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By George Norman on 28 Nov 2008
How many of you out there hate it when you have to switch computers and instead of using your trusty keyboard and mouse that you have come to know like the back of your hand, you have to leave them behind and use whatever keyboard/mouse that other system has? What if you could take it even further, and use several keyboards and mice on the same computer?
By George Norman on 27 Nov 2008
It has recently come to light that people are buying second hand PCs not because of the economic crisis, nor because they prefer outdated hardware, but for a very interesting reason – to get their hands on the Windows XP operating system. They could always buy Vista and then exercise their downgrade option, but that would hardly be an economically viable option, now would it.
By George Norman on 27 Nov 2008
With the winter holydays almost here, one would expect to find a Blu Ray player at a decently low price on the market. Unfortunately, this is not the case unless you live in Japan (which is also the only place where you can officially use Emoji icons on the iPhone OS 2.2) or in the good old US of A. But hold on a minute – you have a PC, a huge LCD, and the software tools to make your own Blu Ray fun, so who needs a player anyway.
By George Norman on 27 Nov 2008
The fight against spam messages saw a turn for the best early November when McColo, a web host provider from Silicon Valley was shutdown. Perhaps the term best is not suited, sensational would be better if you keep in mind that overall, spam levels went down a staggering 80%. The Srizbi botnet, which before the McColo takedown was responsible for the greater part of spam messages flowing online, is now being brought back from the dead.
By George Norman on 27 Nov 2008
No matter what operating system you use, be it Microsoft’s Windows, the Linux Based Ubuntu 8.10 or even Mac OS X, the simple truth of the matter is that your hardware configuration can either help you (for example ASRock lets Vista boot in 4 seconds) or be a great pain in the neck.
By George Norman on 26 Nov 2008
There are three things that we need to report regarding Google and the Chrome browser: according to a recent test conducted by Extreme Tech, Chrome is miles ahead of the competition; as soon as next year we may purchase systems with Google Chrome pre-installed; last but not least, the current CEO of Google, is rumored to step down from the position he holds within the company.
By George Norman on 26 Nov 2008
These days the Internet is buzzing with news on the upcoming Windows 7, things such as the fact that the Beta version of the OS release date has been pushed back to June 2009, or the fact that no one yet knows how many versions of Windows 7 will Microsoft market once the OS sheds its Beta status in favor of RTM or final. What I present to you is a series of software applications that perform similar tasks to the features that you can expect to get with Windows 7.
By George Norman on 26 Nov 2008
What I personally want to get out of an operating system is good performance and appealing looks. To address the performance request, there are plenty of OSs out there that can boast about how well they work. With the looks on the other hand, things are a bit more complicated.
By George Norman on 26 Nov 2008
It has recently come to light that Yahoo’s mail client does not play well with Google’s browser, the Firefox. The thing is that Firefox 3.0, which has recently been updated to the safer 3.0.4 version, works just fine; the issue is with Firefox 2.0, mainly with a plug-in incompatibility issue.
By George Norman on 26 Nov 2008
Last week we were announcing that Microsoft has decided to pull the plug on its subscription based Live OneCare service and replace it with a free security solution, Morro. As expected, the announcement raised a lot of interest on several levels.
By George Norman on 26 Nov 2008
“Values of n”, the company behind popular online services Stikkit and I Want Sandy, will pull the plug on the aforementioned services as of the 8th of December, the current year. For the remaining week and a half the two will continue to function as normal, but you are well advised to use this period of time to switch similar online services.
By George Norman on 25 Nov 2008
The Gmail world kicked off this week with news of a vulnerability in the mail client which could allow an attacker, if he got his hands on your Gmail cookie, to set up certain filters (without your knowledge of course) which would automatically forward your incoming mail back to him.
By George Norman on 25 Nov 2008
The purpose of the SoundOff application developed by SDSoftware is to provide you with a more enjoyable user experience by getting those annoying Windows sounds to be quiet while you enjoy a good movie or listen to a music album.
By George Norman on 25 Nov 2008
A couple of weeks back, the 3.2 update that Apple released for the Safari browser, instead of making it a lot safer (security features such as phishing protection were added) made the software program crash, which really annoyed the users. Apple has now released another update, Safari 3.2.1, meant to fix the cockups from the previous update.
By George Norman on 25 Nov 2008
Chrome, Google’s take on how a web browser should look, feel, and function, has received a new update, reaching version 0.4.154.25. With this recent release Google has added three new features (bookmark manager, privacy configuration, pop-up blocking notification), has addressed a moderate security vulnerability, and has fixed some bugs in Gears and the V8 JavaScript engine.
By George Norman on 25 Nov 2008
With the recent economic turmoil, people are giving up on the gas guzzling SUV and turning to more economical vehicles, such as hybrids. The software program developed by Lunascape, Lunascape 5.0 Genesis Alpha, is similar to a hybrid in that it combines the most popular browsers to date (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer) into one, incredibly fast browser.
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