Hardware Reviews


Friday, 10 June 2011

Google Custom Search Engine: Hardware Reviews

BC-News-Reviews has updated its Google Custom Search Engines (CSE).

The first one is Hardware Reviews which incorporates more than 80 review websites around the net, and is featured on the frontpage of buycomputers.co.za .

The second CSE is named SA Computer Online Stores and searches more than 40 IT Hardware & Software websites in South African.

You can also add these CSE's to your iGoogle page for quick access to reviews and stockists of IT products, otherwise just bookmark them.

Here they are:
Hardware Reviews
SA Computer Online Stores

Happy Custom Searching

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Secure Deletion of deleted items

Had to help out a client this week who had borrowed a laptop and needed to make sure that his sensitive files where not recoverable, you know by those very handy undelete tools such as Recuva or NTFS Undelete. Well after much research I found out that ccleaner had the functionality built-in, but I was not over the moon about its performance so I kept looking until I found SDelete v1.51 , a free Microsoft Technet System Internals utility by Mark Russinovich.

But before you do anything remember to do a Windows Disk Cleanup and remove your Restore Points, and use ccleaner to remove all the temp files and cookies.

This simple command line utility, all 47kb of it, was probably the 3rd utility from this suite of powerful tools that I have successfully used before. SDelete (Secure Delete) implements the Department of Defence clearing and sanitising standard DOD 5220.22-M, to give you confidence that once it is deleted it is gone forever.

Using SDelete:

Usage: sdelete [-p passes] [-s] [-q]
sdelete [-p passes] [-z|-c] [drive letter]
-cZero free space (good for virtual disk optimization).
-p passesSpecifies number of overwrite passes.
-sRecurse subdirectories.
-qDon't print errors (quiet).
-zCleanse free space.

After some more research I decided to use to use the following script: sdelete -p 3 -z c:
(This is done from a DOS Command Prompt)
Remember to reference the path or just copy it to your Windows System32 folder.

This option does 3 passes of cleansing the free space on your hard drive. Give it a try and let me know if you have any improvements in hard drive performance.


Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Wicount 1st birthday FREE-count offer with Global Wrapps! (Valued at R70)

Social Buying Power, a concept derived from the B2B market place where smaller companies collectively buy together to get bulk buying discounts with their suppliers and compete with the national chain stores.

Now very cleverly WiCount has brought this concept to the individual/home buyer by way of collective buying, gathering masses of people to collectively buy together.

Today's deal (15/03/2011) on WiCounts 1st Birthday, they are giving away free R70 meal @ Global Wrapps, other deals like half price specials on Spa's, Restaurants and Tour packages (but not limited too) are to be found

The Fine Print for Today's Deal:

Enjoy the FREE meal and pass on the good word.
Click Here for the deal

Use this discount code: Demetri-f8 when you make a purchase, you’ll get 20% more off that first purchase!

Tuesday, 09 November 2010

Printing from DOS to your USB Laser Printer

Buycomputers recently had a client that needed to print from a DOS programme to their USB Laser Printer. After looking around we found a great free application called Printfil.

Printfil is a simple printing redirection utility.

Once you have installed Printfil you are able to print from DOS to your USB printer, you will find that this can make you save time and money.

Here are a few examples:
• The integrated print preview shows you exactly what you are about to print, which would save you paper and ink if it printed incorrectly.
• You can use USB printers instead of having to buy expensive DOS compatible printers.
• You can print directly to a fax printer instead of printing a sheet and scanning it, or walking and waiting in front of the fax machine.
• Print your jobs to multiple printers simultaneously.

more info and download here

Friday, 17 September 2010


No matter how careful we try to be, there's a chance that an important file, picture, track etc will get deleted by accident. Hours of work and valuable photos can all be lost with a click of the mouse, or by selecting the wrong option on a digital camera. A data recovery tool such as Recuva, from the makers of CCleaner, now available as a native 64 bit application, can help you resolve such unfortunate errors.

Western Digital HDD special


Monday, 13 September 2010

Locating your smartphone after it has been stolen

Sulaiman, a staff member at buycomputers.co.za , was pick-pocketed at the V&A Waterfront on Friday past and managed to recover his smartphone an hour later after the simcard had been changed all because he had SmartGuard activated on his phone.

Here is what he had to say:
“I installed SmrtGuard on to my Sony Ericsson Experia X10 a while back not thinking I would need it one day but I was wrong. Well this weekend I did. While shopping at the V&A Waterfront I realised that I had been  pick-pocketed. I ran to Cell-u-City, where I had bought my phone, and asked if I could use there internet to logon to the SmrtGuard website. Once, logged in to the dashboard I could see that my phone was still in the  vicinity and that a new simcard had been inserted. After SmrtGuard had revealed the new phone number I made a phone call to it. To my great relief I heard my ringtone nearby and called for security to apprehend the thief. Needless to say I got my phone back and saved myself a lot of time, hassle, frustration and money. All because I had installed the free SmrtGuard application on my Android phone. "

The SmrtGuard application currently works on the Android and Blackberry phones, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch running iOS3 or iOS4 and Nokia beta versions are available. The PRO paid for version allows you Wipe your phone remotely, migrate and restore data wirelessly, Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam software installed.

Buycomputers.co.za will install and setup this software for your compatible devices should you require.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Do you have a 4GB USB Flash Drive?

Just plug in a USB flash drive or card and let ReadyBoost borrow it. ReadyBoost is designed to help when your PC's memory is running low. Low memory can make your computer sluggish because Windows, which needs a place to stash data, turns to the hard drive. Flash memory offers a speedier alternative.
ReadyBoost Video

ReadyBoost works with most flash storage devices. In Windows 7, it can handle more flash memory and even multiple devices--up to eight, for a maximum 256 gigabytes (GB) of additional memory.