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This is a modification of an article first published here on August 7, 2013. The changes were necessary because two computers mentioned in the original story became an example of Murphy’s Law by dying at almost the same time. One developed an intermittent stopping problem and the other received a catastrophic drenching with beer when […]

Buy this book! “How To Connect To The Internet” rereleased.

In 1997 the best selling non-fiction title in Australia was a slim volume from Choice Books (at the Australian Consumers Association) aimed at people who wanted to know what this new thing called “The Internet” was all about. There are still copies in various libraries, but a slightly revised version is now available. As befits […]

Banks! How we love to hate them. And why.

Back in the days before Internet banking, I used to have a Visa debit card with Bank A that I used for business purchases. My company cheque account was at Bank B, but they didn’t have card access to cheque accounts at the time. I had to make a big purchase so I bought a […]

Installing ACT! 6 in Windows 8

If you have Windows 7 you need to read “Installing ACT! 6 in Windows 7″ First, let me say that ACT! 6 was an excellent product and, like Windows XP, lasted long beyond its expected retirement date. There are still people using it, despite pleas, recommendations, and even financial inducements to upgrade to later versions. […]

Installing ACT! 6 in Windows 7

If you have Windows 8 you need to read “Installing ACT! 6 in Windows 8″ First, let me say that ACT! 6 was an excellent product and, like Windows XP, lasted long beyond its expected retirement date. There are still people using it, despite pleas, recommendations, and even financial inducements to upgrade to later versions. A […]

Save me from amateurs.

One of the early posts on this blog was “Beware the SMEG. That’s a winning strategy”, in which I commented about the way that clueless and inexperienced people hold themselves out to be experts. I came across another example this week and my irritation level at what amounts to theft was raised. I don’t spend a lot […]

Let me do things my way, Apple. Please.

I get annoyed by iTunes and have a rant about it on my personal blog. http://peterbowditch.com/wp/2014/04/let-me-do-things-my-way-apple-please/

Should you worry about Windows XP?

On April 8 this year, Microsoft stopped all support for Windows XP and no further updates or security patches will be delivered. A friend of mine runs a business using point-of-sale software (POS) which is operating on several computers still using XP, and the inevitable experts appeared out of the woodwork to tell him he […]

Should you worry about Heartbleed?

The answer to this question is, as always, “it depends”. If you have had the Internet switched off for the last month you might not have heard of Heartbleed. It was a flaw in the OpenSSL encryption software that secures Internet communications such as email, web sites, instant messaging and virtual private networks (VPNs). I […]

Security experts. Right!

Everyone is concerned about the security of corporate data. We all do regular backups (and test that they work and store them in a safe place), we restrict physical access to places where people shouldn’t go, and we all have good password management policies. Don’t we? Here are some stories about security. The secure premises. […]

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