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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

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

Review: Terms of Service – Didn’t Read

We reserve the right to enslave your first-born whilst burning you alive inside a wicker effigy after harvesting your organs for transplant surgery. Without anaesthetic. Click here to agree to these Terms of Service. “Terms of Service; Didn’t Read” (short: ToS;DR) is a young project started in June 2012 to help fix the “biggest lie … Continue reading

Review: Stephen Fry – Gadget Man

Stephen Fry welcomes us into his wonderful world of tech, from the everyday to the extraordinary. In this show Stephen tries out all the products and prototypes he can lay his hands on, gadgets from the future, gadgets from the past, life-changing ones and sweet little gizmos that will change the way you live your … Continue reading

How-to: Troubleshoot Windows with Another User Account

Sometimes you can get problems with Windows applications; non-starters, inability to File-Save or Save-As, in-app settings. This can happen after install or spontaneously after months of regular use. The truth is, all versions of Windows can be brittle, thanks to a complex combination of settings in .ini files, the Windows Registry and file system permissions … Continue reading

Opinion: Discovery as a Painful Process in Windows 8

Glad we sorted out how to synchronise Hotmail with my Windows 8 machine using the Mail app. Or rather, it sorted out itself. I have two issues, though. First: Modern-UI is no more intuitive than any other computer interface, you have to go through that process of discovery.  I suspect smart-phone users will have an … Continue reading

Review: 10 Annoying things in Windows 7

Not everything in Windows 7 is plain sailing. Sometimes just finding what you want is a task in itself, other times, Windows just won’t get out of the way and let you get on… Naming of Parts Microsoft is getting more tenuous with its naming. Defender was it’s last good name. Now User Account Control … Continue reading

Review: Windows 8 Metro Interface

Question #1: Steven Sinofsky, President of Microsoft’s Windows Division stated in his keynote at the Windows Build Conference: “We reimagined Windows. From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise… a bold re-imagination of what Windows could be” Which, in translation, means the Metro user interface on … Continue reading

How-to: Change Windows 7 User Access Control

User Access Control (UAC) in Windows Vista was a good idea poorly executed; the permissions dialog popped up so often, we all got irritated and clicked OK without reading the details of the request. You could turn UAC on or off. That was it. Windows 7 and Server 2008 refines that, introducing additional User Account … Continue reading

Review: MakeUseOf Guide – Restoring Old Hardware With Ubuntu

Old Computer New Life: Restoring Old Hardware With Ubuntu [PDF] by Stefan Neagu This new guide by MakeUseOf author Stefan Neagu does just what it says on the cover. Outlining everything you need to know to get Ubuntu up and running on older computers, all those old (and not so old) machines that don’t quite … Continue reading

How-to: Blogger Traffic Analysis

One of the good things you get on Google’s Blogger platform is a decent set of statistics by way of traffic analysis to your site. I took a look at this for the first time in a while and found a some interesting numbers. I’m particularly looking at the kinds of visitors I’m getting on … Continue reading

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