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Sticking the boot in on inkjet printer

Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Unable to print. Well, thanks, but I think I could have guessed that by myself based on the simple evidence that the printer is still in Sleep mode and output tray is ominously empty. Oh well, I have a bit of time spare and I’m in need of a laugh so let’s run the Troubleshooter. Check your network connections. Good advice. Who …
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Nov 2013
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Microsoft in Chinese burn ENIGMA: Anti-trust agents' 'sudden visit' to offices

Four of Microsoft's offices in China were "visited" by antitrust regulators on Monday, but neither the software and devices giant nor the Chinese government has explained why. "We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect, and we will address any concerns the government may have …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2014
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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

Microsoft revealed full pricing details for Windows 8 on Friday as Redmond and its retail partners began accepting preorders for the new OS, which will begin shipping on October 26. Starting on Friday, customers can preorder an upgrade edition of Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 in the US or £49.99 in the UK. That's for the full retail …
Neil McAllister, 12 Oct 2012
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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

The big question. You are happily trundling along with Windows 7 and everything is fine. Should you upgrade to Windows 8, at Microsoft's tempting price of £24.99, or $39.99, for a downloadable copy? There is always the safe option of leaving well alone, but tell that to anyone who regretted installing Windows Vista and had to …
Tim Anderson, 24 Oct 2012
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HTC locked out of Windows 8 tablet party

HTC has been declined an invitation to the Windows 8 party after Microsoft apparently refused its tablet development team access to the forthcoming operating system, in yet another body blow to the ailing hardware firm. Redmond made the decision based on the fact that HTC doesn’t sell enough tablets or have enough experience in …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Jun 2012

MacBook Airs in Black Screen of DEATH terror: Apple responds

MacBook Air users who faced a black display when they attempted to install Windows can breathe easier: Apple has issued a patch that should assuage their torment. MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.7, released Thursday, is a fix for a quite convoluted problem affecting the versions of Apple's Ultrabook precursor that were …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2013
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Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

As I've mentioned before, it's hard to make phones sexy, especially SIP phones. The local vultures and I all had a good chuckle at that when I turned in that article, but eventually we stopped and thought: wait, how much fun can we have reviewing SIP phones? It's tough to match setting an IOsafe NAS on fire, but we have this …
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First telcos commit to Windows 7 netbooks

Six US and European telcos have become the first carriers to announce they're selling netbooks running Microsoft's Windows 7, launched today. On Thursday, the number one and two mobile companies in the US as well as T-Mobile, O2, Vodafone and Telia Sonera in Europe committed to offering netbooks with Windows 7 this month and …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2009
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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

Intel must really like the sound of its own ‘voice’. How else can you explain the fact that sliding open the box containing the chip giant’s latest desktop package plays the ding-da-ding-ding-ding jingle as soon as you open it. Amaze your friends! Irritate your colleagues! Keep opening and closing the box to replay the ditty …
Tony Smith, 04 Apr 2013
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Apple tears itself away from iThings to squash Mac OS X bugs

Apple may be more interested in phones and watches these days than the 20th century legacy product that is the PC, but has nonetheless issued a new update for the operating system it still offers for the antediluvian machines. OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3, to give the update its full name, slipped down the skids today promising, …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2013

Microsoft to biz: Just so you get off XP, we don't mind if you go Win 7

Despite the shiny, consumer-friendly crayon box of Surface and the Glee-style TV ads, Microsoft wants us to know that Windows 8 has a serious side, and is perfect for the enterprise. But it seems that a lot of its business-class features might be inaccessible to the very people it is attempting to target. At an event in London …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2012
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Windows 7 finds home at Intel

Good news for Microsoft: Intel is looking forward to installing Windows 7 on the computers of its own employees. Intel was arguably the most visible corporation that decided to skip Vista. And it was by no means lonely in its decision. But Windows 7, it appears, will receive a friendlier welcome. At a Technology Summit with …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Jul 2009
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Windows 7 - the Reg reader verdict

Windows 7 Microsoft takes the wraps off Windows 7 tonight, but thanks to the UK's looming postal strike Reg readers have been playing with the final, shrink-wrapped product for days. So before you go out and spend money on the new OS and/or a new PC, you might be interested in our what ad hoc panel of real readers has to say. First up is …
Joe Fay, 21 Oct 2009
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Abigail's Windows 7 Party

Stob What are you doing on Oct 22? Microsoft is putting a Tupperware-style twist on the upcoming Windows 7 rollout, launching a new initiative to encourage thousands of employees, partners and technology enthusiasts to throw parties in their homes and communities to demonstrate and help spread the word about its new OS - Slashdot …
Verity Stob, 14 Sep 2009
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Microsoft sells Windows twice

