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The XBox One; will you go and buy it

When consoles first came out I was a fan. Well, if we go back to my beginnings it was on a TV console game (Pong and the like) back in the late 70’s I believe it was.

I progressed from that to an Atari 2600 which gave myself and my brother hours of fun. Pacman, Combat, Space Invaders just to name a few. When one game finished it was round to a mates to swap and let..

Following that though I moved on to a ZX81 and Commodore C64 which I loved and again had many many games. I didn’t venture back into consoles until the Sega Mastersystem which again was fantastic for its time BUT.. I found limiting compaired to a computer on which you can do more.

So, after the Mastersystem I went back into computers going through Atari ST, Amiga’s and into PC’s. I let many consoles pass me by until a number of years ago.

Just before the Xbox 360 came out I bought an older second hand Xbox and a PS2. I enjoyed the games still, playing less than on the computer but like the joypad for things like racing games.

I liked but not enough to get a Xbox360. That said though; a couple of years ago I finally decided to go for an Xbox 360 prompted by the Kinect. Now; again I don’t play enough myself but its great fun.

So; history aside and moving up to date we have now seen the Xbox One anounced. Will I get one? Certainly not on release. In fact, if my previous history carries forward it will be a few years till I move forward. Is the XBox 360 obsolite? Well no; I can still get old XBox games. 

Personally I don’t believe is running out and jumping on the bandwagon straight away. However, if nobody did that the the console/technology would die before starting so I do thank those that do. However, remember that your old tech still works and if you don’t play do a hand me down to someone that would?Microsoft Confirms That The Xbox One Will Come With An Incredibly

http://techcrunch.comTue, 21 May 2013 18:01:21 GMT

The Xbox One was just unveiled at Microsoft’s Redmond campus and, true to multiple reports that circulated before the official reveal, the new console wi..

Xbox One Unveil Video

Introducing Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system. This is the unveil video for the Xbox One, showcasing the console, the new Kinect sensor and the …

I’m sure your not here to hear me going on and on about my history though so I thought I would add some articles about the XBox one for you to go and read :

Here’s Your New Xbox One: Microsoft’s All-In-One Home

http://techcrunch.comTue, 21 May 2013 17:10:16 GMT

Microsoft has revealed its new Xbox, the successor to the Xbox 360. It’s a next-generation console, with plenty of power under the hood, but it’s al..

Xbox One: mini FAQ | Technology | – The Guardian, 21 May 2013 19:13:56 GMT

Keith Stuart: A speedy look at some of those unglamorous questions gamers may have about Microsoft’s new console, from always online requirements to pre-owned games and Gamerscores.

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Microsoft releases its Office 365 Home Premium and Office 2013 suite

Whats the difference between Office 365 and Office 2013? Well nothing in products; you still have the same word, power point, etc. Main difference is that one is subscription based at $100 a year and they other costs around $ 2013

OK; there are some fundamental differences. Firstly, Office 2013 can only be installed on 1 computer and from what I’ve read you can never install on any other computer after that. So you have to buy a new copy if get a new computer.

Office 365 can be installed on up to 5 devices; including windows pc’s, tables ad a Mac. It also has addition of free skype calls each month, more cloud storage, etc.

However, you are paying that $100 a year where as with Office 2013 its only the once so that is also a big fundamental difference. Would you like to pay subscription for office?

So that all said, is the new Office suite worth it? If using a touch screen then quite possibly (especially if using surface or other Windows based tablet) as you can use touch screen interface with the new Office.

However, even with the revamped interface I would personally say that unless going to use touch screen stay with your older version OR pick up 2010 which will no doubt be cheaper with the new one now on the shelves.

If you want to learn more then go and check out the Microsoft New Center.

So, will you be updating to the new Office 2013 or 365? Or will you be sticking with your current version or using LibreOffice? Please let us know your thoughts.

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Microsoft releases Windows Essentials 2012 (build 16.4.3505.912)

The latest update of Windows Essentials (formally called Windows Live Essentials)  has been released for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. The regularly updated freeware suite comprises of:  Family Safety, Live Messenger, Mail, Movie Maker, Outlook Connector Pack, Photo Gallery, Skydrive, Toolbar and Writer.

Download from here

English: Windows Essentials 16.4.3505.912 2012 – Online Installer

English: Windows Essentials 16.4.3505.912 2012 – Full Offline Installer (131 MB)

All languages download page:  Windows Essentials 16.4.3505.912 2012 – Online Installer


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Microsoft releases a Security Update for Internet Explorer

A FIX for the zero-day vulnerability that affected millions of Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9 on Windows XP, Vista and 7, as been released. The vulnerability allowed attackers to install the Poison Ivy trojan , which could be used to steal data or take remote control of PC’s.

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Why Windows 7 & Windows Vista users should disable the Sidebar & Gadgets

A couple of months ago, Microsoft decided to stop hosting all Gadgets on their Gadget Gallery Website and they gave this reason:

“Because we want to focus on the exciting possibilities of the newest version of Windows, the Windows website no longer hosts the Gadget Gallery.”

