Windows Blue, what will you do?

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How about putting the classic Start menu back in like it used to be? No? Awwww, go on, do it.. How about addressing the ‘Modern UI’ reliability? It would be nice if the tiles always worked and didn’t throw up errors about updating and installing. How about a bit of text editing in the warning […]

Back in business.. soon

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I have received notification today that a new Coolermaster CM690 II case has started the journey to London Ontario, eta being April 2nd ‘by the end of the day’. The new case will have USB 3.0 ports, two of them,  Needless to say, my 880G motherboard knows nothing about USB 3.0. It was ‘on sale’ […]

The Great Wait..

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Two great waits actually.. Wait #1. My old case arrived ‘home’ at !0:45, Monday, 18 March. It now has to be checked out by Coolermaster technicians, and in time I will get an email telling me that something is being sent back to me. Due process is probably the worst phrase in the world to […]

On the production front..

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While my Coolermaster CM 690 II is on its way to California, I have squeezed as much of my PC as possible into a totally inappropriate case.It has less structural integrity than the average aluminium food container but is a better option than leaving the parts loose on top of my desk. The heat sink […]

Netbook powered..

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This is my first Netbook powered blog post ever. The core of this system is presently a Toshiba Mini, my production PC internals being scattered around two desks. For now, they are homeless as my original Coolermaster CM 690 II case makes its way back to its maker. The UPS tracker tells me that the […]

Simple and usable..

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It’s the title of a book written by Giles Colborne, who has been designing interactive user experiences since the early 1990s. When he’s not doing that he he’s busy with cxpartners, a design consultancy based in Bristol and London that specialises in web and mobile user interface design for companies such as Marriott, Nokia and […]

Browser wars..

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Microsoft is in trouble again for not promoting other browsers over its own in EU versions of Windows 7 SP1. As you can plainly see from the graph, Internet Explorer is streets ahead of all of the competition and rising. Well, it would be if the green line was Microsoft’s in house browser. It looks […]

Windows 8.. Incompatibility

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Starting with an upgrade to Windows 8 over the top of Windows 7 which is already running FrontPage and Twinbox ..  Windows 8 + FrontPage 2003 + Office 2010 + Twinbox (latest or any version) = OK, No major issues..   Starting with a fresh, clean install of Windows 8.. Windows 8  + FrontPage 2003 […]

An ‘open and shut’ case..

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One minute everything is fine, and the next? All shut down. The problem persists, but I have nailed it down to the case top/front panel headers, the panel itself. Coolermaster added a ‘ground’ cable to the later panel headers, but the fix doesn’t work, at least for me it doesn’t. I know this because they […]

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