Microsoft has started a new refurbishment programme to help companies breathe life into dusty old computers by providing a copy of Windows – at a cost. The new Microsoft authorised refurbisher (MAR) programme, which launched last Friday, is aimed at resolving a growing problem among businesses which have defunct kit lying …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2007
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Samsung SSD 830

Review When it came to putting together a list of SSDs together for your latest upgrade, one name that you could easily overlook until recently was Samsung. Compared to its rivals in the marketplace the company hardly trumpeted its solid state storage products. Samsung SSD 830 solid state drive Samsung's SSD 830: 256GB is an …
Simon Crisp, 06 Jan 2012
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Windows 2000 in Intel chipset screw-up

Intel does not like making disclosures about codenames it has not yet decided to talk about. But at Computex earlier this year, we talked to a very nice chap on the Chicony stand, who was happy to tell us about Bannister, also known as the Intel 440MX chipset, a mobile Celeron platform. Microsoft, like Intel, does not like …
Mike Magee, 23 Jul 1999
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openSUSE 11.4 rocks despite missing GNOME

Review openSUSE 11.4 brings a host of KDE and GNOME updates, the first release of OpenOffice fork LibreOffice, and numerous speed improvements. Perhaps the biggest news, though, is what's not included. That would be GNOME 3.0. Unfortunately for openSUSE fans, the distro's release schedule just didn't quite mesh with GNOME's, so GNOME …
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In praise of Windows 2003 SP1

Comment Usually I get to use this space to complain about Microsoft's poor security practices, but not this time -- with last week's release of Windows 2003 Service Pack 1, this time they get praise. After eighteen months of beta testing, Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now publicly available and loaded with security enhancements. I thought I'd …
Team Register, 05 Apr 2005
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Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft. Dong Zhengwei accused the company of hacking into people's computers. He said: "I respect the right of Microsoft to …
John Oates, 22 Oct 2008
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FOSSers host global Saturday celebration

Join the shopping masses in Kingston-Upon-Thames this Saturday and you might come away with more than you bargained for: an Ubuntu CD, plus schwag, along with that Zara top. And if you're headed to Boston's China Town, don't be surprised if you run into the bearded free-software evangelism of GNU founder Richard Stallman or get …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Sep 2009
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Reg readers sabotage their Windows boxes

We now know first-hand why, say, an electric hand mixer needs a warning label advising users to switch it off before licking icing from the beaters. We recently ran a detailed article describing the default insecurity of a Windows XP Pro box with SP2 installed, and produced a long list of Windows features, components, and …
Thomas C Greene, 14 Sep 2004
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Apple MacBook Pro 17in Core i7 BTO notebook

Review Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro line earlier this year with Intel's Core i CPUs. While the glossy screens and unibody construction are now a familiar sight, Apple does offer several build-to-order tweaks that aren’t likely to appear on the shop floor. Ram and SSDs upgrades aside, MacBook Pro 15in and 17in users can opt for an …
Shaun Dormon, 04 Nov 2010
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Why we love to hate Microsoft

Microsoft watcher Mary Branscombe has an excellent ZDNet post on Why do we (love to) hate Microsoft, and asks: What would Microsoft need to do and say to you for you to be happy to call yourself a fan? In part she's reacting to head of Microsoft PR Frank Shaw's Microsoft by the Numbers in which he highlights the success of …
Tim Anderson, 02 Jul 2010
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Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2

Review Lenovo’s new IdeaPad S10-2 is an update of the S10e. The hardware is conventional netbook fare with a dual-core Atom processor and a 10.1in screen all dressed up in a smart chassis that makes it look like a baby ThinkPad. There have been a number of updates for this model, such as an increase in the frontside bus speed for the …
Leo Waldock, 23 Nov 2009
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Microsoft releases battling OS release candidates

Microsoft has started printing up the invites for the launch of Windows Server 2008 as it finally sets loose release candidate 1 of the long-awaited server operating system. Microsoft's decision to put a red ring around 27 February came as it released another test version of Vista Service Pack 1, the update it is banking on to …
Joe Fay, 06 Dec 2007
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IBM plants Linux on the desktop

IBM has announced an open-source desktop, running Lotus apps and Firefox on top of Red Hat or SUSE Linux. It's based on an internal project which has deployed Linux desktops to several thousand IBM staff, in what IBM said was one of the largest corporate Linux roll-outs to date. It added that its Open Client Solution can also …
Bryan Betts, 13 Feb 2007

