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Vodafone shows off HSDPA in NZ

New Zealand will get a taste of the next generation high-speed network technology for GSM/UMTS (Global System for Mobile Communications/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) operators tomorrow when Vodafone New Zealand demonstrates HSDPA (High ...

Windows dressing

The Windows graphical user interface (GUI) isn't quite as customisable as the open source desktops are. Microsoft makes Windows dressing less than straightforward by using a plethora of binary files, Registry entries and INI configuration files to de...

Windows XP: Restricted access

Hardly a day goes by without someone receiving the binary equivalent of a landmine in their e-mail, and idly clicking on it to see what happens. System administrators can't hold everyone's hand all the time, but Software Restriction Policies (SRPs) m...

Prepare for Service Pack 2

Having run the beta and release candidates of SP2 for the past two months, I haven’t encountered any show-stoppers, despite the recent news that SP2 may cause problems with some applications. With an improved firewall that now filters traffic in both...

Give XP a UNIX flavour with SFU 3.5

Years ago, I wrote that UNIX was essentially dead and would be forgotten soon. However, thanks to the open source-led renaissance of UNIX and similar operating systems, plus the Internet, I’ve had to eat those words. UNIX and derivatives are everywhe...

Give XP Pro more Net nous

Microsoft was a latecomer to the Internet, something that is still apparent in the meagre arsenal of TCP/IP tools bundled with Windows XP. Whereas UNIX, Linux and *BSD users have a range of utilities to choose from that provide detailed information a...

Fraudsters plumb new depths

Internet fraudsters have never shied away from dirty tricks, but the latest scam to hit Aussie and New Zealand email inboxes plumbs new depths.

Getting started with Windows Management Instrumentation

Most people are accustomed to managing Windows XP Professional the point-and-click way. However, thanks to the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) technology, Microsoft’s implementation of the Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standard publ...

Back up with Offline Files and Folder Redirection

In my previous column, I wrote about the Offline Files feature which makes it easier to manage and synchronise data stored on computers that are not always connected to a network (such as notebooks). As I was working with setting up Offline Files an...

Synchronise with Win XP Offline Files

Like most notebook users, I soon discovered that portability comes at a cost: keeping your data synchronised can be a chore. Often, you need the same set of documents, spreadsheets and other files on both your notebook and desktop, but end up not kno...

Managing Windows XP Professional Hotfixes

Wondering how to deal with all the Hotfixes Microsoft releases? Read on for more details. Hotfixes are smaller patches released between the larger Service Pack operating system updates, for problems that Microsoft deems need urgently to be sorted.

How to replace system files manually in Win XP

I was recently asked to review a TV capture card with onboard tuner, a task that seemed easy enough. However, despite installing the card correctly and ensuring that there were no hardware conflicts, nothing could be seen or heard. Not only did the c...

Replacing system files

I was recently asked to review a TV capture card with onboard tuner, a task that seemed easy enough. However, despite installing the card correctly and ensuring that there were no hardware conflicts, nothing could be seen or heard. Not only did the c...

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Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

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