Windows 8 – Start8 makes it all better..

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Stardock’s Start8 menu for Windows 8 is getting better. You now have the ability to ‘pin to the Start menu’ just like Windows 7. All about the look and features here.. And guess what? It is in beta presently, but the full version only costs $4.99 which is well worth it in my opinion. […]

Toshiba L500.. R.I.P

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It has been just two years and nine months since the Toshiba joined the home network. Apart from connection issues via the RealTek RTL8191 SE, it has performed well. There was no hint of what was to come even as it was powered down for the evening. Who would have known that the next pressing […]

Privacy on the Internet..

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I can’t help but feel that computer users get the privacy they deserve. All kinds of junk, ridiculous statements and claims, photos etc. are uploaded to the likes of Facebook and other social networking sites, and people squawk because it is public? Isn’t that what social networking is all about? Haven’t these people caught on […]

Mail clients.. setting up for a fall?

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How do you receive email? An email client? Online? I get mine through an email client, Outlook 2010. If you don’t know, this is part of the Microsoft Office Professional Plus set which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and Publisher. Mainly, I use Word, Outlook and OneNote, and occasionally the others. Re Outlook, I […]

Card readers

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Windows 7 is reporting that my card reader unit is slowing down the process of coming out of sleep. I assume that it includes hibernation because I never use the sleep function. The 9 in 1 card reader is running on generic drivers, but it looks like they all do. I haven’t seen a packaged […]

Live Platinum Security..

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An exercise in total frustration for the user who has caught it, and also for the person asked to fix it. This rogue anti-virus will not let go. Everything that the user tries to do is intercepted. Any attempt to search for and download tools to thwart it are blocked or re-directed, and core Windows […]

The CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus..

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What a magical piece of kit this is. A cheap CPU heatsink and fan assembly where the fans are painfully easy to remove for cleaning. There are three versions of the Hyper 212 and mine is the type with the clip-on fan assembly. Two small moulded clips on either side hold the fan to the […]

This HP high end all-in-one Windows 8 PC

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.. doesn’t have touch capability. Mind you, I am not surprised really. Who would want to leave grubby paw prints over an IMac look-a-like.. It will be difficult enough keeping the keyboard and finger pad clean. Plus, and the distance that one normally sits away from the screen, it would require the relative arm length […]

IE 10.. dodging the bullet..

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So, IE 10’s Adobe Flash component has to be updated through Windows Update, does it? Oh dear. I don’t do other browsers because I don’t like either the browsers or the way that the parent companies operate. It seems that putting Windows 8 into Virtual Box and leaving it there until it is GA’ed was […]

Better cooling..

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I have been running a non-PWM fan on my CPU heatsink ever since changing it from the standard fitting. PWM fans are easy to recognise as they have a four pin connector instead of the usual case fan three pin type. The fitted fan on the new heatsink was a seven blade 2000rpm three pin […]

Cleaning Tablet screens.. or any screens..

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Always, always use screen cleaner wipes on the screens of smart phones and tablets/iPads. The wipes above are designed not to remove coatings that are applied by the manufacturers and are not abrasive. I am telling you this because I saw somebody use a paper napkin in a Tim Horton’s coffee and doughnut stop. […]

Is the PC really dead?

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I was listening to a local radio show a couple of days ago where there was a discussion about the use of smart phones and tablets/iPads. Some didn’t know that email sources can be turned OFF, say from a work account such that they did not become a menace during free time. When asked how […]

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