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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Technology makes it too easy to break copyright laws

Technology makes it too easy to break copyright laws

I'm a firm believer that copyright laws are an essential tool in making sure that the creator of any piece of work (whether that work be analog or digital) gets a fair opportunity to make a living from their efforts. I also strongly believe that anyone who thinks that copyright laws are a bad thing has never actually created something and based their livelihood on that piece of work generating an income. However, I am also a firm believer in fair use and the fair application of the law, and the way that I see current copyright laws being used to criminalize minor copyright infringements bothers me a great deal.

June 20, 2006 by in Legal

Dell could bring down your (or your neighbors) wireless network

Dell could bring down your (or your neighbors) wireless network

Rumors are circulating that Dell could launch notebooks that have built-in support for the draft 802.11n WiFi standard during Q3 this year. This could see draft 802.11n getting a huge boost in popularity and both businesses and consumers buying and installing 11n compatible routers and other hardware in order to leverage the greater bandwidth and range offered by the draft standard.This is a bad thing. A very bad.

June 18, 2006 by in Dell

Encrypted USB flash drives

Encrypted USB flash drives

I'm finding that I'm carrying more and more of my life on USB flash drives. In fact, I go as far as to try to keep all my current "digital self" on flash drives - email, contacts, current/ongoing work, passwords, useful utilities and anything else that I might need but I've been worried about losing a drive with unencrypted data on it. The solution to my problems came in the form of the Kingston DataTraveler Elite Privacy Edition.

June 9, 2006 by in Hardware

One more time ... Windows Vista system requirements

One more time ... Windows Vista system requirements

There’s a lot of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) surrounding the system requirements that will be needed to run Windows Vista. Partly, I put the blame for a lot of this confusion at Microsoft's doorstep - The fact that there are different requirements for the Windows Aero interface is confusing and Microsoft hasn't done a good job of explaining that Aero is an interface enhancement for Vista.

June 5, 2006 by in Windows

Buy now ...  We'll add full backward compatibility later!

Buy now ... We'll add full backward compatibility later!

When Microsoft released the Xbox 360 they were quite open that it wouldn't support every Xbox title, but they promised that in time compatibility would be added. Gamers who sold their Xbox console so they could buy an Xbox 360 took the gamble that Microsoft would hold true to their word. However, signs are that Microsoft could now be back-pedalling on that promise.

June 2, 2006 by in Microsoft

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