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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper

January 2021

Computer Shopper is the essential monthly magazine that allows you to stay abreast of the latest news and releases in the world of technology. With more reviews, hands-on guides and features than any other tech monthly, you’ll be better informed by reading Computer Shopper.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Back issues only
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome page

I write this with an extremely heavy heart. As you’ll have worked out by now, this is the final ever issue of Computer Shopper. I’m immeasurably sad and disappointed it’s all come to an end. When I first took over as Shopper editor almost five years ago, the print market was already suffering, as readers and advertisers increasingly turned to the web. The feeling back in late 2015 was that Shopper – which didn’t have the luxury of its own website to generate additional digital revenue – would last for another couple of years. We managed to weather the print decline storm for several more years, thanks both to the superb Shopper writers, contributors and production staff, who it’s been a complete pleasure working with for the past four-odd years and have…

4 min.
letters

Edge of darkness @ I very much agree with Kay Ewbank’s complaints about software installing itself without permission (‘Bossy bootups’, Shopper 392). My experience has been of Microsoft Edge forcing itself upon users. I suspect that if you click on the text that accompanies the new pretty pictures on the initial Windows 10 screen, it tries to make Edge your default browser. I also note how the current version of Control Panel seems not to be able to properly change default programs. It feels as if we are experiencing covert action by big software companies, carrying out undeclared war in the absence of any authorities stopping them. Older readers may remember these turf wars from years ago. Paul Martin Safe cycling @ I was surprised by the focus on testing in Mike Bedford’s article, with only a…

4 min.
croucher’s last stand

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg FOR ME, THERE are two amusing aspects of technology that have been triggered by Covid-19. The first of these is that I no longer use cash, which has weighed heavily and distorted my trousers all my life. Until now. Farewell, then, to the germ-ridden, dreadfully designed, bulky physical representations of currency exchange, and good riddance. Like most other people, I now wave a mobile phone or a small contactless rectangle of plastic to reduce the risk of sickness and death. The second of the amusing aspects of technology brought about by the pandemic is the promise of a contact-tracing app. Ha! When a test version of just such an app was launched on the Isle of Wight way back in the springtime, I would gaze across…

5 min.
under development questionable methods

I’ve done a couple of consultancy jobs recently that have brought me into contact with software developers from other organisations. Sharing experiences offers some interesting insights and confirms that I’m far from alone in suffering customers with ideas that could, shall we say, benefit from further work. But one thing I didn’t detect the others having to cope with is clients who want you to produce software that lies. We’re not talking some kind of Enron fraud conspiracy, but some customers think they have a valid reason for having the programs hide, modify or otherwise be economical with the truth. A typical case is one where the management want to store a false product cost in a stock-control system. The problem they’re trying to solve goes like this: •The staff are paid by…

5 min.
macbiter wasting away

It was when I was sitting in front of my Mac last week, fooling around on some no-hoper project, as you do, that a still, small voice within me spoke thus: “MacBiter old chum [it said], you’ve been sitting in front of a personal computer of one kind or another virtually non-stop for about 24 years now. During that time your hair has turned grey, the morose wrinkles at the corners of your gob have deepened, you have warts, boils and haemorrhoids, your joints are so bad you practically live on glucosamine and your social skills have declined to vanishing point. Don’t you think you should put all this junk aside for half an hour and go get yourself a life?” So good did this advice seem that I promptly stood up,…

4 min.
don’t hack back

With more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, our retired cop gave a police officer’s perspective on cybercrime I WAS ONE of too many people packed uncomfortably into a hot carriage when the train pulled into Vauxhall station. A few new passengers managed to squeeze in and the train was just about to pull out when one final, frantic man threw himself in through the door. Everyone felt the impact and lost another fraction of their breathing space and patience. “Ass!” exclaimed one voice. The latecomer lashed out, striking a nearby onlooker, who asked, “Why did you hit me?” “You called me a rude word,” said the man. “No, he didn’t, I did,” called out the American voice who had started the exchange. The predominantly British congregation broke the first…