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Barbecue gas – butane or propane?

Buying a gas barbecue can be more than a little complicated. You think you have worked out what you want, then you discover there are two types of LPG (Liqueified Petroleum Gas) – Butane and Propane. Not only that, but the gas…

Nokia N97 due July

Nokia’s latest smartphone, the N97, is due in the UK this July, according to Vodafone. The 3G quad-band phone features a large touchscreen display and a full QWERTY keyboard. Storage is a massive 32 Gb and another 16 Gb can…

How to check lip sync on your HD satellite receiver

There still seem to be audio synchronisation problems with some HD satellite receivers. If you have doubts about yours you can access a lip sync test signal on the BBC HD channel. A test card is available too, which has…

How to force a Sky receiver to do a software update

Forcing a Sky receiver to do a software update is very easy. The process could be terminal for the box if the mains is interrupted in mid-update so please be careful that this cannot happen accidentally. Here are the steps…

How to find the hidden Sky installer menu

Here is how to access the hidden installer menu on your Sky box. Warning one – do not change anything you do not understand. Warning two – even if you do know what you are doing, make a note of the…

UK government finally accepts it cannot secure large databases

In a major climbdown the UK government has dumped plans for a massive communications database. To quote Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary, in the foreword to a government consultation on the subject, “the balance between privacy and security is a delicate one,…

How to create a Windows XP Service Pack 3 disk (XP SP3 CD)

Want to create an XP SP3 disk? If you have every had to wipe a hard drive and reinstall Windows XP you will know how long your PC takes downloading and installing all the updates to the operating system. The downloads seem…

Bluetooth 3.0 High Speed now official

The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) officially adopted the Bluetooth 3.0 HS specification today. Not that you would know it from the official Bluetooth.com and Bluetooth.org websites – neither appear to have any mention of it, apart from an almost fact-free…

Phorm – EU to the rescue

In a major embarrasment for the UK government, the European Commission has launched a case against the UK over its privacy and personal data protection laws.  According to the EU the UKs laws do not properly protect “the confidentiality of communications by…

Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (v 9.04) in beta now, full release due April 23

The latest release of Ubuntu, a version of the open source Linux operating system and prime alternative to Microsoft Windows, has just gone into beta. Codenamed Jaunty Jackalope, it has been in planning since September last year. The new release provides faster bootup…