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Backing-up your PC? Backing up the stuff on your phone? Pah! That’s for losers! At least that’s what 1-in-5 British PC owners think, according to new research. Over a third of Brits with mobiles can’t be bothered either!
Storage device providers, Verbatim (so no bias then) did a survey to coincide with World Backup Day. Yes. There’s a World Backup Day.
“Having the hard drive on your PC crash can be a traumatic experience. It’s not difficult to do regular backups. There’s a plethora of hardware and software solutions available for backing up, and innumerable tutorials and advice on the internet. Backup and restore is even built into the latest version of Microsoft Windows and requires just three clicks of the mouse. Apple offers similar functionality with Time Machine,” explains Rüdiger Theobald of Verbatim.
He added: “Computer data recovery is a tricky business. Where physical failure has occurred, and the hard drive needs to be worked on in a cleanroom, typical costs can be in excess of £500 and there’s no guarantee all the data will be recovered.”
Turns out that, when questioned about it, the things people are most concerned about losing are their photographs, personal documents, videos and music.
And losing these things is easy, when you consider that of those polled, 25% suffered from hardware failure, accidental damage (17%), a computer virus (13%) and software corruption (13%).
Skim-read the article? Here’s an infographic for you.
Unbelievably, there are still people in the UK who aren’t online. Bloody troglodytes. Maybe they think this whole internet business is just too expensive to get into?
Well, that notion could be kicked square in the arse as a cross-sector partnership aims to bring the internet to “every individual and every organisation in every community across the UK.”
The scheme is called Get Online @ Home and is backed by Microsoft and TalkTalk. Consumers will be able to grab a “no nonsense” Windows 7 computer complete with TalkTalk broadband for as little as £159. If you’re on benefits, it’ll be even cheaper.
See the offers and deals at getonlineathome.org
The Get Online @ Home scheme has been offering cheap computers for a while now, but this is the first time they’ve coupled it with an affordable broadband package, which could certainly sweeten the deal for those wanting to make their first foray online (where they’ll probably type in CAPS for 3 months, get bullied and set up twitter accounts with only one tweet, saying ‘I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do now’).
For your £159, you can get a refurbed Windows 7 desktop PC with a 15in monitor and keyboard and mouse, as well as a 12-month TalkTalk broadband package with a monthly usage allowance of 40GB and a phone line with free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines.
It’s already a huge hit on the Xbox 360 and now Microsoft are bringing their miraculous Kinect gaming device to PCs – or at least ones that run Windows. They’ll be hoping to add to the 18 million Kinect devices that have been sold so far, although it’s doubtful that they’ll replicate that kind of success.
The PC version of Kinect will feature a ‘near mode’, allowing it to track movements as close as 40cm to the device, compared to the 50cm range of the Kinect version. Sadly for PC owners, it’ll also be pricier, with the US price set at $249 (£157) compared to $130 (£82) for the Xbox version.
Are you a Windows-flavoured PC gamer? Would you fork out in excess of £150 for a Kinect device. Have you done something different to your hair? It’s looking… different somehow. TELL US.
It’s the UBERCLASSIC game Portal, and it’s currently available to download to your PC and/or Mac, for absolutely no money whatsoever. Yes, it’s FREE.
It looks more complicated than Horace Goes Skiing so we won’t be touching it with a bargepole, but it might be the sort of thing that some of you lot will go for. Enjoy.
In the eternal battle between PC nerds and Apple fanbois, who better to pitch in with their opinion than McDonalds? As much as we love our Macbooks, they’re taking the piss a little bit, aren’t they?
Even though it appears that Microsoft are going allow governments to spy on your conversations on Skype, at least they’ve had the decency to tart the Android app up. Basically, you can now get free video calls over Wi-Fi and 3G.
The new version of the app will be available to owners of most Android smartphones and you’ll be able to make calls over multiple platforms. Basically, you can ring people from your phone on their computers, Smart TVs and even Apple devices like the iPhone.
