And the point is?

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Somewhere in this article (http://www.zdnet.com/surface-rt-versus-ipad-which-is-better-for-work-7000010552/) is this statement. I don’t miss the start button and when I’ve occasionally visited the desktop it has seemed to me desolate and windswept, not a reassuring return home. What does it mean? Note the careful use of the word ‘button’ because that is how Microsoft want us to see […]

Fix one problem, create another..

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The last round of general updates didn’t affect my computer, but MS Office SP2 did. How do I know that it was the MS Office update which caused grief? I didn’t install it at the same time as the general updates. I always manually install service packs. So, apart from the Outlook Calendar error, I […]

Windows since 2000..

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Windows 2000 Pro: .. goes down well with the corporates. It is the securest OS ever released by Microsoft.. Windows Millennium: .. goes down like a lead balloon. All of its features stacked on top of a base which toppled if you walked by fast enough is proving to be a problem on Windows 9x […]

Ballmer is about to go West..

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Is he going to trail along behind Windows 8.1 and a Surface RT, or will they walk into the sunset together? He has set in motion a change of style, ‘devices and services’. I think that this is a reference to mobile devices and the cloud. OK, that’s all good but what about the millions […]

It was just talk at first..

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As it became ever more apparent that Microsoft were removing any vestige of the classic start menu in Windows 8, there was talk about the OEMs including 3rd party start menus in the setup. It looked like it was all talk and no walk as machines were released with no 3rd party start menus. Then […]

System Restore revisited..

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After the trauma of Office 2010 SP2 from which I recovered fairly well, I was re-introduced to the BSOD after the re-installation and subsequent un-installation of FrontPage 2003. After messing with Windbg and DMP files, I decided that the best course of action was to do a System Restore, NOT a refresh (not going there […]

Copying files across your home network..

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Why should you do this? To "put all your eggs in one basket" is to risk losing everything all at one time. It is always a good idea to have more than one copy of your important documents, photos, music etc. Computers have problems, electrical problems, mechanical problems, user problems, and there is no telling […]

Maybe we should buy two.. NOT..

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I read today that maybe one of the failures of the PC market is the price of machines. Traditionally, I have replaced my production PC every three years or so. This is why.. The 2003 PC ran XP very well, but in 2006, Vista was coming and it was promising to be a heavyweight, almost […]

DRIVER IRQ NOT LESS OR EQUAL tcpip.sys..

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This is the message which greeted me four days ago when I brought the PC out of hibernation. Aug 4th – So it rebooted, then it did it again. After the third reboot, it settled down for the rest of the day. I updated the network card drivers. Aug 5th – So it rebooted, then […]

What Windows 8 tablets need..

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is a killer app to end all killer apps. What it doesn’t need is a bunch more of the atrocities called apps that exist now. The new ‘app’ should span at least six entire screens, two layers of three windows.. An example A browser A mail client A Calendar/Notes A Contacts list A decent Map […]


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