Windows 7 vs Windows 8

Windows 8 is not for everyone. Should you upgrade, or should you stick with Windows 7? Here are 10 reasons to stay with 7, 10 reasons to take the leap to 8. Ten reasons to avoid Windows 8 The learning curve. Windows 8 is an entirely new experience. There’s no gentle...

Databasics VI: Exploring query types

Note: I’m working on updating this series of articles. This article is really showing its age. All the examples are for  Microsoft Access 2000/2003, and things have changed a lot since then. While the concepts are still the same and you can learn a lot from...

Databasics V: Getting information out

The whole point of using a database is to turn data into information. Data are facts which have no inherent meaning; information is data put into context to convey meaning. Think of a customer database containing information such as customer names, addresses and phone...

How to make hidden iPhone apps visible

The iPhone and the iPad can house a fair number of apps across their multiple home screens. Given that you can create 11 pages of apps on the iPhone with each screen capable of displaying 16 apps,  you can showcase 176 individual apps in full iconic glory. Or, if you...

Taking an anti-gravity mouse for a whirl

At a glance: Smartfish Whirl Desktop Laser Mouse Price: $USD49.95 From: Smartfish The Good: Comfortable, restful The Bad: Not cheap Geekgirl’s rating: 85/100 The last time you bought a computer system, how much attention did you pay to the quality of the mouse...