Yearly Archives: 2005

Windows Vista

Last week I promised that I’d take a look at the new version of Windows that is currently under development, Windows Vista.Not wanting to disappoint, I will today be taking a look at the latest preview build (5231) that was released to beta testers a few days ago.

Windows Vista (formally codenamed ‘Longhorn’) was originally envisioned as a minor upgrade to Windows XP designed more as a stopgap although as work progressed on the Operating System it took the shape of an all encompassing major upgrade.

Let us take a look at some of the new features this Operating System will offer although please do bear in mind that the finished version is over a year away yet so obviously features are subject to change.

New look – Windows new look and feel is known as “Aero” which on suitably equipped machines will use the PC’s 3D accelerator to create Read the rest

Happy Birthday Windows

It’s a month full of birthdays as not only 24 years ago this week was yours truly bought into the world but it is also twenty years this month that the first copies of Windows began shipping onto the market.I thought to celebrate we would take a quick look back over the Windows history.

Windows 1.0 was initially announced to the world back in November 1983 with a shipping date of early 1984 with minimum system specs of a floppy drive and 192kb of RAM.Even back then Microsoft were hopeless at keeping to deadlines and technical requirements so over a year later Windows was shipped to the world with minimum of 256kb of RAM with Microsoft suggesting that you should really have double that amount of RAM and a hard drive.Windows 1.0 included a number of applications that would be familiar to modern day Windows users such as Calculator, Clock, Read the rest

Readers Suggestions

This week I’ve had a couple of suggestions for articles from a couple of readers but neither was substantial enough to create an entire article from and so I’ve printed both!

I know you’re interested in any useful freeware downloads I thought you might look into WordWeb which is an English Dictionary/Thesaurus which sits in the system tray on the PC.I have used this little program time & time again and have found it highly useful so try it out and see what you think!

Tom Blakesley, via e-mail

Following Toms advice I have tried out this program and found it to be pretty useful so head to to download the free version of the software which is slightly over 6mb in size.Once downloaded simply install it on to your PC and it sits patiently in the bottom right hand corner of your screen by the system clock until Read the rest

E-mail etiquette

E-mail like so many other things in life has an etiquette that should be adhered to.As a relatively literate member of society some of the e-mails I receive make me mad for no reason other than the fact that they are either ill thought or because it is just obvious that the author has taken no care whilst composing it.It’s for this reason that this week I have decided to publish what I believe should be fundamental rules that we all follow when putting together an e-mail:

Do not type the entire e-mail in CAPITALS – Typing in capitals insinuates that you are either shouting or yelling at your recipient.Of course if this is your intention then feel free to use caps but if you’re writing to your dear old grandmother then it isn’t really appropriate to be yelling at her constantly.Most people realise that you won’t be meaning to Read the rest

Genetics has a lot to answer for - The Holgate blood that pumps through my veins can often make me look like a real cheapskate as I really hate paying more for something than I have to.The truth is that I’m not adverse to spending money but if there are two products on the market that both do the same function and one is better value than the other then why would anyone in their right mind choose the more expensive one?

It is probably this philosophy that makes me love the Internet so much; you can buy products online and save an absolute fortune when compared to the amount you’d spend in a typical high street retail outlet.I have known for ages about a site designed specifically for people such as me but for one reason or another have neglected to mention it in Click up until now. Read the rest

Internet Content Filters

Many parents are worried about the type of material their children could access on the Internet, either intentionally or by accident as even without trying it’s easy to inadvertently end up at one of the less reputable sites online.

One of my regular contributors Ian McMillan suggested that I take a look at the freeware program ‘Naomi’ and I must say that I’m so impressed by this small, free program that this weeks article will focus primarily on the review of this particular piece of software.

By heading to you can download this small 1mb package and once installed you are simply asked to select a password that will be used if you ever wish to change any settings or shut down the program and then for most users the configuration is now completed.The program will now sit down in the toolbar and close the browser if it detects Read the rest

Digital Cameras

A scary realisation hit me a few weeks back when a relative asked if I had a photo of myself that they could have to add to a family album that was being prepared as part of a birthday present for my Granddad.After around ten minutes of looking I realised that I actually had no recent physical pictures of myself whatsoever because any that were taken of me in the last couple of years were taken using a digital camera and then either immediately deleted or stored on the PC.

Of course if I went back to pre-digital days I found that I had hundreds of pictures of me as a teenager stashed away in shoeboxes and in albums.These pictures were all taken using an old 35mm camera and to be fair half of them were rubbish so would probably have been deleted to save memory if digital technology had Read the rest

Epson Printer Utility

As you are all probably no doubt aware I own a company that distributes low cost compatible inkjet cartridges across the UK.From the range of cartridges that are stocked I find that the ones designed for Epson printers tend to produce excellent results at a good price with a very low return rate.One thing that time and again catches customers out is when they install a new inkjet cartridge into a machine which has dried up printheads and as a result the new cartridge fails to work satisfactory.

This problem is caused due to the fact that unlike machines designed by HP or Lexmark, Epson printers have the printhead integrated into the machine itself rather than present inside the cartridge.This means that in an Epson printer you just buy ink tanks and the printer then has to take care of distributing the ink onto the paper whereas in contrast a Read the rest

Readers suggestions Part 2

Once again I’ll take the time off this week to help one of my readers take care of their computer woes.

I wonder if you could help, I am looking for some free software which “undeletes” pictures from an SD media card.I accidentally (believe it or not) deleted my holiday pictures by cutting the file from the camera card and then thinking I had copied them I deleted them off my PC!

Paul Wright, via e-mail

I should start this article by briefly explaining exactly what we mean when we use the term undelete.Many people think that what happens when they delete a file from their computer is that it is physically removed from the hard disk or media device you are using never to be seen again.What actually happens is that the Operating System simply marks the area of space that was once used by that file as being Read the rest

Readers suggestions

There’s a philosophy that rarely disappoints in this world and it goes something along the lines that if you’re too lazy to do something yourself then let someone else stand up and do the job for you.This week Ian McMillian wrote to me with a long letter of suggestions for Click and since I’ve got a fair amount on my plate this week I thought rather than break it down and edit it that I’d just print it in his suggestions in their entirety for you lucky readers:

-E-mail notifiers can run in the system tray and tell you when there is new e-mail without having to leave the e-mail client running.The best one I tried is POP Peeper which can be set to notify for POP e-mails as well as Hotmail and Yahoo! webmail

-One of the commonest criticisms of digital cameras is that the Read the rest