August 2012 archive

An Alternative to Full Size SD Cards

Here’s a quick tip for today. For those of us that have been using flash memory for a while we’d be all too familiar with the humble SD card. The SD card has continued to grow in capacity from 1MB through to huge capacities 64GB and higher in SDXC formats. What people may not realise …

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Life in the Start Menu and the Start Screen

Even after the launch of Windows 8 for MSDN and TechNet members the complaints about the Start Screen still persist along with calls for the Start Menu of old to return for better or for worse. We’re still seeing various pieces of software coming out to mimic the functionality or presence of the old Start …

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Attempts to Download Office 2013 Preview Send You to Bing

Here’s a quick tip for those of you attempting to download the Office 2013 Preview here. Normally, when you click the “Try” button and then click on the country in which you live (in my case, Australia) it should download the Office 2013 Preview installer. However, when I have tried that over the last few …

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Flash Hanging Google Chrome

After moving to Windows 8, I reinstalled Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox alongside Internet Explorer. However, a week after getting Windows 8 up and running I found that Chrome would freeze whenever Flash content was present on a page (which is still quite often). The source of the problem was clear but the solution had …

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Second Generation Toyota Prius – Interrupted Rear View Camera Viewing

Despite owning a second generation Toyota Prius for nearly four years now I’ve not experienced this issue until this week. When you put a Prius into reverse gear the touch screen automatically switches to the rear view camera. This has always worked well for me however when a phone call comes in and your phone …

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Play Nintendo DS Games at Native Resolution on the 3DS

Here’s a quick tip. The Nintendo 3DS ¬†and 3dS XL are compatible with nearly all Nintendo DS games however one drawback is that the graphics are stretched to fill the higher resolution screens on these later consoles. This can make the graphics look a little distorted or grainy. Anyway, if you want to play a …

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Nintendo 3DS XL Unboxing and Preview

The larger sibling to the original Nintendo 3DS just hit the shelves yesterday and I just couldn’t help myself from getting one. However, that left me in a situation where I would have two 3DS consoles when I really only needed one so I decided to trade in my original Nintendo 3DS to take care …

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Samsung Galaxy S III, Recharging and Microphone Problems

By no means have I proven this to be a hard and fast issue but I have encountered this a few times now. I have noticed on occasion that when I have the phone recharging and a phone call comes in that the person on the phone has trouble hearing me until I disconnect the …

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Register for Discounted Upgrades to Windows 8

While the tech heads and developers are getting a head start with Windows 8 as part of their MSDN and TechNet subscriptions the rest of the world will need to wait a little longer. However, for people who have bought computers since 02/06/2012 through 31/01/2013 these people can get a slice of the Windows 8 …

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Windows Essentials 2012

If you’re upgrading to Windows 8 then you might be looking for the Windows Live Essentials software suite if you used it on Windows 7 or earlier versions of Windows. You would have been using part or all of the suite if you were using one of the following applications: Windows Live Mail (now called …

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