 1916, and a very expensive 19” first generation LCD panels before the Acer. I have to admit that I am getting a little tired of LCD panels failing. Three in five years or so has gone beyond funny. In this […]

The Wireless Toshiba..

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The story so far: The wireless connection has never been too reliable, but it is getting worse. Regardless of settings changes, it has always dropped out even when in ‘full flight’ It is NOT affected by wired connections. Even if every computer here is on wireless connection, it still drops out It is the ONLY […]

Wireless.. A dream come true or a nightmare in the making?

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Wireless.. we used to dream about having wireless things. With wireless, the promise was that we could float like a butterfly, unfettered by annoying cables. The reality is that wireless can sting like a bee. Wireless keyboards and mice are a blessing. To get crumbs and bits out of a wireless keyboard is easy. Just […]

Gone wireless.. or do I mean wireless gone?

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Well. both actually..  My desktop machine has officially gone wireless via a D-Link G132 which is apparently not even compatible with Windows 7 64-bit.  I can assure D-Link that it is, no thanks to the complete lack of drivers on the D-Link website. Officially it is a 108mbps device, but in Vista and Windows 7 […]

Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor update..

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I didn’t have much good to say about it in my last piece, and have even less to say that is good. Last night, I put my computer into hibernation, but waking it was a real job this morning. The gadget was experiencing severe difficulties, and when a Windows 7/Vista gadget does this, it tends […]

Wi-fi Interference..

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I have a network where the main PC is connected via Cat5e to the DIR 628 router. There is a desktop machine connecting via a D-Link PCI G520 (yes, it works with Windows 7 64-bit, but only at 54mb) and a Toshiba laptop connecting via a Realtek RTL8191SE. On a good day, it all works […]

A case for Windows 8..

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A desktop case, that is.. I was just looking through the latest edition of CPU User, and I came across an advert for the perfect Windows 8 desktop case. Like Windows 8, it lacks some of the more traditional elements that we have come to expect. What it has.. Futuristic looks Easy access to the […]

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