A vote of no confidence..

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The first company getting this award is Staples Canada, the nice people who sold me a Brother MFC-J470DW all in one. The printer is fine, no problems at all, easy to set up, quick operation, good output, albeit maybe not professional quality. I don’t do a lot of printing, and ink levels are still almost […]

Say your good-byes..

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Fun with floppies. The 5.25” inch floppy was not too tough, was subject to dirt ingression and could crease quite easily, a problem for computer magazine mounted diskettes.. Yes, this is  how they looked , and top flight machines would have two of these. The drive shown is in the ‘ready for a floppy’ state. […]

Faith has been restored..

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Mine specifically.. See this.. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247212/Confused_over_what_tablet_to_buy_Join_the_crowd?source=rss_latest_content&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+computerworld%2Fnews%2Ffeed+%28Latest+from+Computerworld%29 It isn’t that I am happy to see tablet producers fail exactly, but it shows that not all people are prepared to subscribe to the concept that small tablets are goof for anything other than displaying media.. If small screen devices were going to take off, Netbooks back in 2010 […]

Are you really excited by this?

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April 8th, 2014 marks two events in the Microsoft calendar. Event #1:. Microsoft Windows XP is taken off life support and will have to fend for itself. OK, so let’s look at the picture Microsoft has extended  MSE coverage for a year, and other anti-virus producers will also cover it for a while, but NOTHING […]

Is Microsoft being serious..

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.. in the attempt to pry XP users away from their ‘babies?. In the article provided, we learn that Microsoft were giving away $50 gifts cards, good for any Microsoft store. It would cost me $50 to get to and from my nearest Microsoft store.. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247125/Microsoft_tries_to_tempt_XP_diehards_with_100_discount_on_new_PCs?source=rss_latest_content&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+computerworld%2Fnews%2Ffeed+%28Latest+from+Computerworld%29 For the $100 it probably cost, Microsoft could put […]

Telephone scams.. and why they don’t get caught..

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In response to a post where a Windows computer user had been called from this number ‘360-637-4743’ by a company called Windows 7 Tech support. This was my first reply.. The maker of Windows 7 is called MICROSOFT, not Windows 7, so even if Microsoft did cold call, which incidentally they DO NOT, they would […]

Diagnostics – Performance

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Open up Event Viewer, let it sort itself out first and then make your way to the section in the above title.. Applications and services log > Microsoft > Windows > Diagnostics – performance > Operational This is where you can find out what is slowing your computer down, I understand, and looking at the […]

Calling time..

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..on your iPad 2, boys and girls. Apple have dumped it already, in favour of a new, well, slightly newer  Retina 9.7” model that has a bumper 16gb (would you like that in words?) storage, and the “Lightning” transfer and charging connector”. What are you waiting for? The 9.8” model? That might not appear for […]

More room..

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I have been toying with the idea of changing my Coolermaster case. It’s a boring old black thing, and I often get the urge to customize it, not exactly like the mods seen in CPU magazine, a freebie I pick up from my local TigerDirect.. see here.. http://www.computerpoweruser.com/DigitalEditions/Default.aspx .. but trick it out a littler […]

Startup folders..

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There are two of them in Windows 7 and 8, but there is a difference. One is for your personal account, and the other covers ‘all users’. This is the first of them.. %systemdrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup For all users, you will find the startup folder in: %systemdrive%\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup There is another difference where Windows 8.1 is […]

Cloud storage..

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It’s a fantastic idea, the cloud. Get your files anywhere, anytime, from any machine. Whoever thought this one up deserves a medal. There is a problem though, well a couple of problems actually. It relies on the Internet being live and available at your location, wherever that might be.. You have to pay for it.. […]

8.1.1 advance news..

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After the update was inadvertently introduced to Windows Update, some astute people grabbed it fast before the mistake was realised.. And the news is.. There are probably still too many tiles in Windows 8.1.1 for the greater majority, one tile being ‘a tile too far’ for some.. The good news is that Microsoft did exactly […]


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