The first thing which probably springs to mind when one thinks of a word processor for Windows, is the ubiquitous Microsoft Office. It’s no secret after all that it has been the king of the hill for many years and the standard by which any would be competitor is judged. Few would disagree that it’s a very good suite of software, in fact, probably the only issue anyone has with it, is the fact that it’s vastly expensive. Continue reading →
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There’s nothing more irritating than, when you’re watching some of your favorite videos on, say YouTube or similar, and it keeps stopping midway through a great song for buffering, or you have to wait for it to start downloading then hit pause quick and wait a while for it to download almost completely before you play it. It would help, therefore, if there was a way to download your oft-watched videos to your hard drive to eliminate the wait next time. Continue reading →
Generally speaking, I would guess that most people are happy to play their computer audio and video files on one of the popular media players such as Windows Media Player, Winamp, Realplayer; all of which have been around for ages and are pretty flexible, easy and straightforward to use.
However, the above media players, although they do their job well enough, don’t offer the kind of flexibility which someone, say a DJ for example, wants. Of course the last time I went to a disco (do they still call them discos?), there was a guy up there on the stage with a double record deck he could cue up each “record” (vinyl that is), using a slider to fade one record out and the other in seamlessly over each other. Though there are some media players, Jet Audio springs to mind, which will do this for you if you want, overlapping the next file at the end of the currently playing one, they offer little additional control. Continue reading →
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 →