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    Coining it in

    Life, James Hein, Published on 03/02/2016

    » So the People's Bank of China (PBOC) is planning to set up a virtual currency for China. The stated purpose sounds reasonable, reduce the cost of paper currency and allow the country to have greater control over the currency supply. Apparently this would also help with money laundering, tax cheats and allow for greater transparency.

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    Smartphone slowdown is inevitable

    Life, James Hein, Published on 10/02/2016

    » The big duo of mobile phones Apple and Samsung are wondering how 2016 will be in terms of sales and they are not super confident. Apple did have a great year posting US$18.4 billion (654 billion baht) in profit, the most of any company ever. They did this by selling a tiny number more devices than last year, over 74 million of them. What they didn’t do was sell a lot more than the same time last year and shareholders are asking why. The latest versions are similar to the previous ones at least in design but Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out that global economic conditions are not good, currencies are dropping in key markets so that less can afford the newest top end units. I think that the top end of the smartphone market is saturated and a slowdown is inevitable.

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    Keeping protected content

    Life, James Hein, Published on 23/12/2015

    » Are you allowed to keep protected content? Depending on the country you live in the response is not always "yes". Even in freedom loving places like the United States, some in government agencies try to restrict freedoms, like access to Tor. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or at least a few of its agents there, certainly appear to have an anti-Tor policy and will actively try to have any public access points shut down. This has, of course, had little success in a place like the US but in other places the whole internet can be shut down.

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    Windows 10 seems a success story

    Life, James Hein, Published on 04/11/2015

    » It has been a while now and the feedback on Windows 10 has generally been positive. I know a few people that have taken advantage of the free upgrade offer and with few exceptions they have been satisfied with the results, including those that have been critical of versions 8.x. As I have mentioned previously, getting a replacement Start menu is helpful. Another thing to do before upgrading is to check that there are Windows 10 device drivers for all of your hardware. This may require a visit to the websites of the manufacturer of your peripherals especially for printers, scanners and music interface devices. If they don't have them then you may have a problem.

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    Microsoft gets pushy, draws flak

    Life, James Hein, Published on 11/11/2015

    » Microsoft has been criticised for being overly pushy with Windows 10 upgrades. Some users reported that the upgrade request had been checked even though they didn't do so, indicating that something else did it for them. Microsoft claims this is a mistake, for the moment at least. Next year the situation will change as it will be part of the "recommended" update process. If you have automatic updates turned on with the important and recommended ones checked, then sometime next year Windows 10 will be downloaded and installed on your machine. If you were wondering, "auto-download" with this option is the default setting on most Windows installations. The first the user will know about this is when they see the reboot into Windows 10 message after the update has been applied.

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    The three version rule for Windows

    Life, James Hein, Published on 18/11/2015

    » I was helping someone out with their scanner driver for Windows 10, easy enough, but when it was installed the default program worked fine and the graphics program they were using worked great in preview but then did not work at all for the actual scan. The problem appeared to be the age of the application. Many computer users get very used to a particular version of a particular application. It could be an old version of Word, or in this case, Picture Publisher.

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    Do not feed the trolls

    Life, James Hein, Published on 14/10/2015

    » The internet is full of nice people who just want to make everyone feel good about themselves. Yes, of course, I'm just messing with you. While there are some people and some sites that are indeed supportive there are many others that are full of anonymous cowards who lurk in wait and revel in making personal attacks. The term "trolls" is a common one and some of these are even paid to wait for an organisation, website, blog or specific individuals to post something so that they can instantly slither in for the attack. It doesn't seem to matter if the subject is somewhere from aardvarks to zebras there will be someone out there to take an opposing position like that one guy in the audience who just doesn't like what you are singing in a pub.

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    Reverting to classic Windows

    Life, James Hein, Published on 02/09/2015

    » By now a number of readers will have applied the Windows 10 upgrade to their machines. Based on the feedback the first thing you should consider doing is going to www.classicshell.net and downloading the latest version of the free software Classic Shell. I have put this on a number of Windows 8.x machines over the past couple of years without any issues. This utility gives Windows 8 and 10 users back the classic Start menu and associated items. As of writing the latest version is 4.2.4 and I recommend it for all long-term Windows users.

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    Groupthink is so Orwellian

    Life, James Hein, Published on 22/07/2015

    » I have been using the internet since it first became public. In the early days the main aim was basic communication and the sharing of information. It was actually a lot easier to find information quickly back then because the groups and sites tended to be highly focused. Discussion groups were often moderated and if you strayed too far from the central theme of the group you were encouraged to look elsewhere.

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    Intellectual theft isn't so expensive

    Life, James Hein, Published on 13/05/2015

    » So which countries are the worst at enforcing intellectual copyright? According to the latest US annual Special 301 Report, the top two are China and India. There are, of course, more in the full priority watch list, including Thailand and Russia. Thailand was singled out for a number of issues, including what is described as "media-box piracy", those being storage devices with the capability of playing HD content preloaded with large quantities of pirated material and sold as a package. This approach is currently growing in popularity in Asia.

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