Dec 19

Opening times for December 2013

We shall be closed from 23rd December until 3rd January 2014

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Oct 31

Western Digital and OS X Mavericks

WD has today released a report about possible data loss using WD Raid Manager and other similar software titles under OS X Mavericks

Direct quote from WD below

Dear WD Registered Customer,

As a valued WD customer we want to make you aware of new reports of Western Digital and other external HDD products experiencing data loss when updating to Apple’s OS X Mavericks (10.9). WD is urgently investigating these reports and the possible connection to the WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare software applications. Until the issue is understood and the cause identified, WD strongly urges our customers to uninstall these software applications before updating to OS X Mavericks (10.9), or delay upgrading. If you have already upgraded to Mavericks, WD recommends that you remove these applications and restart your computer.

The WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager, and WD SmartWare software applications are not new and have been available from WD for many years, however solely as a precaution WD has removed these applications from our website as we investigate this issue. .

Sincerely,
Western Digital

So with this in mind i have stopped the WD manager in OS X on my server ( System Preferences–>Users–>Login Items–> Remove the WD process in the list )

Now we need to wait for the updated version to come out from WD

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Oct 25

Updated WordPress

WordPress 3.7 brings automatic software updates ( if your host supports it )

Very cool, And with the new additions to JetPack WordPress has to be my all time favourite blogging software

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Sep 11

New Apple Stuff?!

Again, 2nd time apple has given me the impression of a “mixed bag of releases”

 

The New iPhone 5c — A plastic phone , Otherwise very similar to its predecessor, Funky colours yes, looks ok, but to be honest not up to apples normal awesome standard.

The new iPhone 5s — Finally back to Apple’s normal awesome standard , Unlocking your phone ( iCloud password ) with your finger prints , The build is typically Apple and 3 “colours” for it too.

 

iOS7 — its not bad, but really not ready … hopefully those bugs will be gone before public release!

New OS X .. Currently looking very cool and some great features ( see http://www.apple.com/uk/osx/preview/?cid=wwa-uk-kwg-mac-com ) for the run down of these features

 

** That all being said, after finishing watching the keynote the iPhone 5c is looking also pretty cool too xD

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Jul 06

Scammers turning to Post..be alert!

Now im getting scam letters! it was similar is “wording” to the usual metric ton of email scam’s , Just a hard copy, But with my full postal address on it!

Anyone getting similar scam letters call <a href=”http://www.actionfraud.police.uk” title=”Action Fraud” target=”_blank”>Action Fraud</a> on 0300 123 2040 and report these people ( Action Fraud is a government run system ) and also connect with the police force too…

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Jun 18

Mobile Phone Anti Virus — Is it Needed?

There seems , and still seems to be a great deal of confusion and different views on this.

So lets just clear up what can be REALLY said :-

A virus is a bit of “code” that can often auto infect a system, replicate , infect and spread — it usually requires an infect email, attachment, Webapge accessed , Then it gets busy without needing the user to respond to any alerts!

A Trojan is a program or App that is “pretending” to be something nice / useful etc .. when in fact it is not, now a Trojan NEEDS you the user to start off the installing of it / downloading it from website etc

Now, currently, there is no virus for any iOS device — but could be a few Trojans out there BUT apple is quite strict as to what actually gets to the App Store.

Android — Avast has reported a virus recently ( that does not need the device to be rooted ) , And apparently Google is not as strict on their app store.

BUT downloading app be it from the App store with apple or Google play on Android , that is the BEST way to stay safe, Jail breaking your iOS device or “rooting” your Droid whilst opens the doors to a host of maybe cool stuff, also deactivates the devices stock security , So in a word ( unless you REALLY know what you are doing ) DO NOT jailbreak or root your device!

 

That all said now, On the Droid market there are a host of anti virus apps, like Avast IF you really need one, download it ( from google play! ) and monitor how battery / performance is, If its not great then uninstall it, And try another!

Now Intego has an iPhone / iPad app — however the reviews stink! and i would possibly avoid it at all costs!

Its not free, and you have to pay a yearly ( yet small ) fee .. But again looking at the reviews it seems a pointless App particularly if you have not Jailbroken your iOS device!

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Jun 18

Windows 8 Start “U-Turn” ?

Taken from the bbd ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22714048 )

Microsoft has confirmed a Start button is returning to the desktop mode’s taskbar of its Windows 8 operating system.

The lack of the facility – which had been in every previous version since Windows 95 – has been one of the most controversial aspects of the software.

However, it will not offer all the functionality previously associated with the feature.

Instead it will take users to the recently-introduced “Metro” interface.

“We’ve improved the way you navigate to Start with the mouse by changing the Start ‘tip’ to be the familiar Windows logo,” the companysaid in a blog post.

“The new tip appears anytime you move the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, and is always visible on the taskbar when on the desktop.”

