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What I don’t like about Mac OS X

I’m not a Mac fan, but I’m certainly not a Windows fan. Recently I installed an eMachine with a copy of Mac OS X86 to see what I like about it – sadly, it functions the same as Windows for me. There is no improvement, however there are some things I don’t like about it that I think should be improved.

  1. The dock bar below is too big. Given that I use barely any of the applications, it takes up too much of the screen. I don’t like hiding it. Unlike the taskbar in Windows, which has a clock, task bar icons, a Start button etc., the dock just shows applications and hidden windows. When I want to maximise a window, it doesn’t get to use the bottom of the screen.
  2. The window control buttons in the top left are fine where they are, but they are TOO SMALL.
  3. The windows have no borders which makes it difficult to tell where the edges are in some applications.

That’s actually all there is. Mac OS X is a beautiful Operating System that actually runs quite well on an Intel Celeron chipset eMachine. I can only imagine what a real Mac is like. It is quite intuitive to use, but for the price – a PC can do exactly the same thing.

What antivirus software is right for me?

(This is a work in progress.)

We’ve all been there – buying a new PC, and the sales assistant tries to stuff a copy of Norton 360 in your bag. They tell you if you don’t buy it, the goolies will eat your computer the moment you connect it to the internet.

Now – not to say that Norton 360 is a bad product (scough), but it might not be right for you. Here’s a run down of different anti-virus software on the market today with the pros and cons of each. Some of the packages are free too.

Product Pros Cons Where to get it
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
by Grisoft
  • This cut-down version is available to home users.
  • Comprehensive virus and spyware database.
  • Works well with machines that need more memory.
  • Vista compatible.
Norton 360
  • Sold in most computer retail shops.
  • Vista compatible.
  • Very heavy on memory usage.
  • If you don’t have enough memory, your computer will grind to a halt.
  • Most computer retail outlets.
McAfee Internet Security
  • Sold in most computer retail shops.
  • Vista compatible.
  • Very heavy on memory usage.
  • If you don’t have enough memory, your computer will grind to a halt.
  • Most computer retail outlets.
AVG Internet Security
  • Comprehensive virus and spyware database.
  • Good value.
  • Heavy on memory usage.
  • If you don’t have enough memory, your computer will grind to a halt.

Leave your preferences in a comment. ūüėČ

Liquidweb Review – Would I Recommend Liquidweb?

Server HostingYou may have read my previous posts relating to Leaseweb; I have finally moved away from their services. I joined a hosting company with a good reputation – Liquidweb. Despite the similar name, it’s like a whole new world.

Liquidweb EQUALS Reliable Web Hosting.

The first thing you’ll notice about signing up with Liquidweb is their attention to your satisfaction. Promptly after ordering my dedicated server, a Liquidweb representative called me to confirm my order – call me racist, but it was nice to speak to someone I could actually understand.

I received email notifications at every step, and the dedicated server was set up within 12 hours. If you’re looking for a shared hosting solution, the setup would be instantaneous.

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Leaseweb – Goodbye & Good Riddance

I’m on the verge of saying goodbye & good riddance to Leaseweb – and I couldn’t be happier.

It is through great regret that I recommend that anybody thinking about renting a server from Leaseweb, should think again. The trouble I’ve had from the moment I said Go, has been unbelievable. And despite their very cheap prices, there is no value to be found here.

I joined Leasewebback in June this year, due to issues with my previous host – I was sharing a server with a friend, but it seemed I was paying the full bill every month. So for 80 EURO (approx. $120 USD) I ordered a dedicated server from Leaseweb.

Here’s the blunders:

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Review: PHP Expert Editor – Script Editing Tool

For anybody coding or wanting to code in PHP, a decent editor is vital. Sticking with old-fashioned notepad just won’t cut it, what you need is the mothership of editors – and I think I’ve found it!

PHP Expert Editor is developed by Ankord Development Group, and is one of the more serious entries in this field. And at 35 EUR for a life time license, it won’t shred your wallet either. (What? You didn’t expect it to be free, did you?)

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Review: Google Chrome – Next Generation Browsing

If you haven’t already tried it, downloading and installing Google’s new Chrome browser would be a wise decision. The logo looks somewhat similar to the Pok√©ball from that old hit Pok√©mon.

Chrome marks a new era of browsing, for once we have a company thinking outside the box and actually designing a browser that meets the demands of the modern world.

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Review: DELL Studio Hybrid – DELL’s Greenest PC

There’s just something about DELL, isn’t there? Wherever you go in the world, whatever you watch on the television, DELL seems to crop up everywhere. So it should come as no surprise that the trend that is DELL is taking part in another trend of the world – energy efficiency.

Despite being powered by a power unit supplying a maximum of 65 watts of juice (less than most laptops guzzle), the DELL Studio Hybrid packs quite a punch and shouldn’t have any problems processing the day-to-day tasks of the average user.

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Leaseweb Review – A Bad Experience

Picking a host for your website is probably one of the most important things you’ll ever do. And fate forbid that host goes down, you’ll need all the support you can get. Actually, all you really need is somebody that is willing to investigate the issue in a timely manner, and timely is the category that Leaseweb’s technical support fits least in to.

Yesterday (Monday, 25th July ’08)¬†the server stopped responding. I know I paid my bill because I have a receipt, so surely they haven’t cut it off?! Panic set in, there were people trying to access the server, I have two business clients relying on that server – one for the website, okay so that isn’t too bad, and the other for email! Lucky for me it’s the end of the working day, except – oh no, Leaseweb’s technical support is closed. They’re not in my time zone either, of course they can’t be blamed for that,¬†it was my choice to¬†rent a server outside of my country after all.

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