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How-to: Laptop Buying Guide Part One

Here we are, almost a year on from the last article on the subject.  Perhaps, like me, you have the tag “knowledgeable friend” when it comes to technology? Constantly giving out free technical advice on what kit your friends and family need to buy? To help out, here’s another post on choosing the best laptop … Continue reading

How-to: Upgrade Dell Mini 10v Memory

Further to our previous article on How-to: Upgrade your own Gadgets, James Rintamaki ( shows you how to upgrade the memory in the Dell Mini 10v netbook from 1GB to 2GB. I’ve followed his process with a little modification to perform just this upgrade.

How-to: Travel in Safety with Technology

I find business trips bring on a whole Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that I don’t suffer at any other time. Stressful enough as train stations and airports are, what with trying to get somewhere on time, I develop a whole set of nervous ticks and anxieties; checking bags and pockets twice a minute, searching for ‘free … Continue reading

Review: Samsung Google Chromebook

Guest post by Ed Hewitt In 2008, Google wanted to speed up the Web and build a browser to support today’s Web and the ‘Web Apps’ we all use each day. With the release of Chrome, we have seen Google build a super-fast browser which supports Web standards. With the help of Mozilla Firefox, we … Continue reading

Opinion: Windows 7 on Netbooks

Each time Microsoft upgrades the Windows operating system, there seems to be an accompanying jump in hardware requirements; faster processors, more memory, more storage, better graphics. Moreover, if you recall the launch of Windows Vista, you will remember how the re-architected code rendered a vast swathe of hardware obsolete overnight. Unsurprisingly, not everyone appreciated the … Continue reading

Review: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is a mature, but little-known product that has just been relaunched with the release of version 2.2. This is yet another is a free PC-security tool, intended for IT professionals working in small and medium-sized businesses, but the clear, graphical user interface makes it a very good security tool for … Continue reading

Chromium OS on Dell Mini-10

The good news is that there is a new build of Google’s Chrome OS for the Dell Mini 9 and 10, courtesy of Dell themselves. The better news is that the wireless connectivity now works on the live USB and Dell gives the plaudits to Broadcom for providing drivers. I tried the old live USB release … Continue reading

Chromebook: A New Class of Risk

Announcing the Chromebook at Google I/O, the cloud-book computer concept to be built by Samsung and Acer around the Atom N750 processors, one might think that 2Gb of RAM and 16Gb of SSD storage is a ridiculously low-end specification. But as Google heavily promotes them, the web has more storage space than any computer. Interestingly, … Continue reading

Chromebooks: Nothing But the Web?

As announced at Google I/O Conference this week, Google has announced two netbooks built to the Chrome specification. “Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, where you already spend most of your computing time. So you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.” Order yours on … Continue reading

The Mighty Atoms

Netbooks (mini notebooks) have been on the market for a few years now. As ultra-portable budget PC’s you can’t go wrong. Almost all netbooks are powered by an Intel Atom processor of some sort; a few VIA chip-sets are still around, their numbers declining as the performance couldn’t match the first and second generation Atom. … Continue reading

Dell Inspiron Mini 1011 Netbook

It seems we’re into an arms-race with netbooks. Since the Asus eee-PC’s first appeared with bargain-basement specifications and rock-bottom prices, subsequent generations have moved up the scale like sub-compact cars which get larger and pricier as the models develop and mature. I’ve now reached end-of-life with the old Compaq notebook I regularly carried around for … Continue reading

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