In actual fact, the real reason behind the decision to stop hosting Gadgets, was because It appears there were serious vulnerabilities in the Gadgets that could allow Remote Code Execution, that could allow attackers to take complete control of a person’s system.

Now Microsoft is warning Windows 7 and Vista users to disable the Sidebar and Desktop Gadgets in a Knowledge Base article.

Microsoft issued a Fix It solution KB2719662, which you can download from HERE. The Fix It will disable the Sidebar and the Desktop Gadgets for you automatically.

The supplied default Windows 7 and Vista default Gadgets such as the Clock and Calendar seem to be ok, but many third party Gadgets that were hosted on the Microsoft Gallery Website and from other websites around the net are not to be trusted. So anyone who is still using any non-Microsoft third party Gadgets, it’s best to not load them and delete to be on the safe side.

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3D projected games; is this the future of video gaming?

Don’t rush out and buy anything yet :) as currently only a patented idea by Microsoft for Xbox.

Microsoft’s patent details a system that will immerse video gamers by projecting images of the games environment around the room that the player is playing in. Having the graphics projected on the walls will certainly give the gamer a more immersive feel to the video games they are playing and this is one gamer that can’t wait..

However, wait we must as it is reported a spokesman said that there is no comment about when any product might be released. Personally lets hope that it is sooner rather than later as this certainly sounds exciting. Here is a link to the story on the BBC News site.

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Windows 8 – The future is possibly not so bright?

Some early reviews of the Windows 8 RTM (Release-to-Manufacturing) have been less than glowing of Microsoft’s new OS, especially this one review. The general consensus among those who have tried the beta’s and the RTM, seems to be that Windows 8 is a step in the wrong direction and that is down to the actual Metro interface itself. Many PC users would rather Microsoft just have implemented a normal desktop only and included an updated start menu.

Already there are a couple of useful pieces of software to make things easier though. First there is Retro UI, that allows you to immediately bypass the Metro interface and go straight to the desktop. Next is Start Menu Modifier, which allows you to open the start screen without leaving the desktop, so avoiding the need to move from one interface to another.

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Is Windows 8 worth the upgrade?

To begin, lets look at Windows 8′s most controversial feature, the user interface and then have a run down of the most notable new features the new OS has to offer.

The Interface

Forget about the new Metro  Modern UI interface, which unless you have a touch screen monitor it’s awkward to use and takes longer to navigate, especially when trying to get to the nitty-gritty of the OS itself.  So the best way is to switch over to the ever reliable Desktop and leave the Modern UI for the quick selection of Apps.

New Features

Windows 8 Reset/Refresh

  • Reset: Completely re-installs Windows 8, meaning you lose all setting, files and applications (except the ones that come installed with Windows 8).
  • Refresh: will allow you to reinstall Windows 8, but you keep all of your settings, files and applications that are already installed.

Windows Explorer
Windows 8 Explorer has a new ribbon, which offers many more useful features such as:

  • File Management:  Improved duplicate file identification, mount ISO and VHD files directly in Windows Explorer.
  • File History: is a quick backup feature of all your important files and it’s located on the new Windows Explorer ribbon.

More in-depth details found Here

New Task Manager
Offering new features such as resource usage light ups, process type grouping (Applications, Background processes, Windows processes)

Large Disk Support
Windows 8 will be able to support partitions larger than 2TB.

Storage Spaces
A new technology that is comparable to RAID and it’s a lot more flexible, where you can have different Hard Drive sizes and connect through SATA, USB and SAS.

Picture Password
In Windows 8 you can use a user defined picture and through a series of gestures, be able to login when the user has made the correct gesture around the picture.

Internet Explorer 10
A Modern UI version of internet explorer offers touch control, so it features: default full screen mode, double tap, a touch keyboard and a touch optimized tab bar. A normal desktop version of IE10 is included.

Based on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows 8 beats Windows 7 in performance in many key area’s, from a faster booting speed with an average of 33% drop compared to Windows 7, to faster speed when browsing the web.  Gaming however, benchmarks show that Windows 7 still has the advantage in the FPS stakes with it having a slight edge, but that is mainly due to the graphic card drivers not yet being optimised enough.

So is it worth upgrading?
Will it becomes another Windows Vista or possibly could it take on Windows 7, which I think that is probably nigh on impossible now that Windows 7 has just overtaken XP’s market share, standing at 42.76%, compared with Windows XP’s 42.5%. The success of Windows 8 could also possibly depend on the uptake of sales on touch screen PC’s, but HP, Toshiba, Dell, and Asus have begun showing off thier new range of hybrid Laptops to take advantage of the new OS. Windows 8 does indeed have some nice useful new features, but many people are probably going to have the wait and see attitude and decide whether its worth upgrading from windows 7 or XP, especially for businesses.

Windows 8 release date is October 26th and it comes in 4 flavours: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, and Windows RT as well as upgrades from Windows 7, Vista and XP.

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