Posts Categorised: Computing

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.

0IcoFX LogoExcellent free icon utility

Just a very quick post to recom­mend the util­ity IcoFX.  In a nut­shell IcoFX is a free icon extract­or and edit­or.  I was impressed with it because the oth­er free icon edit­ors I tried were unable to sup­port full alpha trans­par­ency, Win­dows 7 x64, or 256 x 256 icons.  IcoFX worked flaw­lessly in all respects.

0Serial Key LogoRetrieving serials from Windows

I am fre­quently giv­en PCs to repair that require a rein­stall of win­dows.  These often don’t come with a full list of seri­al num­bers for the soft­ware installed on them.  To avoid the hassle of ask­ing the own­er to dig the seri­als out, it is easi­er to simply pull the seri­als from the old install before wip­ing.… Read Full Art­icle

2Mozilla Firefox LogoFirefox 4 fixes MSN Messenger bug

I was so pleased upon upgrad­ing to Fire­fox 4 to no longer have Win­dows Live Mes­sen­ger crash­ing the browser every time I opened Hot­mail and had an act­ive con­ver­sa­tion win­dow.  I don’t know if it was Microsoft or Fire­fox at fault but the prob­lem seems to have gone away now.

I’m less pleased, how­ever, that two of my plug-ins for the pre­vi­ous ver­sion aren’t yet sup­por­ted.  Then again, one of those is old and sel­dom used and the oth­er (IE Tab) should fol­low in time.

1Internet Explorer 9 LogoInternet Explorer 9 — Better than many expected?

Just a quick post, it seems that Microsoft have finally made a reas­on­able web browser, or at least the folks at Tom’s Hard­ware seem to think so.  I’m still look­ing for­ward to Fire­fox 4, and hop­ing Moz­illa will deliv­er a 64bit ver­sion as prom­ised, but a bit of com­pet­i­tion from the (still) dom­in­ant play­er in the browser mar­ket can­’t be a bad thing.

0Inside HDD LogoDisk Speeds

Since a post about a year ago where I com­pared the speed of sev­er­al flash drives (for speed­ing up Media Browser) I’ve been keep­ing a track of the speed of vari­ous drives / devices.  As I’ll soon be obtain­ing quite a few new drives it seemed a good time to organ­ise all the bench­marks and start a post with the data I’ve col­lec­ted.
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