Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over two decades to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera. Adrian has authored/co-authored technical books on a variety of topics, ranging from programming to building and maintaining PCs. His most recent books include 'Build the Ultimate Custom PC', 'Beginning Programming' and 'The PC Doctor's Fix It Yourself Guide'. He has also written training manuals that have been used by a number of Fortune 500 companies.

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What's playing on an iPod near you?  Apple and the Windows worm

What's playing on an iPod near you? Apple and the Windows worm

The news that Apple shipped iPods containing malware came as a bit of a surprise yesterday. After all, you expect a company like Apple to have plenty of safeguards and checks and balances in place to prevent this kind of thing happening. The truth is however that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and putting your trust in someone else's chain is rarely a good idea.

October 17, 2006 by in Apple

Sapphire ships liquid cooled TOXIC X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire Edition cards

Sapphire ships liquid cooled TOXIC X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire Edition cards

Let's put DRM, WGA and SPP behind us for a little while and look at some cool new gear that's getting ready to hit the streets. And it doesn't get much cooler than the liquid cooled TOXIC X1950XTX and the limited edition X1950 CrossFire Edition graphics cards by Sapphire Sapphire: "The fastest add-in board on the planet"Technology. If you want power, Sapphire claim that these cards are the "fastest add-in board on the planet". and they are aimed squarely at enthusiasts who want power without noise.

October 12, 2006 by in Hardware

Rebates to become more of a scam

Rebates to become more of a scam

I've never hidden the fact that I consider rebates to be nothing more than a legalized scam. The customer pays full price for a product and is then faced with all the fun of filling out paperwork and jumping through a series of hoops (a bit like completing a tax return while running an assault course). If the customer completes all the challenges, there's a chance that they'll see their rebate check. If they stumble at any stage in the game, it's tough luck. Things are about to get worse - just in time for the holiday season.

October 11, 2006 by in Legal

Protect DVD-Video - A slap in the face for PC and Media Center owners

Protect DVD-Video - A slap in the face for PC and Media Center owners

The movie industry seems determined to continue on a course where it happily erodes the rights of legitimate users, all in the name of securing profits. The latest example of this comes in the form of a DVD copy protection technology called Protect DVD-Video which actually prevents a DVD being played on a Windows PC using Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center Edition or any software players based on DirectShow.

October 9, 2006 by in Security

Buyer beware - ASUS "future proof" draft n-based hardware

Buyer beware - ASUS "future proof" draft n-based hardware

The 802.11n WiFi standard is a long way off being ratified ("sometime" in 2008 is the best guesstimate at present), but this hasn't stopped manufacturers from cashing in on it by releasing hardware based on draft 802.11n specifications. ASUS has taken this a step further by offering purchasers of their Broadcon Intensi-Fi Draft N-based WL-500W gateway and WL-100W adapters a guarantee. On the face of it, it sounds like a good deal, but examine the press release a little deeper and you quickly realize that it's not much more than a publicity stunt.

October 8, 2006 by in Networking

Microsoft on WGA

Microsoft on WGA

Is SPP more accurate than WGA? How many systems fail the WGA validation test? What should you do if you paid $149 for a Windows Genuine Advantage Kit but think that your copy is genuine? Get answers to these and other questions - direct from Microsoft.

October 6, 2006 by in Windows

Scarcity and long queues are a marketing strategy

Scarcity and long queues are a marketing strategy

If you plan on buying a Sony PlayStation 3 or a Microsoft Zune this Christmas, then you will join an elite group of individuals who will have the privilege of beta testing that product. On top of that, you'll be expected to market that product aggressively during 2007 by actively promoting it to your friends, colleagues and family.

October 2, 2006 by in Banking

Just how much extra system resources does Vista Aero UI take?

Just how much extra system resources does Vista Aero UI take?

Whenever anyone mentions the Windows Vista operating system, someone is bound to bring up the fact that Windows Vista is slow and takes up to much in the way of system resources and that is needs some sort of supercomputer to run. This is plainly untrue and the people who are saying this are either misguided, mistaken or lying. However, it is true is that you need more power to run the new Aero user interface. But just how much extra power does this take?

September 29, 2006 by in Windows

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