Monthly Archives: October 2003

Windows Longhorn

Let’s take a moment to gaze into the future - The year is 2005 and Microsoft is releasing Windows Longhorn to the world; the operating system that will take over from Windows XP.Of course I’m not a fortune teller so I can’t predict exactly what the Operating System will be like however Microsoft have released a number of preview versions so this week I’ll be taking an educated guess as to what it is that we can expect.

“Longhorn” is actually the codename for the next incarnation of Windows and it is highly unlikely that the Operating System will be called “Windows Longhorn”; knowing Microsoft it will probably be something highly original such as Windows XP 2005 or Windows XP2.

To be quite fair I didn’t really have the inclination to install the ‘Alpha’ (early preview) release on one of my Read the rest

Computer Help

Once again, many thanks for all your kind letters and requests for help; please note however that I can only reply to letters that I print in the Herald Express as I don’t have time to reply to each one individually.I received this letter a couple of weeks ago which got my thinking and I would honestly like the viewpoints of everybody reading on whether you would find such a scheme useful:

I am writing to you in order to warn other people of a problem we’ve had; there seem to be several smart young men with pretty good computer skills who are setting themselves up to help home-computer owners with lesser skills.We have just had a CD burner part installed, so that it doesn’t work and stands out proud from our tower and the young man, a friend of a Read the rest

Remanufactured toner

I’ve talked before about ways to get the most from your inkjet printer but now that we’ve started selling compatible toner cartridges on our website it seemed like a good time to recap exactly how much you could be saving by making a wise choice for your printing needs from day one.

When it comes to inkjet printer cartridges a lot of people are at a loss as to what to buy or they just assume that all printers irrespective of make or model cost approximately the same to buy replacement cartridges for when they run out of ink.That is not the case and the public should be cautious about what to buy should they wish to benefit from cheaper running costs in the long run.Let’s take the four major printer manufactures; Epson, Canon, HP and Lexmark and see where they Read the rest

MSN Add ons

So, you took my advice a couple of weeks back and downloaded MSN Messenger 6 on to your PC, you’ve had a play around, added a number of friends to your contact list but now what?I’m not quite sure how I managed but I accidentally stumbled across the site which contains dozens of add ins and customisations for this fantastic little program.For those of you who are still somewhat unsure, MSN Messenger is a program that allows you chat to friends and even complete strangers over the Internet in either text, audio or audio/video conversations.

Most of the stuff on the add in site is ultimately useless but if you’ve got a few minutes to spare and use MSN Messenger on a regular basis then it is certainly worth checking out.For those of you who haven’t yet downloaded the latest Read the rest

Bank Fraudsters

The front page of the Herald Express on Tuesday caught my eye as it featured the story of a young lady who was conned out of several hundred pounds by disclosing her banking details after being advised by an e-mail to follow a link to the HSBC website and confirm her security details so they could ensure that she was still using the same e-mail address.In reality, the site that she went to wasn’t in fact the HSBC site but just a page probably generated by a couple of spotty teenagers but as the difference was indistinguishable she proceeded to disclose all of her banking details to them.

I initially received this e-mail myself around 10 days ago from both Nationwide and Barclays; what is confusing me is that these are both banks that I deal with and so I’m wondering Read the rest