Computer Shopper November 2020

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
Back issues only
12 期号


welcome page

I made a rare trip outside the house this week to pop to my nearest Apple store to get my iPhone fixed. Luckily for me, my phone is still covered by the warranty and the fix was free, although it’s unclear yet whether the fault has been fully resolved by a new screen or if the device requires a factory reset and manual restore. While I was in the store, a nervous-looking customer – fully masked and gloved up – came over to the table I was sitting at. She listened intently to the blue-T-shirted employee trying to reassure her he could fix her phone, which hadn’t been charging. She really hoped so, she explained, as it was her only lifeline to the outside world. Sitting opposite, another iPhone user was explaining…

star letter

Take back control I smiled when I read Kay Ewbank’s article ‘Bossy bootups’ (Shopper 392). Like Kay, I have been having issues with Microsoft and other software providers. I suppose it all started a few years ago, when Apple decided I could no longer use my Final Cut Pro Studio video-editing software following an upgrade to its operating system. It was a great program, and I have now reinstalled this on my iMac by going back to an older operating system and taking the machine off the internet. It’s up and running, and a good standby for any edits I want to do on video. The other day, I wanted to print an address on an envelope for a birthday card – I have Windows 10 Professional as my operating system – and…

letters A solution to Kay’s bossyboots I sympathise with Kay Ewbank’s issues with Windows 10 ‘Bossy bootups’ (Shopper 392). The answer is simple: Linux. With Linux, you are in control of when to install updates, and no software can be installed without your explicit consent. Her favourite browsers, Firefox and Chromium (Chrome’s open-source sibling), are both available, with Firefox usually being the default browser in new Linux installs. Best of all, most of the software you use is free and open source. Word & Excel – use LibreOffice; personal finance – use HomeBank; image editing – use GIMP; emails – use Thunderbird; Spotify – well, use Spotify, it has a Linux app. Christopher Bowser 7up With reference to the letter from Gareth Williams on encrypting a USB stick (‘Hello Vera’, Shopper 392), a far easier way than…

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game changers

BLACK LIVES MATTER. Unless black lives feature in a videogame, in which case they don’t matter a toss. I still remember the feeling of hope and despair when I played Daley Thompson’s Decathlon for the first time. That was way back in the Olympic year of 1984, and it was a primitive sports simulation from Ocean software for a little home computer called the 48k Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Daley Thompson was an Olympic gold medal winner from Notting Hill. He had a fine body, and a great moustache, and according to his skin he was the son of his assassinated Nigerian dad. Anyway, I fired up the game and there on my glowing colour monitor was the pixellated figure of Daley, the great black athlete, running along a red cinder track. The…

just for keeps

AS YOU MAY have read in Shopper last month, GitHub is putting a copy of every piece of open-source code into cold storage in Svalbard, Norway. The idea is that by depositing all the open-source software on archival film in a decommissioned coalmine deep under the permafrost of the Arctic island, generations to come will be able to access it if they need to at some point in the next 1,000 years. As the proud possessor of a wide variety of archives on formats no longer supported by current computers (5.25in floppy diskettes, anyone? Zip disks, Sony Minidiscs?), I have my doubts. It sounds a good idea, but the software is being stored in a format called piqlFilm that uses QR codes as the data format. I suppose a future technology…