What is IRC? An Introduction to IRC [Part 1 of 2]

Posted by Rich On April - 26 - 2011

In this two-part guide, we’ll learn what IRC is, tips to use it, and some basic commands to get you started. In part one of this guide, we’ll focus on introducing IRC and getting you set up to use it on your computer. Specifically, we’ll cover:

  • What is IRC?
  • Who Uses IRC?
  • What is a Client?
  • What is a Server?
  • What are Channels, Networks, and Servers?
  • Download and Install Pidgin, an IRC Client
  • Configure Pidgin for IRC

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What it Costs to Fix Your Windows PC vs a Mac [Comic]

Posted by Thomas On April - 26 - 2011

As long as we’re on the subject (Rich’s Post). Here’s a (very) short list of the differences between MAC and PC (Windows).

What you get, and what it costs to fix…

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How to Fix Any Computer (Comic)

Posted by Rich On April - 25 - 2011

I found this both humorous and stereotypically true:

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Details of New Simple Internet Browser for Windows 8

Posted by Rich On April - 25 - 2011

A new browser (coined, online, as an “immersive” browser) is available with build 7955 of Windows 8. Neowin has exclusive details on this browser as well as screenshots of what it currently looks like in build 7955.

As of now, the browser looks “unfinished” (I don’t think I’d like to be a Microsoft developer right now as I read criticism of software that I haven’t finished yet) but looks to be aimed at tablet users and those who want a more simple browsing experience.

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Get the latest news about Windows 8 on the Windows 8 Rolling Updates page.

Screenshots of History Vault have leaked from Windows 8 build 7955 and are shared on winrumors. I have hands on experience with OS X’s Time Machine, which is a tool that lets you get to previous versions of files and backups. Time Machine is very useful and is invaluable when you need it.

Windows backup has always been a little cumbersome and, for most users, far from intuitive. Is History Vault the product we’ve been waiting for? From the information available, it looks like it’s going to let you view old files and restore them in a more intuitive “snapshot” view so you can go back to the date, you want the file from, and restore lost or files that need replacing.

Windows 8: History Vault user interface revealed | winrumors

Windows Forums member Uvais, who is always on the lookout for other users’ safety on their PCs shares a tool recently released by Microsoft:  Microsoft Safety Scanner, which is designed to work with your current anti-virus software to detect threats and infections on your PC. From the download page:

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.

The software is designed to be downloaded for one-time use and expires after 10 days–requiring you to go back to the site and download the latest version with current virus-checking definitions.

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