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How-to: Enable Compatibility View in Internet Explorer 11

Or perhaps I should have called this “where’s that dam’ button gone?” In Internet Explorer 11, the compatibility view button is removed from the address bar; supposedly because document modes are now deprecated. But there’s a long tail of development in which X-UA-Compatible meta tags are not or cannot be added to website HTML headers. … Continue reading

How-to: Check Compatibility with Windows 8.1

It’s here: Windows 8.1. Boot to desktop, a Start button, and more user friendliness. But – is your software and hardware compatible with Windows 8.1? Windows 8.1 is an upgrade with serious issue for a significant number of users. And there’s no option to back-out to Windows 8. Affected users are stuck with it or … Continue reading

How-to: Convert JPG to PDF using ImageMagick

It’s a common enough task, trying to convert multiple jpg files into one pdf, particularly when I don’t need these to be converted with such high quality, I just want the black and white text readable. I can scan, crop, and monochrome in a graphics program but compiling them into a single PDF booklet was … Continue reading

Opinion: Go Fischer-Price with Flat Design

No, not flat-pack design, what do you think this is? IKEA? No, software design. The user interfaces for years have been Skeuomorphic and 3D; Apple went for hand stitched and patina’d leather finishes, Windows 7 was Aero’d, glassy and transparent. Buttons were pop-up, pop-out, marbled, reflective and lozenge-shaped. Well forget all that, the future’s flat, … Continue reading

Opinion: Windows XP – Not Dead By a Long Way

Updates for Windows XP will end in April 2014. Yet the venerable operating system that first appeared in 2001 still has a user base counted in the millions, thanks to Microsoft’s own ineptitude and miscalculation. After Vista’s spectacular failure cost credibility with enterprise customers and retail consumers alike, even Windows 7 couldn’t overcome the resistance … Continue reading

Review: Microsoft Surface RT

Microsoft Surface RT $350 Remember the first Surface RT a few months back: ads full of clicky covers and no description of what the heck it was? For $500? Now with a prices cut of $150 down to $350, this may be worth another look – but take note – this is NOT the Surface … Continue reading

How-to: Buy a Tablet Autumn 2013 Part 1

The tablet is here. It’s not just a fad. It’s here to stay. You can claim that Apple created a market out of nothing, or you could say that Captain Kirk showed us the way back in 1967. What’s true is that the tablet is now a massive market. Every device manufacturer is making one, … Continue reading

How-to: Free Up Hard Drive Space when Cleaning Windows XP

There’s still millions of PC’s running Windows XP – a 14-year old operating system. All chock-a-block with junk files abandoned by users or by Windows itself. So what do you do if you’ve run out of space on a old XP desktop PC? Cleaning a computer running Windows XP is often a matter of getting … Continue reading

How-to: Use Built-in Windows Cleaning Utilities

Running out of hard disk space? Need to free up the space you know you’ve got but can’t work out where it’s all gone? You don’t need to install any other software. You can use the Disk Cleanup tool included with Windows to delete temporary files and free up disk space. Disk Cleanup allows you … Continue reading

How-to: Get Windows 8 to Play DVD and Blu-ray

Assuming you have an optical drive in your Windows 8 machine, you insert a movie disk and… nothing happens. Even if you try to open it in Windows Media Player, Windows 8 cannot play DVDs or Blu-Ray disks out of the box. The reason is royalties. DVD and Blu-ray playback are both patented technologies that … Continue reading

Opinion: Why Windows 8 Has Flopped

The numbers are in and the numbers are disappointing. Windows 8 may be shipping in the millions (100 million to date) but against the half billion of Windows 7 licenses and the long tail of Windows XP, the Count Dracula operating system that refuses to die, it has a long way to go. With sales … Continue reading

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