On current versions of Windows 8, the start tip would only appear when users hovered their cursor over the lower-left corner of their screen.

In the 8.1 update, the area will be more visible.

A left-click on the tip will bring up a tile-based Start Screen – formerly known as the Metro interface – designed for touch-screen users.

A right-click will display a small menu of other options such as Event Viewer, Device Manager and Disk Management.

Another change will allow users to boot their computers directly into desktop mode, meaning they can avoid ever using the Start Screen if they wish.

Windows 7 Start buttonThe Windows 7 Start button triggered a menu with apps and other links

Many users had complained that ditching the traditional Start Menu and introducing the Start Screen had made the system less straight-forward to use, meaning businesses which adopted it would need to retrain staff.

‘New Coke’

Microsoft had been stung by claims that the expected reintroduction of a Start button would mark a major U-turn.

An article in the Financial Times described the move as one of the “most prominent admissions of failure for a new mass-market consumer product since Coca-Cola’s New Coke fiasco nearly 30 years ago” – making reference to the soft drinks company’s decision to ditch a new recipe after overwhelming customer dissatisfaction.

Microsoft later issued a statement saying it was “unfortunate” the FT did not represent the “good response to date on Windows 8.”

A preview download of Windows 8.1 will be released to the public in June, and a final version before the end of the year. Both will be free of charge to existing users.

‘A fudge’

Chris Green, principal technology analyst for the Davies Murphy Group, told the BBC he did not think the change would be enough to silence the critics.

“What they’re proposing to do is a bit of a fudge.

“It’s the bare minimum to say they’ve addressed people’s complaints while not having to really backtrack on anything.”

He said Microsoft faced a challenge in being able to innovative with Windows while also keeping its vast user base comfortable.

“When new operating systems come along, same with major applications, everything moves around. People hate it because they have to re-learn from scratch.”

Other changes that will appear to users running the update include:

  • Added customisation options, with more choice over colours and backgrounds on the Start Screen.
  • An improved search function that covers web content as well as apps, files and settings on the PC.
  • A new version of the firm’s web browser – Internet Explorer 11 – which Microsoft said would offer improved tools for developers.

 

Now the thing is.. Microsoft is moving into the Tablet market, which CRIES OUT for an interface like Metro , Users on traditional computers , such as laptops , this Metro maybe alittle odd, However after giving it a good trail even on a laptop with NO touch screen, the OS is still quite exciting.

People need to remember that the “start” bar has been around since Windows 95, Its about time that something new and slightly trendy, whilst keeping functionality , is brought to the OS.

This year, is though, the year of the Tablet , so it will be telling at the end of the year what people really think / want / like.

But as a Mac user here, Windows 8 has got me all interested in Windows again xD

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Jun 11

Apple pulls it out of the bag!

Well, what a great … Awesome keynote , iOS7 looking very good , OS X.9 Mavericks again some very cool features there, But the main event for me was the announcement of the new Mac Pro … i mean WOW what a piece of kit that is.

And on top of that, its a fraction of the size of the current Mac Pros!

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Meaning it can actually be a desktop PC and not a floor PC

 

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Aug 08

Awesome Dymo Support!

Ok picture this!
Upgraded my Mac(s) from Lion to Mountain Lion ( LOVE IT!!! ) then a few days later went to print a label on my trusty Dymo 320 and …. it did NOT work!! 8 years of faithful service ended by an operating system upgrade!

Tried looking for the newest software … Does not support Mountain Lion

In a “vain” attempt i contacted Dymo via their chat system to ask either for updated software or advice on buying a NEW replacement ….

After handing the operator the serial number, and him picking himself off the floor that this 8 year old label printer was even working in Lion , Dymo authorised a FREE replacement to a label writer 450, I repeated to the operator just confirming that he was aware that the printer is 8 years old and has had HEAVY use but was indeed still working ( albeit not in Mountain Lion )

And yup , Dymo was set on sending out a new printer FREE!!!

Got it all setup , it works a treat ……. Wonder if in 8 years time i can contact support for another Freebe :p

Hats off to Dymo!!! Very impressed!

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Jul 31

Mountain Lion – Battery Life on MBA

It seems some users are getting very poor battery life on MacBook Air’s

https://discussions.apple.com/message/19066510?tstart=0#19066510?tstart=0

Some have branded this as a “virus” , which it is not, it is a bug , Im sure apple at some point will address this, but those getting ready to upgrade, id advise that you have an up to date backup before proceeding with Mountain Lion on the MBA’s

 

That being said, on my MacPro it seems ive got a new machine back again, it is so much faster than Lion ( though the initial boot for the first time was painful, but afterwards WOW! )

And my MBP ( MacBook Pro ) also feels like a new machine to, overall very impressed , can’t wait for iOS6 now xD

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