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Watch or Glass? Or Both?
My rather staid daily newspaper occasionally makes an attempt to be cool and trendy by squeezing an article about technology and lifestyle between the reports of war, famine, crime, and pictures of the Royal Family. But it was still a bit of a shock yesterday to see the headline "42% of People Admit...
8 Sep 2013
Installing Windows 8.1 on a Dell XPS 12 with UEFI and a GPT Disk
I picked up a Dell XPS 12 yesterday and was momentarily stumped by trying to install Windows 8.1 onto it by booting from a USB key. I made a bootable USB key from the Windows 8.1 ISO image, stuck it into the side of the Dell, booted it and tried to get into...( read more )
22 Aug 2013
Warning! Warning! New Laptop Encountered!
So at last my new company computer arrived. And, like all competent technology users, I carefully perused the operating manual before starting it up the first time. You never know, it might say something important. And what I found has made me wonder if I actually dare use it at all. For a start,...
28 Jul 2013
Windows 7版 IE11 Developer Previewが公開されました
25 Jul 2013
The Moving Hoover Hooveth
Would you buy a vacuum cleaner just for your cat to play with? After my wife watched some videos on YouTube where kittens were chasing and sitting on top of one of those robotic UFO-shaped vacuum cleaners, I was informed in no uncertain terms that we should have one for our two cats to play with. ...
14 Jul 2013
Touch, But Don't Look
So my Windows 8 adventure has been terminated after only a brief foray into the delights of the new O/S. It's annual review time here an Microsoft, which means I need to connect to the corporate network. But my Windows 8 machine can't do that because the TPM module is faulty, and I need to have BitLocker...
2 Jun 2013
Evolution Through Technology Selection
You have to wonder whether the increasing use of tablet computers and touchscreens means we'll soon be back to the equivalent of a world that depends on stone axes and making fire by rubbing two sticks together. At the moment I'm doing my utmost to hang on to some semblance of advanced device interaction...
4 May 2013
Interpreting Event 153 Errors
Hello my name is Bob Golding and I would like to share with you a new event that you may see in the system event log. Event ID 153 is an error associated with the storage subsystem. This event was new in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 and was added to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 starting...
30 Apr 2013
Taming Microsoft Media Center
So I'm still fighting to keep Media Center as the main TV system here at chez Derbyshire, despite the veritable aggro it seems to spew out at regular intervals. On top of the increasing vagueness of the program categorization in the guide (it seems to think that "The Only Way Is Essex" is a documentary...
28 Apr 2013
The Windows Server Update Service That Doesn't
One of the great things about being a technology pessimist is that you don't suffer that sinking feeling when something doesn't work as expected. And, of course, you get to experience a nice ripple of surprised elation when stuff actually does work as it's supposed to. This week I've experienced a roughly...
20 Apr 2013
You've Got To Pick A Tablet Or Two
So we've gone from a tabletless state to a twin fondleslab-equipped household in a little under two weeks. My wife no longer has to squint at Facebook pages containing 4 point text on a tiny smartphone screen, and I don't have to wait for Windows to get started on my "downstairs laptop" when I want to...
6 Apr 2013
No Network? Forget It
Sometimes I think I'm the only person who takes Wi-Fi security seriously. Unlike all of my neighbors, I run my Wi-Fi access point with a hidden SSID so that nobody casually browsing the available networks will be tempted to try and connect to it. I also run it on half power, which is plenty sufficient...
24 Mar 2013
UPS I Did It Again
There's something rather disturbing about sitting on the sofa looking at a large brown water stain on the lounge ceiling while the mains electricity circuit breaker is occasionally tripping out. Somewhere in the back of your mind is the worrying thought that the two events might be connected. And that...
10 Feb 2013
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