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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper February 2018

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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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3 min.

Madeline Bennett (2016-) I’m a newbie on Computer Shopper, having joined last year after 17 years as a business technology journalist. In this short time, I’ve been impressed by two standout elements. The first is the scale and thoroughness of the testing that goes on in our lab – a real rarity in today’s world, where everything seems to be about speed and immediacy over quality and rigour. The second is the insights I’ve gained from our readers’ letters. These show us what you, the readers, are looking for from the magazine, and help shape the articles we write. I also love the fact that so many of you take the time to write in to help other readers facing their own problems; it feels like being part of a real community. It’s great…

2 min.
star letter

Fake news @ There are various reports of fraudsters using fake SSL certificates on scam websites. To have the green padlock sign against your website and an ‘HTTPS’ start to its web address, it must have a valid SSL certificate issued by a certificate authority (CA), of which there are more than 200. Unfortunately, some CAs don’t check the validity of the website they’re issuing to. They are supposed to verify that the website is owned by the applicant and that it’s an authentic company. Some fraudsters are registering domain names that are close to legitimate websites by just substituting, for example, a ‘1’ for an ‘l’ or an ‘O’ for a ‘0’. These domain names should be checked against such registrations but some CAs don’t, and issue certificates for as…

5 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Photo finish @ I think it is a great idea for you to review computers suitable for photo editing (‘Snap decisions’, Letters, Shopper 359). In my experience of buying computers for this purpose, I have found that many vendors have a poor understanding of what is required. When I rang a wellknown online computer supplier to ask for recommendations, on three different occasions, I received three different recommendations. Personally, I always insist on a large case with a large power supply, so there’s plenty of scope for adding extra hard discs. Upgradability is also useful for when more resources are needed. Bill Edwards @ Applications such as Adobe Photoshop take ages to launch on my desktop PC. I sometimes want to send multiple files from a full-frame CSC from Lightroom to Photoshop as layers, create…

9 min.
anniversary update

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk MY PHONE RANG. It was a heavy old phone, with twisted wires, a handset for collecting spit and earwax, and a metal bell that went ring-ring. A voice said, “Do you know who Felix Dennis is?” Yes, I knew who Felix Dennis was; he was a successful publisher who had been imprisoned for “conspiracy to deprave and corrupt the morals of the Young of the Realm”. My kind of guy. The voice went on, “Do you want to help set up a thing for Felix Dennis?” Yes, I wanted to help set up a thing for Felix Dennis. My caller said, “Meet me in the Marquis of Granby,” then hung up. The Marquis of Granby is a London pub, famous for its literary clientele. TS…

4 min.
return of the shrewd

Software and systems developer letters@computershopper.co.uk Almost all of 1988’s big names in both hardware and software are long gone WELL, HELLO THERE. Like some grisly combination of a boomerang, a bad penny and Terminator, I’m back! Albeit just for this 30th anniversary issue. While preparing for the dreadful ritual of sitting down before a blank screen desperately thinking up what to write, I unearthed the first issue to grace my presence, number 5 (August 1988), and a special 10th anniversary supplement to issue 121. Preserving relics such as these is useful in sharpening the perspective you get on the history and development of the PC in this country, and the best magazine that reports on it all. Issue 5 had 128 pages, was 98% monochrome and cost 78p. Ten years later, issue 121 had…

4 min.
scamming the scammers

It’s not hard to imagine a future where AI scammers are talking to AI victims in an endless loop THERE’S NOTHING QUITE like the schadenfreude derived from an email scammer getting their comeuppance. Remember that spate of comedy postings a while back, such as the one where the would-be victim convinced his scammers to go to extraordinary lengths, such as carving a Commodore 64 out of wood? As fun as these were to watch, the work that went into pulling them off was not insubstantial. But what if you could take yourself out of the equation and get AI to take over the role of harassing the fraudsters? CHATTY MAN The good news is that you can. All you have to do is forward a scam email to Re:scam (me@rescam.org), powered by New Zealand-based…