The end of an era..

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My Canon Lide 30 scanner has decided not to scan finally. It was only managing monochrome text for the last month, but it can’t do that anymore. I have had it for eleven years and it owes me very little. I liked it because it was compact, didn’t require a mains outlet, and it was […]

To whom it may concern..

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.. and you know who you are.. Thanks to Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, who makes my day every day

The Internet of Things..

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I am not too sure what the full implications of this phrase will be or if I want any of them. As I understand, it is about everything being connected. A while ago, I looked for a child car seat to replace the ‘out of date’ seat that I already had. Eventually, I found the […]

Coming and going..

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Coming.. Windows 8.1.1 has yet to appear, next months ‘Patch Tuesday’ is earmarked, and it will bring more improvements for desktop users and slim some things down for lower power tablets, all more than welcome for a wide range of users. Also rumoured are some Metro apps ported to the desktop side, The traditional MS […]

The last recurring error..

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It is this.. A kernel power ID 137 event – The system firmware has changed the processor’s memory type range registers (MTRRs) across a sleep state transition (S5). This can result in reduced resume performance. I don’t think that anything can be done about this. To come out of hibernation, I press the ‘power’ button […]

Watch out.. there’s a CQ56 about!

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.. as in Compaq CQ56 c/w the AMD v140 processor. I have one sitting to the side of me, and it is the budget model of the range with the accent on BUDGET.. The owner bought it new on the premise that it was a decent notebook, but this CQ56 hides a nasty secret. It […]

LAN messengers..

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It is useful to be able to send messages over a local area network. I do it quite often when I am working across all of the machines on the home network here. I started off with: ‘Stickies’ from Zhorn Software in the UK. It is basically a ‘stickies’ utility but it has network capability […]

Wearable computing..

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Google Glass You too can look like you are about to pilot an attack helicopter at night, except that you can’t do that just yet, not with Google Glass anyway. What you can do is get info and record info. Trouble is that others with the same technology can do it to you. It takes […]

A mixed week..

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Success.. The computer is up and running again.. Event Viewer shows no critical errors in the last 7 days, and the number of regular errors is diminishing quickly.. Everything important is working, peripheral devices included.. Work in progress Setting up my other blogs in Windows Live Writer Installation of Mesnews and the setting up of […]

The new boss..

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Satya Nadella is the new CEO of the Microsoft empire and I must admit to not knowing him, his existence even, but then I don’t pore over Microsoft staff lists and management structure. All I care is that Microsoft produce a product that I can use personally and have enough faith in the product to […]

Calling 8.1.1

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Any similarity between North America’s emergency call number is purely co-incidental, but it is an emergency number in the sense that Microsoft are trying to appease disgruntled desktop users. The new version sets a start button which diverts to the Windows 8 desktop as the default view, and two icons appear in the top right […]

The next Windows..

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Rumour has it that the successor to Windows 8 will appear during April of 2015. Not quick enough for you? It probably isn’t fast enough for Microsoft but what can you do. Somebody is going to have to fish the Start menu code out of Windows 7 and find a way to put it back […]

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