I’ve been using Windows XP, relatively happily, for many years now and, despite two more operating systems being released since, support for XP being withdrawn, and the fact that I have a huge amount of software designed for it, I can’t imagine, for the moment anyway, not using it.
It appears that almost all software developers are fully aware that, should a software release not be compatible with Windows XP, they’d be shooting themselves in the foot by excluding a huge swathe of their potential customer base, which creates problems for MS of course, whose strategy to make it attractive to “upgrade” to the latest OS version necessitates that software authors also make their software compatible only with the latest version. Continue reading →
Portable Document Format, PDF, is pretty much the standard for document dissemination nowadays, and there are many reasons why. Firstly, the PDF is cross-platform, which means it doesn’t matter which type of system you use, you can easily open them; additionally, they allow you to incorporate various levels of security, add watermarks, include pictures etc, they’re also easy to create as many word processing programs such as Microsoft Office and Open Office allow you to create PDF files directly. Continue reading →
Like me, you’ve probably got plenty of media files on your computer, in umpteen different formats; MP3s, MP4s, AVIs, WMVs, FLVs, DATS, OGGs, SWFs, MOVs, RMs, VOBs MKVs, etc, etc, and don’t you just wish there was one player which would play all of them? Of course, Windows Media Player is pretty good, as are some others, but the closest I’ve come to finding the panacea of media players, has to be GOM Player. Continue reading →
I remember, a while ago I admit, the first time I heard computer generated speech. I think it was an early version of the text to speech generator which everyone immediately associates with Professor Stephen Hawking, the guy who invented time. Though it was novel at the time, unless you were in dire need of something which could communicate verbally on your behalf, the practical applications were somewhat limited. Continue reading →
Over time, as you write, move and delete files to, between and from your drives, inevitable fragmentation occurs; however, as Windows will happily write files into any old bit of free space it finds first, whether it’s contiguous or otherwise, there’s little you can do about it at the time of writing, moving or deleting.
Although a little fragmentation of scarcely accessed files is hardly likely to affect system performance to any noticeable degree, as time goes on, the degree of fragmentation will become greater and system performance, specifically the time it takes to seek, read and write files, will start to suffer. It might only be by milliseconds, but they do add up. Continue reading →