The bad news first..

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Today, I got a call from a client of mine who recently bought a Windows 8 infested Lenovo laptop. I use the term ‘infested’ because it is what I would say if a new laptop failed like this one did. The client uses it for ISP home page based mail, and a small amount of […]

DPC Watchdog Violation

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This is the first time that I have seen the associated blue screen, and only recently since I have been able to make out what the blue screen has wanted to tell me. Gone is all of the harshness and lines of text which don’t stay around long enough to make reading a possibility. Windows […]

The ‘desktop’ tile is to your right..

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.. in the All Programs section if you have a new Surface RT. Reported here.. While Bill was around, Microsoft used to ask “where would you like to go today?”, and after a bit of pointing and typing, you would get there. It isn’t like that at all these days. Microsoft tell you where […]

Website compatibility..

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(This post applies to any browser version which has been released recently) Twenty years ago, we accessed the Internet via this. It is the iconic Mosaic browser.. You will notice the complete lack of graphics. The Internet and modems were not fast enough to handle graphics, simple as that, but I can tell you that […]

Case mods..

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My Coolermaster CM690 case got an upgrade today. I sent off for the USB 3.0 case top and panel a few days ago which replaces the 2 x USB 2.0 ports and a Fire-wire port which I will never use, and today it arrived. Apart from the niggle of having to re-cable and re-fit the […]


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Do you really need this level of encryption? I say this because if anything untoward happens to the drive which is Bitlockered and/or you forget the password, you can also forget whatever is on the drive. Bitlocker is not like other Windows utilities. There is absolutely nothing lightweight about it. Unlike media players and anti-virus […]

Windows 8.1 is available..

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It is for FREE if you already have Windows 8 via the Windows 8 store. If you can’t see it there just yet, don’t worry because it will appear in time. It is a major update, so ensure that you have backed up any important stuff to external media before attempting to install it. If […]

MSE – A breach of trust, in my opinion..

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In 2009, Microsoft introduced us to Microsoft Security Essentials, a small footprint, non-invasive anti-virus solution that did not have an adverse effect on any system  to which is was applied, and effective too. In recent times, and with little or no fanfare, Microsoft have demoted it to the bottom of the pile. You can read […]

My Windows 8.1 doesn’t like the NTI Echo 3 cloning utility..

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When attempting a clone of one drive to another, the program being used did not like the ATAPI bridge that I was using, in actual fact claiming that it didn’t like any ATAPI bridge. So, when I saw somebody recommend NTI Echo 3, I thought that I would give it a go. The software was […]

Another graphic(s) story..

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My old production machine, still very much in use by my grand-daughter, has been running an aging MSI nVidia N6600 graphics card. All was well until recently when it decided to feed a signal to the monitor most of the time but not all of the time. The fix was simple enough, pulling the power […]

A new graphics card for Windows 8.1..

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.. but nothing too fancy. I have better uses for cash that would otherwise have gotten me features which I will NEVER use. It is an MSI Radeon HD 6450 Video Card – 2GB GDDR3, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI-I, 1x D-Sub (VGA), 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, Low Profile, Heatsink, (R6450-2GD3H/LP) to give it […]

The light is about to go out..

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I am sitting in front of a Dell Latitude D610. It is running with the drive and OS taken from a Dell Inspiron 1200 because its own hard drive had locked up terminally. Given the task of maybe saving both, or make one out of the two, or just scrap both, I managed to rescue […]

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