Friday Humour – Mac Air v ThinkPad

May 2, 2008

The video they don’t show on TV.


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Author: Support @ 8:00 am
Category: Apple




Blue on Windows Vista

April 2, 2008

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I came into the office this morning to see that Blue had some opinions he wished to express about Windows Vista.

"In 1999 Microsoft gave us Windows ME, seven years later they gave us Windows ME 2 (Windows Vista)" – Blue

J: What do you mean Blue?

B: Well do remember Windows ME back in the 1990s? That was one poor excuse of an Operating System, built on not much better Windows 98 before it!

J: Yes I do, it was terrible, specially when you consider Windows 2000 Professional was available at the same time for business people. But surely Vista isn’t as bad as Windows ME Blue?

B: Your right, it isn’t, its worst that Windows ME! Vista is like a bad Sequel after XP, think Star Trek V, Sting 2, Star Wars 1, Speed 2, Batman & Robin, Jaws 4, Spiderman 4.

J: What, they are doing another Spiderman film?

B: Yeah!

J: So what is so wrong with Windows Vista?

B: Well you got a new machine the other day after your last Vista machine couldn’t repair itself and to be honest was a little under powered anyway (2.8 GHz 1.5 GB RAM and 128MB Video) . You also had a clients Vista machine that couldn’t repair itself either that week!

J: Yes and yes, but now my old Machine has Linux Ubuntu 8.04 on it.

B: I know, it feels like a new machine does it? And with 3D desktop enabled it puts Vista and Mac visual effects to shame?

J: Your right, it does Blue. But I think that’s a topic for another day

B: Well here is my list of complaints so far…

1. Forget about speed unless you have a 2.0GHz Duo machine and then I’d be looking at Quad Core if you can stretch to it

2. Control Panel mayhem, I can’t find anything quickly

J: Ah, but your meant to search for everything in Vista, programs, email, documents etc, that’s the thinking behind Vista

b: True, but try searching for "Windows Updates" and nothing will appear because you didn’t type it "Windows Update", that’s just laziness on Microsoft part

J: Okay, next

3. Coping files over network has only been fixed with Service Pack 1, why would they ship an OS with a problem like this?

4. Service Pack 1 actually slows down Vista, forget about it speeding things up or adding any new features

5. Mapped Network drives in a Workgroup environment never remember your passwords

6. How many ways do you need to shutdown the computer? Sometimes it doesn’t actually shutdown, it sleeps and even that doesn’t work correctly on your new desktop computer, remember this morning you wasted 20 minutes?

J: Okay, okay we are getting the picture, so what do you suggest?

B: Not much choice, Microsoft will stop large computer manufactures from ship XP machines in June, Windows 7 won’t be around till 2009/10. Linux debate always comes down to the choice of applications you need to run and isn’t as easy as Windows or Apple, although this is improving. Apple operating system has MS Office and Adobe applications going for it, but they are expensive compared to the specs of a Windows machine and if you’re a large company, Apple Servers are ludicrously expensive bit of kit, £3,000 for a basic server. What do you think Jamie?

J: Well I think if your out for a new laptop or desktop which will run Vista, 2 GB of RAM, 2 GHz Duo Processors and separate video card which doesn’t steal system memory or is what you should be aiming at.

Author: Support @ 8:00 am




What fonts can I use on my Website?

February 1, 2008

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Twice this week I have been asked what fonts can I use on my website?

Not that many is the short answer.

You might have hundreds of fonts available on your computer, this doesn’t mean everyone else does. Depending on the operating system (Windows, Linux, Apple) , web browser (Firefox, IE, Safari) and programs installed (Office, Photoshop etc) will effect the range of fonts you have. You can certain download more, but people visiting your web site aren’t going to do that. So what fonts are general safe to use on your blog or company website?

From some digging around the general opinion seems to be around 8-10 fonts are pretty safe to use. It doesn’t mean you can’t use images for headers and sub headings etc, but for the bulk of text you are pretty much limited.

What are the Options?

So here is a quick sample of the options available to you, but make sure you have a glance over the next section, as you will see that this still varies from computer to computer, web browser to web browser.

Verdana

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Georgia

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Tahoma

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Arial

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Times New Roman

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Courier New

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Helvetica

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Lucida Console

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Palatino Linotype

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

MS Sans Serif

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Impact

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Trains, Planes and Operating Systems

And just to confuse you more, these fonts can also vary in style depending on the web browser, computer settings and version of the operating system you are running. Although, to be honest don’t worry too much about this, its impossible for any web sites to look identical on every machine out there.

Linux Operating System

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Windows XP

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Apple Mac

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For more information on this subject check out…

Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents

and

Web-Safe Fonts for Your Site

What is your advice about fonts and websites, I’m no expert on the subject so I would love to hear your thoughts?

Author: Support @ 4:25 pm
Category: Web development




A year on from Windows Vista

November 26, 2007

Mike at Digital Agency noticed this clever advert from Apple promoting bad press Windows Vista has received. Which prompted me to think about what features I like and dislike with the operating system. Check out the video if haven’t already seen it first.


The Good

  • The new Start Menu – I like the way you search for applications and documents within the start menu.
  • Snipping Tool – A simple tool makes my life a lot easier when it comes to screenshots.
  • Printer – Setting up a printer general seems like an easier affair.
  • User Friendliness – I suppose in area’s it a lot easier for the average joe to use, for long as they aren’t upset by the poor performance.
  • I’m struggling to think of anymore.

The Bad

  • Sync Center is not scalable – A small client of ours has recently grown from 2 to 7 machines within a space of a year. Windows Sync has proved it is not a 100% fool proof. Maybe it will work better when we switch to a Domain environment in the new year. I’d like to keep this for the Laptop users.
  • Control Panel Overload – If you switch to classic view the control panel is a complete nightmare.
  • Visual Effects – Both Apple and Windows are behind on this front when you look at Ubuntu.
  • Backup Software – Has had features removed so you can’t define just a directory to be backed up, no it has to be whole drive or nothing.

The Ugly

  • Hardware Hog – I’ve purchased decent laptop with 2GB of RAM and dual processors, yet it still seems to take a day to boot up.
  • Wireless Cards – I have had a couple of issues where Vista decides its going to forget the password for the wireless network.
  • Shutdown – Far too many shutdown options for the end user to choose from.
Author: Support @ 9:00 am
Category: Apple,Windows




Apple’s new operating system, Leopard

October 29, 2007

When working in IT it is always important to keep up with the latest technology, even if you have no plans to use that technology. Although the nearest thing I have to Apple Mac is my old battered iPod, I decided to take time out and watch a series of video’s on Apple’s new operating system, Leopard.

Video One

Video Two

Video Three

Author: Support @ 8:00 am
Category: Apple