Hardware 2.0’s ‘Very Best Kit List’ for Nov/Dec 09

November 5th, 2009

Over on ZDNet I've posted my last "Hardware 2.0 Very Best Kit List" of the year. Fear not, the kit list will make a reappearance early January 2010!

Here are the categories:

I've also posted a Holiday Gift Guide for 2009. This contains some gift ideas for geeks. For more gift ideas, check out ZDNet's Holiday Tech Gift Guide page.

Plug vs. Plug

November 5th, 2009

A fun piece over on Crave on CNET UK looking at the merits (merits which include things such as looking like a smiley face) of power plugs and plug sockets of the world.

05-11-2009 10-31-59Sure, it's a fun piece, but it does help to hammer two things home to people:

  • The voltage that you get your power at in your country might not be the same as the voltage in another country.
  • Plugs and sockets vary wildly from country to country.

Oh,and finally, no one who's ever stepped bare-foot on a UK plug (which is almost designed to lay with the metal prongs in the upright, also known as laughing, position) would give the thing 10 out of 10!

Can I legally download Windows 7?

October 28th, 2009

Question from the PC Doc mailbag:

"Can I legally download Windows 7? As in buy it but not get a disc?"

Yes, but it'll cost you!

Take a trip over to the Microsoft Store where you’ll find both the full and upgrade versions available for purchase.

Get Safe Online – Warnings

September 16th, 2009

There are new security warning(s):

·         Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for September 2009

What does it affect?: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista

What does it do?: Microsoft bulletin that summarises their advisories released for September 2009.

How do I fix it?: Update your copy of the software with the download available from the supplier.

Details of Underlying Problem(s):For more technical information about this warning visit:

Date modified: 11/09/2009

Source: HM Government (CPNI)

Create your own URL shortener

September 11th, 2009

I've been thinking about doing this for a while ... seems a lot easier than I thought.

We're going to run through a basic installation of Yourls, a server-based webapp that can run pretty much anywhere a WordPress installation can. There are lots of other options, which we'll get to as well, but Yourls is a fairly smart and fast way to get up and running with your own URL shortener.

Might give it a go!