CoolerMaster CM690 II Advanced mid tower case

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If you own one of these, you should know this..I do because I have one. I bought mine in May of last year and I do like it except for the fact that the cabling to the drives can be a bit of a tight fit when putting the back cover in place. I can […]

Windows 8 CP saves the day..

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So I needed to re-install an HP DV9000 and the DVD unit would not play ball. Time to set up a bootable Vista flash drive. It’s all so easy and fast too.. Open CMD as admin and type: diskpart select disk 1 or whatever the flash drive disk number is.. clean create partition primary select […]

Internet Explorer 9..the best yet..

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A great advert, this one.. I have always used Internet Explorer, from version 1 onwards. It became a target for every hacker and whiner, but the other browsers have had their ‘less than auspicious’ moments too. Internet Explorer rulz..

That was ELEVEN years ago..

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The date: Oct. 25, 2001. The event: Microsoft releases XP. The bad points: It took up way more space than it’s Win 9x cousins It required way more memory than it’s Win 9x cousins A fair amount of older programs and hardware were not compatible A few Windows functions and conventions either had a name […]

Network messaging..

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I may have mentioned in the not so distant past that I use a program called ‘Stickies’ for sending network messages across the home network. Well, most of the time it works well, but sometimes one or more names become unreachable. As a consequence, I have been looking for something else and have found this.. […]

Wireless security.. Do’s and Don’ts

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SSID: This is the name of your wireless house or apartment, a personal identifier in a street or block of wireless houses or apartments. It has absolutely no security value whatsoever. Just like hiding the street number of your house or apartment doesn’t make it invisible, hiding the SSID does not make the wireless house […]

What do I see..

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.. when my computer boots to the desktop? This is what I see.. The total view is of a 19” widescreen LG monitor connected via a DVI cable. Starting at the top, under the Start button are nine applications and utilities all pinned there for easy access. The area below the ‘pinned’ part is also […]

Windows 8 – a parting shot.. for now

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Do I like Windows 8? Yes and no. I am indifferent to it really. The admin features, easy to install, easy to feed apps into a working image simply don’t apply to what I do and how I do things. While my main machine is the main pivot for what happens across the home network, […]

Why a Rat Rod makes a lousy ambulance..

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I booted into Windows 8 again this morning, and then sat and looked at the Metro UI. The more I looked at it, the more I thought that it would be better without the apps. I like the way some of them show info, but the only time that I ever see a background is […]

The quest for an ‘M Class’ operating system – Part Two

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ViStart A quick note on this one. For sure, it looks like a Start Menu and allows access to all you can see, It also gives search facility. It is better than no official Start Menu. I would like to think that it could be, but thoughts are not enough.. More here..

The quest for an ‘M Class’ operating system – Part One

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It is fast becoming common knowledge that Windows 8 lacks a Start Menu suitable for a desktop computer. I have seen suggestions which revolve around trying to emulate the classic menu style, but it saddens me to think that anybody considers them even close. Looks are only part of what the classic menu truly was. […]

An offer I had to refuse..

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I received an email yesterday from those nice people at PC Tools. I know that it was a good offer, maybe a reduced purchase price, because the email was headed thus: ‘Restore PC performance with Registry Mechanic 2012’ You can feel your pulse racing already, can’t you. I know I could. So why did I […]

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