Posts Categorised: Computing

0Ultrabook logo laptop vaio sonyBetter than an ultrabook?

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

0adobe acrobat pdf logoAdding searching of PDF file contents from Windows search

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

2Mozilla Firefox LogoRemoving Firefox plugins, addons & extensions

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

61Wordpress LogoResolving Google’s Rich Snippets Testing Tool errors

Please note!

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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0Customise Windows 7 install disk

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.

2Inside HDD LogoFix for problems with Seagate Momentus XT

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.

0Dell 3130CN LogoExcellent utility to fix Epson printers

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!

0PSU LogoPSU Efficiency 4 — Modern gaming PC

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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0PSU LogoPSU Efficiency: worth the upgrade? part 3

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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0Wordpress LogoFixed: Comments area disappearing in Mystique theme

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.