I first came across a computer virus, the SCA virus I recall on the Amiga about 25 years ago. It did little more than infect the floppy disk boot sector and announce your computer is alive. It seemed quite novel at the time, but things have changed considerably since then. The argument that anti-corporate, anti-big brother hackers burning the midnight oil coding programs designed to turn people against the omnipresent Microsoft menace has long since been abandoned and, nowadays, its pretty obvious that there’s something much more sinister going on. Continue reading →
No history of digital audio is complete without mentioning Winamp. Nullsoft’s iconic media player was by far the most popular during the so called “mp3 revolution” at the turn of the century, and achieved somewhat of a cult status amongst a whole generation of music-loving computer geeks. This was largely due to its ease of use, its customization ability and its strong plug-in architecture, which set trends still seen in today’s applications.
However, Winamp has seen its fair share of controversies. Versions that were supposed to have been updates often offered reduced functionality or included ad-ware, and users often chose to remain with technically outdated versions. Perhaps uniquely in application development history, Continue reading →
With the increase in bandwidth seen over the last few years, along with it has arrived the opportunity to communicate with people across the globe, not just by typing, but with full audio and high quality video too. So much so, in fact, that simply being able to see and hear each other is no longer enough, and we night look for ways to enhance the experience further, and have some fun into the bargain, which is where a webcam enhancement program such as ManyCam comes in.
ManyCam has been around for a few years now, as have other similar programs, and it’s gone through several updates, culminating in its latest incarnation, ManyCam version 2.6. Continue reading →
I don’t know about you, but I try to back My Documents up on a regular basis. The contents mainly consist of some video clips, music, pictures and documents of course, and a wide range of other things I save or come across while surfing the net. Usually I’ll check the My Documents directory size, to get an idea how big it’s getting, and burn some files to a DVD for storage in case something untoward happens to my computer, or to recoup some disk space. Continue reading →
The ubiquitous Microsoft Internet Explorer seems to have been around, in its various incarnations, forever and, perhaps because it comes with Microsoft Windows, it’s held the number one slot for web browsers for a while too. However, recent years have seen the rise of a whole gaggle of competitors to IE’s crown, all of which claim to be better than the Microsoft offering, and each other.
Firstly, it needs to be said that there is, and always has been, a great deal of product loyalty when it comes to software. Much akin to the eternal arguments about Pcs Vs. Macs, Windows Vs. Linux etc, these are arguments which you just can’t win, as some people who have been using one or the other for years, aren’t interested in the virtues of anything else; however, it’s worth knowing that, whilst IE has been around forever, and is still the most commonly used web browser, the competition, three of the most popular of which we will look at here, is, in many ways, much better. Continue reading →