Monthly Archives: July 2012

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… Continue reading Unhappy with MacOS?

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… Continue reading Windows Gadgets are bad.. allegedly

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… Continue reading Microsoft’s Comfort 5000 Desktop Set..

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.

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… Continue reading Windows 8 market share..

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… Continue reading Windows 8 RTM..

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