Monthly Archives: August 2004

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Part 2

This week sees the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2; another monster update developed by Microsoft to close a number of holes in their Windows XP Operating System.Most of you will know the procedure by now - Go to the Microsoft website, download a huge file, install it on your system and whilst the majority of users won’t see any visible change in the way you will be safe in the knowledge that your computer is more secure and stable than it was previously.

I can’t overemphasise how important this service pack is as only last week I was setting up a new system and before I had even finished setting it up it was infected with half a dozen viruses due to the large number of security holes present in the initial release of Windows XP.In addition to addressing Read the rest

Subject – Digital TV

The purpose of this column is primarily to discuss computer and Internet related articles but I do like to stray away from my core focus from time to time to talk about another area of technology that I believe could be of interest.

Some of you may know that sooner or later the government wants to scrap analogue TV transmissions so that everybody will be required to have their TV’s ‘digitally enabled’ to continue to receive the standard channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4) as well as gain access to the free digital channels that are on offer.This would involve either subscribing to Sky, buying a freeview box, a digitally enabled TV or signing up with an alternative digital cable supplier.

I won’t dwell too much on the technical differences between the two but to briefly explain, a terrestrial TV signal Read the rest

Hosting providers

Many of my readers will already have or will be thinking about getting a website of their own so recent readers question seemed like a good opportunity to take a fresh look at a subject I have discussed in the past.

I’m looking for some help with setting up a website and whilst I believe I’ll be okay with the construction of the site how do I choose who to use as the host?As I see it there are several choices; either going for an aggressive advertiser like 1&1 or Fasthosts or going with someone like Bravenet and living with the pop-up adverts?I am finding it difficult establishing whether some of these names are little better than cowboys and likely to crash & burn in the near future.

There is so much information that amateurs like me feel overwhelmed; I am Read the rest

Epson Stylus RX600

I recently procured a new printer for a client of mine and simply couldn’t resist having a little play around once I’d installed and set it up for him.It is very rare that I review a specific product but this printer really did knock my socks off so I thought I’d feature it in this weeks Click article.

The Epson Stylus Photo RX600 is referred to by Epson as a ‘home photo centre’ which in English means that it is a very sophisticated Multifunction (scan/copy/print) device.In addition to the standard functions you would expect from such a machine, it can also scan from slides and negatives, print directly from a digital camera or from a digital memory card and includes a built in colour LCD screen so these features can be utilised without even having to turn on your computer.To take Read the rest