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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No, Vista DOESN'T scream past XP in gaming tests

No, Vista DOESN'T scream past XP in gaming tests

When I came across Ed Bott's post this morning called "Vista screams past XP in gaming tests!" I was intrigued. Yes, my testing over the past few months had shown that gaming under Vista had now evolved to the point where it is no worse than under XP, but as for Vista screaming past XP, I'd not seen that yet, so I was intrigued.

May 27, 2008 by in Windows

Ripping vs. Transcoding

Ripping vs. Transcoding

In terms of the workload on a system, what's the difference between ripping a DVD (that is, taking a DVD and copying it to the hard disk) and transcoding it (taking the DVD and changing it to a different format)? This is a question that some of you have been pondering following my post yesterday about the hammering that simultaneously transcoding six DVDs gives a dual quad-core Xeon system.

May 26, 2008 by in Hardware

Adventures with open source apps on Linux - Part 1

Adventures with open source apps on Linux - Part 1

One of the aspects of migrating to Linux that puts many people off giving it a try is the idea of having to leave behind tried and trusted Windows applications and having to make the switch to something else. Sure, the Windows app cost money and the chances are good that a free open source replacement can be found, but migrating is a hassle, and making the switch when you don't know what applications you're going to switch to is unnerving.

May 22, 2008 by in Microsoft

How an Apple store was transformed into a Best Buy in 10 minutes

How an Apple store was transformed into a Best Buy in 10 minutes

Over the past few days we've talked on this blog (I've made a few posts and you, through the TalkBack, have expanded on them and added your views) about what makes Apple different to, say Dell or Best Buy. With that in mind, I came across this post by Canadian venture capitalist Rick Segal and his description of how an Apple store in Toronto was transformed into a Best Buy in ten minutes.

May 21, 2008 by in Hardware

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