Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Checking Latest Software Versions

27 February 2011

Lately we have been testing a “software inspector” called Secunia PSI (Personal Software Inspector).

It works on any version of windows analyzing every piece of software installed. It then tells you what needs updating.

I have not find it to be the easiest software to work with but it is very useful and totally free.

Typing french charachters

12 August 2010

Here is a useful article for typing in french on a UK / US keyboard

http://french.about.com/od/writing/ss/typeaccents_7.htm

The import thing is to hold down the ALT key and only use the number pad on the right side of your keyboard (or the letters U, I, O, P etc. on your laptop)

External Hard Drive Woes

1 August 2010

In the past, if you purchased an external hard drive, you would just plug it in and go.

These days, external drives offer wonderful encryption software – great if you really want to protect the data on the drive.

Sadly, I have seen cases where the install procedure of the software on the drive is so confusing that leads to user error with disastrous implications.

In one case, the hard drive was filled with data and then at a later stage when plugged in to a different computer, it offered to encrypt the drive. As a result, all the data on the drive was lost.

In a second case, the encryption software wiped in internal hard drive on a Mac! (and not on the intended external drive)

Fortunately, formatting a drive can be reversed and the data can be retrieved but not without huge headache. The best course of action would be to speak to the supplier of the drive and explain how their software lead to disastrous results. Usually, they will offer to take the drive and recover the data. There is also software available to recover the data if you do not want to send the drive away.

The best course of action is to ask someone with experience to setup any new drive, or just say NO to the encryption if you do not feel you need it.

Electricity abroad

21 July 2010

For those traveling abroad this summer, this could be a very useful site to visit:

http://users.telenet.be/worldstandards/electricity.htm

Windows 7 – no stock and shares gadget

11 November 2009

Well Windows 7 is here and I am finally testing it.

First thing I noticed was missing is the shares gadget that I had in Vista.

The best replacement I can find is Stock Board which is probably a better gadget but harder to find symbols since you need to refer to Yahoo Finance for all symbols rather than offering a search facility.