This product sold by Avanquest in the UK is version seven and looking at the things it does for your PC’s health they are divided into seven main sections. Use the various preventative modules and with luck you will keep your PC in good health.
As always before installing any software it is wise to set a system restore point. This done I installed and when offered choices I went for a complete install. However should you want only a partial install (say two or three modules) it is possible. Eight minutes later and 264MB of hard disc used everything is installed.
Not wanting to sound too much like a prophet of doom, it is important to be prepared when dealing with the various forms of Internet interaction to avoid possible pitfalls.
How safe is safe? The question, in this case, refers to that wide ranging environment we know as the Internet. Like any community, the Internet has its fair share of individuals (and organisations) whose sole aim is to inflict misery on others through various nefarious schemes.
Do you get a lot of business cards? If so when you transfer the information it’s so easy to transpose a couple of numbers in a phone number or a couple of letters in a email address. Here help could be at hand.
The is a maximum of 16.5x10x4cm, silver grey in colour and will accept a maximum 10cm width card. It can scan both portrait and landscape cards. While the card unit is easy to use it is only a rather good scanner that enables you to easily scan information from business cards. The all important part is what happens to the details and this is all controlled in software.
Recently a silver, dome shaped device has been sitting on my work space to help cut down on any cable switching.
Count up the number of USB devices you own and then do the same for the number of USB ports on your system. If the result of this counting activity reveals that first number is larger than the second number then there will probably be occasions when you need to switch connected devices as the situation demands.
It's almost impossible to buy a new computer without a keyboard and mouse - and so here I review the latest contribution to my keyboard/mouse mountain.
Microsoft continue to develop and deliver keyboard and mice products optimised to support their operating systems. In this case I'm reviewing a wireless combination - mouse and keyboard. Keyboard : Wireless Multimedia Keyboard 1.1 First of all the keyboard. This has a standard QWERTY layout and numeric keypad.
Adding a television tuner capability to your computer has never been easier thanks to USB but the viewing results can be disappointing.
Adding to its already extensive portfolio of television tuner products, Terratec has released its latest offering for those looking for digital and analogue viewing on a Windows XP system. This product is the which consists of the tuner unit, a small aerial, software CD and slim User Guide. Cinergy HT USB XE As is becoming standard practice with add-on television tuners, this device slots into an available USB port.
This is a MFU (multi function unit) as not only can it copy, scan and print but should you require it then it can also send and receive faxes.
The is cream with grey trimmings and as such may just creep into a lounge. It's dimensions are 44x33x23cm and it weights just over ten kilos. I would describe this as an office machine and as such it is fast but on the other side of the scales it is not cheap. HP PhotoSmart C6180 The units controls are on a sloping front edge - 45% below horizontal - and the 5x3.
A new operating system and a vastly revamped product. Surely now is the time to start learning again and these two books from Apress give the insight it may take you years to learn on your own. Both the books are subtitled ‘Beyond The Manual’
Windows Vista The first thing is that there is no manual with Vista - like a lot of other software packages today - help files and even PDF files are not manuals. This is described as a companion and not a crutch. I think this means that while it covers how to, it certainly will not tell you how to use a mouse so you need a working knowledge of Windows.
Time for a journey around the Mediterranean of old as we set out to restore Atlantis to its original glory.
Joining to the numerous games that feature "Atlantis" in their title, is Rise of Atlantis from Terminal Studios. This is a puzzle game that incorporates snippets of information about various ancient Empires encountered by the players as they embark on a journey through the lands surrounding the Mediterranean.
This is the first dual box that I have seen, great for anyone with a perfectly serviceable tubed analogue TV that only has a single SCART socket; oh that’s exactly my situation when not looking at other peoples offerings.
The box is 42x28x5cm and is silver grey in colour. The total weight is around 2.4kilos. The front edge has six silvered buttons and the front left has the DVD tray while to the right of this is a LCD display. Once configured most will probably control the unit with the 47 key remote control. Providing you have a TV with a SCART socket the Alba unit provides everything you will need.
Keeping Windows running smoothly is made easier by using the appropriate tools designed specifically for the purpose.
