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Here you'll find guides, articles and news from the world of IT, from the perspective of a computer engineer based in the UK. Covering a wide range of computing\networking\programming and even some totally unrelated 'warped views' - we hope you'll notice our passion for IT and all things techie.
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Opera NextWednesday 29th May, 2013
Chrome for people who don't like Chrome
Opera have released their newest browser to the world, which is the first to do away with the old and dying Presto engine and embrace WebKit, the Chrome engine.
Called 'Opera Next' (version 15), this newest edition to the great browser wars feels like it could almost be called home, but certainty not yet, for there are a few things missing. Namely any sign of bookmarks and the ability...
Back to RealityTuesday 14th May, 2013
It's like 200 all over again
Well after giving SimCity a good going over, I think it's safe to say I've expored all there is. It's a great game, but could really do with bigger maps, as they do fill up too quickly, and it's unsure if a massive new building would take out a quarter of your population. Anyway, onward, normal service will resume...
SimCity comes to the UK... Tonight!Thursday 7th March, 2013
rearticulate those splines...
For those of you who remember the good old days of blocky graphics, MS-DOS compatibility mode, and late nights in front of an overly bright CRT monitor - You'll love the fact that SimCity, possibly the greatest simulation ever made (very close to TrainSim I might add!) is due out tonight at midnight on Origin.
Simply called 'SimCity' - this new version is stunning, creative, and every...
RollerCoaster Tycoon on Windows 7 64-bitMonday 4th March, 2013
Still works, looks good too!
Last weekend I found myself indoors more then usual and decided to try out some old PC games (feeling nostalgic!) on Windows. I still have some old CD's (Road Rash, SimCity, SimTower and RollerCoaster Tycoon to name a few) so tried my luck at getting them running.
I decided to use a Windows 98 virtual machine for most games, however I could not get RollerCoaster Tycoon to work at all....
HDMI RipoffsThursday 28th February, 2013
You want HOW much?!
I've been asked a fair bit about the art of purchasing a really good HDMI cable lately, and being well aware some would happily pay anywhere between £20 - £30 for a standard 1 meter cable (I admit, in times of desperate need, I have!). I decided to brush up on my old HDMI research and discover why prices really do fluctuate so much.
The golden rule with HDMI is that if you're sending the...
Adobe Acrobat AlternativeThursday 7th February, 2013
Been a long time comin'
Adobe Reader has been the dominant PDF viewer for many years, mainly due to the format being so locked down, that Adobe were the only ones able to render it. However that changes ages ago, and now the Internet is full of alternative PDF readers, many far smaller, cleaner, and better then the bloat-ware that is Adobe Reader.
Foxit ReaderFoxit is probably the second most popular....
Chrome > OperaFriday 11th January, 2013
Anyone else feel overly loyal to their browser?
Back in 2009 I wrote about Google's new browser when it hit the virtual shelves. It was faster then the IE and the Firefox versions available at the time, and had that nice lightweight feel, supported by the fact it fit nicely into your user profile. This last week, I've been giving some serious thought to making it my default.
I know some might think that's simply me being a little late...