... musings from the workshop!
Welcome to the Fantasy Computers blog. We're
not sure how often this will be updated, that depends upon how busy we are with
the important stuff, like building and repairing PCs we suppose. And the views
expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the management, they're
just the thoughts of the backroom techies.
This blog will probably deal with issues
surrounding the world of PC hardware and software, and probably anything else
which is vaguely computer related...
(Who needs Twitter anyway).
.: Monday 20th September 2010
Wow! First new blog in over a
been so busy here this last 15 months, that we never seem to
have the luxury of time to update the little things like
And so much has happened and
changed in the world of computing since the last blog. Perhaps the most
significant change is the release of Windows 7, the first new version of Windows
since Vista three years before...
I never quite understood why
Vista always seemed to be so unpopular with business and home users alike. The
main complaints I would get to hear about Vista on a day-to-day basis, were
about it's sluggishness relative to it's predecessor, Windows XP. But initially,
the people complaining about Vista's (lack-of) speed were often attempting to
run it on something like an Intel Celeron computer with maybe only 1Gb of RAM!
Vista did need more horsepower than XP, but give it 4Gb of RAM and a decent
dual-core or quad-core processor, and it always seemed fine to me,
performance-wise. And certainly much more secure than XP too...
But all of that is now in the
past - as we now have Windows 7! It has been released to almost universal
acclaim, and rightly-so. Microsoft have really addressed the perceived
speed issue people had with Vista.... in independent tests, the new Windows 7
has shown to be even faster than XP, never mind Vista! Windows 7 also
supports DirectX 11 for all of the latest games, plus many of the built-in
applications such as MS-Paint and Media Centre have been radically overhauled
and updated. And the new version of Solitaire is jaw-dropping! :-) Plus, the
slightly annoying UAC (User Access Control) of Vista has been made less naggy,
so that you are no longer continually pestered about whether you really want to
run that perfectly harmless application you have just downloaded. Plus...
when you're finished Windows 7 shuts down very quickly indeed!
On a separate note, apologies
to anyone who has been trying to use this site recently and has found several
links not working. This was due to a recent change of host we undertook, (which
left some links pointing to an empty part of cyberspace!) But I've now
checked and fixed the links so that all of them are now working.
We've also recently changed
our email address, which is never a good idea for a business, but in this case
we couldn't avoid it due to our previous service provider deciding to switch-off
all their servers! Our new email address is
Hopefully BT won't also decide to pack-up anytime soon! Feel free to drop us a
.: Friday 12th June 2009
Hope you like this new Fantasy
website was first designed way back in 1998, and until 2009
it never really changed very much, in design and layout. And
by 2009... yes, it showed! All we had done for the
intervening 11 years was to keep updating the content, the
graphics and "artwork", (I used that term loosely), had
never changed one iota.
during a window in workshop activities in June 2009, one
hapless tech was given the unenviable task of re-inventing
the Fantasy Computers website. But, due to ever-present
important workshop committments, the time-frame for
designing the new site from scratch, and then bug-fixing it,
and adding all the content, was set at a maximum of... TWO
this miniscule timeframe show? Probably yes! But let's hope
this new site will be able to keep us going for the next 11
years. And then, by the year 2020 AD, hopefully we will have
a fully interactive 3D website that you can actually climb
into, and all running on Windows 14...
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