Allan J. Smithie

Allan J. Smithie is a journalist and commentator based in Dubai.
Allan J. Smithie has written 331 posts for Everything Express

How-to: Understand GSM and CDMA (phones) II

Last time, we started looking at the various phone standards, trying to avoide ending up in acronym hell. We got as far as GSM, CDMA, Edo, HSPA+ and roaming. This time we move on to 4G, LTE and into the future. While GSM and CDMA work using radio waves in a ‘traditional’ fashion; 4G works … Continue reading

How-to: Understand GSM and CDMA (phones) II

Last time, we started looking at the various phone standards, trying to avoide ending up in acronym hell. We got as far as GSM, CDMA, Edo, HSPA+ and roaming. This time we move on to 4G, LTE and into the future. While GSM and CDMA work using radio waves in a ‘traditional’ fashion; 4G works … Continue reading

How-to: Understand GSM and CDMA (phones)

You would think, by now, we’d have one global standard for mobile telecoms. But no. Depending on your country of residence, you may have a bewildering choice of cellphone standards. You want to buy a piece of technology to make your life better and easier: instead you end up in acronym hell. In the UAE, … Continue reading

How-to: Configure Windows 10TP Graphics in VirtualBox

In Part 1, we got hold of the Windows 10 Technical Preview build and created ourselves a VirtualBox guest machine onto which we installed it in Part 2. And it should work perfectly fine, if you can live with a low-resolution display. On start-up, my Windows 10TP guest machine was using the pre-supplied Microsoft base … Continue reading

How-to install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox Pt 2

In Part 1, we got hold of the Windows 10 Technical Preview build and created ourselves a VirtualBox guest machine onto which to install it. With the Windows 10 ISO image inserted to the virtual CD drive, on starting the new virtual machine, the bootable ISO image begins the Windows 10 Technical Preview installation. As … Continue reading

How-to install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox Pt 1

If you’re keen enough to want to check out the Windows 10 Technical Preview, you should be smart enough to know NOT to install it as your main operating system. Fortunately virtualisation using VirtualBox now supports Windows 10 so you can easily create a virtual machine and take it for a road test. The Windows … Continue reading

How-to: Handle Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft released the Windows 10 Technical Preview in early October and given some positive review, some people decided to upgrade their main Windows 7 or 8 operating system to Windows 10. This was not the smartest thing to do for a number of reasons and here’s why. 1. It’s a Technical Preview. Yes, the clue … Continue reading

How-to: Secure the Weakest Link behind the Keyboard – Part II

Now for the seriously weak link – you.We busy little bees rush in, skim-read, ignore warnings, know better than everyone else, are highly suggestible, insatiably curious and when on-line, generally risk-blind. And that’s on a good day. The rest of the time we go skipping through the online minefield with gay abandon and the kind … Continue reading

News: Dyre Banking Trojan gathers pace

The malware, also called Dyreza, designed to bypass SSL and steal login credentials, is prompting sofware vendors to email clients a “not us, guv” denial. The Dyre banking trojan which was reported at the start of the Summer (source article: Security Researchers Warn of New Dyre Banking Trojan (eSecurityplanet) by Jeff Goldman, June 20, 2014) … Continue reading

How-to: Secure the Weakest Link behind the Keyboard – Part I

You can have all have anti-virus software installed in Windows, UAC enabled, UEFI battening down the system boot, anti-malware and double firewalls; in theory, all your software should be perfectly secure. However, the weakest link in all computer security remains: the user. You might think all was secure the day you un-boxed your machine; as … Continue reading

How-to: Remove Ransom-ware with Kaspersky Rescue Disk

Following our last security How-to, Identify the Troj/Urausy Ransom-ware infection, this describes using an anti-virus removal tool from Kaspersky to deal with the malware from my esteemed colleague’s laptop. To create a bootable Kaspersky Rescue Disk, you will need a clean, non-infected, computer with Internet access and a DVD or CD burner, OR, if the … Continue reading

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