Archive for September, 2008

Pick up a 64GB solid-state drive for $99

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Here's a pretty good deal from ... buy an OCZ Core Series 64GB SATA II solid-state drive for $169 and get a $70 rebate. Final cost of drive - $99.

Just to make things clear - I'm normally no fan of rebates (because you end up having to jump through too many hoops) but this is a really sweet deal for anyone looking to pick up a cheap SSD.

Here's the spec for the drive;

  • Read: up to 143 MB/sec   
  • Write: up to 93 MB/sec      
  • Seek: < 0.35ms

This would be a fantastic drive to put your operating system on - boot up times would be sweet!

Microsoft’s “Ultimate Steal” offer comes to the UK

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

A student in the UK? Want a chance to get your hands on a cheap copy of Microsoft Office/Vista? Read on!

Microsoft are offering Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95, which is as close as you’ll get to the $60 they were offering for North America. Considering university starts for most people this or next week, you may be best of taking the opportunity to buy so you’re set for the new academic year.

Provided you have a,,, or email address (UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey) then you should be valid for the offer.

Great deal!

PC Decrapifier 2.0 released

Monday, September 15th, 2008

If you've just bought a new PC and it's come loaded with all sorts of trial crap (collectively known as crapware), of you are the kind of person that others ask to sort out their PCs, then you're going to want to check this out.

PC Decrapifier 2.0 has been released. This is compatible with both Windows XP and Vista. This tool will scan a PC and remove the most commonly applied crapware applications loaded onto new PCs by OEMs.

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Here is a complete list of crapware uninstalled by PC Decrapifier 2.0.

Great bit of kit. Free to non-commercial users.

iTunes 8 BSOD update

Friday, September 12th, 2008

This post is a follow-up to a post I made the other day called "iTunes 8 throwing a BSOD when you hook up your iPhone/iPod?"

Thanks to Ed Bott for noticing that Apple has acknowledged this problem, posted instructions on how to fix it and released and updated version of iTunes 8 which can be downloaded as normal.

Annoyingly, the update isn't being pushed to all iTunes 8 users (in other words, iTunes doesn't notify you that there's an update available) and if you are affected by the problem you're going to need to do some manual uninstalling.

No, a nuclear power station hasn’t blown up in the UK

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

If you get an email which looks like the following claiming that a nuclear power station has exploded in the UK, that the authorities are covering it up and a big radiation cloud is headed for the US, just bin it. Why? Because no nuclear power station has blown up and it's nothing more than a trick used by spammers to get you to open the attachment.

No, a nuclear power station hasn't blown up in the UK

Here's what security company Sophos has to say about this.