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More Desktop PCs Opinion

  • Opinion: Microsoft's Answer Desk Offers Live Free and Fee Tech Support

    Microsoft upped its tech support offerings Wednesday with the debut of Answer Desk, a dedicated Website for live technical support for Windows OS and Microsoft Office software, PC tune-ups, virus removal, and software training. It will offer support 24/7 and 365 days a year.

  • Opinion: Channel your negative thoughts

    Being connected allows us to take advantage of all sorts of things: above all else, the web is an exceptional source of information. But it also lets us channel our negative thoughts.

  • Opinion: Want to Tweak GNOME 3? There's a Site for That

    There's never a dull moment in the world of desktop environments these days, and the past week has been no exception.

  • Opinion: Use a Mac? Camino 2.1 Is an Open Source Browser Alternative

    Apple's Safari may be the most commonly used browser among users of Mac OS X, but that's not for any lack of alternatives. As in the Windows and Linux worlds, there are numerous other contenders out there--it's just that many users often never hear about them.

  • Opinion: 1983 Serial Console Meets 2010 Mac Pro, Becomes Friends

    Are you ever struck with the urge to briefly get away from your nice color display, with its slim profile and large screen, to retreat to the warm glow of an old-school terminal screen circa 1983? One clever individual named Justin does just that, using an old VT220 serial console that he hacked to work as a terminal for his Mac Pro.

  • Opinion: Back to the desktop

    Times have changed since the mid-90s when PC Advisor launched, and no more so than in the field of the personal computer.

  • Opinion: HP is Ready to Get Back to Business

    After a crazy year for HP that included a failed tablet, a hasty decision to abandon the PC business (a decision now abandoned), and a CEO shakeup, the company seems eager to get back to business as usual.

  • Opinion: Why Is It Called "Windows?"

    Microsoft has inconsistently followed a marketing strategy of using basic, descriptive, one-word names. Word is an excellent example. So are Money and Office.

  • Opinion: Bacteria Could Soon Power Your Fancy New Computer

    Forget silicon; computers of the future could be based partially around bacteria. Scientists at the Imperial College London have engineered bacteria to function as logic gates, basic components used to build electronic circuits. This is an important step towards the creation of biological digital devices--think living computers.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Office: 32- or 64-bit?

    Björn Odent asked if he should install the 32- or 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 on his 64-bit PC.

  • Opinion: Long live the PC

    When you feel the need for a new PC, and have less than £500 to spare, there are now some challenging choices to make.

  • Opinion: Microsoft reaches maturity with Windows 8

    Windows 8 is here, at least in its Developer Preview guise. It’s slick, smooth and primed for use on the tablets many of us would like to be able to use for ‘proper’ computing tasks

  • Opinion: Troubleshoot a BIOS Error, Create a First-Aid USB Drive

    Since I last ran a reader Q&A a few weeks ago, I've received another compelling question. Reader Robert has an older Emachines desktop that recently developed a problem: "I installed a driver updater tool, and when I deleted it, it did something that changed my BIOS. The black screen appears when I boot up and reads: 'System BIOS shadowed. Check time and date settings. System CMOS checksum bad--default configuration used.'"

  • Opinion: Quickly Strip Double-Spaces from Word Documents

    If you're over the age of 40, you probably took a typing class in school--and learned that it's proper to leave two spaces after a period.

  • Opinion: Tablets, Phones to Surpass PCs for 'Net Use in 4 Years

    The personal computer isn't dying, but its days of dominance are numbered. Research firm IDC predicts the number of U.S. mobile Internet users will surpass their wired counterparts by 2015.

  • Opinion: Easy Desktop Launcher Uses Real Words

    Let's face it. While icons are pretty, know no language barriers, and are easily recognizable once you're familiar with them-- they're limited in the amount of information they can convey. E.g., you have five Microsoft Word documents on your desktop and you used anything resembling a decent description in naming them --the icons are exactly the same and only part of the file name is visible. Until you click on them, you can't know which is which. If you'd like a more word-oriented, quicker-to-recognize view of your documents, folders, and programs you need Easy Desktop 9.0 ($30, 15-day free trial).

  • Opinion: Will HP Leave PC Users Out in the Cold?

    The future of Hewlett-Packard's PC business may be a bit cloudy, but that's not stopping the industry leader from forging ahead with new consumer products. The world's largest computer-maker has announced an upgrade and price drop to the very popular Pavilion DM1 laptop.

  • Opinion: AquaSnap Lets You Snap Windows Around

    If you’re still using Windows XP or Windows Vista, you may have seen friends or coworkers snapping windows around with Windows 7’s newfangled hotkeys, and longed for the same functionality for your aging system. AquaSnap (free) delivers this, and more.

  • Opinion: John's Background Switcher Keeps Desktop Wallpaper Fresh

    Wallpaper switchers are not a new invention. If you’ve ever found yourself bored with a background image that once seemed beautiful and dramatic, you may have felt the need for such a tool. However, few applications (and even fewer free applications) mature over time to become as capable and impressive as John’s Background Switcher.

  • Opinion: Performance art

    Performance is a rather intangible concept. When we look at computing technology, it’s seen as a worthy goal – but how do you quantify it?



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