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Maxtor 80GB 7200rpm hard drive

The mantra by which many computer enthusiasts live is that too much hard disk space is never enough. The onslaught of the digital revolution and the introduction of heavyweight operating systems and applications has ensured that the hard drive upgrad...

Windows ME: Toolbar tips

The Toolbars in Windows Explorer are aligned with shortcuts and functions to boost your productivity when managing or browsing your files. A standard window can have up to three toolbars on display: Standard Buttons, Address Bar and the Links toolbar...

Windows XP: Compress those files

Like Windows Me before it, Windows XP provides services for compressing your files so you don't have to go to the trouble of installing a third-party utility such as WinZip. In fact, Windows XP provides a couple of methods for this disk space saving ...

Installing a new hard drive: Part 1

Adding and replacing hard drives is perhaps one of the most popular upgrade projects there is - because, let's face it, you can never have too much disk space. Large operating systems, applications, games and Internet downloads can leave your previou...

How to Do Everything with Windows XP

At 520 pages, the book is hefty - yet not too cumbersome to carry around - and is a great reference for new or intermediate computer users looking to get a bit of a head start on XP.

Windows ME: I've got the power

Many notebook users often complain about their battery life, and time - or even work - lost due to poor endurance. There is a way to slightly extend the life of your battery, mainly by specifying the settings found in Windows Me's Power Options.

Moving to an Intel Pentium 4

Recent advancements in processing power are far outpacing the requirements of even the most demanding popular software applications and games. If you build a high-end machine, it's likely to last you two to three years at the very least.

CWS GamePro 9000

This package from CWS puts out plenty of grunt thanks to its 1.4GHz Athlon CPU and 512MB of DDR SDRAM, and is primarily focused towards the enthusiast and gamer.

Acer Aspire EL

Within the confines of this machine's mini-tower case, Acer has packed components that could put many larger units to shame.

Altech Custom

This Altech Custom machine must have come straight from Texas, because everything about it is BIG!

Windows ME: Portable tactics

When working on a notebook computer it's often hard to keep track of which changes have been made to which documents, or even to remember which documents need to be printed when you get back to the office.

Windows XP - Make tasks easier

Windows XP is very helpful when it comes to getting things done. In this Here's How I'll go through some of these tasks and show you how to make the most of them.

ViewSonic LiteBird PJ1075

The PJ1075 is a tiny projector that is simple to use and offers excellent image quality for professional presentations and movie watching alike.

Apac LV210

While the Apac is pretty, versatile and well priced, it produced a lot of skipping and its headphones are barely of average quality.

Windows XP customisation tips

From the display properties to the folder layouts to the start menu to the taskbar to the desktop, Windows XP can be manhandled and moulded into a few different shapes to look prettier and help you get around your programs and files more easily.

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