Inkjet printers have been around for a while now, but the popularity of digital cameras has made them almost a requirement for a modern home PC set up. However, there's a growing feeling among inkjet printer owners that while printers themselves are cheap, the prices of inkjet cartridges are kept artificially elevated. Is there any truth to this belief? After taking a look at the numbers, I think that there is. But the problem goes way beyond genuine cartridges.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes sifts through the marketing hyperbole and casts his critical eye over the latest technological innovations to find out which products make the grade and which don't.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology.
Yesterday BenQ unveiled a new optical drive that can handle three disc formats - CD, DVD and Blu-ray. The drive, called 'Trio' BW1000, will start selling in August and have price around the $1,000 mark.
Computer peripherals don't seem as good as they did at the turn of the century.
Hard drive manufacturer Seagate has submitted a patent application that uses carbon nanotubes technology which could allow for a ten-fold increase in hard drive capacity.
Kit talk - a look at the Samsung SH-W163 SATA DVD +/- RW and new ATI and NVIDIA drivers
Operating systems use a binary system to measure disk space, while hard drive manufacturers use a decimal system. The result - When you fit a 750GB drive to your PC and fire up your OS, you only see 698.5GB - a whopping 51.5GB short of what most people expect to see.
Yesterday I came across an article on the Audioholics website by Clint DeBoer entitled "10 Reasons Why High Definition DVD Formats Have Already Failed". I read the article with an open mind and while I didn't agree with everything said in it, I found myself agreeing with quite a lot of it.
Blu-ray burners at $1,000 each isn't as bad as playing $1/1GB for media.
You can never have enough RAM, your CPU can never be too fast, and your hard drives can't be too big. Of the three though, it's my demand for hard drive space that's been pushed the hardest over the last couple of years. It's great to have bags of RAM and a fast CPU, but that doesn't mean anything if you don't have the free drive space to install and save data to.
You hear a lot about "rights" when discussing any topic associated with copyright or fair use. Each side sees a whole series of rights that they need to defend from being eroded by the rights of the other side. The thing with fair use is that there's a huge gray area between legitimate fair use (say, copying a CD for use in a car) and taking advantage (say, making 10 copies of a CD and selling them to friends at a buck a time). But how does fair use apply to hacking hardware? Is this an innocent past time or an activity that can cost us all more in the way of time and increased DRM restrictions.