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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The desktop AV debate

The desktop AV debate

I knew that Jim Allchin's comments about allowing his seven year old son to use a Vista box without antivirus software installed would cause a bit of a stir. After all, it goes against the grain. It challenges a way of thinking that's become the norm. What's become quite apparent from the conversation that this caused is how antivirus companies have Windows PC users over a barrel - the accepted thinking has become that every desktop PC needs to have antivirus software installed on it. Period.I don't totally agree with this view. There are better alternatives. Allow me to explain why.

November 14, 2006 by in Security

Crazy Zune Marketplace pricing scheme

Crazy Zune Marketplace pricing scheme

One of the key selling points of the iPod (I'd go as far as to say that it's the unique selling point) is that the iTunes store is easy to use. In fact, it's very simple to use. I'd hoped that Microsoft would follow suit with the Zune Marketplace. It didn't.

November 12, 2006 by in Microsoft

Windows Vista logos - what do they all mean?

Windows Vista logos - what do they all mean?

Now that Windows Vista has gone RTM, it might be a good time to take a brief tour of the different Windows Vista logos that you'll be seeing on PCs and hardware. After all, if you're in the market for new hardware or software and want it to be Vista ready, you'll want to pay special attention to these logos.

November 8, 2006 by in Windows

Why Linux will never go mainstream on the desktop

Why Linux will never go mainstream on the desktop

I really didn't expect the post I wrote last week about Linux (The world just isn't ready for Linux) to generate the interest that it did. After all, it was written by someone who's been using Windows since DOS and who is currently sitting in front of two screens - one with Windows Vista in it, the other running XP Pro. But the post obviously struck a chord with some people (and a nerve with others). I also have people offering me copies of nearly every version of Linux imaginable!

November 7, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Free virtual machines from Microsoft

Free virtual machines from Microsoft

Finally, Microsoft has started to make something of it's virtualization technology. First, it made Virtual PC 2005 a free download (and Virtual PC 2007 for Windows Vista will also be free) and now it has released four pre-configured VHDs (Virtual Hard Disks) for Virtual Server 2005 R2.

November 7, 2006 by in Microsoft

AMD-based Dell notebooks - interested?

AMD-based Dell notebooks - interested?

AMD or Intel? Which processor people choose is usually comes down to price and personal choice. Dell hasn't entirely rushed to embrace AMD, but now it has announced two AMD-based notebook lines - ready for the holiday. These notebooks offer power and performance at a reasonable price.

November 6, 2006 by in Processors

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