Breaking news..

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The next Windows release will be named, wait for it.. Windows 10 Read here for more.. As I understood, Windows 9 would have appeared in say the first quarter of 2015, but I have read that Windows 10 will not be around until late 2015, so guess what folks.. You are still stuck with […]

The PC scene..

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There is a laptop in this household which is only used to get onto Facebook and occasionally, it prints online ‘money off’ coupons for use in local grocery stores. Personally, I think that it is a waste of a good machine, but I am not the main user and it is not up to me […]

Windows 8 File History..

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How to set it up: There is a nice article here on how to use and benefit from ‘File History’.. Theory always has a happy ending. ………………….. So, I set up File History to save to an external drive, partition ‘I’ called ‘Client backup’ and the computer did save to that drive for a […]

Sony Vaio and Samsung..

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Two more for the heap. Sony have dumped their PC range and Samsung have stopped Euro production and sales. I am trying to feel sad about them, but I honestly can’t. Sony’s Vaio priced itself out, placing style above value, and Samsung tried to make a go of Chromebooks. Boo-hoo.. In the meantime, Lenovo are […]

Skype would not install..

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I ran the Skype upgrade on the HP dv6700 yesterday. It uninstalled the older version but presented me with error 1603 which essentially means that Skype is not going to re-install. It’s not a new error and I see reference to it as far back as 2010. The fix was to install an older version […]

Repairing a Vista computer..

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I will start by saying that, in my opinion, any machine running Vista should be pensioned off. I don’t say this necessarily because Vista is or was bad. Vista installation media is hard to get. OEM ISO’s have no value if the COA label which could be anything up to 7 years old is NOT […]

Two Windows annoyances..

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.. which will NOT go away. Annoyance #1: The language icon in the Notification Area. Here it is again.. The date says it all. No matter what settings I change, every time I reboot, it is back. Annoyance #2: Window size and placement. The Internet Explorer window has a nasty habit of not maintaining size […]

Toshiba consumer products going?

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.. going and soon to be gone, it would seem..I am not too saddened by this news. There was a time when Toshiba made some very good products, and their notebook screens were second only to IBM ThinkPads but that was then and this is now. Certainly, the Toshiba L500 that I had was a […]

You are conning yourself..

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.. if you believe the hype that a cheap tablet can replace a full PC.. A full PC specification will include an AMD dual core or Intel i3 processor, 4gb RAM, a decent sized 500gb to 1Tb hard drive, a 14.1” or larger screen, a decent sized keyboard, multiple ports for USB, HDMI etc., and […]

Windows 8.1 Update on a first generation Netbook..

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aka ‘Why you should never upgrade an OS on an old machine’.. I used an MSDN image of Windows 8.1 Update to create a bootable USB installation stick, and made the media with this.. ISO to USB .. a very simple and easy to use utility. The Toshiba NB250 recognised it immediately and, despite generally […]

Windows 9 preview..

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Some screenshots for you.. Computer Base .. It’s all in German, but photos tell a thousand words. Its nice to see Windows reverting back to Windows and not ‘Window’ like 8 was. I don’t suppose for a second that the Start Menu will be all that it was in XP, but better what is being […]

GMail users..

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I guess that you have heard the news already. Five million of you can now say that you are not the only ones who know your password. It isn’t funny and I am not mocking you personally. If you are a GMail user and: You recently bought something from Home Depot You recently bought something […]

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