Mosaic changed your life..

.. even if you were not a computer user back in 1993/4. It was the first browser to incorporate pictures into a browser view. The picture above shows the ‘Windows’ version which did not come available until 1994, being released for the Mac and Amiga at the same time. By today’s standards, modems were incredibly slow way back then, but the concept of being able to use a computer to find out about stuff which you didn’t know that you didn’t want to know overcame the speed issue, not that you would have known anything faster, of course. Mosaic was … Continue reading Mosaic changed your life..

Recovery Partitions – Why you should NOT delete them!

You may think that an OEM is being ‘cheap’ by putting a recovery partition on a computer and NOT giving you original Microsoft CD/DVDs. They take up valuable hard drive real estate, but the content of a recovery partition is maybe more valuable than the space it occupies. The recovery partition contains all of the data required to rebuild the operating system, maybe a few utilities like personal organizers and calendars (which you may have become accustomed to using), manufacturer support programs  and, most importantly, the device drivers specific to your system which may or may not be included in … Continue reading Recovery Partitions – Why you should NOT delete them!

SP1 64bit update slip up..

The SP1 64bit update found its way onto some systems after being released in Windows Update. It was meant for TechNet subscribers only, and has now been withdrawn. The wait for public release goes on and is scheduled for sometime in March or maybe even April as demand will be high high high, and will make it onto your system as long as there is no conflicting driver issue. I noticed that there were two ‘optional’ nVidia drivers (not the video kind) on WU recently which may be part of the driver incompatibility fix. I did install them and without … Continue reading SP1 64bit update slip up..

A new look..

The view through ‘Mikes Window’ has not changed, but look at the nice new frame. I have been messing with different themes for this blog, looking for something more modern than the 70’s ‘dumb terminal’ appearance, and of the choices available to me, I find this one more stylish. The body text has a softer appearance than I would like when viewed on my LCD panel, but when viewed on a CRT type monitor, the text is better defined. If I adjust the text appearance, it starts to look quite ‘bold’ on a CRT. Susan Bradley, SBS Diva and fellow … Continue reading A new look..

Vista Capable?

A judge has ok’ed the class action lawsuit against Microsoft regarding the ‘marketing’ stickers applied to the front of XP machines in the months leading up to the release of Vista. We hear that some ‘big noises’ within the Microsoft empire had misgivings about rather vague ‘meaning’ of the sticker. One has to admit that it is a little vague, bearing in mind that there is more that just one Vista version. Your Choice OK. You are in the market to buy a PC during the last quarter of 2007 and you see the sticker on the front of a … Continue reading Vista Capable?

Life after Vista SP1..

You know something has worked well when newsgroup ‘nay sayers’ fall silent or suddenly change sides. Windows XP had problems when first released. Make no mistake, it was a quantum leap forwards especially for Windows 9x/ME users, but it was dogged by incompatibility issues. Anybody who can’t remember this either has a short memory or wasn’t around at the time. Windows XP really came of age after the SP2 update which, it has to be said, was a whole lot more than just an update roll-up. The first thing you may notice is that the SP1 update has eaten up … Continue reading Life after Vista SP1..

Defragmenting without the tears..

For those of you who are suffering withdrawal since the Vista backroom boys took away the visual part of defragmentation, you can come out now. The nice people at Diskeeper Corporation have just what you need, and prices start from only $29.95 for the Home version. I know what you are thinking. The nice people at Diskeeper Corporation are bound to extol the virtues of their own offering but is it all that they claim? Well, I have been running Diskeeper 2008 since it was first released. It is a breeze to install, and once on the system, you … Continue reading Defragmenting without the tears..