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iPad mini sales are cutting into iPad sales are cutting into iMac sales. And this is a surprise? Hardly.. Of course, it does throw a spanner into the works for other manufacturers in as much as there has been a rush to bring out largish tablets. Apple are proving that smaller is what consumers really […]

Latest ATI HD 4000 driver.. a problem..

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If you notice a problem after installation, use a restore point to get back. Don’t do what I did and suspect everything BUT the driver. It isn’t worth the time In this case. it stopped the sleep function of my PC. Also, before installing ATI drivers, or anything major really, make a restore point. I […]

ATI drivers for the HD 4000,3000, 2000

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There is a new driver, dated 20/1/2013, on the ATI driver support page.. I wish that I had a snapshot of the driver page when Windows 8 appeared. It was obvious that somebody had made the decision NOT to support the HD’s below the 5000 models, but now there is a statement as to […]

Windows 8 training..

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For the home user or small business, there is essentially no training. The screens while installing show basic mouse movements which do not work too well in practice. In order to set up applications like accounting stuff or even MS Office, access via the desktop is imperative and in this respect, the Windows 8 default […]

Upgrade prices rise.. a lot..

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As of February 1st, the cost of a Windows 8 upgrade rises substantially from $40 to $200. I don’t know about you, but I can’t see too many paying out that kind of money for a product that is known to be difficult and not altogether reliable, certainly in Modern UI colours. My guess is […]


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A PATA/SATA hard drive..  .. is good value per Gb.. .. is available in a lot of sizes.. I can tell that you were expecting more, and there is.. Mechanical hard drives start off life quite well. Treat then carefully, don’t let them overheat, don’t drop them and they can last a good few years. […]

Twenty five per cent? Ouch

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Just recently, I downloaded and installed the beta version of Speedfan (4.48 beta 6), and I have noticed at times a rise in the CPU temperature. So what do you think is causing the rise? I will tell you.. Task Manager shows it as being Internet Explorer 10, the desktop version. I have noticed that […]

Desktop applications: 1 Windows 8 UI: 0

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Apart from MS Office 2010, I have a few minor applications on my PC. Skype Messenger A utility to capture YouTube videos Filezilla to upload changes to my website because it is more accomplished than the Windows offering Arcsoft Photostudio Power2Go 7 and LabelPrint 2 Treesize A couple of games The normal drivers and […]

Speedfan and Windows 8..

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If you didn’t already know, SpeedFan 4.47 doesn’t like Windows 8, but there is a fix. It is called SpeedFan 4.48 beta6 and to get it, you have to sign up.. SpeedFan is a very useful utility for desktop PCs and I do recommend using it. This is what it can do for you.. […]

The involuntary shutdown..

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.It wasn’t .the motherboard or OS installation or the power supply per se. At first build.. Two SATA cables coming from the power supply, one to the two hard drives, the other to the SATA DVD drive. Two Molex power cables coming from the back of the power supply, one to two fans of the […]

Stuff not working?

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Apps.. . It could be that your preferred anti-virus solution is the culprit. Posters in the MS Community forums are reporting that some anti-virus solutions are having adverse effects. It could well be my problem too, but if I never saw another app on this PC, it would be too soon. Apparently, turning off UAC […]


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I saw reference to an article in Scientific American where there was talk of Gorilla Arm. Did this refer to the muscle control needed to keep one’s arm extended or the reach? I sit a comfortable 36” away from a a 19” widescreen monitor. I have space on the desk to put things down, the […]

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