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  • How-Tos: How to avoid gaps when printing Avery labels

    I want to use the Avery label templates that came with my copy of Serif PagePlus to save time writing the address on envelopes. However, the program doesn’t skip ‘empty fields’, creating unsightly gaps in address labels.

  • How-Tos: How to add a DVD drive to a netbook

    I bought a netbook for my wife. Since it has no optical drive, I also bought a USB-powered external Blu-ray/DVD drives and tried to use it to install Microsoft Office. This was recognised, but it won’t run or install Office, reporting USB controller error Code 43. The drive works on another PC, and tech support explained that it may be a problem with the power allocated to the USB ports. I returned it to them to inspect, but I’m curious as to whether this is a standard problem. I find it incredible that I can’t use a plug-and-play optical device on the netbook.

  • News: RSA warns SecurID customers after being hacked

    EMC's RSA Security division says the security of the company's two-factor SecurID tokens could be at risk following a sophisticated cyber-attack on the company.

  • Test Centre: Group test: what's the best online game?

    PC Advisor reviews the best online games you can play.

  • News: Yahoo to sell Delicious to Stumble Upon?

    Yahoo is thought to be selling bookmarking service Delicious for $1m.

  • Test Centre: Group test: what's the best online application?

    PC Advisor reviews the best online applications you can use.

  • News: Online scammers using Japan quake as a lure

    If you're looking for news on the tsunami and quake that has hit Japan, or want to find ways to donate to relief efforts, you should keep your guard up. Scammers and online criminals are exploiting the disaster in Japan to lure in unsuspecting victims in order to steal personal information or load your PC with malware.

  • News: Android 'loads web pages 52% faster than iPhone 4'

    The latest Android smartphone loaded web pages 52 percent faster than iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3, according to thousands of independent field tests by Blaze Software.

  • News: Wide use of flash-hard disk hybrids by 2016

    A quarter of new laptops and half of new desktop PCs will adopt an emerging data storage method by 2016, pairing flash memory with traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) for better overall performance, according to two storage experts.

  • News: New York Times paywall: A small change that seems big

    The New York Times' paywall, which goes up on March 28, is "a significant transition" and "an important step" for the newspaper, says publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

  • News: Asus to launch Google netbook in June

    Computer maker Asus may launch a 10in netbook this June for £125 - £155 powered by Google Chrome OS or Android 3.0, according to reports

  • News: Notorious spamming botnet Rustock shut down

    A large network of hacked computers called Rustock, which was responsible for a great volume of spam, has shut down, perhaps as a result of another coordinated take down by security researchers.

  • News: Computer Aid disappointed by e-waste directive

    Computer Aid International has slammed the EU Environment Council for not making the most of an opportunity to improve the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive to effectively tackle the problem of growing e-waste.

  • Feature: 4 MMO games you really should play

    PC Advisor highlights the most exciting MMOs on the horizon, and learns that there's more to life than The Old Republic.

  • Feature: 24 hours with the Apple iPad 2

    The Apple iPad 2 tablet goes onsale in the UK from Friday 25 March. PC Advisor has got one already and we’ve spent the last day or so giving it a try. Here’s what our first 24 hours with the iPad have taught us.

  • How-Tos: How to remove files and folders from Program Files

    To free up some space on the main drive of my Windows XP SP3 PC, I copied the Program Files folder to the D drive, deleted 2.5GB of files from the C drive, and then copied the Programs File folder back to its original location. Everything works okay, but when I try to get online I get the message: ‘Windows Installer...Preparing to install’. This then changes to: ‘Windows Installer...Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003... Gathering required information’. Eventually, I’m told ‘Installation file SKU017.CAB could not be found. If FrontPage 2003 was installed from a CD please insert CD and continue’.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid POP3, IMAP email clashes

    When I boot up the XP PC, it downloads every email I’ve received since the last switch-on – even if I’ve already read and replied to them on the other machine. How do I arrange things so that Windows Live Mail becomes my primary email account, and messages aren’t stored up to be downloaded by Outlook Express?

  • Test Centre: Group test: what's the best Windows Phone app?

    PC Advisor reviews the best Windows Phone 7 apps you can install on your Windows phone.

  • Test Centre: Group test: what's the best Wi-Fi/networking tool?

    PC Advisor reviews the best Wifi/Networking kit you can buy in the UK today.

  • Test Centre: Group test: what's the best website-management software?

    PC Advisor reviews the best website-management software you can use.



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