Geek central

Things that make you go “woohoo, I want it”. And no, that’s not a euphemism. It’s all about toys, gadgets, games and software

Oops

Trend Micro caused more than a few headaches for users when it made a faulty update available at the weekend. The anti-virus update was available on the company’s site for 90 minutes. The problem arose because a bug in the file update created a loop that used almost 100 percent of the CPU processing power.

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Bits, bobs and gaming

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I’m not a technological wizard but I am a fan of gadgets and geeky stuff, so right now it feels like geek heaven with WinHec this week and E3 next month. Microsoft’s WinHec bunfight this week took a look back at what the Windows has achieved during the past two decades and where it’s heading in the future. WinHec is the company’s annual hardware...

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Telecom offers up prizes

Telecom has slashed residential calling rates to 55 countries this weekend and one customer will have the chance to win a $5000 travel voucher. Okay, so it’s not as good as grabbing $8.5 million in Lotto but $5000 is not to be sneezed at.

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Playing safe

The word on the net is that updates in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 will focus on improved security. No surprise there. It also looks likely to ship separately from the new Longhorn operating system.

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Steady as she goes

IBM has announced plans for a new mouse adaptor aimed at aiding computer users with hand tremors. It will license the Assistive Mouse Adapter to British manufacturing firm Montrose Secam. The device uses similar “steady cam” technology found in camcorders.

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Photoshop & Premiere Elements

SOFTWARE REVIEW: Photoshop Elements 3.0 and Premiere Elements Publisher: Adobe, Price: About $189 each or $279 for a boxed set (excluding GST) Everyone’s heard of Adobe’s popular Photoshop, accepted as the industry standard for working with photos. Photoshop Elements (for Windows and Mac) is a pared down version with an equally pared down price that is perfect for the home user. Sure, it doesn’t have quite as many bells and whistles as the full...

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A rocket machine

Earlier this week I had the chance to play with the Ultra Computer’s latest Pentium 4 3.6GHz machine and was impressed. Before I go any further, I’d like to offer a message for my husband, who may be reading this if he’s having a quiet day at work: don’t worry, I’m not planning to upgrade my little beastie just yet but if I was in the market for a new computer it’s a pretty...

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Microsoft wireless desktop (review)

MICROSOFT WIRELESS OPTICAL DESKTOP EXECUTIVE EDITION Optical Desktop Elite has an estimated retail price of $299 (and batteries are included)  If you’re sick of getting tangled up with cords and wires, Microsoft’s new Wireless Optical Desktop Executive Edition could be the answer you’re looking for.  I got a new kitten just before Christmas and, like most kittens, Neville has a fascination for attacking anything at (her) eye level — ankles, spiders, copies of The Southland Times...

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