Archive for 2008

List of must-have utilities

Ian “Gizmo” Richards has been finding and evaluating software utilities for a long time. Periodically, he publishes Gizmo’s Desert Island Utilities. This is his personal selection for his own computer. It’s a list well worth looking into. He writes: Last year I installed for review purposes, hundreds of utility programs and applications. In the last […]

A selection of Windows tutorials

Among the many lists being posted at year-end is one from Lifehacker, Everything You Need to Know How to Do in Windows. Two examples are How to format your hard drive and install Windows XP from scratch and one on dual-booting.

What’s the best computer mouse?

A computer mouse is in constant use and I regard a mouse that performs well and feels good as a sine qua non. Personally, I like Logitech products and I am still enjoying my old wireless MX700 that I mentioned several years ago. Logitech has newer entries in its MX series and, of course, Microsoft […]

Microsoft “pay as you go” scheme

Microsoft has applied for a patent that allows the metering of PC software usage. Computerworld reports: Microsoft Corp. last week applied for a patent that spells out a “pay as you go” concept under which users would be charged for both the software they run and the computing horsepower they use. According to the patent […]

Finding computer help on the Internet

All of us need help with our computers at some time or the other. From time to time I have posted about finding help on the Internet and pointed out some sites where you can ask about your tech problems (for example, Tech Support Guy). Personally, I find that a judicious use of Google will […]