OpenDNS offers a suite of Internet filtering and security features targeted at levels from the home environment to corporates. The service works by replacing the Internet’s standard address book system (DNS) with a custom service which then allows you to limit, track, and manage access to the Internet and to help protect your staff and family from malware, phishing, and inappropriate content. Read more
Universal Serial Bus (USB) was developed in the late 90s to replace a mess of slow PC connections with a high speed, one size fits all plug and data transfer protocol. All newish devices had the plug, it was good, and there was no real decision or gotchas to look out for when buying new devices.
A decade or two later, things are again a mess. Incremental changes to USB have offered progressive technical improvements, but at the cost of modified plugs and sometimes questionable backwards compatibility. Read more
MSI are out of the gate with their Sixth Generation gaming notebooks, the GT72 Gen 6 Dominator range. This review examines the features and performance of the new GT72 and compares against a premium gaming notebook from ASUS.
MSI built their reputation as a manufacturer of system components, such as mainboards and video cards. In recent years they have expanded with a range of consumer focused products, and have found particular success with their gaming notebooks, consistently winning design and innovation awards over the past few years. Read more
Microsoft released the 17th major version of Office today, Office 2016. It is 25 years since Office came from nowhere to dominate against the incomparable Wordperfect 5.1 and Lotus 1-2-3. Office adoption was rapid and near universal, exploding alongside Windows and becoming so strongly associated with Windows that many believed they were part of the same product.
Over those 25 years, each new version of office included major improvements and new features. Each release was a big deal, though on average less so as Office matured. Office 2016 again offers significant improvements over 2013, though with evolutionary improvements rather than a radical overhaul.
I am pleased to report Windows 10 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive!
Customers tell us that Windows 10 feels natural and intuitive on desktops, notebooks, and tablets. Many new features and updates have been mentioned as “Quality of Life” improvements, making it easier to get things done and reducing frustration. Ideas implemented in Windows 8 that didn’t work have been transformed or reverted. The core stability, speed, and compatibility of the operating system is exceptional. Given the relatively few issues reported, and substantial improvements, Windows 10 is the most compelling OS upgrade since XP. Read more
Graphics processors (GPU) are the defining component of high performance gaming rigs. These computational powerhouses take raw data about a game environment and pump out beautiful, fluid scenes, immersing the player in the game. The more powerful the card, the smoother the video and the more realistic the environment. Read more
Early PC designs did not demand a massive CPU cooling system to keep them happy. As engineers pushed performance with subsequent designs, an unfortunate side effect was the growth in waste heat. Heat sinks and attached fans had to be incorporated into system designs so that the CPU did not cook. Read more