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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DEP - A missed opportunity to protect millions of Windows users

DEP - A missed opportunity to protect millions of Windows users

Imagine coming across someone who had both an antivirus package and firewall software installed on their PC and yet both were switched off. You'd think that they were pretty dumb, way too brave or a little bit crazy (or they are antivirus researchers!). But the fact is that there are literally millions of Windows XP SP2 users who have a defense mechanism in place that would protect them against many of the vulnerabilities that threaten them, but that protection is, by default, partly disabled.

September 20, 2006 by in Security

iPod - Death by media

iPod - Death by media

Go back a year and there was nothing that Apple could have done that wouldn't have earned them countless column inches of praise in the media. I'm pretty sure that Steve Jobs could have launched an empty cardboard box and, as long as it was white and had the familiar Apple logo on the front, pundits would have hailed it as remarkable. It seemed that Apple couldn't do anything wrong. But over the past few months, there's been a noticeable change in how Apple and their products are being reported.

September 19, 2006 by in Apple

Zune - "iPod killer" or "killed by iPod"

Zune - "iPod killer" or "killed by iPod"

Yesterday Microsoft released more details on their upcoming Zune player, the mobile device that it hopes will compete head to head again Apple's iPod. Does it have what it takes to be an iPod killer or will it get slaughtered like all the other contenders?

September 15, 2006 by in Apple

"i" is for improved - The new iPods

"i" is for improved - The new iPods

Yesterday saw Steve Jobs unveil some serious upgrades to all three of the Apple iPod line, putting them in a strong position to compete with Microsoft's Zune. In fact, it sounds like Apple has listened to criticisms and and taken the opportunity to make some core changes to the iPod, iPod nano and iPod shuffle. Oh, and they introduced the iTV.

September 13, 2006 by in Apple

As Windows becomes harder to crack, could virus writers start to target hardware?

As Windows becomes harder to crack, could virus writers start to target hardware?

On August 25th, security firm Symantec engineers announced they had discovered a virus that leveraged a flaw in the AMD64 CPU. This virus, called W32/W64.Bounds, was capable of binding itself to Windows executables in such a way that made it hard to detect. However, it's now been shown that this virus doesn't have anything to do with in AMD CPUs, but instead with the X86-64 instruction set itself. But could this be a sign of things to come?

September 5, 2006 by in Security

No Mary Jo, cheap PCs will run Vista!

No Mary Jo, cheap PCs will run Vista!

Any product that Microsoft brings out generates a high level of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt). Windows Vista (or Longhorn as it was called before that) has created a greater frenzy of FUD than any other product that I can recall. One myth that just won't seem to go away is that some sort of super PC is needed to run Vista. Garbage!

August 31, 2006 by in Windows

The Windows Experience Index and your PC

The Windows Experience Index and your PC

A few weeks ago I blogged about how Vista's Windows Experience Index was fatally flawed. I'm pleased to say that under the latest Vista build (pre-RC1, build 5536) things are a lot better. In this post I'm going to take a detailed look at the Windows Experience Index and see how it is used to judge the performance of your PC.

August 31, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

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