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  • Blog Post: Deproxied

    Having run out of ideas, and given up Binging a solution for my intermittent connectivity problems around Windows 8, IE 10, and Outlook, it was time to stop playing nicely. Time instead for a day with my head in the server cabinet, a handful of network cables, some sticky labels, and decisive action...
  • Blog Post: All I Want For Christmas...

    So I continue to battle with Windows 8.1 and Outlook 2103 on my nice big Dell workstation. Our IT support department have given up on me, saying it's obviously a problem with my own network configuration. And it looks like they are correct. It's just a shame they can't tell me what the problem is. ...
  • Blog Post: Downwardly Upgraded

    So it looks like my upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 actually downgraded me to Windows 6.3. I know I don't keep up with all the latest whizz-bang O/S releases, but I can't say I've ever heard anyone eulogising Windows 6.3 as the ideal choice for today's modern computing environment. My regular...
  • Blog Post: A taste of awesomeness: Testing the Dell Venue 8 tablet

    Windows 8.1 introduced the support for new range of resolutions and form factors. Among others, the 8’’ form factor is definitely a must have for me. That is why I bought a Dell Venue 8 tablet . And I can say I am not disappointed at all! The beast One of is obvious quality is its price: 299$ for the...
  • Blog Post: Why Is There Only One Monopolies Commission?

    One of the old chestnuts you sometimes hear from disaffected and grumpy comedians is "How come there's only on Monopoly Commission?" They're not talking about the board game, but about the people who are supposed to guard us against being exploited by large corporations. And I'm going to hazard a guess...
  • Blog Post: Lenovo ThinkPad T440s Ordered

    See http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/t-series/t440s/ for the details and specs.  I ordered the base model with an upgraded CPU.  I will add more memory and storage later.  Looking forward to seeing the new IPS screen.  ...read more
  • Blog Post: Double Your Money

    How would you like to be guaranteed a price for your products for the next thirty-five years, and at double the price you sell them for now? Sounds like a great idea. However, there are a couple of downsides... For example, you'll be allowed to sell only the lowest priced item, even if the customer...
  • Blog Post: Mister (Sometimes) Fixit

    No I'm not talking about the clever "please mend my computer" tools that you can run on Microsoft's website. I'm talking about my regular tasks trying to fix all the things that break in our house, seemingly one per day at the moment. It's usually a wide and assorted selection of tasks; this week comprising...
  • Blog Post: The Future of Texas

    Interesting article at http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2154995,00.html .  We aren’t perfect, but we’re trying. ...read more
  • Blog Post: My Favorite Time of Year Begins

    It is the holiday season. Cool weather, leather jackets, the sound of the leaves shaking to old man winter.  Then there is the fall parade of cameras, gadgets and computers vying for your hard earned dollars. Today the parade begins.  Windows ...read more
  • Blog Post: Missing The (Access) Point...

    Let's face it, the only proper way to connect computers together is with real wire in the form of good quality Ethernet cables and switches. The current all-encompassing drive towards wireless was, I reckoned, just fad that would soon pass. At least, that's what I though a few years ago. The reality...
  • Blog Post: Electronic Misroutability

    For most of the morning Outlook has been glowering at me and reminding me that it can't connect to the server. Despite me patiently explaining that everything else that connects to the 'Net is working fine, it continued to sulk. Until suddenly an email arrived explaining that there was a major outage...
  • Blog Post: How Much Computing Power Do You Need?

    I discovered this week that online shopping is not something new and exciting, but has been around here in England since 1984; five years before the World Wide Web saw the light of day at CERN, nine years before the first commercially available web browser hit the streets, and eleven years before Amazon...
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