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Power FM Spot For 19th June 

On This Week In Technology

iTunes in 2008 sold its 5 billionth download

in 2011 they passed 16 billion

Discussion Point

Microsoft are about to release their own tablet the "Surface"

This is a tablet computer that has a 10.6" screen , USB port.

It will come in 2 versions , a regular and a professional version 

The pro version can run Windows applications such as Photoshop and office and will also come with a stylus for writing on the screen.

The regular version ( the RT) will run " mobile apps " 

It has a built in stand and a keyboard ( the Type Cover ) that is " built into " the cover

Availability for the regular version will be around the same time as Windows 8 is released and the professional version will be available 3 months later.

Pricing is unknown and you will be able to buy it online only currently

App Of The Week

Alarm System security for iPhone

Stop people playing with your phone 

Alarm security will sound a siren like sound when someone plays with your phone

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Learn All About Microsoft Office

I am always asked about where to get training in Microsoft Office.
Microsoft have a comprehensive training site where you can learn the basics of all the office products.
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Are There Hidden Partitions On Your Computer?

I have seen hidden partitions on peoples computers that can be hiding various unwanted malware etc.

If you have multiple hard drives or partitions , look for restore partitions first ( don't delete or format that) but the ones to look for are the ones that are a few megabytes in size.

So how do you find the partitions?

On your start menu , right click on computer and click on manage

This will open Computer Management

Click on Disk Management

You will then see all the various partitions on your computer

Remember be careful when doing this but it can highlight a problem area for you as many virus infections can manifest themselves into a small partition on your hard drive.

EaseUs have a free partition manager which will also show the partitions on your hard drive but remember if you dont know what you are doing leave it alone.


Firewalls , How Many Is Enough?

How many firewalls does one computer need?

I am asked that question many times when seeing some people's setup.

I have seen setup's with:

  • Windows Firewall
  • Antivirus Firewall ( The big antivirus packages usually have a firewall solution as well )
  • Software Firewall ( usually Zonealarm , or Comodo )
  • Hardware Firewall ( Your Router )

This really is overkill and can result and does result in a dramatic slowdown of your system.

Your router is the best firewall ( making sure plug n play is turned off ) and along with the Windows Firewall is more than sufficient.


Don't Bother To Hide Your Network Name

I have seen a few wireless networks that have been set up where the SSID (Service Set Identifier) or your network name is hidden under the assumption that it will be more secure.

This means you take a device into the range of the router and the device will not see the router.

The article below will describe why this should not be done.

My main complaint with hiding the SSID is connection issues with some devices.

More time should be spent making making sure your network is secure with WPA2 encryption and passwords that contain letters and numbers and not words out of a dictionary.

Debunking Myths: Is Hiding Your Wireless SSID Really More Secure? - How-To Geek.