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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"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

A ridiculous way to test your speaker volume levels ...

A ridiculous way to test your speaker volume levels ...

Are you a Windows Vista beta tester? Have you noticed that startup sound that plays just as the PC gets to the point ready to accept your logon password? Yes. OK. Well, have you tried to disable that sound? If you do, you'll discover something odd - that there's no way to disable it. No check box, no button, no setting. Nothing. Zip. Nada.Doesn't that beg the question - why?

August 25, 2006 by in Windows

Has Microsoft just killed HD?

Has Microsoft just killed HD?

Today, Microsoft has announced something that I've been expecting for a long time - that 32-bit versions of Windows Vista won't be able to play back next generation high definition protected content. What does this mean? It means that Microsoft might have just killed off HD.

August 24, 2006 by in Windows

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