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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper November 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

1 min.
welcome page

For our summer holiday this year, we had two weeks in Wales with 10 of us sharing a house. With four kids to entertain, I scoured the web to find some kid-friendly activities to book and came across a theme park. Job done. We all agreed to go on the first Wednesday, and I noted a 10% discount for booking online the day before. On the Tuesday evening, we sat down to book our tickets, and in the offer list was another for 20% off if you booked at least two days in advance. We only missed out on an extra £20 saving between the eight of us compared to the 10% deal, but it was still slightly irritating as we could have booked the tickets earlier. I’m sure I’m not alone among…

2 min.
star letter

Death of a legend I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of the industrial designer Rick Dickinson (Shopper 367). This would be a great opportunity to celebrate Rick’s contribution to British computer design (and later, industrial design in general) with a proper article. As he said in an interview, “Sinclair products were born out of staggering innovation and clever shortcuts to get things into ever smaller packages at lower costs”. He was a vital part of that process, with some very clever design solutions. A couple of years ago I emailed Rick and told him that my first computer was a Sinclair ZX81, followed by a Spectrum 48k, then a Spectrum 48k+, then a Spectrum +2. He took the time to reply and said that many people in their thirties…

5 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Sold a PUP? I read with interest ‘The 31 ways to super speed your PC’ (Shopper 367), in which you recommend using iObit Uninstaller. I have used this program (the paid-for version) as it was recommended by its stablemate – Advanced SystemCare (ASC), available in your free software selection (see page 77) – in a previous reincarnation of boosting your computer speed. I used them for a few years but started to lose faith as ASC kept saying I should download ‘Driver Booster’, which I did – the free version. I ran the program regularly but found it said drivers it allegedly updated were shown as out of date, and if I bought the upgrade it could update other drivers. ASC also kept stating I should use iObit Uninstaller to remove unwanted browser add-ons,…

4 min.
possessive behaviour

letters@computershopper.co.uk ONCE UPON A time, there was a very rich man called John Lennon, who wrote a popular song with the line, ‘Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can’. Well, I have a friend called Verity and she not only imagines no possessions, she’s put theory into practice in the real world. And it’s all thanks to online subscription services. My friend Verity used to own a lot of material things, but now she owns almost nothing at all. Like most of the population, Verity has never owned a mobile phone. She has always preferred to rent one and upgrade to the latest model and ickiest colour, as the fancy takes her. Her little flat is owned by the housing cooperative, her big electric wheelchair is leased from Help the Aged,…

4 min.
unwelcome guests

I WAS TESTING out features on a Netgear router, and happened to enable both the guest network and the Circle parental controls at the same time. Something strange started to happen: the Circle app on my phone buzzed at odd points in the day, warning there was a new device on the network, such as Paulasiphone. Not knowing anyone called Paula, I was a little worried. Had my Wi-Fi password been hacked and were people using my bandwidth for free? Apparently not. There was something else going on: an open guest network. The default Netgear guest network has no security on it and is called Netgear-Guest. Given how popular Netgear routers are, there are bound to be a lot of people that have connected to a network called this in the past. As…

4 min.
rants & raves

Roland Moore-Colyer RAVES AS A TECH fan and journalist, the very latest high-end tech is a tantalising prospect. And I’m lucky enough to get my hands on some of the best flagship smartphones, laptops and gear available. But recently I’ve been changing my mind. Messing around with the latest gadgets is great, but high-end tech is losing its appeal. That’s thanks to just how good a lot of mid-range tech is these days. Take Samsung’s Note 9 (page 14): it offers the very best in smartphone tech the South Korean electronics giant can offer. It’s more of everything that made previous Galaxy and Note phones special, but it pushes dangerously close to the £1,000 mark; that’s a lot of notes for a Note device that will be out of date in 12 months. But…