Building the Nanoscope Zero

Hi APC readers,
If you’re looking to build the Nanoscope Zero project in the January 2017 issue of APC, be aware that we’ve had to make a couple of changes. Shortly after we went to press, we found a second OLED panel identical to the one we used originally had begun arriving on the market, but with reverse polarity on the two power pins.
While the project works perfectly with the original OLED panel we’ve used, drop the alternate panel… Read more

My stories inside APC Magazine August 2015 issue

The new August 2015 issue of APC magazine is out and I’ve been a busy beaver:
* Windows 10 is here! Well, it will be in a few days. But before you decide to grab the upgrade, I’ve written a 14-page guide on all the important bits – all the changes (there are plenty), all the additions, plus I take a look at the bits that have gone missing. This could be one of the most significant Windows releases since… Read more

A couple of gongs from the Lizzies

Forgive me for being a bit indulgent as I don’t normally do it, but the 13th Annual IT Journalism Awards – affectionately known as ‘The Lizzies’ – were held at Sydney’s Luna Park last Friday night and I was thoroughly stoked to pick up two awards – Best Technical Journalist and Best Reviewer – for stories I’ve written in APC and TechLife magazines during 2014.
These awards recognise Australia’s IT journalism industry, from audio and video programs to websites including Cnet and Lifehacker,… Read more

Fixing Windows 8.1 Metro app crash

I’ve had this problem for a while, but as I’ve not needed access to the Windows 8 UI or its apps, I’ve not worried about it – until now.
Turns out if you’re still using Corel DRAW X3 or X4, it mucks around with the Windows Registry and basically stuffs up the Windows 8 UI. Now while there are a few bigger-than-ben-hur solutions available, I’ve found a nice simple one that actually worked on the Microsoft community website. It does… Read more

My stories inside APC magazine – February 2015

I’ve had a very busy month putting stories together for this latest issue of APC magazine:
* There’s a massive PC upgrade guide that I’ve contributed to, looking at all you need to know about CPUs, memory, cases and power supplies. PCs still rock and if you’re considering building your own, this guide is a must-read. If you think you still need a massive PSU or a traditional-looking case, think again. And prices are still remarkably low!
* I’ve also… Read more

My stories inside APC magazine – January 2015 issue

The January 2015 issue of APC magazine goes on sale today! And it’s a reasonably busy month for me:
* first up, I take a quick look at maximising the lifespan of your solid-state drives. I have a half-a-dozen tips I use to ensure I get maximum value and performance from my SSDs that should help you too.
* next, I look at how you can get Android 5.0/Lollipop features now on your old KitKat/4.4 or Jelly Bean/4.3 & earlier… Read more