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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper May 2017

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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2 min.

I WENT FOR lunch a few months ago at my fallback Italian restaurant, one of a chain. I was looking forward to tucking into my normal lunch choice, reasonably priced and tasty – and just before ordering I noticed the price had increased by a couple of quid. I had my suspicions about the reason for the rising cost (the ‘B’ word), but also thought it could just be down to the cost of doing business in central London, with its ever-increasing prices. Not long after, I visited my local branch of said restaurant chain and the price increases had hit there, too. The waitress told me they’d also stopped doing their cut-price lunch specials at that time. While the restaurant didn’t reveal the reason behind the price hikes, all the signs…

1 min.
question of the month

Madeline Bennett Daley Thompson’s Decathlon. But it has to be the authentic joystick version with the manic two-finger tapping David Ludlow The Sony Aibo – the world is crying out for robot pets Nathan Spendelow The NES power glove. Frustratingly flailing your arm about never looked so cool James Archer Phone batteries that just won’t die, no matter how many games of Snake you play Dave Neal The Sinclair C5. But self-driving models so that I can eat and roll Nicole Kobie Netbooks. Cheap and cheerful, light and long-lasting battery, what more do you want out of tech? Roland Moore-Colyer Nintendo 64. The nostalgia of huddling around a TV for multiplayer and blowing on game cartridges to get them working Simon Handby Orange LEDs. Are they all gallium arsenide phosphiding somewhere?…

2 min.
star letter

Screening blue murder I enjoyed your rundown of some of the technology howlers presented in films and television shows (Shopper 349). Of those you listed, my favourite has to be the Jurassic Park “I know this – it’s a UNIX system”. I thought I’d submit a few of my personal favourites that you didn’t mention. First, there’s the overly complicated file manager that has to be accessed through a VR headset and data gloves in the film Disclosure. Michael Douglas has to walk through huge virtual hallways to find some virtual filing cabinets, open a virtual drawer and pull out virtual folders to be able to access documents. In the VR sequence in the film, he is digitally rendered so we know it’s him, and his digital self is wearing some kind…

6 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Psion of the times Your latest Retro (Shopper 350) had me licking my lips with delight and pouring out my love for that five-letter word, Psion. I was reasonably late to the Psion world, acquiring my first PDA, the Psion Siena, second-hand in 1999. Sadly it didn’t last very long so I turned to the Psion Revo, which was glued to my pocket for the next five years in the same way that mobiles are now. I used it for everything: calendar, contacts, emails, spreadsheets, and even wrote a whole novel (unpublished) on it while commuting to and from work. I could hold it with both hands and type at the same time with each thumb very fast. I thoroughly loved my Revo. So much so that I bought a second Revo at half-price…

4 min.
war and piecemeal solutions

MEL CROUCHER Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk AMERICA SPENDS $600bn a year on defence. Yet an insane gang of hijackers can attack the Pentagon and Twin Towers with impunity. The UK spends $46bn a year on nuclear weapons and Trooping the Colour, which are completely useless against a couple of Afghans armed with home-made rockets strapped to the back of a Toyota pick-up. And the Bad Guys don’t even need to hijack aircraft or trucks any more. They can attack us from the comfort of their own bedrooms. Governments tell us that cyber warfare is the new threat. And you know what? I tend to agree with them. If our mobile networks go down, there will be riots. If our supermarket checkouts go down, there will be cannibalism. Cyber attack seems a…

3 min.
rants & raves

Dave NealRAVES “THAT’S A BIG CD”, said my nephew Harry, when he noticed the vinyl record that I hadn’t put away. It was a significant moment. I am old enough to remember when CDs were introduced. My nephew was born after the iPod was released. I can remember when compact discs first started to be advertised. I can remember the first one I bought, mostly because I bought it before I even had a CD player. I couldn’t tell you the last one that I bought, because I haven’t bought one for ages. These days it is all digital downloads, and sweet, sweet vinyl. If you grew up in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s, you didn’t have much choice but to listen to the radio or to your parents’ record collection. You…