Hardware Reviews


Friday, 05 December 2008

December Newsletter

In this issue:
Typing Tutor
Remote Control Support
Buying a flat-panel monitor
360° Windows Vista Virtual Desktop
Word – Invoice Template
Top10 Vista Sidebar Gadgets

Rapid Typing Zone
Typing Speed is essential this era of emails and internet.
Don’t get left behind! Try out this free typing tutor.

Desktop Sharing – Remote Control - Support
TeamViewer establishes connections to any PC all around the
world within just a few seconds. You can remote control your
partner's PC as if you were sitting right in front of it. Find out
why more than 15.000.000 users trust TeamViewer!

10 things to look for in a flat-panel monitor
Flat-panel monitors offer numerous benefits, and quality (and
prices) continue to improve. But you’ll need to consider severalfactors when you begin to weigh the choices — everything from resolution, latency, and power consumption to display controls and warranties. Here’s a rundown of the key things to keep in mind.

How do I … enable a 360-degree Windows desktop?
The typical computer screen is limited in size. You can get a bigger monitor and increase your resolution, but it’s always the same rectangular box. Sure you can use Linux with its virtual desktops or you can even enable pseudo-virtual desktops in Microsoft Windows Vista (with the help of a third-party application), but anything beyondthat is, by default, not possible.

Create a simple invoice template in Word
When it comes to performing calculations in a Word document, we tend to think of embedding or linking an Excel worksheet — but this can be overkill. Sometimes, a better approach is simply to insert a table in a document and perform the calculations in it. Word tables have a number of  applications: staffing rotas, timetables, pricing charts, quotations, and the one I use most, invoices.

The top 10 Vista sidebar gadgets
I love the Vista sidebar. I know many people think it’s a waste of space, and  Windows 7 does away with it altogether and just lets the gadgets float on your  desktop wherever you want them (something you can already do with individual  gadgets in Vista by detaching them from the sidebar). But whether they’re lined  up neatly down the side of my desktop in a bar or scattered around, I think  gadgets are cool and useful.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

November V2 Newsletter

10 Must Have Tools for Communicating with Clients
Communicating your clients is a necessary evil of contract web development, design, programming, writing, or any other freelance art form. Some clients are great — they communicate what they need very clearly from the get-go and things go smoothly from spec through to delivery. Others, though, will make you want to pull out your hair in frustration. Our round up of ten must have web-based tools below will help you communicate with either type of client, and generally make things easier on you and help you keep your sanity. As always, if you have any other suggestions for apps that you use, please let us know in the comments.

StickySorter is an Office Labs sponsored spare-time project by two Microsoft employees, Julie and Sumit. The idea sprung from the need for project teams all over the world to gather and organize data using a collaborative process known as affinity diagramming. Since its inception, StickySorter has evolved into a desktop application so anyone can use it to collaborate and organize ideas electronically, using a familiar sticky note interface.

More email security tips
Email security is about a lot more than just using a good password on your POP or IMAP server. Perhaps the most important part of email security is ensuring you don’t shoot yourself in the foot.

Use iperf for quick and easy network tests
Having a quick and easy way to measure network performance is critical. IPerf is a free tool that can quickly and easily allow you to measure network performance.

AMD Launches 45-nm Opteron ProcessorsAMD has officially announced the launch of its first 45-nm Opteron processors (codename Shanghai). These quad-core processors are based on socket F (1207), have four cores, built-in DDR2-800 memory controller, 6 MB L3 cache, 75 W TDP and feature CoolCore technology, which reduces power to unused sections of each processor to reduce power consumption. According to AMD these new Opteron processors are 35% faster and consume 35% less than 65-nm counterparts.

10 questions (and answers) about Microsoft Live Mesh
Microsoft says its new Live Mesh system will allow data and applications to follow users across multiple devices. Since the technical preview is now available, it’s time to take a look at what Live Mesh can do — and what it may be able to do in the future.

10 things you should know about virtualization
Virtualization has been a major buzzword in the IT world for a few years. Now the buzz is getting bigger, as we draw close to the release of Windows Server 2008 on March 1. Microsoft has promised that the Hyper-V virtualization component (formerly called Viridian) will follow within 180 days. Of course, Microsoft already has Virtual Server and Virtual PC, as well as stiff competition on the virtualization front from VMWare and Citrix/XenSource.

Sony LTO 4 Ultrium 1.6TB Backup Tapes

OpenOffice 3: Look out MS Office!
How long have we been using OpenOffice 2.x? 2.0 was released Oct 20, 2005. So over three years was 3.0 in the making. And just what comes with that three years in development?Download

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Video: What if The Matrix ran on Windows XP?

Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and Cipher must defeat evil Agent Smith to free humanity from a fate worse than death — a reality run entirely on WinXP boxes. What dark secrets lurk beneath it’s buggy surface, and what unseen influence terriifes even the minions of the machines?