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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Windows Vista Capable logo confusing to customers

Windows Vista Capable logo confusing to customers

Following a lawsuit which charges Microsoft with deceptive practices by allowing PC manufacturers to fix "Vista Capable" stickers onto PCs which lack the power to offer the consumer the ability to run some of Vista's most touted features, there's been a lot of discussion about what the Windows Vista Capable logo means. Is the logo program deceptive? Are consumers being duped into buying an underpowered PC? Is Microsoft to blame?

April 11, 2007 by in Windows

Copyright, piracy and stealing

Copyright, piracy and stealing

My post yesterday about copyright laws and piracy generated a lot of very interesting feedback, both in the TalkBack section and via email. One thing that struck me from the feedback was how opinion is divided on whether infringing copyright is stealing, and if it is stealing, how far do you have to cross the line to be considered a criminal?

April 11, 2007 by in Security

Copyright laws and piracy - Where do you stand?

Copyright laws and piracy - Where do you stand?

Over the months that this blog has been running we've had some really good discussions relating to copyright laws and piracy. Hardware such as portable media players and disc burners are closely linked to copyright and piracy because these devices allow people to do things with content that the copyright holders might not be too happy with. But is violating the terms of copyright theft, whether it be on a small or large scale, right or wrong? Is it theft? When does it become theft? Where do you draw the line?

April 9, 2007 by in Legal

Dramatic AMD X2 price cuts

Dramatic AMD X2 price cuts

AMD's updated processor price list shows that the company has had to make some very significant price cuts in order to maintain competitiveness against Intel. Some of AMDs higher-end CPUs have had their prices cut by almost a half.

April 9, 2007 by in Processors

WEP - Gone in Sixty seconds!

WEP - Gone in Sixty seconds!

Every time I mention how WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) protocol used to secure wireless networks needs to die, I always get at least one comment from someone who, for one reason or another, obviously still uses WEP and wants some false hope that it's better than nothing. Well, it isn't. Want proof? Here it is.

April 5, 2007 by in Networking

Read this before buying an Xbox 360 Elite

Read this before buying an Xbox 360 Elite

A number of new details relating to Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite have been clarified on the AVS Forum by Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft. There are a number of issues that potential buyers need to be aware of before buying.

April 3, 2007 by in Microsoft

The Apple/EMI deal - Now it's up to the consumer to decide

The Apple/EMI deal - Now it's up to the consumer to decide

When the world changes, even a little bit, it takes a little time to get used to it. Yesterday's announcement by EMI that it was to offer DRM-free music through iTunes was one of those changes that took a little time to get used to. But who's going to benefit from this new era of DRM-free music? My guess is that Apple and EMI will benefit far more from this than the consumer will.

April 2, 2007 by in Apple

Apple/EMI deal speculation

Apple/EMI deal speculation

The rumor mill is in high gear over an announcement planned for later today by Apple and EMI. It seems that EMI plans to sell "significant amounts" of its catalog free of DRM. Some are also hoping that The Beatles catalog will finally be made available through iTunes.

April 1, 2007 by in Apple

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