TigerDirect is going, going….. Updated

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The company appears to be in trouble, and is closing almost all stores across North America. There are rumours that TigerDirect will return to a B2B (Business to Business) model, which kind of suggests that retail and e-tail will be only a memory. it’s a bit of a blow for me because a store opened […]

Event Viewer issues @ TCG.. updated

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I never get many of these but one or two are persistent. Hibernation use continues to put a regular error into Event Viewer, and as yet I have found no way to stop it . There is,a CAPI2 entry, error 513. Cryptographic Services failed while processing the OnIdentity() call in the System Writer Object.. There […]

Welcome to 2015..

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This is the year that Microsoft re-introduces some of the features that made a traditional PC such a joy to use. I am hoping that Windows 10 is a little less Windows 8 than the previews have shown. More users have problems with the apps from Windows Store than should ever happen, and it would […]

Some good news..

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The Empire is striking back.. see here. http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-sues-us-based-tech-phony-tech-support-outfit/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61  It’s all about Microsoft suing a ‘US based phony tech support’ outfit. Not before time, I hear you say, but the trouble is that most of these outfits are NOT US based or Canada, or the UK or Australia. They hide in countries where they can’t be […]

I’m really excited about this!!

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So a guy buys a cheap tablet thinking that it will cope with all of his needs.. “I have a cheap PC that has a small 32gb hard drive.” It ISN’T a PC.. “When i first powered it on it had around 22-24gb of usable space. it crashed and became unusable and couldn’t even go […]

This week @ TCG..

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My production machine.. Apart from the normal ‘hibernate’ errors (two only), the other error was down to connecting external drives which were corrupted. Essentially, this means that I don’t have problems with my aging production machine. I don’t intend to change anything, although I may treat myself to a better video card at some point, […]

This Blog.. updated

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You may have noticed that the original header image has disappeared. All of the work that I put in to making it has come to nothing. For reasons only known to the WordPress theme, it has decided to compress the header image to only 80 pixels which of course has involved more work. So, what […]

This week @ TCG..

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Not too much happening on the Windows 10 front, no updates, no nothing really. I am not using it day to day because I can’t fully replicate what I do in Windows 8 without taking Windows 8 down. So not much to say. On the Windows 8 front, today is the first in three weeks […]

Dumbing down..

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Lots complain about how everything is being or has been dumbed down, and I am as susceptible to being dumbed down by operating systems and applications as anybody. Today, I decided to have yet another go at creating and using a Word template. Yes, I have tried it before in Word 2003, 2007 and now […]

Remote help..

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This is the link to ‘Answer Desk’, a new Microsoft help service which is accessible via the Windows Store. See here.. http://content.microsoftstore.com/answerdesk  As per everything, the theory always looks good and plausible, but reality can paint a very different picture. See here.. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/undo-damage-caused-by-answer-desk/1ce14482-b93a-4d3c-a210-990f6c3bcf46 As you can see, the recipient of the help given is not […]

Event Viewer

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The last week in glorious monochrome.. The error showing is down to my machine coming out of hibernation, and as it has zero impact on anything, I don’t care. This is how Event Viewer should look and my computer works very well indeed for what it is, age, general spec et al, and I never […]

Paranoia, paranoia, paranoia..

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Event Viewer errors.. I have four of them, all appearing in the last 24 hours, all ongoing, and all are the Kernel-Power ID137 type. The Kernel-Power error occurs when there is what the system sees as a sudden shutdown, and is not the type of error which causes problems. It is always the after effects […]


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