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UK IT suppliers

When attempting to procure IT equipment here is a list of sites we use at varying intervals.

(Please note that this is not a recommendation by runPCrun neither are we affiliated to any of these sites and you will note there are no affiliate links embedded in the addresses given below)

My "Handy Firefox Extension" list

One of Firefox's strengths is the ability to add "extensions" to the browser. These little additions to Firefox can greatly extend the functionality of the browser.

Here I put my favorites and what they do. I don't expect the list to be fully implemented with anyone else as everyones needs are different, but maybe the odd nugget of information may help you.

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How to use PRINTSCREEN to send in errors

This procedure is for efficiently sending RunPCRun error messages, this is particularly useful for errors that either need research, are low-priority or are intermittent in nature.

So you get the error message appear.

Press the PRINTSCREEN (or sometimes PRNTSCRN) key usually situated in the top right-hand part of the keyboard, near SCROLL LOCK and PAUSE/BREAK.

This will place the whole screen into the "clipboard". Now select the Paint program from the Start Menu > Accessories > Paint

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Dell laptop battery safety recall

Dell is recalling 4.1m laptop batteries following reports of its laptops overheating and bursting into flames.

It has issued the biggest recall in computer history following video footage of one of its laptops on fire.

There have only been six instances and no-one has yet been hurt, but Dell are erring on the side of safety and issuing the recall of the batteries - made by Sony Energy Devices.

The recall involves 18 percent of Dells 22 million notebooks sold between 1st April 2004 and 18th July 2006.

We recommend all Dell laptop customers check whether their battery is affected on this website.

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Software Licensing

We still occasionally get a business asking us to install software from existing CD's onto new machines without considering or simply ignoring license implications.

Software licensing is a very important issue today and companies need to understand how software licenses work as they are not as simple as buying a lawn-mower or a loaf of bread. runPCrun will not install software if we consider it unlicensed, so please do not ask us to do so.

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My USB Flash drive as of August 2006

UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND HERE - Freeware Engineers Toolkit

This is a list of software that I carry on my portable thumbdrive (1Gb). Almost all of it is Freeware (any exceptions are noted) and most of it is Open Source too.

The flashkey has an autorun.inf to start PStart on double click, or on the right click menu either open explorer or mount a Truecrypt archive (to protect customer data). Lastly the key is bootable with Acronis True Image V9

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