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We've talked about AVG Free Anti-Virus on the blog before. We haven't talked about Avast however, which is another alternative to the expensive Anti-Virus products from Norton and McAfee.

Avast is quickly becoming one of the most popular free anti-virus products on the market.

The producers...


If you use Boot camp to run Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX on your Mac, you may have discovered that you cannot easily share files between the two systems.

There is a technical reason for that - Mac OS X can read and write drives formatted using FAT and FAT32 (like USB thumb drives) and it can...


The Conficker virus has to be one of the most difficult to get rid of. But how can you quickly diagnose if you have it?

There are some well known signs:

  • Windows Update and Automatic Updates are blocked
  • System Restore has been turned off
  • You cannot access anti-virus websites (such as Syma...


The Viglen MPC-L (<-- PDF link) is a low powered (both in terms of CPU speed and power consumption) compact computer.

They are extremely similar to the Linutop machine (i.e. identical) and are actually an FIC ION 503 under the hood.

It comes preinstalled with xubuntu, a version of...

It's a pain that ubuntu does not play DVDs 'out of the box' as it were.

To fix this, quite simply, open a terminal session and type:

  • sudo apt-get install totem-xine libxine1-ffmpeg libdvdread3
  • sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/

That should be it!

Note that the DVD decryptin...