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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper June 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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

WHEN I FIRST sat down to start writing my monthly missive, my plan was to focus on our cover feature detailing how to get perfect Wi-Fi, and easily. Surely the Holy Grail of modern computing, and no doubt why many of you picked up the magazine and are reading this now. The good news is that the article is a thorough and easy-to-follow guide to sorting out all those niggly wireless issues you’ve been suffering from for years – poor range, dropped connections, slow speeds. I’ve finally got reliable Wi-Fi after much trial and error; following this guide should mean you avoid wasting time testing solutions that won’t actually fix the problems. The bad news is that as soon as I started to think about all the examples I could include here…

2 min.
star letter

Light relief @ I always get a burst of enthusiastic excitement when the magazine drops through the door. Get a coffee and sit down for the read. Am I the only one who starts at the back? Zygote is the first article to be read, the choice bits out loud to my wife. Then it has to be Ben Pitt. I was looking forward to his Lightroom versus the rest report. Sadly, I was disappointed. I agree with his main finding as I have used DxO Prime for years to reduce noise before going into Lightroom. I was not so sold on Ben’s comparison choices. Where was Capture One, long seen by photographers as the main competitor to Lightroom? I also thought it sad that the superb open-source Darktable, available for every platform,…

5 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Fitting tribute @ I’ve just read your touching editorial on Dave Neal (Shopper 362), and have one suggestion. How about readers write in with their best fake computer company names, so they can bamboozle these scam callers? Maybe all the better if they make little or no sense, just to further twist these scumbags’ noodles further, such as Dave’s Computer And Gurgle Centre, or The Eek Computer And Watermelon Company Ltd? It could be called Dave’s Anti-Scam Call Corner, but I’m sure you can come up with something snappier. I once had one of these people arguing that the Xbox One isn’t a computer. John Malcolm What a great idea, John. That would make a fitting tribute for Dave, who we’re feeling the loss of at Shopper. Home win @ I’m pleased to see you’re covering the growing…

4 min.
deals on wheels

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk ISN’T IT GRAND to be a motorist in the future! Long ago, when I was a motorist in the past, I tried to negotiate a relationship with a snot-green Morris Minor that really sulked. I had to fondle its handle and crank it for ages until it fired up, and every weekend I had to get down on my knees to grease its nipples and oil its dashpot, all to keep the relationship going. And it never answered me once when I talked to it. Maybe it never answered because of some traumatic early garage experience. Maybe it had been involved in a suicide pact. There were traces of lipstick round the exhaust pipe. Meanwhile, here in the future, my shiny modern car likes nothing…

4 min.
insecurity through obscurity

HOW MANY TIMES have you been in a situation where you’ve tried to log into a little-used online account – you know, where you finally figure out what your username is, struggle through and enter your password after a few failed attempts, and then hit the list of questions? “Please enter the first name of your first pet’s best friend,” you’ll be asked, or, “What was the name of your home town in Roman times?” Or, the worst one I’ve encountered was simply, “Please enter your memorable information”. Of course, I had no idea what that was, which kind of defeats the point. In all cases, the experience is one of frustration and annoyance. It’s easy to see why companies have added these extra questions: it’s an attempt to protect account access…

4 min.
rants & raves

Roland Moore-Colyer RANTS SPEEDY INTERNET CONNECTIONS are great, making tech-dependent modern work, entertainment and life wonderfully slick. But I wouldn’t have a clue about that. The likes of Virgin, BT and Sky plaster advertising space with glossy promotions touting how superfast their broadband services are; speeds are waved around with fancy rendered images of light firing through fibre wires. Yet my broadband crawls along like a snail made of granite carrying an anvil. Loading image-heavy websites is a sure way to get my temper rising. And every time I try to upload a photo to the cloud, I can get through at least one well-brewed cup of tea. I have a 4K TV, but at best it can only put half its pixel count to work as my broadband lacks the bandwidth to pipe enough…