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Windows Vista

Charge of the Metro brigade

Thirty-one years after MS-DOS debuted on an IBM computer, Microsoft has unveiled the next incarnation of its operating system. Windows 8 is designed to work as well on a desktop, laptop or netbook as on a tablet or smartphone.

Friday, 20 April, 2012, 12:00am

Dell XPS 15z

If you are looking for a Macbook-type device but don't really want to enter the Mac world, then Dell has this alternative for you.

The XPS 15z offers a similar look and feel, with its compact aluminium and mag-alloy casing and rounded corners, together with a sleek, back-lit keyboard and black-framed display - but it runs Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

On the Rails

After last weekend's Japan Cup result, it seems any hopes of harmonising racing rules have been set back to zero.

1 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Green gadgetry

Gadgets and green living don't really go together. But it's unrealistic to expect people to live without a mobile, television, computer, air conditioner and any of the other hundreds of gizmos that make our lives easier. The best we can hope for is damage control.

11 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Vista - a distant prospect?

During one of the recent purges of files from my hard drive, I rediscovered a Windows Vista screenshot depicting a flock of windows hovering over a dreamlike landscape, no doubt suggesting unlimited horizons.

The picture ought to show a blasted and charred landscape, when you consider what a wipeout this updated Microsoft operating system has been.

18 May 2008 - 12:00am


I installed a lot of music files from CDs in iTunes on my Mac but had to move this collection to an external hard disk when my computer started to run out of space. I thought I had done everything correctly, but now nothing works. Can you help?

Name and address supplied

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

hot picks

Favourite tunes, films, books, and gadgets ...

Inga Lam, 15, Diocesan Girls' School


Pirates Of the Caribbean: At World's End soundtrack. Turn up the volume and be transported to the Caribbean.


24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Not just a pretty face

The Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile may have beguiled many a viewer but it could not open your computer if the latter was secured by FxGuard Windows Logon facial-recognition software. Developed by biometrics specialist RCG, FxGuard Windows Logon is designed for camera-equipped notebook computers.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Tough competition

The new Versa S3200 notebook from NEC provides a compact yet durable personal computer for mobile professionals. Its coal-black metal alloy chassis looks smart and is durable, so users need not worry about its condition on the road. The alloy finishing at the bottom, for example, is geared for heat dissipation to ensure stable operation.

1 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Take note

If your laptop is due for an upgrade, Dell's new Latitude D830 notebook personal computer can be ordered to your preferred configuration. It has a full magnesium-alloy body, the latest dual-core Intel processor and a 15.4-inch wide-aspect display and operates under either Windows Vista or Windows XP Professional SP2.

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am