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Get A Real Start Menu In Windows 8 With StartIsBack

Get A Real Start Menu In Windows 8 With StartIsBack

I’ve written about Windows 8 quite a lot in the past and on day 6 of my week with Windows 8 I explained how you can make Windows 8 work a little more like a traditional Windows desktop. Within that article I used a tool called Classic Shell in order to get my Windows 8 desktop back to how I like it. However, I’ve since found a much more mature and functional application called Sta... »

Bye Bye MSN, Hello Skype

Bye Bye MSN, Hello Skype

  Microsoft has announced that in the first quarter of 2013 MSN (or Windows Live Messenger) will be killed off worldwide with the exception of mainland China. Instead the service is going to be replaced by a brand new rockin’ version of Skype. The new version of Skype has received a face lift in more ways than one. Not only is it now integrated with Windows 8, but you can now sign in to... »

Windows 8 Released

Windows 8 Released

Today marks the release of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8. If you where thinking that you’re looking forward to the latest release, wondering what the new start menu or taskbar might look like? Well you’re in for a big surprise. It’s well publicised that there is no love lost between me and Windows 8. This is mainly because of the vast different between Wind... »

Which Is better, Ubuntu Or Windows?

Which Is better, Ubuntu Or Windows?

A few days ago I was speaking to a friend of mine who is completely none technically. He saw my computer screen (Ubuntu 12.04) and asked how I got Windows to look like that. I explained that it wasn’t Windows but rather Ubuntu. I then went on to explain what Ubuntu was. After about 30 minutes or so of ‘geek talk’ with this friend, he asked me a very simple question. So which is b... »

How To Protect Your Computer From Infection For Free [Windows]

How To Protect Your Computer From Infection For Free [Windows]

Getting a virus on a Windows machine today is very easy to do but there are some things you can do in order to help reduce the risk of getting infected whilst online. I’ve been using Windows in one form or another since Windows 1995 and in that time I can’t remember a single time were I have had a significant infection on any of my machines. That’s great huh? But you want to kno... »

Windows Vs Ubuntu – Driver Wars

Windows Vs Ubuntu – Driver Wars

Recently I have bought a couple of new pieces of hardware (as all good geeks do). Some of the new toys I have bought are a HP Envy Sleekbook Laptop, a HP Officejet 4500 Wireless Printer and also a Wacom Bamboo graphics tablet. I use Ubuntu on most of my machines but on my Sleekbook laptop I have both Ubuntu 12.04 and also Windows 7 in a dual boot configuration so all my new toys had to work with b... »

HTC 8X Unveiled with Windows Phone 8 And Beats Audio

HTC 8X Unveiled with Windows Phone 8 And Beats Audio

The 8X is the new smartphone by Taiwanese company, HTC (you may have heard of them). This is their début device that is going to be powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. Simple to manipulate with its new design, the HTC 8X may look a lot like the Nokia Lumia 920, but looks are only skin deep. According to HTC, the smartphone design is the most comfortable you’ll e... »

Should I Upgrade To Windows 8?

Should I Upgrade To Windows 8?

Windows 8 is due for release at the end of October and with the release a little over a month a way, I’ve been asking myself if I should upgrade my one and only Windows machine to Windows 8. I’ve written numerous articles about Windows 8 here on RefuGeeks, most of which hasn’t exactly been a positive experience. But after a lot of thought I have decided to actually upgrade to Win... »

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