Welcome to the home page of David Ian William Harper, an Information Technology consultant based in Sydney, Australia.
I offer clients affordable I.T. support and consulting services, including support for Microsoft Windows and Office, home networking and personal website design. With over seven years of experience supporting home and home office users, chances are that if you need assistance, I will be able to help you.
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Upgrading to Windows 8.1 and getting your Start Menu back
Posted by: David Harper - 24/10/13 @ 10:19PM
Microsoft released a free service pack for its poorly received Windows 8 operating system last week. Dubbed Windows 8.1, the update includes a large number of tweaks which as a whole make Windows 8 more user friendly and especially more helpful for users who have been stuck with a touch-oriented operating system on traditional non-touchscreen desktop and laptop computers. The tweaks include the addition of a quick help app for new users and the return of the Start button, whose demise in the original Windows 8 last year was the source of much angst and confusion.
The update is available now in the Windows Store, and depending on your hardware is somewhere between 2.1 and 3.5 gigabytes...
Coming soon: Ubuntu 12.04
Posted by: David Harper - 20/01/12 @ 9:12PM
As technology continues to standardise and move online, the value proposition of alternatives to Microsoft Windows has grown. One of these alternatives, Ubuntu - a Linux-based operating system that was founded in 2004 - has grown to the point where it has at least 20 million users worldwide, including large-scale business and government deployments.
Ubuntu is something like a hybrid of its competitors, Microsoft's Windows and Apple's Mac OS X. Like Windows, Ubuntu is designed to work on any PC (whereas Mac OS X runs only on Apple Macs); like Mac OS X, Ubuntu doesn't run Windows software. Unlike either of its competitors, however, Ubuntu is free to install and use, and ships with a...