Unhappy with MacOS?

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If you read the article in the link below, you will see that it is not just Windows users who are displeased with the way upgrade operating systems affect the speed of a machine or the way in which the user interacts with it. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/why-i-wont-be-upgrading-to-apples-mountain-lion-os-x/79726 I don’t doubt that if I looked at Mac  stuff […]

August RTM

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MSDN and TechNet account holders should get Windows 8 during or at the end of the first week of August. Are you guys excited? I wouldn’t go that far but I am interested enough to give it a whirl. At the end of the day, it is an operating system designed to bring the various […]

Windows Gadgets are bad.. allegedly

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A while ago, Microsoft removed many of the gadgets from Gadget Gallery because it wanted to encourage the writing of APPS in readiness for Windows 8. Now we are told that gadgets are bad and always have been…two sources of many.. http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/07/12/disable-windows-sidebar-gadgets/?amp;amp&amp  http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/software/3369228/microsoft-urges-death-of-windows-gadgets-as-researchers-plan-disclosures/?olo=rss This ‘news’ will undoubtedly convince many to run the ;Say no to […]

OEM and activation..

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If you have a desktop machine, take a look at the front panel. If you bought from Dell, Acer, HP, or any other OEM manufacturer, it will have a manufacturer badge on it. If you look on the back panel, there will be stickers on which are printed serial numbers, model information, service tags etc. […]

Microsoft’s Comfort 5000 Desktop Set..

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This is what I use. http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/wireless-comfort-desktop-5000/CSD-00001 Having used a Microsoft Laser 6000 desktop set prior to this one, I am used to the curved keyboard layout. It takes a little while to acclimatise to the curve, but it is better as one’s hands are better spaced. The good features: It is a spill-proof design, having […]

Finally an iPad challenge?

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See here.. http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-surface-will-be-a-real-ipad-rival-in-the-enterprise-say-cios-7000000714/ I hope that there is truth in the article. Go, Microsoft, go.. No tears from this corner for Apple. There will always be ‘label conscious’ buyers.

Benchmarks.. 7 vs 8

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It isn’t all about raw speed, and the boot up time for Windows 8 is faster to Metro, but still takes a little time to set up the desktop if that is where you are going.. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0%2c2817%2c2406668%2c00.asp It still doesn’t alter the fact that Windows 8 is primarily a touch OS, and is more fiddly […]

Windows 8 market share..

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We know that it has not RTM’ed yet, but the pre-RTM usage figures are still not looking good.. see here.. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9228896/Windows_8_falls_further_behind_Windows_7_in_pre_launch_stats?taxonomyId=125&pageNumber=1 I have tried to be enthusiastic but with Windows 8 being centered on touch and me having nothing touch capable, I am still torn between installing it as soon as I get it or […]

Roaming desktop icons..

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We all have them. At every reboot, they appear to have shuffled around. Do you want to stop this bad behaviour? Windows 7 compatible, this small ‘freemium’ utility is just what you need. IconRestorer.. http://fsl.sytes.net/iconrestorer.html There is a nice little shot of the utility in action, and some custom layouts to show you what it […]

Windows 8 RTM..

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Some good news for those who have to run the latest, if not always greatest, operating system… http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/02/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro-for-39-99.aspx Microsoft really wants to push Windows 8, and at the price quoted in the blog, it would be churlish not to accept the offer even if one had no plans to install it immediately. I have read […]

VGA and chipset cooling for older stuff.. or maybe even newer stuff..

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The photo shows a Vantec Iceberg CCB-A1A.. Officially, it is a heatsink/fan assembly for VGA or mobo chipsets. If what you see is a bottle cap fitted with a small capacity fan, 3.5 cfm, you would be nearer the mark. I removed the heatsink and broken fan from my nVidia N6600 video card and replaced […]


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