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

Review Splinter Cell Conviction Sam Fisher's sixth videogame outing, and his first in almost four years, marks a further refinement of the core principles of the Splinter Cell franchise. The real-world credibility provided by Clancy's endorsement remains intact, as does Sam's modus operandi of infiltrate, interrogate and assassinate …
Andrew Bailey, 19 Apr 2010
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gOS - a Google good OS for your Mum

Review What's free, looks like Mac OS X, just works and is actually Linux? The answer is gOS, which recently launched a new beta that builds on the distro's initial success and adds new tools like integrated Google Gadgets for Linux. When it launched onto the scene late last year, gOS (which stands for good OS) made quite a splash for …
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The Lizard People are after your Linux distro

Letters We hope you are all sitting down, for this first page is all about Linux. See, we told you. Take a seat. We ran a piece in which a relative noobie has a go at installing Linux on the desktop. Plenty of comments from the floor on this. We've had to be fairly ruthless in deciding which to run, since the volume was so high. …
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Mar 2007
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Bill Gates receives knighthood

Britain is to recognise Bill Gates' contribution to UK enterprise and the fight against poverty worldwide with the sort of honour money just can't buy - a knighthood. Bill, who is reported to be "absolutely delighted", will sadly not be Sir Bill of Seattle but, as a US citizen, may henceforth be addressed by the honorary title …
Lester Haines, 26 Jan 2004
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Red card for Mac and Linux users on World Cup clips site

Updated Mac or Linux users will be unable to use a service that allows football fans to catch up with highlights from World Cup games. The video highlights (around four minutes long per match), make up one portion of FIFAworldcup.com's premium subscription service, which costs $19.95. The decision to omit live feeds of matches (a …
John Leyden, 29 May 2002
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Frozen Presarios found in Compaq support glacier

People who bought the Presario 5800 series in droves in the run up to Yule have bombarded Compaq with complaints of persistent system freezes whenever they try to use their machines. One user posted this message on Compaq's bulletin board: "I have not had a session with it [the 5838] that the system has not frozen up. When it …
Mike Magee, 28 Dec 1999
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Virtualization for security

Sometimes we don't really see what our eyes are viewing. That's true with your computer screen, and it's true in nature as well. Oh sure, we can say what we think we're seeing, but we're missing the big story such as the man behind the curtain, to recall a famous phrase from an even more beloved movie. For instance, it's a …
Scott Granneman, 13 Apr 2006
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Keep the lights on, the budget needs it

Column Lights don't turn themselves on. I hesitate to offer this bit of technological know-how to such an intelligent audience, but after last week, it has come to my attention that there may be people who don't realise this. And they may work in Accounts. The trigger for the observation was a report on the TV news last week that the …
Guy Kewney, 12 Mar 2007
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No free upgrade deal for PCs with Win2k beta preinstall

As PC companies prepare to sell systems with Windows 2000 beta 3 preinstalled later this month, the vagueness of the terms and conditions of the Microsoft preview deal is slowly becoming apparent. What, precisely, is it you get if you buy a beta 3 machine? The best answer we can give right now is, not a lot, apart from beta 3 …
John Lettice, 28 Apr 1999
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WinXP product activation: is MS only kidding?

Product Activation is probably the major doubt hanging over Windows XP, and it's therefore to be expected that people from within Microsoft will attempt to defend it. This week, HardOCP has an email which presumably emanates from a Microserf, and which seems to have sufficient background information about product activation for …
John Lettice, 26 Apr 2001
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BBC abandons science

TV BBC TV's venerable science flagship, Horizon, has had a rough ride as it tries to gain a new audience. It's been accused of "dumbing down". That's nothing new - it's a criticism often leveled at it during its 42 year life. But instead of re-examing its approach, the series' producers have taken the bold step of abandoning …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Oct 2006
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WGA, NPfIT and 'rude' councillors polarise readers

Letters Last week's coverage of new and exciting cock-ups in the NHS's NPfIT attracted its usual wide variety of readers, including some folks over at Connecting for Health. They wrote to us to explain that we'd got it all wrong, guv. (NpfIT responds to Reg criticism). Far from being a waste of public resources, the £19m of taxpayers …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Jun 2006
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Giant babies kill the floppy disk

Letters Sad news this week as California coastguards were forced to call off the search for Microsoft researcher Jim Gray who has been missing since setting out in his yacht last Sunday. A respected IT personality and database developer, Google chipped in with an offer to use its high resolution satellite imagery to aid the search: …
Tracey Cooper, 02 Feb 2007