Monthly Archives: August 2012

Atari arcade..

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Remember this? It is the Atari 2600 game console, and probably the first computer most families ever had. Remember the games? Addictive or what! Well, your Atari 2600 may have been sent for scrap many years ago, but the games live on, and are playable in IE 9 and 10. See here.. http://www.atari.com/arcade#!/arcade/superbreakout It ran… Continue reading

CPU coolers..

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The trouble with water coolers.. I was wandering around my local TigerDirect store a while ago and came across a Thermaltake CPU water cooler. It was in the clearance section at a reasonable price, but I walked away from it. Reading through reviews, water coolers inevitably come out on top when it comes to cooling… Continue reading

Windows 8 usability..

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This is a very good piece on how to navigate Windows 8 if you are into using the keyboard more than the mouse.. http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Windows8ProductivityWhoMovedMyCheeseOhThereItIs.aspx The guy also has a mega multi monitor setup too, so not everything will work for you as it does for him. However, it does show that Windows 8 can work… Continue reading

Windows 8-balled?

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OK.. Stuff that still works.. All of the internal hardware Existing peripheral devices Networx Winpatrol Stuff that doesn’t work or is a pain All of my stress reducer games The traditional Windows games which are now only accessible via the UI formerly known as Metro (also used as stress reducers) My two favourite gadgets. Weather… Continue reading

They had to do it..

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Microsoft have rolled out Windows 8 to a third of their workforce to demonstrate that it can be done. See here.. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mscio/archive/2012/08/07/deploying-windows-8-within-microsoft.aspx Great stuff, but everybody knows that it can be done, but it requires planning and retraining to a greater degree than the transition to Windows 7. This is the point raised by corporates,… Continue reading

If this is true..

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.. it will be a real game changer for me.. Microsoft blocks Windows 8 Start button, boot-to-desktop hacks: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9230024/Microsoft_blocks_Windows_8_Start_button_boot_to_desktop_hacks?source=rss_latest_content&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+computerworld%2Fnews%2Ffeed+%28Latest+from+Computerworld%29 A short while back, I wrote that as long as there were 3rd party ‘fixes’ for the lack of a Start button and traditional menu system, Windows 8 would be ok, and most desktop users would… Continue reading

No more Metro..

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I was going to write about this yesterday, but the Euro reason for having to drop the name was not clear, so I deleted what I had written. My first thought was a clash with the Paris Metro. This is a stylish rapid transit underground system in Paris, but ‘stylish’ is not exactly a strongpoint… Continue reading