PC questions

As in “Personal Computer” not “politically correct”. I really couldn’t give a stuff about the latter. 1. I currently run Windows XP Professional on my home computer. If I purchase a new (replacement) computer, can I use the license from this machine on the new one? Or do I have to pay for the upgrade from XP Home? 2. AMD vs Intel. Is either “better”? Or are they much of a muchness? 3. AMD vs AMD Live… again, will it make that much difference to me? 4. Widescreen monitor or not? Ohh and I should point out that I’m not buying the thing just yet but beginning to look. It’ll likely be a DELL again as the current one has …

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Empty Recycle Bin

Excuse me, but I really need to get all this stuff out of my head. Hot feet – every morning when I come into work I follow the same routine. Turn on the PC, login to email, scan the subject lines and then grab a coffee. Every morning I end up feeling too hot and find that only taking my shoes off helps. Just me? iTunes – why won’t you delete files from my PC anymore? I know I shouldn’t have selected to ‘never display this confirmation again’ but I thought you’d be nice enough to allow me to turn on that prompt again. But no, you seem to be in the huff which is a pity as we were …

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Start me up

It’s getting very techie around here isn’t it, last one for a … well… a couple of days at least. If you are anything like me when you sit down and turn on your computer you really want it to start as fast as possible. You don’t want to have to wait until Windows loads and then wait again until all those other little programs load, no you just want to get right to work. Of course you can’t because, probably unbeknownst (ohh I love that word, must use it more often) to you, there are several little programs all trying to run at startup. A lot of these will be small programs that you’ll never notice as they don’t …

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Annoyance

[Public Service Announcement] Windows XP users! Are you fedup with applications stealing focus when they are launched? I am, especially as I had installed TweakUI for XP which has the option to “Prevent applications from stealing focus”. And then I remember reading somewhere that, in a previous version of TweakUI, that option actually worked in reverse. In other words if you WANTED to stop applications stealing focus (popping up in front of what you are currently working on) then you had to UNCHECK that option. And it works. This post is brought to you by the letter A, the number 3249, and the random workings of my head. P.S. You smug Mac users can just shut up.

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Flow increasing

I’m slowly remembering how to do this thing called ‘blog’. Next up, a question: Anyone know of a small (light on resources) PHP web server I can run on my home machine (XP Pro), for testing purposes only.. it’s a real pain to have to make changes to a PHP script, upload it, refresh the page, change the PHP, upload, refresh… etc etc.. You see I’m determined to launch the Scottish Blogs website. It’s almost there. Almost. But not quite. I just need to figure out a couple more things and it’ll be ready. Sort of… ach, it’s as near as dammit, and I can add more code to it later.

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Customisation: Take 2

So you wanna see my desktop then? If you can make it out on this resized screenshot – you’ll spot that I’ve got a different XP Style running. Rob mentioned StyleXP in a comment, which will let you do this and a lot more, but I didn’t like the 2MB (!!) overhead, and found a nice little patch that let’s you load other XP Styles without an application. Next up, the text on the left hand side has the time and date, current CPU usage, RAM usage, number of processes running, internet traffic (up and down, handy if I was, say, running eMule or something..), IP address, Uptime, Last restart time and date and the wee bars at the bottom …

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Customisation

I’ve been getting back skinning and customisation of my desktop recently thanks to Samurize, Neowin and (the sadly defunct but still findable with Google) Y’z Dock. It’s slightly addictive mind you – and I find myself changing things a lot more than I used to… especially when you come across a screenshot of someone else’s desktop and think “ohhhh I like that!”. So, how many of you guys are bothered about ‘skinning’ applications or customisation of your OS? UPDATE: Well the initial response to this is “eh?” so here is a primer for you. One note here, if you do decide to ‘skin’ Windows XP by getting some new themes (the default blue with green start button is called Luna …

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Yawn

For some reason, without fail, I wake at around 7am at the weekend. BING! Wide awake. Can someone explain why? I should point out that I don’t actually get up at that time, I usual doze off again after about 10 minutes but it’s getting a little tiresome. Particularly when I struggle to get up at 7am for work (But I think I know why that happens…). Anyway, spent most of last night re-installing software and generally tidying out old files and stuff. Still got bits and bobs to do mind you but all in good time. XP seems to be behaving a lot better now, and I think I solved the screen saver/power mode issue – thanks to everyone …

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XP Pro woe

[non-geeks look away now] I’ve had nothing but hassles since I upgraded to XP Pro late last year. So last week I decided to bite the bullet and reformat my main hard drive and try a clean installation. Easier said than done. Suffice to say that despite having checked that my Dell PC can boot from a CD and that the XP Pro CD was, indeed, bootable I ended up having to create a set of XP Pro Boot disks (floppy disks no less – remember them!). I finally managed the reformatting of my main drive and the re-installation of XP Pro last night. Tonight (or the weekend) I’ll re-install all the old applications (well not all of them, I …

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