"If it ain't broke then don't fix it" is a popular expression. Yet for some their guiding principle takes the alternative premise that "a little prevention is better than the cure". A third group might swing between these two stances depending upon circumstances.
Bill Wyman caught the treasure hunting bug back in the late 60s but
it wasn't until the '90s that his interest took him to invest in a
metal detector, and he's been hooked ever since.
Keen to encourage others to adopt his metal detecting hobby, and particularly children and schools, Bill has now put his name to a simple to use detector from : The 'Bill Wyman Signature metal detector'. C.Scope Bill's requirement for the product were ease of use and light weight so that it could be used by anyone. The result is both of these. The detector has two rotary controls and a 'Retune' button.
Putting aside my current favourite MP3 player, it is time to check out a new offering from MPMan.
Pink is not my colour! I can safely state that this state of affairs has existed even before the unfortunate incidence when a pair of red socks was accidentally included in the weekly wash with the result that several previously white garments emerged as mottled pink. The reason for this colour orientated confession is down to the arrival of the MP-F62 which is a small MP3 player from the MPMan (developer of the original MP3 player) stable.
This is the top of the range unit from Mio and the size of screen makes it ideal for use in a car. There are modes for pedestrian and bicycle but the size and short battery life make these unsuitable.
Within a few hours of the arriving I had fully charged it and taken it for a drive. To start with without altering any settings it was telling me measurements in metres and finding the switch to change to miles took a while. I noticed with pleasure that there was plenty of volume at the default setting and in fact it had more in reserve. Mio C520t The unit is 12.5x8x2cm and this allows a screen of 10x5.
Add some good weather to a decent pair of earbuds and a good book and what better way to pass an afternoon or three.
V-Moda VIBE earbuds I would be the first to admit I know very little about Apple but I am told these designer earbuds are the number one seller in Apple stores. These ultra stylish earbuds weigh only 12grams. Of course anyone who purchased an iPod was immediately targeted because of the white earbud leads. These are available in eight colours.
In the heart of London’s Soho region, ARCHOS revealed details of some new products aimed at attracting your disposal income. Of course we were there.
"Mobility is the way to go", this could well be the slogan adopted by companies such as ARCHOS, a global consumer electronics manufacturer concentrating in the field of portable digital entertainment. The company has recently announced its new line of Generation 5 Portable Media Players (PMPs) under the tag line of "Entertainment your way".
This is a camera by Samsung from their ‘entry level’ ‘S’ series of cameras. However it has a number of features that are certainly not entry level but it still can be a point and shoot offering.
The is a maximum of 10x5x6cm (with lens extended) it is only just over 3cm thick with the lens closed. The weight is something under 200grams with the two 'AA' batteries and SD inserted and the wrist strap attached. The SD card is not supplied. The camera itself is silver/grey in colour with a leather type strip for the finger grip. Samsung S800 This is an 8Mege pixel offering with 3x optical zoom.
Creative has added to the functionality of its Zen device with the release of a speaker unit.
Although MP3 players, of whatever variety, are generally designed as personal mobile devices that has not stopped the development of products to enhance and widen the functionality of such units. One area that has benefited especially is that of external speaker units that allow multiple users to enhance output without the need of sharing headsets.
If you're hoping to take advantage of summer and want
something to carry provisions, a few clothes and help provide beach BBQ
entertainment then the JanSport Recourse range might be for you.
JanSport, a producer of backpacks and other luggage items, has taken the opportunity to add support for music 'on the go' to their new 'Recourse' range. Taking advantage of the wide-spread availability of MP3 players, JanSport have not tried to re-invent the wheel by building a music player into a backpack. Instead they have provided support for your current music machine - leaving the choice of iPod, Zen, MP3 or standard CD to you.
This is a multi function inkjet printer, so it prints, scans (flatbed and page fed), copies and just for those who still need one, it has a fax.
The is 44x38x25cm and rather boxy by today's standards, it is silver/grey and black. It weights a little less than eight kilos. It is a two cartridge four ink solution. Lexmark X7350 While a lot of recent devices have card slots this only has a Pict Bridge socket. One reason maybe is that it only has a fixed two line LCD display and this is black on blue and not that easy to read at certain angles.