The app is only available on phones which have Android 2.0 and above, and soon, will be available on the iPad. Could this be the beginning of the end for the way we normally ring people?
Amazon’s Kindle e-reader continues to creep into the consciousness of us Brits, like some kind of weird green slime with no real sense of direction, and now you can get a PC version of the damned newfangled thing as well.
In the absence of a proper UK launch for the hand-held version, Amazon have started making the Kindle internationally available, which means you can order one from the USA and it’ll get to you eventually, probably after a long boat trip.
While you’re waiting for one to turn up, or indeed waiting for one to made available properly in this country, you can download the aforementioned PC version for free and enjoy the ability to sync your books between your computer and your Kindle device.
Like the Kindle itself, it’s strictly an all-American affair – you’ll be buying your e-books from Amazon.com and paying in American-style dollars. Oh, and some e-books won’t be available due to murky international licencing reasons. But hey, it’s better than nothing.
Of course, you do realise you’ll have to have eyeballs made of tungsten to read a novel on a computer screen don’t you?
Kindle for PC is available to download now, and is compatible with Windows 7 and Vista. A Mac version is ‘coming soon.’
Rolling out a global marketing campaign entitled “Touch of Brilliance” that relies on a tie-wearing acne-faced oik behind a counter to bother to re-booting a PC – it’s precisely that sort of buffoonery the saying setting yourself up for a fall was invented for:
The pic was taken by reader Tim Cooper in the Meadowhall shopping centre, Sheffield. If you’re curious as to why the photo quality is so terrible, it’s because Tim took the shot on an iPhone. Boom!
Here’s that golden moment that happens in every father-daughter relationship – the moment when Daddy presents his little girl with her first desktop computer.
It’s all there – she immediately identifies the brand of PC, he gives her a quick rundown of its specs, then… erm, he reveals that inside his cupboard is a collection of many more pristine, untouched PCs.
So it’s not really his daughter? He’s going to kill her then lure in his next victim with a fresh desktop? What’s the real story here? Maybe it’s all perfectly harmless and within half an hour she’ll be exchanging dirty online talk with a 56-year old lorry driver from Rotherham.
The public bitching by Apple is never ending. At a time when folk are concerned about spending a couple of hundred quid more on a computer just because it’s white and shiny, perhaps they should be talking up their own products instead of running down Microsoft.
Or maybe not, because a) Apple has just reported net profits of $1.21 billion – exceeding all predictions, and b) they’re still making some fun commercials. One of the latest Apple ads involves the Mac and PC characters, and the legal small print that PC must quote anytime he wants to make a simple statement about how easy they are to operate:
And lo, within hours of broadcast, a crack squad of UV-starved individuals strained their vision more then usual while staring at a computer screen, and transcribed all the text. Saucer of milk for Mac’s table:
It is recommended that a maintenance schedule is developed and adhered to in order to make sure your PC is running safe and secure. Update your software, do a virus scan, and run error check utility once a week. Search for and download software and driver updates, free up disk space, and defragment hard drive at least once a month. Empty the recycle bin and remove unnecessary programs once every three months. Back up all your files once a year. Please see instruction manual for more details. Failure to perform these functions may result in the following: freezing, viruses, slow performance, and/or error messages. If problems persist after routine maintenance is performed, please contact your local IT professional who may or may not refer you to your software or hardware manufacturer depending on where the problem originated. Important information about easy to use PCs: PCs may become more difficult to use if the following occurs: sluggish operating system, viruses, and error messages, crashing and freezing. Unfortunately, freezing and/or crashing are sometimes unavoidable.
And so it goes on – you can find more transcriptions at OhGizmo. Not doubt there’ll be some forums burning with hell and fury over this, although we like to think of it as West Side Story, with gangs of fanboys roaming around Hell’s Kitchen with flick-knives. Sort of.
[OhGizmo] via [TechCrunch]