Monthly Archives: July 2004

Readers Questions Part 14

It’s been a little while since I last answered a selection of letters from my mailbag so I thought this week would be a good time to start catching up.

I follow your column in the Herald Express and was wondering if you could help me with the following problem that I am having with my Windows 98 machine.The problem is that it appears to have trouble shutting down so every second or third time I attempt this process I am forced to cut power to the machine in order to get it to turn itself off which then means the drive has to be scanned when I re-start.

This is becoming a nuisance and I would appreciate your advice.

Eileen Woodroffe, via e-mail

The problem you describe can be caused by several things although it is most likely to be Read the rest

Bluetooth Technology

There are some technologies that even when working in the computing field as I do that you sometimes have limited contact with and one such technology which has up until this point eluded me is Bluetooth.Of course, like the majority of my readers I understand that it is a wireless technology which links different devices together via a universal standard but knowing how something works and actually using it are two entirely different things.

This week has changed that ignorance however with my purchase of a Bluetooth handsfree kit.I was always one of those annoying drivers who drove around whilst talking on his mobile phone which is obviously a very stupid habit and one that needed to change; not only from a legal standpoint but also due to the fact that I was endangering both my own life and the lives Read the rest

Remanufactured toner Part 2

It’s that time of the year for me to bang on once again about remanufacturing cartridges and how it will allow you to save both money and the environment.I have in the past introduced the concept of remanufacturing inkjet cartridges and how this reduces the amount of waste entering our landfills but until now I haven’t had chance to discuss toner cartridges.

For those not in the know, a toner cartridge is a piece of technology used by both laser printers and photocopiers that rather than containing liquid ink they contain electrically charged toner; a powdered ink that is fused to the paper during printing.The fact that these units are being thrown away when they can be recycled is quite worrying; in 1999 over 7 million toner printer cartridges were consumed in the UK and three-quarters of these were thrown away Read the rest

Useful Websites

This week I’m going to introduce you to two websites that I think you may find of interest starting with the site www.kelkoo.co.uk which I’ve been using quite a lot recently.For those of you unfamiliar with this site, I have been using it to compare prices for specific products across a number of different e-commerce sites as to be sure that I’m getting the best value for money whenever I make a purchase.Kelkoo (a play on the French saying ‘quel coup’ which translates to ‘what a bargain’) was founded in 2000 and is now one of Europes largest e-commerce websites and has operations in 10 European countries.

Essentially the idea of Kelkoo is not to sell anything directly to customers but rather to get customers in touch with retailers who can help them get what they need at the best price.It Read the rest

Toms Hardware

It appears that my article last week on Euro 2004 was a little bit of a jinx on the England squad and although my opinion of Swiss referees and David Beckham has gone down somewhat I suppose we should take defeat gracefully and admit that the better side won at the end of the day.At least now that we’re out of Euro I can once again get back to talking about what this article is supposed to discuss; computers.

I believe that there are two types of computer user in this world; those that just use them and those that not only use them but also have a desire to understand the technology involved.The latter of these two user groups will probably appreciate my website for today which is www.tomshardware.com which is a comprehensive database of computer news and articles.

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