Stories by Aldis Ozols

CD & DVD: Das Boot

When your computer first powers up, it automatically looks for a boot device which contains special system files. Usually, the boot device is a hard drive, floppy drive, or CD-ROM drive that contains the files which allow the computer to begin loadin...

Protect yourself online: Security Suite 5.0

A firewall is a system that sits between a computer and the Inter-net, and provides security by ensuring that only certain types of traffic can pass. It can be a separate piece of hardware connected between your modem and PC, or it can be a piece of ...

Ultimate Zero and One

Conventional computer designs are identical in principle to those of the 1940s, only smaller and faster. Beyond this conventional technology lies a new, barely explored realm of quantum computing, which works on fundamentally different principles. Am...

Free bookkeeping software from the ATO: eRecord v3.0

There are a number of commercial accounting packages available, but if you want to test the waters before leaping into digital bookkeeping, the Australian Taxation Office offers a free financial utility for small businesses called eRecord. It’s inten...

Remote viewing solution

The Axis 205 is a palm-sized network camera which contains its own tiny Linux-powered Web server, and lets up to 20 users monitor live images over a local Ethernet or the Internet. It comes with a sturdy plastic stand and mounting screws, but you’ll ...

Ricoh RDC-i500

This camera delivers excellent image quality and has unique Internet access abilities that could be useful for mobile work, though it might be expensive for people who don't need these features.

ScanSoft OmniPage Pro 11

If you need to scan and convert many documents to digital form, this is a comprehensive, though pricey, scanned document recognition application.

DivX for Windows 0.3 and DivX Playa 0.5

There are two main types of DivX players for Windows users: the DivX Playa, which is a stand-alone media player that can show DivX files, and DivX for Windows, which is a plug-in that allows an existing program, such as Windows Media Player version 6...

Panasonic RR-XR320

Digital voice recorderLike the Olympus unit reviewed above, this is a small, solid-state recorder with no moving parts, which is capable of exchanging audio with computers.

Nokia 9210 Communicator

Mobile phone and PDAThe evolution towards a portable pocket-size device that does "everything continues with the arrival of the Nokia 9210 Communicator on the Australian market.

Lexmark T622 and StapleSmart Finisher

This strange, rather giraffe-like beast is a corporate laser printer. Designed to churn out 40 monochrome pages per minute at up to 1200x1200 dpi, it sports an unusual accessory - an automatic stapler.

Microsoft Visio 2002

The purpose of Visio is twofold: to aid in the creation of plans, and to communicate this information effectively to others. To achieve this, Visio uses visual metaphors to represent concepts, but the way in which it does this makes it much more than...

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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

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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