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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 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 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 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 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 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 Read the rest

Euro 2004 Site

In the current climate I feel it mandatory for me to somehow tie Click in this week with Euro 2004; much in the same way that I did last week.At the time of writing it is Thursday afternoon and we are just hours away from playing Portugal so if when you’re reading this we have lost then I apologise that this article will be somewhat irreverent for most of you.If we have beaten the Portuguese however then the website I am about to recommend today will be of great interest to all you football fans and judging on the amount of flags attached Read the rest

DVD Writing #2

Last weeks article regarding DVD writing prompted a letter from one of my regular readers Jean Birkett asking for some more information as to what the differences were between the DVD-R and DVD+R standards.My knowledge on the subject was fairly limited so I’ve substantiated a lot of this article with various Internet sources which I’m assuming to be accurate but obviously if you disagree with any part of this article then do please let me know!

The DVD-R Format

The DVD-R Format (pronounced DVD R or DVD dash R, NOT DVD minus R) was initially developed by Pioneer and is now the official Read the rest

DVD Writing

I’ve had a long history of dealing with a locally based company SVP Communications which dates back to the days that I was at college and used to go around to the owners flat and pick up black CD’s and the such that he used to sell from his garage.Time moves on however and just a few years later SVP has grown into one of the largest nationwide distributors of blank CD’s, DVD’s and all associated hardware.

Browsing their site today I discovered an NEC 2500 DVD rewriter for sale at an amazing £55.99 and so the thought struck me that now was Read the rest

Online Betting

Last night my new best friend Wayne Rooney scored a fantastic two goals against Switzerland in what was an overly lacklustre match made slightly more interesting for me by the fact that I’d visited a few hours previously and placed a small bet on England winning the game.

Before anybody writes a letter to the editor claiming that I’m encouraging gambling I should say that personally I believe it can be a very bad habit but I don’t see the harm in placing the occasional bet that you can afford to lose for a bit of fun.Obviously the Internet is a good Read the rest

Online virus scan

My idea last week of starting a dating agency for virus programmers so that they have something better to do with their lives than annoying normal hardworking people had a very good response however I’m afraid that I’m going to have to put this on hold for the time due to time restraints.First, I’m sorry to bang on for yet another month about viruses; I do promise that this is the last time for a while but it still seems that many of you are becoming infected with viruses which is needless when you consider that protection is available free of charge.

At Read the rest