Intel have announced a new initiative to push laptops similar to the MacBook Air. The initial requirements are a weight of up to 1.4Kg, thickness of 20mm and battery life of 5+ hours. For manufacturers to qualify for intel marketing money ultrabooks also must have no optical drive, an SSD, and CULV processors.
I have been recently been looking for a similar type of laptop — I was asked to find something with excellent performance, 5+ hours battery, under 2Kg, with at least a 13.3″ screen, USB3, Optical drive, HDMI and VGA. A docking port would be a bonus. The faster, lighter, longer-battery-life the better.… Read Full Article
Windows 7 (and Vista) include a search system that can search not just file names, but the contents of files. Microsoft Office documents are all supported by default, however PDF files are not. Adobe provide a plugin which is included with Adobe Reader 9 (and newer) which enables this functionality. However a 64bit plugin is not included. Adobe now provide version 9 of their iFilter for x64 64bit systems which is freely downloadable
Nearly 18 months ago I wrote a brief note about how to remove certain firefox plugins, addons and extensions which don’t have a “remove” button in the Add-ons manager. I have updated and added to the original list, and will continue to add any further plugins I encounter here. If in doubt there is usually no harm done by leaving or removing any plugins, addons or extensions. I advise removing all of those that you don’t use as they are using memory and processing resources and slow firefox down. In some cases the stability of the browser can even be undermined by plugins.… Read Full Article
This article has now been superceded by a new article, which has been updated to use MicroData (schema.org) instead of MicroFormats. If you still wish to use MicroFormats read on, but I recommend using MicroData and invite you to read the new article, which will continue to be updated with new information and new themes.
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This is just a quick post to draw attention to the “RT Se7en Lite” tool which can be used to update, slipstream, tweak and modify a Windows 7 install disk. A full guide to using the tool for various different PC’s is upcoming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you are interested in customising a disk for a HTPC, take a look at this guide on thehtpc.net.
I’ve had problems with the new Seagate Momentus XT harddrive in my newest HTPC. The PC was locking up every 48 hours or so (which may have been related to standby), was occasionally jerky, and upon reboot would often refuse to boot with an error about a missing boot device, which could only be fixed with a hard power cycle. There is a firmware update for the drive to SD25 but this didn’t resolve the issue. However, after I changed the power management settings in Windows 7 to never spin-down the harddrive, the problems all went away. Success!
Update (14-Sept-2011). Seagate has released firmware SD28. There are reports that this fixes several issues and is a worthwhile update.
I had a problem with an old Epson Stylus Photo R200 printer. Despite being loaded with paper and fresh genuine ink cartridges, the unit refused to print. The 2 red warning lights on top were flashing alternately. After considerable googling I discovered that this error code is related to the ink cartridge cleaning well. Apparently it gets full of ink after a certain number of head cleaning cycles. As usual with cheap inkjet printers, the warning is based on a counter, not on the actual fullness of the cleaning well, and the error can be bypassed by resetting the counter in the printer. The good news is there is a utility which will do just that. Although it doesn’t list support, I can confirm that the utility does work fine on Windows 7 x64, so I believe it should work on every version of windows since Windows 95!
This article on PSU efficiency for a modern sandy bridge gaming PC follows on from 3 previous articles, about PSU efficiency for a medium power server, a medium use very high power gaming PC and a low power server or HTPC.
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This is the third installment in a series of articles addressing PSU efficiency. Article one focused on a theoretical new server, article 2 on a typical desktop PC. This article will focus on a current real server, and introduces a new PSU — an 80+ platinum model.
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I recently had a problem where the entire comments area was missing from all the posts on this blog. When I switched back to the default twentyten theme they reappeared and at first I thought it was a problem with the mystique theme. I switched back to mystique and disabled all of my plugins and the comments came back! A simple process of elimination identified the culprit — The WP SEO Pager Plugin. This plugin isn’t really necessary with the mystique theme, so I have simply removed it. If you encounter the same problem with mystique, check you haven’t got this plugin enabled.