Category: Computing

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Twitter : Five Word Tech Horrors

I was following this trend on Twitter – #FiveWordTechHorrors – and realised it seemed familiar. Then I remembered that one job. You know the one, a new client is having problems and pulls you in as a consultant to help them make the deadline. This is your first day… Perhaps...

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Epson, multi-functions, & a look at HP Laserjet Pro 200

Reviewing the HP Laserjet Pro 200: Intro First a word on my old Epson. My previous printer, an Epson R220, whilst capable of producing great printouts, was notoriously work-shy. Fickle actually. Prima Dona comes to mind. Give it a gourmet diet (of Epson’s own) and it purrs, but dare you...

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Adobe gets Creative to rip off the UK – again!

Adobe’s Creative UK Rip-off And here were are again! First wrote this back on May 15th, 2011 – and some things never change. Adobe, disgracefully, still use the horribly misguided $1 = £1 regime to gouge, to steal almost, an extra 40 to 60% margin out of the UK –...

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A Brief History of Microsoft Windows

Windows: A brief history Pre-windows (on the PC) Ignoring any Unix and Apple flavours, the first multi-tasking ‘windows’ program was IBM’s Topview application, released in 1984. After this, in July 1985, some four months before the first Microsoft version, Quarterdeck released DESQview. November 20th, 1985: Windows 1.0 The first version...

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12 reasons NOT to follow someone on Twitter

T(w)itter ye not (NOTE: This post was moved from milliontwits.com, posted on June 1st, 2009. For all it’s dated, it’s still valid!) Hypocritical I know, but seriously, go for quality, not quantity. A thousand genuine followers beats a million automated bot scraped followers hands down! Here’s my take on it:...

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On the importance of backing up

Data backup Last year I had a hard drive fail on me. A Seagate. I know some people don’t like Seagate, but I’ve used them for nearly 30 years, or at least as far back as I can remember, and before this I’ve never seen one fail before. I remember...

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Debugging features of MS Visual Basic and C

Brief comparison and contrast of the Debugging features of MS Visual Basic and C Nota bene: Again, this is an old assignment I did about a decade ago for a HNC Software Engineering course I did. Useful if only for historic reason, but much of it still holds true. Overview...

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Systems Analysis – Systems Life Cycles

Systems Analysis: Systems Life Cycles I actually wrote this back in 2002 as part of a HNC in Software Engineering and Computing, and though dated, it’s still useful, so I’ve added it here CONTENTS Systems Life Cycles Key elements in the prototyping approach Critical appraisal of Systems Analysis Techniques...

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Netgear WNDA3100 fails

Netgear WNDA3100 failfest After buying a WNHDE111 access point from Netgear and realising it was wholly incompatible with all the other Netgear wireless I own, I was told by the technicians* to buy the Netgear WNDA3100 usb adapter. What they failed to mention is that it has a long history...

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