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 →
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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 →
Most of us have, at one time or another, deleted some files convinced that we don’t need them anymore, or have already backed them up to another location, only to realise later that we hadn’t finished with them and hadn’t backed them up either.
Luckily, there’s the Recycle Bin, to which most deleted files which are moved until such time as you actually empty the bin, or from where you can recover the file you accidentally deleted. Unless, of course, the files you deleted were on a USB drive or camera memory card, for instance.
In such a situation, all is not lost, and you can make use of a data recovery program, such as the one we’ll look at here, Ontrack EasyRecovery Professional. Continue reading →
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 →